Resin casting a bangle bracelet with polyester resin is a little different than using epoxy resin. I wanted the opportunity to remedy a few mistakes from using polyester casting resin and make a really fun resin bangle bracelet to wear.
Resin casting the bracelet
Here are the steps I followed:
- I mixed 2 ounces of resin.
- Instead of using the recommended 5 drops of resin per ounce for the depth of my casting, I used 2 1/2 drops per ounce. (I was casting outside in the mid-90-degree heat.)
- And perhaps the biggest change of all, I used a Monster High doll, Franke Stein, as the insert for the bracelet. Using girl doll Lego knockoffs was much less unsettling to my peeps.
- Because I love big chunky bracelets, I used wide wall, chunky bangle bracelet mold. I needed a big bracelet mold for this project to be able to fit in all the toy pieces.
Adding toy pieces to the resin mold
I’m not going to lie, I wondered whether or not half the recommended amount of hardener was going to be enough for the resin to cure. Luckily, about halfway through placing the pieces in the resin, I could tell the resin was starting to get syrupy. Overall, I had a fifteen-minute pot time with this batch of resin. That is still several minutes less than the manufacturer states I should have. While it was enough for me to place the toy pieces, it reiterated the fact that I needed to be ready once the resin was mixed.
I also did a better job of making sure the resin pieces were fully submerged in the resin. I did have to watch the pieces closely for ten minutes or so after pouring because several wanted to rise up.
There were several extra parts dipped in the resin, but I ended up not having room for them in the mold. I left them on the freezer paper to cure for use another time.
Demolded resin bangle bracelet
Overall, I am very happy with how the bracelet turned out. (With the exception Franke’s hair could not fit in the mold and had to be left out. Drat.)
The surface is a little tacky (like the other bracelet), but I’m finding last week’s bracelet is growing less tacky daily. Perhaps this one will do the same.
After reading this, would you be willing to try resin casting a bangle bracelet?
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