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.
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.
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.
I placed the flowers and grass on top of the fully cured resin sky and added a bit more resin.
Tip: The Resin Obsession drying mat is great for working with resin in bezel pendants. The open squares allow the pendant bail to fit inside them so the pendants can sit flat.
A few technical notes if you want to try your own resin diorama project:
- Some of these diorama figures are rubber and might want to float in resin. You may need to pour resin in several layers in order to get the figure to stay where you want it. (If you need help visualizing that, this article will give you some ideas: How to make things float in resin.)
- I did not cover some of my figures completely by design. I wanted them to have a three-dimensional look, which sometimes gets lost when you completely encase things in resin.
- If you are going to do this, you might want to have several diorama projects ready to go at once. You won’t use a lot of resin with any one pendant, and it’s a shame to waste the stuff. *wink*wink* If you have some resin leftover and don’t know what to do with it, here is an idea: Resin statement ring DIY.
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