How to Make Resin Bowls

How to make resin bowls

by Penny Reid

I’m going to show you how to make resin bowls using silicone poached egg molds. These resin bowls make great little catch-alls for rings and other things.


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I am using shiny silicone poached egg cups as my molds.  You can find these molds with a matte finish as well.

silicone poached egg cups

Step 2:

Now the fun part! Pour the resin into the silicone cups in any order, filling 1/3 to 1/2 of the cup, depending on how big you want the bowl.

HINT: Add the more transparent colored and sparkly resins near the end, this will make the edges more transparent which is a neat effect.

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Step 3:

Once all the resin is poured, add a silicone poached egg mold on top; this is what will create the bowl. To keep the mold down, carefully add water to weigh it down, making sure the water does not get into your resin because of course, water and resin equals disaster!  Add just enough water to keep the second mold from floating up.  Leave to cure.


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Leave to cure for 4 hours or a little more than the halfway cure point, depending on the resin you are using.  You want your resin to be somewhat soft before going on to the next step.

NOTE: This is not critical.  If you don’t get to de-molding and the resin has completely hardened, the project still works.  The next steps can be more difficult, but still totally possible.

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Step 5:

You can see the edges are a little uneven.  This is the time to cut off the edges and why you want to try to demold while the resin is still somewhat soft.  It’s easier to cut, but again even if fully cured, it is easy to get rid of the uneven edges with scissors.  It just requires more effort.


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Step 6:

At this point the edges can be finished however you desire.  They can be sanded down and polished or you can add a little extra finish.  I find that dimensional mod podge is nice and thick and holds well to the edges. Sprinkle some sparkles over the wet mod podge.  I used embossing powder for these — a bronze powder and a silver holographic one.  You can see you some sparkles traveled into the bowl in part and because they had some glue on them they stayed there.  This is one of those happy accidents I think adds to the bowls!  Leave to dry.


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P.S. I mixed too much resin when making these resin bowls so I got out a wood canvas and randomly poured on the leftover resin.  I used a toothpick to move the resin around and ended up with a pretty nice piece of work!


leftover resin poured on wodden canvas

What other questions do you have about how to make resin bowls?  Would yo