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Ocean Epoxy Tray

I've seen so many resin projects that are stunning, especially some live edge tables, which I will do one day, but I thought I'd get my feet wet first with a couple of small projects. I've used resin in the past to create "water" to hold some faux flower arrangements but this was the first time I started experimenting with colors. The results were so much better than I dared hope for, and this project gave me some confidence to do more with resin.

bottles of epoxy resin

Materials for the ocean epoxy tray:

epoxy resin and hardener being mixed together

Epoxy always has the same formula: 1 part resin and 1 part hardener. Mix together and stir for 5 - 7 minutes until the air bubbles disappear (more on that later in case you still have bubbles).

gold pigment powder being mixed into epoxy resin

I knew I wanted an ocean-type look for this, but wanted gold for the "sand". I used a powder pigment because it has more of a glitter effect, and who doesn't want more sparkle?

a cup of epoxy resin with gold pigment mixed in

This is what it looked like after mixing for a few minutes. So pretty, right?

blue dye being added to a cup of epoxy resin

Next it was time for the "water". I used a turquoise pigment which I thought was the color I wanted.

a cup of blue epoxy resin being stirred

After mixing, it was pretty, but a little too green for what I was going for, so I added in a few drops of royal blue.

a cup of blue epoxy resin

Okay, this looks more like the ocean to me.

blue epoxy resin being poured into a silicone mold

The next step was pouring the resin into the mold. Forgive my ring light reflection, I needed light but didn't realize how reflective the resin was 🤦🏻‍♀️

I poured it in to roughly half the mold.

gold epoxy resin being stirred into a silicone mold

Next, it's time for the glittery "sand". I didn't use any barriers between the colors as I wanted them to blend like a real beach would.

gold and blue epoxy resin being pulled together in a silicone mold

Once both colors were in the mold, I gently pulled the colors into each other to blend, very gently. I was surprised how forgiving it was and you could almost "undo" something if you wanted to move it back.

gold handles being placed into a silicone mold containing gold and blue epoxy resin

The resin mold I bought happened to come with handles, but you can use any cabinet handles you have, if you happen to have extra ones laying around. Place them in while the epoxy is still wet, and leave to harden overnight. This is the time when I took a sewing needle and popped any air bubbles that were remaining.

a serving tray made from epoxy resin that resembles the ocean

And here's the finished tray! Not bad for a first timer?!

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