I’ve had the fun of creating jewelry with resin and molds for a little more than fifteen years now. In that time, I’ve accumulated more than my fair share of resin molds. Don’t tell the others, but I do have a few favorites.
Why use molds to make resin jewelry?
Oh my gosh, if you have never used resin molds to make jewelry, you don’t know what you’re missing! Resin being a liquid that goes solid, is just perfect for pouring into molds. It’s like making your favorite cake batter recipe, then pouring it into a cake pan to shape it. Once the batter cooks, it retains the shape of the pan. Resin works the same way. Of course, you can use resin colors to color your resin before pouring it into jewelry molds.
If you’re looking to save money on your resin jewelry projects, molds can help you do that. Resin jewelry molds are meant to be used repeatedly, meaning if you take care of your molds, you can make lots of resin jewelry charms for months and years to come from an investment in a single mold. Make sure your mold interior has a shiny finish, and you won’t need to shine up your resin jewelry after demolding. Don’t worry, though. If you remove resin jewelry from your molds and it isn’t shiny enough, there are ways you can polish resin.
You’ve got so many more options if you want to make resin jewelry with molds. Preformed jewelry blanks are great if you want a specific size, shape, and color. But sometimes, you want the jewelry charms to speak for themselves and not have the metal finish take center stage. There are so many unique resin colors out there that you might want them to be the attention grabber. By the way, You can always use a metal powder for resin to give a metallic look to your resin jewelry charms if you want.
Which resin should you use in jewelry molds?
This is pretty important. If you want a resin that will cure hard, durable, and won’t bend, then you need to use one designed for that purpose. These resins are known as casting resins. These epoxy formulas are specially formulated to give beautifully clear results in resin jewelry molds.
When I’m casting resin into jewelry molds, I use the Resin Obsession super clear resin.
I love that this resin cures so hard and clear. It cures in 8 to 12 hours but might take longer if used in thin layers like a ring mold with a narrow band. Don’t worry though, an extra day or two is all it takes to make sure that resin ring doesn’t soften when you wear it.
How do you use resin in jewelry molds?
That’s an entire topic onto itself! Here’s a’ 10,000-foot view’ of how you use resin with jewelry molds.
1. Prepare your mold with a light mist of resin mold release and allow it to dry for 30 minutes or longer.
2. Make sure your resin mold is sitting on a flat, level surface.
3. Measure and mix the Part A resin and Part B hardener according to your resin kit’s directions. OPTIONAL: Color the epoxy if desired.
4. Pour into the mold and allow the resin to dry thoroughly.
5. Once hardened, release from the mold and add jewelry findings to make it wearable.
This article explains more about how to mix resin.
If you are looking to add to your resin jewelry molds collection, here are some of my favorites:
I love making resin beads. Not only are they a great leftover resin project, but resin beads can be used for bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. I’ve always got this mold close by to use up leftover resin.
Take yourself to the beach in a matter of seconds with this ocean and beach sand resin mold. The best part is that you don’t need sand to make these pendants come to life. A little gold glitter is a great substitute!
If you like big earrings but don’t like their weight, this is your resin earrings mold! You will love the size of these earrings without them weighing your ear lobes down. Plus, the shape is face-flattering!
Sometimes it only takes a single pendant to make a dramatic addition to a necklace. I love how this pendant is easy to finish as well. Simply loop a cord or ribbon through the open hole to make it wearable.
Making rings can be a bit tricky because you may be unsure of your ring size. That’s why I love having this mold to make rings. Not only does it have four different sizes, but the flat, wide top also makes sure this resin ring gets noticed!
A tall bracelet mold that lets you include all kinds of fun stuff? Yes, please! I love how this mold leaves plenty of room to add dried flowers and other found items. Plus, it’s perfectly sized for those with small hands and wrists.
Beyond a doubt, this is my favorite mold for making resin pendants! I love the variety of shapes and sizes on this mold. Plus, I can quickly finish them with a glue-on bail to make them wearable.
This is such a fun mold to use. There’s a space to include glitter or resin colors, but the cutout portion gives it a subtle flair. I love how these look when I wear them!
Are you tired of the same-old resin jewelry molds? I hear you. That’s why I love this mold. It casts a pattern into the resin that you can highlight with acrylic paint after demolding. Color your resin one way, then highlight with different color paint.
I think we could all use a little more love right now. The easiest place to start is with your earrings. No matter your mood, you will love how much better you feel when you put these earrings on.
This is one of my favorite jewelry molds for making resin pendants. The unique shape is an attention grabber without being oversized. Plus, you can quickly finish it with a glue-on bead cap instead of drilling.
If you’re new to resin jewelry, you may not have given any thought yet to how you’re going to finish your resin charms to make them wearable. Don’t worry. This resin pendant mold has done the hard work for you! It casts with holes in place, meaning you don’t need to worry about using power tools with your charms.
There are so many jewelry-making options with this resin mold. After making earring charms in different sizes, you can wear them individually or link them together to make two-part earrings. This will quickly become one of your favorite resin jewelry molds!
I have to tell you. This mold didn’t become one of my favorites until I started wearing earrings made with this silicone mold. Every time I do, someone always asks, where did you get those earrings?!
You don’t have many choices if you want to make a resin necklace but want something other than a simple drop or a bead. Unless, of course, you use this collar necklace jewelry mold. There is a gentle curve to the necklace, plus it has cast in place holes at both ends. Finish it with a necklace chain, and you’ve got a resin necklace that is truly something special.
Now before you say, but I don’t like hearts, I hear you. I felt the same way. But the sizeable open shape of these earrings, plus how they cast with an empty spot, makes them look different from all the others. Plus, there are stars and other fun shapes on this mold.
Talk about versatility. This mold can help you do it all! Make big earrings, small pendants, and everything in between. Plus, you can link pieces together to make two or even three-part pieces. You won’t run out of options.
Making resin jewelry for your hair with molds counts, too, right? Well, I think so! Use this mold to make a decorative charm, then attach the decorative clip to the other side.
Consider yourself warned. This resin earrings mold isn’t for the faint of heart. If you’re the type of person that wants people to notice what you’re wearing, you won’t be disappointed.
Calling all animal lovers, here’s your new favorite mold. The paw prints are dainty and perfect for small earrings or adding to a charm bracelet. They also cast with a hole in place, meaning it’s easy to add jump rings to the finished charms.
Picked out your favorite resin jewelry molds, but want more help getting started?
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