Hi everyone! Welcome to our first day of DIY Gift Giving ideas that you can create. Fluid Art is so much fun, and with the holidays upon us, I thought it would be fun to share with you 10 of my favorite DIY gift-giving ideas so you can create beautiful gifts for your family and friends.
Each day I will post a new idea for you to get inspired from. I will list the materials I used that include links for you to purchase them yourself. Each post will have a video that I have created to see how I completed the project, step-by-step. As always, contact me with any questions or comments on this post, or comment on the video post on our YouTube channel.
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Are you ready to get started with this project? Let’s create Resin Clocks!
BONUS: I decided to add a little bit of extra fun into our 10-day event. I will be giving away the Resin Beach Tray that I created in Day 1 of our 10 Days of DIY Fluid Art Gift Giving event! The give-away instructions are detailed at the end of this post.
Here are the supplies I used
- Resin Clock Molds
- TableTop Resin
- Mica Powder (50 colors): I used Datura, Black, Rose, Lavender, and Pink
- Black Pinata Alcohol ink
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Baby Wipes
- Dixie Cups
- Measuring Cups
- Pop cycle Sticks – Small
- Pop cycle Sticks – Jumbo
- Paper Towels
- Heat Gun
- Food Tent or something else to cover your mold as it cures.
Creating with resin is fun but it is important to learn about how to use the resin safely. Believe it or not, safety is one of the most commonly overlooked steps when working with resin. I know I wanted to jump right in and start creating but I quickly learned that I needed to read up on the safety measures so that I could enjoy this medium for years to come. Here are a few basic safety guidelines to review before you start working with resin:
- Well ventilated area. It is crucial to work in an area that has good circulation and/or open windows. Some resins emit fumes that can be toxic.
- Gloves. Yes, there is a thing called resin allergy. Wearing gloves is the easiest method to help with ongoing and prevent future skin conditions while working with resin.
- Respirator. Protecting your lungs is a top priority. Wearing a respirator provides consistent protection to your lungs while working with resin.
- Clean spills immediately. Don’t let resin sit on your table or floor. Use paper towels to scoop up as much as possible then use denatured alcohol or isopropyl alcohol to clean up any remaining residue.
- Safety goggles. Not only do goggles help prevent unexpected splashes from touching your eyes, but they prevent you from touching your eyes. If you are like me, you will touch your eye without thinking. Getting resin in your eyes is dangerous. If you do get resin in your eyes, flush with water repeatedly and seek medical attention immediately!
- Apron. Aprons are great to help prevent resin from getting on your clothes and then absorbing and touching the stomach. When you are working, you can get easily focused on your process and not even realize resin has been touching your belly for 5 minutes or more!
The Process: Day 1
Decide on your color design. I like to use 3-4 colors when working with resin. When I work with more than that, I risk my design looking “muddy” when it has cured. Remember, the resin will continue to move and blend as it cures! For this project, I used 4 colors for my base and black for my numbers.
Mix your resin according to the directions from the manufacturer. Do not rush this step! One of the most common mistakes beginners make is not mixing their resin properly. Make sure you scrape the sides and the bottom of your cup as you mix. TIP: It might help set a timer or alarm to help you with how long you need to stir.
Fill your dixie cup with resin and add your color. Mix until well blended. If you need assistance with coloring resin, I have created a step-by-step tutorial on how to color and dye resin.
TIP if using pigment powder: Place the pigment powder color you will be using for the numbers in a Dixie cup and mix with a minimal amount of resin until the powder has dissolved. Add the remaining resin and mix. If desired, add a drop or two of alcohol ink to help intensify the color.
Take the pipette and start adding the colored resin to the cavities in the clock. Work in small amounts and use a toothpick to help release the air bubbles. It is important to make sure that the resin stays inside of the cavities only. Use baby wipes to help clean the colored resin from the base of the clock.
Let the resin cure until it is a solid-state to prevent the colored resin from blending with the resin you will pour on the base. I let mine cure for 12 hours.
The Process: Day 2
Clean any excess dried resin from the clock base. I use Isopropyl alcohol and baby wipes to clean.
Now it is time to pour the base of the clock. Mix your resin according to the manufacturer’s directions. Mix the colors you selected for your clock base with the clear resin.
Pour the colored resin into the clock base as desired. Use the heat gun as needed to help release the air bubbles. Use caution when applying heat! Do not let the heat stay in one place too long, or you will risk overheating the resin. You want to use slow, fluid motion. As the resin heats, it will move more, and the colors will blend more.
Now you will need to cover your molds and let cure according to the manufacturer’s directions. (I let mine cure for 24 hours.) You can use an empty box, plastic storage bin, or food tents to cover your molds. Boxes and bins work very well, but I prefer the food tents because they are collapsible and easy to store.
The Process: Day 3
Once cured, it’s time to remove the clock base from the mold!
Now it is time to assemble the clock parts! Make sure you read the instructions provided on your package. While most of these clockworks are very similar, it is always best to make sure you are assembling the way it was intended (i.e., having extra parts at the end is not always a good thing!)
- Make sure the silver bracket lines up with the channel on the black base.
- Place the resin clock face on the black base.
- Make sure the “12” lines up with the silver circle on the bracket.
- Add the washer.
- Now add the nut, tightening and securing the black base to the clock face. It helps to hold the black base while you secure the nut.
- Double-check that the number 12 lines up with the circle on the silver bracket.
- Find the “small hand” and secure it on the post. It should gently snap into place.
- Find the “large hand” and place it on top of the “small hand.” It will only go on the post one way. Keep turning until it locks in.
- Find the super small nut and secure the “large hand” onto the post.
- If the hands move while you secure the nut, hold onto the black turn dial. This will keep the hands still while you work.
- Turn the “large hand” until the time reaches the 12 o’clock hour.
- Once it is adjusted, snap on the second hand.
- Add a battery, and there you go! Custom hand-made resin clocks!
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