How to Make Resin Grapes: Retro Craft DIY
Hi Resin Craft friends, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing an especially fun retro resin craft: Resin Grapes! Have you seen resin grapes before? This was a fairly common craft that ladies would get together to make in the 1960’s…sometimes called Lucite Grapes. My mother-in-law has a cluster of purple grapes in her house, so I thought I’d go with a green-ish bunch!
- EasyCast: Clear Casting Epoxy Resin (32 oz)
- 18 Glass Ornaments (1.5″ diameter)
- Casting Craft Translucent Dyes (Blue and Green…or Blue and Red)
- Mold Release Spray
- Egg Carton Tray
- 16 Gauge Soft Wire/Wire Cutters
- Super Glue
- 12″ Tree Branch about 1″ diameter
- Grinder (however optional)
- Disposable Work Surface/Gloves/Mixing Cups/Stirring Sticks
Begin by pulling the ornament hardware out of the ornaments. Place them with the openings up in the egg carton tray. I used ornaments that have a metallic leafing inside the glass…so when I peeled my glass off, some of the silver leafing stayed behind.
Use clear glass if you don’t like the silver effect. Spray one spritz of mold release inside each ornament and work it around the inside.
Fill one ornament with water and pour it out into a measured cup…that will let you know how much liquid each ball holds. Mine were just over 1 ounce each. I mixed up about 6 ounces of resin at a time so I could mix a variety of colors. Be especially sure to work over a disposable surface, read the resin directions and wear gloves.
Next, add a few drops of green and one or 2 of blue. I did some mixes darker and some lighter…some more green and some more blue. The variety of the colors in my bunch of grapes is surprisingly pleasing. Mix the color in thoroughly before pouring.
After mixing, carefully pour the resin into each ornament. Then pour slowly and try to get the resin all the way full in the ball but not in the neck part…or it will take the grinder to remove them later.
The next day clank 2 ornaments together deep inside a box. Again: wear gloves, some eye protection and work outside or in a garage. The glass these ornaments will shatter into shards as pictured below.
By hitting the ornaments into themselves, they break and the glass peels off significantly easier. Although, I had a few tough spots that I had to scrape with a small spatula. Then clean them all in warm, soapy water.
See how much silver leafing stayed behind as a result? Regardless, I did not know this would happen until I tried it…but I love the effect too! Next, I sent my son out to the garage to sand off the nubs and drill a 1 inch hole in each ball for 6 inches of wire. Then push in some wire and then add a couple drops of super glue.
Next, fill in gaps too by adding colorful resin balls. Keep the resin grapes as close to the stick as possible at the end and gradually further away as you work your way up…giving it an obviously distinct grape cluster look.
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Natalie Shaw is a Craft/DIY blogger at Doodlecraftblog.com. She loves sci-fi, fantasy and video game geekery and that comes out in many of her projects. She posts budget conscious DIY’s, crafts, jewelry, kid friendly projects, upcycled treasures and other fun on her blog 5 days a week.