Add a little love to your desk with homemade heart paperweights made with colored resin. This was my first time experimenting with dyeing resin with alcohol inks. You can get some really cool and colorful effects with very little effort!
Supplies you will need to make resin Heart Paperweights:
- EasyCast resin
- heart-shaped silicone mold
- disposable gloves
- mixing cup and stir sticks
- alcohol ink
First, you should determine how much resin you will need to mix up. Do this by filling one cavity of your mold with water and measuring how much water you used. Then multiply this amount by however many cavities you will fill with resin. My mold cavity held 2 ounces of water. Since I wanted to make four paperweights, I mixed up 8 ounces of resin.
Mix up the resin according to the directions on the package of EasyCast. Be sure you are wearing protective gloves whenever you are working with resin!
Evenly distribute the resin in the cavities of your silicone mold. Now comes the fun part! Squeeze a few drops of alcohol ink into each mold cavity. Play around with different colors! I recommend that you don’t exceed more than 3-4 drops of ink per ounce of resin. Use a stir stick or toothpick to give the resin a gentle swirl. Don’t over mix!
Finally, pop any bubbles that rise to the surface of the resin using a long arm lighter. Cover the mold and allow the resin to fully cure.
Once the resin has cured, give the silicone mold a tug and the heart paperweights will pop right out!
I love the way the ink looks suspended in the resin. This project just made me want to play even more with alcohol inks and resin to see what cool results I can get.
Have you ever tried coloring resin with alcohol ink? What kind of results did you get? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!
Jessica Hill is the creative mind behind the blog, Mad in Crafts. For nearly 9 years, Jessica has shared crazy good creativity from her Mad House to yours. When she’s not creating, Jessica loves the Detroit Tigers, craft beer, and spending time with her family and rescue dog.