We've been having fun with marble epoxy resin abstracts lately and here are some tips we've learned along the way...
There are many types of abstracts and it helps to name them so that you can keep them all straight. We've called this particular abstract MARBLE due to both the way we mix the resin colors in clear and also the way it looks on the finished product. We've further classified the marble abstract with a number that follows it. This number (i.e. Marble-3) tells you how many colors were used in the abstract, not including the clear resin.
1. Resin Quantity
This is the only big disclaimer so we put as our first bullet point. You will need to be ok with using twice as much resin as what is called for on a clear lamination. If you are laminating the bottom of a fish with 6oz cloth, you will want to use 24oz of clear resin (16 resin, 8 hardener). If you are doing a marble abstract you can automatically look to start with 48oz (32 resin, 16 hardener) of resin to do it proper.
2. Half Clear
Half of your resin for the lamination will be clear resin, preferably ENTROPY CLR formula. Let's jump back up to our quantities from the first bullet point; 48oz. You will mix 24oz (16 resin, 8 hardener) of clear resin. You will also mix 24oz of your color resin (16 resin, 8 hardener).
3. Half Color
Decide how many colors you want to do in your marble. We've found the most success when you keep the colors tonal (all the same color but different tones). Contrast in those tones will give you more depth to your marble. For example; if you are doing all blue tones then choose one very dark tone, one very light tone, and one in the middle. Contrast is recommended for both tonal and non-tonal marble work.
- Marble works with multi-color as well
- Watch out for colors that over-power others and dominate
- Colors will bleed into each other and make new colors so don't be surprised if you use yellow and red but have a little orange at the end.
4. Marble Process
Once you've added hardener to all your color buckets and your clear bucket, take each color and pour them into the clear one at a time. If you pour in a circle motion you'll see the color stays separate from the clear. If you pour the colors in layers you will see them floating in the clear. Give the bucket one quick stir and you're ready to pour.
5. Lamination Application
Do not work the resin into the cloth using the squeegee in the traditional manner. You should have enough resin to cover the entire lamination surface without having to spread any resin around. Once the entire surface is covered you will take a single squeegee pull over the surface and cascade the resin down the lap. You should have plenty of resin that you don't have to work resin towards the lap. Let the lap drain out for a couple of minutes before tucking the lap under.
Let us know how it goes!