How To Make Resin Pendants

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Here’s a fun, easy way to make resin jewelry without the scary chemical mixing!  First I bought these silver plated bezels: CONTINUE READING

How to Make Miniature Resin Photo Charms

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Boo and I made the little charms shown above using Instagram photos and jumbo popsicle sticks.  Aren’t they cute?  We made a few photo magnets with them too for our chalkboard wall. (Just a tip: make sure to use neodymium scientific magnets.….they are super powerful. But keep them away from kids under the age of 3!) CONTINUE READING

Cast Resin Paperweights & Coasters (A Tutorial)

Cast Resin Paperweights & Coasters DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

I made these cute little paperweights and coasters using clear resin. In the desert, we actually NEED paperweights….the weather is beautiful so we keep the windows and doors open….and it gets windy! You can cast anything in resin really…..it’s a great way to capture some mementos and trinkets from a trip. Carefully drill a hole through one and hang it from a window!

 

Cast Resin Paperweights & Coasters 2 DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

The paperweights I made using a box of colored pencils.

 

Cast Resin Paperweights & Coasters with colored pencils DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I asked my brother-in-law Jason to cut them all up into 1/2″ pieces using his table saw. Poor guy….they were like bullets flying around!

 

Cast Resin Paperweights & Coasters step 1 DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

To make the resin you need clear casting resin and the catalyst which makes it harden….available at most craft stores:

 

Cast Resin Paperweights & Coasters step 2 DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

You’ll need a mold too…..soap molds work or smooth tupperware. This was some toy packaging I had kept after Boo’s birthday (Melissa and Doug Doughnuts):

 

Cast Resin Paperweights & Coasters step 3 DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

I filled the bottom of the molds with a layer of cut pencils:

 

Cast Resin Paperweights & Coasters step 4 DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

First I mixed my resin….basically it’s the resin and a few drops of catalyst (follow the directions) and MIX OUTSIDE or in a garage! The fumes are too strong to mix it indoors…..you need some good ventilation.

 

Cast Resin Paperweights & Coasters step 5 DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Pour the resin in a small stream to reduce air bubbles to cover all the items:

 

Cast Resin Paperweights & Coasters step 6 DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Note: wood floats…so you will want to pour in small layers:

 

Cast Resin Paperweights & Coasters step 7 DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Add more pieces to the mold:

 

Cast Resin Paperweights & Coasters step 8 DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

And add another layer of resin……not enough to completely cover the pieces though if you are using wood. You’ll have to pour another layer after this one has time to set (about 30 minutes):

 

Cast Resin Paperweights & Coasters step 9 DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Add the final small layer so the pieces are covered completely:

 

Cast Resin Paperweights & Coasters step 10 DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

You can make a thinner version as a beverage coaster…..here’s one I did using buttons:

 

Cast Resin Paperweights & Coasters step 11 DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Let the resin set completely. It should only take a few hours. Once the resin is set it should pop out of the mold very easily!

 

Cast Resin Paperweights & Coasters finished DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Just think of all the combinations and trinkets you can make!

 

Cast Resin Paperweights & Coasters finished 1 DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

 

 

Cabochon Accessories (A Tutorial)

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Little resin cabochons are so cute as little earring studs…..and so easy to make. Perfect for little Christmas gifts, present toppers, even party favors! 

I’m making these little gifts to pair with gift certificates for Boo’s teachers at school. I bought all of the materials from Snapcrafty’s store on Etsy….I’ll warn you, these little resin cabochons are addicting!

Earing Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial via lilblueboo.com

Materials needed:
Resin cabochons (I used 10mm vintage roses for the example)
Silver plated earring posts and earnuts
Permanent adhesive like (E-6000)

Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Supplies via lilblueboo.com

For each earring, put a small dab of glue on the back of a cabochon.

Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process via lilblueboo.com

Add the earring post to the back and let sit until the glue sets.

Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process  2 via lilblueboo.com

To make a simple display card for the earrings, you need thick pressed watercolor paper or cardstock, some stencils and spray paint.

Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Gift Idea via lilblueboo.com

Lay the stencils across the paper and spray a light layer of paint across the top of them:

Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Gift Card via lilblueboo.com

Let the paint dry.

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Cut the paper into smaller pieces:

Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process 3 via lilblueboo.com

On a plain piece of cardstock, print off any text you would like to add:

Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process 4 via lilblueboo.com

Cut out the test from the cardstock and glue or sew these pieces to the decorative background:

Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Gift Tag via lilblueboo.com

Use a tiny hole punch to add a hole for each earring:

Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Earing Card via lilblueboo.com

Add the earrings to the card and secure from behind with the earnuts:

Teacher Gift Idea: Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process via lilblueboo.com

Place the card and earrings into a clear plastic gift bag (I only had large bags so I cut them in half and sewed one end shut). A finished gift or favor!

Packaging of Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process via lilblueboo.com

You could also add a larger cabochon to your card or a small box for decoration:

 

Pretty Packaging of Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process via lilblueboo.com
I used this card to hold an array of colored hair pins:

Hair Clip Packaging of Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process via lilblueboo.com

Cabochons come in such variety that you can make all kinds of easy accessories with them!

Where to buy Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process via lilblueboo.com

I bought a variety pack of these hair pins……

Where to buy bobbie pins and a Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process via lilblueboo.com

……to make a variety of cute floral hair accessories (I used 12mm mini rose cabochons for these):

Pretty bobbie pins and a Cabochon Accessories DIY Tutorial Process via lilblueboo.com

Endless possibilities! Rings, pendants, barrettes etc!

 

 

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