So you hate wasting resin. Me too. And here’s a fun way to use that leftover epoxy to make resin beads.
Step 1: Color the resin
Step 2: Pour onto a non-stick surface
Pour the colored resin onto a piece of wax paper. Spread it out to a rectangle shape using a stir stick. Cover and allow to partially cure.
Step 3: Shape the resin
This step is critical to make these resin beads.
When the resin is formed, but dentable, peel it off the wax paper. This time varies between resin types. You’ll need to check it on it every couple of hours after pouring.
⚠️ IMPORTANT: Since the resin is still not completely cured at this point, you will need to wear safety gloves.
Use a pair of scissors (not meant for food) to cut the semi-cured resin into rectangle shapes.
Your resin strip should be an even shape after trimming.
Start at a narrow end and roll the resin strip onto itself to make a tube. A hole will form in the center.
Once the resin is tube shape, you’ll need to apply a piece of tape over the end to keep it rolled up while it is curing. At this point, the resin is flexible and a tad tacky but has cured enough that it won’t stick to itself. So leave the tape on while the resin continues to dry.
You can also make the beads glittery. A little bit of glitter goes a long way since the layers will lie over each other when rolled up.
Step 4: Assemble the finished beads
String the resin tube beads onto a stretchy bead cord. Of course, beading wire or leather would work well too.
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