In this post I will show you how to create some cute scrub top ornaments using wrapping paper, glitter, and UV resin. You will need a silicone mold of a scrub top or any shape you wish. I will post links to each product at the end of the article.
Wrapping paper. Choose any wrapping paper you would like. I am making Christmas ornaments so I stuck with a Christamas/Winter theme.
Cut paper into shape needed. I used a previous ornament that I made to trace out the shape.
Seal the paper with some type of glue/sealer. Elmer's®️clear or white glue will work, or Mod Podge®️. I used Golden®️ Regular Gel Gloss because I had some on hand. Sealing the paper will prevent it from absorbing the resin and changing color.
Pour a thin layer of resin into your mold. Cure it under light. NOTE: UV resin is more difficult to cure when opaque molds are used. Also use care when adding tints, paints, or glitters to your resin. UV light must be able to reach all surfaces. Apply very thin layers.
Apply a thin layer of resin to front of paper. It will make it easier to reposition. Remember that layer will not be cured so it is important to place under light after piece is demolded.
Apply a thin layer of resin with glitter and cure for 1-2 minutes.
Apply final layer of resin. I let mine sit for 30 minutes and even put in the sun if it is a sunny day out.
Here is where the labor begins. Your piece may require some sanding. Remove piece from mold. I pop mine back under the lamp or put outside in the sun to ensure it is completely cured throughout. You do not want any wet layers of resin between the cured layers. Trust me, the uncured layers will seep out.
Sand edges, front and back lightly. You want a smooth finish, but do not want to eliminate any details on the front of your ornament. This is the time to make the hole for hanging. I use a Craft 911 Manual Craft Drill.
Apply a thin layer of resin to all sides of ornament. I did the sides first, the front, then back.
Add your jump ring and a cord for hanging. These can also be embellished however you'd like. Put your imagination to use!
Optional: You can use a heat gun or small butane torch to eliminate bubbles in the resin. Use caution as to not melt your molds or "cook" your resin.
Resin can be a difficult medium with which to work, at least until you get the hang of it. I learn new things every time I use it. It can often be a tedious and laborious process but the end result is great.
Be sure to use proper safety equipment while using resin. You will want to use in a well ventilated space, use gloves, and a mask. These can be purchased on amazon. Most important of all, enjoy the process. You will get hooked on resin once you see all of the wonderful things you can create! Remember, you are not a machine, not every piece will turn out perfect. The little imperfections are what make each piece more unique and special.
Below are the products I used. I purchased them on amazon but most can be found at your local craft and hobby store.
Be sure to read and follow all safety instructions for your resin.
Cover working surface with parchment paper, plastic sheet, silicone mat. I use a cheap shower liner I purchased at a dollar store.
If you get resin on your hands, use rubbing alcohol or baby wipes to remove from your skin.
Remove left over resin and glitter, dust, hair from molds using painter's tape. Use care not to scratch molds. They will transfer onto final product.
Denatured or 99.9% alcohol can be used to pop bubbles instead of torch or heat gun. Use a fine mist over surface. Be aware alcohol is flammable.
Use a mold release to keep molds clean and conditioned for multiple uses.
A dremmel can be used to speed up the sanding process. I prefer to sand by hand. I feel it allows more control.
Products listed are my personal choice based on experience. I am not paid or sponsored by any of the brands or products in this article.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments!