How To Make A Resin Tumbler

Posted on 20 Aug 15:24

Epoxy resin is an easy way to transform a boring old mug into a fun, personalized tumbler!  With step by step instructions and a video tutorial, we'll show you 4 different ways to make your own DIY resin tumbler, including a glitter tumbler, an alcohol ink tumbler, a marbled tumbler and a striped tumbler.


Here's what you'll need:

  • ArtResin epoxy resin
  • an insulated tumbler ( stainless steel is best as epoxy resin doesn't adhere to plastic )
  • painter's tape
  • spray paint
  • craft materials of your choice to decorate your tumbler: glitter & spray adhesive, alcohol ink & sponges, ResinTint liquid colorant
  • nitrile gloves
  • plastic mixing cups and stir sticks
  • plastic drop sheet to line your work surface
  • a small foam football
  • a cup turner made from a Universal Rotisserie assembled onto a wood base


Let's get started!


 

 

Assemble Your Cup Turner: 

We saw a great tutorial by our customer Holli Mostella who demonstrated how to turn an ordinary barbecue rotisserie into a fantastic cup turner!  We picked up a Universal Rotisserie at our local hardware store and, with a few easy steps, we mounted it on some scrap pieces of wood.  

💡TIP: A cup turner gives the advantage of slowly and constantly rotating the tumbler to provide even coverage with no drips. Although you could resin a tumbler and mount it vertically ( taping off the bottom to catch drips ),  we really feel that the constant rotation of a cup turner can't be beat for even coverage!


What You'll Need: 

  • a Universal Rotisserie kit ( available at most hardware stores

  • drill and screws

  • wood glue

  • a 12" length of 2 x 4 wood 

  • a 12 17.5" piece of wood to act as the base

  • a foam football ( available at the dollar store )

  • a level

 

1. Along one of the 12" sides of your wood base, glue the 12" piece of 2 x 4.  Glue the grate bracket in the centre of the other 12" side.  Once the glue has dried, affix the upper grate bracket using the screws and hex nuts included in the kit.

Your cup turner should look like this:



2. Line up the motor's mounting bracket on the outside of the 2 x 4 so that, once inserted, the rod will sit perfectly level. Screw the bracket to the 2 x 4 using the electric drill. 



3. Slide the electric motor onto the mounting bracket. Attach the collars onto either ends of the spit rod. Insert one end into the electric motor, resting the other end on
the far bracket. Using a level, make sure the rod is perfectly horizontal.






4. Cut an X into one end of the foam football. Insert the pointed end of the spit rod straight through the entire length of the football, then insert into the tumbler, pushing the football and spit rod down to the bottom of the tumbler. Re-attach the spit rod and tumbler back onto the motor and bracket. Check with a level to make sure it's sitting perfectly horizontal to ensure even resin coverage.

Now you're ready to create!







Which Type Of Tumbler Is Best To Resin?





Whichever tumbler you choose to use, it's best to look for a double walled or insulated tumbler. 
Why? The maximum temperature cured ArtResin can come in contact with is 120F or 50C. A freshly brewed coffee or tea can easily exceed this temperature which may cause the cured resin to soften. If you're planning on using your tumbler for hot beverages, an insulated tumbler will keep the exterior of the tumbler cool. For this same reason, it's ideal to choose a tumbler with a plastic lip at the top so that the resin won't have to come into contact with a hot beverage.

Let's go through some of the more common tumbler materials, one by one:

Metal: 
Stainless steel is your best bet when applying resin to a tumbler. Epoxy resin adheres very nicely to stainless steel and although it doesn't require a coat of spray paint, you can certainly apply a base coat to compliment your colour palette. If you're planning on using the tumbler for hot drinks, always choose an insulated tumbler to protect the resin from the heat.

Plastic:
Avoid using plastic tumblers for this project. Epoxy resin does not adhere to plastic and can peel off in time. If your tumbler has a small amount of plastic on it, you can cover it with a plastic-compatible spray paint to give the resin something to hang onto. 

