How to Turn Your Favorite Photo Into a Pendant

how to make photo resin pendants

You know all those amazing pictures on your phone? Yeah. The ones that you’ve snapped of family, friends, vacations, and most importantly — your fur babies? They’re begging to be set free. By including them in a piece of jewelry. Like a photo pendant you finish with resin.

And I promise this is something you can do even if you’re a resin beginner.

And by the way, a resin photo pendant makes a great gift.

Or give bad gifts. I suppose it depends on how much you like the person.

Step 1: Gather supplies

photo resin pendant supplies

Here are the resin supplies you’ll need:

Your favorite photos as a digital file
Resin Obsession crystal doming jewelry resin
Stirring sticks
Mixing cups
Safety gloves
Paper sealer
1-inch square blank pendant trays
Drying mat


Paper punch to match the size of your pendant blanks

Step 2: Prepare your photographs

There are many photo editing apps available for this step. My favorite is the free version of Canva.  You can crop and resize pictures to exactly one inch wide by one inch tall.

Then, print your photo onto bright white paper using a color printer.

💡 Pro tip: Color laserjet printers print a crisper picture than inkjet printers. If you don’t have a laser printer, many professional print shops do. It will cost you a couple of dollars.

Step 3: Seal the picture

applying a layer of white glue to a photo

Brush a couple of coats of clear-drying glue on each side. Let your paper completely dry.

⭐️ BONUS: Here’s how to seal papers for resin.

What happens if you don’t seal it? Your paper stains and your photo pendant will look like something you left in the rain.

Step 4:  Cut out your picture

punching photo from paper

This is where that paper punch comes in handy. All you have to do is place your printed picture in the punch, then cut. Not only does it come out the right size, but it also comes out with perfectly straight edges.

If you don’t have a punch, don’t worry. You can cut out the photo for your resin pendant with scissors or a straight-edge blade. (but you might want to lay off the coffee that day. #justsayin)

Step 5:  Glue your picture to your bezel

applying layer of glue to a bezel

Apply a layer of glue to the inside of the bezel. Be sure to coat it well, including the edges and corners. Press your paper into the bezel.

press paper into bezel

Then, coat your photo with another layer of glue. Set the pendant aside to fully dry before going to the next step. If you don’t, your resin will mix with the glue and look cloudy.

Step 6: Mix the resin

measuring and mixing resin and hardener

Using the crystal doming resin is important for this step. It makes a high dome and finishes glossy. That’s what is going to make your photo pendant pop.

It mixes 1:1 by volume, meaning you mix 1 Part A to 1 Part B by the volume marks.

⭐️ BONUS: If you’ve never mixed resin before, this article details how to mix resin.

Step 7: Add the resin to the pendant

add resin to the photo pendant

Add a small amount of the epoxy resin to your pendant, then let it spread. If you add too much too quickly, you’ll spill resin over the edge and make a mess.

Because this is a doming resin, it will self-level without you needing to do anything special. That means you don’t have to worry about holes and an uneven finish.

💡 Pro tip: I place pendants on one of our drying mats for projects like this. The holes in the mat help the bezels lie flat. The bails (the part that the necklace goes through) can keep that from happening.

Step 8:  Remove bubbles

Go over the top of the photo pendant with a heat gun to zap bubbles. You can use a toothpick to grab bubbles too.

💡 Pro tip: Bubbles tend to get stuck in the corners of the pendant.

Set it aside to cure.

The crystal doming resin is 90 percent cured at 24 hours. Allow seven days for it to cure as hard as possible.

Step 9:  Hang on a necklace

photo resin pendants

Once your photo pendant is dry, you can wear it on a necklace.

So what’s the easiest way to make a photo pendant?

Use a resin starter kit.  It comes with the resin, mixing supplies, and bezel blanks to get you making beautiful gifts in no time. Simply choose your glove size, and you’re all set.

Inspired to try more resin projects beyond making a photo pendant?

Then you’ll want a copy of the ebook, How to Make Resin Jewelry with Bezels. Learn the basics of creating jewelry with resin in jewelry blanks. It’s got 15 projects a beginner can make. Devour the PDF ebook in an afternoon and go from confused to confident with resin!

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11 thoughts on “How to Turn Your Favorite Photo Into a Pendant

    1. Really beautiful: R the blank pendant Made with in center rosary style. Bale on each side and below or at least 1 at top. 1 at bottom

  1. When you say: Apply a layer of glue to the inside of the bezel &
    Once your paper is completely pressed into the bezel, coat it with another layer of glue.
    What glue do you recommend?

  2. Hello Kathrine
    These are stunning.What os the best way ro file and polish resin work once complete.I seem to struggle with this

    1. Hi John, you can measure the size of your pendant. Then use an application like Canva to size/crop it to fit the pendant.

  3. This is such an interesting and creative idea! I never knew that you could turn your favorite photo into a pendant using resin. It’s definitely something I would love to try out for myself. Thanks for sharing this great DIY project!

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