I have always seen and had an attraction to clear bracelets that were filled with unique embellishments such as candy, plastic buttons, gems, or in some cases metal zippers or chain links. The clear resin bracelets are like glass filled wonders, and I was always curious as to how they were made.
As a kid, I never over thought the process. I figured they were all just plastic with high price tags. As I grew older though, and my liking toward just about any craft, became a hobby.
I never worked with resin before tough, and had no idea where to start. As with every hobby though, I won’t stop at trials and errors until I find perfection.
Luckily for me, working with epoxy is a real simple task, and I aced my very first bangle bracelet filled with candy on my very first try, and here is how I did it:
Tools You Will Need:
2- A plastic bangle bracelet mold. (These can be found online for under $5.00)
3- 3 cups for mixing. Using disposable Dixie cups are he cheapest and easiest method.
4-Candy of your choice. I chose Good N Plenty candy. Try not getting candy that will melt quickly such as
How To Set Your Bracelet
First and foremost you will want to submerge your bottles of EasyCast into some lukewarm water. Your bracelet will come out shinier and less dull with warm water. 75 degrees is the most ideal temperature.
Next take your candy and place it into your bracelet mold.
Going back to your EasyCast you can now pour them into the Dixie cups. Make sure your pour the exact amount of each solution into 2 separate cups. Some people measure, but if you have a good artists eye you will be able to level up your solutions to make sure you have equal amounts in separate cups.
Once your solution is poured into 2 cups you now need to stir them around for about 2 minutes each.
Once stirred you can now pour the solutions together into the third cup.
Mix for 2 minutes.
Now that the resin has been mixed you can begin to slowly pour it into your mold on top of your candy. Luckily for me, my Good N Plenty candy did not bleed into the resin causing color distortions.
Leave the mold alone and let it dry for up to 24 hours.
The following day you can slowly remove the finished bracelet from the mold. Pushing down on the middle center of the mold allows it to release easier. Some use a mold release before pouring the mix, but I find it works just fine without it.
Now you will notice that your bracelet looks dull, and may have side flaps. You can cut these flaps off with scissors, or you can attempt to yank them off with your fingers. I find scissors work best. If need be you can use wet sandpaper on the ridges to even it out.
In order to get your bracelet to shine like crazy you will either want to buy some spray resin, or you can simply whip up another tiny batch of your own epoxy using your EasyCast. Brush on the epoxy all over the bracelet, and let it dry again for 24 hours.
You will see as you paint on the epoxy, how shiny your finished product will look. Just like glass, filled with candy!
To see my finished product, click here.