How to make your own glow in the dark resin dangle earrings
If you have never worked with glow in the dark pigment powders and resin before, you’re in for a treat. I adore our new day glow in the dark colored powders for resin. Resin Obsession has had glow in the dark powders before, but never colored ones. Whether you’re making jewelry for day or nighttime wear, you’re going to get an awesome color either way!
I mixed a total of 1 1/2 ounces of Resin Obsession super clear resin. I used 1 ounce mixing cups to measure 1 ounce of Part and 1/2 ounce of Part B separately. To have enough room to mix the resin, I poured both parts into a larger ten ounce mixing cup. I then split the mixed resin amongst 3 different one ounce cups.
For these earrings, I mixed approximately 1/8 teaspoon of glow powder per 1/2 ounce of mixed resin.
Technical note: You may get microbubbles forming on top of the resin. Push these bubbles to the side of the cup before pouring the resin into your project.
I wanted to create bicolor earrings, so I poured two colors of resin into the mold at the same time. The bottom of the earrings will hold more resin than the top, so I had the pour the top (yellow) a little faster to keep it even. Check for bubbles before covering to cure. These earrings needed 24 hours to fully harden.
Once the resin has cured, flip the mold over and twist and push from the back. Your resin should pop out easily. (You will know if you’re making progress if you see air coming in between the mold and the resin.)
If you have a lot of extra resin to get off the edges, you can use a sanding attachment on a dremel tool or flex shaft. Always wear safety glasses and a particle mask when doing this. While holding the sanding tool, use your thumb as a brace against your resin casting to help you control the pressure. By bracing the piece with your thumb, it will prevent you from gouging the resin. Be very careful as you will sand off resin very quickly!!
When sanding resin, I prefer to use wet/dry sandpaper. It takes it off more evenly and is a better choice when you only need to sand down a rough edge. When sanding, be sure to wet the sandpaper and sand in the direction of the curve. You want to make sure you don’t get a flat edge. (I know it’s hard to describe that with a picture, so you can see what I’m talking about in this sanding video on the Resin Obsession you tube channel.
For the earrings, I used my dremel tool and a size #60 drill bit to drill a hole in the resin. You will want to drill slowly so you don’t melt the resin. It is also helpful to mark where you want to drill with a sharpie first to help you keep straight while drilling. Drill onto a piece of wood because you will want to drill through the piece. If you have something very hard under it (something the drill bit can’t go through), you will wear off your drill bit! After drilling, add some ear wires. Here’s tutorial on how I like to make ear wires.
I was amazed with the bright colors I was able to get with the day glow powders. Definitely attention grabbers.
I loved the neat effect I was able to create by having multiple colors in one mold. Part hombre, part abstract.
Yes, the colors really are this intense after they have been in the sun for 10 minutes. Everyone will notice!
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