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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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