Thursday, November 28, 2013

Golden Gelt Pin

During Hanukkah it is customary to give gelt and/or gifts each night. Gelt is usually in the form of chocolate foil wrapped coins. This project gives a longer lasting option for the golden coins!

The mold I'm using is a Hanukkah chocolate lollipop mold and the initial golden color is from PearlEx Powder in 656 Brilliant Gold. PearlEx works wonders with resin.
Check out all the colors they have here:

Spray the mold with mold release and let it dry.
Brush some PearlEx into the mold cavity and tap out the excess.

Mix up some EasyCast Resin and color it gold with the PearlEx.

*ETI suggests wearing gloves when working with resin for safety* Gloves also help keep your nails nice :)

Fill the cavity...

Let set to harden for 24 -72 hours.

With molds made of this material you may need to pop it into the freezer for a few minutes to help get the resin out.

You could leave the gelt as it is if you're happy with the color but I wanted something that was a more realistic gold. 
To get a deep golden color I used Krylon Premium Gold Foil Metallic Spray Paint.

Krylon makes lots of Wonderful Spray On Finishes including Glitter, Stone, and Metallic.
Check out all they have to offer here:

 In a well ventilated area, add a coat of Krylon.

Let this dry for several hours before continuing.

To seal the gold paint add a few coats of Resin Spray.

Once the resin spray has dried you can turn the resin piece into jewelry.

Add some E-6000 to the pin back and press firmly to the back of the piece.
Let this set for 24 hours to reach maximum adhesion.

Now you have some golden gelt to celebrate with!

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