Lacing and Cells in Resin

Lacing and Cells in Resin

Lacing makes your waves look ultra realistic and adds beautiful details. The cells can be achieved a multitude of ways and is affected by various factors. We will go over the ones I have identified as the most important- technique, timing, and materials.

Technique

Adding heat to your white resin, while blowing it out, moves the white pigment over the clear or colored resin, leaving you with cells. You can use a butane torch or heat gun for this. Hair dryers use too much air and not enough heat. I don’t recommend using them.

Aside from blowing your waves out with your heat source you can also swipe the waves, tilt your board, or use heat gun attachments to attain different types of waves. Below, I've included a few examples. Note that each technique yields different results.

 

 

    Does timing matter?

    The short answer is, YES! Timing makes a world of difference!

    Here is a little experiment I did and I encourage you to do as well since the results will vary from person to person depending on environment (temp, humidity) and brand of resin. I waited 5, 10, 15, 20 min to blow out my waves You can see that the cells get more defined at 20 minutes and the cells are better formed. I always try to wait at least 20 min after my resin has been mixed to blow out the waves.

    Materials

    What white should you use?
    You should use a white that is heavy but not too heavy. Your white should be pigmented so the cells are defined and opaque. Experiment with different whites to find the one you like the most.

    White pigments that I like:

    You may also use acrylic paint with a drop of alcohol. The alcohol helps the cells form but only use a little!

    Resin

    Table top and artist’s resin make great cells! Casting resin is too thin to hold cells.

    My favorite resin for waves is Total Boat Table Top

    Common Issues

    • Overblowing your waves- adding too much heat can cause your resin to move more than necessary leading to the waves shifting and the white to appear stretched or non-defined. Try not to use too much heat or air (I use the lowest air setting and 2/5 heat) and make sure you are waiting long enough before blowing the waves out.
    • Not enough white- your cells may blur around the edges or be hard to see. Make sure you experiment and find the right amount of white for you.
    • Too much white- the white appears to have "dropped" into the resin instead of sitting on the surface. 


    Conclusion

    Technique, timing, and materials you use are the biggest factors I have found to affect your cells.

    Using different attachments, swiping, tilting, and using heat achieves various cell styles.

    Wait for your resin to "set up" before blowing it out.   

    Make sure you’re using a table top or artist’s resin and  a creamy and pigmented white paste.

    Lastly, have FUN! Experiment to see what works best for you!

    5 comments

    Hi!

    Thank you for these excellent tips! I do have a question. When you wait 5-10-15-20 minutes, is that after you’ve mixed your white paste into the clear resin? Or do you wait that long BEFORE you mix the white into your resin?

    Thanks so much!

    Molly

    Molly Whitebear

    Thanks for sharing. Will def give it another go!

    Tiffany

    Thank you so much! I appreciate your advice! Going to keep working at it! I hope to one day get as beautiful cells as you do! Your work is stunning!

    Melanie Harris

    Hi Melanie!

    Thanks so much for reaching out. I mix up the white paste and set it aside then spread the colored and/or clear resin onto the board. Then I wait to blow out the cells :) I believe the Let’s Resin pigments may be alcohol inks, but I’m not 100%. Castin craft has worked for me but it’s not my favorite. The armor white should work. Please let me know how it goes!!

    Thank you,
    Joyce

    Joyce

    Hi, I have been trying to make beautiful cells. I’ve had some success but seems I can’t get it consistent. I use pro marine resin, and I’ve been using white “Armor Art” which is supposed to give you cells. So big question, when you say you mix your resin and white together are you letting it set in the container for up to 20 min before you blow it out, or are you mixing it and then laying it on your piece your working on and then waiting up to 20 min before you blow it out. I hope you understand my question. Lol I was using castin craft white and that didn’t make not a one cell. Lol I haven’t seen the white Pigments you have listed above. I have lets resin alcohol inks, and I just got in a set of lets resin pigment paste. Would that be the same pigment paste your talking about above? Mine just says “white” on the bottle! Thank you for your help and advice! I dream to make beautiful cells like yours!!!! Help!!! Thanks and Happy New Year! Melanie Harris

    Melanie Harris

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