Making a resin ball, then turning it into jewelry is one of my favorite projects. Even when using the same colors, I never know how it will look.
For this project, you will need
Resin Obsession super clear resin
Resin ball mold
Jacquard Pearl Ex powders in Flamingo Pink, Pumpkin Orange, Bright Yellow, Emerald, Sapphire Blue, and Reflex Violet
There are two ways to do this resin project: the slow way and the fast way. You will come out with a different-looking resin ball with each process. If you would like neat, smooth lines for your ball, go with the slow way. On the other hand, if you want a surprise when removing the ball from the mold, go the quick way.
Step 1: Calculate volume
Figure how much resin your ball mold can hold. The mold I’m using is 1 inch in diameter. (By the way — this explains how much resin to use.) In my case, that number is 8.58025 ml. Alternatively, you can fill your mold with water, then measure that amount of water. It isn’t as accurate as using the formulas in the article above, but it’s easier.
Step 2: Choose your colors
Next, decide what colors you would like to use. I’m going to make a rainbow orb, so I’m mixing six colors. Dividing 8.58025 ml by 6, I get approximately 1.43 ml. This is how much of each color I will need. Since some of the resin stays in the pipette, I rounded it up to 1.5 ml.
And if you want to mix more so you’re sure you don’t run out, there are things you can do with leftover resin.
Step 3: Mix resin
Mix your first batch of resin, then mix in colors. It can be tempting to mix the resin, hardener, and pigments together at the same time. Do not do this. Mix the resin and hardener together first. Then, once you’re sure they’ve been adequately mixed together, mix in your resin colors. If you mix the colorant in while mixing the resin and hardener, you won’t be able to see if your resin is thoroughly mixed.
By the way, the super clear resin is the perfect epoxy resin for this project because it mixes bubble free. That’s important since you won’t be able to see bubbles easily inside the mold.
And please remember to be careful and wear personal protection when using resin.
Step 4: Mix in color
Divide your clear epoxy into several cups. Then, put the resin color in a little at a time and mix thoroughly. It’s easy to add more if you’re not satisfied with the color, but you can’t take the color back out if you mix too much in the first place.
Step 5: Add to the mold
Use a pipette to draw up the colored resin and add it to the mold. Do this slowly and patiently. If you squeeze the pipette bulb quickly, your resin will splatter inside the mold, affecting the look of your ball.
Step 6: Adding more colors the SLOW way
After the resin cures, you can add your next color, and so on, repeating steps 1 through 5 above. When putting more resin into the mold, do not reopen the mold completely or separate the previous resin layer from the mold. If you do this, the new resin can leak into the previous layer, ruining the neat lines you’re working on.
Step 6: Adding more colors the FAST way
Follow steps 1 through 5 above, but prepare all resin colors you will be using at one time.
Using the pipette, add the colors in the order you prefer without waiting for the resin to cure between layers. Then, once you’ve added all the colors, set it aside to cure.
You’ll see a lot of the first and last added colors, with smooth transitions between colors rather than lines.
Rubber bands can help the mold stay closed if you’re using a flimsy mold. However, you only want them to hold the shape closed, not change the shape of your mold.
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Originally written by Lynette Olnhausen
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