Spending a few days at the beach? Then you’re probably going to come home with a few seashells. But then what? Here’s how you can turn that seashell collection into resin magnets.
💡 Pro tip: This project is perfect for resin beginners.
Step 1: Dry the sand
Before using your shells and sand, they must be completely dry.
Why? Resin hates moisture. It can affect curing, meaning you might get sticky resin.
Dry your beach sand and shells by putting them in a 150-degree oven for 1 hour. Then, let them cool.
Step 2: Place on a drying mat
💡 Pro tip: The other thing I love about this drying mat is that you can peel resin off of it once it’s cured. Flex the mat, and the resin pops off.
Step 3: Mix resin
Mix Resin Obsession super clear resin. It works great for these seashell magnets because resin bubbles release easily. (You’ll have bubbles come up as you add the sand. And you don’t want those resin bubbles to ruin your magnets.)
Spoon a small amount of the resin into each shell.
⭐️ BONUS: If you’ve never mixed resin before, this article will help: how to mix resin and hardener in five easy steps.
Step 4: Add the sand
Put a little bit of sand into each resin-filled shell. The sand will sink to the bottom.
Mix the sand with the resin to cover the bottom. Check for bubbles, then cover and allow to cure.
Step 5: Add a magnet
Now it’s time to turn your resin seashell batch into magnets. Use E-6000 glue to add a rare Earth magnet. The strong bond means your magnet won’t break off when your magnets hit the floor.
Ta-da! You just learned how to turn your beach seashell pile into resin magnets.
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