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Coloring Engravings in Resin: 4 Ways

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Want to practice the below techniques? Our exclusive coaster molds are a fun project to do so:

Which method do we prefer?

1. Paint & Wipe

For methods 1-3, water down acrylic paint in your color of choice.

Paint the piece using a brush. Make sure to "dab" into the lines to cover them well. Depending on the piece, you may need to paint the entire surface.

Immediately wipe off with a wipe.

2. Paint & Scrape

Paint the piece the same way as method 1.

Wait for the acrylic paint to dry. This may take several hours to make sure the paint is nice and chalky.

Take a scraping tool (can be a palette knife, craft scraper tool) and scrape off all excess paint.

3. Paint & Windex

Paint the piece the same way as method 1 and let dry as in method 2.

Instead of scraping, spray Windex on the piece and use a wipe to easily smear the paint off.

 

4. UV Resin

Mix UV resin with a bit of rubbing alcohol and your desired colorants. To save your extra for later, do this in a storage case for UV resin.

Use a needle style syringe and load it with your mixture. Then, apply inside the lines of your piece. Do so slowly, watching the UV resin bring your lines to life.

The alcohol ink allows the UV resin to easily spread and cover all the crevices.

The Winner: Method 4

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Here's why:

Clean lines

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Covers imperfections

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Quick

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Next Step: Doming Your Piece

Regardless of the method, you will want to apply a thin layer of clear 2-part resin on top of your piece. This will give it shine, depth, and also will protect the paint from chipping.