Is anyone else like me and finds those candy hearts a little too chalky to really be considered candy? I’ll take chocolate any day over those crumbly, ‘not sure what flavor this’ is candy heart. But I totally get sucked in by the sayings. So what do I do with them if I don’t eat them? I pick my favorite conversation heart, then turn it into jewelry with resin. And you can do it too. Here’s how you can use them to make a Valentine’s Day candy heart pendant.
Step 1: Get a jewelry mold
You might think you have to use a heart mold since this is a Valentine’s Day project. Ah, not so. The heart is what makes it Valentine’s Day themed, so pick a shape you like. (If it’s a heart, then so be it.)
Here’s a good resin pendant mold since it’s deep enough to hold the entire candy heart.
Step 2: Prep the mold with mold release
Once your resin cures, you want your resin pendant to pop out easily. Using a mold release ensures that happens. Plus, it prolongs your mold life.
Step 3: Seal the candies
Since conversation heart candies change colors when touching resin, you want to seal them first with a couple of light layers of clear-drying acrylic spray before using them to make jewelry.
And by the way, the color change can happen months after making these candy heart pendants. You can see how some of mine turned brown.
Let the candies dry for 24 hours before using them in the resin.
Step 4: Mix resin
Since you’re using a mold to make the conversation heart jewelry, it’s critical you use an epoxy resin meant for molds. The Resin Obsession super clear resin is a perfect choice. It cures hard and bubble-free in 12 hours or less. Plus, it doesn’t go soft when you wear it like other resins can.
Mix enough jewelry resin to fill the bottom half of the heart mold cavities for these pendants. Leave this resin clear. Pour the resin into the mold cavities, then add the candies, writing side down.
At this point, you have two choices to finish your conversation heart jewelry pendants:
Finish filling the mold cavities with more clear resin.
OR, leave room for a second layer of colored resin.
Let the resin cure, then mix a new batch of epoxy, but using resin colors this time. Finish filling the mold cavities.
Step 5: Demold the resin
Once the resin cures, peel them out of the silicone mold cavities. If you’ve got sharp edges, sand the resin with a nail file or sandpaper.
Step 6: Add findings
Want more help on how to make conversation heart jewelry? This video shares all the details:
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