Originally written December 2013. Updated May 2020.
Resin charms aren’t just for jewelry! If you are looking for an easy resin Christmas ornament tutorial, then you will love this one!
Choose and prepare the mold
For your resin Christmas ornaments, choose a mold with shapes you like. These Christmas molds are nice: resin Christmas silicone molds
Apply a light mist of Castin’ craft mold release and conditioner and allow to dry.
Mix and pour the resin
Mix a resin specially designed for molds. I used Resin Obsession super clear jewelry quality resin. It cures hard and crystal clear!
Pour a bit of mixed resin into the mold. To create resin charms with some depth, pour enough to cover the bottom of the mold, then let it cure before the next layer.
Gather clip art for your resin ornaments
Use clip art and photo editing software to create a page of colorful clip art. To get the best results, I always have a copy store do the next part. After printing the page of clip art on my color printer, I went to my local copy store and had them copy the sheet onto a clear transparency. I have found that printing on home printers sometimes doesn’t keep the colors from running. This is the secret to having crisp images in this resin Christmas ornament tutorial.
The other great thing about using transparencies in resin is that you can trim them to the size you need, then use them in resin without needing to seal them first.
Pour the second layer of resin and add the art
For the second layer, pour another thin layer of resin. Before placing the transparency in the mold, coat it with resin. This will help to break the surface tension and make it less likely that you will trap bubbles underneath.
Add colors to the second layer
For my last layer, I wanted to try a variety of different effects. I used:
- Pearl Ex pigment
- Castin’ Craft opaque liquid pigments
- Alcohol inks for resin
- Alumidust powder
- Foil tissue paper
For the final layer of this resin Christmas ornament tutorial, mix another small amount of resin and add your colorants or additives as desired.
Cover and allow to cure.
Demold the resin charms
Demold the resin charms by twisting the mold and pushing them out from the back. You will know that you are making progress when you see an air line as you are twisting.
Sand off any sharp edges as necessary. If you have never done that before, this article explains how to sand resin.
Here’s how the finished charms turned out. Quite frankly, I was a little disappointed that after adding the colors, some of the transparencies were hard to see.
After allowing the glue to cure, hang your new charm on a ribbon. (P.S. This makes a great package decoration that the gift recipient can keep!)
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