Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Marbled and Textured Resin Bracelet - Make This in Less Than 60 Minutes!

Want to make resin jewellery that you can wear in just 60 minutes?

This gorgeous pink and purple bracelet was made in just one hour. That includes the time it took to measure, mix, colour, pour, AND CURE!

"What is this sorcery?" I hear you exclaim. "How did you get the resin to cure so fast? Everyone knows resin takes 24 hours to cure."

Well, that's a very good question... and I'm glad you asked.

Have you heard of polyurethane resin?

Polyurethane resin cures in just 20 minutes. I kid you not!

So when you're really short of time and can't wait 24 hours for resin to cure, this is the resin to use!

Silver bracelet with alternating oval disks of marbled purple and pink resin and silver and purple textured resin.

Here's a couple of things to note about this project:

  • This resin cures white. And this is something to keep in mind when you're colouring it because it will become a lighter shade of itself. For this project, I used violet and red. The violet is still strong but the red has become pink.
  • The non-stick craft sheet is essential. You'll be able to easily peel the cured resin off it.
  • You'll need REALLY STRONG scissors to cut out the resin shapes
  • Because this resin cures so quickly, you don't have a lot of time to work with it. Make sure you read the instructions BEFORE you start measuring it.

How to Make a Textured Resin Bracelet

Here's your Shopping List:

Alumilite Amazing Casting Resin
Alumilite Red dye
Alumilite Violet Dye
Metallic mica powder (I used silver but there are so many luscious colours to choose from)
Silicone texture mould - I used Kraft Lady AMKT 4 Rococo (edited - mould is no longer available. Try searching for silicone texture mats)
Soft-bristled brush
Open back silver oval bracelet blank
Teflon Craft Sheet
Permanent marker
Scrap of paper for a template
Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Scissors - they cut through resin like butter!
Stanley knife
5-minute Araldite or strong adhesive like E6000
Measuring cups and wooden stir sticks

Brush the surface of the texture mould with the silver powder. Leave some areas lighter and some areas uncovered.
Brushing the surface of the texture mould with a light dusting of the silver powder. Leave some areas lighter and some areas uncovered.

Measure 7.5mls (1/4oz) of each part.
Measure out equal quantities of each part of Amazing Casting Resin and mix together according to the package instructions.

Colour Part A with two drops of violet dye.
Colour Part A with two drops of Alumilite violet dye and mix well before adding Part B.

Add Part B to the cup and mix according to the package instructions. Pour in a puddle on the texture mould and then spread it out to approximately 3mm (1/8") thick.
Pouring a puddle of purple resin on the texture mould that has been dusted with Pearl Ex.

Once cured, peel the textured resin away from the silicone texture mat. The silver powder is now permanently bonded to the resin and it highlights the texture beautifully.
Once cured, peel the texture resin away from the silicone texture mat.

For the marbled pieces of the bracelet, measure equal amounts of Parts A and B. Add 1 drop of red dye to Part A. Because this is a white resin, the drop of red dye will colour the resin pink when it cures.
For the marbled pieces of the bracelet, measure equal parts of Parts A and B. Add 1 drop of red dye to Part A and mix well before adding Part B. Then add the colours you want to marble and swirl them through the mixed resin.

Mix the two parts together. Working quickly, add 1 or 2 drops of each of the red and violet dyes and swirl them lightly through the resin.
Mix Parts A and B together really well. Working quickly, add 1 or 2 drops of each of the red and violet dyes and swirl them lightly through the resin.

Pour the resin into a puddle on the craft sheet and spread it to 3mm (1/8") thick. Set aside to cure.

Place the bracelet blank on your work surface with the back facing upwards. Position the scrap paper over one of the ovals and press it down so that it leaves an impression. Pierce the centre of the oval with the scissors and cut it out to create a template.

Place the template over the two pieces of resin and trace out three marbled ovals and two textured ovals.
Place the template over the two pieces of resin and trace out three marbled ovals and two textured ovals.
Trace out three ovals on the marbled resin
  Cut them out.........
Cut the ovals out using Tonic Studios scissors.

and shave away any rough edges with the Stanley knife so they fit firmly inside the bezels of the bracelet. If you don't feel comfortable with the knife, use an emery board to file the edges down until the pieces fit.
Shaving away any rough edges with a utility knife so the ovals fit firmly inside the bezels of the bracelet. I like to use Araldite 5-minute epoxy to glue them securely in place.

Adhere the pieces inside the bezels with either 5-minute epoxy or E6000. Both these adhesives bond plastic and metal. 
Marbled and Textured oval resin bracelet. Once the resin has cured, cut out the ovals and adhere one in each of the bezel blanks using either 5-minute Araldite or E6000.


I absolutely adore all the different shades of purple that were created when the red and violet mixed together as I swirled the colours through the resin. 

But maybe you're not a purple girl.... maybe you prefer blue or green or yellow. So play around with the colour combinations you like to make a bracelet that works with your wardrobe. And then wear your bracelet and listen to everyone rave over how gorgeous it is!

Pin this Project!
Yummy texture and pretty swirls are a perfect combination in this oval resin bracelet.

Happy Resining!





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