How to Make Soap Dishes with Casting Resins

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A popular crafting medium is the art of creating things with casting resins. You can get molds in several different materials, including polyethylene. You can even press certain household items into service as molds to use with your casting resins.

To make your own soap dishes, you should collect the following materials: casting resin, resin dyes, stir sticks, mixing cups, embedments, and clear acrylic spray.

There are several different companies that manufacture resins. One gallon of resins can make about fourteen soap dishes.

You can buy resin dyes separately or you can buy a package of resin dyes in multiple colors.

For the stir sticks, you may use tongue depressors, popsicle sticks, or any other wooden sticks that are clean and of an appropriate size. Plastic stir sticks or metal stir sticks are a bad idea for this purpose. You should stick to wooden stir sticks.

To mix the resins, you can buy disposable paper cups that have ounce markings on them, unless you believe that you can guess the ounces accurately enough, then you may use unmarked cups.

The embedments can be anything that is small enough to fit within the mold and small enough for the resin to completely cover it. Pearls, dried flowers, and pear flakes are examples of things that can be used for this purpose.

To eliminate surface tackiness, the clear acrylic spray will be used to spray on the dish before taking it out of the mold.

Find a well ventilated area and cover the work surface with newspaper. Prepare your mold by putting a crumpled tissue paper on its underside.

Pour three ounces of your resin into a cup and add catalyst. The amount of catalyst used should be based on its manufacturer’s directions. Too much catalyst can ruin your mold. Stir until all of the streaks are gone. Pour it into the mold and allow it to become a gel substance. Gelling will take about fifteen to twenty minutes. The resin should be kind of firm when you test it with the stir stick. Add your chosen embedments.

Pour your second layer of the resin. You should use ten drops of catalyst. Allow that layer to reach the gel stage.

Pour the final layer. Add dye this time and allow the casting to cure. This can take up to ten hours. Spray it with a clear acrylic spray and let that dry.

Remove the casting. Let it sit undisturbed for days. Then you may remove the rough sharp edges.


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