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Zelf leuke boekenleggers maken! - itsOkay

Make nice bookmarks yourself!

In this manual, Petra explains you step by step how to make 3 types of bookmarks: with glitter, flowers and with a text/name.

My name is Petra Laan, 34 years old. I have already written several blogs for itsOkay. I can be found on Instagram and Facebook under DoorPetra . Here I regularly post nice creations of my cards, baby gifts, epoxy jewelry and key rings.

What do you need:
- Epoxy resin 1:1 casting resin : this is resin for large surfaces
- Silicone Mixing Cups (or your own disposable cups)
- Silicone epoxy mold bookmark
- Work gloves
- Dried flowers or Glitters or pigments
- Swizzle sticks (I use popsicle sticks)
- Text from a cutting plotter or permanent marker
* Always work with gloves and a face mask

Possibly:
- Silicone mat
- Baby wipes (in case you make a spill)
- Tassels (hip brush for your bookmark)
- Heat gun or lighter (to pop the bubbles in the resin)

Preparation

For the bookmarks that I will make in this blog, I choose Epoxy resin 1:1 . The epoxy consists of two components: a resin and a hardener. The mixing ratio is very easy, namely 1:1. I first weigh 10 grams of component A, the epoxy resin, and then I weigh 10 grams of component B, the epoxy hardener. So I prepare a total of 20 grams of epoxy resin, which is more than enough for one bookmark.

Always read the instructions before pouring. The instructions for use are on the packaging and the product page of the Epoxy resin - 1:1 casting resin.

Bookmark with glitter

Always make sure that your workplace is well covered and that the table or surface is level. If the silicone mold is at an angle and you have already cast, the epoxy resin will dry at an angle: you don't want that. For this first bookmark I only use glitter .


Step 1: Mixing epoxy resin

Prepare 20 grams of epoxy resin in a small mixing cup or a silicone mixing cup . Use gloves here and make sure you work in a well-ventilated area and wear a face mask if necessary.

Step 2: Add glitter to the epoxy resin

Because glitter and other decorations sink to the bottom in epoxy resin, I always use a lot of glitter. Add one or more colors of glitter. Stir this well into the epoxy resin and let it stand for a while so that most of the air bubbles go out.

Step 3: Fill the mold

Fill the mold with the epoxy resin that you mixed with the glitter. For the best result, make sure that the mold is filled just over the edge (slightly fuller). You will then see a bulge of resin forming in the mold. The epoxy resin always shrinks slightly during the curing process. In this way the epoxy resin hardens nice and flat. If you don't do this, sharp edges may appear when it has hardened.
Finally, carefully run a heat tool (lighter, for example) along the epoxy resin and pop the bubbles.

Step 4: Remove from the mold

This is my favorite part! After 24 to 48 hours, the bookmark has hardened and you can carefully remove it from the mold. Decorate the bookmarks with a nice tassel and make someone happy with it (a tassel is a hip brush).


Bookmark with glitter and pigments

For this bookmark I use glitter and pigment colors .

Step 1: Mixing epoxy resin

Prepare 20 grams of epoxy resin in a small mixing cup or a silicone mixing cup . Use gloves here and make sure you work in a well-ventilated area and wear a face mask if necessary.

Step 2: Add pigment

I put about 15 grams of the 20 grams of epoxy resin in a separate cup. I add white opaque pigment to this. Four drops is often enough. You can see in the photo below that I added four drops to the resin in the mixing cup. You can also opt for a little metallic pearl white pigment . Gently stir the pigments you choose into the epoxy resin and let it sit for a while so that the air bubbles burst.

Step 3: Add glitter

I add glitter to the remaining 5 grams of epoxy resin . Stir this well and let it stand for a while. Use gloves here and make sure you work in a well-ventilated area and wear a face mask if necessary.

Step 4: Fill the mold

I pour the epoxy resin with glitter at the bottom of the mold and the epoxy resin with the pigment at the top. Make sure that the entire mold is well covered with epoxy resin for the best result. Carefully add a little resin with, for example, a popsicle stick so that the mold is well filled.
Finally, carefully run a heat tool (lighter, for example) along the epoxy resin and pop the bubbles.

Step 5: Remove from the mold

After 24 to 48 hours, the bookmark has hardened and you can carefully remove it from the mold. You have now made a nice bookmark with two colors. If the bookmark is still flexible, it has not yet fully hardened.

