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!