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!
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
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.
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.