What Is A Resin Suclpture?

- Aug 07, 2017 -

A resin sculpture is a statue or other piece of three-dimensional art that has been cast using resin. Resin is a fairly lightweight, durable material that can be painted and glazed to look like stone, porcelainbronze or marble. It is used to manufacture a wide variety of products. For art, resin’s relative cheapness compared to other materials makes it desirable when the artist wants to make multiple copies of a sculpture. Resin also has become a popular material in creating small statues, jewelry, figurines and various collectibles.

The resin itself is a mixture of materials, including urethane,silicone, epoxy and polyester. Resin sculptures are hardy but not indestructible. Cold, freezing conditions can cause resin to crack because the material contracts, then it expands when the temperature rises. Any resin sculpture kept outside should be brought indoors during cold weather.

The process of making a resin sculpture begins when the sculptor creates an original model in clay, wax or other material. A mold is made from the sculpture by covering the model with liquid molding material. Popular molding materials include silicone, rubber and plaster. The sculpture might need to be coated with a separating agent such as petroleum jelly to ensure that the mold can be removed fairly easily. Silicone is a highly desirable molding material because it requires no separating agent.

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