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!
This is the hardest part of the entire project. Find a willing participant. I snuck up on studio kitty while she was relaxing and cut a hunk of tail hair for this project. Depending on how cooperative your muse is, you may only have one shot at this.
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 of 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.
For the first bead, I took a tuft of hair, then pulled it tight.
Next, I threaded the hair into the cavity of a smooth surface European style bead mold until it was completely enclosed in the mold.
For the other bead, I wanted to try a different technique to make pet hair beads.
This time, I applied Mod Podge to the tuft of hair. Not enough to soak the hair, but make it sticky.
Next, I wrapped the hair around a 7 mm knitting needle that I had taped wax paper to. The center diameter of the bead in the mold is 5 mm, so I wanted something a smidge larger than that.
After letting the hair dry for two hours, I was able to slip it off the wax paper and insert it into the mold.
You can already see that allowing the pet hair in loosely (left) in the bead mold will give a different look than the glued hair (right).
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.
Once the pet hair beads are cured, demold by pushing from the back, then grabbing the bead.
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 is 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.
From the top view, you can definitely see where there are more bubbles in the bead on the right. I don’t know that you can easily see them with the naked eye, but they are there nonetheless.
Which pet hair bead do you like better?
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