Resin bracelet ideas – use paint chips to make a resin bracelet

Rainbow resin bracelet DIYA tutorial giving you resin bracelet ideas

by Penny Reid

rainbow hearts resin bracelet tutorial

Confession, I have a bit of an obsession with hearts! No matter what I’m creating I am always drawn to incorporate a heart. Also, living in a cold climate for most of the year, it can get pretty grey, so I also crave colour. This next project was a natural for me … a “Rainbow Heart Bracelet”

I wanted the colours to be intense and sharp and what’s better than paint chips for deep true colours? I visited my local hardware store that has a sea of walls with paint chips where you are welcomed to take some home – ostensibly for checking if a colour fits your home décor – but I’m sure they didn’t mind me taking a few for other purposes. It’s all in the name of heart art!

paint chips

STEP 1:  Choose colours

I was going for a rainbow, but you could do one colour, two colours, etc.

applying mod podge to paint chips with a foam brush

STEP 2:  Seal with glue

Lay them on a sheet of wax paper and cover them with Mod Podge to get them ready for resining. Cover each side (front and back) three times, waiting for at least 15 to 60 minutes between each coat.

punched out hearts

pile of punched out heartsSTEP 3:  Punch out shapes

Once you have completed the Mod Podge step you can punch them out. Again you can use whatever shape you wish, for me I used a small heart punch.

gluing two heart pieces togetherSTEP 4:  Glue two hearts together

Paint chips are white on the back of course and for this project you will see both sides of the heart so I glued two hearts together. Then I glued the sides so that when I resin there was not a chance that any would leak through and stain the paper. You can’t seal enough when working with paper and resin!

doming resin on paper hearts

resin applied to paper heartsSTEP 5:  Add resin

I placed them on a Resin Obsession Drying Mat and used a doming resin for jewelry to create a domed finish for the hearts.  Also because they are so small and pouring the resin required a great deal of accuracy, I put the resin in a squeeze bottle which gave me more control.

Once you’ve added resin, let them fully dry before moving onto the next step.  This takes 24 hours.

resin mistakes

Because this work is a little fussy, I totally counted on some not working out, and of course some did not!  They were either overpoured or flipped when I spread the resin with my toothpick, and here they are…

drilling resin hearts with a dremel tool

STEP 6:  Drill a hole in each heart

Use a Dremel with a 3/64 inch bit to drill a small hole in each piece.

rainbow heart bracelet diy

STEP 7:  Add to a bracelet

I already had a double chain bracelet that was just waiting for some charms. I added my resin hearts to it with 1.20 mm open jump rings and done!

What do you think of my resin bracelet ideas?  Would you use this shape or color or something else?

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