How to make resin orb jewelry
Making resin orb jewelry is one of my favorite projects. Even when using the same colors every time, I never know how it’s going to look!
For this project, you will need
There are two ways to do this project: the slow way and the fast way. You will come out with two different-looking orbs with each process. If you would like neat, smooth lines for your orb, go with the slow way. If you would like a surprise when you remove the orb from its cast, go the quick way!
Take a look at the mold you’ll be using and figure out, roughly, how much volume it can hold. The mold I am using is 1 inch in diameter. You can either figure out the exact volume or try to “eyeball” the amount of each color you will need for this. This article explains how to figure out the volume of your mold so you know exactly how much resin to use. In my case, that number is 8.58025 ml. Alternatively, you can fill your mold with water, then measure that amount of water. It isn’t as accurate as using the formulas in the article above, but it’s an option for those of you that don’t like math. 😉
Next, decide what colors you would like to use for this. I’m going to make a rainbow orb, so there will be six colors with which I will be working. Dividing 8.58025 ml by 6, I get approximately 1.43 ml. This is how much of each color I will need. Since some of the resin stays in the pipette, despite my best efforts, I rounded up to 1.5 ml and worked hard to get as much as I could out of the pipette.
Mix your first batch of resin. Remember to be careful and wear protection when using resin. When doing this, it can be tempting to mix the resin, hardener, and colorant all together at the same time; do not do this. Mix the resin and hardener together first, then, once you’re sure they’ve been adequately mixed together, mix in the colorant. If you mix the colorant in at the same time you’re mixing the resin and hardener together, you won’t be able to see if you’ve adequately mixed the hardener and resin together.
Once you’re done with mixing the hardener and resin together, put the colorant in a little at a time and mix thoroughly; it’s easy to add more if you’re not satisfied with the color, but you can’t take the color back out if you mix too much in the first place.
Use a pipette to draw up the resin mixture and put it in the mold. Do this slowly and patiently; if you try to go too fast and put a lot of pressure on the pipette, this can lead to splatter inside the mold, affecting the look of your orb.
Step Five – The Slow Way:
Once you’re done with everything above, set your mold aside to cure. Make sure to set the mold on a level, protected surface. After it has cured, you can add your next color, and so on, repeating the directions above. When putting in any additional resin into the mold, do not reopen the mold completely or separate the previous resin from the mold. If you do this, the new resin can leak down into the previous layer, ruining the neat lines you were working on.
Step Five – The Fast Way:
Follow the instructions above and prepare all of the colors of resin you’re going to be using at once.
Using the pipette, add the colors in the order you prefer.
Generally, you’re going to see a lot of the first and last added colors, with smooth transitions between colors, rather than lines.
If you’re using a well-worn mold, you may want to use rubber bands in order to hold the mold closed. Do not use to the point you can see the mold bowing inward; just enough to hold the gap closed.
For both methods, when you’re done adding all of the colors you want to the mold, again, let it fully cure (follow manufacturer advice), and then remove your orb from the mold.
You may need to do a bit of sanding in order to smooth the top. Add a metal finding to create a unique pendant.
Which resin orb jewelry pendant is your favorite?
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