Alcohol ink in resin hearts is a colorful craft you’ll love to make. This epoxy craft idea is easy enough for beginners. As an Amazon affiliate, I earn a commission made through affiliate links at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support.
Colorful epoxy resin hearts are so pretty and each one turns out unique! Hearts can be used as paperweights, charms, sun catchers, Valentine’s Day gifts, and more.
Alcohol ink in resin makes unique color patterns! Dropped in alcohol ink metallic mixative to create metallic colors in the resin. You can see where I used a silver alcohol ink mixative in several of the hearts shown in photos.
I also dropped in a few flecks of glitter to add sparkle to the hearts. They really catch the light when they are in the sun. Glitter is optional. I have several sets of Adirondack brand alcohol inks (purchased from Amazon.) They have done really well on lots of my alcohol ink crafts. The bottles may seem small, but a little goes a long way!
Although this is an easy craft, mixing the Epoxy Resin should be safely done by an adult. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions for best results. I definitely recommend putting a protective layer underneath your crafting area.
Epoxy resin can form bubbles on top after it is poured. You’ll need to carefully pop those bubbles. The easiest way is with a craft heat gun (similar to a hair dryer, but not as powerful.)
Simply hold the heat gun about 6-10 inches away from the bubbles and they should pop on their own. If you don’t have a craft heat gun, other crafters recommend using heat from a long stem lighter to pop resin bubbles. I have not tried that method myself because I have an inexpensive heat gun for crafting.
See below for the directions on how to make alcohol ink in resin hearts. Feel free to leave any questions or feedback in the comments below. I’ll be happy to try to help out if needed.
Alcohol Ink in Resin Hearts Craft Directions
- Alcohol Inks
- Clear Epoxy Resin Kit
- Heart Shaped Silicone Mold
- Optional: Glitter
- Optional: Alcohol Ink - Metallic Mixatives
- Heat Gun
AHEAD OF TIME: Use water to determine how much clear epoxy resin you need to mix. Fill one heart-shaped cavity of your silicone mold with water and measure how much water it took to fill it to the desired height. Note: I filled my heart cavities half way to the top for approximately 1/2 inch thick hearts. Multiply the water amount by however many cavities you want to fill with the resin. For example, if one heart-shaped cavity holds half an ounce of water and you want to make six hearts, you will need to mix up 3 ounces of resin.
1. Mix up the desired amount of resin according to the directions on the package.
2. Carefully pour the resin mixture to fill the silicone molds to desired thickness/height.
3. Add 5-10 drops of alcohol inks (and metallic mixative) in desired colors to each heart. The colors will spread on their own. Optional: Sprinkle a tiny amount of glitter on each heart.
4. Use a heat gun to gently pop any bubbles that may have formed on the resin's surface.
5. Allow the resin hearts to harden for 24 hours (or recommended amount of time according to your resin package directions.) IMPORTANT: Do not disturb the resin during the hardening process.
6. Once the resin has hardened, you should be able to easily "pop" the hearts out of the silicone mold.
You will need disposable stir sticks and measuring cups to mix the Clear Epoxy Resin. If your resin kit does not include these items, use wood craft sticks and disposable plastic cups.
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