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How to Color Resin

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 07:19

There’s a good chance that when you first got interested in resin pouring and casting, you were drawn in by some of the beautiful colors of some of the projects you saw. Have you tried coloring resin yet? Do you have a favorite way to dye resin?

I’m Stephanie from Crafting in the Rain, and I tried six different ways to color resin and I’m excited to show you my results! I’m hoping that you’ll learn something new, and be inspired by one of these ways of how to color resin.

Reasons to color resin

Using resin in its clear and colorless form has some fabulous uses. You can use it to embed shells, flowers, beads, gems, candy and more in things like pendants and coasters. But a lot of times you’ll want to add color to your resin. Colored resin works great for jewelry, game pieces, charms, and drawer knobs, to name a few.

Things that can be used to color resin

There are many options when it comes to dying resin. I have chosen a few pretty common ones, and some you may already have in your craft supplies.

Resin dye

Resin dyes can be found in transparent or opaque pigments. A transparent dye will give the resin color, but light will still pass through the casting.

An opaque pigment will color the resin and little to no light will pass through the resin. You can experiment with mixing custom colors.

Mica powder

Mica powder has a slight shimmer and is often used in eye shadows. It can be purchased online and often comes in small plastic pouches and is available in many colors.

The powder mixes into the resin very thoroughly to give consistent color.  You can see how there is a bit of shimmer even when the resin has cured. After pouring the resin, I gave it a swirl with a toothpick, and it remained as it cured to be visible in the final result.

Eye shadow

As you might expect, eye shadow will be very similar to mica powders.  I scraped a bit of eye shadow into a powder and added it to the resin.

However, I found that it didn’t mix in completely. Some of the color stayed clumped together, and the flecks are noticeable in the end. Not my favorite result.

Alcohol ink

Alcohol inks are highly pigmented, alcohol-based inks that are waterproof and will stick to most hard surfaces. They don’t compromise the curing of the resin, so they can be mixed in completely or dropped on the surface.

Ink drops can also be added as a top layer, after a resin piece has cured.

In these two examples, I added alcohol ink drops to the resin right after it was poured into the mold. This is what you see looking through the top of the pieces now that they’re out of the mold.

Acrylic paint

Acrylic paint can also be used to dye resin. Usually, a higher quality paint will produce better results. The casting on the left is colored with a shimmer “color shift” paint and the one on the right is regular.

They both take the color well, and the shimmer finish on the left is quite pretty.

Glitter

Glitter doesn’t technically change the color of the resin. But it can definitely change the look. 

Fine glitter has a better chance of staying more suspended through the resin, while heavier glitter pieces will sink as the resin cures.

These glitter flakes mostly sink, (so end up on the top as you pop a shape out of a mold) but they still create a lot of reflection in the finished piece.

Resin dye results / conclusion

Aren’t those all pretty? Which one is your favorite? We’d love to hear what you want to try next!

There are a couple of things to remember.

  1. Always try to start out with the least amount of colorant as you can. (The exception: Fine glitter! Add a good amount of it!)

    One sprinkle. One drop. Add more as needed, but this way you will increase the chances of not disrupting the curing process.
  2. Any dye that doesn’t match the brand of resin you are using may produce unexpected results. Curing can be affected, or it may turn a different color.

If you’re going to be working on a piece that you really don’t want to mess up, it’s always a good idea to run a small test pour first to see if you get the results you’re hoping for.

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Glittered Resin Trinket Box

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 07:39

Create a Glittered Resin Trinket Box using resin and your favorite glitter to store your jewelry pieces and tiny trinkets!

Hello, Resin Crafters! Lindsay here with a new, glittery, resin project to share with you! I’m always looking for creative ways to keep my smaller jewelry pieces in one place, and this Glittered Resin Trinket Box is the perfect size! It’s also great for teachers or anyone who works in an office to store those tiny office supplies (paper clips, push pins, etc). All you need is some resin and your favorite glitter to create a one-of-a-kind box for yourself or to give as a gift!

Supplies Needed to Make a this Trinket Box:

STEP 1:

Prepare the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy according to package directions. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area and wear disposable gloves. Pour in equal parts resin and hardener to the mixing cup.

