Making resin bookmarks are a great activity to start with when new to resin. They are so much fun to make as you can experiment with an array of colours, small objects, glitters and much more. You can accessorise your bookmarks with tassels, ribbons or twine. You can even use them as sun catchers.
Today I’m going to tell you all about making your very own resin bookmark.
Safety Precautions When Working with Resin
As always, I can’t stress the importance of the correct PPE when using resin. Resin is a toxic substance when it is in liquid form. It’s a strong chemical, meaning you need to be well-protected. A well-ventilated room is also a must. You do not want to be having resin at your kitchen table. A special area dedicated to resin alone is a good way to start.
I can hear you saying ‘what PPE do you need when making resin bookmarks?’ Well, let me tell you. You’ll need a full-face mask, nitrile gloves and an apron. If you do not have a full-face mask, you will need goggles and a mask. It’s like a scene out of ET when using resin. If you don’t end up looking like the actors in ET, then you’re not covered enough!
Next, you want to protect your work surface. A silicone mat is great as not only does it protect your surface, but it is also reusable. You can easily peel any spilt resin off the silicone mat once it’s cured.
Picking the Right Resin
So now you need to get online and pick the right resin for you. Resin is all about personal preference. You need to consider what kind of bookmark gift your loved one would be fond of. This is where the experimenting comes in, as each resin needs a set environment. You will have to control the temperature and the humidity of your resin room.
At this point, you’re able to test brands and make your own mind up about what brand best suits your needs. You will also need your bookmark moulds, which can be purchased online.
Additionally, now is the time to decide on any pigments, micas, glitters or flowers you may want to use in the resin bookmarks. You will also need your finishings like tassels or ribbons.
Creating the Resin Bookmark Gift
Making resin bookmarks may seem daunting, but it really isn’t. It can be a fun and relaxing activity. Start small. Don’t try to make 10 bookmarks in one go. Make one at a time.
Now it’s time to get a small mixing cup (similar to the size of a shot glass) and pour part A of your resin. Make sure you check the instructions to see if you have a 1:1, 2:1 or a different percentage mixing ratio. Once you have measured out part A you can start to add part B. You will now have the not so joyous task of mixing. Continue with a slow steady stir for at least four minutes to make sure your resin is thoroughly mixed. At this point, you may want to add some pigments or micas to give your resin some colour. You may even add some glitter to your bookmark gift.
Once you have added your pigments and glitters, you are ready to pour. You can pour your resin into the mould and add any other bits such as flowers, petals and foliage. You may have some shaker mixes you want to add. We’ve experimented with some glow in the dark ones, which are always fun.
Resin Bookmarks with Sals Forever Flowers
Remember, resin cures quite quickly so at this point you must work incredibly fast. Once you have finished pouring and adding your bits to your bookmarks to make them your own, you can sit back and relax.
Resin will take a minimum of 24 hours to cure. Some resins will take a lot longer, so use your instructions as a guide. Once fully cured, you can remove the mould and add your tassels or ribbons. There you have it, your very own resin bookmark!
Of course, if you have some precious petals or confetti you would like to have preserved and are worried you won’t be able to do this yourself, you can always get in touch with our team who will be more than happy to help with this request.