An epoxy river table with a black pigmented epoxy vein

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One of our favorite epoxy projects to see is the epoxy river table. These projects take some time but are surprisingly easy with the right amount of preparation, and they can look beautifully intricate.

For those who aren't familiar, an epoxy river table is a table top that has a thick layer of an epoxy casting resin such as our UltraClear Deep Pour Epoxy, typically mixed with one or more epoxy colorants. This thick layer is usually called a vein and is typically positioned to flow between two or more irregular slabs of wood, or any other suitable material.

When the project is finished, the tinted epoxy vein will look like a river has been sealed beneath the final epoxy flood coat that covers the entire project.

Two sample veins for an upcoming river table

The concept isn't limited to river tables.

While river tables are likely the best known examples of deep pour epoxy veins, you can showcase the beauty of this method in other project types as well.

For instance, some users will mix and pour tinted epoxy into a large casting mold to create their own decorative epoxy art, suitable for hanging on walls or displaying on furniture.

Since deep pour epoxy is also excellent as a general casting resin, you'll often see embedded objects in projects that require it.

You can combine small objects such as pebbles, shells, and faux greenery to represent aquatic plants around and within the vein of your epoxy river table. A little effort can go a long way if you've decided on a particular theme for your river table project.

A large river table with a deep green epoxy vein.

You don't need to limit yourself to aquatic color tones.

While you can choose to make your epoxy resin look like a clear stream of water by taking advantage of epoxy's glasslike appearance, there's also a lot of creative potential in choosing unusual color combinations using epoxy colorants.

Epoxy colorants are additives that can be mixed into an epoxy resin batch before it's applied. These colorants come in two forms: epoxy powder pigments and liquid resin dyes.

  • Epoxy powder pigments are made from ground mica minerals and other materials. These pigments come in a wide variety of colors and textures. When added to epoxy, they'll infuse it with a shimmering, pearlescent, or metallic tone.
  • Liquid resin dyes, on the other hand, are synthetic dyes that imbue the resin with a singular, consistent shade of the chosen color. Resin dyes don't have a textured appearance—they won't shimmer, for instance—which makes them perfect for anyone wanting a more subtle look.

Both types of colorants are quite potent, so when being added, you should start with a small amount, then add more until you achieve a satisfying result.

In our store, we offer premium Epoxy Pigments and Resin Dyes by Pigmently, which is a brand we like because their products are high-quality and consistent, with a large selection at a reasonable price.

To learn more about epoxy colorants, take a look at our Epoxy Colorants Guide.

By mixing in the colors of your choice, whether blue, orange, black, white, etc., you can create something truly unique that represents your aesthetic style. Put your imagination on display with a palette of tones that fits your preferences.

Take a look at these next few photos. Perhaps they'll inspire you!

A close-up view of an epoxy river table with a wide black veinA live edge epoxy river table with branching blue veinsAn epoxy river table with a pooling black vein surrounded by orangeAn epoxy river table with a wide blue gradient vein

Choose a premium epoxy for long-lasting results.

When planning an epoxy project, one of the most important aspects is ensuring you have the right epoxy for the job. A high-quality epoxy can last longer, cure without imperfections, and is safe to use.

If you're interested making something with epoxy but haven't chosen an epoxy product yet, we'd love for you to consider UltraClear Epoxy.

Our UltraClear Epoxy resins are all:

  • Premium-grade - They'll last for a minimum of seven years with proper care and application.
  • Safe to use - Our epoxy resins are inert once cured, providing a safe surface that won't harm friends or family, including curious children and pets.
  • 100% made in the USA - Our resin is manufactured right here in the USA—never imported. We hold ourselves to high standards for safety and quality. What's more, we also meet the high regulation standards of America, something that imported epoxy resins aren't tested for.

You can find UltraClear Epoxy resins on the following pages:

  • UltraClear Table Top Epoxy - Our strongest epoxy finish. This is ideal for most projects, including bar tops, countertops, table tops, resin art, and much more.
  • UltraClear Deep Pour Epoxy - Our deep pour casting resin. This resin is perfect for making river tables, filling silicone casting molds, and creating resin jewelry, coasters, and for many other creative endeavors.

Have questions? Want advice? Contact us!

If you're thinking about building a river table project—or any other type of epoxy project, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Our epoxy experts are available to provide support and assistance with both project planning and making sure you have the appropriate tools and supplies you'll need to get the job done.

You can contact us via phone or email here. During business hours, you can also text chat online with one of our resin specialists by clicking the Help button on the bottom right of your screen.

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