I love spiders and spider webs! I also LOVE Halloween! I know that spiders are not always everyone’s favorite but you have to admit they can create such beautiful and intricate webs. So inspired by their web art and the fact that I have always wanted to do the resin tumblers (*and that I was thinking of some great Christmas presents to start creating*) ~ Boom! the thought of combining the two popped into my head. I decided to create a Spider Web Resin Tumbler!
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First I used the electrical tape to tape off the bottom of my tumbler. I like using the electrical tape because you can pull on it and make a great seal to protect the bottom (and top if you like) of your tumbler from the resin or glitter. *Don’t forget to make a tab at the end of the tape for easier removal later*. Then I sanded the stainless steel tumbler to give the surface some grip that the resin can adhere to. Just a light sanding to make some scuff marks on your tumbler is all you need then wipe off the debris.
Next you will want to spray paint your tumbler a similar color to the color of glitter you plan on using. For this project I wanted to use black glitter so I spray painted my tumbler with black spray paint. I used short even spray bursts from the spray paint can trying to make sure I didn’t over spray and get drips. Make sure to cover the whole tumbler with your spray paint color (the parts protected by the tape will not be spray painted). After the paint has dried I did a very light sanding (*do not sand hard and take off the paint*). Just sand a little bit to give some tooth to the surface for the resin but be careful not to sand off the paint. Just be gentle and take your time. It doesn’t take very long to get a few scratches in the spray paint.
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Prepare your surface for glitter time! I placed my Lolivefe Silicone mat down first to protect by table top and then placed a sheet of Parchment Paper over that to catch the glitter. Now it’s time to mix your resin. I used a high temp resin so it had a 2:1 ratio for mixing. Make sure to read the instructions on how to mix the resin you choose as they have different mixing ratios. I needed to mix two parts resin to one part hardner for mine. The nice part about using resin to adhere your glitter is that you have a longer working time to get all the glitter on your tumbler where as with spray glue it dries very quickly so you have to add the glitter right away and it’s more difficult I find. You won’t need much resin at all. I used a little less than 0.5 ounces so if you mix up 1 ounce and have a few pendants or other resin projects near by you can use up all your resin you mix no problem. I find whenever I’m using resin it’s good to have a few projects there in case I mix too much. This way I can make sure to use up all the resin I mix and none goes to waist.
*Tip* Use masking or painter’s tape to tape the inside of your tumbler near the top just in case you get any resin on your glove and it smears on the inside while your holding your tumbler.*
Make sure to wear gloves, I put my one hand inside the tumbler to hold it and use my other hand to apply a very very thin coat of resin to the tumbler over the black paint. Just spread it around the tumbler with your glove and make sure to get the whole tumbler covered. You will usually have an hour working time with resin so take your time and no rush. Once you’ve covered the tumbler with resin it’s time to add your beautiful glitter! I take the container of black glitter and pour it all over the resin on the tumbler making sure to get the entire tumbler covered. Give your tumbler a light tapping so the excess glitter falls off and check for empty spots. If you see some add more glitter. Let your tumbler sit for at least a 1/2 hour or 45 minutes and that’s when you will want to take the tape off from the bottom (and top if you taped the top) because it’s much easier to remove now than when the resin has completely hardened. You can also choose to place your tumbler on the tumbler spinner if you like but I did not find it necessary.
Now let your tumbler sit for at least 12 hours so that the resin and glitter cures to your tumbler. I just left mine over night till the next day. Remember to use the parchment paper to pour all the extra glitter back into your container to be used on your next glitter project.
Your tumbler is now dry and you will want to re-apply the electrical tape to the bottom (and top if you had before) to protect it once again. I gently tapped the tumbler so any extra glitter falls off and then I sprayed a clear glossy sealant over the glitter to make sure it stays in place. Now I grab my Tumbler Turner which I place on my protective Lolivefe mat and also used some parchment paper to protect over the bottom base of the spinner. Slide your tumbler onto your tumbler spinner where the foam holder part is sticking out. *I actually cut the foam from that came with the spinner in two as it made it easier to place the tumbler on and it was still super secure* Once everything is set up mix at least 1 ounce of resin. I used a little less than 1 ounce of resin to coat my 20 ounce tumbler so if you mix up at least one ounce you should be fine. Once it’s mixed turn on your spinner and simply apply a coating of resin to your tumbler. The spinner makes it really easy to apply your resin. I just used my gloves and went back and forth over the surface applying the resin and making sure I coated the entire tumbler. You will be placing more resin than when you first did the glitter as you want to coat over the glitter this time. Once your entire tumbler is coated with resin keep it turning and return approximately 1/2 hour to 45 minutes later to remove the tape at the bottom (and top if applicable). Now let it dry overnight or for at least 12 hours. It’s important that the tumbler keeps turning so that the resin will not pool and drip or dry funny hence the tumbler turner.
You now have a beautiful black glitter resin coated tumbler that’s ready for the spider web detail! I used thin silver nail art striping tape to create the spider web. I decided where I wanted the center to be and started adding the lines from there stretching them out in straight lines to the sides and around if need be of the tumbler. When creating the subtle “U” shaped parts of the web that connect from each line around in a circle I found it best to push with one finger down on the line tape and guide with the other hand into a subtle “U” shape. Cut the tape at the end of each section or as you need to. For the other side of the tumbler simply create your own line art design with the line tape to complete the line art all around the tumbler with the focus on the spider web on the front. See images below for inspiration.
I also cut a cute little sparkly silver spider out of vinyl using my Cricut Maker machine and applied it over the spider web art I just created. Once you are happy with your spider web and spider it’s time to add the final coat of resin to protect all that hard work of applying the line tape art. *Remember to re-apply the electrical tape to the bottom (and top if applicable).* Mix your resin for the final time. You will use approximately 1 ounce of resin for a 20 ounce tumbler. Place your pretty spider web tumbler on the tumbler turner and apply your resin using your gloves. Coat the entire tumbler making sure to get a good coating over all the beautiful spider web art you have created. You might find that you will need a second coat of resin if any of the tape is not flat and sticks up a little bit but you might also find that this final coat is enough. It all depends on how you applied your line tape. Now let your tumbler spin and make sure to return after 1/2 hour to 45 minutes to remove the electrical tape from the bottom (and top if applicable). Keep spinning and letting it dry for 12 hours or overnight. I then turn off my tumbler turner and carefully remove the tumbler. I let it dry for a further 24 hours to make sure that the resin is completely cured and rock hard before any use. Clean the inside of your tumbler and remove the masking/painter’s tape that you had put on the inside lip of the tumbler. Now your beautiful Spider Web Resin Tumbler is complete and ready for any hot or cold drink you desire!!
You can follow along with me making this Spider Web Resin Tumbler in my tutorial video!
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