DIY Epoxy Crystal Ball (Halloween Themed)
By: Sarah Spooner
Hi and welcome back to another craft series blog! In this week's blog I thought it would be fun to talk about how to make an Epoxy Crystal Ball for Halloween, since it's October 1st! In this blog we will talk about what you need, how to make it, and some helpful tips and tricks! Let's get spooky!!
First let's talk about what you will need to make this DIY Crystal Ball. You will need: a silicone mold of your choice. Ekopel 2K or another epoxy of your choice. stir stick, popsicle stick, gloves, paper or plastic furniture covering, any additives or tints you would like to add into the epoxy for a fun look, optional can use regular paint to paint the outside when dry, and a heat gun or hair dryer to pop any bubbles, You can find stir sticks, gloves, popsicle sticks, and paper or plastic furniture coverings, at your local hardware store or even Walmart. You can find a lot of silicone molds at your local craft store, Amazon, or online. Always remember to take proper precautions when working with epoxy. Ekopel 2K is odorless, and non toxic so there is no need for ventilation. Other epoxies might not be odorless and non toxic so you will want to make sure you take the proper precautions that your epoxy requires to keep you safe. For this project when selecting your epoxy you will want to think about what you can do with that color in terms of tinting and what you can add to it to make it look magical!!
Now let's talk about setting up. You will want to make sure you set everything up in a nice flow. If everything is set up then you won't have any room for mistakes. You will want to do this project on a clean flat surface. If the surface is uneven the project can dry uneven as well. which could be cool with some projects but disappointing on others. If there is dust or wind from a fan then the project can end up with dust and debris. Which could be cool for this project if you want to make it look old and spooky. Then you will want to lay out your paper or plastic furniture covering. This will make the clean up a lot easier on yourself. At the end you can just grab the plastic, pick it up and throw it away. Next lay out all the pieces on the table. Silicon mold, tints or additives right beside it. Both parts of epoxy with a stir stick next to it and a pile of gloves to use. Now you're ready to get creative!!
Finally, let's talk about how to do this. You will want to mix your epoxy together as the directions state. Remember working with epoxies is like a science, if one thing is off the whole thing can be off. So you will want to make sure you follow your directions to whatever epoxy you have to a T. You can pre add additives like glitter, dried flowers, tints etc. Can also swirl tints in or just leave it blank, and paint when it's dry, it's really up to you! I think glitter can be a fun additive for this project! Once your silicone mold is full add any additives or tints you want in if you haven't already. You can use a popsicle stick to make a marble or swirl effect, or move pieces where you want them in the mold. Options are unlimited with how you can design these, some cool designs that might be fun to do with this project are spiders, swirled glitter, skulls, see thru picture, etc. Really have fun with this and make it spooky and festive for Halloween! Once you're done let it sit and dry for 24-36 hours or however long your epoxy states to let it dry and harden. Depending on the mold you used and how you poured you may want to go over the details with a paint brush to accent some cool features on the crystal ball stand. Enjoy your haunting!!