Friday, September 10, 2010

How to Make Epoxy Resin Stickers

"What the caterpillar calls the end, God calls the butterfly."

It is such a beautiful quote and a great way to start off this tutorial.

I have always loved butterflies. I am fascinated by the transformation that takes place as a caterpillar metamorphoses into a butterfly - it is truly one of nature's great feats. And now that we are in the first days of spring in the southern hemisphere, I thought they'd make a great subject for this tutorial.Resined paper butterfly necklaceLast week I promised I would show you how to make your own epoxy resin embellishments. And it's easier than you might think.

The full downloadable pdf version of this tutorial is available over at my website: Mill Lane Studio, but in the meantime, here it is in blog format.

For this technique you will need to use a doming resin. I like to use EasyCast because its clarity is excellent, it's easy to use and it's readily available. And while it's not a doming resin, it does give you the same effect.

You'll also need the following items:
  • Some images;
  • Scissors or a hole punch
  • White adhesive such as Mod Podge and a paintbrush - wash the brush in water before it dries
  • Small measuring cups. Make sure they have measurements marked up the side.
  • Stir sticks for mixing the resin
  • A firm, non stick surface to work on; and
  • An applicator for applying the resin such as a wooden stirrer, a toothpick, a paintbrush or even a plastic pipette with a fine nozzle. You will throw this item away at the end of your session, so don't use your best paintbrush.
  • Gloves to protect your hands. Always follow the safety recommendations on the packaging just to be safe.

Cut Out the Images

You can punch out your images or, if you're feeling very patient, cut around your images carefully.
Cutting the butterflies out with fine scissorsThis next step is optional. Seal each side of the image with Mod Podge, paying particular attention to the cut edges. A thorough, even coat will prevent the resin seeping through and causing what looks like an oily stain on your image. This will also keep your images looking vibrant and true to colour. Make sure they are completely dry before proceeding. I omitted this step for my butterflies because I wanted to take advantage of that "oily look" which makes the images more translucent.
Cut out butterflies ready for coating with resinPlace the sealed images on the non stick surface. I've used a Nordic Ware non stick pan but a teflon craft sheet such as an appliqué sheet or the Ranger craft sheet is also excellent. Place this on a firm work surface.

Mix the Resin

Mixing the epoxy resin according to the package instructionsNext, mix the resin according to the manufacturer's instructions. You will only need to mix a really small amount, about 5 to 10mls in total for a project like this. I can never stress this enough but if the manufacturer says measure equal quantities, then make sure you measure and mix equal quantities. Don't add extra hardener just to make sure - the resin will cure properly without adding extra hardener. And if the manufacturer says to mix it twice, then mix it twice. Following the instructions will give you great results every time.

Now, using your applicator of choice, apply the resin in a thin coat across the surface of your images. Try to keep the resin within the cut edges of the image so that you get the doming effect. You will most likely have some seepage underneath and that's OK. It just means you won't need to coat the second side and because you're working on a non stick surface it will just peel off when it's cured. You can add a second coat if you'd like your images to be more domed.Coating the butterflies with a layer of resinSet your images aside to cure. They'll cure faster in warmer weather than they will in the cold - I usually leave them for between 8 to 12 hours and then coat the back if it didn't get a coating when you coated the top. And that's it! Once they're fully cured they're ready to be used in your next project. And the best part about it is that they are both waterproof and durable. They are even tough enough to be used in jewellery. Wouldn't these butterflies look great as earrings?!Resined butterfly paper cutoutsIf you find that it's too fiddly to coat small images this way you can coat with resin first and then cut out once the resin is cured but you get the nicer domed-look using the first method.

And it's easy to turn them into stickers: just run them through a Xyron sticker maker and you're done.

Hope you have fun with this!

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Make Your Own Epoxy Resin Stickers project sheet

'Til next time.......

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  1. What a great piece! I love how the butterfly wings are translucent! They look like they're ready to fly away. Nicely done!

  2. Thanks Andrew. Nice to have you stop by my blog!

  3. Great tutorial, thanks! And thanks also for linking up at our blog hop. I can't wait to see what you post next month!

  4. These are just awesome Mylene!
    So glad I hopped on over!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. Thanks Marie. I just hopped on over to your blog too. Thanks for sharing so many great projects for the month.

  6. Hi! Great tute! I will be linking at in future post.


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    1. Thanks for sharing my tutorial with your readers. I will check the link out.

  8. I cant believe that résine epoxy that there are many ways to do, because as I thought it is only for boat fixing it's so amazing.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jeff. Yes, gone are the days when resin was restricted to boat building. It seems that there is always something new you can do with epoxy resin these days.

  9. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and knowledge on this topic. This is really helpful and informative, as this gave me more insight to create more ideas and solutions for my plan. I would love to see more updates from you.

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