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Friday, July 16, 2010

Make Your Own Resin Water Tiles! - Part 2

Water Tiles In Use In The Wharf District
In Part 1 of the video series I gave an overview of what I was actually creating, showed a few examples of the finished resin water tiles, and why you would want to make your own, its cheaper, and you can customize!  I briefly touched on a few of the basic steps and ideas of the water tiles.  In todays video, after the jump, I talk about the basic tools needed to create the tiles, some of which includes cutting surfaces, cutting tools, cutting guides, what you can use for a mold (hint its lego's), and of course a quick overview of some source material that you could create, or in a pinch you can use the ocean and lake water tiles sheet I recently posted.



The tools I describe in the video below are certainly not required, but they do aid in the construction and finishing of the resin water tiles.  Feel free to use whatever you have on hand that you think might work for your projects.  The tools I show are the ones that work for the process I followed and in the end produced great results. Your millage may vary.  The main thing you want to make sure you have is a large enough work surface to construct the molds as you'll be cutting out card stock sheets, using sticky packing tape, and of course building with lego's for the mold itself.  In addition you'll want an additional space that you can leave the tiles set, once poured with resin, while they cure for 24 hrs. A garage, patio or other area that might not see a lot of traffic would be ideal.  Also it should be in a well ventilated area and our have an ambient temperature of 75 degrees F.  Colder areas will inhibit the cure rate, while warmer will speed the process somewhat.  Its also important to have a rigid surface to "cover" the water tiles as they cure in this area so that they don't get dust, bugs, etc., caught in the resin as it cures.  I typically just use a spare piece of foam core board and a book on top, but I've also used an old pizza box and a book to cover four molds at a time!

With out further ado here is the tools video:


If you have additional questions, tools that you use, or find useful, please leave a comment below!

In Part 3 I'll talk about the casting resin I use and one that you should avoid.

Hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for stopping by!