Stir the resin mixture together with a stir stick for two minutes, and then pour the resin into a clean mixing cup. Stir the resin again for another minute or two with a clean stir stick. Add in a generous amount of glitter and stir again until combined.

STEP 2:

The trinket box mold comes with two pieces: the box and the lid. Make sure the molds are clean, dry, and that there isn’t any lint or dust hiding in the folds.

STEP 3:

SLOWLY pour the resin into the molds. Pop any bubbles that rise to the top using a lighter or by gently blowing through a straw.

STEP 4:

The edges of the lid mold can easily trap air bubbles. Use a toothpick to get under the edges and carefully move the resin around to remove the bubbles.

Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 24 hours. You will know that the resin is completely cured when it is no longer tacky.

STEP 5:

Carefully remove the trinket box and lid from the molds. Use scissors to cut away any over-poured resin and sand down any rough edges.

STEP 6:

Place the lid on the box and make sure that it fits perfectly. Sometimes if the the resin is a little soft when removing it from the mold, the lid won’t fit right. If you do this step right after removing it from the mold, it will move back into place.

STEP 7:

Fill the Glittered Trinket Box with your favorite pieces of jewelry or small trinkets. Place on a nightstand, vanity, or give it as a gift! You will love just how easy this is to make!  Who would you make this project for?

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Fun, Festive and Pinch-Proof St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 06:47

St. Patrick’s Day is just one of those holidays that is just fun to celebrate. No need to plan extravagant parties, buy and wrap gifts for others or any other of the stressful qualities of other holidays. It’s the perfect reason to just celebrate and have fun, especially when it comes to crafting. In celebration of this fun day, we are sharing with you some of the most festive and pinch-proof St. Patrick’s Day accessories available out there. We hope you have as much fun making them as we do!

Which ones will you create?

Fun, Festive and Pinch-Proof St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

Lucky Glitter Resin Keychain

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Ombre Fringe Wreath | Lydi Out Loud

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Headbands | Yesterday on Tuesday

DIY Irish Clover Hair Accessory | Five Little Chefs

DIY St. Patrick’s Hair Ribbon | Sew Can Do

DIY Four Leaf Clover Keychain | Resin Crafts Blog

St. Patrick’s Day Bath Bombs | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Stamped St. Patricks Day Shirt | Cutesy Crafts

DIY Thrifty St. Patrick’s Decor | Two Twenty One

DIY St. Patricks Crown | A Subtle Revelry

Lucky Glitter Resin Keychain with EasyCast DIY

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 06:51

 

DIY Lucky Glitter Resin Keychain with EasyCast Resin

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a lucky keychain DIY. This cute and glittery resin keychain is the perfect pinch-proof accessory for St. Patricks day, or year round to make those keys unique. Make a lucky glitter resin keychain quickly using EasyCast resin.

Do you do anything fun for St. Patrick’s day? Sometimes I make green food for my kids…and we wear green, but I don’t usually do a lot. I love this cute lucky keychain and it can be used year round, not just for the holiday.

Supplies Needed for Lucky Resin Keychain

Step 1: Casting the Resin

Begin by reading the EasyCast directions to be sure mixing is done properly. Pour one part resin and one part hardener in the mixing cup and stir for 2 full minutes. Then pour into a second cup and use a second stick and stir again for 1 full minute.

Pour the mixed resin into the mold, but only to fill up half of the mold.

Let the resin gel for about one hour. Arrange the beads in the order they need to go into the resin…in this case, backwards and upside down.

Then place them in the gelled resin. Carefully lift up the mold and check the beads from the other side to make sure they read LUCKY in the correct way.

Then fill the top of the resin with sparkly green glitter. Now mix up a little more resin and fill the mold with clear resin. Then set it aside and let it dry and cure overnight.

The next day, pop the resin out of the mold. It looks sparkly and lucky!

Step 2: Keychain Assembly

Now it’s time to assemble the keychain. Use the E6000 glue to adhere the pendant bail on the backside of the resin and let it dry.

Then use the jewelry pliers to open the jump ring and slide the tassel, resin and keychain hardware on, then close the jump ring.

That’s it! Now you have a LUCKY keychain to keep you free of pinches on St. Paddy’s day…or hook on a bag as a zipper pull.

