Technique: Coloured Pellets & Resin Leftovers by Pascale Simard

Learn how to make small coloured pellets that you can use in all your creative projects and works of art
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DeSerres expert Pascale Simard knows all about resin! Learn how to make small coloured pellets that you can use in all your creative projects and works of art. For this technique, we will use Pébéo's bio-based glazing resin because it has the unique ability to dry while creating relief and a rounded contour.

MATERIALS:

  • Pébéo bio-based glazing resin
  • DeSerres disposable paper pad or other waxed paper (non-adhesive)
  • Plastic glasses (small and large)
  • Wooden sticks
  • Your choice of acrylics or inks (to colour the resin)
  • Tablecloth to protect the work surface
  • Timer

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1 :

Use the tablecloth to protect the work surface. In a plastic cup, pour two parts glazing resin A (the purple tint disappears once dry)..

Step 2 :

Then pour one part hardener. It is important to respect the two parts resin to one part hardener ratio. Stir the two components well, reaching to the corners of the container. Mixing too little will prevent it from properly hardening, mixing too much will create bubbles. Set timer for 10 minutes.

Step 3 :

Transfer the mixture to a second container and mix again for optimal, homogeneous results. Mixing can take two to three minutes depending on the prepared quantity.

Step 4 :

Divide the mixture equally into four smaller glasses (to obtain four colours in this case, the number may vary depending on the number of colours you wish to create). Add a small amount of colour to each container. It is important to add only a few drops of colour. Colouring elements should not exceed 10% of the mixture; otherwise the resin may not harden.

Step 5 :

Stir each container for a few seconds to obtain a homogeneous colour. Don't forget to check the timer during this step!

Step 6 :

Use a sheet of DeSerres disposable paper (or other non-adhesive wax paper) and delicately pour a few drops of the mixture, spacing them out on the paper. Repeat with each colour.

 

Step 7 : 

Once enough pellets have been created, take a new wax sheet and pour ALL the leftover mixtures (remaining mixture quantities will vary depending on the number of pellets created). This step is very important to avoid overheating the leftover resin in the container.

Step 8 : 

Allow to rest in a dry place. To protect the resin and prevent dust or particles from sticking to it when drying, we recommend covering it with a tray (without touching the resin). Wait at least six hours to allow the resin to harden completely.

Step 9 :

Peel the pellets and the leftover poured resin from the wax paper. If a little wax paper adheres to the back, easily remove it by rubbing gently with water. The pellets and resin leftovers are finally ready to be used in all your creative projects. All you need is a little glue!

TIPS 

  1. Pébéo bio-based glazing resin sets very fast: 1.5 hours to the surface and 6 hours to the core. Make sure to use all the prepared mixtures and to respect the maximum pouring thickness of 0.5 cm. To avoid overheating, mixing and application times combined must not exceed 10 minutes. After this time, any leftover resin must be poured on a flat surface (you can use leftovers in other creative projects, as we will see later in the technique).
  2. Vary shapes and movements during pouring. These leftovers can be modified or cut as needed, and then glued to multiple substrates.