2 Days Left Until Christmas!
|Mini Resin Ornament Garland|
We are getting down to it. Frantic last minute shopping, gift wrapping, baking. Me? I'll be baking tonight and tomorrow night--cinnamon rolls, yulekage and, if I can manage it, another batch of krumkake.
Today's retro craft is the resin project I alluded to here. Resin is so awesome! Once again, I have turned to BHG's Holiday Decorations You Can Make, 1974.
|The "picture cutouts in resin" ornaments on the lower right were my inspiration.|
- Resin (I used I used Envirotech Pour-on)
- Silicone ice cube trays from Ikea (I see these almost every single time I go to Goodwill)
- Stuff to encase--pictures, sequins, beads, glitter, miniatures
- Dremel drill (or a drill with a very small bit)
- Cording and thread
Step 1: Make sure your silicone ice cube trays are clean and dry. I used a mold release spray on one tray, but found it was not at all necessary as the finished ornaments will pop right out without it. Also, the mold release spray I used seems to have clouded the resin so I really would not recommend it.
|Getting ready to resin up.|
Step 2: Pour enough mixed resin to completely cover the bottom of the mold, no more than about 1/8-1/4 inch thick. Allow to set up (about 1-2 hours). Tip: if you have lots of bubbles in your resin, go over the surface with a flame and the bubbles will just disappear. I use one of those long, kitchen lighters.
|Getting the bubbles out of the poured resin.|
|Molds are ready for the second resin pouring.|
|Everything is encased in resin and waiting to dry.|
|The ornaments popped out of the mold, drilled and ready for hanging.|
|A close-up of a couple of the ornaments. The deer head is my favorite!|
Time to Complete: The actual work is about 2 hours. The drying times are well over a day so start early.
Skill Level: If you can pour a cup of coffee, you can do this.
|I didn't tie one ornament on with a correct double knot so if fell off as I was hanging this. Oops!|