Make your own resin bangle bracelet
What do you get when you take your favorite scrapbooking paper and add some resin? You get a fashionable resin bangle bracelet! Here’s what you need to get started:
- Resin Obsession 6 oz super clear resin
- 10 oz mixing cups
- Bangle bracelet mold (I used mold 390)
- Stir stix
- Ultra Seal
- Castin’ Craft mold release and conditioner
- Straight blade knife
- Scrapbooking paper of your choice
- Wax paper
- Nitrile gloves
Measure the inner diameter of the mold. You will then take this and multiply by pi (3.14) to get the circumference of the mold. Measure the height of the mold as well. Mark out the area on the paper to cut.
Carefully measure and cut your paper with a blade knife. Hint: Add an extra 1/4 inch to your paper length. It will be less frustraing to cut off extra paper later rather than to have to cut an entirely new piece of paper.
Size your paper ring into the plastic mold to make sure you have the right size. You want a snug fit, but not tight. Cut off any excess if necessary.
Put the paper strip on a piece of wax paper. Apply a layer of glue to the scrapbook paper. Don’t be stingy! Apply a thick layer, being sure to also get it off the sides. (Don’t worry about the excess, we will take care of that later.)
Once the paper is dry, carefully pull it away from the wax paper, leaving the dried glue on the sides. Turn the strip over and glue seal the other side.
After allowing the second layer to dry, peel the paper away again from the wax paper. Trim away extra dried glue. Get close to the edge, but not right on the edge. You want to make sure you have a glue seal covering your paper edge.
Bring the paper edges together face down on the wax paper. Generously glue the edges together, getting some of the glue on the wax paper. Once dry, peel away and glue the other side too.
The last sealing step is to lightly dab glue along the edge of the paper. Go completely around the edge and allow to dry. Flip over and do the other edge as well.
I know this seems like overkill (and maybe it is), but the last thing you want is to go to the trouble of making this bracelet and have a stain show up. It has been my experience that stains almost always come from the edge, so I am extra cautious about making sure the edge is sealed.
Lightly mist the Castin’ Craft mold release spray over the mold. Be sure to get some inside both walls of the mold. Allow to dry for 20 to 30 minutes before using.
Carefully measure the amount of resin you will need for this project. Mix both parts thoroughly for 2 1/2 minutes.
Hint: If you’re not sure how much resin you will need, fill the resin mold with water, then pour that water into the measuring cup. That is close to the total amount of mixed resin you will need.
Slowly pour your mixed resin into the bracelet mold. Do not pour onto the paper, but pour into the open space between the paper and the outer edge.
After pouring in approximately 3/4 of your resin, gently push your paper down into the mold. Add more resin to the mold to bring it to the top of the paper. Since resin shrinks a tiny bit as it cools, I will add resin to where I think it should be, then add a few drops more to bring the resin so it is a domed surface. Otherwise, once the resin has cured, it will actually be a bit low and you will have to add more in a second pour.
Once the resin has cured, you can demold the bracelet. Getting castings out of bangle bracelet molds can be quite frustrating. The best advice I can give you here is to be patient. Twist the mold as you try to grab an edge to pull.
You can also twist and push from the back of the mold. There is no easy way to do this. It will take you several minutes to get the bracelet demolded.
Hint: If you find you want to do a lot of these, but don’t like the difficulties in demolding from a plastic mold, make a silicone mold of a bangle made from the plastic mold. Demolding from silicone goes much easier!
At this point, you will need to take off the extra resin and sand down any high points. You can also keep a soft matte finish to your bracelet or give it a high gloss shine. I’ve already done a video tutorial on how to sand and finish a resin bangle bracelet. Instead of repeating all the steps here, you can watch the video:
Enjoy your new resin bracelet!