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Land Among the Stars with Your Own Crescent Moon Wall Shelf

Dec 23rd 2021

Land Among the Stars with Your Own Crescent Moon Wall Shelf

Close-up of crescent moon wall shelf hung up and LEDs lit.

The moon in all of its eight stages has always been a captivating sight in the night sky, even among a sky of seemingly infinite stars. Maybe you’re a stargazer, an adorer of astronomy, or you just appreciate the ethereal aesthetic of this celestial body. Either way, we’ve got just the project for you!

This week, we’d like to share with you a guide on how to cast your own colorful crescent moon shelf. Although it’s far from required, we also delve into the process of stringing lights in this creation so that your mystical masterpiece can be cherished any time of day!

If you’d prefer to follow along with this process via a video, we’ll be posting a quick filming of  @islandbreezeart’s crescent moon shelf creation below. 

What You Need

  • ProPour Casting Resin
  • Crescent moon shelf mold
  • Liquid dyes and mica powder in desired colors (we used pink, purple, and teal)
  • Measuring and mixing cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Gold foil
  • A string of LED star or fairy lights (like this 6-pack)
  • Glitter
  • Gloves (it’s important to wear proper PPE when working with resin)
  • Safety glasses

Let’s Make a Crescent Moon Shelf

ProPour Casting resin is different from our Table Top and ProArt in a few ways. If you have used some of our products before, it’s important to note that our casting resin is mixed in a 2-to-1 by volume ratio. This ratio allows for the resin’s thinner viscosity, which enables thicker pours, slower cure times, and longer working times.

For ProPour Casting Resin, we also recommend pouring no more than 2 inches at a time. Usually, it’s best to approach a casting project by doing multiple thin pours of 1 to 1.5 inches. Do not cast this particular resin in layers of less than an inch.

When it comes to mixing resin, the best pieces of advice we can offer really involves taking the appropriate amount of time and blending the two parts carefully. You want to ensure both parts are combined while introducing as little air as possible. Using a folding motion that is similar to what you do when mixing batter is generally found to be helpful.

Make sure you put on your safety glasses and gloves when working with resin!

ProMarine Supplies casting resin being mixed for a crescent moon wall shelf tutorial.

Once you’ve properly mixed your resin, you can separate it into individual cups for each of the colors that you want to add to your crescent moon. Now you can introduce your liquid or powder dyes into the equation and even throw in a little (or a lot of) glitter for extra sparkle.

You can find additional tips on using dying resin  here.

Different colorants, glitter, and resin are being mixed together to make a crescent moon shelf.

Powder colorant being added to a mixture of colorants and resin.

Blend your colorants using any additional stir sticks you have on hand. For smaller cups like the ones we used, we typically rely on Popsicle sticks to get the job done. Like with your original resin mixture, ensure that the colorant is properly blended in with the resin for as accurate a color as possible.

Colorants and resin being mixed together in a cup for a crescent moon wall shelf tutorial.

Another cup of different colors, glitter, and casting resin being mixed together.

We also mixed up a batch of clear resin, gold glitter, and gold foil to intersperse throughout the overall project, especially through the star-shaped portion.

Gold foil pieces, gold glitter, and resin combined together for a crescent moon wall shelf tutorial.

Once you have your resins mixed, you should be looking to the string of LED lights that you purchased. Wind the lights through your mold so that the on and off switch and any excess wiring sticks out where you’d like.

LED lights being strung through a crescent moon shelf mold.

When it comes to pouring, since our resin is self-leveling, it will move around to fill up any empty spaces. Make sure, however, that you pour it in thin streams to help minimize bubbles.

Additionally, since you mixed up a variety of colors, it’s up to you when it comes to blending and swirling them together. Maybe you want one section to be a particular color; for example, we used the gold foil and resin combo mostly on the star-shaped portion of our mold. Everywhere else, we poured the colors and then blended them by using Popsicle sticks to swirl the resin together.

Here are a few pictures of our pouring process for this piece:

Gold foil, glitter, and resin being poured into the star portion of the crescent moon shelf mold.

Pink and purple resin being poured into the moon portion of a crescent moon wall shelf mold.

Different colored resin being poured into a moon-shaped mold.

We hope that by illustrating different points in the pouring process you can get a feel for both the techniques used and the flexibility allowed when creating your own.

A crescent moon wall shelf mold filled with pink, purple, and gold resin.

Once you’re satisfied with how you’ve poured the resin and you’ve used your preferred technique for  removing bubbles, you can let your crescent moon sit. Although there are a variety of options for getting rid of bubbles in your resin, some of the more common ones include using either a heat gun or a blow torch. If you decide to go this route, be sure not to keep your heat gun or blow torch in one place for too long. The extensive heat could end up damaging both the resin and the mold.

A popsicle stick being used to blend the purple and pink resin together in the crescent moon wall shelf mold.

A popsicle stick being used to swirl together the different colors of resin within the mold.

After your crescent moon is bubble-free, allow it to cure for the appropriate amount of time in an environment free of dust and debris.

Once it’s cured, we can demold! Take this slowly to avoid ripping the mold in the process.

A purple and pink glitter crescent moon wall shelf being demolded.

How did yours turn out? We love the way this crescent moon shelf lights up a space, with or without LEDs!

A close-up of the purple and pink glitter crescent moon shelf.

The crescent moon wall shelf displayed on a wall with LED lights turned on.

Next, we thought we’d showcase a couple of lunar projects from our customers. Let’s take a look!

Lunar Project Love

Every day, we see wonderful works that continuously inspire our own creativity. We hope you’ll feel the same!

A glowing tumbler with moon phases on it by @katdiditcrafts on Instagram.

@katydiditcrafts starts us out with this stunning tumbler and we’re honestly obsessed with the otherworldly glow.

A multicolored crystal and tea light holder by @theresining on Instagram.

@theresining’s multicolored crystal dish fits right in, twinkling like a sky filled with the brightest stars.

A purple ash tray with a moon made out of resin and crystals by @thestonedartisan on Instagram.

@thestonedartisan’s mystical ash tray shines a beautiful deep purple (and we think it’s pretty cool that they embedded full-moon charged amethyst crystals).

Tell Us What You Think!

If you have any questions about this guide, feel free to  contact us! We also have the answers to several common questions related to our products readily available in our FAQs section.

Otherwise, we’d love to see what you make with our products! Follow us on our social media platforms to interact with other epoxy resin artists and for further creative inspiration.

Until next time, happy crafting!

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