What is Polyresin?

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

As a workable material for the creation of quite a few items, polyresin is both an affordable and durable solution to many household needs. Here is some background on this material, as well as some examples of how the material is used in the production of many different goods.

Polyresin may be used in the creation of sculptures and figurines.
Polyresin may be used in the creation of sculptures and figurines.

Polyresin one of the forms of resin materials that are especially flexible when heated. This quality makes it the ideal material to use in any instance where molds are used to great goods. Because it dries to a durable material that is virtually unbreakable, there are a number of manufacturers that choose to use this blend of polyester resin material to produce household goods, art objects and serving dishes.

Polyresin may be used to make vases.
Polyresin may be used to make vases.

One particularly popular form of polyresin is known as alabastrite. This is a blend that includes ground stone material in the mix. Alabastrite is an excellent quality choice for sculpting materials, as well as being much less expensive than most of the traditional blocks of natural stones. In fact, it is often used in the creation of decorate figurines, either by using molds or carving the figures from a block of polyresin by hand. This form is also great to use when it comes to creating ceramics, such as holiday ornaments and decorative candleholders.

Polyresin products usually have a sheen that is similar to fiberglass and has the same tolerance for the addition of color into the material. This allows it to be used in creating all sorts of products to fit into any décor. Along with a mixture of color schemes, polyresin also takes painting very well. This means that items can be receive a metallic finish, or metal flakes can actually be incorporated into the mix prior to molding the item.

Around the house, polyresin picture frames as well as clear or tinted protective toppers for tables offer both durability and a shot of color in the room. Vases, candle holders, and candy dishes can all be made from this material these days. Just about any decorating accent or container that once had to be constructed from tempered glass can now be produced with polyresin.

While some materials do not lend themselves well to detail work, polyresin allows the artist to include as much decorate work as necessary to produce an attractive item. From scrollwork on candle sticks to minute details on the faces of figurines, this is an excellent medium that will hold the shape and produce crystal clear results. As such, many people that have long worked with stone materials and even hard wood in their arts and crafts endeavors have switched to this material when capturing a vision in detail is necessary.

In addition to the number of polyresin products on the market, many hobby stores also supply blocks that can be used in carving and other craft projects. As a durable and affordable alternative medium for creating cherished pieces for the home, it is a great option.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including wiseGEEK, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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As for the figures, they could have broken for a number of reasons. One, the figures were being man handled either by you or the people you bought it from (I'm not sure if they arrived broken or not).

Two, you received a bad batch of figures for your chess set. If dust, water, or debris of some kind got on the polyresin while the container was open, and had yet to be used, this will cripple the polyresin indefinitely so when the polyresin is finally used the finished piece will be highly breakable. This happened to me once and it broke rather easily on carpet flooring.

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