How to Make a Resin Ashtray

Can I actually use a resin ashtray or will it get damaged with use?

Answer:  You may definitely use a resin ashtray as you would any ashtray. 

Ashtrays may not be everybody’s “thing”.  I don’t know if I even know anyone personally who uses one (but I don’t get out much either).  That being said, this technique can be used for absolutely any type of trinket, bowl, plate, etc. that one may like.  I am actually in the process of creating a mold for a trinket dish (post for another day).  
That being said, because I have a resin addiction, I love pouring into molds to create a beautiful piece of practical art.  So when I realized there are people out there still using ashtrays, I was beyond enthused.  In this article I will show you how to make an ashtray using a silicone mold, resin, glitter, and mica powder.

I’m quite excited, so let’s get started!

Supplies needed

1. Resin (I use ProMarine)
2.  Warm water 
3.  Stir stick
4.  Spray bottle with Isopropyl alcohol
5.  Cups to measure resin and mix resin in
6.  Glitter, mica powder colors of your choice
7.  Ashtray mold
8. Heat gun

Getting Started

I won’t go through the entire process on how to mix resin.  If you want to know more about this process please see my post  titled How to make resin magnets where I go through the process a bit more thoroughly.
For now we’ll do a quick synopsis and start by adding equal amounts of part and A Resin and part B Hardener.  Combine them in a separate cup and mix according to the manufacturer’s directions on the label of your resin containers.  Because my resin starts out on the cooler side (it is stored in a cool area) I set it in a warm water bath while I mix it.  This helps keep the air bubble population a bit more under control as well as thin it so it’s easier to mix and blend.


Adding Glitter

I love this part.  I just eyeball the amount of glitter I add.  One thing to remember when deciding how much resin to use for a project is consider the amount of glitter you will need.  Adding the glitter increases the volume of resin you will have.  This has yielded me too much resin many times.  I just use the extra resin in another small mold of some kind if/when that happens.


Mix the glitter and resin well and pour it into the mold. For now I only want the resin to cover the top portion of the ashtray (which at the moment is the bottom). 

Three hours later!

I’ve waited just over 3 hours for the resin to begin to cure.  Between 3 and 5 hours is typically enough time for curing before you can add another layer of resin to an existing layer.  Same process, this time I used a deep blue mica powder for the next layer.


I want to continue with another layer or two, so I’m careful to not get any of this color on the flat surface of this piece.  




More than a day later!

Using the same process as above I mixed up my resin and divided it so I would have a cup for bronze mica powder and a cup for copper glitter.
I poured a little of the glitter in the middle and the bronze mica resin around until the mold was full.  I waited until morning to unmold it and you see the shiny results below.

I hope you enjoyed seeing how I  created this resin ashtray using resin, glitter, and mica powder.  I would love to hear about your experiences with these product ingredients. 
It would be great if you would leave a comment below to let me know other color combinations you would like to see.  

14 thoughts on “How to Make a Resin Ashtray”

  1. I don’t think my last comment took – but I love this! I’ll have to share this with my daughter that would probably love this idea since she’s a smoker. Yes, she’s old enough! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this information! Very handy!!


  2. Oh, wow! It’s amazing what beauty can come up from human hands and a little bit of imagination.

    To be honest, I don’t really like to do things with my own hands, I always have that feeling that mine are growing out of the wrong place lol.

    But it always fascinates me what other people can do and how much patience they have to do it.

    Keep up the great work!


    • Hi Natalie,
      Thank you so much for visiting and for the kind words. I felt the same as you up until a number of
      years ago. I don’t even understand it myself. Prior to that I had no desires to create. We just
      never know where our paths will take us.

      Thank you again,

  3. Hi, this is a cool post, I work a lot with my hand, I create some bag and purses and I like to read about knew things like that to do. I’m going to try to do one Resin ashtray but instead of an ashtray, I’m going to try to do a little bowl to put her hair accessorie in it. Thank you for sharing

    • Hi Lyne, thank you very much for visiting my site. Creating practical art with resin
      is my favorite past-time. The options are endless when it comes to what you can make
      with resin.
      Have fun with it!


  4. Hi Teresa,

    How pretty! I love how sparkly the end product is! And thank you for including both videos – I don’t know anyone who uses an ashtray myself, so I honestly probably won’t be attempting to make this – but tutorials like yours here – especially with the inclusion of the videos within the breakdown – are what I look for in craft tutorials.

    I do enjoy crafting a lot, but so far have stuck largely to painting and crochet-type crafts. While I probably won’t try the ashtray, I will be exploring more on your site and possibly branching out a bit and try a new kind of craft.

    Thanks for such a great tutorial!

    • Hi Jade, I absolutely love how shiny/sparkly resin and glitter are together. I wish you
      the best of luck if you decide to give it a try!
      Thank you so much for visiting my site!


  5. This looks fun, I’ll probably give it a shot. Can you just please help me out because I honestly don’t have a clue where I can get mica powder from!

    Thanks for the post, I had a blast reading it!

    • Hello there and thank you so much for visiting my site. You can buy mica powder at a craft store or
      certainly online. There are many who sell it on Etsy. I hope you will check it out! Have fun!


  6. Even though I stopped smoking almost 30 years ago, I still have a “thing” for ashtrays, as I always have had.
    I admire the material they are made of, or the shape, or the practicality of the design…or all of above, like this one of yours. It is of great shape and with the two layers of differently coloured glitters-it is beautiful, as well.
    The fact that you can make it on your own only adds to the desire to have one. A few more tutorials like this one, and I suspect I’l be in my kitchen mixing and moulding, not cakes or cookies this time, but some
    resin. Your instructions are surely be of huge help, thank you!

  7. This looks really good and a lot easier to make thank I would have thought actually, I don’t smoke but it’s good to have an ashtray just incase you ever have a visitor that does and I’d love to give this a go.

    Really good clear instructions, thank you for this.


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