How to make a resin photo pendant

how to make photo resin pendants

If you are asking yourself how to make a photo resin pendant, you are in the right place!  I love making these pendants as wearable mementos of a loved one, beloved pet or some other special memory.  These also make great gift ideas for grandmothers and moms as there will never be another one like it!

Step 1: Gather supplies

photo resin pendant supplies


Start by gathering the best resin supplies for this project.

Supply list:

Resin Obsession crystal doming resin
Stirring stick
Mixing cups
Safety gloves
Paper sealer
1-inch square blank pendant trays
Drying mat
Photos sized and printed to fit the pendant trays


Paper punch to match the size of the pendant blanks

Step 2: Prepare your photographs

There are many photo editing apps available for this step.  I used the free version of Canva to crop and resize pictures to exactly one-inch wide by one-inch tall.

I printed these pictures onto bright white paper using my color printer.

Step 3: Seal the picture

applying a layer of white glue to a photo


Because paper can change colors when it gets wet, it must be sealed with a clear-drying glue to keep the moisture stains out.  Let your paper fully dry before moving on to the next step.

If you haven’t done this before, here are more details on how to seal papers for including in resin.

Step 4:  Cut out your picture

punching photo from paper

This is where the paper punch comes in handy if you have it.  All you have to do is place your printed picture in the punch, then cut.  Not only does it come out the right size, but it also comes out with perfectly straight edges.  If you don’t have a punch, don’t worry.  You can cut out the photo for your resin pendant with scissors or a straight-edge blade.

Step 5:  Glue your picture to your bezel

applying layer of glue to a bezel

Apply a layer of glue to the inside of the bezel.  Be sure to coat it well, including the edges and corners.


press paper into bezel

Not shown:  Once your paper is completely pressed into the bezel, coat it with another layer of glue.  Then, set the pendant aside to fully dry before going on to the next step.

Step 6: Mix the resin

measuring and mixing resin and hardener

One of the most important steps in how to make a resin pendant is using the right resin to get beautiful results.  I’m using the Resin Obsession crystal doming resin because it’s specially formulated to give a raised, glossy finish on jewelry bezel projects.  It mixes 1:1 by volume, meaning you mix 1 Part A to 1 part B by the volume marks.

If you have never mixed resin before, this article details how to mix resin and hardener.


Step 7: Add the resin to the pendant

add resin to the photo pendant

Gently add some of the resin to your pendant, then let it spread.  If you add too much too quickly, you will spill resin over the edge and make a mess.  Because this is a doming resin, it will self-level on its own.  This means you don’t have to do anything extra to get an evenly domed finish.

Pro tip:  I like to place the pendants on one of our drying mats for projects like this.  The holes in the mat help the pendants to lie flat since the bails (part that the necklace goes through) can keep that from happening.

Step 8:  Remove bubbles

Go over the top of the pendant with your heat gun to remove bubbles.

Pro tip:  Bubbles tend to get stuck in the corners of the pendant.  Look hard at these areas for bubbles.

Set it aside to cure.  The crystal doming resin is 90 percent cured at 24 hours.  Allow seven days for a 100 percent cure.

Step 9:  Hang on a necklace

photo resin pendantsOnce the pendants are cured, you can hang on a necklace.

These make a great gift for the ladies in your life.

Hint:  The easiest way to make photo pendants is to start with our beginner resin kit.  It contains the resin, mixing supplies, and bezel blanks to get you making beautiful gifts in no time.  Simply choose your glove size and you’re all set!


If you want to learn more besides how to make a resin photo pendant, you might also want a copy of the ebook, How to Make Resin Jewelry with Bezels.  Learn the basics of creating jewelry with resin, plus get 15 projects even a beginner can make.  Devour the PDF ebook in an afternoon and go from confused to confident with resin!

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8 thoughts on “How to make a resin photo pendant

    1. Really beautiful: R the blank pendant Made with in center rosary style. Bale on each side and below or at least 1 at top. 1 at bottom

  1. When you say: Apply a layer of glue to the inside of the bezel &
    Once your paper is completely pressed into the bezel, coat it with another layer of glue.
    What glue do you recommend?

  2. Hello Kathrine
    These are stunning.What os the best way ro file and polish resin work once complete.I seem to struggle with this

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