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What is Resin?

Resin is a simple chemical reaction that takes place naturally when a tree is injured.  The plant will secrete a transparent substance (which as we know is called resin), which seals the orifice created by the wound.

The synthetic resin that is used today for art however (which is the focus of our discussion), to coat kitchen countertops and in the manufacturing field are made through a scientific process, using chemical catalysts.

Resin consists of a resin polymer that when combined with a catalyst (or more commonly known as "a hardener") undergoes a thermic reaction which causes the resin to solidify into a form of your choice by use of a mold. Resin we use today for our purposes, come in two separate jars/ bottles known as Part A (which is the resin polymer itself) and Part B (the hardener). We will discuss how to combine and use the resin on a separate blog post. This post is simply to introduce you to what resin is. We touch in depth on this and other basics in our MasterClass course.

Basically, resin is a thermoplastic that happens to be extremely resilient and versatile.

Taking advantage of this versatility, artists have moved far beyond just simple canvas paintings. When dried, resin is strong and durable - this unique feature not only allows us to create beautiful fluid art but also has become an important catalyst in reviving old furniture and repurposing them for longer usage. Resin can be used on any surface that has grit (naturally or by sanding) whereby it allows the creation of beautiful furniture and home decor pieces.

Wooden resin furniture started out as just another DIY project, but has evolved to grow into one of the biggest furniture trends today. Instead of having a plain wooden slab table, you could opt for a resin-wood option, and end up with a stunning and unique piece of furniture. We will discuss on the many forms of creativity that we could achieve with resin in our upcoming blog posts and through our MasterClass course.

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