Glass and Ceramic:
Resined glass or ceramic tumblers should only be used for cold beverages. The glass or ceramic will absorb the heat from hot beverages and the residual heat could cause the resin to soften. Insulated tumblers with glass interiors are fine to use as long the exterior is stainless steel.


Red, White & Blue Striped Tumbler: 


What You'll Need:

  • an insulated stainless steel tumbler, taped off and spray painted white
  • ArtResin epoxy resin 
  • nitrile gloves 
  • mixing container 
  • stir stick 
  • ResinTint liquid colorant in light blue, dark blue, white and red
  • 4 x plastic shot glasses ( one for each colour )
  • 4 x popsicle sticks ( one for each colour )
  • an empty plastic tote or cardboard box to protect your piece while it dries




1.  Prepare Your Work Surface And Tumbler:  

Ensure your work surface is lined with a plastic drop sheet to catch the drips. Place your cup turner on your work surface. Tape off the plastic lip of the tumbler ( and base if necessary. ) Spray paint the tumbler if desired. Insert the pointed end of the spit rod into the foam football, then insert into the tumbler, pushing the football and rod down to the bottom of the cup. Insert one end into the motor and the other end into the bracket. Check with a level to ensure the cup is sitting perfectly horizontal.
💡TIP:  It's a good idea to add some painter's tape to the spit rod to protect it from resin drips.








 

 
2. Prepare Your Resin:

Wearing gloves, prepare your ArtResin according to the label instructions, measuring accurately and mixing thoroughly. Using one plastic shot glass per colour tint, divide your prepared ArtResin amongst your cups. Add the tint and mix thoroughly.

💡TIP:  Always start with less tint than you think you need, adding more as necessary. ResinTint is a richly saturated pigment so a little goes a long way. No matter which colorant you use, never add more than 6% of the total combined volume of resin and hardener or your resin may not cure properly.

 




3.  Apply The Resin:
 
Flip the rotisserie motor on and as the cup is turning, slowly pour the light blue tinted resin over the spinning tumbler. Use the popsicle stick or gloved finger to carefully spread it. Repeat the process with the dark blue, white and red tinted resin. If you wish, you can drizzle a little white over each colour for a marbled effect.









4.  Let The Tumbler Cure:


Leaving the motor running, allow the cup to continue turning until the resin is dry to the touch, approximately 18-24 hours later. Remove the tumbler from the cup turner and remove the tape. Allow the cup to continue curing - it will be fully cured at the 72 hour mark.

💡TIP: If there is any tape residue left on your tumbler, you can use a little vegetable oil or a product like Goo Gone to remove it.  If there is any ArtResin that seeped under the tape, you can remove it with a little acetone or rubbing alcohol. If the resin has already cured, use a blade or some sandpaper to scrape it off. Wipe any sanding residue away with damp cloth. Wash the tumbler thoroughly with soapy water 
before use.



Marbled Tumbler: 


What You'll Need:

  • an insulated stainless steel tumbler, taped off and spray painted white
  • ArtResin epoxy resin 
  • nitrile gloves 
  • mixing container 
  • stir stick 
  • ResinTint liquid colorant in the colours of your choice ( we used white, purple, pearl blue, pink and gold )
  • white glitter to add to the white resin
  • gold glitter to add to the gold resin
  • 5 x plastic shot glasses ( one for each colour )
  • 5 x popsicle sticks ( one for each colour )
  • an empty plastic tote or cardboard box to protect your piece while it dries



1. Prepare Your Materials:

Prepare the work surface and cup turner as above.  Wearing gloves, carefully measure and mix your ArtResin according the instructions. Divide among the 5 plastic shot glasses, one per colour, reserving some clear resin in your mixing cup.  Add your tint to each cup, as above, mixing thoroughly. If desired, add glitter to your resin for a sparkle effect!





