This Might Be The Best Way To Make A Thumbprint Necklace

How to make a thumbprint resin pendant necklace

If you’re wondering how to make a thumbprint necklace, then you’ll love this resin project. You can capture the thumbprint of a loved one, then use it to make resin pendants. These are fantastic gifts for moms and grandmoms. It is truly a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry.

resin jewelry making supplies

Resin supply list:

Step 1:  Create the clay form

cutting clay model

Flatten your polymer clay into a circle about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and 1/4 to 3/8 inch thick. The clay can be any color because you only use it to create a template for resin mold making.

Lightly draw the shape of a heart using the tip of an Exacto knife. Then, cut it out, trimming the excess from the edges. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

thumb imprint

Firmly press your thumb into the heart’s center to create an impression of your fingerprint. Then, bake the heart according to the directions on the polymer clay packaging.

carving clay

Step 2:  Create the resin mold

Once your heart is baked, you can use the Exacto knife to carve around the edges of the heart to give your thumbprint necklace character. If you want the edges smooth, you could skip the carving and lightly sand the edges to a smooth finish. When you are satisfied with the texture of your heart, dust it off with a clean cloth and take out equal portions (about 5/8 – 3/4 inch in diameter) of the white and yellow Amazing Mold Putty.

creating a silicone mold

Knead the putty together until it is a uniform light yellow color. Then, flatten it a bit against your work surface. Carefully press the heart into the putty, being careful not to push through to the other side.

silicone mold curing

When the heart is positioned, let it sit for fifteen minutes to cure in the silicone rubber. Next, gently peel the mold away from the heart.

Step 3:  Mix and pour your resin

pouring resin into the thumbprint necklace mold

Mix Resin Obsession Super Clear resin as two Parts A to one Part B. This project takes very little resin, so you only need to mix about 1/2 ounce.

The super clear resin is perfect for this project because it cures glass-like in molds. As a result, your thumbprint necklace will finish bubble-free.

If you have never mixed resin before, this article explains how to mix resin in five easy steps.

cured resin pendant

After filling the mold with your clear epoxy, let it sit to cure. You’ll want to cover it since dust or particles might settle onto the resin. When the resin is dry, pull it out of the mold.

Step 4:  Drill the thumbprint necklace

drilling resin pendant

Using a drill with a 1/16 inch bit, drill a hole in the top of the heart for the bail.

Step 5:  Finish

thumbprint resin necklace

Add the bail and chain, and you have a thumbprint necklace. It’s an easy way to preserve a special part of you!

Originally written by Deanna Burasco.

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5 thoughts on “This Might Be The Best Way To Make A Thumbprint Necklace

  1. THANK YOU! I have wondered how to do a thumbprint type craft for so long, and this is amazing and perfect!

  2. Katherine, I’m wondering if you could use something like silly putty for the MOLD in a pinch? Have you ever tried such?

  3. @Carla, I haven’t tried silly putty but I would be worried that the resin would stick to it and not come out.

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