You know how you have those craft projects that you have always wanted to try but never got around to doing? Maybe it's embossing or quilting or soapmaking?
For me, it's resin.
I've been wanting to work with resin ever since I saw the table tops at The Lunch Studio several years ago.
A few of the tables have photos glued to the top and covered in resin to form a smooth, rock hard surface.
I decided to start small with resin bottle cap magnets. I already had tons of bottle caps on hand from my regular beautiful JUNK bottle cap magnets.
Much love to the lovely ladies at The Lunch Studio for saving the bottle caps for me!
I measured the inside of the bottle cap and found it to be about an inch in diameter. I remembered an excellent circle punch that we used in the Flint Public Library Holiday Papercrafts Workshop: the Fiskars Round 'n Round Squeeze Punch.
This punch is easy on the hands and the punch hole is on top so you can see exactly what you are punching out.
I already had the perfect book for punching the circles called Window to the Future: The Golden Age of Television Marketing and Advertising.
The book features TONS of old print ads for radios and televisions from the 1940s-1960s. Punching out the circles takes time, but not that many tools, so it's a great project to take to a crafting circle like craftLAB. You just need the book, the punch and scissors to cut the pages smaller to position the punch where you want it.
I punched out dozens of circles and stored them in a plastic 35mm film canister. Then, I glued some of the circles into bottle caps with Mod Podge. Mod Podge is a decoupage glue, so I also sealed the circles by gluing over top of them so that the resin didn't get to the paper and discolor it. I let the them sit for a few days, just to make sure the Mod Podge was completely dry.
Then, I took the bottle caps with circles glued inside, measuring cups, a popsicle stick with one end cut straight across and the resin onto my front porch. I used Envirotex Life Pour-On High Gloss Finish. You need good ventilation when working with this product, so try to go outside if you can.