As some of you may know I live in Puerto Rico and Hurricane Maria has forced us to do a lot of changes. For the first time in 21 years since I’ve been a mom we had to skip Halloween, too dark, scary and dangerous to even think of going out. For the first time in 22 years i didn’t have access to an oven to cook our turkey or bake our pies. Although we are still in the dark I refuse, in big capital letters, to forgo my favorite time of the year Christmas!
I’ve been working with my husband who is a vet after the storm and he received some glass bottles in a very cool plastic packaging. With my ornaments in mind I decided to cast some molds to make ornaments. The cool thing about that is that you’re going to be able to pour a batch for you and several batches to give as presents. They could alternately be used as pendants after Christmas. Awesome thing about ICE Resin is how lightweight it is no matter the size and these are big!!!
Step 1: Find some plastic packaging it could be the bottom of a water bottle, think outside the box, as long as it’s a cool shape you got this! I got lucky with this one as there were 4 different shapes I could cast. Mix the 2 equal parts of the molding putty until they’re the same color and hug the shape you want as a mold. Let settle.
Step 2: I like using the recyclable logo I think it gives character to the piece and it’s good for the planet to find use for all the plastic!
Step 3: Once your molds are dry you’re ready, mix ICE Resin® according to instructions pour your molds, as you can see it’s one big batch!!!
Step 4: Since I want multiple colors I don’t color my Resin before pouring.
Step 5: Once my molds are filled I individually tint each mold. A couple of drops and then a few stirs and you can make multiple colors in one mix.
Step 6: I’ve matched the ICE Resin tints with the ICE Resin foils.
Step 7: Once they’re set you can unmold, make a second batch, very small this time, and adhere the foils in the back with a “painting” of Resin. Since you’re going to use the reverse piece decide if you want a sea glass matte look or a shiny outcome, it’s Christmas after all so I went with shiny.
Step 8: Once the resin dries cut the foil to size.
Step 9: Punch holes to use the ICE Resin findings, jump rings in your fave metal.
Step 10: If your molds are deep use a jewelry file to help you make a hole, or a dremmel if you have electricity I had to grind my way to make this hole!!!
Step 11: You’re now ready to add the jump rings.
Step 12: Now all that remains is to hang them on your tree or give them as presents!