Remember a few months ago when Jo made a cast resin cookie tray for her parents, honoring her grandmother? It was so fun helping her with that project that I knew I wanted to make my own resin project, too. I was inspired with a great idea soon after when my husband was talking about his poker-loving friend’s upcoming birthday. Why not make a bowl with poker chips and cards cast in the resin?
I started with a square-ish acrylic bowl, although any shape would work. Then I went into my craft stash and found a half-deck of playing cards that I use just for crafty occasions like this, and I pulled out the cards necessary to make a royal flush (10, J, Q, K, A of hearts). I also raided the poker chips and took a few, and grabbed a pair of dice while I was at it.
The first step was to figure out just how much resin I would need. Just like we did for the cast resin cookie tray, I put the dice, which were the tallest item I had, in the bowl and added water just until the dice were covered. I poured the water off into a measuring cup and took note of how much water I had. I knew that I would need the same amount of resin to cover all the pieces in my bowl.
Then I artfully arranged the cards and attached them together with some regular tape on the back. I used some Zots adhesive dots (my favorite 3D adhesive) and used them to attach the pieces to the bottom of the bowl in a way I liked.
Finally, it was time to add the resin! I used EasyCast clear casting epoxy, which comes in two parts and is really easy to use. I mixed it in a coffee can and poured it slowly over my pieces.
Then I just left it to sit and cure until it was good and solid. This only takes a few days, but I left it for a couple weeks, just to be sure it was completely cured and set.
This bowl is all set to be filled with poker chips, cards, or even keys and pocket change!