resin casting tutorial

Resin Casting Tutorial

I have finished my Resin Casting Tutorial everyone!  Please check it out, favourite, comment, subscribe - the whole shebang!  I really hope this helps everyone who is having difficulties with or just getting into resin casting.

Part I: How to Make a Mold

Part II: Preparation

Part III: Resin Casting Tutorial

Part IV: Removing Casting and Glossing

Part V: Finishing Your Resin Cast

BONUS: Sharpie Dye Tutorial

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Resin Gem Casting tutorial by ThePropLady. The video is actually part 2 about the mixing and dying stage.

See Part One about choosing molds: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3a7VVHJ6Jhw

And Part Three about releasing from molds and backing: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=493JYGYeN4Q

DIY Resin Bracelet With Helpful Hints

Resin is a very adaptable medium with various applications one of which allows you to make some truly one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. This tutorial requires a little investment but places like Hobby Lobby and Michael’s run coupons in newspapers regularly. Also, your steps may vary depending on what resin you use so I’d caution you to read the instructions that come with your resin as well.

Anyways, you will need:

Clear Casting Resin

Mold (specifically made to cast resin)

Measuring Cup (disposable or one you’ll only ever use for resin crafts)

Mold Release

Rubber Gloves

Scissors

4 Popsicle Sticks

2 Small Cups (disposable or ones only for resin crafts)

Paper Towels

Sanding Paper

What you want to cast in the resin (glitter, snakeskin, sprinkles, sea shells, flowers, etc.)

To prep, spray your mold with mold release and let dry. This will take a few minutes. If you’re casting a piece of paper or a picture paint it with a few coats of glue and let it dry because the resin will make it transparent otherwise. Also, you may want to take the time to warm your resin in water for about 15 minutes. This prevents bubbles from setting in the resin and obscuring your piece. However, if you’re going to use something like glitter you can skip this step. This is only important if your piece will remain clear.

Now you’re ready to mix your resin so put on your rubber gloves. Using your first popsicle stick, measure out how much hardener you want and then pour it into your first little cup. Next, wipe out your measuring cup and measure out an equal amount of resin with your second popsicle stick. Pour it into the same little cup as the hardener. Wipe out your measuring cup.

Now, using your third popsicle stick vigorously mix the hardener and resin together for two minutes. Counting in your head is sufficient if you are so inclined. After the two minutes, pour the contents into your second little cup. Mix the contents together for an additional minute with your fourth popsicle stick.

The resin is now ready to pour into your mold. However, if you’re using something like glitter or sprinkles you’ll probably want to mix it together in your second little cup before pouring it in your mold.

When it comes to sprinkles and glitter you will want to keep an eye on it for a little bit to make sure it doesn’t all settle in the bottom of your mold. If necessary, swish it about with your fourth popsicle stick to keep it mixed up until the resin becomes fairly gelatinous. You may even want to pour more glitter or sprinkles on top after you’ve filled your mold with the resin mixture.

When casting something like a piece of paper or a snakeskin even pour a little amount of resin in the mold then put in your paper or whatever using your fourth popsicle stick to push it into position. Pour the rest of the resin on top. You may need to make some adjustments but that’s fine.

Let your piece set for about 24 hours before you remove it from the mold. At a bare minimum let it set over night. It will need about 48 hours to completely harden though. Anyways, after you remove it from the mold then you’ll need to use your scissors and cut off any excess. Then use your sanding paper to smooth the edges to your satisfaction.

Now you have yourself a fancy one-of-a-kind bracelet. Your friends will be jealous I’m sure. =)

Lastly, here are a few things I’ve learned from working with resin that you’ll benefit from:

I mentioned warming your resin beforehand. If you don’t you’ll see all sorts of little bubbles that could potentially ruin a piece.

It is also incredibly important that you get your proportions correct when mixing. If you don’t you’ll end up with something incredibly flexible that will never properly harden.

You will read on the internet that you can use cooking spray instead of mold release. It’s a lie. It will give your piece a horrible cloudy appearance and it will essentially be worthless. Don’t be cheap on this. Mold release goes a long way. Coupons are your friend.

Wear gloves. You don’t HAVE to but resin is really sticky and obnoxious to wash off. Further, it may even give you a small rash for a few days. Nothing serious but it does irritate skin.

Well, I hope this little tutorial was helpful. As always, if you have any questions or comments please contact me. =)

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Finally got around to making my casting video, outlining how I made the molds and cast the bow arms for my latest cosplay (which in turn is very similar to how I made Valeera’s daggers.) I tried to include as much as possible to make it easy to follow, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

I just worked out how to make these solar system lollipops! But I don’t have any spare resources to actually make these with, so I’m just going to type it out for you guys instead… Like, I haven’t actually made this yet, I just found the edible photographs online after seeing this pic and wondering how the hell they printed something inside lollipops and worked out the rest. I’m GONNA make this though… For something… Eventually.

