While I love making charms with resin, I don’t always like having to use my drill to get holes in resin. If you’re anything like me and you’re looking for an easy way to avoid drilling through resin, then you are going to love the Resin Obsession toobies!
The toobies are small plastic tubes that can be cut and embedded into your resin jewelry molds that cast in place. After demolding, you can string your toobies (the inner diameter fits up to a 20 gauge wire or cord) without needing to worry about drilling.
Here’s the easy way to use toobies so you can avoid drilling through resin:
Step 1: Mark toobies to match your mold cavity
Place a toobie across the top of your mold cavity. Use a sharpie to mark where to cut it with sharp scissors. Cut the section
Step 2: Place into the mold
Place toobie sections into your mold where you will want holes. Make sure the ends are halfway up the walls of the mold.
Pro tip: You will want to make sure your toobies fit snugly. If they don’t ‘stick’ to the wall sides, then they aren’t long enough.
Place all your toobies into the mold before mixing your resin.
Step 3: Mix and pour your resin
Pour the resin into the mold in between the toobies so you don’t disturb them.
You will want to fill the cavity to the top, then ever so carefully, add a few drops more. The resin will shrink a bit as it cures, and you don’t want your charms to be underfilled. Once all your cavities are filled, cover the mold and allow to cure for 24 hours.
Step 4: Demold and clean up
Demold the resin charms by gently pulling the silicone away from the resin.
You may find on some of your charms that some resin seeped into the end of your toobie. Fear not!
If you find some resin seeped into the end of your toobie, you can use an unfolded paper clip and push it out from the open side. (The inside of the toobie will also fit a piece of 20 gauge wire.)
Use a coarse grit emory board to sand the edges off of the charms. These edges weren’t sharp enough to cut skin, but were sharp enough that they could be a little uncomfortable to wear. I swiped each edge a couple of times with the emory board to soften the edge.
Step 5: String the charms together
String your charms together with stretchy bead cord. (I used 0.5 mm diameter cord.) I also included small, gold-colored glass beads in between each resin charm to give it visual interest and to hide the bead cord.
Tie the stretchy bead cord ends together in a square knot. Trim away the excess cord.
Step 6: Show off your resin bracelet!
If you have extra resin charms, you can string them together to make a beautiful choker necklace as well.
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