Epoxy Flower Drawer Knob

Introduction: Epoxy Flower Drawer Knob

About: Art without engineering is dreaming. Engineering without art is calculating. Automotive engineer, school teacher and hobbyist photographer who loves creating!

In this project we are making an epoxy flower drawer knob. The project is very easy and i had a lot of fun making it, although it was my first time working with epoxy resin. You can customize your knob by coloring the resin with food color adittive or epoxy resin coloring powder.

You can even add a LED in the knob to make it shine!

At the last step you can find some cool combinations of colors, shapes and flowers and even more are coming soon, stay tuned!

Supplies

Epoxy resin Amazon

Two shells of kinder surprise eggs or plastic shot glasses

A flower or more flowers if you wish

A threaded screw and a nut

Step 1: Prepairing the Epoxy Mix and Filling Up the Egg Shell

Place the flower in the egg shell. Mark a second egg shell at 1, 2, 3 cm as seen on second picture and fill epoxy up to 2 cm and the rest until 3 with hardener. An amount of 100 ml or 100 g of epoxy resin i used should be mixed with 50 ml or 50 g hardener, this is very import because false ratio can cause problems with the hardening process.

Mix the two materials thorougly for five minutes. Then fill carefully the egg shell and let it dry for 48 hours.

The epoxy resin-hardener mix ratio and the drying time for differrent resin brands may vary, please read carefully the instructions on the product in order to use the right proportions and have the best results.

Step 2: Removing the Knob From the Mould and Finding the Center

After 48 hours you can remove the knob from the egg shell. For this step i used a cutter and paid attention not to scratch or damage the knob with the sharp cutter.

Then make two perpendicular lines, as seen on the last picture, to find the center of the upper side, the flat one.

The center is going to be used later as turning point and at the end as thread for the mounting screw, which will keep the knob on your drawer or closet.

Step 3: Epoxy Turning and Forming the Desired Shape

At the center of the upper side (the flat one) drill a hole with a 2mm drill bit and let the drill bit in place. Now you will be able to turn the knob without a lathe and give it the desired shape.

I used P40, 80, 120 grit sandpaper to form the desired shape while the knob was rotated from the drill.

Step 4: Polish, Mount and Enjoy Using Your Knob

The last step is to polish your knob with epoxy polishing paste and a cloth, but before you have to make the knob smooth and glossy by grinding thoroughly with P200, 400, 800, 1200 grit sandpaper.

Place the knob on the drawer and fasten it with a screw, which should be screwed in the hole we made on step 3.

That's it, you have just made your own epoxy drawer knob.

Step 5: Some More Cool Ideas...

Here you can find some more cool ideas for knobs.

More ideas are coming soon, stay tuned!

If you like my project please vote my entry in the Epoxy Speed Challenge.

Thank you and have fun using your knob!

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10 Comments

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Penolopy Bulnick
Penolopy Bulnick

1 year ago

This is really cute!

Is there any worry about the flower rotting if part of it is exposed in the back?

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Alexandros Mandilaras
Alexandros Mandilaras

Reply 1 year ago

Thank you!

Good and inspiring question; The flower is actually airtight in the resin enclosed and i hope that the screw is going to seal the drilled opening at the back side.

I am absolutely going to try making a knob with an opening to intentionally expose the flower to the air. It would be nice to see how the view of the knob changes with the drying procedure, but it is possible that the flower rots; it's definatelly worth trying, thanks for giving me the idea!

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RainbowJam
RainbowJam

Reply 1 year ago

Really creative idea

From my experience with using flowers in resin, a good way to ensure they don't rot is to dry them, some flowers dry well and keep their form and color and some don't. I personally like drying in the oven, on the lowest setting and checking every thirty minutes. That way you don't press them so they can keep their structure, and it's relatively quick.

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Alexandros Mandilaras
Alexandros Mandilaras

Reply 1 year ago

Thanks for your tip. I'm going to try it and post the results.

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lime3D
lime3D

Tip 1 year ago

Thread a nut onto the end of the screw, and cast it in place. You won't need to drill any holes and you'll have a threaded connection for installing it.

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Alexandros Mandilaras
Alexandros Mandilaras

Reply 1 year ago

You're right, that is more practical and easy. The second "generation" of my knobs were made this way.

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Georgia andr
Georgia andr

1 year ago on Step 4

Wow! I need to try this!! Interesting idea and great result!!

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Makerneer
Makerneer

1 year ago

Wow, that turned out amazing! Im impressed the dandylion stayed intact, good job!

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Alexandros Mandilaras
Alexandros Mandilaras

Reply 1 year ago

Thank you! The dandelion was fresh cut and the egg shell was carefully filled drop by drop with epoxy resin at the center of the stem in order to keep the beautiful structure of the flower intact.