How to make resin bracelets – Reversible resin bracelet

 

How to make a resin braceletWondering how to make resin braclets?  Here’s an easy way to turn a deck of playing cards into a DIY resin bracelets project!

resin jewelry making supplies

Resin supplies list:

STEP 1

cut playing card

Cut a template from card stock to fit the resin mold then place this template on your playing card.  Trace around the edge and cut the card.  For this resin bracelet, I cut six faces and six card backs.

STEP 2

Playing card art in a plastic resin mold

Make sure your cards fit into the mold.

Note:  This mold is no longer available, but this domino shaped silicone mold will work just as well:

STEP 3

Sealing a playing card with glue

Seal the edge of each card with the paper sealer.  Since these cards are waxed, you shouldn’t need to seal the front and back, but I did anyway.  I wanted to be sure the resin didn’t water stain my cards.

STEP 4

Inserting toobies into a plastic resin mold

Cut your toobies to fit snugly into the mold.  Remove and set aside before continuing.

STEP 5

Spraying a plastic resin mold with mold release

Spray the mold lightly with the mold release and allow to dry for at least 20 minutes.

STEP 6

Resin in mixing cups

Measure the Resin Obsession super resin parts into two separate cups.

STEP 7

Pouring epoxy resin into a plastic mold

Pour a small amount of resin into each resin cavity.  You only want enough to fill the bottom third.

STEP 8

Placing a playing card into a resin mold

Place your cards into the resin.  You will want to do this on an angle (as opposed to flat on the resin) to minimize the trapping of bubbles underneath the cards.

STEP 9

Playing card art in a plastic resin mold

Use your stir stix to adjust the placement of the card and add more resin if necessary.

Cover and allow the resin to at least partially cure.

STEP 10

Placing a toobie into a plastic resin mold

Once the resin has partially cured, place your toobies into your resin castings.  Your toobies need to fit securely in the mold.  If they can roll around or move at all, they will move and fill with resin when you pour your next layer.

STEP 11

Pouring resin into a plastic mold

Once your toobies are secure, pour the second layer of resin.  You will need approximately 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 ounces of resin for this layer.  Pour a little bit of resin, then place your card pieces as you did for your first layer.  Add more resin on top of the cards as necessary.

Cover the resin mold and allow to cure.

STEP 12

Demolding resin charms

Once cured, demold your resin charms by pushing from the back of the mold while gently twisting. This is where in the how to make resin bracelets process that you can finally see your hard work come together!

STEP 13

Sanding a resin charm

Sand down any rough edges of our resin with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper.  Get the paper wet first to keep the resin dust from melting back into your piece.  Work down to a 1000 grit sandpaper for a smooth edge.

STEP 14

Cleaning out a hole in a resin charm

In case some resin has seeped into the end of your toobie, unbend a paper clip to poke through the open toobie end to open the other end.

STEP 15

Stringing cord through a resin charm

String with the stretchy bead cord through your holes.  Add spacer beads as desired.  Tie the ends of securely.

 

 

Enjoy your new DIY resin bracelets!

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12 thoughts on “How to make resin bracelets – Reversible resin bracelet

  1. @Dr Laura,

    If you see that you have trapped bubbles underneath, gently lift up one side of your card. Draw your bubble to the edge with your stir stix or toothpick. Replace the card, then lift up the mold to see if there are any more bubbles.

  2. I like how you sandwiched the toobies between layers so they wouldn’t be seen. Now I might have to scrounge up some old cards to play with. Not poker, but resin!

  3. Hi Katherine,

    How close to the sides of the mold do you suggest putting the paper (or card pieces)? Did your pieces fit snugly in the mold or was your template you used smaller than the mold? I am thinking about trying to with a smaller design but the border matters and am not sure how much space (or shrinkage) to account for.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Nicole, I got close by not exactly to the edge. I don’t know that anyone will notice if they aren’t exactly to the edge. 🙂

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