This is a resin experiment that worked …mostly!
I found this mold in the bargain bin of my local art store. It had 6 rectangles, approximately 1 inch x 1.2 inches and is meant for candles. I’m not sure how they are used, not being a candle hobbyist, but the price was right to do some experimenting with.
Although I’m always excited to experiment I never expect too much because bringing an idea to execution is, as many of you know, challenging. However, I am never deterred from trying, after all art is experimentation. That is what makes it so fun and keeps me coming back for more!
Thinking that this experiment didn’t warrant a resin mix in itself because it was a small project. I waited until my next resin pour which ended up being leftover Super Clear Resin, I mixed with Resin Obsession transparent purple color pigment. I sprayed the mold with Castin’ Craft Mold Release and filled 4 of the molds about 1/3 full.
The next day I popped them out, which was not easy. This is always a risk you have with working with molds not made for resin or are not made from silicone. Thank goodness I used the mold release or they may not have come out at all! I was left with mostly opaque purple squares and a mold that will never work again.
I put them aside and thought I would try my newly acquired Pearl Ex in my next resin pour.
There are often ridges where you pour resin in molds that I generally sand off. In this case, I left them on so that when I poured in more resin it would be ‘cradled’ somewhat. In my next resin pour, using the leftover bit of Super Clear Resin I had, I poured it on the pieces and added my favourite teal sparkles I use on everything. Then, I used 4 different types of metallic Pearl Ex powdered pigments, putting in only a miniscule amount on the top of my toothpick. I then used my toothpick to swish them around into somewhat of a design.
The next day revealed that of the four, one turned out way cooler then I could have expected. The other three were either over poured and a big resin mess or under poured and just boring. Here are two of them, the other one was too messy and went straight to the garbage.
Here is the one I really like…..
I sanded down rough edges, glued a bail to the back, added a chain and now I have a new, quite fancy necklace. Now I just need a fancy event to go to!
So it looks like casting resin in candle molds might be an option!
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