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Monday, December 16, 2019

Mickey Mouse Resin Shaker Charm

Display your love of Disney with your own Mickey Mouse Shaker Charm made with resin!

Mickey Mouse Resin Shaker Charm

This Mickey-themed shaker charm is my latest resin project, and I am SO excited about it! Made with epoxy resin, this shaker can be used as a purse charm or keychain, and makes a fantastic gift idea. There are quite a few steps, but these charms are relatively simple to make and have adorable results! I hope you love this project as much as I do!!

If you'd like to see even more resin project inspiration, come visit me at the Resin Crafts blog!

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Mickey Mouse Resin Shaker Charm

What you will need to make your own Mickey Mouse Resin Shaker Charm:

Mickey Mouse Resin Shaker Charm

Wear gloves to protect your hands, and pour equal amounts of resin and hardener into a mixing cup. Use a stirring stick and mix the resin well for 2 minutes. Pour the resin into a clean mixing cup and stir for another minute.

Add in a small scoop of black pearl mica powder or a drop of Castin’ Craft Opaque Pigment. Mix well to distribute the color. Pour in a generous amount of black and dark silver glitter and stir until the glitter is evenly distributed.

Mickey Mouse Resin Shaker Charm

Use the stir stick to help you carefully fill the mold until it reaches the top of the circle in the center. If you want the charm to be two-toned (like mine), be sure that you don't go above the circle. If you want the whole charm to be black, you can fill the mold the rest of the way and skip the next step.

Pop any bubbles that rise to the top using a lighter or by blowing through a straw. Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 24 hours. You will know that the resin is completely cured when it is no longer tacky. **DO NOT REMOVE THE RESIN FROM THE MOLD!**

Mickey Mouse Resin Shaker Charm

Mix up a batch of white resin the same way as the black, except using white mica powder or a drop of Castin’ Craft Opaque Pigment and iridescent glitter. Pour the resin over the top of the cured black resin and fill the mold the rest of the way.

Pop any bubbles that rise to the top using a lighter or by blowing through a straw. Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 24 hours.

Mickey Mouse Resin Shaker Charm

Once the resin is completely cured, carefully remove the piece from the mold. I love the two-toned look with the Mickey head shape in black and the background in white!

Mickey Mouse Resin Shaker Charm

Cut a small square of transparency film and place it on top of the charm. Carefully trace the circle opening with a permanent marker.

Mickey Mouse Resin Shaker Charm

Cut the transparency film a little bit outside of the traced circle. Remove the marker lines with a little bit of alcohol and a lint-free cloth.

Mickey Mouse Resin Shaker Charm

Fillers are what make shaker charms so much fun, and there are SO many options out there! You can use all kinds of chunky glitter, microbeads, small resin shapes, and even tiny polymer clay creations. Get creative and have fun with it!

Mickey Mouse Resin Shaker Charm

Because this shaker charm is all about Mickey Mouse, I had to add some Mickey-Shaped Glitter! I also added some small, holographic confetti glitter for more sparkle. Pour all of your shaker elements into the open center of the charm.

Mickey Mouse Resin Shaker Charm

Add a small amount of super glue all around the top edge of the circle opening. Place the circle of transparency film over top and press it down well. Be careful not to let any glue get on the inside of the opening with the filling, and that the edges are completely glued down. If there are any gaps, the charm will leak!

Mickey Mouse Resin Shaker Charm

You can keep the charm as is and give it a shake, but I prefer to give the shaker charm a "waterfall" effect, which makes the fillers slowly float back down. To do this, you need to fill the charm with baby oil (I prefer unscented) or glycerin.

Since the opening of the charm has been sealed off, we need to make an opening to fill it. Use a hand drill tool to carefully drill down through the top (between the ears) toward the opening.

Mickey Mouse Resin Shaker Charm

Fill an oiler bottle with baby oil or glycerin. Put the needle through the opening and slowly squeeze the bottle to fill the charm with the oil. Take your time - sometimes the oil will go back up through the hole and will spill oil everywhere!

Mickey Mouse Resin Shaker Charm

Once the charm is full, wipe the top off well to remove any oil residue. Cover the hole with a couple drops of super glue to seal it off. Let it dry completely, and then give the charm a good shake to test out the waterfall effect and repair any leaks, if necessary.

Mickey Mouse Resin Shaker Charm

Turn the charm over and glue a bail to the back, centered between the ears. You can dome the back of the charm if you want - just follow the directions from the next step.

Mickey Mouse Resin Shaker Charm

Lay the charm down on its back. Mix up a small amount of resin, but leave it clear. Carefully cover the top of the charm with resin without going over the edges. This will give your charm a domed top that also completely seals the front of the charm.

Pop any bubbles that rise to the top using a lighter or by blowing through a straw. Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 24 hours.

Mickey Mouse Resin Shaker Charm

Hook a jump ring through the loop in the bail, and hook the key ring chain to the jump ring. Close the jump ring to connect the key ring to the charm. Now the keychain is ready to go! This is such a unique gift idea that any Disney fan will love, and I think you will find that shaker charms can be a lot of fun to make.

I'd love to hear what you think in the comments, and who you would share a Mickey Mouse Resin Shaker Charm with! If you'd like even more resin project inspiration, come visit me at the Resin Crafts blog!

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Mickey Mouse Resin Shaker Charm

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  1. Wow, I LOVE this Mickey Mouse key chain and the waterfall effect. I have never made anything like this but plan to as soon as Christmas is over, thanks so much for showing us how to do it!

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  2. That is absolutely adorable! Pinned.

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  3. This is SO adorable. It's hard to find new ideas on blogs these days and this is one I've never seen. Love it!

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  4. Where did you get your Mickey mold?

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    1. Hi Carlene! I found it here on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/696565298/medium-mickey-head-shaker-silicone-mold

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  5. super cute. thanks for all the details. sometimes people skip steps but you were very thorough. cant wait to try it

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  6. how do you keep the smooth edges once removed? When I remove from molds, it seems I have to file, then I have to trim, then re epoxy to cover the dull sides

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  7. how do you keep your sides smooth once removed from mold? I find I have to file, sand, then reapply epoxy to those areas

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