So for this project here I have combined 4 different items that I made with epoxy. They are all 3 pretty small, and very easy to do. And I think that they turned out very cute. I just love the look of epoxy. How you can see through it so clearly when you don’t add any color to it at all. I now have 3 of them sitting in my kitchen together on a shelf that I am redoing. And the 4th one I have in my bathroom using it for a small soap holder.
I have my bathroom done in seashells and trees! Believe it or not it all seems to go together great. But I have to say it is because of an awesome shower curtain that I bought. The pictures on it was of some tree like figures and then fields and seashells. And I just love that shower curtain! So I started doing my entire bathroom in the same concept. You can check out a picture of my shower curtain below. And it was actually butterflies and leaves that it has a lot of on it. As well as seashells and even old medicine bottles.
Which actually fit in well with my own sense of decor. I have been collecting old medicine bottles for a few years now. And so I was able to put those up on a shelf as well. So anyways moving on from my shower curtain. I believe that I used the same type of mold on 2 of these planters and then the purple one I used a plastic mold from a microdermabrasion machine I got at Walmart sometime in the last 2 weeks.
So the tall green looking plants and the plain seashells was both done in the bottoms of some plastic solo cups that I had at home. I keep plastic cups around the place now that I am always working with resin. It is definitely what you will want to use when mixing your resin up.
Also plastic spoons are awesome for your mixing. So what you will want to do is to just get a plastic cup (any type will do) and you will want to fill the bottom of it up with however much resin you are wanting your planters to have in them. This is a matter of personal preference. Oh and I almost forgot that I added some glitter to a couple of them. You can see it in really well in the picture of the purple plant with the ridges and looks as if it is halfway submerged.
Then once you have your resin in your cup, you will want to go over it with a heat gun or a torch. This will get all of your air bubbles out of it. And you will want to do this before you start putting your items in there with it. I of course did it backwards from how I am telling you to do it. So it was a pain in the butt to not torch my plastic plants and seashells!
But that is the story of my life I swear. And if you are new to working with epoxy resin you can check out my page on The best tips when working with epoxy to get some pointers on some things to do and some things not to do.
So once you have your resin poured into your cups and stirred plus have the air bubbles out, then it is time to start adding your seashells and plants. And all you do is just drop however many you want down into your cup. And then you will also add your plastic plants now. Just make sure that you have it trimmed right for however much you want to be sticking out of your resin. My first one I did with the purple flower and the seashells in the bottom I ended up leaving the plant a little long for my liking. So I learned really quickly to make sure my plants were trimmed right. And you had best be doing it before it goes in. Because once the resin hardens then it is over with. You will not be getting it back out of there. Not without some major tools and some destroying of those plants.
So once you have everything where you want it to be, you will then put it up somewhere safe and let it cure. I would say give it 24 hours to be safe. It will be hard way before 24 hours. But it could be gooey down in the bottom of it. And you don’t want to start peeling your plastic mold off and encounter any gooey epoxy! And once your epoxy is all the way cured, you will start getting your plastic mold off of it. I always use a razor knife to cut into the plastic. And then I use some pliers or needle nose pliers to peel the plastic off of it the rest of the way.
They can be a little difficult to pull off at times. You have to remember that these are not your typical molds that you get online. Which I have enclosed a link below for. For those of you who would rather have a store bought mold to do these types of things in. But once you get all of the plastic off of it then you are in. You may have to trim the edges of some excess resin. But other than that you should be all the way in there and ready to put them out on display in your home. So good luck if you choose to try this particular project. Feel free to leave your comments. And don’t forget to like and follow if you are enjoying these types of projects. And just remember that I am just starting out on this blogging stuff. So I will keep getting better as I go along!