DIY

How to Make Crushed Pepper Resin Charms

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See also: Bienvenidos a La Vida Crafty Resin is fun to work with because there are so many variations. Many people are scared of it because of the mixing of the components. Bust that fear -- it's really easy!

Supplies: Two-part resin (found at the craft store) Crushed peppers Silicone mold/ice cube trays (found at the dollar store) Plastic cup, chopstick, straw Wax paper Glitter High-gloss varnish

Items you could substitute for crushed peppers: Small candies, gold foil flakes, sand, small beads, etc.

Resin tips: Always measure exactly what the directions call for. Mix thoroughly.

1. Work on a flat piece of cardboard and tape down a piece of wax paper. Follow the directions on the package of resin. I use a brand that requires equal parts. Pour a capful of Part A in a small cup. Use a chopstick to scrape out every last drop from the lid. Then repeat for Part B. Stir vigorously for about a minute. It's okay if there are bubbles, they will pop.

2. Now add your crushed pepper (don't get it in your eyes!) to the resin in the cup and mix.

3. You do not have to treat the mold beforehand, just make sure it is free of dust. Pour a thin layer of the resin and pepper mixture into the mold. Let this set for an hour before going on to the next step.

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