How to Make Resin Tiles

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If you want to complete a resin countertop, decorate a table, make homemade drink coasters or flat paperweights, using casting resin is a great way to make handmade resin tiles. This special resin starts as a liquid and hardens into a permanent and durable piece of solid resin. Resin kits make casting resin a practical way to make your own jewelry, decorative objects and clear tiles. Create a simple tile or an entire set of tiles to decorate your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Silicone tile mold
  • Mold release spray
  • Resin hardener
  • Casting resin
  • Disposable measuring cup
  • Craft stick
  • Liquid resin pigment
  • Metal file
  • Spray a silicone tile mold with mold release spray and set aside.

  • Mix 10 drops resin hardener per 1 oz. casting resin in a disposable measuring cup. Stir the mixture with a craft stick for 30 seconds.

  • Add liquid resin pigment slowly to the mixture. Use a small amount for a light shade of color and a large amount for a darker shade. Stop adding the pigment once you reach the shade you prefer.

  • Pour the resin mixture in the mold until it is full.

  • Blow air over the resin's surface to remove bubbles. The carbon dioxide in your breath will cause them to burst. Let the tile sit for 2 to 3 hours.

  • Pull the sides of the silicone mold away from the tile and lift the tile out with your fingers to remove it.

  • Sand rough edges with a metal file.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ventilate your workspace to avoid fume inhalation.
  • Wear a painter's mask and latex gloves while working with resin to protect yourself.

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