Resin casting bangle bracelet – Toy parts resin bangle bracelet

resin bangle bracelet with toy parts

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.

monster high doll parts

Resin casting the bracelet

Here are the steps I followed:

  1. I mixed 2 ounces of resin.
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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 doll pieces to resin casting

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.

toy pieces in resin

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.

 

 

resin bangle bracelet with monster high doll pieces

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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9 thoughts on “Resin casting bangle bracelet – Toy parts resin bangle bracelet

  1. Did you find that the bangle was still squishy after curing or was it solid when you removed it from the mould?

    1. No, it was rock hard. I’ve never had a problem with my polyester castings being squishy after curing.

  2. Can you put real coffee beans in the mold? You ideas are great!why do you prefer polyester over other resins. I am a newbie!
    Thanks ,
    Mari

  3. I am looking to make resin jewelry with miniature 3D paintings in them. If a piece is approximately the size of a 50 cent piece, how long should it take to cure?

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