How to glitter and resin a tumbler

How to glitter and resin a stainless steel tumbler

how to glitter and resin a tumbler

How to glitter and resin a tumbler

tumbler supplies

Whether its my fascination with glitter or my obsession with resin, I’m always on the lookout for new ways to work with both.  What better way than to glitter and resin a stainless steel tumbler!  For this tutorial, I purchased a couple of dollar store knockoff tumblers because I also wanted to make an experiment with this.

Does it make a difference whether or not the tumbler is in a vertical or horizontal position when the resin is applied and while its curing?

I assembled the supplies needed for the glitter part:

Not shown:  Before you start, wash your bottle surface with soap and water to make sure it is free of grease and debris.  You need a clean surface for the glue.

applying painters tape to both ends of a stainless steel tumbler

Apply painters tape to both ends of the tumbler.  Let the grooves on the tumbler serve as your guide.

applying glue to a stainless steel tumbler with a foam brush

Use the foam brush to apply glue to a section of the bottle.

applying glitter to the glued area on a stainless steel tumbler

Sprinkle glitter on the glued area.  Having a plate underneath will (somewhat!) contain the glitter and allow you to pour it back in the container to use again.

 

Repeat the areas until your entire tumbler is covered.  Allow to dry for several hours.

applying a layer of glitter to a stainless steel tumbler

After letting the tumblers dry, there were a few spots where the glitter didn’t cover them well.  I used the foam brush to apply another layer of Mod Podge and another layer of silver glitter.

Allow to dry several hours or overnight.

Not shown:  Before applying the resin, I removed the blue painters tape.  This allowed me to find spots that needed touch up before applying the resin.  Once those areas were good, I reapplied a new layer of painters tape.

supplies for applying resin to a stainless steel tumbler

Next came the experiment part.  Resin was applied to one bottle while vertical, the other horizontal.  The horizontal setup required a custom built Lego setup to help me keep the bottle off the table.  (Thanks to my peeps!)

Not shown:  I mixed 1 ounce total of Alumilite Amazing Clear Cast Epoxy resin for this project.  I used this resin because it is a clear, doming resin that is considered FDA food safe after a seven day cure.

applying resin to a stainless steel tumbler with a foam brush

I used a new foam brush to apply the resin to the surface of each of the tumblers.

By the way, when you are done, throw the brush away.  You will drive yourself crazy trying to clean it.

Not shown:  Every five minutes for the next hour, I rotated the tumblers.  The horizontal one got rotated a quarter to third of a turn each time whereas the vertical tumbler got rotated 180 degrees.

removing painters tape from the bottle of a stainless steel tumbler

After the resin had cured for two hours, I removed the tape.  Two reasons for this:

  1. *If you let the resin completely cure, the tape edge will be resined to the bottle.  You won’t be able to get it off.  🙁
  2. *There were a couple of spots where the tape wasn’t adhered firmly and some resin had seeped underneath.  I was able to wipe it off with some acetone while it was still sticky.
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I let the bottles finish curing overnight.

glittered stainless steel tumblers finished with resin

Here are the results:

Both tumblers cured as hoped.  (The black half-circles are shadows from the window.)  Both have a rough finish (think sandpaper) which could easily be fixed with another layer of resin.  To look at them (vertical tumbler on the left while the horizontal tumbler is on the right), you can’t see a difference in the finish.  To feel them however, I can feel where there is a thicker layer of resin on the bottom side of the horizontal tumbler that happened after I left it beyond the first hour.  (Side note:  there were no drips on the table underneath.)  I don’t think it’s a big deal though and something that could easily be fixed with another layer of resin.

stainless steel tumbler covered with glitter and resin

This tumbler is going to be perfect for a refreshing beverage when I need it.

What else would you like to know about how to glitter and resin a tumbler?

A share a few more details in the project video here:

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26 Comments

Pamela

This is so cool I didn’t know you could do that. Are you happy with the result after trying it for a while?

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Katherine Swift

So far, but ask me in a couple of months after I have had a chance to use it. I’m curious how good it is going to look after banging it around a bit. 😉

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Rhonda J Hunter

It will be interesting to see if the resin affects the insulating properties of the tumblers – less condensation on the outside, cooling effects, etc. Or are these double wall tumblers? Mine is single walled, and sweats when I have a cold drink in it.

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Katherine Swift

Hadn’t thought about that! It’s a single walled tumbler. I will have to see if it sweats.

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Cathy Hoffmann

OK.. now that several months have passed, how did the bottle & epoxy hold up with use, and did the condensation affect the seal of the epoxy?

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Katherine Swift

I’m pretty happy with it. I hand wash only and have been happy with how the glitter still looks.

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Alabama YaYa

I wanted to resin a globe after applying shards of glass but didn’t know how. I will try slowly rotating it as you did the tumbler. Hoping for the best. Thank you.

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Laura Adams

Hi. I’m about to resin my first cup and have been putting it off cause so scared I’m gonna mess it up lol plus I don’t have a cup turner, so Want to do as much research as possible. I came across your video and got very excited about the possibility of doing it vertically. My only question, you said you rotated it 180°. was that you turned it from the bottom to the top and the top to the bottom or you turned it around 180°? If that is a stupid question please remember this is my first one LOL

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Katherine Swift

Yes, you got it! Plan on rotating it for the first hour or two (depending on the resin you are using) and it should be fine. Good luck!

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Jessica Moceri

I am about to resin a cone shape piece of styrofoam… you were very helpful cause I wasn’t exactly sure how to go about a non flat piece. Luckily I found this post! Thanks!!!

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Terri

Can you add a decal before you resin it? For example something made from a circuit?where do you purchase your resin? Thanks Terri

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Alli

How has it held up now, after more than a year? On the vertical one, did you flip it upside down, when you turned it 180? If you don’t see this, or can’t remember, I understand.

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Katherine Swift

They both have done well. I have tried to treat them well, but overall, am happy with their durability.

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Laura Stovall

Oh WOW!!! So being charged like 9 bucks for an ounce or two of glitter isn’t really required??? OMGosh! I keep seeing posts about use this type, or that type, or this one…and btw, that glitter is $9 bucks. I get it, people need to make money, but what is the solvent safe scenario? That’s why I grew concerned. I have to admit, from what I’ve been reading, if you don’t use a certain type of glitter, it will MELT, or the colors will bleed. So, in theory, that’s not true? Sorry…to be a pest!

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Katherine Swift

I don’t know what to tell you. I have never had a problem with glitter melting in resin. I’ve never been concerned about using a ‘solvent safe’ glitter.

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Kathy

I’ve seen recommendations to spray or brush on a sealant before applying resin.

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Susan Wiggins

How well do you think applying glitter and sealing it with the Alumilite Amazing Clear Cast Epoxy Resin to a personalized license plate will hold up? Weather wise, will it stay on?

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