In my the previous post on creating water tiles which can be found here , I gave you an overview of what the final result was and showed you some pictures of those results. In today video, after the jump, you'll see the tools used and I'll talk about some of the resins I've been using.
The resin that I recommend is called Easy Cast Epoxy Resin (pictured above). This resin is a 1 to 1 mix ratio of resin to hardener. I found it to be the most forgiving and the results are near perfect every time. The cost is relatively low too. I picked up a gallon for 50.00 and my calculations is that you can get 32 5x5 in. and 1/4 in. thick water tiles out of that amount of resin. The smaller you go however the price seems to increase so you're better off buying in the larger quantity. The only drawback that I see is it takes a full 24 hrs to cure so this is certainly not a speedy product. Also they recommend if pouring very thick projects, say you're making your own gelatinous cube, that you should pour in no more than 6 oz. at a time. One last thing of note, this was the first resin I used to cast some tiles so I've had these tiles the longest and they are still in the same condition as when I created them. I didn't have any of the issues I encountered below with the clear-lite resin with the crystallization of the tiles after a few months.
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Anyways, Its very aggravating as these the tiles I made with the clear-lite were pretty cool. I did some additional variation pieces, not just whole water tiles, or straight water banks, and now they are all clouded up and you can barely see the grid below. I think it was just a chemical reaction over time between the 5min epoxy resin and the clear-lite resin which is disappointing.
Well here is the video discussing the resins:
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