It was all rainbows and unicorns in the studio this week. Okay, maybe not the unicorns. Wouldn’t that have been cool! I love creating rainbow charms with resin, but wanted to do something different this week. I thought it would be fun to create them with different layers of resin and show you how in this rainbow resin tutorial.
Pro tip: In general, a little of these powders go a long way. Start with less than what you think you need, then add more as necessary.
Pouring the resin got to be a bit tedious. No matter how hard I tried, the resin was ‘attracted’ to the sides of the mold.
The longer I waited, the resin eventually made its way to the bottom of the mold. I filled each mold a third to halfway full.
Not shown: I used a toothpick to gently remove the remaining resin drips from the inside of the mold before pouring the next layer.
Because I wanted a very ‘fluid’ look to my pendants, I poured the next layer of resin while the first layer was still liquid. This allowed it to blend a bit and have a wavy line junction where the two layers meet. If you want solid, distinct layers for your pendants, allow one layer to be (at least) almost fully cured before pouring the next layer.
I filled the molds and added a third color to the larger rectangular ones.
Not shown: I demolded the resin charms the next day after the resin fully cured. It can be a bit tedious to demold these. Add soapy water between the charm and the mold to help with this.
Because resin always shrinks a little bit when it cures, I try to overfill the molds a smidge to account for this. This one fell short, so I sanded off the end with wet/dry sandpaper to make it smooth.
I used my flex shaft and a #64 drill bit to drill a hole in the top center of each resin pendant. Mark with a sharpie first to help direct you where to drill. A silver screw eye was inserted in the hole.
Pro tip: You want the hole you drill to be a little smaller than the screw eye. This will ensure it grabs into the side of the hole when it is placed in the resin charm. For a stronger hold, you can use a dot of mixed resin or E6000 in the hole when placing the screw eye.
I added 20 gauge jump rings to the screw eye fasteners and hung the pendants on silver ball chain necklaces. I love the range of colors and how they look fluid in the pendants. It creates a look of active movement.
I love the shimmer the pearl powder adds to the colored resin. I don’t think you could get the same effect with transparent resin only.
Of all of my rainbow resin pendants, this one is my favorite. I like it even better in the direct sunshine!
Which one of these rainbow resin tutorial pendants is your favorite?
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