Tiny Resin Collage Craft (using just an old ice tray)

You know that old ditty “when in doubt, get the resin out”? I adhere to that in a big way.

I might have a little tiny trinket, a word from an old book, an image from a retro children’s book, or even a scrap of fabric, that I just love and want to show the world -  for me the solution is nearly always encasing it in resin.

It takes almost no skill and can be done on one of those days when you are completely lacking in creativity and nearly always turns out with a pro-looking sheen.

At the moment I am using up my Gedeo Crystal Resin, but soon will be moving on to try out a more eco version.

The key thing is to follow your instructions carefully and MIX IT TOGETHER REALLY WELL – UNTIL IT IS CLEAR AGAIN. (This is in caps because it is so critical, the only thing that will ruin it really, as it won’t set,  and then you’ll probably cry.)

I use the flexible ice tray, and fill them up to the level that I want my thing to be. I used a star mold last time, and made a scrabble letter pencil end and a tiny deer necklace.

This time I kept it plain, and filled every compartment in the tray with little papery experiments. I had someone in mind for every single one.

I popped them out after 24 hours – it is easier to get them out the quicker you do it. A couple I left in for a week and they were tough cookies, determined to stay in the tray.

Once out I drilled little holes into them, using the tiniest drill bit I have. I still need to sand the edges of them- I was kind of hoping these snaps would be a little more forgiving, mwhaha!

Some of them I made into key rings.

Some into a necklace.

I used a variety of papers- an old cowboy comic and a little piece from an old book.

I used some scraps of sewing fabric and cut up a few segments of a photo I’d taken of a million flying seagulls.

I couldn’t resist putting a bit of lace in, and I love how it came out, and then this little kids book image. These are my faves.

Others I have not quite made up my mind what to make them into, even though I know exactly who they are for.

What do you think? Any ideas for these tiny little collages?

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29 Responses to Tiny Resin Collage Craft (using just an old ice tray)

  1. Sonya Cisco says:

    Ooh they are gorgeous! Me want to make some…..just you wait, I will be crafty one of these years!

  2. Love these! Not used resin before but this looks fun might have to get some! Do you mind if I pin it so I actually remember?

  3. lally Young says:

    Love them I might have a go. Have you thought about using old ticket stubs, bits of broken necklaces, beads, glitter, stickers, a mobile would look great for the new babies cot, using sweet wrappers.

  4. Liz says:

    They look really good! Just reading up about the bio-resin – expensive stuff, but sounds like it has a lot of potential for reducing environmental impact.

    • lulastic says:

      It’s not actually that much more than the Gedeo it is just in a different size (I am pretty sure I did the calculations). It IS expensive to buy straight out, but per little thing it is just pennies :D

  5. rosiepitman says:

    Oh wow I just LOVE these! Thanks so much for the idea and inspiration – I’m trying to get more crafty and this looks perfect.

  6. jojot says:

    Which one’s mine?! ;)

  7. penelope says:

    Oooh I just love love this idea xox Thanks for sharing.

  8. Sian says:

    Lovely, especially like the Indian : ) looks like a really satisfying craft and great for pressies!
    May have to invest some pennies : )

  9. ALoadofOldTat says:

    Very cute.

  10. These are beautiful :) I particularly like the Indian Chief one. You could string them together to make a chunky necklace or bracelet, rather than just a pendant on a chain. I am definitely going to buy some resin.

    x

  11. These are gorg! I’m in love with all of them :). I too am a resin fan but have found the new mod podge dimensional gel to be amazing!! No mixing needed!!

  12. The lovely photos inspire me to be creative.

  13. Gill Crawshaw says:

    Love this idea, I really want to try it out now! I’m thinking if you attach a loop of thread half into the resin while it sets…Christmas tree decorations?!

  14. inkomplete says:

    love this… i have quite a few novelty shape ice-cube trays, that i never use….

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