So you want to make orgonite? Awesome! Let’s have a look at a few of the supplies that you will need in order to make it.
First of all, if you haven’t read my post on what metals to use in orgonite, be sure to do so. The ideal option is to find a source of good, clean metal shavings(such as these), but there are other alternatives, such as copper and steel scrubbies, BB pellets and cut-up aluminium cans.
Most people use polyester resin since it has good shrinkage for orgonite (the more pressure put on the crystal, the better), and is a relatively cheap option. When it comes to polyester resin, you have two options – you can either use regular resin, which has a brownish-yellow tint to it, or the more expensive water clear casting resin. If you are just starting out, I recommend regular resin, since it may take a bit of practice before you perfect your orgonite-pouring skills, and it’s better to start with a less expensive option if your first pours don’t come out as well as you would have wanted.
Amazon has a good selection of resins:
- Bondo Fiberglass Resin is a popular option for a good price
- If you want water clear casting resin, check out Environmental Tech Clear Casting Resin
(note: When buying a resin, make sure to also buy the catalyst/hardener. Some companies sell both as a package, but sometimes you will need to buy them separately).
Crystal quartz (or another piezoelectric crystal such as amethyst, citrine or tourmaline) is a must for orgonite. It usually works out cheapest to buy these in bulk.
When it comes to pouring resin, you can use glass, metal, some types of plastics, and silicone moulds. For beginners, I definitely recommend silicone, since the orgonite will come out of the mould easily, but if you use mould release or other kinds of lubricant (even vegetable oil will do), you can experiment with other types of moulds.
- Glass – Many orgoniteers use martini glasses to create beautiful orgonite cones. Use mould release (WD 40 works for me) beforehand, or use a paintbrush to spread a thin layer of oil on the inside.
- Silicone – I made my first orgonite with silicone muffin moulds. If you want to experiment with different shapes and sizes, both Amazon and Ebay offer a huge selection of silicone baking moulds in different shapes and sizes. You can even find pyramid moulds.
- Metal – This is another good idea for a mould, but be sure to use mould release again! Amazon sells stainless steel pyramid moulds
- Plastic – Only some plastics can be used with resin. Generally, opaque plastics are better than clear plastics, as the latter tend to melt.
When working with resins, it’s important that you do so in a well-ventilated area, and even then, you should be taking some precautions when it comes to your safety. While cured resin is a very stable and safe compound, the curing process creates volatile and toxic compounds which should not be inhaled under any circumstances. For your safety, you should invest in:
- Gloves – I use regular rubber gloves that can be bought in any supermarket.
- Respirator – Invest in a good-quality respirator mask that protects you from organic vapours, such as this one.
- Safety goggles – Again, you should be able to find these at a hardware store, or online.
Here is a list of other items that you will find useful:
- Newspaper – to cover your working area. Once you spill resin on your work surface, it’s hard to get off!
- An apron – or at least clothes that you’re not fussed about
- Disposable knives/spoons – To stir the resin with. You can also use sticks.
- Plastic cups – To pour the resin into
- A fan – You can use this to direct the fumes away from you, especially if you have to work indoors. I use a fan by the window, pointing outwards so it sucks all the fumes up and blows them out of the window.
- Pigment – If you want colourful orgonite, you can use pigment dye such as these (liquid pigment dye that comes in a set of 8 colours), or if you prefer a little bit more shimmer, you can get a set of Pearl EX Powder Pigments (I use these in my orgonite, and it produces a lovely effect).
- Nailpolish remover – will dissolve spilled resin. It has to be the kind containing acetone.
- Vinegar – does the same as the nailpolish remover, but is better to use on your skin in case you spill resin on yourself.