In this article we will discuss some uses for epoxy resin, as well as show you how to build a phosphorescent epoxy resin table yourself.
Polyperoxides or epoxy polymers are chemicals obtained by polymerizing epoxy monomers with a curing agent. Because of their sealing properties, resistance, etc, they are widely used, especially in construction, electronics, power supply, etc. However, the epoxy resin can also be used for the realization and decoration of designer furniture and many impressive DIY projects.
Phosphorescent epoxy resin for furniture polishing
The epoxy resin to be used usually consists of a synthetic resin and a hardener mixed together. One of its main advantages is that it can be easily combined with many materials such as wood, metal, natural stone, ceramics, etc.
Epoxy casting resin for unique and eye-catching furniture
Additionally, dyes, phosphorescent powders and other additives can be added to the still liquid mixture to create a variety of effects. Once the two components are mixed and completely dried, the resin is quite resistant and hardly reacts with chemicals.
How to make a phosphorescent epoxy resin table with magical effect by yourself
The next video shows as an example how you can coat and decorate a wooden garden table with phosphorescent epoxy resin to give it a fairytale effect. Watch the manufacturing process and test your own DIY skills.
Video tutorial on how to build your own epoxy resin table
As it can be clearly seen, the photoluminescent powder mixed with the transparent resin fills the naturally shaped cavities in the cypress wood. Thus, you will create a unique epoxy resin table that will transform your garden into an extraordinary place.
Damage caused by mold causes amazing aesthetic effects.
To achieve this great effect, the epoxy wood table must be placed outside or near a window so that it can collect the sun’s rays. Thus, the powder will be charged in the light and emit a cool blue glow in the evening. Don’t worry – fortunately, it’s not radioactive!
Raw wood, epoxy resin and other necessary materials.
In addition to the cypress wood planks, you will also need epoxy casting resin and blue phosphorescent powder. The video above is compactly edited, but for that in itself is quite explanatory. For this reason, we will consider only some of the main steps and details that are not implied in it.
Fill voids in the planks with casting resin.
The wood used is bald cypress (Taxodium Distichum), which is naturally damaged by mold. The holes in its surface look quite rustic and are perfect to be filled with epoxy resin and luminous powder.
Clean the cavities in the wood with a flat screwdriver and compressed air.
Note that in the video, the cavities are cleaned with a flat-blade screwdriver before filling. After that, those of you with the right equipment can eject the wood chips with a fine nozzle air compressor.
Sand and clean the DIY epoxy table.
You can treat the wood surface with sandpaper on any orbital sander. The number of sandpaper should be approximately equal to the number of grains of sandpaper per square centimeter. The higher the number of grains, the finer paper is used.
Thorough cleaning before casting
The purpose of sanding is to remove any imperfections between the planks that are glued together and form the plateau. After that, you need to remove all the dust because you need a super clean surface before you can pour the epoxy.
Close up of the natural voids in the wood before and after cleaning.
Please note that some of the voids extend into the other side of the boards. They need to be sealed in order for the resin to hold. In the video, tape is used for this purpose.
Transparent epoxy resin and hardener
The next step, shown in the video, the carpenter takes a crystalline epoxy resin and a hardener, which must be mixed in a ratio of 1:1. Logically, this means that you do not need to measure the specific amount of both ingredients, provided that you control the ratio of the same.
Add phosphorescent powder to the other ingredients.
Of course, you can apply another type of resin that you find more suitable. The epoxy table in the video measures 104 X 56 cm and requires about 2 liters of casting resin and about 100 g of light powder. The more of the glowing stuff you use, the more impressive the effect will be.
Mix equal parts of epoxy resin, hardener and powder in cups.
Pour equal portions into separate containers, making sure they are less than half full. Add the phosphorescent powder to one of the bowls and mix well. Make sure that when you mix the two liquids, the chemical reaction has already started. After that, you will have only about 5-7 minutes of working time.
Pouring the epoxy resin into the naturally formed cavities
We recommend you to prepare and pour the epoxy several times, so that you can work more precisely. After that, it must dry well and cure for at least 24 hours according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Sanding the coated table top
In the video, the craftsman has access to a professional drum sander, however, this machine is not absolutely necessary. You can work and smooth the surface of your future light table with an ordinary electric sander.
A smooth surface based on the sandpaper
Start with a coarse 80-grit sandpaper, and then continue with 120 grit up to the fairly fine 400 grit. Take your time sanding to ensure a really smooth and even finish.
Polyurethane paint coating for the future epoxy table.
Finally, after sanding, you can apply a durable and glossy polyurethane coating. If you are going for an exceptionally bright finish, you can wet sand again and repaint .
Wet sanding with superfine sandpaper with a > 1000 grit.
After the paint has dried, you should lightly spray the surface with water and treat it again with a 1200 grit to smooth out the brush strokes of the previous polyurethane coating.
The final result: a glow-in-the-dark cypress wood epoxy table.
You can then thoroughly clean the sanded wood surface and paint it with another polyurethane coating. This process can be repeated several times to bring out the beauty of the resin and create a high gloss finish. Once charged by sunlight, you can admire your new amazing epoxy resin table for about thirty minutes to an hour.
Craft chestnut shelves with phosphorescent epoxy resin
We have more suggestions for home furnishings that you can encrust with epoxy resin. Already familiar with the technique, you can use it to decorate your wall shelves.
Cracks and imperfections offer many creative possibilities
In the following image gallery, we will share with you a DIY project for wall shelves with epoxy accents. These can glow in the dark when you run out of storage space for cans and run out of original DIY ideas.
Accents with blue epoxy look beautiful during the day as well
The base of the project is a piece of chestnut wood, which is about 155 cm long. It should have plenty of cracked areas. Again, there is evidence that imperfections can easily become attractive effects.
How to make admirable shelves themselves in a few simple steps.
As with the previous project, you need to seal the lower parts of the cracks and deep cavities. After that, make sure that the wood is perfectly leveled. Thus, it will benefit from the even distribution of the epoxy resin and avoid accumulations that can not cure well.
Combine crystal epoxy resin and hardener with phosphorescent powder
The second step is again mixing the ingredients by adding the blue phosphorescent powder. For a good result, always follow the instructions on the package. In addition, it is important to observe the proportions in the process.
Filled areas after curing and drying
The photo collage above shows the filling of cracks, the result after curing and the final sanding. Finally, just paint, let dry and mount on the wall with metal supports.
Phosphorescent details made of epoxy resin and blue powder.
The same technique you can traditionally use to give the imperfections an “invisible” touch-up. However, it seems that the adoption of a completely different approach is very satisfying.
DIY jewelry made of epoxy resin and natural wood.
By the way, the last project we are pleased to present to you is also unusual. It is homemade jewelry , which is based on the same principle as the epoxy resin table.
The necessary materials
To avoid repetition, we will not explain the various steps in detail, but show them in photos. In summary, we must admit that all these DIY projects require a certain amount of patience, but the game is worth it because the final result is really to be admired.
Blue epoxy resin and wooden discs in a bath of glass.
Step by step production of pendants from phosphorescent epoxy resin.
Cutting and rough grinding of future jewelry pieces
Drilling fine holes
Different finishes and color combinations of the wood and blue resin
The final result is remarkable!