7 Epoxy Resin Projects using Aluminium Soda Pop Drinks Cans | Cufflinks | Pendant | Earrings +More!

To prepare the can for use, remove the top with a can opener, then make a straight cut down the side… Be sure to protect your hand with a heavy duty glove! Continue the side cut to completely remove the bottom of the can, then cut away the top section below the bend To flatten out the can, you just need to bend it backwards using a rolling pin or over the edge of a table The aluminium is thin enough to cut with a heavy duty punch, such as this XCut 16mm circle punch I chose 16mm cufflink bezel blanks to match the size of the punch Add a drop of epoxy resin to each blank, then place your aluminium circles on top Press them down to expel any trapped air Top up the bezels with more resin, and allow it to dome to a depth of 2mm As long as you don’t exceed this depth, it won’t overflow Allow to fully cure before removing from the stand You can apply the same process as the cufflinks to any bezel blank, like this bracelet Add a few drops of resin to a dome mould to match the size of your earring bezel blanks, in this case 12mm Punch a couple of small hearts from your aluminium can Add a couple more drops of resin into the mould, and position the hearts face down Completely fill the moulds with more resin, and allow to fully cure Remove the resin pieces from the mould, and apply a thin layer of Mod Podge or similar adhesive to the back Cover with iridescent white glitter, and allow to dry I’m using a thin bead of UV resin to secure the domes to the bezels Cure under the UV lamp for a few minutes Aluminium cans can be die cut using a machine such as a Sizzix big shot To make the pendant I’m using two butterfly dies, which both came with the Sizzix Big Shot starter pack Before cutting the solid butterfly shape, I add some radiant light window film to the back Clean away any fingerprints, then add a very thin layer of resin to the back I secured the shape to a piece of foamex board to hold it flat until the resin had cured When the resin has cured, you can punch a small hole in the centre of the body and the tips of the wings A tiny M1 nut and screw are used to fasten the two butterfly shapes together Use jump rings to attach a pendant cord to the wings Apply a thin layer of resin to a silicone mould and allow it to firm up Apply another thin layer of resin, then place your shape onto it I used the same process as the butterfly to make the mexican skull shape, with window film on the reverse Fill the mould to the top with more resin, and allow it to dome a little When the resin has cured you can remove it from the mould and drill a small hole in one corner It has been raining here in England non-stop for 5 days, and I have some serious humidity issues which affect the surface of the resin as it cures This resulted in a lot of polishing to clean it up, that otherwise wouldn’t be necessary if the air was dry Simple shapes such as this large circle can be cut with scissors I’m adding a pinch of mica powder to my first resin pour to cover the base of a round silicone coaster mould When the first layer of resin has firmed up, you can apply a little more clear resin and place the aluminium piece onto it Press it down gently to squeeze out the resin at the edges, and any air bubbles with it Top up the mould with more resin and allow to fully cure When the resin has fully cured you can remove it from the mould and add a few bumper stickers to the base To prepare the tray to receive a resin pour, you must first seal the joins, which I’m doing with a thin bead of UV resin Painting the base with acrylic paint will seal it ready for the resin. If you want a natural wood finish, use clear varnish instead. Allow that to dry thoroughly before doing the resin pour, otherwise it will end badly This is a set of cogs cutting dies by XCut I punched cog shapes from every colour can I could find There is a surprising lack of purple drinks cans in my local store. Thank goodness for Fanta grape soda 🙂 This pour used 165g of resin to create a layer between 2mm and 3mm deep. The resin datasheet had a calculation method to work it out, so I didn’t have to guess. Place your aluminium pieces onto the surface of the resin, then when you’re happy with the position press them down so the resin floods over them Thanks for watching! [Alexa] Great. Now you look like a walking advert for Pepsi. [Alexa] And you’re not even getting paid.

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