How to Make Epoxy Resin Jewelry: A Guide to Making Your Own Resin Pendants
Whether it be in a cute vintage shop or a pop up art sale at an outdoor venue, there are many places that you can find cute resin casting jewellery. If you’ve ever wondered how it’s made, and where or not you could do it yourself, you’re in luck.
If you’re really into jewelry design but you don’t want to have to spend too much money on your jewelry collection or supplies, you might be interested in learning how to make epoxy resin jewelry. Making acrylic jewelry isn’t as hard as some might think, and it’s a craft that can help you design the most beautiful pieces either for yourself, for a gift to someone else, or even to sell at an art market or Etsy shop.
This resin jewellery tutorial will have you making beautiful pieces of resin jewelry in no time. Let’s take a look at how to make resin jewelry so you can become a pro at this creative and rewarding DIY activity.
How to use resin to make jewelry
To make resin jewellery you must first be sure that you have all of the necessary materials first. This includes the following list of items that you can buy at a crafts store. Some items you may be able to find for a lower cost at a grocery store or online, but the epoxy and jewelry mold will usually need to be bought from or ordered online from a specialty store.
Diy resin jewelry Materials Checklist
- resin Jewelry Mold;
- newspaper or a plastic tarp;
- rubber gloves;
- Small plastic cup to mix the resin in;
- blow dryer;
- tongue depressors or popsicle sticks;
- A cover for the molds to prevent impurities like a large bowl or bin;
- Some things to put in your resin pendants – beads, glitter, toys, flowers, feathers, stickers
- DIY Jewelry making items like metal hooks, earring parts, chains etc.
Making the DIY resin pendant
To make resin pendants first you will need to set up your working area with a plastic tarp or newspaper to prevent damaging your furniture or other belongings with the sticky and almost impossible to remove resin should it spill. You will want your rubber gloves at the ready and you should warm up your epoxy resin in some warm water (not hot) so that the process will go more smoothly.
Get all of the fillers you will want to put into your pendants set up and make sure that your mold is placed on a flat and dry surface. Put the fillers that you desire next to the mold so that you can work swiftly once the resin is mixed and ready.
Once you’re all set up, slap on those rubber gloves and mix your resin in your small plastic cup with your tongue depressor. The resin mixture should be a 1:1 ratio of resin and hardener. Once this is mixed thoroughly, carefully pour it over the molds, then add any fillers you desire and adjust your fillers very quickly with the tongue depressor if they move to a place you don’t like.
Then add another layer of resin if you want the fillers to look like they’re in the middle of the pendant, or don’t if you’re using a smaller lighter filler like glitter or very small beads. You can then use the hair dryer to smooth out any bubbles or lumps to your liking. Cover the mold in your large bin or bowl to avoid getting dust or debris in your pendants and let the mold sit overnight.
Once it has been 10-12 hours, the pendants are ready to take out of the molds. If you’re taking the pendants out of the mold and you notice that they aren’t quite as hard as you wanted them to be, you can stick the whole tray into the freezer briefly (5-10 mins) and this should help.
Once you take them out you can then use the hairdryer again to help you mold the pendants enough for incorporating them into a piece of jewelry. For earrings, necklaces, and charm bracelets, you will want to put a metal loop into your pendant, which will require the resin to be warm enough to poke through. After about 24 hours they will no longer be malleable in this way, so take advantage while you can.
Once you have made the resin pendants there are so many possibilities for how you can use them or craft with them. You can make many different types of jewelry of course, but you could also use them to add something homemade and interesting to clothing and accessories like handbags, belts, sunglasses and shoes.
The cool thing about making your own epoxy resin jewelry is that you can really personalize it to your liking. Whether this means making jewelry that incorporates your favorite colors or designs or making something of sentimental value for a friend or family member, these personalized pieces of jewelry can be super meaningful and adored.