I’ve been wanting to do a resin keychain DIY project for a while now, and quite frankly, struggled most with choosing a shape. I finally settled on this paw print silicone mold in our store and I’m pleasantly surprised to say that I like these resin keychains a lot!
You want to put a little thought into the mold for this project. What I liked best about this paw print mold is that it fits nicely in my hand and won’t take up too much room in my purse. Since I’m using a silicone mold, I’m also using the Resin Obsession super clear resin to make these keychains. It is a casting resin, meaning it is specially designed to work in molds.
Mix 15 ml total of the Resin Obsession super clear resin (resin + hardener). You don’t need much for this first layer of resin. You only want enough to fill the paw pads plus a little bit more.
If you have never mixed resin before, this article teaches you how: how to mix resin and hardener in five easy steps.
Add in a small amount of Stampendous crystal micro glitter. You don’t need much as you only want the resin to have a slight shimmer to it. You can always add more glitter if needed.
Pour your glittered resin into the mold, only filling the paw print pads and a bit more. (I will explain more as to why this is important.)
After pouring the first layer of your resin keychain DIY, gently sprinkle a few flakes of Stampendous shaved ice on top. The flakes will sit on top of the resin and adhere to it while it is curing.
Set the mold aside to cure.
For the next layer, mix an ounce total of the Resin Obsession super clear resin. Then, divide it into separate cups to color it.
With these resin paw print charms, I used (from top left and going clockwise), Resin Obsession opaque green pigment, Resin Obsession bright magenta pigment, Pearl Ex Flamingo pink, and Pearl Ex sapphire blue. Stir well after adding your colors.
Pour the colored resin into your silicone mold cavities, filling all the way to the top.
Once your resin mold is full of resin, set it aside to cure.
To demold your resin keychain DIY project, peel the mold away from the resin charm while pulling the charm.
I’m using keychain hardware that has an eyepin attachment. This means I will need to drill a hole in the charm.
To drill, mark the spot with a Sharpie, being sure to mark in an area of colored resin. This will keep the keychain user from seeing the pin stem. Take all safety precautions when using a drill, including tying your hair back and wearing safety glasses.
Pro tip: Start with a drill bit smaller than you think you need. You can always redrill with a larger size if the hole is too small.
Screw the pin stem into the hole. If you are worried the stem isn’t secure, you can add a dot of E6000 or mixed resin to help secure it.
Your resin keychain DIY project is finished! Now, where are my keys?
I love how these keychains fit nicely in my hand. The bright colors will also be easy to find in my purse.
By putting the shaved ice on the resin, instead of mixing it in, it stayed behind the glitter, giving even more dimension to these charms.
If the back of your charms end up having sharp edges, you can sand them down. Here’s how: How to sand resin.
I liked this mold so much, I made another batch of resin paw print charms to use as magnets. This time, I opted for larger particle glitter that sank in the resin.
I love that the Stampendous micro glitter is the only one I’ve ever found that doesn’t sink in resin. It stays suspended and gives a glittery effect throughout.
When pouring the first layer of resin, the only reason you want a little bit is that you want the colored resin to take up the back two-thirds of the charm. That will hide the pin stem when you drill.
Which color resin keychain DIY project do you like best?
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