I love resin creations. You can really make a lot of fun stuff with it. I’m inspired by all the nice things I saw here where I purchased a ring mold ( this is not a sponsored post).
It’s easy to work with resin as long as you mix the correct proportions. The only challenge there is is to make sure when mixing the resin, to have a nice clear substance with a limited amount of bubbles. In this post, I will also show you what it looks like when there are too many bubbles in the resin. Not only did my resin had too many bubbles, it was also not clear enough. But hey, I learn by trial and error and that can be fun too!
- a ring mold, I bought mine here
- resin (I used a two-part epoxy resin: part A is the resin and part B is the hardener)
- plastic measuring cup
- very small piece of your favorite print fabric
- safety goggles
- a pair of latex gloves
- small measuring cup
- craft stick
Start by cutting a very small piece of print fabric. The measurement depends on the actual size of the ring and thus the size of the mold. Fit it into the mold to see if you have the right measurements.
When working with resin it’s important to take notice of safety precautions first! You’re about to work with chemicals so put on goggles or a pair of glasses and the latex gloves before mixing anything.
Make sure that you’re working in a warm environment, this will help to activate the process.
The resin I used is a two-part resin. Part A is the resin and part B is the hardener. They have to be used together, meaning equal amounts of both parts. You have to mix it on a one-to-one ratio.
Pour a limited amount of Part A resin in a plastic measuring cup and add an equal amount of Part B hardener. The amount that is needed depends on the size of your mold.
Mix it very gently and slowly with the craft stick. Don’t mix it too fast or else there will be too many bubbles in the mixture. Again, when you mix the resin make sure it’s done in a warm environment.
After mixing it carefully for about 2 minutes let the resin sit for approximately 15 minutes so that the bubbles can come to the surface and pop. You can also burst the biggest bubbles by poking them with a needle.
Pour the resin slowly into the mold. If you spill, wipe the excess resin away with a cotton stick. Instead of pouring the resin into the mold from the measuring cup, you can also use the craft stick to slowly drip the resin into your mold.
With a pair of tweezers place the little piece of print fabric in the mold with the resin.
As you can see in the picture above there are too many bubbles in the resin. This occurs if you mix it too fast. The bubbles will stay and it will show in the ring once it’s hardened.
This is what a good mix of resin should look like really: clear with a minimum amount of bubbles. While the resin is in its liquid state, you still can pop the bubbles with a needle if necessary.
Let it dry for 24 hours. After 48 hours it will be dust dry.
As you may notice, the ring with the red print fabric isn’t quite as clear as the other ones due to too many bubbles in the resin mix.
I really like the way the resin rings came out. I think that a small ring is very subtle if you have delicate fingers like me. Feel free to experiment and make whatever ring sizes you prefer.