The Easiest DIY Resin Pendants Project You’ll Make

Easiest way to make resin pendants

If you’ve been stuck on where to get started with resin, this one is for you. This is a super easy DIY pendants project that any resin skill level can make.

rub on transfer sheets

Resin Supplies list:

Mixing cups
Nitrile gloves
Resin Obsession super clear jewelry resin
Resin Obsession crystal jewelry doming resin
Resin Obsession color pigments
Pendant blanks
Rub-on stickers

adding purple pigment to clear resin

Purple resin pendant projects

Step 1:  Mix and color resin

Start by mixing 1/2 ounce (total) of Resin Obsession super clear resin. Then, add a tiny bit of Resin Obsession opaque purple to color the resin. The dot at the end of a toothpick will be plenty of color.

pouring purple resin into a pendant blank

 

Step 2:  Add to the jewelry blank

Pour a little bit of the colored resin into a pendant blank. (This is a 1 inch round bezel blank.)  Don’t overfill the bezel, as you need to leave yourself some room for what we are doing later.

rolling the resin around inside a bezel blank

Step 3:  Add a design

Roll the resin around inside the bezel. You want to coat it so it’s thick enough to cover the bottom, but you still have enough room to pour another layer. Once you have your pendant covered, allow the resin to cure before moving on to the next step.

You can find many cute designs on transfer sheets. Pick one, and trim the paper away from the others.

rubbing a transfer onto cured resin in a bezel pendant

Use a jewelry burnisher to rub the transfer onto the resin. These come off easily. If you don’t have a burnisher, you can try using your fingernail or another curved edge tool to DIY the design for your resin pendants.

resin pendant with polka dots

I love this pendant with the polka dots too.

Blue resin pendant projects

Step 1:  Mix and color resin

You don’t have to stop with one color. Mix more resin, but this time color with transparent blue pigment and pearl powder.

Step 2:  Add to the bezel

After mixing the resin, pour it into your bezels to cover the bottom.  These are extra-large rectangle bezels blanks.

You can see the different effects you can make with the pearl powder. Both pendants have the same amount of blue color, but the pendant on the left has a lot more pearl powder.

💡 Pro tip: Know that the more powder you mix in, the more likely you are to get lumps. Unless you don’t make lumpy gravy at Thanksgiving. In that case, you should be good.

Allow the resin to cure before moving on.

rubbing transfer hearts onto cured resin

Step 3:  Add the design

Use the same technique as above to transfer the rub-ons.

adding a clear layer of resin to bezel pendants

These steps are for both pendant colors

Step 4:  Add a glossy epoxy layer to BOTH pendants

Once the transfers are on, it’s time to finish all the DIY pendants with a glossy layer of resin.  You can mix more super clear resin, but if you want a domed finish, use the Resin Obsession crystal doming resin. This epoxy resin kit will produce a glossy surface raised above the bezel’s edge.

adding clear resin to pendants

Since the bail on a pendant can tilt your pendant forward, place them on a drying mat before pouring. The bail can rest in one of the open spaces, allowing the jewelry blank to lie flat while you add resin.

Check the resin for bubbles before letting them cure.

resin pendants

I love how these DIY pendants turned out and how easy they are to make with resin.

cat pendant with resin

The rub-ons give unique details without any special skills. Yes, you can get a Cricut machine and cut out designs yourself, but I’m into easy and now. For next time, I would pour two coating layers, placing rub-ons on different ones.

Ready to take on more jewelry projects using bezel blanks?

Then you will love my newest book, How to Make Resin Jewelry In Bezels. It includes 15 projects, also geared towards resin beginners. Buy the PDF ebook now, and a download link shows up to your email in minutes.

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15 thoughts on “The Easiest DIY Resin Pendants Project You’ll Make

  1. I LOVE this post! But I can’t find a place where I can get interesting transfers. I’ve tried Michaels, Dick Blick, Amazon, EBay. Where are you getting these great transfers?

      1. Aw, bummer. None of those around here. I guess I’ll look at sale bins in brick and mortar stores around me. I’m in NYC. Thanks, Katherine!

  2. I love the pendant idea. I am new to resin casting and just placed my first order. I can see many holiday and birthday gifts for my friends. Who doesn’t want a pendant with their grandkids or furry companions? The next project after the pendant with be the switch plate covers.

  3. Great to see great minds think alike and shop at the same place. I found the same transfers in the bin at Hobby Lobby too. And use them in my resin pendants. I also use them on jeweler’s clay as well. Always with a resin top coat.

  4. I tried using resin on an orgonite pyramid yesterday but when I poured in my resin with black glitter, it sunk past my gold flakes. What could I have done wrong?

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