Casting Your Spouse's Credit Card

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About: Come spend some time in the shop. I'm a hobbyist woodworker and professional computer geek in Northern California. I guess my projects will vary widely, and I have no clue what I plan to make next...

Intro: Casting Your Spouse's Credit Card

A good subtitle for this would be: How To Piss Off Your Loved Ones!

My wife is a good sport so when someone suggested that I seal my wife's credit card in resin, I jumped at the chance!

It is also a possibility that I had some fund doing it too. For the record, this credit card is long since expired, and in truth never even activated. This project is just for fun. The last thing I need is an angry wife...

Step 1: Obtaining the Credit Card

  • Locate your current credit card balance....
  • Lose it. This step might require some clean-up
  • Set out to steal your spouses credit card.
    • Use your ninja skills
    • Or rely on the fact she mostly ignores you anyway..
  • Locate said credit card. Tread carefully here. The contents of a woman's purse in not a place to rummage idly!

Step 2: 1st Resin Pour

So the resin I'm using is called EasyCast and it's pretty simple to work with. I found it at the craft store (Michael's) and they also have molds for sale. (and many other tempting accessories if I'm honest!)

Since I will not be doing anything to this project after casting I wanted a clear block centered in the mold. So I'm using an 8oz mold that will let the credit card sit dead center with about 1/2" of resin all around it.

In following the directions, mostly, I mixed up 2oz of resin and hardener and poured it into my mold. This will give me my 4oz of epoxy resin to form the base or bottom of the cast. Now we wait.

Step 3: 2nd Pour

It takes a bit to cure, but in several hours in had become rock hard.

The second pour is just like the first. 2oz of each bottle, resin and hardener. The only difference is to add your item.

A good tip here is to pour a small bit of resin first to make a bed for the thing you are casting. That will help to minimize the bubble caught underneath it.

Speaking of bubbles, they can ruin a casting. I hit this casting with my propane torch in order to pop the bubbles.

It is best to use the lowest setting possible, because too much heat can destroy a casting and burn the resin. A few quick passes and the bubbles were all but gone. It is a good idea to check on your casting once more, before cured (give it 20 mins or so). If there are any more bubbles pop them with heat before it sets.

Step 4: Testing It Out!

After a few more hours, the resin had hardened, and it was a solid block of epoxy that she'll never be able to slide through the machine! A few well placed whacks and your casting should come free easily from the mold! (at least mine did)

We took it into Target and tried to use. Major thanks to the Target clerk for being such a good sport. Poor guy, he was so confused....

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    tvazquez2

    2 years ago

    That's a genius (and funny) way to prevent a spouse or girlfriend from running up a massive head-wound credit card bill! lol ...Favorited this one. Thanks!

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    Meglymoo87

    2 years ago

    Hahaha! I could just see this saying on it "In Case of Emergency Only" LOL ;)

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    MelodyP7

    2 years ago

    You have mean an wicked sense of humour, I wonder what your favourite pants would look like in one of these.

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    javadhy

    2 years ago

    ok very good

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    jec0435

    2 years ago

    I love your sense of humor! Awesome. lol

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    Lozchik

    2 years ago

    lol nice. This reminds me of a commercial years ago about saving money. A woman froze her credit card in a block of ice so she had to try and break it open to make an impulse purchase.

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    MikB

    2 years ago

    Nice idea :) Just make sure it's not a contactless payment (RFID) enabled card, otherwise ...spend spend spend :)

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    thundrepance

    2 years ago

    i LOVE the foto of you going into her purse to retrieve the card!! x^D .... ha-ha! ☺ she'll never trust you near her purse again. x^)

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    The Mighty El Rondo

    2 years ago

    This would actually be a great idea for those who'd want to only use the card non-physically, actually. You can use it over the phone or the internet, just not anywhere that you'd have to slide it. I call that a smart idea.

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    AdamsE3

    2 years ago

    but i have 1 question!!! if emergency come's and you really need to use it ,, is there's a tutorial on how to remove the cast?

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    imitt12AdamsE3

    Reply 2 years ago

    If you want to dissolve the epoxy using some kind of industrial solvent that will probably melt through your flesh if it gets on you, sure.

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    goaskal

    2 years ago

    Will your next instructable be how to turn a sofa into a bed?

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    hammer9876goaskal

    Reply 2 years ago

    "How to Sleep Comfortably in the Dog House" LOL!

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    RumBotgoaskal

    Reply 2 years ago

    This would almost be "not nice" if it weren't so funny. And true.

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    LP2

    2 years ago

    Ha ha Priceless !

    Thanks.

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    BennyOne

    2 years ago

    I love this!

    A few years ago when my wife & I were new homeowners and new parents, we froze our credit cards in blocks of ice and left them in the freezer. Still there for real emergencies, but definitely prohibitive for daily use...