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Your jewelry deserves a home worthy of all of its beauty, don’t you think? Craft Box Girls will show you how to use the Aleene’s Clear Casting & Coating Epoxy Resin Kit to make a resin epoxy pressed flower jewelry box that’s as pretty as it is functional. Follow the easy steps, then treat yourself to some new jewelry once your gem of a project is complete!
- Aleene’s Clear Casting & Coating Epoxy Resin Kit
- Silicone jewelry box mold
- Dried and pressed flowers (purchase or make your own!)
- Plastic cups (clear is best for measuring)
- Craft sticks
- Safety glasses
- Heat gun
- Plastic covering for work surface
Before getting started on making your jewelry box, make sure to thoroughly read the instructions in your Epoxy Resin Kit. Choose a work surface that’s nice and flat where your project can cure for 24 hours, then cover the surface to protect it.
Note: Once you start working with the resin, you have about a 25-minute work time. Start by pouring equal amounts of resin and hardener into their own separate plastic cups. The amounts should be exactly equal because you will need a 1:1 mixing ratio for a successful project.
After you have equal amounts of resin and hardener in their separate cups, pour each into one cup, scraping the sides of the cups with a craft stick to ensure that you get all of the products into the cup. Use a clean craft stick to stir the resin and hardener mixture for 3 to 5 minutes, making sure there are no streaks or bubbles. Once you no longer see streaks, mix for an additional 2 minutes. Then pour the mixture into another clean cup, and mix again for another 2 minutes.
Pour a small amount of resin into the mold for the jewelry box lid.
Using tweezers, select a dried flower and carefully dip into the resin mixture. Let the excess drip off, then place into the mold. This step will help eliminate air bubbles. Continue the process until you are happy with the arrangement of pressed flowers, then slowly pour more resin into the mold until it’s full. If the flowers shift at all, use your tweezers to move back into place.
Next pour a small amount of resin epoxy in one corner of the jewelry box mold and let it flow around the bottom of the mold. Dip flowers in resin then place into the mold. Use your tweezers to move the flowers around and arrange them as you like. Fill the mold with resin epoxy a little bit at a time as you add flowers. Note: Don't forget to add the flowers all the way to the top! Then fill the mold to the top with epoxy.
Lightly tap the bottom of the mold to help any air bubbles rise to the top. Use a heat gun on low heat to glide heat over the mold to help burst any air bubbles. Slide the wood form back under the bottom of the box mold to keep the proper shape. Let cure for the recommended time in your instructions.
Once cured, it’s time to remove from the molds and put your beautiful new jewelry box to good use! (Or give as a gift!)
Feeling inspired to make your own resin crafts with Aleene’s? Make sure to share your resin epoxy creations with us on social by tagging us @aleenesdiy!