How to make resin charms with transparencies and recycled gift cards

resin charm tutorial

How to use transparencies and upcycled gift cards to make resin charms

 

 

 

 

 

resin jewelry and craft supplies

Supplies needed for this tutorial:

 

resin mold release

Spray a light mist of mold release over the mold.  Allow to dry.

 

 

 

 

cut transparency

Trim the desired images away from the transparency.

 

 

 

 

 

measuring epoxy resin

Measure 10 cc of Part A and 5 cc of Part B into separate 1 ounce gradutated mixing cups.  Mix together thoroughly using your stir stix.

 

 

 

 

 

how to pour resin into a mold

Pour resin into each well, filling them halfway.  Remove bubbles.

 

 

 

 

 

transparency in resin

Place a transparency image into each well filled with resin.  Using your stir stix, adjust the placement if necessary.  You can also push down on the transparency with the stir stix to release any trapped bubbles.

 

 

 

 

resin mold

Mix and pour another layer of resin.  (Once again, 15 cc of total mixed resin is what you will need.)  Fill the cabochon wells all the way full.  Remove bubbles as necessary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

embedments in resin

Place your punched gift card plastic circle in the resin.  By coating it in the resin before placing in the mold, you will minimize the amount of bubbles that could be trapped underneath the circle.

 

 

 

 

how to make resin charms

Use your stir stix to carefully place the punched gift card into the mold.  Note:  The punched circle is exactly 1 inch, which is the size of the open end of the well of the mold.  Since the mold tapers, your circle will rest at the very top of the mold opening.

Remove any additional bubbles as necessary.  Cover and allow to cure.

 

 

demolding resin

Demold the resin by gently twisting the mold while pushing the cabochons out from the back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

sanding resin

Sand the edges of your charm with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper.  Work your way down to 1000 grit sandpaper to make sure the edges are smooth.  Hint:  You will want to sand with the direction of the circle, not back and forth against it.  Going with the circle will make sure your circle stays a circle, not a hexagon.

 

 

 

resin charms

Your resin charms are now finished!  Notice how the transparencies close to the top surface and the gift cards on the bottom surface accentuate the depth of the charms?

So you may be wondering what to do with them.  Here are a few ideas:

 

 

 

applying glue to resin charms

Apply a small dot of E6000 to the charm and findings, such as magnets or a bail.  Allow to sit for two minutes before pressing both sides together.  Let completely cure for 24 hours.

 

 

 

resin charm pendant necklace

String the pendant on a cord or chain to make some instant glam!

 

 

 

 

 

 

resin magnets

Use the charms with magnets to decorate your refrigerator, filing cabinet or school locker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

resin knob drawer pull

You can also use your resin charms as decorative knob pulls!  (Find the hardware attachments at your local hardware store.)

 

 

 

 

 

resin charms tutorial

 

 

 

 

7 Comments

NicoleB

Thanks for the printables link! What type (brand) of transparency paper do you use?

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Rhonda

I have the molds, I have the resin. I want to make my item opalescent/iridescent with a transparent background color. What can I add to the resin?
I bought some colored glitters and metallic glitters, but it’s not the effect i want.
(Something like fire opal would be nice!)

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Katherine Swift

@NicoleB
I print the art on my B & W laser jet printer. I then go the local copy/print shop and ask them to copy for me onto transparencies. I don’t know any specific details about the transparency itself.

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Katherine Swift

@Rhonda,

Great question! I’m actually working on that one for a future tutorial!

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Karyl

What kind of transparency paper do you use, please?Thanks sincerely.

Karyl

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Katherine Swift

@Karyl, I get mine done at the copy store. It’s whatever they use.

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