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How To Make A Resin Ring
Resin jewelry has become very popular in the recent year. Here is a how to on how to make a ring mold and how to make resin rings.
Art of resin making is not hard but it can be tricky and one might have to make a few molds to get a perfect ring shape. Working with resin should only be done by teens or adults.
Making a Mold
What you will need to make Mold:
- Silicone mold making kit
- Rings *
* I bought a bunch of inexpensive rings from stores like Forever 21. Do not use expensive or faceted rings. These rings have to sit in the mold for 25 min and might cause damage to the ring.
I love the Castin' Craft Easy Mold Silicone Putty.
- Take equal parts of the 2 containers A & B mix until uniform in color.
- Then form a ball and start to flatten slightly
- Push a ring into the putty to form a mold.
- Sit in the mold for 25 minutes before you can remove the object.
- Wait at least 48 hours before using resin in the molds.
This putty can be used to make molds of just about anything. The other type of mold making is casting silicone rubber that you can pour but you need to have a mold making container to make this kind of mold. However this mold tend to be a better quality mold.
How to Make a Resin Ring
To see details on exactly how to work with resin please read my article How To Make Resin Coasters
What you will need:
- Resin Kit (I use Easy Craft Epoxy Resin see below for Resin Kit)
- acrylic paints
- glitter (optional)
- wax paper
- disposable cups
- Popsicle sticks or plastic utensils
- rubber gloves (medical gloves)
- disposable measuring cups (medicine cups are the best)
- ring molds
Always use wax paper to cover your work surface. When handling uncured resin you must wear gloves. I use medical gloves that can be bought in any drug store.
** For detail pictures are instructions on measuring and mixing Resin. See my article How To Make Resin Coasters ***
Resin like the putty mold kit comes in 2 parts. Each is equal part 50/50. I use medicine cups to measure out the resin. Do not mix the resin together until you are ready to pour into molds.
- Have two medicine cups one for the Resin one for the Hardener. I usually mark them with a sharpie with an R and H.
- Then mix the two in a disposable plastic cup stir for as long as the directions state.
- Then take as many medicine cup as colors you want to make add a little acrylic paint to each cup pour in a bit the mixed resin and stir until desired color. You can add glitter at this stage too
- Then immediately add to the molds. Air tends to get trapped in the mold so use a toothpick or a plastic knife pushing the resin into the mold. Remove any air bubbles.
- Squeezing and taping the mold a bit will help the resin settle then wipe excess resin. I use an old dishcloth do not use paper towels they will get stuck in the resin
- Resin should harden in the mold for at least 24 hours but I think it is best to wait 48 hours
Finishing Resin Rings
When rings come out of the molds they tend to have a few imperfections usual due to over pour. You can use small scissors to cut off any sharp edges (cuticle scissor are great for this). I recommend getting a few different grade of sandpaper if you plan on making a lot of rings. Using an Emory board is good to get rid of bumps are imperfections just be careful when using a very rough board it can scratch and damage the rings. It get a shine back after sanding use a resin polish or add a fine coat of clear nail polish and let dry.