6/4/13

How to make a resin pendant

Making your own resin pendants can be a great way to customize your jewelry.

By adding different photos and various inserts you can design your own custom creation.

First step:

Find your setting or bezel.

Almost anything you have that has a flat surface and is just the right size can be used as a resin setting.

  • scrabble or domino tiles
  • sea shells
  • pre-made settings: etsy and ebay are a great source for these!
  • wooden shapes or checkers
  • bottle caps
  • anything flat
If you want a larger art piece you can even try ceramic tiles.

Step Two:
Decide what you want in your bezel.

Gather your pictures, scrapbook pieces, magazine clippings etc... Glitter is also a nice touch, and who doesn't like glitter.

Pretty much anything can be placed in resin if you can seal it or just as long as it doesn't contain water.

Also don't try rhinestones if you are going to completely cover them in resin, they disappear.


Step Three: Prep Time!

Any prep work you do can always save you work later.

Trace the size of the bezel onto your photos or scrapbook paper. You want to cut out your insert to the exact shape of your bezel. This includes any other inserts your putting in with your photo.

Next you will want to seal it.

Take some modpodge or thick glaze and generously coat both sides of your paper. You don't want any resin seeping into your paper this will give it a faded look.

You also want to glue your piece securely into your bezel. White craft glue will work perfect for this. And then make sure it's completely dry, try leaving it overnight to be safe or whatever the instructions on your glue or sealer says.

If your glue is wet when you add the resin it will make your piece look cloudy.



Step Four:

Time for your resin!

Alumalite has some awesome casting resins. You can get them at most of your local craft stores. I like to use easy cast, I have also heard good things about ice resin [but it can be a little pricey].

I also want to try amazing casting resin, I just bought a bottle of white from hobby lobby. You wont be able to use it for this project because of it's opaque color, but it has a really fast demould time and I'm excited to try it out.

I'll keep you posted on how that goes. I may even post a video tutorial.


After your piece is completely dry [overnight] it's time to apply your resin.

Mix the resin according to the directions on your packaging.

If it's equal part A to B or other measurements by weight or volume measure it to the specific requirements on your package. Resin can be a little temperamental so make sure you follow the directions exactly.

If you prefer not to use resin there are some other great products that come premixed that work great!

I use diamond glaze for most of my products, but I have also had some success with mod podge dimensional magic.

I actually prefer the diamond glaze for my projects, it tends to wield some better results. It's nice and clear, little to no bubbles, and sets up a little harder than the modpodge. You can even use if as a glaze for your insert or finished pieces.

Once Your Resin has been mixed pour it slowly and evenly into your bezel covering your inserts.

The slower you pour it the easier it is to fill.

You want just enough to make a nice domes finish, without a lot of  messy overflow.

If it does overflow, just wipe it up while it's still wet.

You can also trim or sand off the excess after the piece hardens.

Step Five: Bubbles

Because there will be bubbles!

Stirring slowly will help reduce the amount of bubbles. But no matter how careful you are you will still see bubbles on the surface now and then.

You can pop them with a toothpick or paintbrush. Just make sure to clean up paint brushes before it hardens.

A paintbrush can be really great for little tiny bubbles.

Or you can gently blow on the surface of your piece. I like to use a straw because it concentrates to air flow.

You can also swipe a lighter over the surface of the piece. It's the carbon dioxide and heat that helps pop the bubbles.

But not to close!!! Many resins can be flammable.

Step Six:

Sit back and let dry!

Many resins take overnight to cure properly, just make sure you read the instructions on your resin.

It can often take 2-3 days for the resin to harden completely due to the temperature of the room. Although it will be safe to touch and fell solid within 24 hours. [Or less depending on your type of resin]

This is also why I like diamond glaze for projects like this, because it cures in 24 hours and you get consistent results.

If you have any problems like cloudy or sticky resin, try my Resin Troubleshooting page here. For instance if you have excessively cloudy or tiny bubbles in the resin it may be due to temperature.

Gently warming up the resin bottles in a warm bath before mixing can help alleviate the problem. The bottles should be warm to the touch.

Enjoy!






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