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