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Sweet Delights Bracelet

Create resin confections for a colorful bracelet
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Have a little patience when you try this project – two-part resin requires precise measuring, mixing, and curing. Your first pieces may have bubbles in them. But don't worry: With practice, you'll get better. And once you see your favorite candy molded in resin, you'll love this new way to get your sugar fix.

SUPPLIES

Resin Candies

  • Castin’ Craft EasyCast clear casting epoxy
  • Castin’ Craft EasyMold silicone putty
  • Castin’ Craft Transparent Resin Dye or Opaque Pigment in assorted colors
  • hard candies such as Life Savers
  • cardboard box (to cover pieces while they cure)
  • disposable plastic cups
  • emery board or sandpaper
  • plastic gloves
  • safety goggles
  • waxed paper
  • wooden craft sticks

Candy Bracelet

  • 5–6 resin candies
  • 30–36 in. (76–91 cm) 22- or 24-gauge half-hard wire
  • 6–7 5–6 mm jump rings
  • lobster claw clasp
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • drill
  • dust mask
  • wooden block (for under the drill)

Resin supplies available from Fusion Beads, fusionbeads.com, or Dick Blick Art Materials, dickblick.com. Drill available from Sears, sears.com, or MetalClay Supply, metalclaysupply.com. Check your local bead store for supplies.



INSTRUCTIONS FOR RESIN CANDIES

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1. Cover your work surface with waxed paper. Mix equal parts of the part A and B mold elements. Work quickly; the putty will begin to harden after three minutes. Roll the putty into a ball and flatten it slightly. Place the putty on the waxed paper and press a candy in evenly. Wait 25 minutes and remove the candy.

2. Measure equal parts resin and hardener. Pour them into a plastic cup. Using a craft stick, stir slowly and gently for two minutes, scraping down the sides of the cup. Pour the mixture into a clean cup and stir with a clean craft stick for one minute.
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3. Add colorants as desired and stir gently.

4. Slowly pour the resin into the mold. Do not overfill. Allow to cure as directed, 24 to 72 hours. Cover the mold with a box so that dust doesn’t fall into the resin.
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5. Release the piece by gently flexing the mold. File the edges if necessary.

A FEW TIPS: If you want to use gummy candies, let them get stale before making the molds. Harder candies will yield better results.

Also, candies with sugar stuck on the outside will have more of a textured, matte finish when cured. 
MAKE YOUR CANDIES INTO A BRACELET
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1. Put on a dust mask. Place a resin candy on a wooden block. Drill a hole about 1⁄8 in. (3 mm) from the outer edge. Drill a second hole on the opposite side. Repeat to make five or six drilled candies.

2. Cut a 3-in. (7.6 cm) piece of wire. String one hole of a candy and make a set of wraps above it. Make a wrapped loop perpendicular to the candy. Repeat on the other side. Repeat for each candy.
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3. Open a jump ring. Attach one loop of a candy to a loop of another candy. Close the jump ring. Repeat until you’ve connected all of the candies.

4. On one end, use a jump ring to attach a lobster claw clasp. Attach a jump ring on the other end.
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