Originally written November 2013. Updated February 2020.
When it comes to making things with resin, bracelet making is one of my favorite projects. I love being able to see a piece of resin jewelry while I’m wearing it.
Resin supplies needed for this project:
- Resin Obsession super clear epoxy resin
- Castin’ Craft Mold release and conditioner
- 1 ounce reusable plastic mixing cups
- Stir Stix
- Nitrile gloves
- Reusable plastic bangle bracelet resin mold 415
- Alcohol ink for resin
Spray a light mist of the Castin’ Craft mold release onto the mold. Allow to dry at least 15 minutes.
Carefully measure the amount of resin you will need to fill your bangle mold. For this bracelet making project, I mixed 3 total ounces of resin, which was more than enough to fill this bangle bracelet mold. If you are new to mixing resin, you can learn how to do that here: how to measure and mix resin
Pro tip: You can either mix three 1 ounce cups of resin or you can mix 3 ounces together in one of our 10-ounce reusable plastic mixing cups, then divide into three once ounce cups.
Add three to four drops of alcohol ink to the mixed resin.
Since the alcohol ink will want to stay on top of the resin, use a toothpick to carefully push some color beneath the surface. Use an up and down motion rather than stirring. You don’t want to completely mix the color.
Gently pour the resin into the bangle bracelet mold. The movement of the resin will also help to accentuate ink swirls.
You can also gently push the inked resin into the mold with a toothpick.
Once you have your bracelet the way you like, cover and allow to fully cure.
To demold the bracelet, press on the bracelet mold from the back of the mold while twisting.
It also helps me to hold the mold onto a flat surface while I pull at the sides. You should see air move between the bangle bracelet mold and the resin bracelet.
Sand off any sharp edges with 400 to 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper.
Enjoy your new handmade bauble made from your bracelet making adventure!
Did you notice there is no pink in the final bracelet? When I originally made it several years ago, I used alcohol inks that were not designed to color resin. I reached out to the manufacturer for advice on why the pink disappeared. According to them, colors in the pink/purple range will disappear in the resin. Since then, I only used alcohol colors specially designed for resin to get pinks and purples in my resin bracelet making projects.
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