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 where broken bottles and glass jars 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, evenly frosted finish. I remember collecting jars of the stuff!
Today, I’m going to show you how to make your own sea glass 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
- – Stir Stix
- – 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 to dry for a couple of hours.
Measure your resin into a mixing cup according to the directions. Mix well and leave to stand for a couple of minutes.
If you haven’t done this before, learn how to mix resin and hardener in five easy steps.
Drop a small amount of transparent pigment to the mix until it is the color you want. Add just a pinch of white glitter and mix well – this is the secret to the realism!
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 explains at what temperature you should be mixing your resin.
This mold is best because it gives nice 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 the StirStix so not to damage your mold), any extra bits left inside can be picked off once fully cured.
Tear the resin into pieces if you want smaller pieces, or for a decent-sized pendant leave the blob whole. Shape 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, and most will be lost once fully cured as 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 so to mimic the thickness of old glass.
Note: Once food items are used for resin, they should not be used for food again.
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