I just got into doing resin projects a few months back. I thought I would try my hand at doing a tutorial. Why not? This tutorial is on creating resin book marks. WHY?? BECAUSE I just bought some book mark molds. That's WHY! Here goes.
So , I bought some book mark molds the other day and was anxious to give them a try. Unfortunately for me, I am impatient and they didn't turn out as well as I had hoped. Oh well. My mistakes will help you avoid those same ones!
First off, you need resin!! I LOVE the product I am using . It is by a company called little-windows. It is great because it is nice and clear and stays that way. It doesn't have a bad smell. I am ASTHMATIC, so it works great for me and doesn't set off my asthma. You can buy everything you need to start your resin crafting at this site. ( no, I am not paid for this endorsement and do not get anything from them for this. I just LOVE their products!! ) https://www.little-windows.com
Get all of the stuff you need together first!! There is a time frame you have to work in and you do NOT want the resin to set up before you get your work done! YOU will need the following items:
Resin parts A and part B. ( resin and hardener)
a measuring cup with levels marked on it
book mark molds
whatever you are putting into the bookmark (embedment items)
string for the end of the book mark (not shown)
Determine how much you will need based on project size. This resin uses two parts resin to one part hardener. I measured out 1/2 an ounce of resin (part A) and added 1/4 ounce of hardener ( part B) to it. Stir well and slowly for 2 1/2 minutes. Time this on a timer . Important to make sure all is mixed well or it will not set up correctly. Stir slowly to avoid as many bubbles as possible. (That is another reason I love the little-windows resin, it doesn't bubble very much! ) Then let it sit for FIVE minutes so that bubbles can rise and pop and NOT end up in your project. After five minutes scoop off any bubbles that have risen to the top and didn't pop.
Those five minutes you had to wait for the bubbles to rise can be used to get you better organized. I am impatient so I just waste time rolling my eyes. You really need to be patient when doing this.
NOW YOU ARE READY TO POUR YOUR RESIN!!!
Slowly pour your resin into the bottom of your mold. You can also use your stir stick to slowly place it into the mold for better control. I filled the molds about halfway full, then added the embedments. Then push them down to the bottom of the mold to push out any air bubbles. Once that is done, pour more resin on top of the embedments. Do NOT overfill mold. Then wait about ten minutes and come back and remove any bubbles that have risen.
After you have removed any new bubbles that have risen, you can then cover the project with something so that no hair or dust etc. get into the resin. I just used the lids from a box I had . Leave it covered for 12 hours until it sets up. (resins are all different, so follow the resin manufacturer's guidelines.).
After 12 hours take items out of their molds and enjoy!! I had extra resin so I made this little snowflake winter heart also. Snuck it in there on you. ENJOY! I used packing tape to seal my paper items I put in the bookmark mold, but I cut them too close and opened up a channel where resin got in and ruined the paper. That is what you see where the paper is wet looking. Learn from my mistakes. Either way it was fun to create.
My first tutorial. Hope it helps someone. I know I have learned a lot from it. Enjoy your creations.
Book mark molds I bought at this store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/AbstractaArtStudio
Resin bought from this store: https://www.little-windows.com/