Acrylic ice cubes have some typical uses. Very thin ice cube shapes may be embedded with glitter, small beads or charms and used as jewellery pendants. Thicker ice cubes made of special resin can be frozen and used as non-melting ice cubes to keep your drink cool. You can even create speciality ice cubes with fake blossoms, fruit or leaves embedded in the centre. These inexpensive, simple cubes are made of resin and very simple to create. You can make them with resin leftover from other projects or as part of a rainy day project with your children.
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Things you need
- Resin kit with activator
- Nontoxic resin, kitchen-grade
- Plastic cups
- Wooden Popsicle stick
- Silicone ice cube trays
- E6000 adhesive
- Inclusions (e.g., beads, glitter)
- Cooking oil
Spread out your materials on a flat surface, making sure all of them are within easy reach. Once you start mixing, you don't want to have to stop to go grab something you need. Resin is unforgiving and won't wait for you. Spray your ice cube tray with cooking oil.
Measure out about a teaspoon of resin into one plastic measuring cup. Medicine measuring cups are perfect. Measure the same amount of activator into a second cup, unless your kit specifies a different ratio. Always read the package instructions and measure precisely; never assume.
Pour the activator into the resin, never the other way around. Stir the two together gently with a Popsicle stick. Stir in a circular motion only; changing direction will cause unwanted air bubbles.
Hold the cup about an inch above your chosen ice cube well. Pour the desired amount of resin into the first cube well, and move on to the rest, just like pouring any other liquid. If you need to make more resin, use a new cup to mix the resin and activator. If you reuse your original cup, you'll have an uneven mixture.
Place your ice cube tray in a warm, dry place. A sunny window works well. Allow the resin to cure for 24 to 48 hours, depending on package recommendations. After curing, turn the tray over and press your thumbs against the flexible wells to pop the ice cubes free.
Tips and warnings
- Add pigment when mixing the resin and the activator; stir in a pinch for translucent colour. Add small embeds while mixing, also. Add large embeds when the resin has cured for one-fourth the recommended time. This prevents floating.
- Make your ice cubes into pendants by gluing pendant bales, metal jewellery loops, to the backs with E6000 adhesive.
- Make non-melting ice cubes by choosing a nontoxic kitchen grade resin, available at craft stores.
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