So while this is a tutorial on how to make a resin bracelet, it’s really an explanation of how to suspend objects in resin. Making things look like they’re floating is one of the fun things you can do with epoxy resin. In this bracelet project, I’m showing you how to make colorful buttons float in the bracelet.
So how can you get your buttons to float like the resin bracelet above?
You’re going to have to pour multiple layers.
If you fill the bracelet mold completely, then add the buttons, they will sink to the bottom. All the buttons will be on one side of your resin bracelet after demolding. If you want your buttons to float, you need to pour a thin layer of resin first. This gives the buttons a place to rest when you pour the second layer of resin.
Pro tip: If you have never mixed resin before, be sure to read how to mix resin and hardener in five easy steps.
Before adding the resin, be sure to prep the resin mold with a light mist of Castin’ Craft mold release and conditioner and allow to dry.
For the first layer, I knew I didn’t need much to lift up the buttons. I only poured in enough to cover the bottom with a couple of millimeters of resin.
This shows how much resin I ended up pouring into the bottom. I didn’t measure the amount of resin, but instead ‘eyeballed’ to the level where I thought the resin needed to be. It ended up being 3 to 4 milliliters of mixed resin.
Here’s the trick on how to suspend objects in resin
Once the first layer has partially cured, add resin for the next layer. This partially cured time is also known as a resin’s gel time. At this point, your resin is like semi-cured gelatin.
Drop the buttons into the mold and use a stirring stick to help you get them into place. If your resin is in the gel phase, be careful. You don’t want to disturb that layer because you will insert bubbles into the resin that won’t be able to escape.
Pro tip: If you pour the next layer while the first layer is in the resin gel phase, the line between resin layers is minimized, if not totally absent.
You may be wondering why not place the buttons, then pour the resin. Doing it that way will make it more likely that you will trap air into your resin.
Once the buttons are placed where you want them, completely fill the mold with the remaining resin. Cover and allow to cure.
I won’t go into the demolding steps here, but there is a video on our youtube channel on How to demold a resin bangle bracelet.
Sand off any rough edges with wet/dry sandpaper.
I started with a 150 grit sandpaper and worked my way down to 600 grit. Here’s where you can learn more about sanding resin to get it smooth.
Polish your resin bracelet as desired.
For this bangle bracelet, I used the Novus polishing compound kit.
Finished resin bracelet
If you look closely, you can see a line between my resin layers. This happened because I let the resin fully cure before pouring the second layer. But, I would say almost no one ever notices this on a finished bracelet, so don’t worry if this happens to you.
Enjoy your new piece of jewelry!
If you are asking yourself how to suspend objects in resin, here’s what NOT to do.
Do not add your items once the resin starts to cure. Why?
1. It will be almost impossible to get your inclusions to ‘stop’ at a certain level.
2. Once the resin starts curing, disturbing it in any way will introduce bubbles you won’t be able to get out.
Pouring in layers is the best way to suspend objects in resin.
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