It is possible to make epoxy tumblers even if you do not have a tumbler turner by using scrap materials around the home. Your only requirement is to be creative.

It will walk you through three simple methods for epoxying tumblers without a tumbler turner–hanging, turning by hand, or revolving hanging. It’s up to you to decide which design is right for you based on its pros and cons.

Using a cup turner isn’t required for making this unique tumbler design. As well as addressing common problems you may encounter during the process, we discussed some tips for how to resolve them.

INSTRUCTIONS STEP-BY-STEP

1. Preparation of the tumbler

Be sure to put on the appropriate protective gear before you begin, such as a mask, goggles, gloves, and apron, before working in a well-ventilated space.

  1. Clean your tumbler to ensure that it is free of grit, grease, oil, adhesives, and even fingerprints. 320-grit sandpaper can be used for sanding and washing with soap and water or rubbing alcohol and paper towels can be used to wipe it off.
  2. Remove the tape from all parts that you don’t want to cover with epoxy. A full epoxy tumbler can be made without this step.
  3. Design as you wish. Get inspired by checking out the five fabulous tumblers. Wait for them to dry before you design them.

2. Use gloved fingers to apply epoxy

  1. Make sure that the resin and hardener are mixed in a 1:1 ratio. A hot water bath can be used if the epoxy is too cold (below 70oF). Mix the ingredients in separate cups after measuring them in hot water.
  2. Use a gloved finger to apply epoxy to the tumbler. Don’t pour too much epoxy at a time to reduce drips. To reduce air bubbles, torch the epoxy. 
  3. Ensure that the paint is completely dry before handling. 
  4. Using a paper towel and rubbing alcohol, sand and wipe away the dust from the sanding.
  5. Let the epoxy dry, then apply a second coat. Allow the epoxy to cure for 48-72 hours.

THESE ARE 3 OTHER WAYS TO EPOXY A TUMBLER WITHOUT A CUP TURNER

1. How to hang the picture

If you don’t have a tumbler turner, don’t fret about epoxying a tumbler. The process is simple. You can make epoxy tumblers easily by hanging — a straightforward procedure that doesn’t require special tools. Spray paint cans, dowels, or kitchen towel rolls will all fit into your cup. 

Should you decide to buy or make a cup turner, you can still use your 2-tumbler drying stand. The only tools you’ll need are a 34″ PVC pipe, a PVC 34″ tee connector, PVC 34″ caps, two pieces of 34″ PVC male adapters, and PVC cement. Follow this tutorial to make a 4-tumbler drying rack as well.

Making It

  1. You can use a pool noodle, a wad of newspaper, or a foam football to fit your tumbler into the stand. Your cup stand just needs a base. 
  2. When applying epoxy with your gloved fingers, keep a piece of paper or silicone mat nearby to catch any drips. Blow up any bubbles using a torch.
  3. The tumbler should be cured for 48 to 72 hours after drying and sanding.

2. Turning manually

Makeshift tumbler turners can be used to turn tumblers manually. The setup requires PVC pipes, pool noodles, and a small cardboard box. The cardboard box can even be filled with weight to keep your cup from tipping over. 

Making It

  1. The first step is to cut two small holes in the cardboard box. 
  2. Be sure you only drill holes large enough to fit the 1 inch dowel or 34-inch PVC pipe. 
  3. You can add a pool noodle or a foam football to both ends of the pipe or dowel. 
  4. Turn the tumblers manually as you apply epoxy until the epoxy is firm enough to leave alone.
  5. Reapply after torching, drying, and sanding.

3. Using a rotating hanging method

The hanging method has been upgraded. Utilizing an old bike wheel and adding PVC stands to a wooden platform, you can create the revolving hanging method, as shown in the picture above. Bamboo pencil caddies and mesh desk organizers can also be used. 

Epoxy and glitter can be easily added with this technique. You can always use this setup as a drying post if you decide to purchase a cup turner for your craft shop.

FIVE FANTASTIC TUMBLERS THAT REQUIRE NO CUP TURNER

1. Power washing the dishes

As a defining element of this tumbler design, Dawn Platinum Powerwash Dish Spray is needed. Decal stickers are also an option. 

Making It

  1. Allow your tumbler to dry for at least one hour after you prim it with black flat spray paint. 
  2. Spray power wash dish spray on the tumbler part that you want to leave blank. Apply flat gold paint to the part that doesn’t have the dish spray. 
  3. Make sure to rinse off the soap well and dry well. The result is an interesting design.
  4. Spray with clear acrylic spray after you add your decals. Add epoxy after it has dried. 
  5. Consider adding a sprinkle of glitter confetti if you wish. Once the epoxy has dried, you can add another coat. 
  6. Before applying the second layer of epoxy, always torch the first layer of epoxy to remove air bubbles and sand. 
  7. Depending on the epoxy manufacturer’s recommendation, let it cure for 48-72 hours.

2. Hydro Dipping

Hydro Dipping

Any tumbler will look great with this simple but fantastic design. If you’re looking for a lovely gift for any occasion, this is perfect for you.

