resin earrings DIY

how to make resin earrings

The easiest way to make resin earrings

by Penny Reid

OMG this resin earrings DIY project is so simple and the end result is so stunning.  Imagine making sterling silver earrings for less then $4.00 a pair!  Jumping right on the trend in geometric-shaped jewelry, I used small circle shaped rings and added a little flare with coloured resin and metallic powders.

resin stud earrings DIY

colorful resin post earrings

Step 1

Gather silver posts and closed silver jump rings (also known as soldered jump rings).   I wanted small studs so I used 8 mm (.30 inches) posts and 10 mm (.40 inches) rings.  To be sure you cannot see the base of the posts from the front, use posts with pads smaller than the rings.

silver findings

Step 2

Using quality tape (I like to use a translucent sealing tape), place the rings on the tape, pushing down firmly to make sure the seal is tight.  This will ensure the resin does not leak out.

Pro tip: I folded the edges of the tape pieces so that I have some grip to move the tape around a bit or hold it down when adding the resin.

packing tape

placing silver rings on packing tape

silver jump rings on packing tape

Step 3

Sprinkle Alumilite Metallic Bronze Powder, then gently wipe the edges to remove excess powder.

adding bronze powder

wiping excess powder

Step 4

Time to mix the resin!  I used Castin’ Craft Easy Cast resin because you only need a small amount and can mix this resin in small batches.  I mixed the minimum amount, 1 tbsp of resin and 1 tbsp of hardener (2 tbsp of mixed resin in total).  I like to use silicone containers that I can reuse by picking off the resin once cured.

For colourants I added a tiny bit of each color with a toothpick: Ice Resin Tint (amethyst), Castin’ Craft Transparent Liquid Dye (blue) and Resin Obsession Opaque Color (magenta).

measuring resin

adding purple color to resin

adding a dot of color o resin

stirring color into resin

Step 5

Use a toothpick to add coloured resin to each ring.  These are small and require a lot of patience.  You also need to resist the urge to pour in too much resin at a time.  I wish I had some of these pipettes on hand.  They work great for this kind of work!  I used a plastic straw to gently blow out the bubbles.  Be careful here as you can spill the resin if you blow too forcefully.

adding resin to silver rings

adding metallic powder to the top of resin

blowing resin through a straw

Step 6

I let it cure for 24 hours, then peeled off each resin-filled ring.  Only one leaked a bit but luckily, when I removed it from the tape, the leaked resin stayed.

cured resin earrings

removing cured resin from tape

removed resin rings

This is a picture of the back of the rings.  Pretty interesting as well!

earrings backs

Step 7

Glue on the posts using E-6000 jewelry glue and a toothpick.

posts glued on resin earrings

gluing posts on resin earrings

Here they are done and ready to wear!

resin post earrings

Which color of these resin earrings DIY is your favorite?

 

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9 Comments

ROB MEIXNER

Being a metal artist, the only thing different that I do is to solder a back to the jump ring and then solder the post to the back. I realize that not everyone is set up to do the soldering that I do, but it makes for a finer piece that I would sell for $35 – $45/pair

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Phyllis

Great suggestion using the rings. I was wanting to make some earrings but didn’t want to go out to buy more supplies today. I have lots of rings so not I can produce some. Thanks for the wonderful suggestion. Live your newsletter.

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Kim Braley

Oh my goodness, this is a great idea! Thank you for sharing – I can’t wait to make some of these for Christmas gifts. 🙂

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Phyllis

The rings I used were to small. Less than your little finger. Out of 8, 7 ran out but were easy to clean up with an exacto knife. I put tape under and up the side, and glitter on the bottoms.

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Renee

such a clever idea! I am really impressed, this is thinking out of the box! I will give this a shot!

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Resin Wares

I tried making these but no matter what I did I ended up with more resin leaking out than staying in the ring and they all came out very inconsistently. Made an 8mm half-sphere bead mold and glued the findings straight to the back, no more issue with leaking jump rings. Thanks for the idea!

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