I love the ocean, fish, and coral, but most importantly, I love all things, mermaid! One day I will get to be a mermaid, but until that day, mermaid jewelry it is.
Resin supplies list:
Step 1: Gather resin supplies.
For this mermaid jewelry project, you’re going to need:
Step 2: Trace the size.
To start, I lightly traced the pendant size onto the poster board. I recommend cardstock or poster board for this project, as they are thicker than standard paper. Besides, they take coloring and glazing better.
You can make this step simpler if you’ve used this mold previously. Grab some of the resin charms you’ve already made with this mold and use them to trace around.
Step 3: Color the cardstock.
I decided to go with a gradient for this mermaid jewelry project. To get that effect, use at least two colors for the transition. I recommend alcohol-based markers since they blend significantly better and do not bleed like sharpies or artist markers.
To make the gradient, I took my first color (green) and colored 2/3 of the pendant. Then, I took my second color (yellow) and colored in the last 1/3, finishing in the middle third of the charm. This gives it a lovely blended effect. You can go back over in certain spots to make it smoother.
Step 4: Add some sparkle.
I wanted my mermaid jewelry to have an iridescent glaze. I mixed a bit of metallic powder into the glue–one color for each pendant. After mixing the glue with the powder, I thinned it slightly with water. Then, I used a small brush to coat the colored area. Once that layer is dry, go over it another time with a plain layer to ensure you won’t lose any of your fabulous sparkles.
Step 5: Add the scales.
Here’s my favorite part of this mermaid jewelry project. It’s time to make the scales! For these details, use a fine-tip pen, like a super-thin sharpie. Make sure each new scale is in between the two scales above it. Also, verify you don’t have the pendant crooked, or you will get some skew-looking scales.
Next, cut out the shape as cleanly as you can. Now’s a great time to use a paper punch if you have one.
Step 6: Seal the paper.
I sealed the back with white paint to ensure no resin seeps into the paper. I found it sealed things out better than the tacky glue did. I did the layers twice.
Step 7: Prep the mold.
Spray the mold release onto the mold and let it dry.
Step 8: Pour the first resin layer.
I went with Resin Obsession jewelry resin for this project since it cures significantly harder and clearer than other resins. I mixed 1/2 ounce of resin and split it between three mold cavities. After you pour, gently place the mermaid jewelry pieces over the resin and gently press down. The resin shouldn’t entirely submerge it. It should just lay on top of it. Gently push it in to ensure the sides are in the resin, but try not to get resin on the back. Let that sit for a couple of hours.
This article shows you how to mix resin if you haven’t done this before.
Step 9: Add colored resin.
I didn’t like the idea of having the paper just out in the open, only covered with clear epoxy resin. So, I decided to add some sparkle to it. I mixed more super clear resin and added gold-colored powder.
Then, I filled the mold cavities fully with the resin.
Next, I let my mermaid jewelry pendants sit overnight. They were ready to be taken out of the mold by morning.
After a bit of finishing, here is my mermaid jewelry! I adore how they turned out and was super glad I went with the gold backing for them. I think a mermaid pendant would be great for a costume, coasters, or a lovely set of matching jewelry.
This design makes mermaid scales, but you could easily alter them to resemble snake or dragon scales.
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This post was originally written by by Jasmine Moore
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