How to finish resin charms – learn two ways

Techniques to finish resin charms

by Kate Ledum

Now that you’ve made something amazing with resin, you might be wondering how to finish resin charms. Cast items can be used in a variety of ways. You can use them on their own or add them to other projects.

To see how Kate made these charms read her tutorial on how to use cookie cutters as resin molds.

resin charms with bails

Adding bails to your cast pieces makes them into unique pendants. There are several types of bails and pendant loops you can use.

pin vise

Option 1:  Drill a hole

You can use a pin vise and a small drill bit to make a hole in your piece, or you can also use a small electric drill like a Dremel tool. Drill the resin on top of a piece of styrofoam recycled from packaging to ensure you don’t accidentally drill into your table.

drilling hole in resin with pin vise

Drilling holes in resin is pretty easy. Even though the resin feels hard, to the metal drill bit, it is a soft surface. Set the tip of the drill bit where you want the hole and then turn the vise continuously to the right.

turning pin vise to go through resin charm

Keep turning the pin vise until the drill bit comes out on the other side. Brush away the resin bits from the drilling and add an oversized jump ring as a bail. This type of pendant loop is great when you really like both sides of the resin piece. You can wear either as the ‘front’.

Simply add a jump ring to the resin charm to make it wearable.

applying a glue on bail to a resin charm

Option 2:  Glue on a bail

The other option of how to finish resin charms is to use a glue-on bail.  A glue-on bail and pendant loop is great when you have a definite front side of your piece.

completed glue on bail

Apply enough strong adhesive, such as E-6000, to the flat part of the bail and then stick it on the back of the resin piece. Allow at least 24 hours for the glue to dry and permanently bond.

mixed media resin

For larger items, you can use them in mixed media art projects or other home décor.

This is a masque I cast earlier using the same Cookie Cutter Casting technique. I recently combined it with canvas and various die cut or embossed paper pieces, peacock herls, and other embellishments. If you’d like to know how I put this together, it’s on my personal blog: http://rijacki.blogspot.com/2016/08/masque-for-ball.html.

What other questions do you have about how to finish resin charms?

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6 thoughts on “How to finish resin charms – learn two ways

  1. Hi I’m a resin pendants designer and jewelry designer have been making pendants and jewelry for many years. I would definitely not recommend to anyone to use E6000 to attach a bail or anything that hangs on necklace or earrings etc……. with e6000 the bail can easily be pulled right off unless you want alot of customer complaints I would steer clear of e6000 I use a solvent called hot stuff special t and even with a pilers trying to yank a bail off a pendant it won’t come off the bail will actually break before coming off yr pendant !!!! Just thought I would let you know as I’ve had alot of time to test this out.

    1. That’s fascinating! I’ve used E6000 for my pendants and bails for 7 years and have never had a problem. Glad to hear you found something that works for you.

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