Resin statues are alternatives to traditional cast stone figures. Resin is a synthetic polymer material that is lighter than stone. A resin statue costs less than a traditional cast stone piece, sometimes only because of its much lower shipping weight. Resin statues range from life-size garden pieces to small figurines intended for placement in planters or flower pots. Do-it-yourself aging techniques can give a resin statue the look of very old stone statues.
Resin statues can be small or full size.
Resin statues can range in size from small to full size.
There are instruction books available online and in craft stores on painting and distressing resin statues to give them the appearance of old stone. Antique painted resin statues can be dented and then hand painted to an antique finish. Various faux metal and stone finishes can imitate chrome, marble, stone or brass. In some cases, it can be very difficult to distinguish lightweight resin statues from the traditional cast stone type if the finish is properly applied. Craft stores may sell ready-to-paint indoor or outdoor resin statues, as well as instruction books on painting techniques.
Supplies for making resin statues should include silicone molds. Silicone gives the best end result for mixing the statue. The resin mixture to be poured into the molds is usually sold as a powder. If fiberglass is added, it can be sold as a fiberglass polyester resin.
Finished resin statues can be purchased at many home improvement stores as well as some statue suppliers. The subjects available cover a wide range from religious to whimsical. Everything from angels and saints to animals can be purchased in a resin statue today. Resin statues that are also fountains, birdbaths or planters are very popular for their decorative use in yards and gardens. Finished statues can also decorate indoor planters in solariums.
By looking at their yard and planning the placement of each statue to enhance the landscaping, homeowners can often create an attractive yard in the style they like. Resin garden statues should be used sparingly to avoid a cluttered or cheap look. Choosing a theme, such as an enchanted forest, fairy tale or heavenly angel scene, is a good idea when planning to install resin statues in a yard.
The disadvantage of resin statues is that they can crack in sub-zero temperatures. For this reason, it is best to store resin statues indoors in very cold weather. In general, statues refer to large or life-size figures, while smaller pieces are sold as figurines or statuettes.