Resin diorama pendants – how to make diorama pendants with resin

diorama pendants with resin

Originally published January 2018.  Updated January 2020.

Now that my kids are a little older, their school projects have become a little more sophisticated.  When they had to do a diorama as a book report, I took that as an opportunity to take on my own resin diorama project.

If you aren’t familiar with dioramas, they are a miniature way to capture a scene from history, a book, movie, etc.  I didn’t necessarily have a theme or memory in mind to make into a diorama pendant, but chose instead to ‘work backwards’ with their leftover diorama miniatures.  Any store that sells supplies for dollhouses and model trains should have suitable items for making your own resin dioramas.

diorama pieces

Resin diorama pendants project 1

I found a piece of clip art with a Stegosaurus dinosaur.

dinosaur clip art

To make sure it would lie flat, I placed it into my domino size silicone mold along with the dinosaur model to make sure they both fit before pouring the resin.

fitting dinosaur and clip art into mold

Once I knew the paper fit, I sealed it on each side with a couple of layers of clear drying white glue.  By doing this on freezer paper, I’m able to pull up the clip art without tearing it once it’s dry.

sealing clip art with glue

After the glue dried (wait 12 hours or more), I mixed Resin Obsession super clear resin to go into my silicone mold.  I poured in enough resin just to cover the bottom, then used my stir stix to spread it.

pouring resin into a silicone mold

By coating the paper with resin before placing it into the mold, it will make it less likely that bubbles will get introduced.

coating clip art with resin

I did the same thing with my dinosaur before I put him in the mold cavity.  I added more resin to the top and allowed him to cure.

adding a dinosaur to resin

Once the resin cured, I was able to demold the resin diorama by flexing the silicone mold.

demolding resin from a silicone mold

My dinosaur looks prehistoric in this pendant.  All I need to do now is file off the sharp edges and apply a bail.

dinosaur diorama resin pendant

Resin diorama pendants project 2

I wanted to create another pendant with clip art, but this time used an extra large rectangular silver bezel blank.

trimming clip art

Once again, I checked to be sure the clip art and diorama figure fit in the pendant before pouring the resin.

checking placement of clip art and diorama figure

Next, I applied a layer of clear drying white glue.

adding glue to a pendant

Then, I placed the clip art over the glue and placed another layer of glue on top of that.

Tip:  Make sure your glue is thoroughly dry before proceeding to the next step.  Otherwise, moisture stains can still wick into your clip art.

adding glue to a clip art within a pendant

I poured a small amount of mixed Resin Obsession super clear resin in the bezel.

pouring resin into a bezel

Because I only want the resin to barely coat the bezel, I didn’t fill it all the way.  Instead, I added a small amount of resin, then rotated the bezel to coat the bottom.

rotating bezel to move resin around

Once the back was coated, I placed my farmer on the resin.  I added a bit more to cover the back, but not too much.  I didn’t want him covered as I was trying to achieve a three dimensional effect like this was a real diorama.

placing figure in resin

My finished farmer pendant turned out pretty cute.  I like how he looks like he’s standing on a hillside.

farmer diorama resin pendant

Resin diorama pendants project 3

This seahorse is pretty cute, and I thought it would be cool to make a pendant like he is swimming underwater.

seahorse miniature and sand

I was pretty happy to see that he fit into rectangular charm mold 411.

seahorse and a plastic resin mold

My first resin pour, I wanted to create the bottom of the ocean for the pendant.  I propped up the resin mold, then poured a small amount of super clear resin into the cavity.  I only wanted it to take up the bottom half of the mold.

pouring resin into a plastic mold

To that, I added a tiny bit of sand.  Then, I let the resin cure.

Once the first layer completely cured, I tilted the mold the other way and added super clear resin that had been colored with the Resin Obsession transparent blue pigment.

pouring blue resin into a mold

After allowing the second layer of resin to cure, I placed the mold flat.  I mixed more super clear resin clear for a third pour and put the seahorse in that layer.

Note:  Carefully plan out all layers of your diorama.  I wanted blue resin to make the the seahorse look like he was swimming, but I needed to be sure it was behind him.  Otherwise, you may not see him very well if he has colored resin over him.

placing a seahorse model in clear resin

My little seahorse looks like he is gliding across the bottom of the ocean.  Now all he needs is a name!

seahorse pendant

Resin diorama pendants project 4

In keeping with my ocean theme, I want to make this crab into a drop pendant using a clear silicone cylinder mold.  He is a little too big for the mold, but fit okay once I put him on his side.

crab in silicone mold

I wanted my crab to look like he was walking across sand.  First, I poured super clear resin into the bottom of the cylinder mold.

pouring resin into a silicone cylinder pendant mold

While the resin was still liquid, I added a tiny bit of sand.

adding sand to resin

I added a bit more resin after adding the sand.  Because I knew the crab would only fit in the mold on an angle, I propped the mold up on a bottle cap before allowing it to cure.

propping up mold to allow resin to cure on an angle

After the first layer cured, I mixed more resin and added a small amount to the mold.  I coated my crab with resin before adding him to the mold.