Resin pendant making with open-backed bezels and glass beads
Originally written in October 2014. Updated January 2020.
A few of you have asked what I like to do when I’m resin pendant making for myself. It depends on the week quite frankly. For this resin project, I was more drawn to spending some metalsmithing time, then making the resin work within whatever I made.
Making silver bezels
I fired up the torch and soldered sterling silver bails onto cut sections of silver tubing. (No, I won’t be selling these. I made them just for me to play around.)
Then, I pressed them onto the sticky side of masking tape. This comes in pretty handy as cured resin won’t stick to masking tape. If you don’t want to make your own bezels, you can purchase open-backed bezels for resin.
Mix and pour resin
Because I wanted to have a domed finish to my pendants, I used a doming resin for jewelry, then added enough to fill the bottom third of the pendants. If you are new to mixing resin, read this article first: how to mix resin in five easy steps
After pouring in a bit of resin, I added something ‘heavy’ into the pendants to fill up the bezel completely. In this case, I used micro glass beads. If you want to try this, alternate adding beads and resin until you get the effect you want.
The doming resin helped to give a nice rounded appearance to the pendants. I also tried two different variations. In the closest pendant, I used a toothpick to draw the resin and beads out over the edge of the silver.
Once cured, I peeled them off the tape.
Finished resin pendants
When resin pendant making in open-backed bezels, the side against the tape will be flat. You can’t really tell here, but there is a ‘frosted’ appearance to the back. The beads in the resin help to disguise that effect. If it really bothers you, you can sand it or recoat with a thin layer of resin to make it shiny again.
And just to let you know, experience doesn’t always mean that you won’t have mistakes. With the pendant at left, I didn’t have the top part stuck to the tape tight enough and some resin leaked underneath the bottom.
While the resin is still in the soft cure stage, you can use a pair of pliers to peel the resin away from the metal. Note: this technique works best in the soft cure stage. Once the resin is super hard, it may not work.
Resin is all gone. No sanding!
I think I prefer the resin pendant on the left better. I like being able to see the rim of silver around the edge.
If you liked this resin pendant making project, here’s another one for you to try: The easiest way to make resin pendants
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