If you have been crafting with epoxy, this DIY is for you. You can definitely experiment with the moulds you’re using by putting different materials in it. Try fitting some air dry clay in and see how it turns out. I’ve been doing it myself with concrete and this is what I’d like to share with you today! Try your hand at repurposing your epoxy mould with this Concrete Ring Dish DIY.
- Silicone mould (the kind you use for epoxy resin crafts)
- Navy blue paint or pigments
- Metal wire
Prepping the feet
1 Before you begin, you will have to prepare your feet. Take some metal wire (around 1mm diameter) and cut 3 lengths. I cut mine to be 2″ long but you can adjust depending on how tall you would like the feet to be. To finish, bend the wire in the middle with a pair of pliers.
Moulding the Ring Dish
2 To make the ring dish, you will first have to mix your concrete. Just follow the instruction of your manufacturer but don’t be afraid to adjust if you feel it’s not right. I mix mine according to instruction and it was way too thick, not fit for pouring into a mould, so I added more water until I was happy with the consistency.
Next, you will add the paint to colour the concrete. I added navy blue acrylic paint and darkened it with pure black until it was midnight blue. Experiment until you get the right colour. Remember the colour will lighten A LOT when the concrete dries up.
3 Once your concrete is ready, simply pour it in the mould until halfway. To prevent air bubbles, use a toothpick to go around the bottom of the mould, mixing it up and pushing away the air pockets so that the concrete fully adheres to the silicone.
Let your concrete dry a little (watch it, it can go fast). You want it to solidify slightly so that you can stick the metal feet in but not so much that it’s rock hard. If it looks like the picture above, a little matte, you’re good to go!
4 Stick your metal feet into the concrete. Make sure they’re near the edge otherwise you won’t see them when you put the dish on a table. To finish, add the rest of the fresh concrete until the top of the mould.
Let your concrete dry fully – at least a few hours but better leave it overnight. Once it’s dry, unmould and set the ring dish on a table. Don’t worry if it has some dark patch, it will finish drying now that you’ve unmoulded it. And voila, look at that colour. Perfect contrast for gold jewelry!