Saturday, April 27, 2013

Molding a Resin Cuff Bracelet

I've been using the small shapes of the Wilton fondant/gumpaste molds for resin and have long thought of how nice the strip pieces would be as a bracelet. So I thought I would see if it could be done... and it can!
Start with some supplies: EasyCast Resin, Castin' Crafts Mold Release, the mold, and glitter.
*ETI suggests wearing gloves when working with resin for safety* Gloves also help keep your nails nice :)

 
Spray the mold with your mold release and set aside to dry and Mix up a batch of EasyCast Resin.
 
 
 
Add some glitter- I add a good bit but you have to be sure that it will still be pourable liquid so add a little at a time.
 
 
Mix your glitter into the resin, gently to avoid creating bubbles, but well so that all the glitter gets covered with the resin.
 
 
Pour into the mold.
 
Here is the experimental part: Do not let this harden completely!!! Check your resin after about 8 hours- It took me 12 hours but I'm in a very humid climate so the time can vary based on humidity and temperature, etc. You want the resin to be firm enough that it holds the detail and comes easily from the silicone mold- If it is stuck in the mold let it sit another 30 minutes. Be careful as the resin is still pliable and can be distorted.
 
 
Take your piece and wrap it around your wrist to be sure of how big you need the gap at the back to be. Once this hardens it will no longer be flexible. You want enough space to get you hand in and out but not so much that it will fall off. If you have a cuff bracelet that fits you can use that as a guide. 

 
Find a place that won't be disturbed. Place your bracelet in the shape you want making sure that the gap is the right size then, use some things to hold it in place. Let this set for an additional 24-72 hours or until completely firm.
 
 
Now it is holding its shape on its own!

 
I can see gift requests in the near future!!


4 comments:

  1. That is a beautiful bracelet. What mold did you use? I don't have very any molds for bracelets.

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    1. Thanks I'm so glad you like it! I used the Nature Wilton Fondant & Gum Paste Mold for this bracelet.
      http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?sku=409-2565

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  2. Genius! I'm just about to get started on some resin adventures and happen to own several of these molds that I used with clay.... so happy to see they are resin friendly. It's hard to tell from your photos... does the resin come out shiny or dull using them? Thanks!

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    1. The Wilton molds come out matte finish much like clay would. The shine from the glitter makes that a bit misleading. You can make the pieces gloss finished though by coating them with Resin Spray!
      Good luck with your adventures!!

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