For my first resin project, I wisely blew my entire bottle of resin in one sitting so I couldn’t learn from any mistakes I made the first time around! You might remember my green slime mold resin fail from a few weeks ago. Well, contained in that same tray of hearts were these embedded coffee bean hearts. I mean, how cute would those necklaces be for coffee lovers? I heart coffee so much, I wear beans around my neck!
I still want to make these hearts, but here’s the low down on the fail:
If I had done any resin research before pouring, I might have found this out. Alas, experience is the best — and saddest — teacher.
1. It just flat-out doesn’t work. The resin really doesn’t release from the mold.
2. When you do finally get the resin out of the mold (by cutting it or otherwise coaxing it violently), the spray leaves a mottled pattern on the resin that totally obscures anything you’ve embedded.
After a 24 hour curing time, I tried to pop the resin out of the rigid plastic candy mold. None of them wanted to come out, so I tried to cut the coffee bean resin out of the mold.
It took several minutes, but I finally got it out of the mold. It turned out
The coffee bean resin was released from the mold, but unfortunately very sticky, and completely unusable.
Aww, a broken resin heart.