You have made a beautiful resin charm. How do you turn it into a piece of wearable jewelry? That’s where jewelry findings come into play.
What are jewelry findings?
Jewelry findings are a generic term for the unfinished components you can use to assemble jewelry. They can come in any kind of metal or even non-traditional components like plastic or rubber. They include items like bails, clasps, jump rings, eye pins, and other connectors.
When exploring finding options for resin jewelry, there are two options I like to use.
Finding options 1: Glue-on findings
I like glue-on findings because they are an easy and inexpensive way to turn your charms into wearable jewelry.
My favorite glue-on finding options for resin jewelry are those with ‘pads’ to adhere to the back of a resin charm. All you need to do is use an adhesive like E6000 or liquid, mixed resin. Apply adhesive to the resin charm and the flat pad area, then press the two pieces together. Allow to sit for 24 hours and you have a wearable charm. You can see how to glue on findings here:
There are two reasons why I like gluing on findings to resin charms.
1. You don’t need to invest in any equipment. All you need is a little glue and your jewelry finding and you’re all set. This is where I recommend beginner jewelry makers start, especially if you are looking to save money when using resin.
2. If you are using glue-on bails, they will already come ‘balanced’ where the bail opening will hang evenly over the resin charm. You don’t have to worry about whether or not your charms are going to hang too far forward or backward when you wear it.
Findings option 2: Findings that require a drill for application
You can also use a rotary tool or flex shaft to drill into cured resin to apply a finding.
For example, with tools like these, you can apply eye pins to your charms. They have a loop at the top and a screw piece at the bottom. Use your drill bit to drill into the top of the resin charm, then screw the eye pin into the cabochon. I like to use a drill bit slightly smaller in diameter than the screw portion, that way, the eye pin ‘grabs’ into the resin charm when I twist it in. Add a dab of adhesive here too to make sure your finding is completely secure. Keep in mind that you can see the eye pin through clear resin and may want to use it where the stem is ‘hidden’ in your charm. You can see what I’m talking about here:
Another option is to drill completely through a resin charm and attach a jump ring. While you can make the jump rings yourself, they are inexpensive to purchase, especially if you need a lot of them.
When drilling holes for jump rings, make sure the hole is large enough for the jump ring to have a little ‘wiggle’ room. For example, a jump ring that’s made from 20-gauge wire is the same diameter as a size 60 drill bit. You want to go with a little larger drill bit because you want to make sure you’ve got enough room so that your charm will move on the jump ring. Otherwise, it will just hang stiff.
Jump rings work great for thick castings as well. With thick castings, you will need a large diameter jump ring to make the charm wearable.
Another finding option for resin jewelry is a prong bail. It’s the same concept as a jump ring, but you put prongs into place, then squeeze it shut. Some prong bails come with a ring on top to allow you to hang with another jump ring. You can see how to attach a prong bail here:
My last and best advice when it comes to finding options for resin jewelry?
Think ahead when making your resin charms about how you want to finish them. You want to be sure the finding you use to finish your charms compliments the aesthetic of the piece.
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