Here’s an easy way to turn a deck of playing cards into a DIY resin bracelets project!
Resin supplies list:
- Resin Obsession super clear resin
- Playing cards with neat designs on both sides
- Resin jewelry mold 412
- Resin Obsession toobies
- Castin’ Craft mold release and conditioner
- Ultra seal glue
- 1 ounce mixing cups
- 10 ounce mixing cup
- Resin Obsession stir stix
- Nitrile gloves
- Stretchable stringing cord
- Assorted beads, suitable for spacers
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.
Make sure your cards fit into the mold.
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.
Cut your toobies to fit snugly into the mold. Remove and set aside before continuing.
Spray the mold lightly with the mold release and allow to dry for at least 20 minutes.
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.
Pour a small amount of resin into each resin cavity. You only want enough to fill the bottom third.
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.
Use your stir stix to adjust the placement of the card and add more resin if necessary.
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.
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.
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.
Once cured, demold your resin charms by pushing from the back of the mold while gently twisting.
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.
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.
String with the stretchy bead cord through your holes. Add spacer beads as desired. Tie the ends of securely.
Enjoy your new DIY resin bracelets!
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