How to Make Crushed Pepper Resin Charms

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Photo by Kathy Cano-Murillo.
Use crushed peppers and resin to make a necklace.
Every month Kathy Cano-Murillo, a.k.a. The Crafty Chica, dishes crafty tips and tricks in La Vida Crafty on Jackalope Ranch.

You know you are an obsessive crafter when it hurts to throw things away. Straws, chopsticks, gum ball toys, old purses -- anything. One of my favorite crafts is working with two-part resin. I'm always looking for fun things to embed in it.

So when I came across crushed pepper packets while cleaning the kitchen recently, I knew what my next project would be! Crushed pepper resin charms!

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Photo by Kathy Cano-Murillo.
Finished piece. Cool, huh? I'll show you how to make them!
See also: Bienvenidos a La Vida Crafty

Resin is fun to work with because there are so many variations. Many people are scared of it because of the mixing of the components. Bust that fear -- it's really easy!

Supplies:
Two-part resin (found at the craft store)
Crushed peppers
Silicone mold/ice cube trays (found at the dollar store)
Plastic cup, chopstick, straw
Wax paper
Glitter
High-gloss varnish

Items you could substitute for crushed peppers: Small candies, gold foil flakes, sand, small beads, etc.

Resin tips: Always measure exactly what the directions call for. Mix thoroughly.


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Mix the resin.
1. Work on a flat piece of cardboard and tape down a piece of wax paper. Follow the directions on the package of resin. I use a brand that requires equal parts. Pour a capful of Part A in a small cup. Use a chopstick to scrape out every last drop from the lid. Then repeat for Part B. Stir vigorously for about a minute. It's okay if there are bubbles, they will pop.


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Add peppers.
2. Now add your crushed pepper (don't get it in your eyes!) to the resin in the cup and mix.


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Pour in mold.
3. You do not have to treat the mold beforehand, just make sure it is free of dust. Pour a thin layer of the resin and pepper mixture into the mold. Let this set for an hour before going on to the next step.

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