Resin charms tutorial – Resin charms DIY

Easter charms with resin

lids on kids dough canistersOkay, I’m going to let you in a little secret.

I love going to the dollar store.  

I’m always on the lookout for new things to try with resin and find the dollar store is a perfect place to start.  Imagine how giddy I was to find a four-pack of ‘kids dough’ with these lids?

Hehe.  I see a resin charms tutorial!

dust powder inside mold before pouring resin

A word of caution when using non-traditional items for resin molds, it may not work.  It depends on how flexible the plastic is and whether or not it’s a resin that wants to release.  For that reason, I ALWAYS use a light layer of Ultralease mold release when using resin in any mold, especially ones where I worry the resin may not want to pop out.  Not shown:  I used the mold release here and allowed the lids to dry for approximately 30 minutes before pouring the resin.

Dust colors

The next step was to use a paintbrush to dust colors inside the mold.  Either the Pearl Ex powders or Alumidust powders will work for this step.

pouring polyurethane resin into a mold to make charms

Mix and pour resin

For this first batch of charms, I wanted to know right away whether or not these lids would work as molds.  I used the quick-curing Alumilite Amazing Casting resin since I knew I could demold results in 10 minutes.

 

resin charms cured in mold

Ten minutes later, this is what they looked like.

resin Easter charms

Demolding

After pushing and twisting from the back of the lids, the charms demolded.

In case you are interested, here’s a quick video showing this part of the resin charms tutorial in action:

 


 

pouring clear resin into a mold

Mix and pour clear casting resin

I was so excited to find out these lids worked as molds, I wanted to try another project.  I mixed a batch of Resin Obsession super clear resin and poured it into the lids.

Not shown:  I prepped the lids with another layer of Petrolease mold release.

 



Easter charms made with Resin Obsession super clear resin

As you can see, they cured perfectly crystal clear!

applying nail polish to the back of a resin charm

Add color to the back

I went through my nail polish collection and found several metallic and iridescent colors.  I brushed the colors onto the back of the clear charms.  It took three to four coats to get everything even.

resin charms with a jewel metallic finish

I love how the nail polish gave these charms the look of vintage, foil-backed gemstone cabochons.  Really pretty.

Easter resin charms

These charms could easily have a bail attached to be worn as jewelry.  They are also a nice size that you could use them as wine glass charms or ornaments on a branch as a part of your Easter decor.

Which style of charms do you like best?

Want to try making your own resin charms but confused about where to start?  Tried making them but find everything came out sticky or filled with bubbles?  I want to help!  It’s why I wrote the book, Resin Jewelry Making.  It’s written especially for beginners to give them a clear path on how to make something amazing with resin.  Buy a copy of the downloadable PDF ebook now and have the link to read it in only a few minutes!

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8 thoughts on “Resin charms tutorial – Resin charms DIY

  1. Are they soft enough to punch a hole in or when should a hole be put in for a key chain or something other

  2. Wonderful tutorial! I wonder if you poured the clear thinner and once demolded, you could paint with acrylics and then fill small amount of clear to coat the mold before inserting the painted mold to create a nice seal on the painted surface? Is that a viable option?

    1. Hi Kimberly, I’m not sure I understand your question, but if you wanted to apply doming resin to the back of the painted surface to seal it, you can do that.

  3. I have a question about the spray mold release. I have (ashamed to tell on myself here) about 300 candy molds. The thin plastic ones you melt chocolate and pour into the molds. I would love love love to find something I can spray into the molds first and have the resin pop out. I tried silicone spray that I use for my aluminum candle molds to release the wax but that was a total FAILURE. The resin cured right to the mold. 😬😲😩. Do you think the spray you used on the lids in this article would work? I don’t want to ruin another chocolate mold. THANKS SO MUCH!

    1. Hi Karen, I’m afraid even with a coating of mold release, candy molds aren’t suitable for use with resin.

  4. You can put a magnet on the back. I am like you, I use anything for a mold. I use a lot of chocolate molds, you can use your half price coupon at the craft store. I got a cute pig at the $ store. The first thing I look for at the thrift is something to use for a mold. I guess I am ‘resin obsessed’

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