Buying game pieces for family game night is so 2019. If you’ve learned anything about staying at home during a pandemic, you can have your game and make the pieces for it. That’s why I’m showing you how to make resin dominoes.
Step 1: Plan
Now is the time to plan a theme for your dominoes. In this case, I’m going with a steampunk vibe. These watch gear charms are going to give it a fun feeling.
Because you’re doing these dominoes in two layers, you want to be sure the layers look cohesive. Now’s the time to make sure your second resin layer is going to look amazing behind your first resin layer.
Step 2: Mix resin
Mix 1 ounce of resin for every seven dominoes you’re making. That’s enough epoxy to fill the mold cavities halfway.
⭐️ BONUS: You can use this free resin calculator to know how much resin to mix for any mold you’re using.
To your clear resin, add a smidge of glitter. (Or a driblet for my UK friends.) Don’t add so much that you won’t see any color behind it when you pour the second layer.
Resist the urge to add in a ton of glitter. You only need a little bit of sparkle. Besides, you don’t want the resin dominoes to outshine your sparkle.
⭐️ BONUS: If this part of how to make resin dominoes isn’t something you’ve done before, take a moment to read how to mix resin.
Step 3: Fill mold
Fill the mold cavities half full with your mixed resin.
Step 4: Add charms
Place your charms or baubles in the resin. Don’t get lost in trying to make them look the same. That’s why you’re making resin dominoes instead of buying them.
💡 Pro tip: Push your pieces around in the resin after you’ve got them in there. You’ll release bubbles that you can zap with a heat gun.
Let the resin cure.
Step 5: Add more resin
Mix another ounce of clear epoxy resin. Then, color it to enhance your first layer.
The colors of the watch gears match charmingly with metallics. To get a beautiful silver color to your resin, add pearl powder until the resin is shimmery. Then, add the tiniest dot of opaque black pigment. That will give you the most beautiful shade of silver.
Cover your first resin layers with the silver resin. Remove bubbles and let the resin cure.
Step 6: Demold
Peel the mold away from your cured resin dominoes. It also doubles as your daily dose of visual ASMR.
But you’re not done with how to make your resin dominoes yet.
Step 7: Finish edges
There’s a chance that some of your dominoes have an edge on the resin. Not a big deal, and it’s pretty normal. Use wet/dry sandpaper or a coarse nail file to knock off the sharp resin edges.
Step 8: Paint
Pick a color paint to highlight the dots in your resin dominoes.
Fun fact: those dots are called pips.
Dot the color in the pips with your paintbrush.
Then wipe the excess with a paper towel.
The good news is that if you don’t like your paint color, wash your dominoes with soap and water. Then choose a different color to paint on your resin.
💡 Pro tip: If you’re making tons of resin dominoes, get a plastic squeeze bottle with a needle attachment. Put your paint in the bottle and squeeze it into the dots. It makes pretty quick work of painting your dominoes.
Let your paint dry.
Well, looky there. You just learned how to make resin dominoes.
Now, what else can you do with your resin dominoes?
✅ Drill the top. Add keychain hardware and use it as a key ring.
✅ Glue a magnet to the back. Use on a refrigerator or a locker.
✅ Add drawer pull hardware to the back. Use as fancy drawer pulls for a dresser or desk.
Want to learn more resin basics?
Then you’ll want to get your copy of my book, Resin Fundamentals. I’ve condensed my 15 years of resin art experience into a fast track for resin beginners. You’ll go from confused to confident with epoxy resin in less than a couple of hours.
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