How to Make A Resin Clock - DIY Craft Tutorial
Do you love to make beautiful handcrafted artwork? Then making this beautiful Resin Clock with the 12 Zodiac Signs will let your creative side shine through. This project is so easy, that even a beginning DIY crafter can make it. Resin crafting is an amazing way to transform everyday items into something beautiful. This beautiful clock would make a great gift for someone special. There are many of these crafting kits available for making jewelry, key chains, buttons, board game pieces, resin dice, cake stands, home decor, and more.
Helpful Epoxy Resin Tips:
- Mix epoxy resin and hardener 1:1 ratio.
- When mixing epoxy and hardener, mix slowly to avoid creating bubbles
- Make sure to let it dry completely before handling it
- Make sure the room where you are working is warm. The resin will not cure if it is too cold.
- Whenever you are working with chemical solutions like epoxy resin, it’s important to remember to always have good ventilation in your working space.
- You should also be wearing gloves to keep any resin form getting on your hands or staining your clothes. You should also be wearing a mask when mixing the resin with hardener to keep from breathing the fumes. There may not be any odor produced, but that doesn’t mean there are no fumes. Be safe, always!
What You Will Need
- Clock mold
- Epoxy resin
- Gold foil glitter paper
- Gold paint
- Small sponge brush for paint
- Color pigments or liquid ink in light blue, dark blue, yellow, green, purple, red, orange, and brown
- Small medicine cups for measuring
- Plastic cups for mixing
- Stirring sticks
- Plastic eye dropper or pipette for each color
- Clock mechanism
- Washer, and small nut (gold colored)
- Battery for the clock
- Drill and drill bit to make the hole for the clock hands
Prepare your workspace and gather all the materials that you will need before beginning. Make sure your area and the surface you will be working on is clean and free of dust. You don’t want anything flying into your curing resin, including dust particles.
Be sure the room you’re working in is room temperature or warmer. For epoxy resin to cure properly it needs to be warm, and be in a low humidity environment. Cold temperatures and moisture in the air will slow the curing process and could cause the resin to look differently on the surface.
Measure your resin and hardener in an equal 1:1 ratio. Remember to stir the mixture slowly so as not to create bubbles. It is normal to have a few small bubbles after mixing. Use a toothpick to pop them.
When your resin is mixed, begin mixing your color cups. Add a small amount of pigment to each cup and mix gently to distribute the color. Remove the gold foil paper and crumble it into a cup and mix in a small amount of resin. Fill a pipette with the gold glitter epoxy and begin filling in the area in the center of the clock mold. Go around the outer edges first, and then in the grooves around the sun.
On the outer edges of the mold, start filling in the line where the names of the Zodiac signs are in a dark shade of epoxy mixed with a hint of glitter. It should be almost a glittery blue-green color.
Next, start filling in the pictures. Begin adding color to each Zodiac sign following this order: Libra in the color of red, then Aries in pink, Pisces in dark blue, Capricorn in green, Sagittarius in purple, Leo in light green, Virgo in pink, Gemini in yellow, Taurus in light blue, Cancer in brown, Aquairias in yellow, and Scorpio in orange. Fill in the small ring of signs in the glitter epoxy resin you used on the outer ring.
Take the gold paint and dip your small sponge in it and begin coloring the raised parts of the mold, including pictures and borders. Be careful not to get paint on the other parts of the resin clock you’ve already finished. With a small brush, paint the sun in the middle of the mold, and do the outer ring of the mold. The gold color in the paint really brings the whole thing together. You will need to let the resin clock cure for 12-24 hours before moving on to the next step.
Cover the whole design in the dark epoxy resin and leave it to cure. When it is completely cured, remove the resin clock from the mold and drill a small hole in the center of the clock to attach the clock mechanism. To avoid breaking in the middle, put something behind the clock where you’re going to drill like a roll of tape to keep it from crushing the middle.
Open the package containing the clock hands and remove all the pieces. Turn the clock over and feed the metal post through the hole that you drilled. Attach the washer and the nut and tighten them with a pair of needle nose pliers.
Attach the clock hands and insert the battery. Now, step back and admire your handiwork.This lovely clock is one of many things you can make with resin crafting. All you need to create these beautiful items is the mold and a few basic supplies (epoxy resin, paint, pigment, etc). You now have a gorgeous piece of home decor that is also functional. Now that you know you can do this, start planning your next project!