How to glitter and resin a tumbler
Whether it’s 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 project, I purchased a couple of dollar store knockoff tumblers because I also wanted to experiment with a couple of things, mainly does it make a difference whether or not the tumbler is in a vertical or horizontal position when the resin is applied and while it’s curing?
Resin supplies needed for the glitter part:
- Mod Podge glue (or some other clear-drying white glue)
- Foam brushes
- Silver halo glitter (this stuff is like a disco ball in a bottle!)
- Painters tape
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.
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.
Next came the experiment part.
I applied resin to one bottle in a vertical position and the other in a horizontal position. The horizontal setup required a custom-built Lego set up 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 complies with FDA regulations for food contact. (Just in case someone feels the need to lick the sides of the bottle.)
I used a new foam brush to apply the mixed 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.
After the resin had cured for two hours, I removed the tape. Two reasons for this:
- *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.
- *There were a couple of spots where the tape didn’t adhere firmly and some resin had seeped underneath. I was able to wipe it off with some acetone while it was still sticky.
I let the bottles finish curing overnight.
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.
A share a few more details in the project video here:
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