How to make a resin bracelet with craft tape


How to make a resin braceletCraft tape resin bangle bracelet tutorial

When perusing the craft section at the dollar store recently, I found a ‘Caution’ tape that was just begging to be made into a bracelet.

measuring tape circumference

For this bracelet, I used a plastic bangle bracelet mold with an inner diameter of 2 3/8 inches.  The formula for circumference is Pi x diameter.  Here, that math comes to 2.375 x 3.14 for a circumference of 7.4575 inches.  To that, I added an extra quarter of an inch to give me some wiggle room to overlap the ends.

If you don’t have a plastic bangle bracelet mold, a silicone bangle bracelet mold will work just as well.

sealing tape with glue

After measuring the tape, I coated the adhesive side with a layer of Ultra Seal sealant and glue.  I didn’t do this to seal the tape (the tape will be impermeable to water stains), but instead did it to keep the adhesive backing from being difficult to work with.  I didn’t want to worry about the tape sticking to my gloves, cup, or stir utensils when working with it.  Let it dry for at least 12 hours.

Mixing Resin Obsession super clear resin

For this bracelet, I used Resin Obsession super clear epoxy resin.  I used 1 ounce mixing cups to measure 1 ounce of Part A and 1/2 ounce of Part B (this resin mixes 2:1), then I poured both parts into a large 10 ounce mixing cup to give me enough room to mix both parts.  I also used a stir stick to mix for 2 1/2 minutes.

Not shown:  I sprayed the mold with a light mist of the Ultralease epoxy resin mold release.  Let the mold release dry at least 30 minutes before pouring resin.

pouring epoxy resin into a bangle bracelet mold

Pour enough mixed resin into the mold so it comes up about halfway or a little more.

coating tape with resin

Before placing your tape in the resin, put it in your resin cup.  This will break the surface tension so you will have fewer bubbles.

placing craft tape into resin mold

Gently place your tape into the mold.  Use your stir stix to push it down around the center.  Fill it with extra resin to the top of the mold.  Check for and remove any bubbles.  Cover and allow to cure for 24 hours.

resin bangle mold and demolding

Once the resin has cured, demold the bangle bracelet.

Note:  At this point, this process can be way more frustrating than you might be anticipating.  I can’t sing enough praises for the Petrolease universal mold release and how much easier it made this process.  What I did here was twisted the mold to introduce air in between the casting and the plastic.  I then slapped the plastic onto a countertop to get the bangle to pop out.  You can see what I’m talking about in this video

Not shown:  I sanded up the rough edges with some wet/dry sandpaper.  If you haven’t sanded a resin bracelet before and want help, this article explains more:  how to sand resin smooth


craft tape resin bangle bracelet

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7 thoughts on “How to make a resin bracelet with craft tape

  1. Had to experiment a bit – the one washi tape was too thin, almost transparent, and mostly disappeared into the resin, leaving a faint cloudy look. Very disappointing! It was very pretty tape, a cherry blossom print. Somehow, I’ll have to fix it to the outer wall of the bangle with an opaque pink or white resin behind it. Or else simply stick it on the finished bangle and coat it with clear resin. Does this sound feasible?

    1. I have affixed my washi tape that tends to blend out to a piece of colored vinyl tape. Works every time

  2. I have affixed my washi tape that tends to blend out to a piece of colored vinyl tape. Works every time

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