I love the look of dichroic glass. Since I’m not a glass expert, I found a way to make dichroic glass lookalike pendants with resin.
Step 1: Create the transparency art
I used photoshop to take clip art and make them into black and white images. I then printed these images onto plain paper and took them to my local copy store where I had copies made onto a clear transparency.
Hint: Use a color printer to print the original black and white paper copy. You will get a richer black color that will copy darker onto the transparency.
Step 2: Cut the transparency to fit your jewelry blank.
To cut the transparencies, I used a one inch round hole punch to match up with the 1 inch round silver bezels used for this tutorial.
Step 3: Cut iridescent papers
Next, I cut a square of iridescent paper. You can get this paper from crafting stores, or sometimes you can find it in the gift wrap section of a major department store. Smoosh it up between your fingers to give it a crinkled appearance. This will help it reflect more light and give it the dichroic glass look.
Step 4: Fit the papers to the jewelry blank
Trim the iridescent papers as necessary to match the size of the pendant. Place them in the bezel to make sure they will fit well. You want to do this before you mix your resin because you don’t want to waste time while the resin is mixed (and curing!).
Step 5: Add resin to the pendant
Place a SMALL amount of mixed Resin Obsession crystal doming resin in the bottom of the pendant tray. You only need enough to cover the bottom and act like a glue. Then, use a toothpick or stir utensil to push the resin around the bottom of the pendant. You don’t need much resin here because you want to leave room to dome more resin once you are finished.
If you have never mixed resin before, here’s help: how to mix resin and hardener in five easy steps.
Step 6: Add the papers
Place the iridescent papers on the resin in the pendant. You will probably need two to three pieces to completely cover the pendant and prevent seeing the pendant back. Dot in more resin to act as glue as necessary.
Step 7: Add the transparency cover
Here’s where the dichroic glass lookalike pendants come to life! After dipping your cut transparency into your resin cup (to help prevent trapped bubbles underneath), gently place it over top of the iridescent papers in the bezel cup. Do this on an angle to let bubbles escape to one side. Once you have your transparency placed where you want it, drop a bit more resin on top to create a resin dome. Cover and allow to cure for 48 hours.
Step 8: Hang the pendants
Hang your new pendant on a colorful cord and wear it with style!
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