Resin Casting Tutorial – How to Make Mickey Mouse Ears
In this resin casting tutorial, I show you how to make Mickey Mouse ears from a silicone mold. These Mickey Mouse ears were made from excess epoxy resin from my other woodworking projects. I used various colors to make the Mickey Mouse ears and some glow in the dark.
Things I Used in this Project:
- StoneCoat Casting Resin: https://goo.gl/J5R1i5
- Use the code jeremy10 at checkout to get $10.00 off an order of $50.00 or more.
- Cheaper Epoxy Resin (2nd Choice): http://amzn.to/2FiulU9
- Mickey Mouse Ears Silicone Mold: http://amzn.to/2FX0Bgk
- Resin Glow Powder (Neutral Green): http://amzn.to/2D3m7wX
- Resin Pigment Powder
- Micro Butane Torch/Lighter: http://amzn.to/2FUEiI9
- Fuel for Torch: http://amzn.to/2Fi1XRV
- Stir Sticks: http://amzn.to/2FdhsOT
- Rubber Gloves: http://amzn.to/2FexyI8
Step 1: Obtain Silicone Mold and Epoxy Resin
The first step in this resin casting tutorial is to purchase a silicone mold. I purchased a silicone mold of Mickey Mouse ears from amazon. You can find it here.
Epoxy Resin will not adhere to silicone, which makes it a perfect material for a resin casting project.
Next, I purchased epoxy resin from Stonecoat epoxy. I’ve tried many different types of resin and Stonecoat is by far the best I’ve tried thus far.
Stonecoat has a specific product for resin casting projects called Casting Resin. This is the item I purchased for a few other projects I’m working on; therefore, it is the one I used for this project.
If you decide to purchase your resin from Stonecoat, you can use the discount code jeremy10 to get 10% off your order of $50.00 or more.
One quick note: Stonecoat’s products are a bit more expensive than others and for good reason. I am a big believer in ‘you get what you pay for’; however, I’ve used less expensive epoxy resin products and they performed extremely well. For this reason, I recommend this product on Amazon as an alternative.
Step 2: Mix Epoxy Resin
The most important step of this project is to mix the epoxy resin according to the instructions from the manufacturer. Each resin has a different formula; therefore, it is vitally important to mix the resin appropriately for a successful project.
After I measured the resin and poured each part into the container, I added glow powder and mixed according to the instructions.
The glow powder is actually called photoluminescence powder. This type of powder is fantastic to use in epoxy resin, paint, and more. The glow powder charges naturally from light, so no batteries or pre-charging required. You can purchase glow powder from here in various colors and quantities. I used Natural Green for this project.
I also used pigment powder for the various resin casting of Mickey Mouse ears. Pigment powder, in my opinion, colors resin the best due to the vibrant tones and different combinations available. There are many different ways to add color to resin such as latex paint, dyes, etc..
I used latex paint to color the resin in my canvas art project and it worked fine.
Step 3: Prepare Mold and Pour Epoxy Resin
To prepare the mold, I removed dust/debris. Some people add a thin layer of wax to the silicone mold to make it easy to remove, but I don’t think this is necessary. I use furniture wax on my river table projects because it makes it much easier to remove from the melamine or whatever material I choose to use.
Next, I poured the resin into the mold slowly and in a controlled manner.