Friday, January 20, 2012

How To Make Resin Charms

Hey everyone! If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter, you'll know I've been obsessed with resin lately. I've had some requests for a resin tutorial and I finally got around to making one showing you how I made these:

What you'll need:

Stickers or printed images coated with Mod Podge

Glitter, sprinkles, fabric, fabric dye, chalk pastels, pigments, etc for the background

Resin (I use EasyCast, which is available at most craft stores/online)

Plastic cups

Plastic spoons

Popsicle sticks/toothpicks

Molds (For baking, candy, clay, resin, etc. The more flexible, the better)

Sculpey Glaze

Set up your work space. You'll want to work on a flat surface. You may want to put down paper or newspaper to protect the space from spilled resin.

Read the directions on your box of resin. Mine said to use equal parts resin and hardener. For this tutorial, I poured about two spoonfuls each of resin and hardener into a plastic cup and slowly stirred the mixture with a popsicle stick.

Stir until the mixture is all one color with no swirls in it. Be sure to stir slowly, otherwise you'll get a ton of bubbles in the resin.

Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes so it can lose some of the bubbles. Don't worry if there are still some left, you can pop them with a toothpick or a blow dryer after you pour the mixture into your resin.

Pour a thin layer of resin into your mold. You'll want just enough to cover the bottom of the mold.

I'm just using a heart-shaped baking mold from Michaels, but you can also find these at Wal Mart.

Pop any bubbles and let the resin sit in the mold for about an hour and a half. After that, the resin should be tacky and form little peaks when touched. The peaks should smooth out fairly quickly.

When your resin is tacky enough, you can add your sticker/image. If your image is printed on thin paper, or your sticker is very thin, you'll need to coat it with Mod Podge before putting it in the resin. If you don't, the resin will eat through the image.

Push the image to the bottom of the mold with a popsicle stick or toothpick. Be careful not to puncture the image. Let the resin cover the image's back. Pop any bubbles that appear.

Let the resin sit for about 30 minutes, then add glitter, sprinkles, pigments, and other backgrounds to the resin.

After the resin has dried, some people like to add another layer of resin over the glitter to seal it in. If you don't want to do that, you can simply seal it with a clear glaze like Sculpey Glaze once it's dried.

Let your resin dry for at least 24 hours. If the resin is still sticky and soft, it will need to dry longer.

Once it's dry, pop the resin out of the mold and sand down the edges. Then apply a clear coat of glaze to the piece and let it dry.

After that, you can glue an eye pin or flat-back bail to the piece's back to make it a charm. If you have a dremel tool, you can drill a hole in the piece and insert a screw eye pin.

You're done! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I'll be selling resin pieces in my shop soon, so keep an eye out.
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Pili said...

Awesome tutorial, thank you for sharing!

Impish said...

Thanks, Pili! Your comment reminded me to put this up on the forum, too haha

Nikhera said...

May I ask where you got your molds from? I would love some that are shaped like that :o

Impish said...

Hi, Nikhera! I got my molds at Michael's. If you can't find them there, or you don't have a Michael's near you, you may be able to find them online at amazon or eBay.

Nikhera said...

I gotcha! Out of curiosity, what kind of glaze do you use? Do you just brush some more resin on them? I do have a silicone muffin pan that I've used for casting, and it's great cause the charms pop right out, they just come out all frosted from the texture of the silicone. I was hoping I might be able to fix that, and then I reread the tutorial and saw that you glaze them. :D

I did find the baking molds at Michaels, by the way! (Thank you!) I was just reluctant to buy because of that frosted effect.

Anonymous said...

Nikhera- I used to use Sculpey glaze, but it leaves brush marks sometimes. Now I just glaze with resin and it's so much better!

Impish said...

Woops! That was me that replied above. I was on my phone, so my name didn't go through.

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Anonymous said...

i made resin charms yesterday but i can't pop them out is there any advice you could give me?

Impish DIY said...

Try putting them in the freezer for 15 minutes or less, then carefully try to pop the pieces out. Hope that helps!

Jennifer said...

So I got some resins today and abunch are pretty bendy is there something I can do to make them hard?

dianne said...

hi can i make this outside under an overhang (no chance of getting wet, if any elements it would be wind)? Also could i print out an image from my pc on paper and then cover with modge podge and let dry? If so what kind of paper, photo, matte or it doesn't matter. Sorry one more, did you ever do the math, pice of product/labor vs. resale? ty i love this idea!!!!

Impish DIY said...

Jennifer- Wait a while to see if they harden on their own. If they don't coat the entire piece with resin again. Make sure the resin is mixed well!

Impish DIY said...

Dianne- An overhang should work fine, but I wouldn't work outside if it's humid out, since that can prevent resin from curing.

A printed image coated well with Mod Podge will work! Be sure to coat it a couple times and to go around the paper's edges, too. Paper type doesn't matter as long as you coat it.

I haven't worked out the math completely, but this article gives a good idea about how to price pieces:

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