All you need is a miniature 2 part ice ball mold, lollipop sticks, sugar/flavoring/a candy thermometer… And edible photographs, the kind that Walmart puts on top of those printed birthday cakes.

I wonder if you can just go to Wal-Mart or Publix or another big grocery store that has a bakery that does photo cakes, and ask to get a photo on a USB printed out for you? They have to do it anyway to make the cakes… Maybe they’d even give you a free sheet if you put all the designs on there.

Anyway, you get little 1cm diameter solar system planet images printed out on a sheet and cut them.

Then boil your candy to the hard ball stage on the thermometer, add hot sugar to half the mold, let it set a bit, then place 2 photographs of the same planet back to back with the lollipop stick in between.

Then pour in the sugar to fill the rest of the mold so the picture is right in the center,. And let it cool. And SUCK ON URANUS 💩

You can do the same exact thing with resin, so when you see little resin cast jewelry that curiously has a photo of a galaxy right inside, that’s probably how it was done. It’s so much easier than trying to paint a 3D image inside the resin, I COULD make them but I’d rather try to figure out how to layer a 3D planet on its own using just pigment and resin. Because that’s NOT easy and it does look way cooler. I’m getting real close now 👀

…but if I ever did put photos of the planet inside my resin gems they would probably look EXACTLY like these lollipops 😂 Send me an ask if you want me to make you a custom one, lol.

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Make the Glass Sword from Skyrim

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So I’ve been experimenting with different ways to dye my resin to make a transparent cast and I found that using Sharpie Markers work really well!

Here is my tutorial and I wish everyone good luck with their resin casting!

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Check out my first-ever resin tutorial! This one just covers the basics of necessary supplies, how to mix, pour, and cast clear resin! Keep an eye out for my next tutorials!

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A great video from Norman Chan (Tested) and Frank Ippolito on how to make a simple rubber mold and resin cast. Definitely worth watching if you want to learn how to make molds and cast with resin.

The Harrowing Tale of the Jaeris Gun: A Cosplay Tutorial-ish?

I always meant to post something about this and never got around to it. So now, about three years after the fact, here’s a play-by-play of how I made my prop of Jaeris’ magic gun for my Atop the Fourth Wall Gunslinger cosplay.

(This is also part of something I call my “Lightbulb Collection”. That’s a collection of all the things I have attempted to do that didn’t turn out right. The fact is that if you set out to be a crafter or a seamstress or writer or an artist or an engineer or anything else really, you are going to mess things up. Getting stuff wrong discourages a lot of people, including me, and if I can’t do something marginally right the first time I’m tempted to just not try again. But that’s part of growing. If you’re going to get good at anything you are going to spend good time, good money, and perfectly good materials fucking up, whether you have them to spare or not. I keep this Lightbulb Collection around to remind me what I’ve fucked up and what I can learn from it.)

My first instinct was to just buy a prop gun. I mean, Lewis got his from somewhere so there must be one available, right? NOPE. Nowhere could I find the damn thing. I searched online, eBay, Amazon, I even went to every flea market in a 50 mile radius (also questing for the pocket watch) because some of them deal in knives and small arms, and no luck. I am a stickler for accuracy in my cosplays. The closest thing I found was a replica India brass flintlock on replicaweaponry.com and armory.net, which at the time were retailing for about $50. “But Spark!” you say. “That looks just like the gun in the show!” Well it’s close but there are some differences. Just enough to annoy me.

The little knob on the bottom is missing, for one thing. The edge of the trigger guard is different too, and the decorative brass comes up the hilt in the front and back in the show as opposed to up the sides of the hilt. The replica’s barrel is round with ridges and beautifully engraved, but Jaeris’ barrel is smooth and actually kind of octagonal. Jaeris also has a little bump where the barrel reaches the edge of the gun base (there are probably names for these things, but I am not well-versed in flintlocks). So I wanted something more accurate than the replica and $50 was more than I wanted to shell out at the time. So let’s make one!

This is probably gonna be long so I’ll put it under a cut. On to the crafting!

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(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cxmh0eBlDrE)

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Resin Gem Casting by Cosplay Workshop PL

View the full tutorial here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZDTm9UnulU

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Here is the long awaited Resin Casting Tutorial!  The next part will come over the weekend once the casting has been dried.

Part I: How to Make a Mold

Part II: Preparation

Watch on vampirekitten.tumblr.com

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