Epoxy resin art is a form of art which utilises epoxy resin a low molecular weight pre-polymer or high molecular weight polymer having at least two epoxide groups. The epoxide group is also known as gycidyl or oxirane group. There is a wide range of epoxy resins produced industrially with the raw materials being totally petroleum derived with some plant based sources commercially available. Blending in different grades, using additives, plasticisers or fillers is commonly done to alter the structure of the resin for different purposes. This is also known as formulating the resin.
Epoxy is the basic component or the cured end product of epoxy resins. Epoxy resins can be either cross-linked with their own selves by a kind of catalytic homo-polymerisation or with a broad variety of co-reactants like acids, acid anhydrides, poly-functional amines, alcohols, phenols and thiols. The co-reactants are often called hardeners or curatives and the cross-linking reaction is known as curing. The reactions of the poly-epoxides with their own selves or with hardeners of a poly-functional nature form a thermosetting polymer which has high temperature and chemical resistance and mechanical strength. Epoxy has many applications in metal coatings, electronics, insulators, paint brush manufacturing, epoxy resin art, manufacture of special plastic material and structural adhesives.
Epoxy resin when used in art provides high gloss finish to the art work with the coat being very clear. It is very safe to use and is essentially nontoxic. When epoxy resin is used then there is no yellowing or any such damage to the art work. It can be easily mixed with an appropriate material in 1:1 ratio as required by the painters. Epoxy resin products produce very attractive and distinctive art forms which are very popular with art enthusiasts. Epoxy resin enhances and protects art work proving to be a valuable agent for producing good quality art work. For more information on epoxy resin art visit company Art Tree Creations.