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:
- Alumilite Amazing Casting resin
- 2 inch wide masking tape
- Stamp pads without the wooden/plastic backing
- Mixing cups
- Alumidust powder colorants
- 1 inch square pendant blanks
- Optional: Alumilite colorants to color the resin
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.
Use a brush to dust on a light coating of Alumidust powder.
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.
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.
While the resin is soft, you can trim off the excess with scissors.
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!
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.
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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