When I was younger, I remember that one of my favorite things to do at the beach was to find sea glass. If you aren’t familiar with sea glass, it’s the remains of broken bottles and glass jars that make their way into the ocean. After weeks to months of tumbling in the water and sand, they come back to shore with a beautiful and evenly frosted finish. I remember collecting jars of the stuff!
If you don’t have a beach nearby, making sea glass at home is easy. Today, I’m going to show you how to make sea glass yourself with resin!
- Resin Obsession Super Clear Resin
- Castin’ Craft mold release and conditioner
- Resin mold with round cavities of varying sizes, about one-half to 1-inch wide
- Reusable measuring cup
- Stirring Sticks
- Disposable Spoon (optional)
- White glitter
- Resin Obsession transparent green pigment
- Rolling pin
- Non-stick mat (like one used for cooking)
Spray the mold with the Castin’ Craft mold release and conditioner, and leave it to dry for a couple of hours.
Measure your resin into a mixing cup according to the directions. Mix well and leave it to stand for a couple of minutes.
If you haven’t done this before, you can learn how to mix resin and hardener in five easy steps.
Drop a small amount of transparent pigment into the mix until it’s the color you want. Add just a pinch of white glitter and mix well – this is the secret to the realism!
If you’re new to resin dyeing, then read this guide to learn how. To make sea glass resin a convincing color, search images of sea glass and keep it nearby as a reference image.
Pour the mixture into the mold until half-full and leave to partially set. I left mine inside of a hot box under a light bulb to speed up curing, but you can let it set in a normal environment. This guide explains the temperature at which you should mix your resin.
This mold is best for making sea glass because it gives you nicely sized pieces to work with.
The resin is ready to be manipulated when the surface is no longer wet, but the mixture is still very soft when pushing on the underside of the mold. Keep an eye on the curing as different room temperatures and situations change the speed that it takes to get to this stage.
Pull the resin out of the mold with a blunt object (you can use a resin stirring stick so as not to damage your mold). Any extra bits left inside can be picked off once fully cured.
Here’s the core step of how to make sea glass from resin that looks like real sea glass. Tear the resin into pieces to make sea glass for small jewelry or crafts. For a decent-sized pendant, leave the blob whole. Shape the resin roughly with your hands and put on a non-stick mat.
Don’t worry about fingerprints; this will slightly frost the surface, which is a good thing for realism. Most of the fingerprints will be lost once the resin has fully cured, and it does smooth out a bit more after this stage.
Use a rolling pin to lightly squish the piece on the drying mat into a flatter shape to mimic the thickness of old glass.
Note: Once food items are used for resin, they should not be used for food again.
Leave the resin to set in a cool environment for at least 4-5 hours. Then you are free to drill the resin charms and do as you wish with your faux sea glass!
Ready to learn how to make sea glass resin jewelry, but you’re nervous to get started? I get it. Who wants to spend an afternoon making something only to find it’s something you wouldn’t show anyone!
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