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
Step 3: Shape the resin
This step is critical to make these resin beads.
⚠️ IMPORTANT: Since the resin is still not completely cured at this point, you’ll 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 shaped, 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 a tad tacky but has cured enough that it won’t stick to itself. Leave the tape on while the resin continues to cure.
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
After the resin is dry, remove the tap. Then, string the resin tube beads onto a stretchy bead cord. Beading wire or leather work well too.
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