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..
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....