How To Make Amber Using Epoxy Resin

how to make lookalike amber with resinDid you know natural amber is fossilized tree resin? It came from resin that oozed from tree bark millions of years ago. Wearing amber as jewelry dates back centuries. It’s the original vintage find.

Here’s the cool thing. You don’t need to wait millions of years for amber for jewelry. Here’s how to make amber with epoxy resin.

⭐️ BONUS: Learn more about natural amber and what resin is.

Step 1:  Measure and mix your resin

measure and mix resin

Measure and mix your resin using mixing cups and stirring sticks. You’ll want to use Resin Obsession super clear resin to make your amber. It’s meant for molds and will cure hard and durable.

Once mixed, divide the resin into two cups.

Step 2:  Color the resin

adding amber color to resin

You can make two amber colors:

To make traditional amber-colored resin, use two drops of transparent amber dye.

To make green-colored amber, use one drop of amber dye and one drop of transparent green dye.

💡 Pro tip: Adding the green by itself will make the resin look ’emerald’ colored. You’ll need the amber dye to make it look like green amber.

⭐️ BONUS: Here’s how you color clear epoxy resin.

Step 3:  Add fragments

adding mica to resin

To give the resin the appearance of a natural fossil, you’ll need to add some inclusions. Mica fragments in the brown and gold color range work great for this. Crush or tear the mica flakes with your fingers to vary the sizes.

Then, mix the mica into your resin.

Step 4:  Pour the resin into a mold

pouring amber resin into a resin mold

Select a resin jewelry mold and add your mixed epoxy. Larger mica flakes will sink to the bottom.

💡 Pro tip: If you want your mica flakes more evenly distributed, pour the charms into 2 to 3 layers.

Step 5:  Allow curing

amber resin curing

After pouring the resin, remove any bubbles before allowing it to cure.

Step 6:  Demold

demolding amber resin

Once cured, turn the mold over.  Gently push and twist from the back to pop the pieces out.  If everything has gone well, the resin charms should come out easily.

Step 7:  Finish

finishing resin charms

Trim up any resin edges. You can use scissors to cut away any tags or thin pieces, then go over the edges with wet/dry sandpaper to smooth them up.

Step 7:  Apply a jewelry bail

amber pendants

Now it’s time to make your lookalike charms wearable. The easiest way to do this is to add glue-on bails. Use E-6000 to adhere the bails to your resin.

Woo-hoo! You just learned how to make amber with epoxy resin.

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2 thoughts on “How To Make Amber Using Epoxy Resin

  1. Thank you for sharing this information! I also love amber color and green amber. Several years ago I purchased a pendant from a co-worker, I always wondered how she did them. I’m anxious to try it try.

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