I love making mandala pendants. While they look totally cool against the light and on light-colored clothing, you can’t always see the pendant’s beauty unless they get a lot of light through them. With this in mind, I created the light behind the design by using transparencies and metal leaf. By making these couple of easy upgrades, they’ll always sparkle and shine in the light, regardless of what I’m wearing.
How about I show you my tricks for making mandala pendants with resin?
Step 1: Prep the pendant base.
I’m using 1-inch wood tiles, but you can also use scrabble tiles.
Add adhesive glue to each of the wood tiles. The key is to apply a light coating, then wait until the glue gets tacky. This takes 10 to 20 minutes. Once sticky, add the leaf by placing it over the wood tiles and pressing firmly.
Then, pull away the excess leafing. There will be a bunch of crumbs left, which you can reuse for future projects. Allow the leafing to dry for 12 hours.
Step 2: Create Mandala images.
I am using 1-inch square mandala images I purchased on Etsy from Pixel Twister for these pendants. I took the files to my local printer for printing on transparency film. Then, I used a paper punch to cut them out. You can also use scissors to cut shapes.
Step 3: Glue the transparencies to the wood base.
Add a light coat of glue to the metal leaf and place the transparency on it. Push firmly to press out bubbles, then allow to dry for 24 hours.
Step 4: Add clear epoxy resin.
Now it’s time to apply the resin. I’m using the Resin Obsession crystal doming resin. It’s important to use a doming resin, instead of a resin for wood, to make these mandala pendants because there isn’t a side to hold in the resin. The crystal doming resin mixes thick, letting it stay on the tile surface.
After mixing the resin, add small amounts of the clear epoxy to the middle of the wooden tile. Then, use a toothpick to pull the resin to the edges. Once you have all the tiles coated, cover them, and let them cure for 24 hours.
At this point, I want to justify all the extra work involved in making these mandala pendants! 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 any way you look at it, it’s gleaming!
Step 5: Add a bail.
Glue on a bail using E-6000 jewelry glue to each piece, along with a necklace.
Done. These mandala pendants are super shiny and gleaming!
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Originally written by Penny Reid
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