Beach Time Drink Charms
These cute tropical motif drink charms are easy to create and fun to use when entertaining. They make great personalized gifts as well. Many neat candy molds are displayed in the baking department for even more design ideas. Any combination of alcohol ink colors may be substituted for the ones we used.
Designed by Hilary Stephens
- EasyCast Casting Epoxy 8 oz. Kit ™
- Castin’ Craft Mold Conditioner and Release ™
- Adirondack ™ Alcohol Ink Colors: Sailboat Blue, Citrus, Watermelon, Sunshine Yellow
- Wilton ™ Summer Fun Candy Mold
- Acrylic Craft Paint: White
- Measuring/Mixing Cups and Sticks
- Disposable Drink Cups (non-wax inside)
- Waxed Paper
- Gloves and Eye Protection
- Drinking Straw or Craft Heat Gun
- Multi Colored Bead Assortment (including sizes #4,6, and 8mm)
- Bracelet Memory Wire, Large
- 7mm Jump Rings
- Wire Cutters
- Flat Nosed Pliers
- Drill and 1/16 size Drill Bit
Protect the work table with a couple of sheets of waxed paper. Shake the Mold Conditioner well, spray each opening in the candy mold, shake off the excess into the trash can and let the conditioner dry on the surface. Then spray it again, shake it and let it dry. The mold is now ready to fill.
Put on the gloves and safety glasses. Using a measuring mix cup and stick, measure a total of three ounces of EasyCast and mix it exactly according to the instructions in the box. Divide the mixed EasyCast into four of the disposable drink cups. To one cup add 2 drops of Sailboat Blue Alcohol Ink and one drop white acrylic craft paint. To another cup add one drop Citrus and one drop Watermelon ink to make orange. To the third cup, add two drops Sunshine Yellow ink and in the fourth cup, add one drop Sailboat Blue and one drop Sunshine Yellow ink to make green. Thoroughly mix each cup of EasyCast and ink.
Use the blue mix to fill the t-shirt space in mold. Split a mixing stick in half and carefully put just a few drops of the orange into the low swirl area of the sun and into the flower area of the shoe. Fill the palm tree space with the green epoxy. Now add a drop of white craft paint to the orange tinted epoxy cup, mix it thoroughly, and fill the popsicle space. This project uses just five of the cast pieces; use the remainder of the epoxy to fill other mold spaces for additional charms. Using the drink straw, gently blow over each epoxy resin piece to pop the bubbles. A craft heat gun may be used instead; keep the gun tip six to eight inches from the mold; if too close the mold may warp. Let the charms cure for about six hours or overnight before going to the next step.
Mix two ounces of EasyCast and pour half into a disposable cup. Add two drops of Sunshine Yellow alcohol ink and mix thoroughly; fill the remaining area of the sun space. In the remaining cup, add one drop Citrus and one drop Sailboat Blue to make green epoxy and pour it into the shoe space. Let this additional epoxy cure for 24 hours.
The charms are removed from the mold now. Wear a pair of gloves and flex the mold to pop the charms from the mold. You may need to use the flat nosed pliers to pull the plastic mold away from the charm; don’t be surprised if the mold break, it’s ok.
Using the drill, either drill sideways through the charm to create a hole for the memory wire or drill from the front to the back of the charm and use a jump ring in the hole to attach it to the memory wire. Cut a length of memory wire long enough that the two ends of the wire overlap by about 2-inches. Using the flat nosed pliers, fold back and flatten a small portion of the wire at the end so that it prevents the beads from sliding off the wire. Add complimentary beads to fill half the wire, add charm and continue adding beads until the wire is filled, bend the remaining end of the wire over to finish the beaded charm.
Use photo as a guide and follow manufacturer’s instructions for all products used.
The mold used in this project is generally used just once because the mold is made for candy and may break in the process of removing the EasyCast casting. Epoxy can be more difficult to remove from candy molds but the low cost mold makes this craft project affordable. When the candy mold is used for this project it’s no longer food safe.