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Awesome Marbled Resin Projects

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 06:30

Another day, another cool resin project to try! A few minutes of crafting and voila! You have a beautiful piece that can be apart of your home forever. The look of marbled resin has to be one of our all-time favorites. It takes just a regular, everyday item and takes it to the next level. We’ve rounded up some of our all-time favorite DIY Marbled Resin Projects for you to choose from (and some of our other favorite products, too). Or you can do them all! Enjoy.

Which ones will you create?

Awesome Marbled Resin Projects

DIY Marbled Resin Round Serving Tray 

DIY Marbled Resin State Silhouette 

DIY Marbled Resin Wood Coasters

DIY Resin Marbled Monogram 

DIY Marbled Handle Wood Spoons 

DIY Marbled Resin Jewelry Box

DIY Poured Resin Marbled Coasters 

Awesome EasySculpt Marbling Projects

DIY Marbled Ring Dish

DIY Marbled Ring Cone

Happy creating, friends, and have a wonderful weekend!

FastCast Resin Paperclip Bookmarks DIY

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 07:01

FastCast Resin Paperclip Bookmarks DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft with a FastCast resin tutorial. Make a darling bookmark with a paperclip and some regal resin shapes painted with metallic paints. This is a perfect craft for a book club, quick gift or for fun. Create the perfect paperclip bookmark with FastCast resin, metallic paint and a little twine.

These cute paperclip bookmarks are simple to make and very quick. I love using FastCast because it sets up in 15 minutes. This craft is especially perfect for a beginner using resin because the results are nearly instant.

Supplies Needed for Paperclip Bookmark:

Step 1: Casting resin for paperclip bookmarks

Begin by reading the directions for the FastCast resin. The resin sets so quickly, it’s important to make sure the process is set up before starting. Mix one part of the resin with one part of the hardener. Mix for 1 minute. Then pour into a separate cup and use a new stick to stir for 30 seconds.

Step 2:

Pour the newly mixed resin into the silicone mold. It’s okay if it’s a little messy, it can be cleaned up. Then let the resin set for 15 minutes.

Step 3:

Remove the resin from the mold when the 15 minutes passes. While the resin is still a little bit soft, use some small scissors to cut the overflow resin away from the shapes. It will only be forgiving for a few minutes, so the cleaner it is poured, the better.

Then let the pieces cure until hard, about 5 more minutes.

Step 4:

Next paint the resin shapes with the metallic paint. I used rose gold, antique gold, gold and copper.

Once the paint dries, use some super glue to adhere the paperclips on the backside of the resin shapes.

The superglue dries very quickly too, about 5 minutes. Then paint the backside of the resin to match the front.

Step 5: finishing off the paperclip bookmarks

Finally tie some twine or ribbon on the paperclip to add a little flare if desired.

That’s it!

This cute bookmark is ready to use or give as a gift. They’re a great way to organize papers on the desk or keep track of your favorite reading spot.

If you like this fun craft, don’t forget to like, pin and share!

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Resin Thumbtacks

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 07:12

Hi everyone, Stephanie from Crafting in the Rain here. Did you know you can use a silicone candy mold to cast resin? I just tried it and made these resin thumbtacks!

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own resin thumbtacks:

Spray the candy mold with release spray and let dry completely. I found that a hair dryer helped speed up the process.

Be sure to follow all instructions and safety recommendations inside the box.

While wearing gloves and eye protection, measure 1.5 ounces each of EasyCast resin and hardener. A marked measuring cup makes this really easy.

Stir for 2 minutes. Scrape the sides and bottom while stirring.

Pour resin into a second mixing cup and stir with a clean stick for an additional minute.

Divide the resin into 4 small cups (or however many colors of tacks you want to make.)

Mix in 1 drop of dye. I used opaque white, opaque yellow, opaque blue and transparent red. I also added a bit of glitter to the red cup. Stir until the color is consistent through each mixture.

I found that a bit of white resin mixed in with the yellow resin made it a little more opaque. And the translucent red looked best with two drops of color mixed in instead of one.

Just mix in the color gradually, as too much dye in a small amount of resin can compromise the curing process.

Pour resin into the candy molds so they are just filled. Experiment with layering in different colors and giving a little swirl with a toothpick.

