The Festive sparkle of Mackenzie Ralph

No matter which winter holidays you celebrate, epoxy-casted ornaments are a delight. Resin artist Mackenzie Ralph’s latest epoxy-castings have inspired us to think about holiday decorating even though it’s not quite Halloween. When it comes to resin projects like this, it’s never a bad idea to get a head start on the season. This isn’t the first time we’ve been smitten with Ms. Ralph’s (@mackenzieralphofficial) epoxy-castings and we’re pretty sure it won’t be the last. We recently featured her letter keychains with epoxy-casted flowers in our Epoxy Casting Trends post. Her creativity hasn’t slowed down in the slightest. She’s been going to town creating sparkling, colorful, epoxy-casted ornaments with Entropy CCR Clear Casting Epoxy and Entropy Color Tints (available in the U.K.). To see how she gets excellent results when coloring epoxy, check out the Instagram video embedded at the end of this post, How to use color tints with epoxy at Epoxycraft has more tips.

Forecast: Snow Flurries

Mackenzie Ralph has created snowflakes in a rainbow of colors: red, purple, black, and blue are featured below. She makes these epoxy-casted ornaments twinkle with contrasting sprinkles of glitter or metallic flakes, And just like real snowflakes, no two are quite alike.
This red epoxy-casted snowflake glitters with a hint of gold.
This red epoxy-casted snowflake glitters with a hint of gold. Photo by Mackenzie Ralph.
We love the way the intensity of the purple tint increases as it reaches the tips of this epoxy-casted snowflake ornament.
We love the way the intensity of the purple tint increases as it reaches the tips of this epoxy-casted snowflake ornament. Photo by Mackenzie Ralph.
The large silvery flakes evoke a gentle late-night snowfall in this black epoxy casting.
The large silvery flakes evoke a gentle late-night snowfall in this black epoxy casting. Photo by Mackenzie Ralph.
Gold flakes set off these translucent, icy blue epoxy-casted ornaments.
Gold flakes set off these translucent, icy blue epoxy-casted ornaments. Photo by Mackenzie Ralph.

Rudolf the Emerald Reindeer

Entropy CCR Epoxy tinted deep green contrasts with a brighter green glitter to give this epoxy-casted ornament the appearance of finely crushed emeralds. The twine provides an earthy contrast for this reindeer’s disco-worthy glitz.
The deep green color of this epoxy-casted reindeer head is accented with bright green glitter that sparkles like crushed emeralds.
The deep green color of this epoxy-casted reindeer head is accented with bright green glitter that sparkles like crushed emeralds. Photo by Mackenzie Ralph.

A forest of royal Tannenbaums

It’s interesting to see how differently sized metallic accents play out against the backgrounds of rich, epoxy-casted colors. Large gold flakes are arresting against a green backdrop on the first Christmas tree. The second one has a creamy base with the finest dusting of glitter, suggestive of a delicate frost. That last tree is deep green with silver glitter, evoking a recent snowfall.
Large, metallic gold flecks add vibrancy to this green epoxy-casted pine tree ornament.
Large, metallic gold flecks add vibrancy to this green epoxy-casted pine tree ornament. Photo by Mackenzie Ralph.
The smooth, creamy finish with a subtle dusting of fine glitter provides excellent contrast so that the word "merry" really stands out on this elegant ornament.
The smooth, creamy finish with a subtle dusting of fine glitter provides excellent contrast, allowing the word “merry” and the star to really stand out on this elegant ornament. Photo by Mackenzie Ralph.
Silver glitter evokes a recent snowfall in this verdant epoxy-casted Christmas tree ornament. Photo by Mackenzie Ralph.

Tradition meets the unexpected

Round or disc-shaped ornaments have long been a standard in holiday decorating. These epoxy-casted ornaments are no less shimmery than the traditional glass variety but are a lot harder to break. Simple designs are often the perfect platform to show off richly tinted epoxy colors with eye-catching metallic elements.
A variation on the snowflake theme. This one is molded into a traditional circular ornament, with epoxy tinted purple and infused with multicolored sparkles. Photo by Mackenzie Ralph.
Entropy CCR Epoxy tinted celestial blue provides a contrasting backdrop for shimmering golden flakes on this elegant ornament. Photo by Mackenzie Ralph.
The combination of silvery glitter with epoxy tinted eclipse black makes this simple shape appear diamond-encrusted.
The combination of silvery glitter with epoxy tinted eclipse black makes this simple shape appear diamond-encrusted. Photo by Mackenzie Ralph.

How does she do it?

In the Instagram video below, Mackenzie Ralph demonstrates how she makes casted-epoxy ornaments with Entropy CCR Epoxy, color tints, and glitter poured into silicone molds.

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