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#62202
Re:3D Field Tiles Idea + Painted Dwarvenite 7 Months ago  
I love these water tiles. I'd love to buy some from you once you're satisfied with the end product.
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#62204
Re:Undel's Craft Thread - Resin Water Tiles 7 Months ago  
If you can get this process perfected, I would buy these. I know on the KS comments you said you're not intending to sell, but if someone were to make 2x2 water tiles, I'd be in.
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#62205
Re:Undel's Craft Thread - Resin Water Tiles 7 Months ago  
I would buy as well.
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#62209
Re:Undel's Craft Thread - Resin Water Tiles 7 Months ago  
Wanted to chime in with others that this project is really sweet. On the KS comment thread, I mentioned the possibility of two-sided inserts in the middle versus at the bottom, so that one side is slimy green murk and one is clear blue water, etc.

Regardless, this definitely rocks.
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#62212
Re:Undel's Craft Thread - Resin Water Tiles 7 Months ago  
What;s funny is I had just kinda revisted doing this very same project a few days ago, and couldn't find any decent way of doing it. This helps immensely.

I would love to know - how do you adhere the cork to the resin? Just normal white glue, same as if you were basing something, or is there a major step I am missing?

I would also love to know the exact brand of resin, if possible.

Thanks much!!!!
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#62213
Re:Undel's Craft Thread - Resin Water Tiles 7 Months ago  
Lork wrote:
Wanted to chime in with others that this project is really sweet. On the KS comment thread, I mentioned the possibility of two-sided inserts in the middle versus at the bottom, so that one side is slimy green murk and one is clear blue water, etc.

Regardless, this definitely rocks.


This is a cool idea, but I don't think it would work for my process. The problem is that the clear, shiny surface IS the surface of the tile where it hits the air. Anything that touches the mold gets a bit foggy because it's picking up the imperfections of the mold. Doing two-side is not possible this way, but I'm sure that there's a way to do it somehow! I just havn't worked one out yet.





galladril wrote:
What;s funny is I had just kinda revisted doing this very same project a few days ago, and couldn't find any decent way of doing it. This helps immensely.

I would love to know - how do you adhere the cork to the resin? Just normal white glue, same as if you were basing something, or is there a major step I am missing?

I would also love to know the exact brand of resin, if possible.

Thanks much!!!!


The cork inserts sit paint-side up in the mold, and are pushed all the way to the bottom. The epoxy is poured directly on top of them, and gets into all the tiny cracks present in the cork, making it stick nicely! YOu could try it with a smoother surface, but I went with cork tiles because they're cheap and I felt more comfortable with the resin gripping them without the need for glue. You can get cork tiles from Joanne Fabrics. I recommend using a 50% off coupon!

I used klear kote epoxy: creativewholesale.com/ProductDetail/tabid/174/ProductID/1290/Default.aspx You can probably find something smaller for cheaper, but I planned on making a whole bunch of these tiles, so I bought in bulk. (I planned on not just sewers, but I was going to try making a swamp with bushes and stuff sticking out of the epoxy and possibly some ones with hirst-arts block edges.)



I'll keep working on my method and provide updates if I figure out a better way to do this. If anyone wants to use these instructions or offer these types of tiles for sale, you're perfectly welcome to! :) ...if you have a good idea for how to improve this type of process and are feeling kind, I'd love if you let me know so I can work on making my tiles better too!



I started work on the second batch of tiles. I have made sure to include a gridded pattern on the painted cork this time around, which I forgot the first time. Then I can see if I like it or not. Our group is sort of married to our grid. I am going to let the epoxy cure for its first hour while on top of a running dryer. I hope that this will shake out most of the bubbles that I saw present in my first pour.

Photo of the painted/gridded cork before I put them in the mold and pour epoxy over them:
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#62216
Re:Undel's Craft Thread - Resin Water Tiles 7 Months ago  
Undel,

As you can see, your topic has generated quite a bit of a stir. Thank you for the advice, and I really hope you continue to post here for myself and everyone else. :)

Thank you for product links as well - it's always nice to go into a project using something exact and having it look exact, rather than "well it looks CLOSE....BUT......."

Much appreciated!!!
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#62219
Re:Undel's Craft Thread - Resin Water Tiles 7 Months ago  
galladril wrote:
Undel,

As you can see, your topic has generated quite a bit of a stir. Thank you for the advice, and I really hope you continue to post here for myself and everyone else. :)

Thank you for product links as well - it's always nice to go into a project using something exact and having it look exact, rather than "well it looks CLOSE....BUT......."

Much appreciated!!!


You're welcome!

Oh, about the cork: If you're going to try this I should mention that it likes to float. It is less dense than the epoxy. My cork sits at the bottom of the mold because it's cut to be a tight squeeze to fit in the mold. It is held in the bottom of the mold by the pressure created from the walls of the mold. If you cut it to be smaller than your mold it will float right to the top.

You could try a different material than cork. I just went with it as my first try for materials. There might be something better out there. I'm curious how chipboard would do. :)
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#62220
Re:Undel's Craft Thread - Epoxy Water Tiles 7 Months ago  
Ill keep the floating in mind. Thanks!!!
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#62222
Re:Undel's Craft Thread - Epoxy Water Tiles 7 Months ago  
Posted this in the KS comments, but it probably belongs here:

How about a two stage mold process with 1/3 thickness in the core along with the graphics, 1/3 thickness in a top-side first pour, and 1/3 thickness in a bottom side second pour after the top-side fully cures? It's more work, but each tile is now twice as useful...
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#62223
Re:Undel's Craft Thread - Epoxy Water Tiles 7 Months ago  
A good online source for cork squares is WidgetCo (yeah, it's a super descriptive name).

www.widgetco.com/cork

I ordered a whole bunch of 4" square coasters to base some Hirst Arts pieces on, and they work great.

I know there's at least one thread on the HA forums with a technique similar to this. I'll see if I can dig it up for comparison.
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#62224
Re:Undel's Craft Thread - Epoxy Water Tiles 7 Months ago  
Thanks for all the tips and ideas. It's inspiring me to give it a go for myself. Of course, I'm also dying to make up some inserts for my CoS pool.
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