The longer I craft with resin, the more I realize I have to work smarter, not harder. Case in point…. making a resin bead doesn’t necessarily have to involve a mold.
Step 1: Cut clear tube
I cut varying lengths (1/2 inch to 3/4 inch) of clear, acrylic tubing. The tubing I used had an overall diameter of 3/8 inches and an inner diameter of 1/4 inch.
Not shown: I cut the tubing with my jeweler’s saw. I tried cutting it with the metal tube cutter I used in my DIY ombre resin charms tutorial, but the ends splintered and cracked up the side of the tube. Yuck.
After cutting the tubing, I covered one end with masking tape. I made sure it was completely sealed all the way around.
Step 2: Fill the tube sections with resin
The cut tubes fit perfectly in the holes in the Resin Obsession resin drying mat. (Make sure the taped side goes down.)
Not shown: I mixed the Resin Obsession super clear resin in three different colors: transparent yellow, transparent red and transparent orange.
This step of resin bead making can be a little tedious. Pouring the resin onto a toothpick, while holding it over the opening, will help guide the resin into the center. Cover and allow to cure.