Epoxy Resin Fabric Encapsulation
Using fabric is a fun way to bring color and pattern to your furniture, and epoxy gives it a polished, professional finish.
There are two different methods you can use when encapsulating fabric in epoxy:
Method 1: You can mod podge the fabric directly to your Table Top surface. Do this by painting a layer of Mod Podge on the table, and lay the fabric on top. Smooth it out ensuring that there are no wrinkles. Add 1-2 additional coats of mod podge on top of the material to seal it and allow it to dry. You can then proceed with following the instructions to pour the epoxy directly over the fabric.
You can choose not to seal the top of the fabric, but it will cause your fabric to have a "wet" look and will most likely alter the color.
Method 2: We recommend this method to encapsulate a bulky piece of fabric, or an item that you do not want to ruin, such as a folded flag. We suggest that you seal the fabric first with plexiglass. By doing this, you will ensure that the fabric is sealed correctly and no air bubbles get trapped. The fabric is also protected in case that something went wrong with the application and the material does not get ruined, or you want to do something else with the fabric at a later time.
You'll want to lay the plexiglass (or acrylic sheet) over the fabric and "glue" it down with an ultra clear acrylic glue. You can also make a clear box out of plexiglass if you prefer. You will not be able to see the plexiglass through the epoxy. Once everything is dry, you'll want to do two seal coats with the epoxy to ensure that everything is completely sealed before proceeding to the flood coat. From there you'll want to make sure that you pour 1/8" at a time, waiting 4-10 hours between applications.
If you do not wish to use plexiglass, you can protect your material in a glass case and encase it in epoxy. Just be sure that everything is sealed and you follow all our instructions.
Have you played around with fabric and epoxy resin? If so, please let us know!