Many different materials and alloys can be used to create statues. However, that doesn’t mean all of those materials are good for casting statues and such. The materials actually good for casting statues are – bronze, resin, stone, ceramic, wood, clay, ivory, plaster, etc. Although, people have their own preferences when it comes to statue materials. Because each material has some advantages and some shortcomings, it depends on what you can handle and what you can’t.
Resin statues are made of plant secretes – a type of coating plants use to heal and cover their injuries, and other organic substances. The sticky characterization of resin makes it a great adhesive as well. It is also quite light compared to some other statue material. That means you can carry it easily from one place to another. Resin is also used for various purposes such as in movies as props. The food and even some of the statues and figurines used in movies are mostly made of resin. Resin is pretty great for casting statues because of its incapability of dissolving in water as well.
Resin sculptures have an amazing quality – you can make them look like they are made of any of these – bronze, stone, marble, or porcelain.
What are the vulnerabilities of resin sculptures?
Like other statue materials, resin has some vulnerabilities as well.
Inflammable – Dry resin is very much inflammable. It can be explosive if it comes in contact with heat or flame. Not to mention, heat can distort the shape of resin statues.
Falls – Accidental falls can bend the shape of resin sculptures, although, it doesn’t break.
Freezing weather – Just as resin sculptures can’t handle too much heat, freezing weather is an enemy of them as well. Cold temperature can cause cracks in the surface of the statues.
Can you keep resin sculptures outdoor?
Resin products have many qualities that make them desirable from an artistic perspective. Water-resistance is one of them. You can easily keep your favorite statue outdoor in the garden if you know a few tricks on how to protect them. Since they are quite lightweight, you can also bring them indoors when the weather takes a difficult turn.
How To protect your resin statues?
If you are about to purchase your first resin statue, or already have purchased one or a few, then the first thing you need to know is how to protect them.
Prevent from dropping
Resin is quite fragile compared to bronze or marble. A bad fall can break your resin statue. And even if it doesn’t break, there is a good chance it might bend out of shape. And a distorted statue can cause as much heartbreak as a broken one can. So, to prevent your favorite statue from breaking or bending, keep it in a safe place.
Keep away from heat and flame
Resin – especially, polyester resin or, polyresin – is prone to heat and flame. They can become explosive and cause little hazards when in contact with fire. Make sure you keep your statues away from these hazardous substances.
When resin comes in contact with freezing temperature, the harsh weather can cause damage to the outer surface. Although, you can use appropriate paint or sealer to protect the outer layer of your resin statues. But, it’s safe to say that the best option is keeping the statues indoor whenever winter hits hard.
Protect from water
Resin is generally waterproof, but even too much water over time can harm your sculptures. Especially, if you are keeping your statues outdoor, use paint to coat the outer layer to ensure it’s completely waterproof. Even then, repaint your statues in a few months to keep the sculptures looking new.
The best kind of paint for your resin sculpture is acrylic paint. It’s waterproof so it won’t melt or peel off your resin statues. You can also have fun with painting your statues by glazing to give them different looks.
We cannot forget the cleaning part while we are talking about protecting your resin sculptures. To keep your statues shining and new, clean them with mild soap and warm water. And afterward, dry the statues completely. Make sure to clean every nook and corner so the dirt comes off completely.
If yours an outdoor sculpture made of resin, then use a UV protectant spray to protect it from the harsh rays of the sun. UV rays can cause the paint or the coating of the statues to come off and make them look ugly.