How to recycle a watch into a resin bracelet
Originally published September 2013. Updated January 2020.
What do you when you have a pile of old watches that no longer work? You recycle them into a resin bracelet. You won’t believe how easy this is!
Resin supplies needed for this project:
- Watch with back intact and glass face removed
- Masking tape
- Easy cast Castin’ Craft epoxy resin
- Glow in the dark powder
- 1 ounce reusable mixing cups
- Nitrile gloves
- Stir stix
- Red transparent resin dye
- Pattern printed onto a transparency sheet
- Heat gun
Clean the watch of any dirt and debris before starting. Place masking tape over any open holes (like from winding gears) to make sure the resin doesn’t escape.
Apply a layer of glue to the inside of the open watch bezel. Allow to dry for several hours. You want to make sure resin isn’t going to leak out through the back.
Mix an appropriate amount of resin. (For this watch, I mixed 20 ml.) If you are new to this, learn how to mix resin. Add the glow powder and mix thoroughly. Use approximately 1 part glow powder per 4 parts of resin.
Of course, adding the glow powder is optional. You could add colored resin instead.
Gently pour the resin and glow powder mixture into the empty watch.
Use a heat gun to remove bubbles.
Cover and allow your recycled resin bracelet to cure.
For the next layer, mix a small amount of clear resin and add a drop of red transparent dye. Mix well. Pour a thin layer over the cured first layer.
Cover and allow to cure.
Choose a transparency pattern and trim to fit your recycled resin bracelet.
Mix another batch of clear resin.
Place a small amount of clear resin on top of the colored resin. Do not overfill. You just need enough to coat the surface.
Dip the transparency piece into the resin. This will break the surface tension and make it less likely that you will trap bubbles.
Place the transparency into the puddle of clear resin. Use your stir stix to adjust the placement.
Cover and allow to cure.
Enjoy your new recycled resin bracelet!
Here’s how the bracelet looks glowing. Quite frankly, I don’t like it as much because it’s not glowing quite as brightly with the layer of transparent red resin. If I were to do this over, I would use red glow in the dark powder with the resin to get it to glow red.
I wanted to see if the green glow powder would glow as brightly with the red layer over top of it. The answer looks to be no.
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