ADORN IT: MAP TABLE
Fig. F: Using a glue gun, glue the bottom rim of the
stands. Fig. G: Position the stands and ring tray as you
like, allowing clearance for hanging necklaces. If you’re
using plastic fish aquarium plants, place them now.
and drill another hole 6" from the top at the 7
o’clock spot, again drilling through only 1 side. Mark
a spot dead center on the 9" piece, vise it securely,
and drill a hole through 1 side. Sand the edges of the
holes. Fit the necklace stand’s arms into their holes,
and the bracelet stand onto its base. Secure with
wood glue, and allow to dry.
TIP: To keep the drill bit from sliding, put a
piece of masking tape over the spot to be drilled.
3. Place the stands and ring tray.
Place the plastic drip tray on a flat work surface.
Position the shell (ring dish) and the necklace and
bracelet stands within the drip tray at comfortable
distances from one another, and mark the stand
positions with a Sharpie.
Set the shell aside, and remove the stands from
their spots. Run a thin ring of hot glue on the bottom edge of the necklace stand and secure it in its
marked spot within the drip tray (Figure F). Repeat
with the bracelet stand and other pieces you want
to place (Figure G). Fill the tray with aquarium
gravel to just below the brim. Push the shell into
Fig. H: In a well-ventilated or open-air area, mix the resin
in a container according to the product instructions.
Fig. I: Carefully cover the gravel with resin. Fig. J: Allow
the resin to set completely.
4. Pour the resin.
Work in a well-ventilated, dust-free area — one that
you can leave for several hours while the resin is
setting (seriously, this stuff is intense!). Following the
instructions, mix the resin in a clean, disposable container. A 1-quart yogurt container is ideal (Figure H).
Carefully pour the resin over the gravel, being
sure to coat the entire surface, and coming as close
to the bamboo bases as possible without splashing them with resin (Figure I). Pour enough resin to
saturate the gravel bed, stopping just short of completely submerging it. Let sit undisturbed overnight.
5. Release the base from its mold.
With a pair of sharp scissors, snip into the edge of the
drip tray at spots about 5" apart around its circumference, and peel the sections of the tray away from
the resin base. To keep the bottom of the stand from
scratching table surfaces, glue a piece of felt to the
bottom, cut about ½" smaller than the resin base.
TIP: Add extras like plastic foliage and ceiling
glitter to the gravel for a tacky souvenir look.