Just because you are making a pendant with resin doesn’t mean that you can’t use some advanced jewelry making techniques. Today, I’m going to show you how to make a resin pendant, then embellish it with vintage crystals using a flex shaft.
Step 1: Mix and pour the resin
I made several square 1-inch charms using our 1 inch square silicone mold and mustard-colored resin.
I don’t show all the details of mixing and pouring the resin here. If you want to see how to work with colored resin, you can read my Art Deco Bracelet tutorial.
Let the resin fully cure before demolding.
Step 2: Drill the seats for the crystals
One of my favorite advanced jewelry making techniques is using tools with my flex shaft. For this project, I am using setting burs. These burs will create a seat for the crystals in the resin that will exactly match their form.
I’m using a 3.3 mm bur to match the crystals I have selected to go on top of this resin pendant.
To make sure I drill straight and evenly, I am using my flex shaft in its drill press attachment. If you don’t have these tools, doing this project will be much harder. If you only have a Dremel tool, you can still use these burs. There are also drill press stands for Dremel tools if you decide you want to make that investment.
I placed the square resin charm into the vise grips. Since the grips can sometimes leave a mark, place it in some soft material first. What is used here is the same ‘grip’ material you can use to line cabinets.
Note: Before you start to drill, you will need to wear safety glasses and a particle mask.
I drilled several holes into the top of the resin. You will only want to go deep enough to seat the crystals.
Step 3: Clean up dust
To clean away the resin dust, wash the pendant with warm water and a good soap.
Step 4: Glue the crystals
Use a toothpick to dot a small amount of E6000 into each of the drilled holes.
Place the crystals into the holes filled with the E6000. You can also use the E6000 to glue a bail to the pendant.
Let the glue dry for 24 hours.
Step 5: Hang on a necklace
After the E6000 has cured, use your fingernail to scrape away any residue.
Hang your new pendant on a necklace of your choice and wear proudly!
You now have a new method to add to your advanced jewelry making techniques arsenal!
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