Alternative resin molds – Using stamp pads as resin molds

stamp pad resin molds

 

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There’s something kinda cool that happens when you have worked with resin for a while.  You learn how to make it work for you.  For this resin pendant project, I wanted to try stamp pads as alternative resin molds.

Supplies and equipment used:

 

 

Step 1

Tear off a 2 to 3-inch piece of masking tape.  Place the stamp pad into the center.  Fold the tape around the pad to create a ‘dam’ around the piece.  Use scissors to trim off any extra tape as necessary.  You will want to have 3 to 5 millimeters of tape above the ink pad.

apply colored powder to stamp pad surface

Step 2

Use a brush to dust on a light coating of Alumidust powder.

 

Step 3

For the resin pour, I mixed 10 ml total of the Alumilite Amazing casting resin.  This is quick curing polyurethane resin, so it is not something I recommend for beginners.  You can use an epoxy resin for this project, just know that you will have to ‘babysit’ the project longer.

You will see why in a moment.

peeling off tape dam from partially cured resin

 

peeling partially cured resin from a ink stamp

Step 4

Once the resin is in the soft cure stage, remove the tape and peel the resin away from the stamp pad.  The resin will be rubbery at this point.  With this resin, I reached the soft cure stage at approximately 6 to 8 minutes after mixing.  With an epoxy resin, you are going to need to wait for 1 to 3 hours to get to this point.  Maybe even longer.

trimming excess resin with scissors

While the resin is soft, you can trim off the excess with scissors.

checking fit of resin casting into pendant blank

Step 5

Check the fit of your resin casting to make sure it rests snugly within the pendant blank.  If you don’t get a good fit now, you may have to sand off excess when it finally cures.

Once you are sure of the fit, press your piece flat.  It needs another 30 to 60 minutes to make sure it is fully cured and you don’t want it to cure crooked!

 

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Step 6

After curing, you can use more mixed resin or E6000 to secure the resin charms into the bezels blanks.

Hang them on colored organza ribbons to give them an extra WOW.

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The higher your tape dam, the thicker the base will be in the pendant blank.

At this point, you could use a patina to highlight the crevices or even fill in the crevices with clear resin and glitter to give it more visual interest.

What do you think of using stamp pads as alternative resin molds?

Here’s a quick video also showing how I made these pendants:

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14 thoughts on “Alternative resin molds – Using stamp pads as resin molds

  1. These are stamps? I’m confused by the term stamp pad…is it just a stamp off of the mount?
    They’re really cool.

  2. You may want to edit for sake of clarity and getting people here via search engines- the objects you used are stamps; ink pads are the things you rub stamps on to apply color to them, and pouring resin on that would just create a mess. This looks so fun and I’m eager to try it! I have a couple of silicone stamps that aren’t simple shapes, though, so I may need to experiment to get a dam to stay in place properly… maybe some silly putty is in order!

  3. This article might be a bit confusing to some as you go back and forth calling it an ink pad and a stamp pad… while I think they are both the same thing.. an ink/stamp pad is a pad with ink in that you press a stamp into. You are using a rubber or silicone stamp in this project.

  4. OMG! Thanks all for leaving your comments. Boy am I embarrassed. Will get on making these corrections pronto!

    1. I bought these awhile ago and don’t recall where I purchased them. I’m guessing any of the big box crafting stores should have them.

  5. I have plenty of stamps, but they are all rubber. I think you are using silicone stamps? Can you use a rubber stamp to do the same thing (I can spray it with the mold release, but don’t know if that will work)? This is such a great idea! Thanks, Cynthia

  6. Good morning fellow friends,
    Would you be able to share with me any further information on how to obtain these wonderful stamp pads in the UK.
    I’ve had a look on the Web pages in the UK, but to no avail 🤔.
    Should you be able to guide me to where I can buy them or a more in depth name this would help me considerably. Thank you kindly Lorraine 😄

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