Bookmark with dried flowers and text

I am going to cast this bookmark in two batches. So I first make the base (bottom ready) and later another layer goes over it if there is text on the bottom layer. You can print a text as an image on your computer, cut it out and laminate it, use a sticker, apply it with a permanent marker or, like I do, make it with a cutting plotter machine.

Step 1: Mixing epoxy resin

Prepare 20 grams of epoxy resin in a small mixing cup or a silicone mixing cup . Use gloves here and make sure you work in a well-ventilated area and wear a face mask if necessary.

Step 2: Fill the mold

Fill the mold with the epoxy resin , do not fill it completely because a second layer will be added on top.

Step 3: Add flowers

Now add a number of dried small flowers , do this carefully because dried flowers are very fragile. I also add a little gold foil for shine. I use a cocktail stick for this. Once all the flowers are in the epoxy resin, wait a day. This way, this layer hardens and you can later pour the next layer over it. If you were to do this in one go, the flowers would drop all the way down and that is not nice. Never use fresh flowers: the rotting process of the flowers will continue in the resin. They need to be flat and bone dry!

Step 4: Add text

I cut out a text with my plotter machine, but you can also print a text as an image on your computer, cut it out and laminate it, use a sticker, apply it with a permanent marker or, as I do, make it with a cutting plotter machine. You can of course also skip this step if you don't want any text.

Step 5: Prepare epoxy resin

Prepare 5-10 grams of epoxy resin for the final layer that you will pour on top. Use gloves here and make sure you work in a well-ventilated area and wear a face mask if necessary.

Step 6: Fill the rest of the mold

Now fill the mold until a bulge is formed. Make sure that all decorations and text are well covered with epoxy resin. Finally, carefully run a heat tool (lighter, for example) over the epoxy resin and pop the bubbles.

Step 7: Remove from the mold

After 24 to 48 hours, the bookmark has hardened and you can carefully remove it from the mold. You have now made a nice bookmark with flowers and possibly a text.
You can make a nice tassel through the small hole in the top of the mold, which completes the bookmark! Have fun making your bookmarks! Love, Petra.

Do you want to make this too?
- Epoxy resin 1:1 casting resin : this is resin for large surfaces
- Silicone Mixing Cups (or disposable cups)

- Silicone mold bookmark
- Work gloves
- Dried flowers

More information?

Do you have questions about making art, jewelry or casting/coating floors or other objects? Several people work at itsOkay epoxy experts each with their own expertise. We are happy to help you.
Please contact the customer service from itsOkay or take a look at it Epoxy knowledge center .

Comments

  • Beste Mieke, Bedankt voor je reactie. De meeste klanten laten het lint aan de bovenzijde uitsteken, maar dit kan natuurlijk ook aan de onderzijde. Het is maar net wat iemand mooi vind. Bij onze boekenlegger mal is het beide mogelijk! Groetjes Petra, team itsOkay

    KL

    Klanten service itsOkay

  • Mag ik vragen waarom velen boekenleggers maken met het gaatje en het lint bovenaan? Ik maakte 1x zelf een boekenlegger, speciaal bestemd voor mijn Bijbel, maar liet de versiering onderaan bengelen. Zie foto’s als voorbeeld: https://yoo.rs/het-liefdeskruisje-1524762119.html?Ysid=65153

    MI

    Mieke Van Liefde

  • 📍 Beste Nelly, bedankt voor je reactie. Leuk om te lezen dat je het een leuke blog vindt. Het gaatje zit al verwerkt dmv een uitsparing in de mal. Dus die komt automatisch in je boekenleggers. De tassels zijn te bestellen in onze webshop. 📍Beste Monica, bedankt voor je reactie! Wat fijn dat je de blog leuk vond en er snel mee aan de slag gaat. We zijn erg benieuwd naar je creatie. Gr, Stefanie, team itsokay

    KL

    Klantenservice Itsokay

  • Ik popel om te beginnen met de boekenleggers! In welk stadium breng je het gaatje aan voor de tassel? En waar kan ik deze bestellen? Bij voorbaat dank voor de mooie uitleg. Ik ga zsm aan de slag. Warme groet!

    NE

    Nelly Krijntjes

  • Ik heb alles besteld en ga er maandag mee aan de slag met mijn dochter. Bedankt voor de leuke blog!

    MO

    Monica Jongsema

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