top of page

How To Make A Resin Clock

Introduction To Resin Clock Crafting

Welcome to the fascinating world of resin crafting! If you're looking for a unique and eye-catching home decor project, then making your own resin clock is just the thing for you.

Resin clocks not only serve the practical purpose of telling time but also double as stunning works of art that can add a touch of elegance and creativity to any space. In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the process of creating your very own resin clock from start to finish. No matter if you're a seasoned DIY enthusiast or new to resin crafts, this project is sure to spark your creativity and leave you with a one-of-a-kind timepiece that reflects your personal style. So gather your materials, roll up your sleeves, and let's dive into the wonderful world of resin clock making!

Step-By-Step Guide On Making A Resin Clock

Step 1: Gather the necessary materials for your resin clock project. You will need a clock mechanism, hands and clock face markers, a mould, epoxy resin kit, pigments or dyes for colouring the resin, and any additional design elements you want to incorporate into your clock. Remember that working with epoxy resins requires careful handling, work in a well-ventilated area.

Step 2: Prepare your chosen mould by cleaning it thoroughly and ensuring there are no cracks or imperfections that could affect the final outcome of your clock. You can use silicone moulds specifically designed for resin casting or repurpose items like silicone baking moulds.

Step 3: Mix the epoxy resin according to the manufacturer's instructions. This typically involves combining equal parts of resin and hardener in a measuring cup by volume and stirring them together thoroughly until they are well mixed.

Step 4: Add colourants to your mixed resin if desired. You can use liquid pigments or dyes specifically formulated for use with epoxy resins. Experiment with different colours to achieve unique effects such as wood grain patterns or ocean-inspired designs.

Step 5: Pour the coloured resin into your prepared mould slowly and carefully. Use a toothpick or small stick to swirl the colours around if you want to create marbled effects within the resin.

Step 6: Allow your clock to cure according to the manufacturer's instructions. This usually takes several hours but may vary depending on factors like temperature and humidity levels in your workspace.

Step 7: Once fully cured, remove your beautiful new custom-made resin clock from its mould. Trim any excess edges if needed using a deburring tool or a sharp craft knife.

Step 8: Mask up the centre on both sides of the clock, drill hole of suitable size for the clock mechanism. Tighten mechanism and install clock arms. Glue/attach hour markers, making sure to remove excess glue from edges.

Enjoy the process and let your creativity shine as you create.

Materials Needed For The Project

To create a stunning resin clock, you will need a few materials to get started. Here's a list of what you'll need for this exciting project:

1. Resin: Choose a high-quality epoxy resin specifically designed for crafting. Make sure it is clear and self-levelling for optimal results. If you're creating a wood and resin clock, consider using a wood resin designed for coating or top coats. Alternatively if you are creating a larger resin wall clock using a mould, your choice of resin should consider how deep the mould is and use a casting resin. Just Resin's range of epoxy resin has every type of resin you need to complete this project.

2. Clock mechanism: Select a reliable clock movement that suits your design preferences. It should be able to fit the size and thickness of your finished resin piece.

3. Mould: Find a silicone mould in the shape and size you want for your clock face. You can explore various options like round, square, or even custom moulds with unique designs. Or if you are creating a wood resin clock, you can create your own depth with a wooden frame and pour the resin in layers for added dimension. Whichever mould you choose, make sure it is sturdy and has a smooth finish to ensure your clock turns out perfectly.

4. Pigments or dyes: Add some colour to your resin creation by using pigments or liquid inks specifically formulated for epoxy resins. Experiment with different colours and effects to achieve the desired look.

5. Mixing tools: Prepare yourself with mixing cups, stir sticks, measuring spoons or scales if needed, and gloves to ensure accurate measurements and safe handling of the resin.

6. Decorative elements: Consider adding embellishments like dried flowers, glitter, shells, or wood slices to enhance the visual appeal of your clock. Check out our blog about what you can and cannot embed in resin.

Remember that these are just basic materials needed for most resin clock projects; feel free to add any additional items based on your creativity and personal style!

Preparing The Mould And Mixing The Resin

Once you have gathered all the necessary materials, it's time to prepare the mould for your resin clock project. Start by ensuring that your mould is clean and free of any dust or debris. This will help ensure a smooth finish on your clock. Next, carefully measure and mix the two-part epoxy resin according to the manufacturer's instructions. It's important to follow these instructions precisely as incorrect measurements can result in an incomplete cure or a sticky surface on your clock.When mixing the resin, be sure to do so in a well-ventilated area and wear protective gloves. Slowly pour the Resin into the Hardener and stir gently but thoroughly until both components are fully combined, clear without any haze. If you would like to add colour with epoxy pastes, inks or dyes add small amounts as you can always add more. Take care, try not to introduce too many air bubbles during this process.Once your resin mixture is ready, pour it into your prepared mould. You may need to use a spatula or toothpick to spread it evenly if necessary. If you're adding any additional elements like dried flowers or glitter, now is the time to place them into the resin.Allow the resin clock to cure according to manufacturer guidelines. This usually takes anywhere from 24 hours up to several days depending on factors such as the type of epoxy resin system and temperature and humidity levels. Allow to cure in a dust free area on a level surface.Remember that patience is key when working with epoxy resin! Rushing through this step could lead to disappointing results. Once cured, remove your clock from its mould and inspect for any imperfections or rough edges that may need deburring, sanding or polishing.Preparing the mould and mixing the resin are crucial steps in creating a beautiful and functional resin clock piece. Taking care during these stages will ensure that you achieve professional-looking results that you can be proud of!

