Types of finishes

The unique orgonites on this site can have two types of finishes, a basic finish and a complete finish.

In summary, the basic finish is simply a polyurethane varnish, while the complete finish consists of a second layer of resin.

However, the difference between the finishes is a little more complicated than this summary, because the complete finish requires between 30 and 60 min of working time more than the basic finish depending on the size/shape of the orgonite.

  • Basic finish:
    the unique orgonites on this site with a simple finish have more small visible aesthetic defects because the orgonites are simply sanded quickly and then varnished. The visible surfaces are not completely smooth to the touch and the underside is usually hardly ever smoothed.
  • Complete finish:
    the unique orgonites on this site with a complete finish have all faces completely smooth, shiny and polished, because it is a second layer of resin which is added and reworked entirely to leave almost no visible asperities.

To help you make your own orgonites here is a summary (with videos with comments) of all the general steps of making unique orgonites available on this site. From this summary you can also get an idea of ​​the time required to manufacture these orgonites, of course you will surely take more time because I imagine that for your pleasure you will not do 20-30 at the same time if it’s just for you!

The times indicated below are the approximate duration per orgonite for my manufacturing methods. This is estimated for series of 10-30 orgonites.

  • Imagining the orgonite (0 – 10 min):
    Sometimes it’s intuition all in the present moment, sometimes it takes several hours of inspiration and reflection.
  • Prepare some additions (0 – 60 min):
    This is not always the case, but sometimes you have to hold a stone in a certain place and therefore prepare ways to attach it, sometimes it is spirals in copper/aluminum wires etc., sometimes assemblies of glued shavings, sometimes a fairly precise placement of shells, cut pieces of wood, etc. In all these cases it is always necessary to prepare a large part of all of it in advance, because when the resin catalyzes it is not possible to stop the casting, it is necessary to have these elements ready at the right time.
  • Pour the orgonite (20 – 40 min):
    This step is quite obvious, here it is a question of making the layers of resin one by one, pouring, placing what we want, waiting for it to become gelified (if necessary), making the next layer, filling/waiting, etc. until the end.
  • Dry/catalyze (2 – 5 min):
    This step is a bit special in my manufacturing methods, because to be able to make many orgonites at the same time I learned to master the resin in a way that it becomes gelatinous, but never catalyzes by itself. Thus it never starts to heat excessively, even when making 5-8 layers while waiting for each to gel. This obviously prevents cracks, which is the major problem with polyester resin. Since the orgonites do not catalyze, I have to restart the catalysis with high external temperatures once all the orgonite is gelified. For this they are placed under infrared lamps for several hours to rise to 60-80 °C, as would happen if they catalyzed by themselves.
  • Basic finish (16 – 20 min):
    For a basic finish you just need to sand the edges and surfaces so that the varnish can adhere.

    • Fine sanding (10 – 12 min):
      It is a total sanding, usually with a 40-60 grain for the edges and then the use of a 400-800 grain grinding disc. This is necessary to remove the release agent which will prevent the varnish from adhering and also sometimes to smooth out certain pronounced roughness, without creating too deep and visible scratches.
    • Varnish application (6 – 8 min):
      You have to put varnish on all sides and polyurethane varnish is used because it is much more durable than acrylic varnish, but it requires a little more rigor to work with it. Because it needs to be dried under infrared lamps and since it also catalyzes (in about a day), it has to be done fairly quickly. That is to say position the orgonites in one position, apply the varnish (spray), place under the lamp 1-2h, then turn the orgonites to varnish other sides, etc. until there is polish cleanly on all sides.
  • Complete finish (46 – 83 min):
    The complete finish requires more work.

    • Coarse sanding with coarse grain (7 – 12 min):
      Similar to the principle of sanding for simple finishing, except that the strongest abrasives are used to go faster. Because it is not necessary to do anything smooth, we just need a very rough surface for the coating to adhere well, all the roughness will disappear with the added layer which will seep into all the scratches without leaving visible traces.
    • Re-pouring in a second layer (7 – 12 min):
      Once the molds are cleaned and the orgonites are sanded and cleaned, all you have to do is immerse the orgonites in the same molds with a layer of transparent resin which will coat the orgonite again.
    • Clean demoulding (6 – 8 min):
      This demolding is important because it ends the catalysis properly, for this it is necessary that after the end of the catalysis, the orgonite is subjected again to temperatures of the order of 60-80 °C for 2-4h for what is called post-cooking. This ends the catalysis completely. To accomplish this, orgonites are either placed under an infrared lamp or in a hot water bath. Moving, demolding, cleaning the molds again, etc. requires time that must be accounted for.
    • Fine sanding by machine (6 – 15 min):
      This sanding passes the grains 80, 120, 180, 240, 320 on each re-poured orgonite to round the edges by smoothing them perfectly, at the end of this sanding the orgonites begin to give a feeling to the touch which is very smooth.
    • Fine sanding with water and by hand (12 – 20 min):
      Sanding continues, but this step can no longer be done by machine, it must be done with water resistant sanding papers, so with water and by hand. The grains 600 and 1200 are used successively to smooth the orgonites even more.
    • Polishing (8 – 16 min):
      Finally all that is left is to polish the orgonites with a polisher with two different passes which will restore their brilliance and transparency.
  • Various cleaning of molds and orgonites (4 – 8 min):
    The molds should always be cleaned and covered with a new layer of release agent after each use. It is necessary to clean the molds once for the casting of an orgonite with a basic finish (because there is only one casting), twice for the casting of an orgonite with a complete finish (because there are two pours).
  • Label, measure, weigh (1 – 2 min):
    Once the orgonite is ready, I have to put a label with a code to be able to find it (because there are series of orgonites quite difficult to differentiate!), then weigh and measure it.
  • Take photos (2 – 3 min):
    This title is self-explanatory.
  • Make the descriptions (3 – 5 min):
    For that we have to meet me and my friend so that he connects to the orgonites and tells me about his feelings, in bulk. After that I have to format and retype all his observations and feelings, then I also have to do the translations for the 4 languages ​​of the site.
  • Place online (3 – 8 min):
    Upload, resize the photos, copy the descriptions, note the exact weight and size and also the imperfections of the orgonite if it has any, etc.
  • Packaging (5 – 6 min):
    Since orgonites are fragile and also unique objects, the packaging is very well made to be sure to withstand any impact that may occur during transport.