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Definition of Polyresin

Polyresin is a hydrocarbon, or an organic compound that contains only hydrogen and carbon. It has many uses, particularly in the art industry where it lends itself well for figurines and molds.

Origins

Polyresin mostly comes from coniferous trees, but other plants such as the dragon blood plant might yield it. When fossilized, such resin from trees is called amber.

Use

Manufacturers use polyresin for a variety of purposes, including making dishes and household wares. It also can be used in making jewelry, statues or molds. Some fragile pieces of art, such as preserved flowers, can be coated with polyresin to protect them.

Characteristics

When heated, polyresin becomes flexible. Once it dries and hardens, however, the substance is nearly unbreakable and can withstand handling and use.

Advantages

Polyresin is a popular choice among artists because of its ability to hold a high level of detail. It is remarkably easier to carve than wood or stone and holds the detail well.

Compatibility

Most paints and metallic finishes are compatible with polyresin. It can be used with metal, wood and even stone. Alabastrite, a form of polyresin, is created through the addition of ground stone. This additional filler allows for different types of textures.

About the Author

Chelsea Rose began writing professionally in 2009. She has written veterinarian articles for VetInfo.com and private clients. Currently a full-time student, she is finishing an associate degree in preparation to major in international studies and receive a minor in Mandarin Chinese through Portland State University.

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