Adding Colour And Design Elements To The Clock

Adding colour and design elements to your resin clock is where you can truly let your creativity shine!

There are countless ways to customise your clock and make it a unique piece of art that reflects your personal style. One option is to use pigments, inks or pastes specifically designed for resin colour. These come in a wide range of colours, allowing you to create vibrant or subtle effects depending on your preference. You can mix different colours together to achieve the perfect shade, or even experiment with adding metallic powders for an extra touch of elegance. Another way to add visual interest is by incorporating various embellishments into the design. For example, you could embed small shells or pieces of sea glass if you're going for an ocean-themed clock. Alternatively, consider using dried flowers, glitter, or even small beads for a more whimsical look. To ensure that these elements stay securely in place within the resin, it's important to carefully arrange them before pouring the mixture into the mould. You may need to apply some adhesive if necessary. Remember that less can sometimes be more when it comes to design elements. It's easy to get carried away and overcrowd the clock face with too many decorations. Consider planning out your design beforehand and think about how each element will contribute to the overall aesthetic. Once you've added all your chosen colours and design elements, give everything a gentle stir with a toothpick or small stick if needed so they are evenly distributed throughout the resin. Stay tuned for our next section on curing and finishing techniques for your beautiful resin clock creation!

Curing and finishing the clock

Once your resin clock is filled with the desired design elements and colours, it's time to move on to the curing and finishing process.

Curing refers to the hardening of the resin, while finishing involves adding any final touches or details.

Carefully cover your clock mould with a plastic sheet or dome to protect it from dust particles during the curing process. This will ensure a smooth and flawless finish. Set aside your clock in a clean and dry area where it can cure undisturbed for at least 24 hours. Keep in mind that curing times may vary depending on the type of resin used, so be sure to check the manufacturer's instructions.

After this initial curing period, you can remove any excess resin that may have seeped over the edges of your mould using a sharp knife or sandpaper. Take care not to damage any delicate design elements while doing so.

Next, you can proceed with sanding down any rough edges or imperfections on your clock surface using fine-grit sandpaper. Start with a lower grit (around 220) and gradually work your way up to finer grits (400-800), until you achieve a smooth finish.

Once satisfied with the overall texture of your clock, give it a thorough cleaning using warm water and mild soap. This will help remove any remaining dust particles or residue left over from the sanding process.

To add an extra layer of protection and shine, apply a clear coat epoxy resin over your finished clock surface according to the product instructions. This will provide added durability as well as enhance its visual appeal.

Remember that each step requires patience and attention to detail in order to create an exquisite resin clock that stands out as both functional art pieces!

Tips and tricks for a successful resin clock project

Tips and Tricks for a Successful Resin Clock Project:

1. Choose the right resin: When it comes to making a resin clock, selecting the right type of resin is crucial. Opt for epoxy resin as it provides excellent clarity and durability for your project. To help you on your way take a look at our resin project helper guide.

2. Plan your design: Before starting, sketch out your desired design or gather inspiration from online sources. This will help you visualise how you want your clock to look and ensure that you have all the necessary materials on hand.

3. Measure accurately: Precision is key when working with resin. Use measuring cups or syringes to ensure accurate measurements of both the resin and hardener components. Just Resin has a popular resin calculator to help you get the correct quantity for the job.

4. Avoid air bubbles: To prevent unsightly air bubbles from forming in your clock, gently stir the mixed resin rather than vigorously stirring it. Additionally, use a heat gun or torch to carefully remove any remaining bubbles on the surface.

5. Experiment with colour: Adding pigments or dyes to your resin allows you to create unique colour combinations for your clock. Remember, a little goes a long way – start with small amounts and gradually add more until you achieve the desired hue.

6. Think about texture: Consider incorporating different textures into your design by including elements such as crushed shells, dried flowers, or wood shavings within layers of resin.

7. Timing is everything: Be mindful of curing times specified by the resin kit before moving onto subsequent steps in the process. Rushing through these stages may compromise the final result of your beautiful creation!

8. Finishing touches matter: Once cured completely, you can sand down any rough edges using fine-grit sandpaper then apply a clear coat to give it added shine and protection

Remember that practice makes perfect! Don't be discouraged if your first attempt doesn't turn out exactly as planned; each project is an opportunity to learn and improve upon techniques used in previous endeavours.

Final Thoughts About Resin Clock Wall Art

Creating a resin clock is a fun and creative wall art project that allows you to add a personal touch to your home decor. With just a few materials and some imagination, you can make a stunning resin clock that will be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Throughout this article, we have discussed the step-by-step process of making a resin clock. From preparing the mould and mixing the resin to adding colour and design elements, each stage requires careful attention to detail. Remember to take your time and follow the instructions closely for best results.

When it comes to curing and finishing the clock, patience is key. Allow ample time for the resin to fully cure before removing it from the mould or adding any additional elements. This will ensure that your clock maintains its shape and durability.

To enhance your resin clock project, consider incorporating unique design ideas such as wood accents or an ocean-inspired theme. The possibilities are endless when it comes to customization, so let your creativity shine through.

So why wait? Gather your materials from Just Resin and get started on creating your very own resin clock today. Don't forget to check out other fun resin facts and art ideas in our Learn section.


Featured Posts
Recent Posts
justresin 250px wide Blk.jpg
Just Resin Logo
  • instagram
  • facebook
  • youtube
bottom of page