Jesmonite, an environmentally friendly and safe alternative to resin, plaster and concrete

Jesmonite is an eco-friendly safe alternative to resin, plaster or concrete. It is fun, easy to use, can be cast and worked in many ways to achieve stunning outcomes, in a multitude of projects. It can be mixed with other materials such as pigments, ink, metal fillers, even coffee to achieve unique finishes. The possibilities are endless!

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    Stronger : Strong, flexible and more durable, making it high impact resistant.
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    Lighter : Lighter than stone, glass-reinforced concrete, sand and cement products – perfect for film sets.

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    Safer : Independently fire rated in accordance with European Fire Classification EN 13501-1. Solvent free with no VOCs.
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    Finer : Replicates the very finest detail.
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    Greener : Water-based not solvent-based, making it kinder to the environment.
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    More choice : The pigments can be mixed together to create an infinite number of shades. It can also mimic any texture and reproduce the effect of materials such as stone, metal, wood, leather and fabric.

How to use Jesmonite products ?

Jesmonite is a natural two-part system product comprising water-based acrylic polymers. Once mixed, the material can then be used to create laminated structures or castings. Depending on the product you use, various components can be added to extend the range of finishes, and these are available as part of a wide range of complementary products, which include pigments and fillers, sealants, gel coats, quadaxial glass fabrics and a range of ancillary items.

How was Jesmonite developped ?

Jesmonite was invented by Peter Hawkins, in the early 1980s. Peter, originally a joiner, went on to become a concrete technologist, experimenting in new technology. It was the introduction of acrylic that laid the path for Peter to develop a new product, AC100, which is still used today world-wide. Over the last 35 years the product has been under continuous development, and has been extensively tested in various fields of application. The formulations now extend to a range of high quality materials that is widely used by architects, manufacturers and the creative arts sector.

How to use Jesmonite for Creative Art ?

Crafters, artists and designers are increasingly using Jesmonite, its ability to produce fine, intricate details makes it the popular choice for jewellery makers, while its strength and durability lends itself as the perfect material for sculptors, including Rachel WhitereadRichard Wilson, and most recently Kara Walker, who is currently exhibiting her installation Fons Americanus, in the Tate Modern.

Jesmonite is well known in the design world, and can be used by furniture makers and product designers alike.

At the 2018 London Design Festival, Malgorzata Bany presented a body of work including tables and lighting, and at the 2017 London Design Fair, where Jesmonite was named ‘Material of the Year,’ Ariane Prin was invited to create the site-specific Rustiles installation.

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