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Paint plastic bugs to look real and then trap them in resin for an awesome paperweight or a terrific item for your curiosity cabinet!

Step 1: Watch the Video Tutorial Here!

Step 2: Stuff You'll Need

Glaze Coat Resin

DecoArt Metallic Lustres

Black Americana Acrylic Paint *Dries matte so it's the perfect paint for this project

Plastic bugs

Silicone molds *Got my mini cake molds at the dollar store

Paintbrushes

Step 3: Here's How

1. & 2. Paint the bugs in the black Americana Acrylic and let dry

3. & 4. Embellish the bug with DecoArt's Metallic Lustres *Mix colors like Brilliant Turquoise and Elegant Emerald

5. & 6. Mix a batch of Glaze Coat making sure to follow the instructions to a "T"

7. & 8. Pour the Glaze Coat into the molds and then pop the air bubbles with a small torch or long arm lighter

9. Place the bugs in face down, cover the filled molds and let cure overnight

Going to resin a sea shore painting using the cutout in a cabinet door for a permanent mold. The cut out is about 3/4&quot;thick. Planning to put small shells embeded. Then rehang the door. Cabinate is small and in my livingroom as an end table. Hope this does what I in<br>vision.
<p>This is great as I seriously don't like touching bugs. :-)</p>
<p>Beautiful!!</p>
<p>These are great! I like that you painted the beetle's shells :)</p>
Thanks Penolopy! Love those Metallic Lustres.

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