Wednesday, March 20, 2019

DIY Marbled Resin Cross

The cross is a powerful symbol in Christian life and its importance in many Christian celebrations is significant. Whether you're celebrating Easter or a Baptism, this beautiful marbled resin cross is a DIY project you can make and personalise as a centrepiece for your Easter celebrations or to give as a special memento to mark the occasion of a Baptism of either a child or an adult. 
Marbled blue resin cross with filigree and acrylic pearls for decoration

Here are the materials you'll need to make one:

Castin'Craft Opaque Pigment - white;
Transparent blue resin dye
Castin'Craft Opaque Pigment - white;
FolkArt Acrylic Paints: Parisian Pink; Baby Pink; Color Shift Orchid Flash

Apply the painter's tape to the front of the cross.
Taping the back of the wooden cross with painter's tape.

Trim away the excess tape around the outside of the cross with scissors and the inside with a craft knife.
Using a craft knife to trim the tape to the shape of the wood.

It should look something like this.
The back of the cross taped and trimmed.

N.B. Before measuring out the resin, put on gloves as the resin will get sticky.

Measure the resin and mix it according to the manufacturer's instructions. You'll need approximately 30mls (1oz) in total for the first side.
Mixing the epoxy resin with a wooden stir stick.

Divide half the resin between three shot glasses: 

  • Colour the original mixing cup with white pigment. 
  • Colour one shot glass with transparent dye, one drop at a time so it doesn't get too dark. 
  • Colour another with the powder 
  • and the last one with acrylic paint.

N.B. When colouring resin with acrylic paint, add only a drop at a time and stir it through. Keep adding drops until the resin is opaque. If you add too much acrylic paint, the resin may not cure properly.
Adding mica powder to the mixed resin.

Pour the white resin in a puddle in the middle of the cross. Spread it across the entire cross.
Pouring white resin onto the centre of the cross.

Drizzle the three blue resins across the cross at an angle.
Drizzling the blue resin diagonally across the cross.

Use the heat tool to feather the stripes a little.
Feathering the resin using a heat gun.

Cover the inner and outer walls of the cross with resin too for a more professional finish. The flat side of the stir stick will help with this. 

Leave the resin to cure overnight.
Using the stir stick to apply resin to the inner and outer walls of the cross.

Working in small sections at a time, use the heat tool to soften the resin drips on the taped side of the cross. Here's a quick video showing you how to do it.
Applying heat to the resin overpour on the back of the cross to help remove it.

Remove the tape.
Pulling the tape off the back of the cross

If you're going to hang your cross on the wall, then you've finished with the resin part. You can skip down to the decorating.

But if you'd like to use your cross as a centrepiece where it will be viewed from both sides (or you just want to give it a more professional finish), then continue on.

To Make the Cross a CentrePiece

Tape the first side of the cross with painter's tape and trim away the overhang. This is really fiddly but take your time and do the best you can. The better you tape, the better your finished cross will be.
Taping the resined side of the cross so you can apply resin to the other side.

Mix 30mls (1oz) resin and divide it into 3 disposable shot glasses. Colour each one and apply the resin as you did on the other side of the cross. Make sure you apply resin to all the sides as well. Feather the coloured resin with the heat tool.
Graphic showing the steps for applying resin to the other side of the cross

Pass a BBQ torch or gas lighter briefly across the resin to pop the bubbles.

Leave to cure overnight.
Using a BBQ torch to pop the bubbles in the resin

The next day, you can remove the tape.

Decorating your Marbled Resin Cross

Play with the arrangement of the filigrees and acrylic pearls. Once you're happy with how your piece looks, mix the 5-minute epoxy and attach the pieces one by one.
Applying 5-minute epoxy adhesive to the back of the filigree

Create a cross with the two filigrees in the centre of the piece. Curve the top piece slightly so that it makes contact with the resin cross on either side.
Positioning a second filigree at right angles to the first one to create a cross.

Mix additional batches of adhesive to attach the half pearls as required. 

Lete the adhesive dry before hanging.
Gluing the acrylic pearl halves to the marbled resin

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Marbled Resin Baptismal Cross for boys or girls inspiration sheet

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