Galaxy Resin Paperweights
Space and galaxy patterns have become pretty popular lately, and being one who loves space, I couldn’t help but make my own galaxy resin paperweights! I started with Cabochon Mold 430, though use your favorite cabochon or paperweight mold. Using smaller molds would make fantastic jewelry as well! I recommend treating the mold with mold release, just to ensure that you will be getting your hard work out of the mold.
To start off, I mixed Resin Obsession Super Clear Resin, 30 mL total, and filled the domes about 2/3 full. Allow them to fully cure since they will be painted on.
Before you start painting, if you aren’t comfortable with your galaxy painting skills, I would recommend getting a scrap piece of paper and testing out painting one. For the effect I go for, I just dab on the paint, usually trying to have the brush head flat. This technique will also help you out with getting good blends between the colors. Another tip would be is that once you get paint on the brush, don’t get more until the brush barely leaves a trail. This helps achieve good build up and leaves certain areas more transparent, which makes them look a bit more realistic!
There is no real way to mess it up, since galaxies are such organic shapes, but there are some tips to make it look the best it can. I would recommend pulling up some images so you can have an idea of what you want. When working with colors, I would have 3 but no more than 5, not including white, and always go in chromatic order, or dark to light. To start off, I built up the red first, dabbing on the color and giving it some shape. I left some parts more transparent then others, and will go over some of it with the orange to give a good transition.
Cover the center with a good amount of white. I also added some stars because I thought it would give it a good effect. I was so glad I did!
Now mix more resin. This resin will go as the next layer, on top of your painted resin surface. I think I mixed about 15 mL and added opaque black pigment. I used Castin’ Craft, but use what you like. For my purple/pink galaxy, I wanted to do something a bit different. I had some dark pink micro glitter, and wanted to see what kind of effect that would have.
I wish I had silver micro glitter, because I ended up LOVING the way it looked. Each layer for these took a couple hours for full curing, since I live in the very unforgiving Illinois North, and it is either 30 degrees or 70 degrees in the Spring, so the curing for these took a while! Putting them in a hot box or somewhere warm will make the curing go faster. After unmolding, I sanded the edges and sprayed them with acrylic sealant. I adore the way these look, and my friends adored them. Definitely try this out, as I think these galaxy resin paperweights would make great gifts!