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 Ultralease 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.
Mix and pour 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 in 10 minutes.
Ten minutes later, this is what they looked like.
After pushing and twisting from the back of the lids, the charms demolded.
In case you are interested, here’s a quick video showing this part of the resin charms tutorial in action:
Mix and pour clear casting resin
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.
As you can see, they cured perfectly crystal clear!
Add color to the back
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 of vintage, foil-backed gemstone cabochons. Really pretty.
These charms could easily have a bail 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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