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Homemade Casting Resin

Updated July 19, 2017

Casting resin is a highly viscous compound that hardens over time, most commonly within a mould. Homemade casting resins can be obtained from plants or trees. These homemade options won't solidify as quickly as synthetic resins.

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History

Humans have used natural resin, such as pine sap and amber, for thousands of years. Most resins react more quickly with a catalyst triggering the hardening process. The majority of the resins found on the market today are synthetic, as they can sometimes harden in seconds instead of hours or days.

Natural Vs. Synthetic

Natural casting resins can sometimes be volatile and flammable and should only be used by someone adept in identifying safe natural alternatives. Synthetic casting resins are often made with a natural component but are less expensive and much safer to handle in various environments.

Common Uses

Casting resins are primarily used in moulds to form anything from jewellery to plastic containers. Other uses of resins with different hardening points are paint, varnish, inks and perfumes.

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About the Author

Adam Heskett has been a freelance professional writer for over 10 years. A cross-section of his publishing credits include bestcover.com (travel), goalden.com (sports), coyotewildmag.com (fiction), and a short story in Stories of Strength (an anthology to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina). Heskett holds an honours bachelor's degree in theatre with an English minor.

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