If you have ever asked yourself how to shape resin, let me assure you that you can! I made this bowl after having some leftover resin from my mother’s day gift idea where I finished a photo collage board with resin. Making a resin bowl is a great leftover resin project, so have your supplies ready the next time you find yourself with extra resin.
You will need a plastic, disposable drop cloth for this project. You can find them in the painting section of a home improvement store. The thicker the plastic, the better. Peeling the resin off thick plastic is easier than thin plastic.
Cut off a square of plastic about three times larger than you think you will need. For this resin project, I wanted a bowl a little larger than my hand.
To help create the bowl form, choose something to serve as the bowl template. I used a small jelly jar.
Next, pull up the plastic along the sides of the jar and use a sharpie to make several marks on the plastic where the edge of the jar meets the plastic.
You will need several marks to establish the boundary of where you will pour your resin.
I wanted a multicolor resin bowl that used clear and colored resin, along with some embellishments. For this bowl, I kept half of the resin clear and colored the other half with Resin Obsession transparent yellow.
The next step in how to shape resin is to pour the resin! I filled the center of the plastic with colored resin. Let your marks on the plastic help guide you to the boundaries of where you should not pour resin.
After you have colored resin in the center, add a ring of clear resin around it. Don’t get worried about the uneven nature of the pour. That’s what will give your resin bowl an abstract feel.
Go over the surface of your resin with a heat gun to remove bubbles.
Add complimentary colored beads in a variety of shapes to the clear resin section.
Once you have the resin to way you like it, set it aside to soft cure.
NOTE: Before moving on to the next step, the resin needs to be rubbery and bendable, but not fully cured. This time varies amongst resins. Check it every couple of hours until it gets to this stage.
Once the resin is soft, peel it away from the dropcloth. Squeeze it to form it in an abstract shape.
Once you get a shape you like, set it aside to cure. To keep it in the shape I made, I let the resin finish curing in a box to hold up the sides while the jar I used as my template weighted down the center.
Enjoy your freeform resin shape!
I really like how the bowl turned out. It looks like something abstract made from glass. I’ve set it on a shelf in my kitchen, but I could easily see using this bowl on my desk to hold pencils or rubber bands.
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