After about 10 minutes, exhale over the surface of the mold to remove the air bubbles that have risen to the top.

After 24 hours, pop the shapes out of the mold. Apply a small amount of E6000 to the top of a thumbtack and glue it to the back of the resin pieces.

Resin thumbtacks will be ready to use in 12 hours.

They’re perfect for adding color to your office bulletin board, or small corkboard inside of a locker! I hope you’ll find a reason to make some resin thumbtacks yourself.

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The Best Tutorials to Preserve Flowers & Plants in Resin

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 06:58

Isn’t it such a shame when you pick beautiful flowers or plants but then they eventually wilt and die? It would be amazing if you could preserve that type of beauty long term, right? Oh wait, you can! Most of our readers know that we are always looking for creative ways to utilize resin to its maximum potential. One of our favorite ways is to preserve flowers and plants so you can enjoy their beauty for years to come without worry and get some great looking decor at the same time. Want to see some of our absolute favorite resin plant projects? Check out what we’ve got below!

Which ones will you create?

The Best Tutorials to Preserve Flowers & Plants in Resin

DIY Preserved Flower Display 

Lavender Pendant Necklace

 

DIY Framed Dried Flowers

DIY Pine Needle Coasters 

DIY Pressed Rose Petal Serving Tray

DIY Resin Flower Keychains 

DIY Pressed Fern Resin Plaque 

DIY Pressed Flower Paperweight 

DIY Maple Leaf Resin Paperweight 

 

DIY Drying Flowers Tutorial 

DIY Autumn Leaf Pendant 

Resin Confetti Earrings

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 06:58

Make fun and playful resin confetti earrings using EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy and colorful acetate paper!

Hey Resin Crafters! Amber Oliver here with another great resin craft! This month in the Resin Crafts Facebook group, we were challenged to create DIY jewlery using resin. Some of my favorite resin projects are my resin statement earrings and these super fun alcohol ink pendants! I love finding new items to work with in resin and for this project I tried acetate paper. It worked perfectly and way better than paper! Because the acetate paper is a kind of plastic, it suspends perfectly in the resin and looks GREAT!

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR RESIN CONFETTI EARRINGS:

Step 1: The confetti is easy to make using a paper slicer. Cut long thin strips from the acetate paper, then use scissors to cut tiny little confetti pieces!

Step 2: Now time to prepare the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy.  This is a multi-step process so don’t start mixing until you are ready to do the whole process from beginning to end! 

Start by mixing EQUAL parts of the Hardener and the Resin.Stir for two minutes (be sure to scrape the bottoms and sides) then pour from the first cup into a second and mix with a new stir stick for another minute.

Step 3: Now, add the confetti to your resin! Alternatively you can add the confetti once it’s in the mold – your choice!

Step 4: Carefully pour into your mold.

Step 5: After enough time has passed for the resin to cure, you can remove the earrings from their molds!

Step 6: Lastly, add on your jewelry hardware!

I hope this project inspires you to create your own resin confetti earrings! Use the colors of your choice and customize for any occasion: holiday, sporting events, etc.

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Resin Crafts To Inspire You For Spring!

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 06:46

During this time of year the winter months can seem to drag on forever. Does anybody else have a Spring countdown going on? One of the best things to do to beat the winter blues is start coming up with a to-do list of crafts. As usual, we are always keeping our eye out for some of the best things you can create with resin. Today we’ve rounded up some of our favorite resin crafts that are sure to inspire you for Spring. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

Resin Crafts To Inspire You For Spring!

Dyed Seashell Resin Coasters 

DIY Resin Geode Pour on Canvas with Glitter 

DIY Mosaic Resin Cake Stand 

DIY Resin Succulents 

DIY Mermaid Jewelry Dish

DIY Resin Gemstones Clutch 

DIY Resin Confetti Tray

DIY Resin Floral Stitch Markers 

DIY Resin Mail Holder 

DIY Resin Notebook 

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Succulent Vase Magnet with FastCast Resin

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 07:20

Succulent Vase Magnet with FastCast Resin

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a simple but darling resin craft! Make a cute succulent vase magnet with FastCast resin, a little faux succulent and a disc magnet, perfect for a fridge or locker ornament.  I love filling my fridge with wedding invitations, cards, kids artwork and more…most days my fridge looks completely cluttered. I love this little plant on my fridge though, it adds a little bit of Springtime in my kitchen, without the stress of watering plants.

