Time: 20 minutes + cure time (2-3 days)
Materials: casting epoxy, glitter, plastic cups, stir sticks, bracelet mold, mold release, sandpaper
Because if there’s one accessory you need to go with the DIY glitter shoes I shared previously, it’s DIY Glitter Bracelets. If that happens to be too much glitter for you (if that’s even a thing), don’t worry, this tutorial is actually completely customizable. Just swap out the glitter for any embellishment of your choice, simple as that. Here’s how:
– Bracelet mold
– Mold release/conditioner
– Cups+ stir stick for mixing
If your mold isn’t made of silicon, be sure to pick up mold release/conditioner so you can pop your final product out with ease. As for the bangle size, measure your wrist to make sure you’re getting the right size. I neglected this the first time I ordered a mold and it was much too small. If you also want to make several bracelets, it helps to have 2-3 molds so that you aren’t waiting 3 days in between each bracelet.
Before beginning, spray your molds with the release/conditioner and let dry. The bracelets can get stuck if you skip this step, so don’t forget! Mix your resin according to the instructions. You want to get the 1:1 ratio exact, so take your time. Once your two parts are mixed well, you can add the customization element. I made a few bracelets with paint, but I didn’t like them as much as the glitter.
If you want your bracelets to look like mine, be generous when you add your glitter to the resin (2-3 TBS) and stir well. I also made a few others with less than that amount and they ended up half glitter and half clear since the glitter tends to settle to the bottom.
When pouring into the mold, move slowly around in a circle. The resin will overflow if you pour only in one area. Once the mold is full, set aside and let cure (harden) for 2-3 days.
Remove your bracelet from the mold and sand smooth. Because you don’t want to breath in the resin dust, place the sandpaper in a shallow tray with water when sanding.
So that’s it! If you’re not into glitter, I recommend adding gold foil or beads instead, though you can make it whatever you wish.