Hello everyone! So I love all things shimmery and shiny, one of those things being glass. Glass pendants though, are very hard, and pretty expensive, to make. So cheap, crafty me, I decided to try my hand at recreating fused glass. Before you start, I strongly suggest using mold release on your molds. I didn’t, but only because I can not find it in the black hole that is my room. I usually see fused glass in square or rectangle shapes, so that’s what I used, specifically the rectangular mold 412. I started off with a layer, about 15 mL of Resin Obsession Super Clear Resin. You have to wait for this layer to entirely cure, since you’ll be either painting or drawing on this layer.
Next, take either acrylic paint and a small brush, or metallic sharpies and begin making lines or designs on the pieces. I decided to go with two simplistic designs, then tried my hand at doing a free hand tree. If I were to do this over, I would absolutely get the sharpies or paint markers, because the acrylic was just not working with me.
While the paint or ink is drying, take your cellophane and cut it to the appropriate shape to fit into the mold. Here I have three different styles: One that I left undisturbed, once I crinkled up, and one I took some alcohol based markers to the back of, in hopes that it gave a more blue effect. In the future, I would have cut out different sizes in different cellophane, like fantasy film, to give more colorful effects. But you gotta work with what you have!
Once the ink is dry, take 15 mL, and layer it over the top. It doesn’t need to be a thick layer, but there needs to be enough room left for the last layer of resin, so keep that in mind. Once that layer is on, gently push the cellophane sheets into the molds, making sure it is entirely encased in the mold. If you can’t get it all under, or there are bits sticking out, don’t worry! The last layer will cover it. Let this layer cure for a couple hours, or if you feel more comfortable with it, let it entirely cure. It won’t affect the last layer at all.
For the final layer, mix an opaque, I chose black, pigment into a final 15 mL of resin, and pour it to the top. It just needs to be a dark pigment, as I find those give the best effects, but hey if you have a yellow or bright green pigment laying around, give it a try! Now just wait for it to cure, unmold, sand and seal, and success! You have some pretty sweet looking pendants!
Each layer for these took a couple hours for full curing, since its like 40 degrees in my room. Midwest Springtime is not a good time for resin crafts! Putting them in a hot box or somewhere warm will make the curing go faster. As you can see, my marker idea didn’t really show up…at all. So if you do this, I would definitely recommend getting a few different colors of cellophane and playing around with it, like fantasy film! I know if and when I do this project again, I will be getting metallic sharpies and fantasy film/more colors of cellophane, and I’d like to see what more than one color would look like! This project is entirely you, and I would absolutely recommend giving it a try!