Supplies Needed for this Succulent Vase Magnet:

Step 1 Resin Casting Vase:

Begin by reading the instructions for the FastCast resin very carefully. The FastCast resin sets so quickly that everything needs to be set up and ready to use. Then mix one part of resin and one part hardener in a mixing cup. It’s important to be as precise as possible for the best possible outcome. Stir for 1 full minute. Then pour the resin into a separate cup and use a new stick to stir the resin for 30 more seconds. Then pour the resin into the mold.

Step 2 for Resin Curing:

Next let the resin set for 15 minutes until it has hardened. The resin will begin clear and then turn a milky white as it sets and cures.

Step 3 for Resin Succulent Vase:

Use a drill to pilot a hole through the top of the vase to hold the succulent.

Then insert the succulent into the hole in the vase. Next use the E6000 glue to adhere the magnet to the backside of the resin vase.

Let the glue dry for at least 4 hours before using. Then it’s ready to hang on the fridge, put in the locker or on a filing cabinet. This cute succulent adds a little bit of greenery and life to office decor or the kitchen during a gloomy Winter.

That’s it! If you like this post, don’t forget to like, pin and share!

 

 

 

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Meet the Maker: Lindsay Gilbert

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 05:42

Hello and Happy Friday Resin Crafts friends! Let’s get excited because it’s our first Meet the Maker of 2020! We’re excited to feature Lindsay, an uber talented member of our Resin Crafts Ambassador team.

You can find Lindsay over at her blog Artsy-Fartsy Mama, where you’ll find a little bit of everything: crafts (even ones for the kids), rad resin projects, free printables, SVG cut files, easy recipes, educational ideas, travel tips, sewing tutorials, and more!

We’re in love with Lindsay’s resin creations… she creates anything from bright, whimsical, fun to elegant and everything in between. We’re sure you’ll love them just as much… check out this sampling of some of Lindsay’s beautiful designs.

Enjoy and be inspired!

Meet the Maker: Resin Projects by Resin Crafts Ambassador Lindsay Gilbert Dyed Seashell Resin Coasters Alcohol Ink Resin Heart Jewelry
DIY Resin Mermaid Jewelry Dish DIY Resin Initial Keychain Fun Junk Food Magnets with FastCast DIY Resin Beach Coasters DIY Alcohol Ink Resin Keychains Crushed Glass Resin Jewelry Set
DIY Faux Agate Coasters

DIY Resin Flower Keychains

Dyed Seashell Resin Coasters

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 07:06

These Dyed Seashell Resin Coasters are easy to make, and look beautiful with or without a drink!

Hello, Resin Crafters! Lindsay from Artsy-Fartsy Mama here with a new and colorful resin project for you to try! Coasters are one of my favorite kinds of projects to make with resin. While walking through the craft store, I came across a package of colorfully dyed seashell chips that I knew would be perfect to use in a set of coasters. Needless to say, they did not disappoint! These coasters are incredibly easy for anyone to make, and are a gorgeous piece of art to add to your coffee table or desk.

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR Dyed Seashell Resin Coasters: STEP 1:

Prepare the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy according to package directions. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area and wear disposable gloves.

Add equal parts resin and hardener to the mixing cup (I used about 3 oz of each). Stir the resin mixture together with a stir stick for two minutes, making sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the mixing cup. Pour the resin into a clean mixing cup and stir the resin again for another minute or two with a clean stir stick.

STEP 2:

Pour resin into each of the coaster molds, being careful not to overfill. Let the resin sit for a few minutes, then use a straw, lighter, or heat gun to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top.

STEP 3:

Fill up a small mixing cup with some of the dyed shell chips. Pick out any that are too large or don’t belong (for example, I found a couple of lava rock pieces in mine). Pour the shells evenly over the resin, a little bit at a time. Use a clean stir stick or a resin brush to move the pieces around, press any pieces down, and to coat with resin. You don’t want any shells sticking up out of the resin, otherwise the coasters won’t lay flat when finished.

STEP 4:

Pop any bubbles that rise to the top using a lighter, heat gun, or by blowing through a straw. Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 24 hours. You will know that the resin is completely cured when it is no longer tacky.

