This tutorial can also be called
What to do with your leftover epoxy resin
Originally written November 2012. Updated January 2020.
Resin materials and supplies:
- Leftover resin (uncured — most likely the little bit left in your cup after pouring into your mold or bezel)
- Wax paper
- Spray paint
Tape wax paper to a flat surface. Pour your resin onto the wax paper into funky shapes, dots, or whatever patterns come to mind. Don’t forget, though, your resin will spread out.
Allow your resin to fully cure. (Cover with a dome to keep dust off while curing.)
While your resin is curing, you can prepare your vase.
I chose a ‘glass frosting’ to apply to my vase. I’m not an expert about painting glass, but here a few things to keep in mind:
- Make sure the surface of your glass is clean. (Just because it looks clean doesn’t mean there aren’t any oils, waxes, etc. on it). Wash in warm water with a good grease removing soap.
- The recommendation from my local hardware store was to either get a product that was designed for glass, or get something with a (preferably sticky) primer in it. Paint doesn’t like to stick to glass and you want to make sure this paint job isn’t something that was going to chip off later.
- Once you paint an area, test it first before applying the resin. For example, you don’t want to make your own decorative vase only to find that once someone touches the paint, it starts to flake or crack.
This is my vase after 4 coats of paint. (The blue on the base of the vase is painter’s tape. I covered the bottom as not to paint it. I didn’t want to take a chance that it would leave a rough surface that might scratch the table or countertop I placed it on.)
Now back to the resin…..
Once your resin has fully cured, gently peel it away from the wax paper.
Apply a small amount of E-6000 to the back of your resin and where you want to place it onto your vase. Wait approximately two minutes before pressing the resin onto the vase.
Pro tip: You will want to be very careful not to go overboard on the e6000. When you go to peel or scrape off the excess, you might take your paint with it!
Allow your vase to dry for 24 hours before use.
Your new vase is now ready for some seasonal greens and flowers. (Cookies are optional, but they can’t hurt.)
What colors would you use to make your own decorative vase?
Love leftover resin projects? Here are more ideas on what to do with leftover resin.
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