How to use transparencies and upcycled gift cards to make resin charms
Supplies needed for this tutorial:
- Resin Obsession Super Clear resin
- Mold 739
- Castin’ Craft mold release and conditioner
- 1 ounce graduated mixing cups
- Stir Stix
- Nitrile gloves
- Clip art images printed onto a clear transparency sheet (you can find some neat ideas on our printables board on Pinterest)
- 1 inch circles punched from plastic gift cards
- Aanraku large silver leaf bail
Spray a light mist of mold release over the mold. Allow to dry.
Trim the desired images away from the transparency.
Measure 10 cc of Part A and 5 cc of Part B into separate 1 ounce gradutated mixing cups. Mix together thoroughly using your stir stix.
Pour resin into each well, filling them halfway. Remove bubbles.
Place a transparency image into each well filled with resin. Using your stir stix, adjust the placement if necessary. You can also push down on the transparency with the stir stix to release any trapped bubbles.
Mix and pour another layer of resin. (Once again, 15 cc of total mixed resin is what you will need.) Fill the cabochon wells all the way full. Remove bubbles as necessary.
Place your punched gift card plastic circle in the resin. By coating it in the resin before placing in the mold, you will minimize the amount of bubbles that could be trapped underneath the circle.
Use your stir stix to carefully place the punched gift card into the mold. Note: The punched circle is exactly 1 inch, which is the size of the open end of the well of the mold. Since the mold tapers, your circle will rest at the very top of the mold opening.
Remove any additional bubbles as necessary. Cover and allow to cure.
Demold the resin by gently twisting the mold while pushing the cabochons out from the back.
Sand the edges of your charm with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper. Work your way down to 1000 grit sandpaper to make sure the edges are smooth. Hint: You will want to sand with the direction of the circle, not back and forth against it. Going with the circle will make sure your circle stays a circle, not a hexagon.
Your resin charms are now finished! Notice how the transparencies close to the top surface and the gift cards on the bottom surface accentuate the depth of the charms?
So you may be wondering what to do with them. Here are a few ideas:
Apply a small dot of E6000 to the charm and findings, such as magnets or a bail. Allow to sit for two minutes before pressing both sides together. Let completely cure for 24 hours.
String the pendant on a cord or chain to make some instant glam!
Use the charms with magnets to decorate your refrigerator, filing cabinet or school locker.
You can also use your resin charms as decorative knob pulls! (Find the hardware attachments at your local hardware store.)