How to make neon resin leaves
This project is graciously supplied by Carmi Cimicata of Resin Crafts. Originally published May 2014. Updated April 2020.
Here is a bright and cheery project made possible by neon resin!
Gather your supplies
I have been wanting to make some neon coloured resin molds all winter. Nothing brightens up a room more than a florescent orange pink or lime green. I purchased these three inexpensive bottles of acrylic paint at my local craft store.
The leaf mold is from Resin obsession and is a reusable polyethylene, so I definitely made sure I applied our Castin’ Craft mold release to it before working in it.
Note: The leaf mold used in this project is no longer available, but this one will work just as well:
Mix and color the casting resin
I am using a casting resin for this project. I made one larger batch and then separated it into three cups. Next, I added a few drops of the paint to each cup.
Here are some other ideas on how to color epoxy resin.
The resin colours were indeed the bright colours I was hoping for. Neon is really hard to photograph though!
TIP: Double check that you are storing your molds properly. I did not notice mine had warped a little so I poured in a little less resin. I will be sure to flatten this out by putting a few books on it for a day or two before I use it again.
Demold the resin leaves
Fresh out of the mold I had a fabulous collection of leaves!
Special Note: When you add non-resin colouring items to resin like paint, coffee etc. you can have a project that does not cure. I only added 2-3 drops of paint. My molded leaves are a little soft…I could bend them if I needed too, but they are certainly hard enough for this home decor project.
Find a project to use the resin leaves with
I already had a project in mind for them. I had this dollar store frame and a cool postcard from Paris.
The Eiffel Tower in the postcard is made with dark black lines so I mimicked the look with black sealing wax on my molded leaves. I then sealed the wax lines with a coating of Resin Spray. If you don’t seal it, the wax will just smudge right off.
I painted my frame with some of the pink neon paint and arranged my neon resin leaves along with some neon buttons I have from HA Kidd.
This was a studio brightening project!
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