While I had an expectation of how these charms would turn out, I wanted to try two options with the iridescent papers. I cut them into the same rough sizes, but I crushed some of the papers (bottom row) before cutting them into random shapes. (The dime is in the picture to give you an idea of the sizes I cut them into.)
You can get iridescent papers in the gift wrap section of craft stores.
For this project, I mixed a total of 30 cc of Resin Obsession super clear epoxy resin. I measured it with 1 ounce reusable plastic mixing cups and stir stix. (You will also notice my hands are purple. That is because I’m protecting myself with nitrile gloves.)
Important to the faux opal resin project: Only fill mold cavities halfway with the mixed clear resin.
After coating the papers with resin in the cup (breaks the surface tension so you will have fewer bubbles), push them into the half resin-filled cavities of the mold. Adjust the papers as necessary. You will also need to tap the papers with your stir stix to release any trapped bubbles. Once all the papers are placed, cover, and allow to cure.
Once the first layer of resin has (at least partially) cured, you can then mix the next layer of resin. For the colored layer, I mixed a total of 30 cc of Resin Obsession super clear resin. I then split it into 3 portions and added black, opaque red and opaque blue color pigments. Stir to thoroughly combine.
Gently pour the second layer of colored resin over the clear layer with the papers. Remove any bubbles as necessary. Cover and allow to cure.
Once fully cured, flip over the plastic mold. Push from the back while twisting to pop out the resin castings. You will know if you’re doing it right if you see an air line appear between the cured resin and the mold
Here are the results: the top row of resin charms were made with the crinkled iridescent papers, the bottom row of resin charms were made with smooth iridescent papers. For me, I think the top row resin charms look closer to faux opals.
You can see the difference easier in the two charms that were cast with the pearl iridescent papers and the black opaque resin layer behind. The crinkled paper charm is at the top and looks more like a real opal.
Finish the charms as pendants or string several together to make a bracelet.
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