Snow globes usually feature cheerful winter scenes with smiling snowmen, tiny Christmas trees and, of course, snow. The snow isn't so much snow as it is glitter or white clay particles that travel slowly through the water inside the globe when shaken. If you love these whimsical knick-knacks, you may enjoy creating tiny snow globe settings for rings. While these resin scenes don't move the way real snow globes do, bubbles in the resin simulate falling snow.
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Things you need
- Polyester resin kit
- Plastic gloves
- Medicine measuring cups
- Wooden Popsicle sticks
- Gumdrop shaped candy moulds
- Cooking spray
- Embed charms: snowmen, pine trees, reindeer, etc.
- Circular metal ring blanks
- Clear superglue
Put on your plastic gloves to protect your skin from resin. Read the instructions on your kit very carefully. Each resin brand has specific resin-to-activator ratios. Improper measuring can lead to sticky, partially-cured pieces.
Measure out the appropriate amount of resin into a medicine measuring cup. Measure the activator into a second cup. Pour the activator into the resin and stir with a wooden Popsicle stick. Usually, bubbles are a nuisance in resin. In this case, you want to make a few bubbles to simulate snow. Stir rapidly for just a few seconds to make more bubbles.
Spray your gumdrop candy moulds with cooking spray. Rub the spray over the insides of the moulds with a gloved finger. Fill each mould to about 1/8 inch before the top with resin. This small gap allows you to add embeds later.
Allow the resin to cure for about half the recommended time. If your instructions say 24 hours, wait 12. Use tweezers to gently press your embeds into the resin. Position them upside down and keep them perfectly vertical during insertion. This ensures an upright scene. Only one or two embeds should fit per shape. You can get these little charms at craft stores.
Allow the resin to cure completely. Turn your mould upside-down and press on the dome of each mould well to release your resin shapes. Place one shape on top of a circular ring blank. Glue it into place with clear superglue. Allow the glue to dry overnight. Ring blanks are adjustable metal rings with blank shapes on them for you to decorate. They're available at craft stores.
Tips and warnings
- Paint the inside of your ring blank green or white to simulate grass or snow.
- If you can't find embed charms, try making them from self-hardening clay and some creative painting. If you can find moulds small enough, you may use them for perfect clay shapes.
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