What Everyone Ought To Know About Resin Jewelry Findings

How to make resin charms into wearable jewelryYou’ve made a beautiful resin charm. But how do you turn it into something you can wear? That’s where resin jewelry findings come into play.

Findings? Like I didn’t realize I lost something.

You didn’t.

What are jewelry findings?

Jewelry findings are a generic term for the components you use to assemble your resin charms. They can come in any kind of metal or even non-traditional components like plastic or rubber. They include bails, clasps, jump rings, eye pins, and other connectors.

But I still have no idea why they’re called findings.

When exploring findings to use for resin jewelry, there are two options:

Option 1: Glue-on findings

Glue-on findings are cool because they are easy to use. As the name implies, all you need is glue.

When using glue-on findings for resin jewelry, pick ones with pads to fit the back of your resin charm. Use adhesive, like E6000 or some of your mixed resin. Apply the adhesive to the resin charm and the flat pad area, then press the two pieces together. Let it dry 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 findings to resin charms:

1. You don’t need to invest in any equipment. You need a little glue and your jewelry finding, and you’re all set. This is perfect for beginner resin jewelry makers, as you can save money when using resin.

resin charm with bail

2. If you are using glue-on bails, they will already come ‘balanced’. That means the bail opening will position evenly over the resin charm. You don’t have to worry about whether your charm will hang too far forward or backward when you wear it.

Option 2: Findings that require a drill for application

If you love your tools, you’ll be happy to know you can use one to apply resin jewelry findings. Grab your rotary tool or flex shaft to drill into cured resin to apply your finding.

Threaded findings

You can add eye pins to your charms by drilling. They have a loop at the top and a screw piece at the bottom. Drill into the top of your charm, then screw the eye pin into the epoxy resin.

💡 Pro tip: You want to use a slightly smaller drill bit (in diameter) than the screw part. That way, when you screw the eye pin into the resin, the pin ‘grabs’ into the resin charm. Add a dab of adhesive to ensure your finding is secure.

The downside to using this resin jewelry finding is that you can see the eye pin through clear epoxy. You may want to use it where the stem is ‘hidden’ in your charm. Here’s why:

Jump rings

You’ll also need to drill through resin to attach jump rings. These are the small rings that let you loop charms together or add them to ear wires. You can make these resin jewelry findings yourself, but they’re inexpensive to buy.

💡 Pro tip: When drilling holes for jump rings, make sure the hole is large enough for the ring to have a little ‘wiggle’ room. For example, a jump ring made from 20-gauge wire is the same diameter as a size 60 drill bit. But, you want to go with a little larger drill bit. That way, you’ll give your charm room to move on the jump ring. Otherwise, it will hang stiff and won’t move.  (Stiffer than Ireland when it’s sober.)

Prong bails

Another finding option for resin jewelry is a prong bail. You’ll drill completely through the resin. Then, put prongs into place and squeeze them 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 for resin jewelry findings?

Think ahead when making your resin charms about how you want to finish them. You want to be sure the finding you use to complete your charms compliments your resin jewelry mojo.

Want ideas on how to use finding options for resin jewelry?

Get a copy of Resin Jewelry Making.  It teaches you how to make resin jewelry like a pro. Get several projects you can make this weekend.

Unpublished Blog Posts of Resin Obsession, LLC © 2020 Resin Obsession, LLC

Like this post? You may be interested in  5 Biggest Resin Casting Problems And How To Avoid Them

13 thoughts on “What Everyone Ought To Know About Resin Jewelry Findings

  1. Very useful information on the use of E6000 fixing bails to pendants. I have a tube of this glue, but have been too anxious to use it, because of the fumes. I work in my lounge, & have a parakeet, but as we use these things on such small items, i think i will give it a try..Thank you.

  2. Hi guys,
    I too have a bird, I have a 29 yr old African grey. I used e6000 in my kitchen and the fumes did effect him…and he not only fell off his perch, but my dad said he was having seizure type movements the next day while I was gone to the drs. I did notice that this tube of e6000 had a real strong odor to it, some tubes dont…so now if I glue anything I keep it in my room as for e6000 glue is 1 of the best glues to use! I never thought it would effect the bird tho.. and I’m not giving up this glue!!

  3. I made resin key chain and glue the same pieces you used , but I use uv resin , now the bails came off the pieces. Is the uv resin not a good option to glue that bail to a regular resin cured piece? Let me know thanks.

  4. Typically what size jump rings do you use when making uv resin earrings in molds where there is a little hole built into the mold

    1. Hi Judy, most likely they will fit 20 gauge wire. As for the diameter though, it depends on the depth of your resin earrings. You can try making some with cheap wire to test a size, then buy jewelry ones once you have a size in mind.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

close

Wanna hang out? Cool. We love creative people.

Subscribe to blog updates10.2k
Follow on Facebook22.5k
Follow on Pinterest187.9k
Follow on Instagram15.7k
Follow on Youtube73.1k
Subscribe to forum updates