2.  Apply Your Resin:

Turn the rotisserie motor on and, with the tumbler spinning, apply a clear coat of ArtResin, spreading it evenly over the entire surface with your gloved hands. This first coat of clear resin will help the tinted resin to blend, creating a marble effect as the tumbler turns. Starting with your darkest colour first, apply each colour, one by one, in a diagonal fashion.  

💡TIP:  Always start by applying less resin to see how the colours blend. You can always add more if you wish.  















4.  Let The Tumbler Cure:


Leaving the motor running, allow the cup to continue turning until the resin is dry to the touch, approximately 18-24 hours later. Remove the tumbler from the cup turner and remove the tape. Allow the cup to continue curing - it will be fully cured at the 72 hour mark.



Glitter Tumbler: 


What You'll Need:

  • an insulated stainless steel tumbler, spray painted purple
  • ArtResin epoxy resin 
  • nitrile gloves 
  • mixing container 
  • stir stick 
  • acrylic glitter paint and a paintbrush OR spray adhesive and loose glitter
  • an empty plastic tote or cardboard box to protect your piece while it dries





1. Apply The Glitter:  

If using acrylic glitter paint, apply the paint with a brush to the entire surface of the tumbler and allow to dry. If using loose glitter, spray the entire surface of the tumbler with spray adhesive and, working over a sheet of paper to collect the spillage, generously sprinkle the glitter over the entire surface of the tumbler.  Allow the tumbler to dry throughly.








2. Apply A Coat Of Resin:


Once the glitter coat is thoroughly dry, mount the tumbler onto the cup turner.  Wearing gloves, carefully measure and mix a small amount of ArtResin. Turn the rotisserie motor on and, with the tumbler turning, slowly pour the ArtResin onto the surface of the tumbler as it turns, smoothing it out with your gloved hands. Once the entire surface has been evenly covered, allow it to turn until it is dry to the touch, within 18-24 hours.  Once dry, remove the tape and allow it to finish curing.  At 72 hours, it will have fully cured.








Alcohol Ink Tumbler: 


What You'll Need:

  • an insulated stainless steel tumbler, taped and spray painted white
  • ArtResin epoxy resin 
  • nitrile gloves 
  • mixing container 
  • stir stick 
  • alcohol ink ( we used light green, dark green, blue, white and gold )
  • 5 x sponges to apply the alcohol ink ( one per colour )
  • an empty plastic tote or cardboard box to protect your piece while it dries




1. Apply The Alcohol Ink



Using a sponge, dab the alcohol ink onto your tumbler, one colour at a time in whatever pattern you wish. Work your way from light to dark, highlighting with gold at the end.













2. Once the alcohol ink has dried, mount the tumbler onto the cup turner. Wearing gloves, carefully measure and mix a small amount of clear ArtResin. Turn the rotisserie motor on and, with the tumbler turning, slowly pour the ArtResin onto the surface of the tumbler as it turns, smoothing it out with your gloved hands. Once the entire surface has been evenly covered, allow it to turn until it is dry to the touch, within 18-24 hours. Once dry, remove the tape and allow it to finish curing.  At 72 hours, it will have fully cured.







Caring For Your Tumbler: 



  • The maximum temperature cured ArtResin should be exposed to is 120F or 50C. For this reason, hand wash your tumbler in warm, soapy water and do not leave your tumbler in a hot car. Unless your tumbler is double walled or insulated, only use with cold beverages.

  • Ensure your tumbler has fully cured for 72 hours before use.

  • Ensure there are no traces of epoxy left around the lip of your tumbler.  Use sandpaper or a blade to remove any resin that may have seeped under the tape: remove any sanding dust by wiping with a damp cloth. Wash your tumbler in warm, soapy water before use.


There you have it - 4 easy techniques for creating your very own custom resin tumbler!  

So whether you make a glitter tumbler, an alcohol ink tumbler or a marbled tumbler using tinted resin, we hope this tutorial has been informative and inspires you to get creative and make a resined tumbler of your own!