How to make a scarf pin
–Large button reusable silicone mold
-Resin (I used Resin Obsession Super Clear Resin and Easy Cast)
–White opaque dye
–Mold Release (I used Castin’ Craft Mold Release)
With Spring fast approaching, or at least that’s what I’m being told, I feel we need something that reminds us of Spring! And to me, when I think of Spring, I think of pastels and whimsical things, so what better than a giant Watercolor Button that makes a great DIY scarf pin! And I also wanted to do a little bit of an experiment with it as well, so we are going to be seeing if two different resins will still fuse to each other. Let’s get started!
First things first, prep the mold with mold release. I followed the instructions on my bottle, so be sure to follow yours if you are using something different. Since I want the marker’s effect to show through clearly, the first base will be with Resin Obsession Super Clear Resin. This mold can be filled with 30mL, so I want to fill it up half way, so the first batch will be 15ml of resin. Once it’s thoroughly mixed, and the mold release is dry, go ahead and pour it in, and wait for it to cure. Being that the weather in California has been so weird, it took a couple hours for my resin to set to the point of handling the markers, so I left it overnight.
After it cured, I went ahead and started coloring it with my markers. I decided to do the primary colors around the edges, and secondary colors for the center. Originally, I colored all the sections and went back with the alcohol to blend them out, but I really recommend doing that one at a time, since I found it difficult to go back and blend some of the colors.
Next, I’m taking rubbing alcohol on a paint brush, and dabbing it over the colors, so the ink will bleed and fade out. The more you add, the more dispersed it will be. I tried to keep it mainly on the edges, since watercolors tend to have a strong point and blends out from it. Definitely look up examples while you do this. Once it is at a point that you like, leave it to dry completely. While I know it has worked for others, resin and alcohol have not worked well for me. I like to make sure they are fully dry before moving onto the second layer.
After the alcohol and ink are dry, it’s time to move onto the second layer of resin. Now usually, you would be mixing up another batch of the same resin, but here is where I changed it up. While I assumed other resins would bond to one another, I didn’t know for sure. So for this experiment, I mixed up another 15ml of resin, this time being Easy Cast. And since I want these colors to really stand out, I colored this resin with Opaque Castin Craft dye in white, and added some white glitter, because I have a glitter problem! I poured that over the clear layer, and let that sit overnight as well.
Once that layer is cured, unmold gently, and admire your work! I thought this turned out beautifully, and the two resins had no problem fusing to each other! I will actually be using it as a scarf pin which I will be gifting to a friend. I also plan on making a few more and adding them to a hoodie as some silly eyes. I loved this project and I adore this mold, and I really hope you get a chance to making your own DIY scarf pin!