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Aug 19, 2014

DIY Idea: Make Glowing Resin-Inlayed Wooden Shelves

Industrial designer and jeweler Mat Brown came up with this awesome technique for taking a split, live-edge length of chesnut wood, and rather than fixing its flaws, decided to highlight their natural character. By making them glow in the dark.    

Mat detailed his process on a Reddit post, where his mixes a two-part resin with some glow-in-the-dark pigment from eBay, and then planed and sanded everything smooth. 

He doesn't share an official "how-to" but the step-by-step photos and materials shots walk you through what it would take to pull these off. If you're not into the glowing aspect, some brightly colored normal pigment would look just as rad. Check out the Reddit thread and Imgur gallery for the full process:

Resin inlaid chestnut shelves 

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Joe on Nov 30, 2015:

This has a beautiful look to it ! It is inspiring me to try it on a few small projects I am working on. I have been reading up on working with epoxy casting resin, and looking at You-Tube videos to prepare myself.