The bee is an animal that has been useful to humans for thousands of years due to the substances it makes: honey and wax. Because it is usually regarded positively, is found around flowers and is brightly colored itself, many people enjoy bees and bee-shaped items. Make your own bees from resin, which is a type of plastic that is easy to cast into many shapes. There are many ways to make a resin bee to suit your tastes.
To use casting resins, you must have a mold to pour the resin into. This mold can be large or small, thick or thin, but it must be able to contain the liquid resin. You can purchase silicone rubber molds in many shapes, and you may be able to find one in the shape of a bee. You can also use a plain round or oval shaped mold for a bee that is more abstract or whimsical. It is also possible to easily make your own mold from a bee-shaped object, like a decorative button, using silicone rubber or mold putty.
Bees are typically black and yellow. It is possible to tint resins to these colors. The simplest method is to use resin dye, which is designed specifically for use with resin. However, other materials can be used to color resin. For instance, artist oil paint works very well with resin and mixes to form a rich color. Acrylics can also be used to color resin, as well as transparent glass paints. It is important to not add too much color, though, as this can interfere with the curing process.
Bees have a distinctive yellow and black striped pattern. While it is possible to paint resin, a cleaner looking solution to creating this pattern is to put black strips of paper, craft foam or wire into the bottom of your mold and encase it in the resin. It is also possible to color paper with black and yellow stripes and put it on the back of a mold, or to cut out a piece of paper with a bee printed on it and coat it with a thin layer of resin. This method is particularly suitable for use with thin bezels, which will hold the resin like a mold.
Resin is particularly suited to protecting and embedding objects. You can use this to your advantage when making a resin bee. For instance, if you are using an oval mold for a less realistic and more whimsical bee, you can put a piece of wire into the end of the mold for the bee's stinger. The resin will cure around the wire, holding it in place. You can also use resin to encase whole objects. For instance, if you had a dried real bee, you could encase it in resin. In this instance, you would want to pour some resin into your mold, wait for it to partially set, put in the bee, then cover it with more resin, thus encasing and protecting the bee.
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