Keepsake artwork pendant tutorial – save a child’s artwork in resin

Keepsake artwork pendant tutorialHow to create a piece of jewelry from a child’s drawing

My nephew drew a picture of his dog for his school’s art show. He is incredibly proud of his masterpiece, and his mother (my sister) thought it would be fun to preserve the memory in a resin charm.  This keepsake artwork pendant tutorial is going to show you how to just that!

Prepare the artwork

To get started, you will need a digital copy of the art.  My sister scanned a copy of the image and emailed it to me as a .jpg file.  I’m going to use it with rectangular cabochon mold 412, so I needed to resize the image with Photoshop.  I printed several sizes of the picture (just varied the pixel size a smidge) with my color laser jet printer.  If you’re looking for some free options to be able to edit your picture, you can try the free version of Canva or there are several listed in this article:  Free alternatives to Photoshop

trim paper for resin

Trim the image away from the paper.  I cut out several sizes, then placed them in the resin mold.  I wanted to see which size fit in the vertical middle of the mold, since I knew I wanted to pour two layers.

sealing an image with packing tape before placing in resin

Tear off a piece of clear packing tape and place it onto a hard surface with the sticky side up.  Put the printed drawing onto the sticky side of the tape.  Place another piece of clear packing tape on top.  (You’re creating sandwich.)  Rub the two pieces of tape together to push out any air bubbles, paying close attention to the area of tape next to the edge of the picture.  You don’t want to trap a bubble at the paper’s edge, which could be seen in the final charm.

Note:  I could have sealed the image with a couple of layers of glue, but I chose the tape method so that I could use it right away, instead of waiting an extra day for the glue to dry.

trimming packing tape away from an image before including in resin

Trim the tape away from the drawing.  When doing so, be sure to leave a gap of tape around the edge of paper, otherwise the exposed edge will wick in moisture from the resin.

Prepare the plastic mold

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

Mix the clear casting resin – layer 1

Once dry, mix together 15 ml total of the Resin Obsession super clear resin.  Fill the mold cavity half full with the resin.

dipping a picture in a resin cup

Before placing the sealed imaged into the mold, put it in your mixed resin.  By coating both sides with resin first, you will break the surface tension and make it less likely it will trap bubbles underneath.

placing paper in a resin mold

Place the sealed paper into the resin mold.  You will want to do this on an angle to avoid trapping bubbles.  You can also gently tap the paper once it’s in the resin to release any bubbles that may be trapped underneath.  Once you have it placed the way you like, leave to cure.

Note:  Don’t forget we are working ‘backwards’ in the mold.  The surface facing you will be the back of the pendant.

Mix the clear casting resin – layer 2

adding glitter to a resin charm

Mix another 15 ml of super clear resin to be the second layer behind the picture.  In this case, I wanted a white background to accent the piece.  You can easily color the super clear resin with the Resin Obsession opaque white pigment.  Another option (shown in the picture) is to add some glitter to the back.  When adding the glitter, you will want to wait until the resin partially cures, otherwise your resin may sink to the bottom.  Allow to cure.

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Demold and finish

The super clear resin cures in twenty-four hours.  Once cured, demold the resin charm by gently twisting the mold while pushing from the back.

sanding a resin charm

Sand the resin charm edges with some wet/dry sandpaper.  You don’t have to sand a lot, but sand off the sharp edges which occur when the resin ‘creeps’ up the side of the mold.

resin charm with silver glue-on bail

Use a glue-on bail finding to make the charm wearable.  I used E6000 to glue the charm and bail together.  This video shows how to use E6000 to glue a bail on a resin charm:

Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours before wearing.

DIY resin pendant

Hang the finished pendant from a necklace.  (or in this case, so that my nephew could hang it from his backpack, I included a zip tie.)

What part of this keepsake artwork pendant tutorial did you like best?

 

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8 Comments

Karen

What a great idea. I’m sure your nephew will be extremely excited to preserve his masterpiece!

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Sandy

What a super idea! I’m going to try this for sure. After the holidays are over, of course! 🙂

Thank you for sharing this with us.

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Kathi

OH! Thank you SO much! I love this and now have MANY ideas for gifts – for my daughter and my daughter-in-law and definitely for ME! Now I will be able to keep so many memories of my children and wear them with pride! Thank you again!
Have a very Merry Christmas Katherine! (I’m also a Katherine)

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Naomi

Suitable to safekeep babies’ hair ? How to do it so that the locks stay and not fray out in the mould. QAny idea for to safekeep breast milk?

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Katherine Swift

@Naomi,

I would suggest sandwich the hair between two layers of clear packing tape if you want them to look a particular way.

As for breast milk, you will need to find a way to dehydrate it first. Then use it as a ‘colorant’ powder with the resin.

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cam phillips

Great article! If anyone has ideas on what “things” to do for christmas presents for the men in my life, please let me know!

No one is a coaster-ish person, I can’t find any belt buckles that I think I can make work.. and I’m having a brain freeze! It may have to be keyrings all ’round, but if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

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Michelle

That’s a great idea. I am going to use this idea but put a picture from both of my kids and put them back to back to make a keyring for myself.

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