Results of Dyeing Resin with Things You Have Around the House

May 7, 2015Allison Murray
See the results of dyeing resin with different things you might already have at home. Cool!

See the results of dyeing resin with different things you might already have at home. Cool!

I have been teased because much like a child I have phases. On a first date in college when asked what my favorite food was I instantly responded “corn dogs!” much to the dismay of my best friend and room mate who was also there. Thing is, I was crazy about freaking corn dogs because it was a weird phase I was going through.

If he would have asked me a week before I would have said potato boats. I guess I should have said something classy like caviar or filet mignon but we wound up dating for 5 years or so, so it’s not like my love of corn dogs was a deal breaker. I just can’t seem to help it.

Right now I’m obsessed with and totally phasing on resin crafts (get ready for a whole lot of bangles, people), chocolate soft serve yogurt and pretty things from New York and Co. Next week who knows what’ll be going on in this head of mine.

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The resin thing happened just out of the blue, too. I had no bangle molds that I could find so I decided to experiment instead. Wanting to see what colors I could make with different things around the house seemed a totally acceptable way to get this phase started. Now I know that some of these things you may not have around your house but it’s what I had around mine. And since you can easily get these same things we’re going to go with it!

The things I found around my house to use were:

See the results of dyeing resin with different things you might already have at home. Cool!

I mixed up a batch of resin in a paper cup and poured as close to the same amount in five different plastic medicine measuring cups (I LOVE these things and use them all of the time!)

I tried to get the same intensity of color in each cup and kept track of the number of drops used and you can see those above. 3 for dye, 3 for paint, 6 for nail polish, 3 for india ink and 3 for alcohol ink.

See the results of dyeing resin with different things you might already have at home. Cool!

Now I found that within 24 hours all of these dried hard. The only one that was still tacky was the one colored with Castin’ Craft dye.

Let’s look at the individual results…

See the results of dyeing resin with different things you might already have at home. Cool!

Castin’ Craft Transparent Dye – This stuff is expensive which is why I only have 2 colors. Since I don’t know of anything else it can be used for that makes it kind of a deal breaker as far as craft supplies I am going to have on hand or buy regularly… Plus the colors are limited and I suck at mixing colors myself.

See the results of dyeing resin with different things you might already have at home. Cool!

Again this sucker was still a bit tacky which is why it has a piece of cat hair stuck on top. Sorry. With light shining behind you can tell that the color is not perfectly uniform.

See the results of dyeing resin with different things you might already have at home. Cool!

It is, however, incredibly transparent!

See the results of dyeing resin with different things you might already have at home. Cool!

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Fingernail Polish – I have lots and lots of fingernail polish from back when I suddenly stopped biting my fingernails. Since I’ve once again picked up my bad habit they get very little use around here. There are tons of colors at all sorts of prices but I went with something I think is middle of the ground as far as polishes you’ll find at superstores.

See the results of dyeing resin with different things you might already have at home. Cool!

Light does come through but it’s very, very slight.

See the results of dyeing resin with different things you might already have at home. Cool!

This yielded a highly opaque but very evenly colored sample.

See the results of dyeing resin with different things you might already have at home. Cool!

Bombay India Ink – I bought a whole mess of India ink ages ago for a project and I can no longer remember what it was. In fact, it never even happened which is a total waste of craft supply funds! Looking for a use for it, this seemed like a good a time as any to bust the stuff out!

See the results of dyeing resin with different things you might already have at home. Cool!

The color that came through was really pretty uniform and really, really pretty!

See the results of dyeing resin with different things you might already have at home. Cool!

The end result was slightly transparent. You can make out the words but it’s not easy.

See the results of dyeing resin with different things you might already have at home. Cool!

Acrylic Craft Paint – Figuring I didn’t want to use the bottom of the barrel stuff I busted out my Martha Stewart craft acrylic in satin. To be honest, these are my favorite craft acrylics because the quality is great. I’m not sure what kind of results would have yielded from my 50 cent a bottle stuff. Perhaps that is an experiment for another day!

