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