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Make your own crochet hook with epoxy

Making your own crochet hook is easier than you might think. Ingrid is an expert in this field and explains step by step in this manual how to make a crochet hook yourself.

My name is Ingrid, I am 35 years old and owner of the webshop Inkuresincrafts .
I am married to Mattijs and together we have 2 children, Jona and Seb. In addition to being a webshop owner and content creator on social media (active under inkuresincrafts), I am also a crochet pattern designer. This gave me the idea to make unique crochet hooks and sell them in my webshop.
Today I'm going to teach you the basics of making your own crochet hook ! Because what could be more fun than making something that you can use yourself or give as a gift. We make this with epoxy: you may already know it. Read on!

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Making your own crochet hook

Step 1: Preparation

We are going to make these crochet hooks with epoxy. I use the UltraEpoxy. This is a high-quality art epoxy with great ease of use.
When you pour epoxy, fumes can be released. Ensure a well-ventilated work area (window open) and cover your work area with a silicone mat or a garbage bag. Wear old clothes, if you spill epoxy you won't be able to get it out.
Make sure your work area is level so that your project cures level. Get everything ready, put on your gloves and put on your face mask.

Step 2: The silicone mold

Take the silicone mold pen (variant 1: oval). This is a template for pins, but actually even more suitable for your own crochet hooks. You will notice a small piece of plastic sticking out of the back. This normally serves as a hole for your pen refill. We don't need this so we cut it out with small scissors.
Now we want to make a hole at the top of the mold. We will then insert the top of the crochet hook through this.
Insert the scissors through the top of the mold from the inside of the mold. Make sure this is exactly in the middle. Don't make the hole too big!


If you use a crochet hook larger than size 4.5, I recommend cutting off the very tip of the template, so that you have more room to insert your crochet hook through. Please note, if you do this, you will need an extra template for your crochet hooks under size 4.5. The template must fit completely on the crochet hook, otherwise the epoxy will run out at the end.
Now take an aluminum crochet hook and insert it through the hole.

Step 3: Mixing epoxy casting resin

We need about 15-20ml of epoxy per crochet hook. I recommend mixing a little more epoxy if you need it. I use the UltraEpoxy premium for this. You mix this epoxy 1:6. This seems difficult but is simple. And don't worry: a mixing schedule is included. I need about 25 ml of epoxy. This is approximately: 15 ml resin (A) and 9 ml hardener (B). You must mix this well.

To avoid bubbles, I stir slowly in one direction for 5 to 10 minutes. Set a timer for this. It is important that the components are completely mixed. Also scrape the bottom and edges of the cup with the stirring rod

Step 4: Pouring epoxy

Now very slowly pour the epoxy into the mold until the mold appears full. Air bubbles may form in the epoxy after mixing and pouring. I remove the air bubbles with 1 syringe of bubble blaster .
A small air bubble will now appear in the tip of the mold. Gently squeeze the end of the mold until the air bubble appears. Puncture this puncture with the toothpick while squeezing the mold.


Now very slowly let the epoxy flow into the end of the mold by slowly releasing the mold. Repeat this until all air bubbles are gone. For stubborn air bubbles, you can use your toothpick to guide them out and puncture them.
Your mold may now appear less full because you have removed the air bubbles. In that case, pour some epoxy into the mold. Not too full, because we are going to add decorations to the epoxy.

Step 5: Add decorations

Now we are going to fill the epoxy with gold leaf, dried flowers and glitter.
If you want to add dried flowers, make sure they are completely covered with epoxy to prevent air bubbles. Use a toothpick to add these decorations. Take your time and place everything one by one.


When you're ready, take the Bubble blaster and spray over the crochet hook once. Any air bubbles that arise during curing will then disappear automatically. Now leave your work alone for at least 24 hours. With this epoxy, ensure a constant room temperature of 20°C during curing.

Step 6: Demoulding

Carefully remove the crochet hook from the mold. Go along all edges with the deburrer or knife. If small air bubbles have formed somewhere, we will fill them with ready-made UV Resin in the step below.

Step 7: Finishing

If after deburring (removing sharp edges with a knife) there are still imperfections in the edges or sides, we will first fill them very carefully with UV Resin and a toothpick. Cure the fillings completely at a time.


Once the air bubbles are gone we can continue with the finishing. It is now flat at the top of the hook. We will apply a layer of UV Resin to this.
Spread the UV Resin evenly with a stirring stick. Before you place it under the UV Epoxy lamp, you want to run a lighter over it. This ensures that all air bubbles pop immediately.
Hold the crochet hook on the aluminum part and keep it as level as possible for at least 60 seconds under the UV epoxy lamp. The crochet hooks almost never stay straight because they have a round bottom. Repeat this process for about 5 to 10 minutes. The curing time depends on your UV Resin and the lamp you use. Your UV Resin should no longer be sticky after this.

Tip: as a finishing touch you can also add a name to the crochet hook!

Have fun making your own crochet hooks!

Do you want to make this too?
- Epoxy casting resin (15 ml required per crochet hook)
- Silicone mold pen
- See the complete list at the top of the page

More information?

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

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  • Goedemorgen @Anastasia P Bagmeijer. Dat klopt die vind je op onze website: Siliconen Mal Haaknaald. De kunstenares / expert kiest er in dit geval voor te werken met een balpen mal, omdat het eindresultaat wat je hiermee giet beter in de hand ligt. Maar je kunt natuurlijk zelf kiezen. Liefs, team itsOkay

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