Bracelet making – Ink swirl resin bracelet tutorial

resin bracelet making


When it comes to making things with resin, bracelet making is one of my favorite projects.  I love being able to see a piece of resin jewelry while I’m wearing it.

resin jewelry making supplies

Resin supplies needed for this project:

Step 1

resin mold release

Spray a light mist of the Castin’ Craft mold release onto the mold.  Allow to dry at least 15 minutes.

Step 2

resin measuring cups

Carefully measure the amount of resin you will need to fill your bangle mold.  For this bracelet making project, I mixed 3 total ounces of resin, which was more than enough to fill this bangle bracelet mold.  If you are new to mixing resin, you can learn how to do that here:  how to measure and mix resin

Pro tip:  You can either mix three 1 ounce cups of resin or you can mix 3 ounces together in one of our 10-ounce reusable plastic mixing cups, then divide into three once ounce cups.

Step 3

resin colorants

Add three to four drops of alcohol ink to the mixed resin.

alcohol ink and resin

Since the alcohol ink will want to stay on top of the resin, use a toothpick to carefully push some color beneath the surface.  Use an up and down motion rather than stirring.  You don’t want to completely mix the color.

Step 4

pouring resin

Gently pour the resin into the bangle bracelet mold.  The movement of the resin will also help to accentuate ink swirls.

casting resin

You can also gently push the inked resin into the mold with a toothpick.

Step 5

Once you have your bracelet the way you like, cover and allow to fully cure.

Step 6

demold resin casting

To demold the bracelet, press on the bracelet mold from the back of the mold while twisting.

demold resin bracelet

It also helps me to hold the mold onto a flat surface while I pull at the sides.  You should see air move between the bangle bracelet mold and the resin bracelet.

Step 7

sanding resin bracelet with wet dry sandpaper

Sand off any sharp edges with 400 to 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper.


Enjoy your new handmade bauble made from your bracelet making adventure!



Did you notice there is no pink in the final bracelet?  When I originally made it several years ago, I used alcohol inks that were not designed to color resin.  I reached out to the manufacturer for advice on why the pink disappeared.  According to them, colors in the pink/purple range will disappear in the resin.  Since then, I only used alcohol colors specially designed for resin to get pinks and purples in my resin bracelet making projects.  These are the ones I use:

Want to learn more about using resin to make jewelry?  Grab a copy of Resin Jewelry Making.  It gets beginners started with resin, plus several projects you can make this weekend!


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5 thoughts on “Bracelet making – Ink swirl resin bracelet tutorial

  1. @Ally,

    I found out from the manufacturer that there are two inks in that color range that don’t stay in the resin. Who knew?

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