DIY resin bracelets – Reversible Queen of Hearts resin bracelet

 

How to make a resin braceletOriginally published July 2013.  Updated March 2019.

Here’s an easy way to turn a deck of playing cards into a DIY resin bracelets project!

resin jewelry making supplies

Resin supplies list:

STEP 1

cut playing card

Cut a template from card stock to fit the resin mold then place this template on your playing card.  Trace around the edge and cut the card.  For this resin bracelet, I cut six faces and six card backs.

STEP 2

Playing card art in a plastic resin mold

Make sure your cards fit into the mold.

STEP 3

Sealing a playing card with glue

Seal the edge of each card with the ultra seal glue.  Since these cards are waxed, you shouldn’t need to seal the front and back, but I did anyway.  I wanted to be sure the resin didn’t water stain my cards.

STEP 4

Inserting toobies into a plastic resin mold

Cut your toobies to fit snugly into the mold.  Remove and set aside before continuing.

STEP 5

Spraying a plastic resin mold with mold release

Spray the mold lightly with the mold release and allow to dry for at least 20 minutes.

STEP 6

Resin in mixing cups

Measure the resin parts into two separate cups.  For the first pour, I measured 20 cc Part A plus 10 cc Part B for a total of 30 cc (or 1 ounce).  I then poured these two parts into a larger 10 ounce cup in order to get a good mix.

STEP 7

Pouring epoxy resin into a plastic mold

Pour a small amount of resin into each resin cavity.  You only want enough to fill the bottom third.

STEP 8

Placing a playing card into a resin mold

Place your cards into the resin.  You will want to do this on an angle (as opposed to flat on the resin) to minimize the trapping of bubbles underneath the cards.

STEP 9

Playing card art in a plastic resin mold

Use your stir stix to adjust the placement of the card and add more resin if necessary.

STEP 10

Checking resin for bubbles

Even if you’re careful placing your cards into the resin, you will probably have some bubbles trapped under your cards.  You can very carefully pick up your mold and hold it up to the light to see any bubbles that might be trapped underneath your cards.

Cover and allow to (at least partially) cure.

STEP 11

Placing a toobie into a plastic resin mold

Once the resin has partially cured, place your toobies into your resin castings.  Your toobies need to fit securely in the mold.  If they can roll around or move at all, they will move and fill with resin when you pour your next layer.

STEP 12

Pouring resin into a plastic mold

Once your toobies are secure, pour a second layer of resin.  You will need approximately 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 ounces of resin for this layer.  Pour a little bit of resin, then place your card pieces like you did for your first layer.  Add more resin on top of the cards as necessary.

Cover the resin mold and allow to cure.

STEP 13

Demolding resin charms

Once cured, demold your resin charms by pushing from the back of the mold while gently twisting.

STEP 14

Sanding a resin charm

Sand down any rough edges of our resin with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper.  Get the paper wet first to keep the resin dust from melting back into your piece.  Work down to a 1000 grit sandpaper for a smooth edge.

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STEP 15

Cleaning out a hole in a resin charm

In case some resin has seeped into the end of your toobie, unbend a paper clip to poke through the open toobie end to open the other end.

STEP 16

Stringing cord through a resin charm

String with the stretchy bead cord through your holes.  Add spacer beads as desired.  Tie the ends of securely.

 

Reversible resin bracelet

Enjoy your new DIY resin bracelets!

 

 

 

Unpublished Blog Posts of Resin Obsession, LLC © 2019 Resin Obsession, LLC

8 Comments

Katherine

@Dr Laura,

If you see that you have trapped bubbles underneath, gently lift up one side of your card. Draw your bubble to the edge with your stir stix or toothpick. Replace the card, then lift up the mold to see if there are any more bubbles.

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NicoleB

I like how you sandwiched the toobies between layers so they wouldn’t be seen. Now I might have to scrounge up some old cards to play with. Not poker, but resin!

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Katherine Swift

@Nicole,

Thank you! Yes, that was done on purpose. I hate letting my ‘seams’ show.

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