Freeform Resin Soap Dish

8 Materials
$10
24 Hours
Easy

Hello all and thank you so much for having a look at this post today!


Hopefully this easy project will tempt you into the world of resin, if you're not already there.


Once you learn this neat trick, it'll open the door to so many possibilities in making 3D items and sculptures.



WHAT YOU'LL NEED


Resin - Use this link and code HANNAH for 10% off resin products from Rockstar Resins - I used there 5 Star 2:1 Thin Coat Resin for this project

Glue gun and sticks

Baking sheet and cling film

Resin pigments

Mixing containers and sticks

Heat gun

Blow torch


*Always use the necessary protective wear when handling resin*


STEP 1 - CREATING THE MOLD


Using a glue gun pipe out an oval ring shape onto a baking sheet. This oval should be the size you want your soap dish to be. Remember to take into consideration any later folds which will slightly decrease the size of your dish. My oval glue ring was approx 10 inches across.


Once the glue has cooled, cover the ring with a sheet of cling film. Push the cling film right up to the inside edges of the glue ring to get as much flat surface as possible. This will create a very shallow plastic bath for the resin later.


YOUTUBE


As with many of my Hometalks, I create YouTube tutorials to go along with them so that you can watch the entire process too; this method of learning may be more your thing.


Click the video link above to watch this exact project and please consider checking out the rest of my channel and subscribing for future crafting tutorials.


I also upload tons of tutorials that I don't put on Hometalk so if you want to see what they're all about, hop on over and take a look!


STEP 2 - PREPARING YOUR COLOURS


I mix together 200mls of resin for my dish, this amount will vary depending on the size of your glue ring and how thick you want your dish to be.


I divide the resin into smaller containers for colouring. I mix colours using liquid and mica pigments and create browns, olives a black and a gold. I also use some crystals that I made earlier which I have also made a Hometalk post on as well as a YouTube video. I mix these into a small amount of clear resin.


STEP 3 - MARBLING THE COLOURS


Next, once you have all your colours mixed, pour them one-by-one into a larger container that will hold them all. I don't pour my gold in at this stage and I keep my crystals separate too for later. If you have a gold, pouring it in at this stage is perfectly fine but I'll show you what I do with mine instead.


You can pour the colours in any way you like but how I did it was by pouring each colour down the side of the larger container that I held at a slight angle. This meant the colours piled in next to one another and didn't get too mixed up before I wanted them to.


STEP 4 - POURING THE RESIN


With the combined colours in the container, now pour them into the shallow plastic bath mold that we made earlier. This will create a lovely marble effect.


To further the effect, use a heat gun to push the resin around until the colours mix in a way you like. Be careful not to apply too much heat or you may singe the cling film.


This is when I now drizzle over thin lines of the gold colour I mixed earlier. I do this now because I like the more defined gold lines that this gives and I only wanted a subtle hint of gold. I blend the gold in slightly using the heat gun so that they look more cohesive.


I add my crystals around the edges now too and make any last adjustments to the resin with the heat gun.


I very carefully pop any surface bubbles with the blow torch and then leave the resin to part-cure.


My resin started to creep over the edges of my mold so I put those spatulas there to help control how the edges curled.


STEP 5 - SHAPING


A little under half way through the cure, it's time to shape the resin.


First pull it away from the baking sheet so that it can be bent and molded into shape. Keep the cling film layer in places as this will prevent the resin from sticking to other surfaces.


I snip off any straggly bits of resin that shouldn't be there to save me having to sand them off later. Snipping is less hassle than sanding.


I add a layer of cling film over the object that the resin will be touching so that the resin now has cling film on both sides.


I have 2 dish shaped objects of similar size that I sandwich my resin between. This creates the hollow cavity shape whilst allowing me to make fluted edges for my dish too.


Once I'm happy with the shape I've made, I leave my dish sandwich under a chair leg so that it stays firmly in place until it fully cures.


STEP 6 - FINISHING TOUCHES


Once fully cured, remove the shaping objects and cling film layers to reveal your new soap dish.


There may be some sharp edges that need sanding down but other than that, you're done!


I hope this inspires you to make some 3D resin pieces now that you see how easy it is.


I've put my dish in the spare bathroom rather than in my Etsy Store as I really didn't want to part with it, but I still have lots of other bits and pieces for sale. Click this link to take a look around.


Please remember to check out my YouTube channel (link above) and if you liked this project today, either here on Hometalk or on YouTube, it would be amazing if you could quickly give it a 'like' on my video.


Thanks again so much for taking time out to view this post.


Happy crafting, all! x


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