Resin charms tutorial

Easter resin charms tutorial

resin charms tutorial

lids on kids dough canisters

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!

dust powder inside mold before pouring resin

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.

The next step was to use a paintbrush to dust colors inside the mold.  Either the Pearl Ex powders or Alumidust powders will work for this step.

pouring polyurethane resin into a mold to make charms

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.

resin charms cured in mold

Ten minutes later, this is what they looked like.

resin Easter charms

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:

 

pouring clear resin into a mold

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.

Easter charms made with Resin Obsession super clear resin

As you can see, they cured perfectly crystal clear!

applying nail polish to the back of a resin charm

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.

resin charms with a jewel metallic finish

I love how the nail polish gave these charms the look like vintage, foil-backed gemstone cabochons.  Really pretty.

Easter resin charms

These charms could easily have a bail or pin back attached to be worn as jewelry.  They are also a nice size that you could use them as wine glass charms or ornaments on a branch as a part of your Easter decor.

Which style of charms do you like best?

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