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Create Helen Cant’s sparkly resin set using coloured fusible films

What you need...
  • BEADS Metallic, round, silver stardust: 6mm x 12; 12mm x 6

  • FINDINGS Resin, Pebeo (Gedeo) Crystal casting, Choker necklace wire blank, 43cm, silver-plated, Jump rings, 10mm, silver-plated, Ring blanks, flat pad, silver-plated, Fusible films: Citronella; crystal pearl; mint sparkle; cotton candy; astral blue

  • TOOLS Pliers, flat-nosed, Casting moulds: faceted teardrops; bangle, Ice cube tray, rectangular cavities, Measuring cups, graded in millilitres, Plastic mixing cups, Cocktail sticks, Lolly sticks, Drill, hobby, Wet and dry paper: 240 grit; 1000 grit, Glue, epoxy resin, Tracing paper, Ruler, Pencil, Scissors, Heat gun (optional), Car lacquer, clear, can (optional), Baking paper (optional), Iron (optional)
  1. Bangles - 1. Measure the inside depth of the mould you intend to use to create the bangle then cut a total of 60, 2cm and 3cm long pieces of fusible film in one colour. Ensure the width of each piece is the same as the depth of the mould. Crumple the pieces into balls then smooth them out, as this will give the finished pieces a gem-like appearance.

    2. Prepare resin accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and use to fill the mould. Position the pieces of fusible film width down all the way around the mould, layering the strips by five. The more pieces of fusible film added, the more opaque the finished bangle will be.

    3. If necessary, once you have finished adding the pieces of fusible film, pour a little more resin over the top to fully cover them. Check for any air bubbles, removing them with a cocktail stick or by warming with a heat gun. If there are any visible gaps between the fusible film, nudge the strips together to close them.

    4. As the resin solidifies, check for movement of the strips as they may float up slightly or move apart. If so, push them back into position with a cocktail stick. Leave to fully set for at least 48 hours.

    5. Ease the piece from the mould. Sand any rough edges with wet and dry paper using plenty of water. For the best quality finish, begin with a coarse grade, such as 240 grit, and work your way up to a finer paper, e.g. 1000.

    6. To finish, apply a coat of clear lacquer then leave to fully dry before wearing. Repeat the process to create two further bangles, using a different colour of fusible film for each.

  2. Try Another... - Use resin and fusible film to create a cabochon to secure to a ring blank for a matching accessory.

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