Make this little keepsake box with me.
Step 1:Gather Your Supplies.
Quick rundown of the supplies you will be working with.
- mixing and measuring cups (droppers if needed)
- stir sticks
- (not pictured) gloves, sandpaper, UV resin
- regular AB epoxy resin
- optional 10 minute AB resin
- pigments of your choice
- molds that fit inside each other with some space to pour the resin into
Step 2:Mix the 10 minute resin and pour the base/floor of the box
You don't have to use fast curing 10 minute resin for any of this project, but it is an option and is one way to see the results sooner.
First, put on some gloves :)
I estimated how much I would need to make the bottom of the box about a quarter of an inch high and measured both parts of the 10 minute resin separately in two different cups at a 1:1 ratio (follow the directions on your packaging).
I then poured the clear half into a another cup and added my pigment to that. Do this before adding the second part of the resin to prevent it curing before you are ready.
* The reason I measure in measuring cups then mix in a different cup is so that if I want to measure another batch of resin, the measuring cups remain uncontaminated and I don't have to clean the cups out until I'm finished.
Once you are satisfied with the color, add the second cup of resin and mix thoroughly. I only had about thirty seconds to one minute to mix everything together before the curing process started. You have to have it mixed and poured into your mold before it starts to cure.
When you're done, pour your colored resin into the bottom of your larger mold and let it sit and cure for about 10 minutes.
* If you choose use traditional long cure epoxy resin, you will need to let it sit or 6 to 12 hours for it to fully cure. You also don't have to move so fast when mixing in the color, because it takes longer to cure.
* NOTES FOR WORKING WITH FAST CURING RESIN*
Read the instructions in your package! This 10 minute resin handles very differently from the traditional slow cure AB resin.
This resin cures FAST. Only pour the little bit that you will need. If you pour too large of a batch, it will cure before you pour it all into your mold.
This resin cures by heating itself up. It will be warm to the touch after a few minutes, so be cautious.
It cures white if no pigment is added, so keep that in mind if you add color. When I'm using this resin, I act as if I added white to my color so that I'm not surprised when it comes out lighter than expected. You can make some really pretty pastel colors with this.
Step 3:Pour the outer walls.
Now that the bottom is fully cured, it's time to pour the walls. First, put your smaller mold right on top of your cured box base. Line it up so that it is right in the center of the larger mold, with enough space between the walls of the molds. You don't want the walls touching.
Time to mix some more resin. You can prepare more 10 minute resin for this step, but I wanted transparent walls, so I used traditional, long cure epoxy resin and didn't add any color.
*Note - With the long cure resin, you will end up with bubbles after mixing. You can get rid of them by blowing on the resin through a straw, passing a lighter quickly across the surface, or just letting it rest in the cup for about ten minutes.
After my resin was all mixed and colored, I slowly and very carefully, without moving the inner mold, poured it into the small space between both molds. If your inner mold shifts a little, don't worry, just reposition it and keep pouring until the walls are as high as you want them.
When you are done pouring, to prevent it from moving, place a weight on top and set it aside to cure.
Step 4:Demold, make a cover, decorate
You've waited the appropriate amount of time and your box is fully cured! Time to demold!
Gently work off the outer and inner molds. You can use baby oil or dish soap to help it to slide out. Or you can work the sides loose and turn it upside down and push down on the bottom until you work it free.
If the top is jagged, you can sand it gently with sandpaper.
Stop here if you like or make a cover and embellishments to decorate with.
To make a cover, follow the exact same steps that you did to make the base of the box. I made one in a nice pastel blue color.
I decided to use a star piece to use as a handle for the cover. To attach it to the cover, I used a little UV resin to glue it down. Then I set it in the sun for a few minutes to cure. You could also use glue.
Step 5:Enjoy your finished product!
This little box is perfect to hold any small item you want.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this tutorial.
- Two part resin
- 10 minute resin
- Measuring cups
- Mixing cups
- Stir sticks
- Cabochon molds
- Paperweight or something similar
- Sand paper
- Nesting molds
- UV resin or glue
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