STEP 5:

Carefully remove the coasters from the mold and admire your work. I love how each coaster turns out a little bit different! Remove any over-poured resin with scissors, and sand down edges if necessary.

I am SO excited about these coasters! I especially love how they almost look like stained glass with all of the colors and shimmer. You can make these gorgeous coasters to add some color to your desk or coffee table at home, and they are a simple project that you can make to share as a gift with someone special.

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DIY Heart Paperweights from Resin

Mon, 02/03/2020 - 09:32

Add a little love to your desk with homemade heart paperweights made with colored resin. This was my first time experimenting with dyeing resin with alcohol inks. You can get some really cool and colorful effects with very little effort!

Supplies you will need to make resin Heart Paperweights:
  • EasyCast resin
  • heart-shaped silicone mold
  • disposable gloves
  • mixing cup and stir sticks
  • alcohol ink

First, you should determine how much resin you will need to mix up. Do this by filling one cavity of your mold with water and measuring how much water you used. Then multiply this amount by however many cavities you will fill with resin.  My mold cavity held 2 ounces of water.  Since I wanted to make four paperweights, I mixed up 8 ounces of resin.

Mix up the resin according to the directions on the package of EasyCast. Be sure you are wearing protective gloves whenever you are working with resin!

Evenly distribute the resin in the cavities of your silicone mold.  Now comes the fun part!  Squeeze a few drops of alcohol ink into each mold cavity. Play around with different colors!  I recommend that you don’t exceed more than 3-4 drops of ink per ounce of resin. Use a stir stick or toothpick to give the resin a gentle swirl. Don’t over mix!

Finally, pop any bubbles that rise to the surface of the resin using a long arm lighter.  Cover the mold and allow the resin to fully cure.

Once the resin has cured, give the silicone mold a tug and the heart paperweights will pop right out!

I love the way the ink looks suspended in the resin. This project just made me want to play even more with alcohol inks and resin to see what cool results I can get.

Have you ever tried coloring resin with alcohol ink? What kind of results did you get? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!

 

 

Fun Valentine’s Kids Crafts

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 06:57

Just around the corner, Valentine’s Day is lurking. Of course it’s fun to buy your children candies, toys and other Valentine’s Day related items. But it is also an opportunity to spend quality time together while keeping them occupied and encouraging their creativity. Today we’ve searched the web for some of the best Fun Valentine’s Kids Crafts. We hope you enjoy what we came up with!

Which ones will you create?

Fun Valentine’s Kids Crafts

DIY Rainbow Paper Heart Wreath | Hello Wonderful

DIY Candy Heart Frames | Happiness is Homemade

DIY White Clay Heart Bunting | Red Ted Art

DIY Paper Flowers | I Heart Crafty Things

DIY Valentine’s Day STEAM Challenge | Buggy and Buddy

Twirling Lovebugs | Crafts By Amanda

DIY Valentine Hop | Coffee Cups and Crayons

DIY Valentine’s Day Cups | Typically Simple

DIY Candy Kiss Ring | So Tipical Me

DIY Heart Banner | Mess For Less

 

Sequin Mermaid Pendant Tutorial

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 07:16

Let everyone know you are a mermaid at heart with this DIY mermaid pendant made with sequins and jewelry clay!

I have had a stash of aqua sequins sitting in my craft room for years, patiently waiting for a project they would be perfect for. Now, I think those sequins are living their best lives as this eye-catching sequin mermaid pendant. I embedded the sequins in a pendant bezel filled with jewelry clay to create this stunning one-of-a-kind piece. Keep reading to find out how to make one of your own.

Supplies to make Sequin Mermaid Pendant:

Instructions to Make a Sequin Mermaid Pendant

EnviroTex Jewelry Clay is a two-part epoxy clay that allows you to embed embellishments permanently into your hand made jewelry pieces.

Glove up, and remove equal parts of clay A and clay B.  I grabbed enough clay to make two pendants. Mix and roll the two parts together to activate the epoxy.

Keep mixing until the clay is a uniform grey color. You will feel the clay get warmer as you work. Don’t worry, that is what is supposed to happen!

