How to Make Mandala Pendants with Resin

Mandala pendant tutorial

by Penny Reid

I’ve done a number of resin pendants with transparencies.  While they look totally cool against the light and on light-colored clothing, you can’t always see the beauty of the pendant unless they are getting a lot of light through them.  With this in mind, I decided to create the light behind the transparency by using gold, silver and rose gold leaf.  This means that from any angle or with whatever I am wearing, you can see the image on the transparency.

 

gleaming resin mandala pendants

Step 1

I am using 1-inch wood tiles, but you can also use scrabble tiles.  Arrange your wood tiles in preparation for the gold, silver and rose gold leaf.

 

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Step 2

Add a little sizing (adhesive glue) to each of the wood tiles.  You can also use mod podge.  Whatever you use, the key is to apply a light coating, then wait until the glue gets tacky.  This generally takes 10 to 20 minutes.  Once tacky, add the leaf by placing it over the wood tiles and pressing firmly.

 

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You can use your fingers to pull away the excess leafing.  There will be a bunch of crumbs left which you can scoop up and reuse for future projects.  Allow the leafing to fully dry for 12 hours.

 

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Step 3

Find Mandala images.  I am using 1-inch square images I purchased on Etsy from the stores pixel twister and gypsy heart.  I took the files to my local printer and had them printed on transparency film.  I used a paper punch to cut them out or you can simply use scissors to cut shapes.

 

 

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Step 4

Add a light coat of glue to the metal leaf and place the transparency on it.  Push down firmly to press out bubbles, then allow to dry for 24 hours.

 

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Step 5

Now it’s time to apply the resin.  I chose to use Castin’ Craft Easy Cast resin for its doming qualities. I started with adding small amounts with a popsicle stick to the middle of the wooden tile, then used a toothpick to pull the resin to the edges.  Once you have all the tiles coated, cover them and let cure 24 hours.

 

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At this point, I want to justify all the extra work involved in this project!!  Here is the same image, one on paper (left) and the other with the leafing and transparency (right).  The difference is that the image with the leafing pops more.  It has added depth and from any perspective you look at it, it’s gleaming!

 

mandala transparency covered tile and finished resin mandala pendant

Step 6

Glue on a bail using E-6000 jewelry glue to each piece along with a necklace.

 

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Done! They are super shiny and gleaming!

 

gleaming mandala pendants

I hope you enjoyed this mandala pendant tutorial!

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35 Comments

Geri Ann Hart

Hello…I love your emails. I was wondering if you use a torch or heat gun on these small pieces to pop bubbles? Thanks…Geri Ann

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Sharon

I love how the gold leaf completely changes the transparency from a picture to a piece of art! They’re beautiful! xx

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Deb

What size (brand) paper punch do you use? I’ve been unable to find one to fit a Scrabble tile perfectly. Thank you again for your help!

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Penny

I used a one inch wood tile and one inch images and one inch paper punch! I believe that a scrabble tile is 3/4 inches and I have seen punches in that size, try EK Tools

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Katherine Swift

I have never seen a scrabble tile size punch. This article uses a 1 inch punch. You can trim as necessary to fit.

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Deb

Thank you for your reply. I was So hopeful as I seem to be incapable of trimming in a straight line, even with guides.

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Cati

I was wondering if you used the leaf or used any resin on the backs and sides of the wood squares

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Alice Ryan

Great tutorial! I love the demo of the difference between those with the leaf & without it. I look forward to trying this. Where did you get the large sheets of leaf?

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Connie

Can I use markers or paint to paint my own mandala on the gold leaf? Just discovered resin so wanting to try new things. Thank you

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Katherine Swift

Yes, but you should seal them before applying the resin. Some markers and paints will fade or smudge with a resin application.

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Cindy

Hi! I love your pendants and appreciate you sharing how to make them. I’ve made wood shaped pendants with resin, but am looking for some tips to make it easier. What is the sheet you have spread under your work? If resin flows over the edge of your pendant does it stick? I’ll be searching your site for more. You did a terrific demo. Thanks!

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Katherine Swift

Wax paper makes a good surface for resin crafting. The resin won’t stick to it, even after curing.

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Kaz

Gorgeous. Great tutorial. Clear and precise and easy to understand. Much appreciated cheers 😊

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Lilly

I thought you said a scrabble tile would work? It will overlap though right? If there are none the size of a scrabble tile? 🙁

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Katherine Swift

You will have to trim the papers accordingly or find designs that are sized to fit scrabble tiles.

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Cindy L.

I am loving this project! You are right about using gold leaf under the transparencies, it’s making a big difference. Thank You!

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Katherine

CUTE project, Kath – I love the idea of using leaf and transparencies! Another of your fantastic ideas I’m going to do. You always keep me out of the dreaded pit of inspiration struggles…and I thank you for that. You made the directions so clear that even a beginner could handle this – let’s just hope they don’t sneeze while leafing! xx

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Beth Nelson

Hi! Love the tutorial! Did you place the transparent cut outs “ink up” or “ink down” on the foil?

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Toni

Hi, I loved the tutorial. Thank you. If possible, I would like to know how I could find the bale you used on the pendant that attaches to the the one inch tile?

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Katherine Swift

Hi Toni, if you search for ‘glue on bails’ you should find several options.

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