What type of resin to make jewelry? – Best jewelry resin

what kind of resin should you use to make jewelrySo, you want to use resin to make jewelry. Awesome! Except then you see there are so many choices out there. You get overwhelmed and worry that you are going to choose the wrong one and make a mistake. It’s enough to keep you from trying at all! With so many resin kit choices out there, how are you supposed to know what type of resin to use to make jewelry?

Beginner resin jewelry makers

If you are a resin beginner, you need to start with an epoxy resin. Why? Epoxy resins are the easiest to measure and mix. They come in many different formulas, including ones with a long working time before they start to cure. This is especially helpful for beginners since your inexperience means it will take you longer to do things.

mixing clear resin

Epoxy resins are also the most versatile. They come in formulas that vary in the working time and are designed to achieve a specific result. (More on that in a minute.)

How do you know if a resin is an epoxy resin?

That information is on the product label. If you don’t see it or are unsure, ask.

Pro tip: Once you learn how to work with an epoxy resin for jewelry, you can easily take on epoxy art projects. The concepts of working with the resin itself, whether resin for a few jewelry or resin for art, are almost the same.

Now that you know that you need to use an epoxy resin, which type of epoxy resin do you use to make jewelry?

Before I can help you with this question, you need to answer one even more critical question.

Do you want to make resin jewelry using molds or jewelry bezel blanks?

Why does this matter? To get the results you want, you have to choose either a casting resin or a doming resin.

Dozens of mold styles

If you want to make jewelry in resin molds, you want to use a casting resin. These resin types are specially formulated to mix in a thin consistency (like water) to allow bubbles to rise to the surface quickly so you can pop them before your resin starts to cure. Ever made something in a resin mold only to notice it was full of micro-bubbles? It’s probably because you didn’t use a casting resin.

Because casting resins mix to the consistency of water, they aren’t a good choice for projects where you want an evenly domed surface. Casting resins cure flat and won’t rise above a bezel edge surface.

For mold projects, the Resin Obsession super clear resin is the perfect choice to make sure you get crystal-clear, bubble-free castings.

  • Mix ½ ounce to 3 ounces at one time
  • 20-to-25-minute working time
  • Top-level UV protectants
  • Cures hard and crystal clear in 8 to 12 hours
  • Third-party toxicologist review found the formula and meets the highest level of safety standards

Wondering what you can make with the Resin obsession super clear resin? Here are ten resin pendant ideas using the super clear resin even if you have no experience!

If you aren’t using molds, how do you know what type of resin do you use to make jewelry in bezel trays?

backless bezels with resinn

For making resin jewelry in jewelry bezels, you want to use a doming resin. This type of epoxy resin is made to produce a raised dome above the bezel surface that helps to magnify what’s inside your jewelry blank. Doming resins self-level, meaning you don’t need to worry about evening out the resin on the surface. Simply drip resin into your bezel and wait a few seconds. It will evenly spread itself over the bezel tray. Add more drops as necessary to get the resin to rise above the surface.

While the syrupy nature of doming resins keeps it even on a surface, this thickness plays against you if you use it in molds. It keeps bubbles trapped and doesn’t flow into crevices easily. It may be why you may have had bubble voids in your mold projects.

For making jewelry in bezel trays, the Resin Obsession crystal doming resin will get you beautiful, glossy results.

  • 30-to-50-minute working time
  • Top-level UV protectants
  • Cures hard and crystal clear in 24 hours
  • Independent toxicologist reviewed formula and meets the highest level of safety standards

Here’s how to use the crystal doming resin to make a keepsake photo resin pendant. These make a great gift!

Intermediate to advanced jewelry makers

While epoxies are resin, not all resins are epoxies. Once you are ready to try something other than an epoxy resin, you might want to try a polyurethane resin.

These quick-curing resins are ideal when you want to make resin jewelry that’s ready to wear in minutes, not hours to days. Because they cure quickly, it also means you must work with them quickly. You may only have a couple of minutes to mix the resin and hardener before it starts to cure!

Our choice for projects like this is the Alumilite Amazing casting resin

  • Two-minute working time
  • Fully cured in 15 to 60 minutes
  • Cures very hard and durable
  • Conforms to ASTM D-4236

Here’s a fun project using this resin to make resin necklace.

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