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I’ve seen a ton of fun Disney-inspired PopSockets on Instagram, and I’ve always wanted one for myself. There’s just one problem: I hate buying things that I’m sure I can make. When I finally found Minnie Mouse silicone mold on Amazon, it was on! I couldn’t make one just for myself, though. I had to make one for each of my Disney Creators roommates (and honorary roommates), too!
How to make Minnie Mouse PopSockets
To make your own Minnie Mouse PopSocket, you’ll need:
- Craft Resin
- Minnie Mouse Molds
- Resin Supplies
- Measuring Spoons
- Spray Bottle filled with Rubbing Alcohol
- Paper Towels
- Popsicle Sticks
- Nail File
- Vinyl Names (Optional)
If you’re comfortable with resin, jump right in. If you’re not, allow me to share a few tips. First of all, I picked up a set of resin supplies from Amazon and I love them. After I mix up a batch I let the little cups sit overnight. The next day I spray down a paper towel with rubbing alcohol to clean them all up. I also use measuring spoons to get the best resin measurements. The one-to-one ratio of resin and hardener is really important. I clean the measuring spoons immediately after I pour with a paper towel sprayed with rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol is your best friend when you’re working with resin-resin and water creates a sticky mess! I also like popsicle sticks more than any other tool when it comes to mixing up resin.
For this project, start with a 1/2 tsp of resin and a 1/2 tsp of hardener. Stir for at least three minutes, making sure you scrape around the sides of your cup. Once it’s fully mixed, split the resin between two cups. Mix the resin in each cup with enough glitter to make it almost opaque. Pour the resin with the glitter you chose for the bow into the bow well of the mold. Repeat the process with the color you chose for Minnie’s head. Allow the resin to sit overnight.
Make another batch of resin with 1/2 tsp of resin and 1/2 tsp of hardener. Once mixed, pour into a second cup and add a generous amount of glitter in the color you chose for Minnie’s head. Pour the resin in your mold and allow it to sit for a few hours. Add the top of your PopSocket into the resin after it’s had some time to thicken up. You can place a few popsicle sticks on top of the PopSocket to keep it from floating around in the mold. Let it sit overnight.
The next day it’s time to dome and assemble! Doming is the process of adding resin to the top of a piece of resin to give it a finished look. If you want to add your name or monogram, you’ll do this with cut vinyl before doming. I typically use a nail file to sand down the edges of the pieces after they’ve been removed from the mold. Once they are sanded and cleaned, you can use a small amount of super glue to hold the bow in place on top of your PopSocket. Mix up a small batch of resin and allow it to sit for at least 2o minutes. Once it’s good and thick, use a popsicle stick to slowly add the resin to the top of your pieces. Take your time and look carefully during this process. Since the resin is clear and it’s going over a glittered surface it’s really easy to miss a spot. You also want to be careful to go up to the edge without adding so much resin that it runs off the side. If anything does drip down the sides, use a popsicle stick to scrape it up as best you can. Allow the domed pieces to sit overnight.
If everything domed well, your PopSocket is finished! If there are any rough spots or missed areas you can add a second doming application. You can basically keep doming until it’s perfect. Just one word of warning-with each doming, the chances that resin runs off the edges increases because the edges are now rounded off instead of flat. Just take your time and be ready to clean up any drips for the first hour or so.
One important thing to note is that resin typically takes 24 hours to soft cure and 72 hours to hard cure. Try to give it the full three days before you add it to your phone.
These PopSockets are large and can impact wireless charging. I love adding a suction cup to the bottom of my PopSockets to make them removable. These stick well as long as your case is firm. (I have tried to attach them to really flexible, cheap cases and they don’t stick nearly as well.) Keep in mind this adds a little more height to the PopSocket.
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