Art by Wendy paintings, crafts, and other handmade items

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Resin Bauble Tutorial

A couple of months ago I saw three blogs I follow that had tutorials on how to make resin baubles.Aren't they just cute! I knew I wanted to make them but It's taken me two months to get around to it! The first blog was The Feathered Nest  the next blog was Tarnished and Tattered  and the third was resin crafts 
for a really detailed tutorial I suggest going to Resin Crafts blog because the whole blog is about this type of craft.

this is what I bought at hobby lobby. it comes in two bottles and basically it's equal parts of each..but make sure you measure carefully and make sure you have EVERYTHING ready before you mix!

this is another brand but basically the same thing

I bought some candy molds and a couple of jewelry molds. One thing to check for in the store..make sure the molds are smooth and without any texture! The candy molds in the picture had a slight crosshatch pattern in the bottom and those baubles did not turn out very good. they were hazy and hard to see the picture, not glossy at all.

I went on ETSY and found some cute digital graphics in the circle size I needed.

I found some dried flowers in my stash

And I decided to use some of my Steampunk parts as well. Pretty much any object small enough would work.

I cut out my images slightly smaller than the opening. Helpful note: if the paper curls make sure you smooth it or iron it out before you start...Yup! I had a few that curled and believe me it was a pain to work with..And it stayed curled in the bauble when it dried . :(

this was my big idea for this project. I have used just about every part of my watches for jewelry except these back pieces...what perfect bezels!

After I cut out the images I wanted I used decoupage to seal the images into the watch backs. I used some little gems for accents and added some dried flowers to a couple too.

this is my mixture of equal parts of each bottle... by the way small batches work a lot better than making one big one like I did! When I was getting to the end the goo was getting hard and I had to hurry! next time I'm going to do small batches! Also.. you will get some bubbles when you pour, I found that if I waited for a few minutes I could take a pin and pop them or even breathe on them to get them to pop. Be careful when stiring the mixture, if you fold it slowly it doesn't create as many bubbles.

This is what they look like right after I pored them

These are the ones that are done. Aren't they great! I can't wait to make jewelry out of them! It takes a good 24 hours or more for them to dry before you can pop the ones in the molds out. Also another helpful hint is to spray the molds with a mold release spray of some sort. I didn't have any so I used a very small amount of vasiline to line the molds. I will be posting more pics of these soon - wait till you see the ones that didn't turn out! I had so much fun with this project and the possibilities are endless of what I can do with them!


Lynn Stevens said...

I Love making these too. The dragon flies are Gorgeous, Well done!
Hugs Lynn

maj. said...

Amazing!!!! Beautiful work!!!!

Jill said...

These are fantastic!!

BLISS angels said...

Oh Wendy they are wonderful ... I remember making some thing like this when i was a kid... but these are much more grown up... I can't wait to see what you make with them... hugs wendy

artistamyjo said...

Truly beautiful Wendy,thanks for sharing.

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

I remember being so afraid to work with resin and then once I tried it I thought, hmmm, what was I worried about?!?!?!

Your baubles turned out great!!!

Thespoena McLaughlin said...

I LOVE these! They turned out great! thanks for sharing!

Lesley said...

Wowsers Wendy, these are beautiful. The dragonflies are my fav but all turned out great.
Did the Envirotex smell a lot? Hubs won't let me use it inside the house, he read it through and it says use WELL Venilated area so he said if I use it it must be outside. He's no fun. LOL
Another question, how did you know that the molds would fit the watch pieces and those other metal bezels? or did you pour directly into those pieces. A bit confused but just wondering.
Take care, Lesley

Wanda said...

Your creations are so gorgeous, they look like they are really rare and expensive. Thanks for visiting my blog and following I am now a follower of yours. TTFN Wanda

Sugar Lump Studios said...

these are amazing! Love your work!

The Altered Paper-Creations by Tee said...

Wendy What A Neat Project! And Your Pieces Turned Out Really Great! Thanks for Sharing This Tutorial! Hugs,Tee

M Smith Gentry said...

wow, these are so cool...steampunkish...I'm gonna try this...someday...there are so many things on my "to try" list.

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Wendy,

Oh wow! I love these!!!


Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Wendy,
Thanks so much for linking these fabulous creations. I just love the way they turned out. The jewelry will be just gorgeous!
See you next week!

Lisa said...

These are wonderful! You've given me much inspiration here.

thistlewoodfarm said...

Your blog is so calm and peaceful! I love that music! Beautiful are truly talented! And I also wanted to truly, truly thank you for the wonderful words on my blog!


McCauley Dutch said...

I simply love you style! Where on earth did you find all of your supplies? I strongly covet them! All of your creations are just fantastic! I hope one day I will be half as good at crafting as you!

Debbie said...

Well, I see I am going to have to do this now since you tempted me so.
These are really great. I want to make some evil eyes, and make jewelry out of them. If they turn out will post on my blog as well.
Thanks, now off to visit those other web sites.
Thanks for the inspiration.