Epoxy resin is a type of thermosetting plastic that hardens when mixing two components: a resin and a hardener.
Epoxy resin has many applications in different fields, such as construction, industry, art and craft.
Ceramic is an inorganic, non-metallic material that forms when subjecting a mixture of clay and other minerals to high temperatures. Ceramic has properties such as hardness, heat resistance, porosity and variety of shapes and colors.
The combination of epoxy resin and ceramic can result in unique and original artworks, that take advantage of the benefits of both materials.
Some examples of these artworks are:
Jewelry made of epoxy resin and ceramic: You can create rings, necklaces, earrings and other jewelry pieces with epoxy resin and ceramic, using molds or cutting shapes by hand. Epoxy resin allows you to incorporate decorative elements such as flowers, leaves, stones or glitter, while ceramic adds texture and color.
Pots made of epoxy resin and ceramic: You can make pots with epoxy resin and ceramic, using techniques such as mosaic, decoupage or hand painting. Epoxy resin protects ceramic from moisture and gives it shine, while ceramic offers a solid and resistant base for plants.
Paintings made of epoxy resin and ceramic: You can make paintings with epoxy resin and ceramic, using canvases or wooden boards as support.
Epoxy resin allows you to create visual effects such as transparency, depth or relief, while ceramic provides volume and contrast.
How to make Pots of Epoxy Resin and Ceramic: To make pots of epoxy resin and ceramic, you need the following materials and steps:
Transparent epoxy resin, which consists of two components: A resin and a hardener. You can buy it in craft stores or online.
Color pigments to dye the resin: You can use special dyes for resin, acrylic paints or mica powders.
Silicone or plastic molds to shape the pots: You can use commercial molds or make them yourself with recycled objects.
Ceramic, which can be clay, mud, stoneware or porcelain: You can buy it in craft stores or online.
Tools to model and decorate ceramic, such as rollers, cutters, stamps, sponges, brushes, etc.
Oven to bake ceramic: You can use an electric, gas or wood oven, depending on the type of ceramic you choose.
Prepare the epoxy resin following the manufacturer’s instructions: Mix the two components in the right proportions and stir well until homogeneous. Add the pigments you want to give color to the resin.
Pour the epoxy resin into the molds you have chosen for the pots: You can make layers of different colors or create effects with sticks or blowtorches. Let the resin cure for the time indicated by the manufacturer, which may vary depending on the temperature and humidity.
Unmold the resin pots carefully and sand the edges if necessary: You can varnish them with a layer of transparent resin to give them more shine and protection.
Prepare the ceramic by kneading the dough until it is smooth and without bubbles: Stretch the dough with a roller on a smooth surface and cut the pieces you want to decorate the pots. You can make geometric shapes, flowers, letters, etc.
Decorate the ceramic pieces with the tools you prefer: You can engrave textures, paint with glazes or slips, apply stamps or stickers, etc. Let the pieces dry in the open air or in a dryer until they lose moisture.
Bake the ceramic pieces in the oven following the manufacturer’s instructions: The time and temperature will depend on the type of ceramic you use. Let the pieces cool down inside the oven before taking them out.
Glue the ceramic pieces on the resin pots with a resistant and suitable adhesive for both materials. You can place them as you like, covering the whole surface or just a part.
Enjoy your epoxy resin and ceramic pots, which you can use to plant flowers, herbs or succulents.