Originally published August 2016. Updated March 2020.
After my tutorial last week on polyester resin casting, I felt the need for a do-over. Resin casting a bangle bracelet with polyester resin is a little different than using epoxy resin. I wanted the opportunity to fix a few mistakes and make a really fun resin bangle bracelet to wear.
Resin casting the bracelet
I won’t go into all the steps of making the bangle bracelet, but I did it the same way as last week’s project with a few exceptions. (In case you missed it, you can read the polyester resin casting tutorial.)
- I mixed 2 ounces of resin instead of 2 1/2 ounces of resin. (I mixed up too much last week.)
- 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. (Casting was outside in the mid-90-degree heat again.)
- 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 this plastic bangle mold for resin casting this bangle bracelet. I also 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 this week 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 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.
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