I had Shane pull the tree out of the garage attic last night and I spent the morning fluffing it so I could decorate it with some of the ornaments I made this week. Last week I made mini letterboard ornaments but this week I am sharing one of my favorite mediums to work with...resin! I have two versions of snowflake resin ornaments for you This is a fun DIY projects that your kids could help you with. You could also come up with your own versions! I'll walk you through the steps and give you my tips for working with resin, including my secret weapon to ensure you don't get bubbles!
This post is sponsored by Wagner Spray Tech but all ideas and opinions are 100% my own!
Clear Cast Resin Ornaments With Snowflakes
White Resin Snowflake Ornaments
Supplies for Snowflake Resin Ornaments
The resin will come in two bottles. Measure equal parts into a container and mix well. If you do not mix long enough, the resin will not set up. Don't ask me how I know :/
Once the resin has been mixed thoroughly, you can pour the resin into the molds.
Add the snowflake confetti to the clear resin ornaments. They will sink slightly.
Use the Wagner HT400 Heat Gun to get rid of any bubbles that formed while mixing. This is my secret weapon to getting super clear resin projects. It is so fun to watch them pop!
TIP: I opted to do two thin layers so the snowflakes were at different depths. To do this, add a thin layer (⅛"-¼") and add a snowflake or two. Wait for at least 6 hours (so the first layer has hardened) and then add another thin layer of resin with more snowflakes. The clear resin takes 24 hours to dry enough to remove from molds.
The white resin sets up much faster than the clear resin. I mixed up small batches (enough to do three at a time) to prevent it from starting to harden before it was poured.
Once the snowflake resin ornaments have completely cured and are hard, you can drill small holes in the tops.
The clear resin ornaments almost look like they have been etched. I love the look! And even though it was hard to photograph them to show the different depths of the flakes, I am really happy with how they look in person.
In the past I have used the snowflake molds to make white chocolate snowflakes and I love that these look almost good enough to eat :)
Speaking of using heat guns to make ornaments, several years ago I made these icicles. They are easier than you might think! And they won't shatter and break if they fall. Even better :)
Do you have a tradition of making ornaments? What are some of your favorite kinds?
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