I spent a couple of days with my peeps at the beach. While we were there, they amassed a small collection of seashells and sand to take home. I talked them into making a few mementos of our trip that we could display on our refrigerator as seashell resin magnets.
Step 1: Dry the sand
Before you use your shells and sand, you want to make sure they are absolutely dry. I put mine in a 150-degree oven for 1 hour.
If your sand isn’t dry, that extra moisture can affect curing and keep resin sticky.
Step 2: Place on a drying mat
Once the shells and sand were cool to touch, I arranged the shells on a drying mat. I used the mat because I wanted to make sure the shells rested flat. The mat openings and knobs will help keep them in place.
The other thing I love about this drying mat is that you can peel resin off of it once it’s partially cured. No more drips stuck to my crafting table!
Step 3: Mix resin and add to the shells
Mix your craft resin according to label directions. Spoon a small amount of the resin into each shell.
If you have 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 of the shell.
Step 5: Mix the sand and resin together
Mix the sand with the resin to evenly cover the bottom. Check for bubbles, then cover and allow to cure.
Step 6: Add a magnet
To make these into seashell resin magnets, they need a magnet applied to the back. I used E-6000 glue to adhere a rare Earth magnet. Allow curing for 24 hours before using it.
Enjoy your new handmade beach souvenirs!
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