Resin petri earrings

How to make resin petri earrings

How to make resin petri earrings

I’m crazy about the new resin petri style that’s popping up in coasters, but I haven’t seen it much in jewelry.  It’s too artsy and abstract of a style not to make resin petri earrings with the same techniques!

mixing clear resin

To start, I mixed 15 milliliters total of Resin Obsession super clear resin.  I’m using this resin because I am working with this trendy silicone earring mold by House of Molds.

filling a silicone mold with resin

The second reason I wanted to use the super clear resin is that it mixes in a thin viscosity.  The sides of the long earrings are thin, so getting a thick resin in there bubble free would be quite difficult.  I poured a little bit of resin into the larger spaces, then used a stir stix to drop it into the thin spots.

Pro tip:  Do not overfill the cavities.  You need room to drop in your colors.

adding alcohol ink to resin

Pick complimentary colors of alcohol based colors to include in the wet resin.  I’m using the ICE resin tints for this project.

adding white alcohol ink to resin

Once you have colors added to the resin, add white alcohol ink on top.  Continue to alternate layers of colored ink and white ink for three to four layers.

colored ink and resin in a silicone mold

Once the mold is full, allow to cure.  The colors will continue to mix to create some neat resin petri effects!

demolding resin petri earrings from a silicone mold

Once the resin has cured, demold.

Note:  the super clear resin is normally very hard after a 24 hour cure.  In this case, while it was fully cured, it was bendable.  I let it cure for an additional three days to let it get fully hard before working with it.

sanding resin petri earrings

Once the resin petri earrings are cured, use wet/dry sandpaper to sand off the sharp edges on the back (open side during casting).

adding a jump ring to resin petri earrings

adding an ear wire to resin petri earrings

To make the resin petri earrings wearable, I added an 18 gauge, 5 mm sterling silver filled jump ring and finished with a french hook ear wire.  The great thing about this earring mold is that the holes cast in place.  No drilling necessary!

resin petri earrings

I love my group of resin petri earrings.  I can’t decide which shapes and color combinations are my favorite!

multicolor resin petri earrings

These are pretty cute.  There is a lot of color going on here which makes these easy to wear with most anything.

green purple and blue resin petri earrings

Then I see the purple and blue resin petri earrings and think those might be my favorite.  Or perhaps the little dainty blue and emerald ones are.

blue and red resin petri earrings

Then again, there are the blue and emerald dangles and the petite red petri earrings.  Good thing I have lots of choices because I can’t decide!

Which resin petri earrings are your favorite?

Watch the video version of the tutorial:

Unpublished Blog Posts of Resin Obsession, LLC © 2018 Resin Obsession, LLC

Like this post? You may be interested in  How to make a bottle cap resin coaster

12 Comments

Lisa Ann Hainline

I’ve done this a ton with pendants and I’ve found I can go deeper with deeper pours, as I don’t always want to show the “FRONT” spots but show the 3D aspect of them. There is much going on behind those front dots but too many layers can clutter up the front facet.

Reply
Katherine Swift

The coarse sandpaper will leave scratches. Continue sanding with finer grits of sandpaper until the scratches are gone. Ending with a 1000 grit or higher works best.

Reply
Sherry

Thanks Katherine. I am finishing with 2000 grit ( 150 and up…) and still unable to polish away the cloudy areas that remain. Really challenging for this newbie who loves the glass finish of resin!

Reply
Sherry

Thanks Katherine! Grandad suggested rubbing compound for cars…have you ever tried this to get rid of the cloudy after-effects?

Mark Babich

Do you use the wet/ dry sandpaper for the tiny grit or so that you can wet it and prevent resin dust from escaping? Do you spritz the partier or use it under water? I searched ‘sanding’ but I’m still not sure. Thank you.

Reply
Katherine Swift

I use fine grit wet/dry sandpaper as well. You can generally find it at automotive parts stores in the car restoration section.

Reply
Chrystal

How do you clean your mold once you are finished? I have some spots with ink and resin stuck to the mold.

Reply
Katherine Swift

I like to use a good soap and water. Slap it onto a a cloth or towel to get out water drops. Allow to dry.

Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *