How to make a resin bangle bracelet with buttons
What I really want to call this tutorial is
How to make things float in resin
A question I am commonly asked is how to make things appear like they are floating in resin.
Let’s start with what you do not want to do and that is to place your inclusions in the resin once the resin starts to cure. Why? Two reasons:
1. It will be almost impossible to get your inclusions to ‘stop’ at a certain level.
2. Once the resin has started to cure, disturbing it in any way will likely introduce bubbles that you won’t be able to get back out.
So how can you get your inclusions to float like the bracelet above? You’re going to have to pour multiple layers.
For this tutorial, I am using bangle bracelet mold 390. As you can see, if you place the buttons in with the first casting, they will sink to the bottom. In order for them to ‘float’, I will need to pour a thin layer first for the buttons to rest upon when I pour the second layer of resin.
Mix an appropriate amount of your resin. For this bangle bracelet project, I used the Resin Obsession super clear epoxy resin.
Not shown: Prep the bangle bracelet mold with a light mist of Castin’ Craft mold release and conditioner and allow to dry.
For this casting, I knew I didn’t need much of a first layer to raise up the buttons. I only poured in enough to cover the bottom with a couple of millimeters of resin.
This shows how much resin I ended up pouring into the bottom. I didn’t measure the amount of resin, but instead just ‘eyeballed’ to the level where I thought the resin needed to be. For this mold, it didn’t take much — 3 to 4 cc or so.
Once the first layer has (at least partially) cured, pour in a small amount of resin for the next layer. Gently place the buttons into the mold and use a stir stix to help you move the buttons into place.
You may be wondering why not place the buttons, then pour the resin. Doing it that way will make it more likely that you will trap air into your resin.
Once the buttons are placed where you want them, completely fill the mold with the remaining resin. Cover and allow to cure.
I won’t go into the demolding steps here, but there is a video on our youtube channel on How to demold a resin bangle bracelet.
Sand off any rough edges with wet/dry sandpaper. I started with a 150 grit sandpaper and worked my way down to 600 grit.
Polish your resin bracelet as desired. For this bangle bracelet, I used the Novus polishing compound kit.
If you look closely enough, you can actually see where the first resin pour ended. (I show you this to give you perspective on what we actually did here. I would say 98 percent of people would never notice this on a finished bracelet.)
Enjoy your new piece of jewelry!