How to use a juice can lid for your next resin craft project
Looking for ideas for using objects in resin? Sometimes, finding your next resin project might just be one step away from the trash.
One of the neat things about resin (or one of its downfalls, depending on how you look at it) is that it will stick to most anything. In making a batch of lemonade recently, I realized I was almost ready to throw away a perfectly good resin reservoir.
Recycle found items for resin
Next time you’re making a frozen concentrate juice, save the juice can lid for resin crafts. Wash it well, as you will want to make sure it is clean and not sticky before use. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a good way to get the lid off the other end of the can. It would not pull out and I bent it trying to cut away the cardboard with scissors.
Mix and add resin
For this project, my goal was to put found objects in resin and I wanted the resin to serve the purpose of a glue. Since I needed something with a thicker viscosity, I used a doming resin. Add resin a few drops at a time to the juice lid, then spread it out to the edges. Note: You won’t need much resin for this project. By the time I was done, I estimate I used 2 ccs of resin.
Add other recycled items to the resin
Carefully place found objects in the lid with resin. I started with tiny glass beads, which I knew would sink in the resin. I also raided one of my ‘flea market visit bags,’ which resulted in a bunch of broken watches. After breaking them apart, I used the watch faces to decorate the juice can lid.
Fill in with additional glass beads to cover the lid areas. Glitters for resin would work great, too. Drip in additional resin as necessary. I didn’t want to cover the watch faces in resin as I wanted the resin to act as glue. I was careful to make sure there was enough of the watch face in the resin to keep it stuck, but not enough to cover the face.
Leave your project covered and undisturbed while it cures.
Time to finish
The finished project featuring objects in resin is now ready for almost anything! Here are some ideas on what you can do with your new resin creation:
- Add a magnet to the back and decorate your refrigerator or locker
- Add a bar pin to the back to wear as a piece of jewelry
- Make several of these to serve as cake top decorations
Want more ideas for putting objects in resin or creating resin jewelry? Check out Resin Jewelry Making. It will give you several ideas for making your own resin jewelry and crafts this weekend!
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