Resin bead making – Make your own resin beads

How to make resin beads

The longer I craft with resin, the more I realize I have to work smarter, not harder.  Case in point….  making a resin bead doesn’t necessarily have to involve a mold.

apply tape to acrylic tube


Step 1:  Cut clear tube

I cut varying lengths (1/2 inch to 3/4 inch) of clear, acrylic tubing.  The tubing I used had an overall diameter of 3/8 inches and an inner diameter of 1/4 inch.

Not shown:  I cut the tubing with my jeweler’s saw.  I tried cutting it with the metal tube cutter I used in my DIY ombre resin charms tutorial, but the ends splintered and cracked up the side of the tube.  Yuck.

After cutting the tubing, I covered one end with masking tape.  I made sure it was completely sealed all the way around.

pour resin into acrylic tubing


Step 2:  Fill the tube sections with resin

The cut tubes fit perfectly in the holes in the Resin Obsession resin drying mat.  (Make sure the taped side goes down.)

Not shown:  I mixed the Resin Obsession super clear resin in three different colors:  transparent yellow, transparent red and transparent orange.

This step of resin bead-making can be a little tedious.  Pouring the resin onto a toothpick, while holding it over the opening, will help guide the resin into the center.  Cover and allow to cure.


drill resin bead


Step 3:  Drill the center

After peeling the tape off, I used my flex shaft and drill press to drill through the center length of the bead with a size #60 drill bit.  You can always do this by hand with a Dremel tool or flex shaft, but I find that I have a hard time getting it straight.

thread beads onto bead cord


Step 4:  String the beads

I used stretchy bead cord to thread my drilled beads and glass bead chips onto the bracelet.  Tie the ends together once finished.

DIY resin bead bracelet

The resin bead making project is finished!

What do you think about this way of how to make resin beads?  Is this something you would try?  

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15 thoughts on “Resin bead making – Make your own resin beads

    1. Hi Jill, I left the resin in the acrylic. It’s clear, so you can see the resin through it. No need to demold!

    2. I’ve been trying to figure out how to make my own large focal beads with approx. 2.5 mm holes in the center. I think I’ll make a silicone mold of the bead…[standing upright]…..then try using the plastic tubing in center, so I don’t have to do any drilling. I’m pretty sure I could tape in in place . Worth a try anyways.

    1. I don’t recall where I bought it, but if you search for acrylic tubing, you should find options. What other kind of tubing were you considering?

  1. I have clear plastic tubing which is 3/8 or 1/4 inches outer diameter, and if I’m careful, I might be able to make this work.
    By the way, why didn’t you try using toobies for holes? seal the hole on the bottom end, it’s easily pushed out when the resin is cured.

  2. When I first started with resin, I looked into buying a drying mat or dooming mat and decided to use something I already had because they were expensive and didn’t want to spend money on this till I knew if it was going to be something I wanted to continue doing. They are working fine, so I have continued using them. But to color the pieces I’m having some issues. High cost for 1 bottle of colorant. I know your site sells the colorant, does it ever go on sale? I’ve been using pastels crushed up to color my resin, but work like to try the transparent colors.

  3. I wonder if you could drop a thick fishing line into the center and then pull it out just before it cures if it would leave a nice bead hole in the center for stringing.
    Also do you think it would work if we made one really long tube and then simply cut them to length after its cured?

    1. I don’t think that would work. Either you will pull the resin with the fishing line or the hole won’t stay nice. Yes, you could create one long tube and cut them into pieces after curing.

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