How to Use Alcohol Ink in Resin Crafts and Jewelry

How to use alcohol inks with resin

Have you seen those colorful resin earrings and paperweights that look like something you would see in the sky? Then you’ve seen what happens when you use alcohol ink in resin. Alcohol inks can add bright colors and patterns to your resin crafts and jewelry.

While they are fun to create with, they aren’t traditional resin colors and require some special techniques to get them to work. You might be wondering what magic it takes to use alcohol ink in resin.

Here’s what you need to know.

Not all alcohol inks work in resin.

Some alcohol ink colors will change colors, and some will disappear altogether. Seriously. Colors in the pink and red range are notorious for this. For example, you can see what happened when I used alcohol inks to make a resin bracelet.

To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, use alcohol inks specifically for resin. This will ensure your colors stay vibrant after your resin cures.

Alcohol inks are flammable.

As the name implies, these colors for resin are alcohol-based, meaning they can start a fire if exposed to a flame. You should be careful if you are using a torch to pop bubbles on the resin surface. Better yet, use a heat gun to get rid of resin bubbles, and you will lessen your risk of fire since it doesn’t use a flame.

This flammability of alcohol ink also means there are restrictions with how these can ship so as not to cause harm to delivery personnel.

Alcohol inks can make your resin cure soft.

Don’t get carried away when using these colors. There can be such a thing as too much alcohol ink in resin. That can make your resin projects cure bendy, which may not be a fixable problem.

What alcohol inks do I use?

alcohol inks molds and resin supplies

I use the ICE resin tints and the Jacquard white Pinata alcohol ink in my resin projects.  The ICE resin tints were specially formulated to color resin and won’t fade or change colors.  The Jacquard white alcohol ink works the best to make petri patterns in resin.  (More on that in a minute.)

What are the ways you can use alcohol ink in resin?

How about I show you using the Resin Obsession super clear resin.  It’s my favorite resin to use in molds when I’m pouring three ounces or less of resin at once.

Note:  I’m not showing how I mix the resin.  If that is new to you or you want more help, you will want to read this article about how to measure and mix resin in five easy steps.

Option 1: Mix with resin

Alcohol inks can give a very pretty transparent color to your resin.

adding yellow ink to resin

Mix clear resin, then add a drop or two of alcohol ink.

mixing yellow alcohol ink with resin

Combine thoroughly until the color is mixed evenly.

Pro tip: Add less color than you think you need. You can always make it darker if you need to.

adding yellow resin to a mold

Pour the colored resin into your mold or bezel and let cure.

Option 2: Drip onto wet resin

One of the cool things about alcohol inks for resin is that it wants to stay on a resin surface. I.e. it doesn’t sink when adding to resin but spreads horizontally. You can add drops of ink to a wet resin surface to make interesting patterns.

 

adding epoxy resin to a silicone mold

Mix clear resin and add it to a mold or bezel.

dropping alcohol ink onto resin

Add colored ink to the surface, letting it spread.

resin earrings in mold

The alcohol ink will even make a new color where the two colors meet.

Option 3: Drip onto wet resin, including white ink

With this method, you will add white alcohol ink along with the colored inks to create drops of color throughout your resin. This technique, also known as the Petri technique, is a fun way to create a look of depth in your resin.

adding clear epoxy resin to a mold

Mix clear resin, then add to a mold.

dripping alcohol ink onto epoxy resin

Add the colored ink to the surface.

adding white ink to resin

Then, add white ink. Alternate back and forth a few times, depending on the depth of your resin pour. The more ink you add, the less clear resin you will have in your final resin casting.

Pro tip: The deeper the mold, the more inks you can add, and the more the inks will drop.

Results of using alcohol ink in resin

 

resin sun

Option 1 created a beautifully transparent yellow color that matches the theme of this sun mold.

 

alcohol ink resin earrings

Option 2 created a unique pair of earrings that are complementary but don’t exactly match. I like them that way. Matchy-matchy is so boring!

 

resin checkers silicone mold

Option 3 created colors that blended with the white ink. These were made with a checkers piece mold, so my color choices weren’t exactly the best, but I like them anyways. Instead of using them as game pieces, you can add magnets or push pins to the back to use them on a bulletin board.

Which alcohol ink option is your favorite in resin?

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