Have you ever had an item that you wanted to duplicate but couldn’t buy in a different color? Well, I have a solution for you! I bought a beautiful crystal tealight candle holder at the store and really loved the shape of it, the problem was that they didn’t sell it in any colors, they only had the clear crystal. Luckily, I knew all about EasyMold Silicone Putty and ways to cast resin so I knew that I could make the colors that I wanted easily! Here’s how I made these DIY Resin Tealight candle holders:
NOTE: These are to be used only with battery-operated tealights!
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SUPPLIES FOR DIY RESIN CANDLE HOLDERS:
- EasyMold Silicone Rubber
- Glue Gun and glue
- Crystal Tealight Holder (or any other item you want to make a mold of.)
- Container just larger than your item
- Vinyl Gloves
- Mixing Cups – one large the rest medium as shown here
- Mixing sticks
- Resin Dyes
- Glitter (optional)
- EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy
- FastCast Casting Resin
Making the Mold:
Read through the instructions for your EasyMold Silicone Rubber.
Take your object and add an even layer of hot glue to the bottom of it.
This will seal it into place on the bottom of the container.
Mix your silicone rubber according to the instructions and pour into your container around your original item and into the center of it. Pour slowly into one spot to reduce the number of air bubbles.
I thought I had measured perfectly but ended up being just short of the amount of silicone rubber and it didn’t cover the candle holder as much as I wanted it to. A quick fix for that is to place something into the edges of the container to fill that excess space and cause the silicone rubber to rise over your item. This worked great, though the mold doesn’t look very pretty on the outside.
Let the silicone rubber cure for 24 hours, then remove it from the container.
Remove the original item from the rubber mold. Depending on the size of your item you may need to make a small slit in it with a craft knife in order to get it out. I did that and will show you how to work with the mold if you have to do this as well.
Casting New Tealight Candle Holders with FastCast Resin:
The first thing I wanted to try was to cast some tealight holders using FastCast. I love FastCast because it only takes about 15 minutes to cure. However, if you are looking to make something translucent you will need to use EasyCast, so I will go through that in the next section. FastCast cures in an off white color, so you can add dyes to it, just know that the final color will always be a pastel version of that color. Here’s how I did the FastCast:
Wear vinyl gloves. Pour equal amounts of Part A and Part B into a cup. You will need to mix this quickly since there is only about 30 seconds before it begins to cure. If you want to add colored dye, do that right away.
As you can see, I added a rubber band around the mold to hold it together. The rubber holds it shape well so I find that this works perfectly.
Mix thoroughly, pour into a second cup and mix again, then pour into your mold. As FastCast cures it will turn into that off-white color. It definitely cures in 10 minutes, but you will find that it is hot to the touch caused by the chemical reaction, so I typically give a big item like this about 20 minutes to cure before removing it from the mold.
Once it is cured, remove it from the mold. Make more if you want, adding dyes to change the color as I did for this pink one.
The clear glitter tealight holder you see above was made with EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy. Here’s how I made that:
REMEMBER: These resin holders are to be used only with battery-operated tealights! This resin is not heat-resistant.
Casting New Tealight Candle Holders with EasyCast Epoxy:
Read through the instructions first. Pour equal amounts of Part A and Part B into a cup. Mix thoroughly.
Pour into a second cup and mix again. Add dyes or glitter to your mix.
Once the EasyCast is mixed, pour into the mold. Exhale over your project so the carbon dioxide from your breath will pop the bubbles.
Let cure for 24 hours, then remove it from the mold.
And there you have it! Beautiful custom made and easy-to-make DIY Tealight Candle Holders. Just add your battery-operated tealights and place them anywhere you want in your home for some beautiful little warm additions to your decor!
What do you think? Do you like this project or would you try it? This method can be used to mold and cast any object. Let me know what you would make in the comments and thanks so much for reading!
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