How to mix acrylic with resin

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Mix epoxy resin with acrylic paints to make coloured pendants and beads for jewellery. Epoxy resin is a two-part resin that includes an epoxy and a chemical hardener. Once the hardener and epoxy are mixed, droplets of acrylic paint are slowly added to the mixture to colour it. Mix your favourite colours of acrylic paints with resin to make interesting colour combinations or add different hues to the epoxy for your own personalised acrylic resin pendants and charms.

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Things you need

  • 2-part resin epoxy kit
  • Disposable cups
  • Craft sticks
  • Acrylic paints
  • Jewellery resin moulds

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    Mix the resin according to the epoxy kit's instructions. For example, if it says to mix with a ratio of 1:1, mix 70.9gr. of resin and 709gr. of the hardener in a cup, and stir it with a wooden craft stick.

  2. 2

    Stir constantly and watch as the mixture becomes cloudy. Scrape off any resin that builds up on the sides of the cup as you stir it. Stir for two minutes, or until the mixture becomes clear.

  3. 3

    Pour equal amounts of the resin into each disposable cup. Add acrylic paint, one drop at a time. Stir between drops, and keep adding the paint until you get the right colour. A very light colour will take two drops; a bright or dark colour may take five or more, depending on the shade and hue of the paints. Stir the paint in thoroughly, or until it is opaque and has a uniform look with no swirls of darker colour.

  4. 4

    Pour your coloured resin into moulds. Let them cure for 72 hours, then remove the resin from the mould.

Tips and warnings

  • To make a marbled effect with the resin, only lightly swirl or stir the paint once it is added to the resin, and then pour it into the mould.
  • Work in a well-ventilated area.

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