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