Learn how to use resin to make a sunflower that is perfect to hang outside as yard art!
I made the plaster version of the sunflower and I thought I would do a resin version. I mainly wanted to show you that you can use these silicone molds with both materials. Since fall is coming, I went with a sunflower look on both. Remember, this can be ANY color you want!
Supplies You Will Need
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- Silicone flower mold
- Bronze acrylic paint
- Yellow glitter
- Yellow India ink or resin dye
- Yellow or gold pigment powder
- When deciding on which resin to use, there are a lot of qualities that might be appealing, UV resistant, price, heat resistance, etc. Just make sure to select a resin that fits your needs.
- Use whatever brand you like:
- Easy Cast: http://amzn.to/2yjYmBC
- Art Resin: http://amzn.to/2yk9X3z
- Clear Cast: http://amzn.to/2z4rxGw
- These are heat resistant resins:
- FX Poxy: http://amzn.to/2AF3Pkk ~ According to the manufacturer, this one is heat resistant to 500 degrees F.
- Stone Coat: https://amzn.to/2FZoWX8
Here is the video tutorial:
1. Paint the center of the mold with a bronze acrylic paint. It may take multiple coats.
2. Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
3. Mix in a bunch of glitter. I also added pigment powder and india ink.
4. Pour into mold. Depending on how much resin you prepared, it might not cover the entire mold. There is a slight slope to the mold, which I did not realize. My resin ran to the ends. I let it set.
5. Then I mixed another batch of resin and put more of the India ink, to try and make it more opaque. I poured it in and let it set.
6. When cured, unmold it!
That’s it! You don’t need to have all of the items I used. I was experimenting and throwing things together. Another way to do it would be, mix the glitter and the resin together and pour it in. You want a layer of resin across the whole piece.
Once set, you can take yellow acrylic paint and paint the resin (while still in the mold). It might take one or two coats. Allow the paint to dry. Then you can add a clear coat of resin to seal it all. That will give you a solid, or opaque background for the glitter and/or pigment powder.
Other Garden Decor Options!
Flowers for your garden don’t all need to be watered! Here are some fun garden decor ideas for you to make!
- Recycled Flower Garden Art
- Recycled Sunflower Garden Art
- Artichoke Inspired Garden Art
- Giant Ants Recycled Garden Art
- Dandelion Inspired Yard Art
- Ladybug Garden Craft
If you don’t have time to make your own, check out these great options!
Thanks for stopping by! Remember: Life’s too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™ Stay safe!