Carefully smooth the mixed clay into a square pendant bezel making sure to work the clay into the corners of the bezel.

Begin embedding the sequins into the clay starting at the bottom of the bezel. Use crafting tweezers to push the top of each sequin into the clay as seen above.

Place another row of sequins just above this row, staggering the position of the sequins and allowing them to overlap the previous row. You will have to cut one sequin in half with scissors to fill in spaces on the left and right sides of this row.

Continue this same process, always staggering the rows, all the way up the bezel.

When you get to the top row of the bezel, cut the sequins in half again. This time place the cut side of each sequin at the top of the bezel.

Use a toothpick to make sure each sequin is properly lined up and firmly embedded in the clay. You can also use the toothpick to gently scrape up any clay that may have poked out around the sequins.

Allow the clay to cure for 24 before wearing your beautiful new pendant. Let everyone know you are a mermaid at heart!

Stunning DIY Resin Jewelry

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 07:08

If you’ve been hanging with us for awhile here at Resin Crafts Blog then you know that there are a hundred and one uses for resin. Seriously, it’s unbelievable how many different things you can do! But with Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we’ve got our sights set on things that would make great gifts for the people you love. One of our all-time favorite things to do with resin is create stunning jewelry. Whether it’s a gift for someone else or for yourself, you are sure to enjoy the Stunning DIY Resin Jewelry projects we’ve rounded up for you today.

Which ones will you create? Be sure to share your resin jewelry DIYs with us over in our new Facebook group!

Stunning DIY Resin Jewelry

DIY Conversation Hearts for Valentines 

DIY Alcohol Ink Resin Heart Jewelry 

DIY Romantic Faux-Inscribed Resin Keychains

DIY Galaxy-Themed Resin Bangle Bracelets 

Resin and Wood Pendants

DIY Glittery Hair Clips

DIY Skeleton Key Resin Necklace

DIY Resin Cabochon Jewelry 

DIY Seashore Resin Jewelry 

DIY Coconut Shell High Gloss Necklace 

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Resin Geode Pour on Canvas with Glitter

Mon, 01/20/2020 - 07:00

Resin Geode Pour on Canvas with Glitter

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft showing how to do a resin geode pour on canvas. This stunning resin poured canvas is reminiscent of a geode, cracked open and revealing layers of sparkling crystals. Make unique wall art using the geode pour technique and lots of sparkly glitter.

If you’ve been around the Resin Crafts Blog for a while now, you’ll know my favorite color is blue. I love all shades of blue! Consequently most of the projects I create have blue in them. What’s your favorite color? What color will your geode pour be?

Supplies Needed for Resin Geode Pour:

Stretched canvas is a nice surface to work on, but the canvas can sag under the weight of the resin. Find a board or a box that fits inside the backing of the canvas and will hold the shape while doing the resin work.

Begin by reading the directions for mixing up resin. No matter how many times I’ve used it in the past, I re-read the directions each time. Mix one part resin and one part hardener in the mixing cup. Set a timer for 2 minutes and stir carefully, scraping the sides and the stick off regularly. Then transfer the resin to a second mixing cup and use a new stick to stir for 1 more full minute.

Then pour some of the resin into smaller cups. Add several drops of the transparent dyes and the white opaque pigment. Leave some of the resin clear in the mixing cup.

Begin by pouring a small circle of clear resin. This is the center of the geode and looks great clear.

Then pour rings of colorful resin around the clear center ring.

Continue adding rings of resin, don’t worry about coating every part of the canvas at this point.

Next add some glitter to small cups of clear resin. Pour glitter on in distinct rings as well.

 

Use your gloved hands to lift the canvas and tilt it so more of the resin spreads and covers the canvas. Not too much tilting, so it doesn’t distort the shape of the geode.

Now that the glitter and translucent colors have filled the canvas it looks really nice.

But it’s not quite finished! Mix up another cup of resin, like earlier, in the 2 phase process. Pour the clear resin into small mixing cups and add the opaque pigment colors instead of translucent dye.

Then pour the colored resin in rings over the top of the translucent resin. This adds so much depth and a natural geode look. Sprinkle glitter in individual rings around the canvas, leaving some of the areas heavy with glitter and other places empty.

Finish off all the resin and then drip white resin around the rings using a stirring stick. I love the look of this. Maybe just set it aside and stop here!

