Mandala pendant tutorial – 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.


wooden tiles


wooden tiles



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.


modge podge and leaf


adding modge podge to wooden tile


wooden tiles with dry modge podge


silver leafing and modge podge


silver leafing covering wooden tiles



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.


removing excess leafing from wooden tiles


removing excess leafing from wooden tiles


wooden tiles with leafing


excess leafing

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.



i inch mandala transparencies


1 inch mandala transparencies


cutting mandala transparency in paper punch


cut-out mandala transparency


mandala transparency cut-outs

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.


coating tile with modge podge


affixing mandala transparency to wooden tiles


affixing mandala transparency to wooden tile


wooden tiles with mandala transparencies affixed

Step 5

Now it’s time to apply the resin.  I’m using a doming resin, adding small amounts with a popsicle stick to the middle of the wooden tile, then using a toothpick to pull the resin to the edges.  Once you have all the tiles coated, cover them, and let cure 24 hours.


mandala transparencies affixed to wooden tiles




coating mandala pendants with resin


resin mandala pendants



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.


glue bail and resin mandala pendant


gluing bail to resin mandala pendant



Done! They are super shiny and gleaming!


gleaming mandala pendants

I hope you enjoyed this mandala pendant tutorial!

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42 thoughts on “Mandala pendant tutorial – Make Mandala Pendants with Resin

  1. 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

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

  3. 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!

    1. 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

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

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

  5. 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?

  6. 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

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

  7. 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!

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

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

  9. 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

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

  11. 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?

  12. These are do beautiful. I’m wondering what the 2 computer programs are that you used edit the photos. Thank you so much for these instructions.

  13. So last question. Can the imitation leaf work or does it have to be real gold leaf?
    Except for the leaf and wood pieces I’m waiting on I have everything I need to get this party started. I’m very excited. I have the Chile festival coming up in a few weeks and I so wanted these there. I’m sure they will go fast cause they are awesome.

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