How To Make A Resin Ball For Jewelry

 

Making a resin ball, then turning it into jewelry is one of my favorite projects. Even when using the same colors, I never know how it will look.

Rainbow colored resin orbs

Resin Supplies

For this project, you will need

Resin Obsession super clear resin
Measuring cups
Pipettes
Protective gloves
Resin ball mold
Jacquard Pearl Ex powders in Flamingo Pink, Pumpkin Orange, Bright Yellow, Emerald, Sapphire Blue, and Reflex Violet

Jars of colorful resin pigment.

 

There are two ways to do this resin project: the slow way and the fast way. You will come out with a different-looking resin ball with each process. If you would like neat, smooth lines for your ball, go with the slow way. On the other hand, if you want a surprise when removing the ball from the mold, go the quick way.

Step 1: Calculate volume

Figure how much resin your ball mold can hold. The mold I’m using is 1 inch in diameter. (By the way — this explains how much resin to use.)  In my case, that number is 8.58025 ml. Alternatively, you can fill your mold with water, then measure that amount of water. It isn’t as accurate as using the formulas in the article above, but it’s easier.

Step 2: Choose your colors

Next, decide what colors you would like to use. I’m going to make a rainbow orb, so I’m mixing six colors. Dividing 8.58025 ml by 6, I get approximately 1.43 ml. This is how much of each color I will need. Since some of the resin stays in the pipette, I rounded it up to 1.5 ml.

And if you want to mix more so you’re sure you don’t run out, there are things you can do with leftover resin.

Step 3: Mix resin

Mix your first batch of resin, then mix in colors. It can be tempting to mix the resin, hardener, and pigments together at the same time. Do not do this. Mix the resin and hardener together first. Then, once you’re sure they’ve been adequately mixed together, mix in your resin colors. If you mix the colorant in while mixing the resin and hardener, you won’t be able to see if your resin is thoroughly mixed.

By the way, the super clear resin is the perfect epoxy resin for this project because it mixes bubble free. That’s important since you won’t be able to see bubbles easily inside the mold.

Resin with resin hardener and resin pigment added.

And please remember to be careful and wear personal protection when using resin.

Step 4: Mix in color

Divide your clear epoxy into several cups. Then, put the resin color in a little at a time and mix thoroughly. It’s easy to add more if you’re not satisfied with the color, but you can’t take the color back out if you mix too much in the first place.

mixing resin and resin pigment

 

mixing resin pigment with resin

Step 5: Add to the mold

Use a pipette to draw up the colored resin and add it to the mold. Do this slowly and patiently. If you squeeze the pipette bulb quickly, your resin will splatter inside the mold, affecting the look of your ball.

Using a pipette to insert resin into mold

Step 6: Adding more colors the SLOW way

After the resin cures, you can add your next color, and so on, repeating steps 1 through 5 above. When putting more resin into the mold, do not reopen the mold completely or separate the previous resin layer from the mold. If you do this, the new resin can leak into the previous layer, ruining the neat lines you’re working on.

Rainbow colored resin orb

 

Step 6: Adding more colors the FAST way

Follow steps 1 through 5 above, but prepare all resin colors you will be using at one time.

cups of resin mixed with colorful resin pigments

Using the pipette, add the colors in the order you prefer without waiting for the resin to cure between layers. Then, once you’ve added all the colors, set it aside to cure.

 

You’ll see a lot of the first and last added colors, with smooth transitions between colors rather than lines.

multi-colored epoxy orb

multi-colored epoxy orb

rainbow-colored epoxy orb

multi-colored resin orb

multi-colored resin orb

Pro tip:

Rubber bands can help the mold stay closed if you’re using a flimsy mold. However, you only want them to hold the shape closed, not change the shape of your mold.

epoxy orb mold

You may need to do a bit of sanding to smooth the top. Then, add bail cap finding to the top to make your resin ball into jewelry.

resin orb jewelry

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Originally written by Lynette Olnhausen

Unpublished Blog Posts of Resin Obsession, LLC © 2022 Resin Obsession, LLC

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7 thoughts on “How To Make A Resin Ball For Jewelry

  1. Second that they’re very pretty! I’ve never had much luck getting resin into pipettors but that’s probably just down to the brand of resin that I’m using. Adding some kinds of colorant can make it a lot more viscous too – they seem to speed up the curing process, particularly acrylic paint.

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