Are you wondering if making a Resin Cheeseboard can be fun and creative? You are in the right place. A DIY resin cheeseboard can be a thoughtful and artistic collection in your kitchenware.
I have made a few resin geode cheeseboards and resin chopping boards for my friends and family. But being an ocean freak I decided on making a resin cheeseboard on an ocean beach theme for myself.
So, without further ado, I will take you through a step-by-step video tutorial on how to make a beautiful and useful resin cheeseboard/chopping board for your kitchen.
An Easy and Mess-free Idea on Making a Resin Cheeseboard at Home
Cheeseboards are available in various shapes and sizes. Made in a variety of woods like, pine, teak, bamboo you can find one that fits your requirement. Amazon is the best option to check out cheese boards for a decent price.
Once you have decided on the shape and size of your cheeseboard, start brainstorming for the design and colors you would like to use for resin pour on it. You could decide on a two-color combination with some elements like small pebbles or crystals to add on. Or you can go with a tri-color or a four color design with no elements at all. It should be a personal choice as you are the one who would be seeing and using it quite often if it’s for your kitchen collection.
As I always say, planning the design and the color scheme is the first and the most important step for any epoxy resin project. The execution and outcome of your resin artwork will depend on your planning time. So make sure to spend some good time on thinking how you want your resin cheeseboard to look like.
You have successfully read it till here. So, I’m sure that you must have decided on the type of cheese board you’ll be working on.
Different Types of Wood You Can Use for Making a Resin Cheeseboard
There are different woods you can choose from for making a resin cheeseboard at home.
For his tutorial, I have picked up an acacia wood cheeseboard that I bought from Amazon. You can use any wood you like. These are readily available on Amazon.
Using Epoxy For Making a Resin Cheeseboard – DIY Tips
Epoxy resin is a chemical that comes in two components, part A is Resin and part B is Hardener. Mix part A and part B either by volume or by weight as mentioned on the label instructions.
All epoxy resin brands mix in different ratios. To know the ratio of mixing (1:1, 2:1, or 3:1) resin and hardener read the instructions on your epoxy resin bottle label carefully. If the mixing ratio is altered it might result in an uncured resin piece.
For making a resin cheeseboard I used this Indian Epoxy Resin brand An Art Affaire by Swati. The epoxy comes in 2 types. One which is of thick consistency and is mixed in the ratio of 2 (parts resin):1 (part hardener). It has a short pot-life and gives a working time of nearly 20 minutes. I love working with this epoxy resin as it lets me control the flow of resin and cures in 12 to 18 hours.
Another type is of thin consistency that is mixed in the ratio of 3 (parts resin):1 (part hardener). It has a longer pot-life and gives a working time of 35 to 40 minutes.
For a beginner’s level, I would suggest using any brand with a mixing ratio of 3:1 to give you more working time.
How Can You Calculate the Amount of Resin Needed for Making a Resin Cheeseboard?
If you do not know how much resin you’ll need for your resin project, there are a few resin calculators available online. You can easily calculate the amount of resin needed by putting the dimensions of the base you are using.
It’s been a few months that I have been working with resin now so I pour the resin in proximity. If there is any resin left I use it to cast another mold simultaneously.
What Should You Know About Epoxy Resin Before You Start to Work on Making a Resin Cheeseboard?
Epoxy resin is a chemical. It emits harmful fumes and some cheap quality resins have a pungent smell too. So you have to be careful when working with epoxy resin. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you begin your epoxy resin project:
|Have a separate room or area designated for resin work where kids should not be allowed.|
|Work in a ventilated room.|
|Do not work outside as dust particles can stick to the resin and are not easy to remove.|
|Epoxy resin is a chemical and emits harmful fumes and cheap quality resin has a pungent smell.|
|Always wear a mask and latex gloves before you begin working on your epoxy resin project.|
|Epoxy resin art is expensive art. Never buy cheap quality resin as it can be health hazardous.|
|Epoxy resin does not give you time to alter your design while working. So spend more time planning the project than you would on execution.|
|Epoxy resin has a pot life of 30 to 40 minutes. This means you only have nearly 35 minutes to use the ready resin mixture.|
|Lastly, epoxy resin can get messy. So always cover your work area with three layers of newspaper and a plastic sheet on top of it. Or any old bed sheet that’s readily available at home.|
Now that we know that working with epoxy resin at home is safe and easy. Let’s get you started.
List of Things You’ll Need for Making a Resin Cheeseboard
The art materials listed here are easily available on Amazon. It is easy to order and supplies are reasonably priced.
|Glitter and Chunks / Shells (optional)|
|Mask and Latex Gloves|
|Disposable Plastic Cups|
|Ice-Cream Sticks to Stir|
|Electronic Digital Weighing Scale|
Gather Your Supplies to Your Work Area
Bring all the supplies that you need in your work area. Once you start working with resin it would be difficult for you to leave it in between to grab things.
Wear Mask and Gloves
Always wear a mask and latex gloves before you start your epoxy resin project. Epoxy resin has a pungent smell and emits fumes that can be health hazardous. It is also advisable to wear eyeglasses to protect your eyes. Resin drops on the skin can also cause itching and rashes. So, it is good to keep your hands covered in gloves.
Mixing Epoxy Resin and Hardener
Read the label instructions on your epoxy resin bottle. And mix the resin (part A) and hardener (part B) in the ratio mentioned.
I am using a 2:1 epoxy. So I have mixed 2 parts resin and 1 part hardener, and I let it sit for 3 minutes. It allows the bubbles to set in. Stir the mixture using an ice-cream stick. Scrape the sides thoroughly.
Mix Pigments and Resin Mixture
Pour resin mixture into 2 more disposable cups. Add the desired pigments to each cup of the resin mixture. I am using Ocean Blue and Turquoise for water and Foamy White for waves.
Pouring the First Layer
Pouring ocean beach resin first layer – Start by pouring the ocean blue resin mix from the handle of the cheeseboard and move towards the center. Use a hairdryer to settle the bubbles. Pour a thin layer of foamy white resin mix to make waves. Blow the white line from one end to the other to make lace in the waves. Let this layer cure for 5 to 6 hours.
Pouring the Second Layer
After the first layer has cured, pour the second layer of the ocean beach. Start by pouring ocean blue resin mix. Make the waves in a similar way as we did in the first pour. Leave it to cure for 24 hours.
Pouring the Final Layer
You can either stop at the second layer or you can even decide to pour the third layer to give more depth.
Cover the Cheeseboard and Set Aside to Cure for 24 Hours
It is a good idea to cover your cheeseboard with a cardboard box or mosquito net while it cures. This does not let dust particles or dirt to settle on the resin surface. Leave it to cure for 24 hours.
Finally Cured Resin Cheeseboard
Wow! Ocean beach resin theme always surprises me with its beauty and elegance. I just can’t seem to get enough of the ocean beach theme.
The epoxy resin cheeseboard makes for a great gifting idea. It also looks simply awesome hanging on your kitchen wall too.
Hope this video tutorial will give you more ideas to start working on your next resin project.
Do share the pictures of your lovely creations in the comments below. I would love to see your artistic resin creations.