Today I am making a cake stand out of sprinkles!
First I lined my silicone mold with mold release, to make it easier to get the hardened resin out of the mold.
I used twelve ounces of Art Resin to cast my sprinkles. For three minutes, I mixed equal parts of the hardener and resin to ensure no soft spots were in the finished product. The details of how resin should be mixed depends entirely on the brand you are using.
I added as many sprinkles as I could into this resin while keeping them fully coated, and then poured the mixture into the mold. As bubbles rose to the surface I popped them with a torch.
The next day, I removed the sprinkles from the mold.
To create a pillar for my cake plate, I cast additional resin and sprinkle pieces using smaller circular molds.
When these were fully hardened they were not completely flat on the top and bottom. I sanded the pieces on the belt sander and stacked them on top of one another to create a cylinder.
Next, I spread a small amount of resin in between the discs. For a smooth finished product, I taped tyvek tape around the discs.
The next day, I removed the tape from the cylinder. This didn’t result in a perfect cylinder so I used the power sander to sound down the outer edge and then put another thin clear coat of resin on the cylinder because there was some exposed sugar from where it was sanded over.
The last piece to cast is a large base for the pillar for this to stand on. I cast one last circle of sprinkles and resin, with a slightly smaller diameter than the top of the stand.
Before assembling I used the belt sander to sand each component of this nice and flat.
I am going to assemble this by threading a dowel through each piece. This will require drilling a hole through all of the smallest disks, and drilling halfway through the top and bottom pieces.
For the pieces that I needed to drill all the way through I first drilled through with a smaller drill bit. This pilot hole will reduce the friction for going in with the wider drill bit.
Next I found the exact center of the top and bottom disks. To ensure I didn’t drill all the way through, I used painter’s tape to mark the thickness of my finished pieces on the drill bit itself. This will make it easy to know when to step pressing into the resin to avoid drilling all the way through.
With my holes and divots drilled, I threaded everything together on a wooden dowel. I applied a liberal amount of 5 minute epoxy to the dowel itself to keep things secure and applied weight to the top of the cake plate while the epoxy hardened.
After the epoxy finished setting, this was done!