Display your trinkets or create a catch-all space with a Marbled Resin Tray made with colorful EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy mixtures!
Hello, Resin Crafters! Lindsay from Artsy-Fartsy Mama here with another colorful resin project for you to try! I am always looking for more ways to keep things organized, especially when my husband gets home from work and empties his pockets on the kitchen counter. I made this Marbled Resin Tray using EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy to keep everything in one place – pocket change, messages, and especially keys! This tray would also be extremely handy for keeping jewelry and even your makeup collection looking nice and neat on a vanity or countertop.
To make your own Marbled Resin Tray, you will need these supplies:
- EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy
- Mold Conditioner and Release Spray
- Measuring Cups
- Stirring Sticks
- Disposable Gloves
- PolyColor Resin Powder – Purple, Diamond Dust Metallic
- Tray Silicone Mold (mine is 7.5″ x 11″)
- Cup Silicone Mold (same mold as the Glittered Pencil Cup)
Prepare 8 oz EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy according to package directions. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area, wear disposable gloves, and follow all safety guidelines. Pour in equal parts resin and hardener to the mixing cup.
Stir the resin mixture together SLOWLY with a stir stick for two minutes, and then pour the resin into a clean mixing cup. Stir the resin again for another minute or two with a clean stir stick. If the resin still has streaks running through it, keep mixing until it becomes clear.
Split the resin into two cups, 4 ounces each and choose two complimentary colors of PolyColor Resin Powder. I used Purple and Diamond Dust Metallic, which looks like an incredible sparkling white. Add powder into each cup and stir again until completely combined. Let the resin mixtures sit for a minute or two to “de-gas” and let the air bubbles rise to the top.
Make sure the tray and cup molds are clean, dry, and don’t have any lint or dust hiding in the folds. You can also use Mold Release and Conditioner to clean, condition, and extend the life of your molds.
Slowly pour the resin mixtures into the tray mold first, alternating the colors. After every couple of pours, gently tip the mold in different directions to create a “marbled” effect. Repeat the process for the cup mold.
Because these are deeper molds, you are more likely to get bubbles in your project. Here are my best tips for preventing bubbles:
- Make sure your resin is warm. Dip the resin bottles in warm (not hot) water, and work in a warmer room.
- Stir the resin mixtures slowly. The faster you mix, the more air you are incorporating into the resin, which means more bubbles! After mixing, use your stir stick to move bubbles towards the sides and you can pop them that way. I also recommend letting the resin sit for a few minutes. This gives the resin some time to “de-gas”, and the bubbles will come to the top where you can easily get rid of them.
- When pouring the resin into the molds, pour slowly from higher up. Pour into the center of the mold and let the resin slowly drip down into the sides of the molds. When the mold is about 1/4 full, stop pouring and slowly tip the mold and rotate it around to let the resin fill in any empty spaces created by bubbles. Repeat this at both the 1/2 and 3/4 mark.
- When the mold is full, use a butane torch, blow through a straw, or spritz with 99% alcohol to remove bubbles that come to the surface. Check the mold again after about 10 minutes to remove any other bubbles that appear.
It’s hard to capture just how much sparkle the Diamond Dust Metallic PolyColor Resin Powder has, but it is incredible!! I love the way the sparkle looks with the vibrant purple powder. If you are a glitter-fanatic like I am, you definitely need some of this in your life!!
Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for at least 24 hours. You will know that the resin is cured and ready to be removed from the mold when the surface is no longer tacky and pulls away from the mold edges.
Carefully remove the tray and cup from the molds. The cup mold can be a little bit tricky, so try to be patient and work slowly. Cut away any over-poured resin using scissors, and sand any rough edges if necessary.
Attach the cup to the tray, anywhere that you want! You can attach the cup using a small amount of resin, or use a strong adhesive. Place something heavy on top of the cup until the resin or adhesive is completely set.
Now that the tray is complete, you can use it for practically anything! You can organize your jewelry collection, trinkets, or even your makeup! The cup is the perfect size to hold your favorite beauty brushes, and there is plenty of room to arrange your favorite products on the tray. This tray would be beautiful sitting on a vanity or to organize your items on a bathroom counter.
An alternative option is to make this a catch-all tray to keep near your door or home command center. Take phone messages on a sticky notepad stuck to the tray using writing utensils stored the cup. The tray is also large enough to hold a little bit of mail, pocket change, and your keys! I am so happy with how this project came out, and especially love the pop of color it adds to my home!
As always, I would love to hear what you think about this Marbled Resin Tray made with EasyCast! Be sure to check out these other decorative resin trays for more inspiration, and share your own creative resin projects in the ETI Facebook Group!
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Lindsay is a crafter, graphic designer, and glitter enthusiast from Utah. She’s passionate about homeschooling her creative daughter, traveling, and spending time in the craft room. Lindsay shares DIY project tutorials, printables, recipes, kids crafts, and more on her blog, ArtsyFartsyMama.com, where she inspires readers to live a creative life.