Floating Epoxy Wall Art With LED
This Floating Epoxy Wall Art is sure to be an impressive addition to your décor. LED lights will illuminate your signature epoxy art, while the striking frame will accentuate your masterpiece. The remote-controlled LED strip allows you to easily regulate when your art will be illuminated and also the color of light to be displayed. Or if you prefer a lower maintenance lighting option, you can use wired LED lights.
See material list above. Note the recommended alcohol should be 91% isopropyl. This alcohol also works great for cleaning up spills in unwanted areas.
Mixing and pouring
First, I poured 6 oz. of hardener followed by 6 oz. of resin. Then, I used a mixing stick to stir for 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes of mixing, I transferred the solution into a new container. This ensures that the solution has been thoroughly mixed.
Adding color and pouring
Next, I added a small amount of white paint to the solution I just mixed, this solution will be my base. You can use any color for a base color. Then, I continued to mix for an additional 4 minutes. After I was done mixing, it was time to pour the solution right on the hardboard. I used a paintbrush to evenly distribute the epoxy, taking special care to avoid over brushing whichcould expose the workpiece. Then, I used a torch to get rid of the air bubbles in the epoxy.
When using a torch, you want to make sure to keep it in motion to speed up drying time and prevent cracking.
Next, using the same procedures in Step 2, I made another 12oz of epoxy mix. After that, I separated the mix evenly between 4 plastic cups, added individual powdered color mix to each cup.
Now, I drizzled the different colored epoxy onto the hardboard base and used the paintbrush to distribute and mix the colors. The alcohol in the spray bottle is used to help the colors spread. Remember to use the torch to remove any air bubbles. My suggestion is to have fun and experiment to find what works for you to create the look that you desire. After allowing about 30 minutes of drying time, I used a mixing stick to clean up the drips. Let this sit for 24 hours you can and it’s ready. You can leave it as is or add another layer of color for a 3D effect. I’ll touch more on this topic in a future project.
Making the frame
I made the outside frame using mitered corners for a clean look. There is a ¾ in. gap between the art and the frame. A groove was routed in the back of the frame, this will allow the 1/4in. plywood to sit flush in the back of the frame. I did a dry fit of the frames to make sure everything lines up. Then applied wood glue in the joints and in the groove where the plywood will sit. After squaring up the frame I shot a few nails to hold it while the glue set.
Behind the art, there is a smaller frame that is used to elevate the art and give it a floating look. The smaller frame was joined with pocket holes screws. I removed the sharp corners and gave it a round finish. This will allow the LEDs to wrap around the fame easily. The small frame was attached only with the wood glue, but you can surely add a few screws through the back of the plywood. I found this to be the best way to center up the small frame, take some small blocks and used them as spacers as shown in the photos.
Sand and paint the frame
I sanded all of the lumber using 120 grit sandpaper followed by 220 grit. For the finish, I applied 2 coats of white spray paint and 1 coat of Polycrylic.
Adding the LEDs and art
The LED light strip will adhere to the edge of the smaller frame. Make sure the LED connector ends up inside the frame and is long enough to connect to the battery pack. After measuring the LED strip to the required length, I cut the strip at a copper line, then peel and stick. I dabbed a small amount of hot glue along the LED strip for added strength.
Next, I used a 3-inch hole saw to drill out a hole that will be used to access the battery pack. I attached the art to the inside frame with hot glue.
Lastly, attach the battery pack and perform a test run.
Add mounting hardware
There are a number of hanging products available, but I kept it simple and installed a sawtooth hanger.
This Floating Epoxy Wall Art will be a unique conversation piece in your home. Between the different colors of epoxy, LED lights and wood stains you can incorporate into this project, the possibilities are endless.
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- Epoxy resin kit
- (1) 8′ 1×2 Pine Board (Local Home Center)
- (1) 6′ 1×2 Pine Board (Local Home Center)