- ceramic dish. I found these letter ceramic dishes from Dollar Tree. I also bought one heart shape dish from Target.
- Total Boat resin
- glitter. I have a wide variety of glitter I used.
- dried flowers
- foil flakes
- tweezers to help place foil flakes and dried flowers. I have gotten different tools from Dollar Tree.
- silicone mat to protect your work surface
- silicone stir stick
- silicone cups to mix resin in
For my bridesmaids I decided to make each of them a letter filled with resin. At first I was going to make them all the same and related to my wedding colors, but then I decided to make them colors I thought they would like the best. I also made one for myself and both my mom and my fiancé’s mom. I could not find a ceramic letter P for my fiancé’s mom, so I ended up just doing a ceramic heart for her.
I found these ceramic letters from Dollar Tree, but I have also seen similar ones at Target. I use total boat epoxy resin. Also do not forget that when working with resin you need to be in a well ventilated area and wear gloves and a mask.
My resin ratio is 1 to 1. So, this means I need to mix one part resin with one part of the hardener. Once you have both parts in a silicone container you will need to mix both parts together very well. I recommend mixing with a silicone stir stick. Mixing resin with a popsicle stick or anything wood can create more bubbles in your resin. You will want to mix your resin based on the instructions indicated. For my resin I mix it for about 5 min. When I first started working with resin, I was so worried it would harden on me before I had time to complete my piece, that I would only mix it for about one min. I then learned that this was making my resin cloudy, and I had a lot of bubbles. I had plenty of work time still when I stir my resin for the total 5 min., and it made my pieces look a lot nicer.
I started off by pouring some glitter into my ceramic letters. For my letter K I just used pink glitter and lightly covered the entire bottom of my letter. For some of the other letters I mixed two different colors of glitter. For two of them I mixed a blue and white glitter to make it look like the ocean and sand. The white glitter can be a little difficult to see against the white ceramic. I did the black and white letter M differently. I poured my resin first, then added the glitter on top of the resin. I ended up using a lot of glitter in this one.
Once my glitter was in place, I carefully added my resin. I could have added the dried flowers and gold flakes to my resin before pouring it, but since each letter was a little different, I decided to jut pour the clear resin by itself into each ceramic letter. I then used a thin tool to move around my glitter to my liking.
The next step was to add some dried flowers I had from previous real flower arrangements I had and saved. These little flowers dry and stay preserved very nicely. So, when ever I get a flower arrangement with them in it, I like to put them in a little bag and save them. I did not do anything special to them. I used tweezers to pick up and place my little flowers where I wanted them.
The letters seemed like they needed a little something. So, I added a little chunkier gold glitter and rose gold flakes to some of the letters. I moved pieces around with my little pointy tool until I was happy with the placement of things. Then I let them sit over night and harden.
The letter L needed a little more glitter, so I added some after everything else was added. More glitter came out then I intended, but I just moved it around till it looked evenly distributed. This glitter at the top did cover up some of the gold chunky glitter and white flowers I added earlier, but I think it still looks nice.
For the black and white letter M I added my clear resin first, then I poured black and white glitter in different sections of the letter. I poured a lot of glitter into this letter, because the white was not showing up against the white ceramic background, and the black glitter was looking more gray than black. I then added some chunky gold glitter pieces. I did not want to mix this design to much, so I did not move things around much. I pretty much left them where they fell.
I am happy with how all of these turned out. For the most part the glitter stayed on the bottom and the flowers and gold flakes floated to the top. I think they make for a fun and unique gift. They can use them as just decoration, in a tier tray, or as a little trinket try to keep jewelry and other small items in. I am currently using mine as decoration at my crafting desk. I also made one for my grandma and gave it to her last Christmas. She uses hers on her nightstand to keep small little items in. I will be gifting the others to my mom, soon to be mother in law, and bridesmaids. They could also be great teacher gifts, graduation gifts or as decoration for a graduation party.
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