Resin gold leaf ring

How to make a resin gold leaf ring

How to make a resin gold leaf ring

I love gold leaf and resin together.  It’s an easy way to make something look extravagant.

Confession time — I can’t believe I have never shown you how to do this before.  Okay, lets make up for lost time now and make a resin gold leaf ring!

resin and molds

To start, you will need a ring mold and resin.  For this project, I’m using a clear silicone statement ring mold and Resin Obsession super clear resin.  Since the band of this mold is only a couple of millimeters thick, the super clear resin is the best choice for this project.  It mixes in a thin viscosity, so it will be easier to get into the band portion of the ring.  A thick resin may not go into the band easily, especially bubble free.

mixing resin

Mix the two parts of resin together.  I had a couple of projects set up, so I mixed more resin than I knew I needed for this mold.  Fifteen milliliters would likely have been plenty.

adding gold leaf to resin

The gold leaf I used I originally purchased in sheets.  I tore it with my fingers into smaller pieces, then added it to the resin.

Note to self:  I ended up adding more gold leaf than I intended to.  Instead of pouring the gold leaf into the resin, I should have sprinkled it in with my fingers.  It all came out as one big clump.

pouring a gold leaf and resin mixture into a silicone ring mold

I poured the resin mixture into the large end of the ring and filled it to the upper edge.

tilting ring mold to allow resin to move into the band

Because the band is so thin, I had to pick up the mold and let the resin seep into that section.  This is why having a thin viscosity resin for this project is so important.

resin and gold leaf ring

You will want to add a bit more resin before allowing it to cure.  Overfill a tiny bit because the resin will shrink when it cures.

demolding a gold leaf and resin ring

demolding a resin ring

Once the ring has cured, remove it from the mold by peeling the mold away from the ring and pushing from the back.

Note:  I demolded the ring from this mold approximately 18 hours after casting.  While it was cured enough to demold, it wasn’t fully cured.  The band could still be bent slightly.  You will want to let the ring rest and cure for additional days (depending on the resin you use) to get a full cure.

DIY resin and gold leaf ring

Now I have my own resin gold leaf ring to wear for those fancy occasions.  I think this would also look good with silver leaf and any of the Stampendous micas.

resin gold leaf ring silicone mold

Have you ever used resin and gold leaf together?  Is there something different you would do with this mold?

You can also watch a quick video on how I made this ring:

 

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