Originally published June 2017. Updated November 2019.
Being a crazy cat lady means I have to immortalize it for all of eternity. What better way to do that than to make pet hair beads with resin!
I ended up cutting off more than I needed. Thank goodness Studio Kitty has a lot and I could easily do a nice comb-over.
I attached one edge of the hair tuft to the sticky side of clear packing tape. This was to keep the hair in place while I sprayed it with a couple light layers of resin gloss sealer spray on each side. You don’t need to saturate the hair, but the spray gives it enough texture to work with it later. (Think 80’s and Aqua Net hairspray!)
Allow it to dry for at least 30 minutes after applying the last layer.
Mix and cast resin
I mixed Resin Obsession super clear resin and poured it into the mold. I think the super clear resin is the best choice here because it mixes in a thin viscosity. It would be quite tedious to get a thicker resin into the cavity without introducing a lot of bubbles.
Hint: You can make the cavity opening larger by using a toothpick to push the ‘stump’ over while you pour.
Finished pet hair beads
For me, I like the bead on the left better. This is the one where I placed the hair into the cavity without gluing it in a tube first. I like how it takes up the entire shape of the bead. The other bead trapped some bubbles. I’m thinking that the glue made the hair more like a cotton ball and made it impossible for the bubbles to rise.
Note: I think the difference in the bead colors here are related to the original color differences in the hair. Studio Kitty has light and dark hair and I think I used lighter hair for the second bead.
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