The Making of It

  1. With a paper towel and rubbing alcohol, wipe off all grime, oils, adhesives, and fingerprints from the tumbler. 
  2. Paint only the parts you want to keep. Tape the parts you want to keep. Start by painting the primer white.
  3. Cellophane should be wrapped neatly around the lid. Ensure that the cover is pushed in to prevent paint from leaking and staining the tumbler.
  4. Put enough water in a bucket to completely submerge the tumbler. Add several coats of the glossy paint until you have enough paint on top. Alternate colors until you have enough paint on top.
  5. Slowly twist the tumbler as you submerge it in the bucket to achieve the colors you want. Let the tumbler dry naturally. 
  6. Once the paint is dry, remove the tape.
  7. Remove the tape from the part to which epoxy will not be applied. Use a torch to blow out the air bubbles in the epoxy. Allow to dry. 
  8. Sand the second coating before applying it. If you want to add decals, do so now.

3. Three-dimensional geode

Three-dimensional geode

Unlike other tumbler designs, this one uses crushed glass and craft sand along with the previously hydro-dipped tumbler. 

Making It

  1. Cleaning your tumbler with rubbing alcohol and a paper towel is a good way to get it ready for use. 
  2. Follow Design #2 by priming with white flat spray paint and hydro dipping. Make sure your 3D designs stand out by using subtle colors. Allow to dry.
  3. Acrylic paint should be used to mark off the geode area. 
  4. Use superglue to attach 2-3 colors of crushed glass. Crushed glass is also easily incorporated into your design with tweezers and popsicle sticks. 
  5. Corral the crushed glass with craft sand. Glue it down with Mod Podge. After it has dried, remove it. 
  6. When epoxy is applied to 3D designs, it can be tricky. Before completing the rest of the tumbler, apply epoxy to the 3D design. Burn out any bubbles. 
  7. Apply the second layer of epoxy after letting the first dry and sanding off any imperfections.

4. Stripes on both sides

Stripes on both sides

The double-sided tape is the most important part of this tumbler design. 

Making It

  1. Use alternating widths of double-sided tape to wrap the tumbler. Ensure that the stripes do not overlap. 
  2. You can add glitter where the stripes were previously. 
  3. In the picture above, you can see 4-5 different color shades alternated. As well as breaking the glitters or closing gaps in your design, vinyl stickers can also be used. 
  4. Put epoxy on the surface. Torch between applications and sand in between. Cure according to the instructions.

5. Dyeing

Dyeing

For those who aren’t familiar with tie-dye designs, acrylic paint is used as using a brush is more difficult. However, in this design, alcohol markers are used instead. Use acrylic paint pens instead of brushes if you don’t feel confident about your brush skills.  

Making It

  1. Prepare a stainless steel tumbler spray painted with white paint, then draw a swirling pattern on it. 
  2. Follow a swirl down the sides of the tumbler, keeping the lines at least 1 12 inches apart.
  3. Squiggles should be made along the guideline, starting with hot pink, purple, blue, green, yellow, and orange. As well as monochrome, contrasting, and other patterns of color, you can use your own design. You can use an alcohol marker with a fine tip.
  4. Rub 91% rubbing alcohol on a small round brush. Remove the excess alcohol with a paper towel to prevent your design from running. 
  5. Fill in the white lines that you missed during the squiggling process where the colors meet. 
  6. When your brush becomes too dry, dip it in alcohol.
  7. To seal in the colors, use a clear acrylic spray after you have blended the colors. The color will also set up if you let it dry overnight before adding epoxy.
  8. Use a method that works for you to apply epoxy as recommended. To remove air bubbles after every epoxy application, torch them off. 
  9. Sand between applications and let dry.   

A TUMBLER MAKING AN EPOXY TUMBLER WITHOUT A TUMBLER TURNER HAS COMMON ISSUES

Finishing unevenly

Most often, this is due to uneven epoxy distribution or too much epoxy being applied and dripping. You can prevent this by applying tiny amounts of epoxy every time and spreading it evenly with your gloved hand.

The thicker parts can be sanded off or smoothed with a craft knife. After the epoxy has dried, apply a new coat.

MESSY DRIPS

You will have messy drips on your worktable if you pour too much epoxy at once. Catch the drips with an old newspaper, or an aluminum tray. To prevent unnecessary drips, apply only a small quantity. Remember that epoxy is costly, so take advantage of every drop.   

A final product containing epoxy or paint

During the spray painting or epoxying process, some paint or epoxy may get into the tumbler’s interior. The stray paint or epoxy can be removed with a coffee filter and alcohol or acetone. A dispenser makes it easy to use acetone. Coffee filters are less messy than cotton because they do not leave strands.

Use a craft knife to gently scrape off paint or epoxy if it is too stubborn. Avoid scratching the tumbler by going deeper. Rub rubbing alcohol or acetone onto the tumbler to remove any residue. In the event that acetone accidentally contacts your epoxy finish, it may damage it. Replace it with 91% rubbing alcohol.

Summary

Using this tutorial on how to epoxy a tumbler without a tumbler turner, we hope you have enjoyed it. Because you can manipulate the process without considering the turner’s motion, the designs we included are easier to make without a cup turner. 

These issues and solutions will be useful, especially for newbie crafters who aren’t familiar with tumbler turners. How about trying one of these methods? Do you have any suggestions?

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