Resin is a plastic that is liquid when first mixed, then hardens into a permanent shell. Used often in jewellery-making and other crafts, it is available at most craft stores. Resin consists of the resin itself and a liquid hardener. Embellishments are often sealed within the resin to add to the decorative quality of the piece. Dried flowers are one such embellishment, but due to their delicate and porous nature, they require some preparation before they can be used.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Dried flower
- Acrylic sealant
- Mold release spray
- Resin mould
- Paper towels
- Epoxy resin kit
- Plastic cups
- Craft sticks
- Straight pin
- Empty box (size of mould or larger)
Set the dried flower on top of a sheet of newspaper. Spray it with a clear acrylic sealant spray, making sure to coat the flower thoroughly, especially in the areas between the petals. Allow to dry completely.
Spray the resin mould with a mould release spray. Allow it to dry for 15 minutes, then wipe off any excess spray with a paper towel.
Mix 1 part resin to 1 part hardener in a disposable plastic cup. Stir it for 2 minutes with a wooden craft stick, then pour into a second cup and mix for an additional 2 minutes.
Pour the resin into the mould until it is 1/4 full. Set the flower inside the mould and lightly press it into the resin. Remember the bottom of the mould will be the front of the finished piece.
Fill the mould the rest of the way full with resin. Pop any air bubbles with a straight pin or blow gently on them as they rise to the top.
Cover the mould with an upside-down box so no dust settles on the resin surface. Place in a 70- to 75-degree F room to cure for 24 to 48 hours.
Turn the mould upside down and gently tap on it until the resin piece falls out. Sand any rough edges with sandpaper.
Tips and warnings
- Drill a hole through the resin piece to string it on a necklace or glue jewellery attachments to it using glue.
- Molds for bangle bracelets, door knobs and paper weights are also available at craft stores.
- Silicone ice cube trays can be used instead of actual resin moulds. The surface will be cloudy after curing but a quick application of the acrylic sealant will clear it.
- Fresh flowers cannot be used because the moisture content in them reacts with the resin and it won't set properly.
- Work in a well-ventilated area.
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