Or take it one step further and give it a more natural finish. Use an embossing heat tool to pop any bubbles that have formed and feather the white resin edges.

Then set the canvas aside to dry overnight. Make sure it rests on a level surface as the resin will self-level as it dries and cures.

After the canvas is dry, sand off any drips that formed on the bottom of the canvas and hang it up for the world to enjoy. The glitter sparkles like crystals in the light.

That’s it!

Enjoy the beauty of a geode hanging on the wall!

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DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Him

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 06:44

Valentine’s Day is just that type of holiday where you want to show the people you love just how much they mean to you. Sure, it’s easy to go out to the store and buy something for them, but it’s also a great opportunity to DIY something really special for them that shows you really care and took time to create something unique. Of course we here at Resin Crafts Blog look for any and all opportunities to get our craft on. Today we’re sharing with you some of the best DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him. We hope you enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas For Him

DIY Valentine’s Beer Tote | Place of My Taste

DIY Valentine’s Lightbulb Gift | A Little Craft in Your Day

12 Months Pre-Planned Dates | Thinking Closet

DIY Root Beer Float Kit | Thirty Handmade Days

DIY Key Fob | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Push Pin Travel Map | The Dating Divas

DIY Man Bonquet | Woo Home

DIY Sharpie Coffee Mug | My Sister’s Suitcase

DIY Leather Conversation Hearts | Polka Dot Chair

DIY Love Coupons | The Dating Divas

DIY Beard Oil | Retro Housewife Goes Green

 

Alcohol Ink Resin Heart Jewelry

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 06:38

Make some alcohol ink resin heart jewelry to wear this Valentine’s Day!

Hello, Resin Crafters! Lindsay here with a new resin project that I think you will LOVE! Made by combining alcohol inks and resin, this this Heart Jewelry set is an easy resin craft for every level, and will definitely make a statement. The earrings and necklace are the perfect accessory for Valentine’s Day, or when you want to wear something a little more playful. This set would also be a one-of-a-kind gift idea for friends on Galentine’s Day!

To make your own Alcohol Ink Resin Heart Jewelry, you will need these supplies:

Step 1:

Prepare the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy according to package directions. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area and wear disposable gloves. Using alcohol inks can get a little messy, so lay something down to protect your work surface before getting started.

Pour in equal parts resin and hardener to the mixing cup. Stir the resin mixture together with a stir stick for two minutes, making sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the mixing cup. Pour the resin into a clean mixing cup and stir the resin again for another minute or two with a clean stir stick.

Step 2:

Carefully pour resin into each of the molds using a stir stick, and try your best not to overfill the molds. Let the resin sit for a minute, and then use a straw, lighter, or a toothpick to remove any air bubbles that come to the top.

*See how I made the purple heart-shaped silicone mold!

Step 3:

Add a drop of pink or red alcohol ink on top of the uncured resin. I recommend one drop in the earring molds, and 3-4 for the larger heart mold. Another reminder to protect your workspace and wear gloves, because alcohol inks will stain your hands and surfaces!

Step 4:

Add one drop of white ink to the center of the colored ink drops. White alcohol ink makes the magic happen! White alcohol ink is heavier than colored inks, so it pushes through the resin to create an awesome effect.

Repeat the process one more time with the colored ink and the white ink. As tempting as it is, try not to add too much ink. It can affect the way the resin cures.

Step 5:

For a little added shimmer, I added a few drops of gold alcohol ink into the larger heart mold, and one in each of the smaller hearts.

Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 12-24 hours.

Step 6:

Carefully remove the pendants from the molds and admire your work. The way the ink settles into the resin creates such a cool effect, and no two pendants are the same!

Use scissors to cut away any over-poured resin, and use a fine grit sandpaper to smooth any uneven edges.

Step 7:

Use jewelry adhesive to attach a bail to the back of the earrings and pendant. Let it dry completely and then attach a jump ring to the pendant and earring hooks to the earring pieces. Lastly, thread a chain through the pendant jump ring to complete the necklace.

The Heart Jewelry set is now ready to wear on Valentine’s Day or to give as a gift! You can use this same technique with alcohol inks and resin to make eye-catching keychains and coasters.

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