How to make a resin pendant – resin pendant DIY

How to make a resin pendantHow to make a resin pendant

crafting supplies

Making your own resin jewelry is so much fun!  The possibilities are limitless!  This is the perfect resin beginner tutorial for anyone asking themselves how to make a resin pendant.

Resin Supplies needed for this tutorial:

Before getting started, you will want to make sure to wear your nitrile gloves and work in a well-ventilated area.  It also helps to work on a surface coated in wax paper, which makes it easier to clean up spills.

Prepare mold and mix resin

spraying mold release onto a plastic mold

Spray a light mist of Castin’ Craft mold release and conditioner over the mold and allow to dry (usually 20 to 30 minutes).

resin and hardener in mixing cups

Measure the proper amounts of resin and hardener in two separate cups.  The Resin Obsession super clear resin mixes as two parts resin to one part hardener.  I measured 10 cc of resin and 5 cc of hardener (the minimum amount we recommend mixing).

Hint:  While it may be tempting to only use one cup, using two cups will allow you to pour off any extra you inadvertently overpour.

mixing epoxy resin

Pour resin into mold

pouring resin into a mold

Pour your hardener into the cup with the resin and carefully mix with the stir stix.  While mixing, scrape the sides of the cup and stir stix several times during the process.  When resin doesn’t cure properly, it is almost always related to improper measuring and incomplete mixing.  Do not overlook the importance of this step!  If you do end up with sticky resin, this article will help you troubleshoot:  Why is my resin sticky?

Pour your resin into the cabochon well.  Hint:  Squeezing the cup into a spout will make pouring easier.

Place buttons into resin

placing buttons in mold cavity

Gently place your buttons into the resin.

adjusting button placement in mold cavity

Use your stir stick to reposition the buttons as desired.

Remove bubbles and allow to cure

removing bubbles from resin by blowing through a straw

Before letting your piece cure, remove any bubbles that may be in your resin.  You can do that by lightly blowing over the surface of the resin through a drinking straw.  Be careful not to inhale the resin!  You can also draw out bubbles by using a toothpick.  Cover your resin casting with a dome before allowing it to cure.  Hint:  Sometimes trapped bubbles can come up to the surface later.  Be sure to check your casting again in approximately 20 to 30 minutes for any additional bubbles.

Demold and finish edges

demolding resin charm from a plastic mold

Demold your resin cabochon casting once it has cured by flipping the mold over and gently pressing from the back while twisting.  The cabochon should pop out easily.

sanding edge of a resin charm

Sand off any sharp edges or extra resin with a 400 to 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper.  You will want the sandpaper to be wet so that the sanding friction does not melt the dust back into your resin cabochon.

Apply jewelry finding

adding e6000 adhesive to glue on a bail finding

Once your pendant is finished, glue the bail finding to the back with E6000.  You will need to apply glue to the bail and back of the pendant.  Allow to sit for 2 to 3 minutes before pressing the two parts together.  The glue needs 24 hours to be completely dry and secure.

resin pendant with buttons

After the pendant bail glue has dried, trim or pull away any extra E6000 adhesive.  Hang on a necklace and wear proudly!

What other questions do you have about how to make a resin pendant?

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9 thoughts on “How to make a resin pendant – resin pendant DIY

    1. The manufacturer recommends in their SDS to wear protective gloves and wash hands after use in addition to avoiding eye contact.

    1. While I like your thinking Debra, I’m afraid there isn’t a way to attach the bail in the ‘mid-cure’ process.

    1. Hi Beryl, there are many reasons bubbles can happen, but insufficient mixing is not one of them. In general, I think beginners mix too briskly which causes a lot of bubbles.

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