Resin statues are highly-detailed models, cast from moulds. These statues are sold in parts, requiring assembly and painting for completion. While most resin statues are precision crafted with parts carefully moulded to match each other, the construction of the parts is general enough to allow those gluing the pieces together to choose from a variety of poses to arrange the figures in. To create the pose you wish, however, means supporting the parts as they dry. You supply this support internally, with stiff wires to pin the statue parts in place as the glue dries. Though not complicated, the pinning requires a bit of detailed work for success.
Wash the pieces of the statue with a mild liquid soap and water to remove any residue remaining from the moulding process. Rinse the parts off with water then pat them dry with a paper towel.
Test fit the pieces together, positioning them precisely as they should sit when glued. Place matching pencil marks on the sides of the fitted pieces and at the top and bottom where the joining will occur to mark their set places. Each piece that you're joining should have four marks in total.
Use a straightedge to connect the marks by pencil on both sides and the top and bottom for the two pieces. The marks should cross at the centre of the joining areas, creating an "X" across the gluing surface.
Use a hand-held drill to create a hole about half the depth of the piece through the centre of the "X" on both pieces. Use a drill bit that's slightly larger than the wire that you're using as the pin between pieces.
Fill the hole in one of the parts with a 2-part epoxy adhesive. Cut a piece of wire with wire cutters so that it is slightly longer than the combined depth of the two drilled holes in each of the joining parts, to leave a bit of working room for fitting. Place one end of the wire into the epoxy-filled hole. Leave the other end of the wire free. Allow the adhesive to dry completely around the wire. Consult the manufacturer's instructions for drying time.
Test fit the parts together again, and then cut the wire down to size with the wire cutters so that the pieces fit snugly together. Fill the second hole with the glue. Place a thin layer of glue along the joining surface of the second piece. Push the wire into the second piece and press the two pieces together so that the pencil marks align on the edges. Hold the pieces in position for about 30 seconds to allow them to bind. Allow the glue to dry before moving the joined piece.
Repeat the joining process with all parts of the statue until it has been completely assembled.
Things you need
- Mild liquid soap
- Paper towels
- Resin pieces
- Hand-held drill
- 2-part epoxy
- Stiff wire
- Wire cutters