DIY scarf pin – make a scarf pin with resin

How to make a scarf pin
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How to make a scarf pin

by Jasmine Moore

Large button reusable silicone mold
Resin Obsession Super Clear Resin
White opaque pigment
-Glitter (optional)
-Alcohol markers
-Rubbing Alcohol
Mold Release
Mixing Utensils

With Spring fast approaching, or at least that’s what I’m being told, I feel we need something that reminds us of Spring!  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!

large button mold

Step 1:   Prepare the mold.

Not shown:  Prep the mold with mold release and allow it to dry.

Step 2:  Mix resin and add to the mold.

Since I want the marker’s effect to show through clearly, the base will be with Resin Obsession Super Clear Resin. I’m going to mix and pour 15 ml of resin to fill it halfway. Being that the weather in California has been so weird, it took a couple of hours for my resin to set to the point of handling the markers, so I left it overnight.

coloring a silicone mold with alcohol markers

Step 3:  Color the resin

After it cured, I started coloring it with my markers. I decided on primary colors around the edges and secondary colors for the center.

resin button mold

Step 4:  Blend the colors at the edges

Next, wet a paintbrush with rubbing alcohol, then dab 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 blend 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.

white resin in a button mold

Step 5:  Add the second layer of resin

After the alcohol and ink are dry, it’s time to move onto the second layer of resin. I mixed up another 15ml of resin.  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.

watercolor button made with resin

scarf with DIY resin button

Step 6:  Demold

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 make your own DIY scarf pin!

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9 thoughts on “DIY scarf pin – make a scarf pin with resin

    1. Hello hello! So to answer everyone’s question on how I got the material through the holes: very slowly and with a lot of stubbornness! The scarf I used was a very thin, decently stretchy material, (This won’t work for the typical scarf, and I would recommend threading ribbon through and attaching it, or just getting a pin backing), so it was very easy to roll up into a thin enough thread to thread through the holes of the button.

      Also, the material, being that it was rougher when stretched out, kept catching on the resin, so keep that in mind if you are using this on netting or tulle. It can be done, but take it slow! There were no missed steps or any tricks, it was literally just me going “I wonder if this would work”.

    1. While it may not be a pin in the traditional sense, it is keeping the scarf in place, thus acting like a pin.

      1. Ok I understand that But I am questioning how she got all that scarf material through the 4 little holes! Have I missed a step?

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