Okay, I’m going to let you in a little secret.
I love going to the dollar store.
I’m always on the lookout for new things to try with resin and find the dollar store is a perfect place to start. Imagine how giddy I was to find a four pack of ‘kids dough’ with these lids?
Hehe. I see a resin charms tutorial!
A word of caution when using non-traditional items for resin molds, it may not work. It depends on how flexible the plastic is and whether or not it’s a resin that wants to release. For that reason, I ALWAYS use a light layer of Petrolease mold release when using resin in any mold, especially ones where I worry the resin may not want to pop out. Not shown: I used the mold release here and allowed the lids to dry for approximately 30 minutes before pouring the resin.
For this first batch of charms, I wanted to know right away whether or not these lids would work as molds. I used the quick-curing Alumilite Amazing Casting resin since I knew I could demold results (hopefully!) in 10 minutes.
After pushing and twisting from the back of the lids, the charms demolded.
Note: The butterfly charm was a little difficult to remove both times I used it. It came out easier after I let it sit in the freezer for ten minutes, then pushed again.
In case you are interested, here’s a quick video showing this part of the resin charms tutorial in action:
I was so excited to find out these lids worked as molds, I wanted to try another project. I mixed a batch of Resin Obsession super clear resin and poured it into the lids.
Not shown: I prepped the lids with another layer of Petrolease mold release.
I went through my nail polish collection and found several metallic and iridescent colors. I brushed the colors onto the back of the clear charms. It took three to four coats to get everything even.
I love how the nail polish gave these charms the look like vintage, foil-backed gemstone cabochons. Really pretty.