See the results of dyeing resin with different things you might already have at home. Cool!

There is NO light coming through this sucker.

See the results of dyeing resin with different things you might already have at home. Cool!

There are dots in the color where it looks almost gritty, like the paint wasn’t able to completely mesh with the resin. The color is super great though.

See the results of dyeing resin with different things you might already have at home. Cool!

Adirondack Alcohol Ink – To be honest I had really been hoping for great results here because I have TONS of alcohol ink and very little use for them. Plus the colors I have are all so pretty and in my experience with this brand they all are pretty dang gorgeous.

See the results of dyeing resin with different things you might already have at home. Cool!

The color is fairly uniform with a bit of swirls of darker occasionally. It’s actually more uniform than the Castin’ Craft though.

See the results of dyeing resin with different things you might already have at home. Cool!

The transparency is fabulous and the color amazing. This is definitely my favorite method that I tried.

See the results of dyeing resin with different things you might already have at home. Cool!

In the end I was happy with the results of all and can see uses for each result in different projects. The best thing is that all of them successfully colored my Castin’ Craft resin and they all properly cured! I’d say this experiment was a smashing success!

Be sure to check back to see how I use my new coloring techniques with some upcoming resin crafts!

Comments (13)

  • Tamara Merriweather

    January 31, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Awesome homework here! Tfs!

  • Renee

    September 1, 2016 at 4:36 AM

    Amazing! Thanks so much for this! I have some things to cast tomorrow, and, well, they might as well be coloured!

  • Diane Roberts

    October 3, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Hi. Since this article was written awhile ago, I was wondering if you found that the alcohol ink colored resin had faded at all. Thanks.

    1. Allison Murray

      October 4, 2016 at 9:06 AM

      I have found the color stays well through time. I’m quite happy with the results but I’m sure the color would fade if in direct sunlight for an extended time.

  • Leo

    November 28, 2016 at 12:25 AM

    Hi– I know this post is rather old, but am at a loss and thought this was worth a shot. I’m trying to tint some Castin Craft resin with Adirondack inks, but every one turns a nasty brownish color after a couple of hours. Have you ever run into this? Is there a specific way you mixed your ink into the resin? Any help would be incredibly appreciated!

    1. Allison Murray

      November 28, 2016 at 7:35 AM

      I actually ran into my little bag of gems when I was trying to get my office a bit more organized and I was surprised at how well the color held. Some faded a bit but largely they were all perfectly acceptable for me. The only thing I can think of is that formulas change, unfortunately. Perhaps something is the slightest bit different so that it doesn’t work the same now? Have you tried genuine resin colorant? It might be worth it, in the end.

  • Lauren

    April 9, 2017 at 9:11 PM

    Thanks for posting this! I’m just about the same as you it seems, new passions every week or so lol

  • Babette

    July 8, 2017 at 8:05 PM

    thanks to share your resarch! :)

  • Sandra

    July 26, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Thank you so much! I have so may nail Polish colors which of coarse are my fave but they just sit around. Great job!

  • pat

    September 8, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    I had no idea inks,nail polish etc,etc could be used in resin and saw your article by chance. You have helped so much and I’m so excited to try them as like you ,I have a ton of different types of coloured paints,nail polish,inks etc .around the house
    I also have pebelo paints which I now feel brave enough to try.
    Well written article. Thank you so much!
    Pat

  • Mike

    September 24, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Excellent methodology, here. You just answered a whole set of questions that I had been noodling, and saved me a bunch of $ on colors I was about to spend. Thanks so much! :)

  • Ray

    February 10, 2018 at 7:10 AM

    Hi

    How much resin was in each of the cups?

    Thanks

    1. Allison Murray

      March 7, 2018 at 2:59 PM

      Is there any way you can fold the edge over and glue just to the underside of the rug? Wood glue might work well. It’s like Elmer’s School glue but the color might work a little better with jute… Hmm.

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