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Resin Scraps: A Creative Way to Recycle
posted on: 8 Mar, 2024
Recycled Resin Art

As a child of the early 90s, Saturday mornings it meant one thing: cartoons. And among the lineup of animated superheroes and adventures, one show stood out as a beacon of environmental consciousness: Captain Planet. With its catchy theme song and colorful cast of characters, Captain Planet and the Planeteers instilled in me a sense of responsibility towards our planet at an early age.

Growing up with Captain Planet meant more than just entertainment; it meant learning about the importance of environmental stewardship and the consequences of human actions on the planet. The show’s message of teamwork, conservation, and the power of individual actions left a lasting impression on me, shaping my values and worldview as I navigated through childhood.

Taking Care of the Planet

Fast forward to the present day, and remnants of those childhood lessons manifest in unexpected ways, particularly in my creative endeavors. As an avid resin artist, I often find myself confronted with a familiar dilemma: what to do with leftover scraps of resin. In the past, the easy solution would have been to toss them in the trash without a second thought. However, thanks to the lingering influence of Captain Planet, I can’t help but feel a pang of guilt at the mere thought of discarding them.

The ethos of “reduce, reuse, recycle” ingrained in me by Captain Planet urges me to find a more sustainable solution. After all, every drop of resin represents a precious resource, and the idea of contributing to the growing mountain of waste troubles me deeply. So, instead of succumbing to convenience, I’ve made a conscious effort to find creative ways to repurpose those leftover scraps.

Recycling Resin Scraps

Recycling resin scraps offers a myriad of environmental benefits, reducing plastic waste in landfills and oceans, conserving fossil fuels, and preserving natural resources. Upcycling resin scraps into new items not only minimizes environmental impact but also fosters creativity and artistic expression.

Resin scraps

One effective method of recycling resin scraps is by utilizing silicone molds. By cutting the scraps into small pieces and filling the mold, you can create unique and colorful resin items. The color of the resin scraps is reflected in the finished product, allowing for personalized color combinations.

To illustrate, I embarked on a project to create a multicolored resin skull. Using a skull mold, I filled it with a variety of colored resin scraps and then added clear resin to the mold. After 24 hours of curing, the result was a stunning and unique skull that now proudly adorns my home.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make your own multicolored resin skull:

  1. Gather your materials:
    • Resin scraps
    • Silicone mold (skull or desired shape)
    • Clear resin
    • Mixing cup
    • Stirring stick
    • Gloves
    • Safety glasses
    • Safety mask
  2. Prepare your workspace:
    • Cover your work surface with plastic or a silicon mat.
    • Put on protective gear (gloves, mask, safety glasses).
  3. Cut your resin scraps:
    • Use tin snips or a rotary cutter to cut the scraps into small pieces.
  4. Fill the silicone mold with resin scraps.
  5. Add clear resin to the mold:
    • Mix the clear resin according to the package directions.
    • Pour the clear resin into the mold, filling it to the top.
  6. Let the resin cure:
    • Allow the resin to cure for 24 hours or as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  7. Demold the skull:
    • Carefully peel the silicone mold away from the resin skull.

Your multicolored resin skull is now ready to be displayed as a unique piece of art or gifted to a loved one.

Resin Scrap Repurposing

Upcycling resin scraps into colorful art projects is an eco-friendly and creative endeavor. It not only reduces waste but also allows artists to express their individuality. From skull sculptures to pendants and decorative items, the possibilities are endless. 

Lesions Learnt

In a world grappling with environmental challenges, the lessons of Captain Planet are more relevant than ever. Through the simple act of repurposing resin scraps, I’m reminded of the impact that individual actions can have on the world around us. So, the next time you find yourself faced with a similar dilemma, channel your inner Planeteer and dare to make a difference. After all, as Captain Planet famously proclaimed, “The power is yours!”

Recycled Resin Masterpieces

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