Have you ever been frustrated with the way glitter settles to the bottom while resin is curing? I wanted to make a glitter flake bracelet without doing several layers, so I made my glitter bracelet with Polyester Casting Resin.
This particular resin cures super clear with no bubbles, so it’s great for encasing items. It also hits a gel-like state during its cure, helping suspend items that might otherwise sink or float.
- Castin’ Craft Polyester Casting Resin
- Bracelet mold
- Cups and stir sticks
- Glitter flakes
- Gloves and glasses
- Castin’ Craft Resin Spray Finish
Mixing Polyester Resin
Be sure to read instructions and safety information before beginning. And note that polyester resin just uses a few drops of catalyst, not equal parts from another bottle.
For this bracelet, mix 1 ounce of resin with 5 drops of catalyst and stir for one minute.
Add Glitter to Resin Bracelet
Sprinkle some glitter flakes into the bottom of the mold and pour in half the resin.
Use a toothpick to mix in some more glitter flakes into the mold.
Wait about 15 minutes then use a new toothpick to move around the resin and glitter in the mold to fill in any gaps. Then pour the remaining resin and add more glitter.
Check every 10 minutes or so, stirring as needed to redistribute the glitter. When it doesn’t seem to be sinking any more, set the mold in a well ventilated space and cure for at least 24 hourse.
Demold and cut or sand any sharp edges at the top of the mold, or even any pieces of glitter that didn’t get covered completely.
To prevent fingerprints on the glossy surface, add a few light coats of Castin’ Craft Resin Spray Finish to the bracelet. When completely dry it’s ready to wear.
Then enjoy your sparkly bracelet!
Here is the last project I made with Polyester Castin Resin – a succulent dome mold.
Have you use polyester casting resin before? Tell us about your experience! What did you cast? How was it to work with?