Making a resin napkin holder had been on my mind for a long now. Most of the tutorials and images that I had seen of a resin napkin holder were that of a napkin ring. And other pieces that I googled were resin on wood.
I wanted to beat that old pattern and yearned for creating an artistic resin napkin holder. So I started experimenting with the silicon molds that I had. And voila! I designed a few impressive resin napkin holders using only epoxy resin by casting different molds.
Before I begin this tutorial, a small piece of advice. It is a 2 to 3 days process so keep your patience intact.
Making a Resin Napkin Holder Is Both Fun and Creative
Personally, I enjoyed making a resin napkin holder. It is a bit of a task from choosing your design to the molds you will cast, from the color scheme to assembling the resin casts. But the moment you see the finished piece all the effort seems worthwhile.
I would suggest, as I always do, spend more time planning your epoxy resin project and less time executing. Epoxy resin will anyways give you very less work time.
The resin that I am using gives me 20-minutes work time. And now I am used to working in an even lesser time frame than before. There is no scope of making instant changes when working with any brand of epoxy resin. It is just a matter of which epoxy resin brand you develop a liking for. Experiment with various epoxy resins before you set your hands on one brand.
Silicon Molds You Can Use for Making a Resin Napkin Holder
For this tutorial, I have used agate silicon coaster mold, coaster set mold, and silicon angel mold. You can choose from a variety of silicon mold designs available online.
Art Supplies: Things You’ll Need for Making a Resin Napkin Holder
|Silicon Molds – agate coaster mold, coaster set mold, angel mold|
|Disposable plastic cups|
|Electronic weighing scale|
What Should You Know About Epoxy Resin Before You Start to Work on Making a Resin Napkin Holder?
Epoxy resin is a chemical. It emits harmful fumes and some cheap quality resins have a pungent smell too. So you have to be careful when working with epoxy resin. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you begin your epoxy resin project:
|Have a separate room or area designated for resin work where kids should not be allowed.|
|Work in a ventilated room.|
|Do not work outside as dust particles can stick to the resin and are not easy to remove.|
|Epoxy resin is a chemical and emits harmful fumes and cheap quality resin has a pungent smell.|
|Always wear a mask and latex gloves before you begin working on your epoxy resin project.|
|Epoxy resin art is expensive art. Never buy cheap quality resin as it can be health hazardous.|
|Epoxy resin does not give you time to alter your design while working. So spend more time planning the project than you would on execution.|
|Epoxy resin has a pot life of 30 to 40 minutes. This means you only have nearly 35 minutes to use the ready resin mixture.|
|Lastly, epoxy resin can get messy. So always cover your work area with three layers of newspaper and a plastic sheet on top of it. Or any old bedsheet that’s readily available at home.|
Now that we know that working with epoxy resin at home is safe and easy. Let’s get you started.
How to Use Epoxy Resin For Making a Resin Napkin Holder?
Epoxy resin is a chemical that comes in two components, part A is Resin and part B is Hardener. Mix part A and part B either by volume or by weight as mentioned on the label instructions.
All epoxy resin brands mix in different ratios. To know the ratio of mixing (1:1, 2:1 or 3:1) resin and hardener read the instructions on your epoxy resin bottle label carefully. If the mixing ratio is altered it might result in an uncured resin piece.
So, without further ado let’s get started with the tutorial.
Easy Steps for Making a Resin Napkin Holder
Before we actually get to design our DIY Resin Napkin Holder we have to cast a few silicon molds. When the resin in these molds is cured then we use them further to make our resin napkin holder.
Gather All Your Art Supplies
This should always be your first step when you plan to work on any DIY epoxy resin project. Before you start working on your epoxy resin theme gather all your materials to your workspace. Like other art forms, resin doesn’t give you enough time to grab things, if needed, during the working process.
Wear Mask and Latex Gloves
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of wearing a mask and latex gloves. These are the safety measures for any artist who is willing to work with resin. Not taking these precautionary measures can be health hazardous. The resin is not skin-friendly. So, if you have sensitive skin you have to be extra careful when handling epoxy resin projects.
Mixing Epoxy Resin and Hardener
Read the label instructions on your epoxy resin bottle. And mix the resin (part A) and hardener (part B) in the ratio mentioned on the label.
I will mix resin and hardener in the ratio of 2:1 by weight (as per my resin brand) and let it sit for 3 minutes. It allows the bubbles to set in. Stir the mixture using an ice-cream stick. Scrape the sides thoroughly.
Casting the First Silicon Mold – Agate Coaster
Pour resin into 3 disposable cups. Add the desired pigments to each cup of the resin mixture. Pour the resin mixture on the agate coaster mold in the desired color scheme and the pattern of your choice. Cover it with a shoebox and leave it for the next 24 hours to cure.
Casting the Second Silicon Mold – Coaster Set Mold
Make the epoxy resin mixture. Again, split resin into 3 disposable cups. Add the desired pigments to each cup of the resin mixture. Pour the resin mixture on the two center coasters in the coaster set mold. Make the pattern of your choice. Cover it with a shoebox and leave it for the next 24 hours to cure.
Casting the Third Silicon Mold – Angel Mold
Make the epoxy resin mixture. Add the desired pigment. I have chosen a metallic white. Pour the epoxy resin mixture in the angel mold. Cover it with a shoebox and leave it undisturbed for 24 hours to cure.
The Next day (after 24 Hours) …
Demould All the Silicon Molds
The next day you’ll find the resin cast silicon molds have cured fully. It is now time to demould these resin casts.
Assemble the Resin Casts for Making a Resin Napkin Holder
Now comes the final, the simplest, and the most awaited step of the project. It is time to gather all the resin casts – resin coaster (from the agate coaster mold), two resin coasters (from the coaster set mold), and the angel cast (from the angel silicon mold).
Make epoxy resin clear mixture in a small quantity (I used 4:2 by weight) just enough to stick the pieces together.
Lay the agate coaster flat on your work surface. Apply clear resin mixture to the base of the other two resin coasters and stick them on the agate coaster (check the video link). Similarly, stick the angel cast on the agate coaster using the clear epoxy resin mixture.
And Voila! Your unique, beautiful, and stylish resin napkin holder is ready!
Hope this tutorial was helpful to give you a kick-start for making a resin napkin holder at home. Do share your beautiful creations in the comments below.
For more information on epoxy resin do check out my blog Epoxy Resin Do’s and Don’ts.
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