The EASY Way To Turn A Drawing Into Jewelry

Turn a child's drawing into jewelryMy nephew drew a picture of his dog for his school’s art show. I don’t know who is more proud–him or my sister. My sister asked if there was a way I could turn his drawing into jewelry.
Totes.
Ya.
YAAAASSS.
You betcha.

💡 Pro tip: This is a perfect DIY Mother’s Day jewelry project.

Step 1:  Prepare the artwork.

You will need a digital copy of the art. My sister scanned a copy of the drawing and emailed it to me as a .jpg file. Then, I printed several sizes to see how they would look in the mold.

💡 Pro tip: If you’re looking for free options to edit your picture, there is a free version of Canva or other free alternatives to Photoshop

trim paper for resin

Trim the image away from the paper. Cut out several sizes, then place them in the resin pendant mold. You want to see which size fits in the mold before you pour epoxy resin.

This resin pendant mold makes a nice size for this project. Plus, it casts with the hole in place for the jump ring finding.

Step 2:  Seal the artwork.

sealing an image with packing tape before placing in resin

Tear off a piece of clear packing tape and place it onto a hard surface with the sticky side up. Put the printed drawing onto the sticky side of the tape. Place another piece of clear packing tape on the top. (You’re making a tape sandwich.) Rub the two parts of the tape together to push out any air bubbles. Pay close attention to the area next to the edge of the picture. You don’t want to trap a bubble at the paper’s edge, which you’ll see when you turn your drawing into jewelry.

trimming packing tape away from an image before including in resin

If you don’t have tape, you can seal the image with a couple of layers of glue. You will have to wait for the glue to dry, which takes several hours.

⭐️ BONUS: Here’s how to seal papers for resin.

Trim the tape away from the drawing. Be sure to leave a tape gap around the edge of the paper. Otherwise, the exposed edge will wick in moisture from the resin and stain your drawing.

Step 3:  Prepare the mold.

Spray a light mist of Castin’ Craft mold release over the mold and allow it to dry for 30 minutes.

Step 4:  Pour the first resin layer.

Once dry, mix together 1/2 ounce (total) of the Resin Obsession super clear resin.  This resin is perfect to turn this drawing into jewelry because it cures hard and clear.

⭐️ BONUS:  If mixing resin is new to you, you’ll definitely want to check out how to mix resin in five easy steps.

placing paper in a resin mold

Fill the mold cavity half full with the resin.

Place the sealed paper into the resin mold (artwork side down). Push it in at an angle to avoid trapping a bubble.  IMPORTANT–The surface facing you will be the back of the pendant.

dipping a picture in a resin cup

💡 Pro tip: Place the sealed image into your cup of mixed resin, then place it in the mold. By coating the drawing with resin, you break the surface tension and make trapping bubbles less likely.

Let the first layer cure.

Step 5:  Pour the second resin layer.

Mix another 1/2 of super clear resin. Color the super clear resin with Resin Obsession opaque white pigment.

Add to the mold and let cure until hard. That takes 12 to 24 hours.

Step 6:  Demold and finish.

Demold the resin charm by twisting the mold while grabbing a pendant edge.  Then, you need to check the edges before you turn the drawing into wearable jewelry.

sanding a resin charm

If you have sharp edges on your resin pendant, sand them down with wet/dry sandpaper. You don’t have to sand a lot. Only enough that it doesn’t snag a piece of clothing or poke someone.

Step 7:  Make wearable

If you used a jewelry mold with cast-in-place holes, you only need to add a jump ring and necklace to wear the pendant.

If you didn’t, you’ll need to use a glue-on bail finding to make the charm wearable.

resin charm with silver glue-on bail

Use E6000 to glue the charm and bail together. You’ll put a dab of glue on each piece, then push them together.

This shows how to use E6000 to glue a bail on a resin charm:

Allow the adhesive to dry for 24 hours before wearing.

child's drawing in a jewelry pendant

Hang the finished pendant from a necklace. Or in the case of my nephew, I included a zip tie so he could hang it from his backpack.

So whaddya say. Ready to turn a drawing into jewelry?

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8 thoughts on “The EASY Way To Turn A Drawing Into Jewelry

  1. What a super idea! I’m going to try this for sure. After the holidays are over, of course! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing this with us.

  2. OH! Thank you SO much! I love this and now have MANY ideas for gifts – for my daughter and my daughter-in-law and definitely for ME! Now I will be able to keep so many memories of my children and wear them with pride! Thank you again!
    Have a very Merry Christmas Katherine! (I’m also a Katherine)

  3. Suitable to safekeep babies’ hair ? How to do it so that the locks stay and not fray out in the mould. QAny idea for to safekeep breast milk?

  4. @Naomi,

    I would suggest sandwich the hair between two layers of clear packing tape if you want them to look a particular way.

    As for breast milk, you will need to find a way to dehydrate it first. Then use it as a ‘colorant’ powder with the resin.

  5. Great article! If anyone has ideas on what “things” to do for christmas presents for the men in my life, please let me know!

    No one is a coaster-ish person, I can’t find any belt buckles that I think I can make work.. and I’m having a brain freeze! It may have to be keyrings all ’round, but if you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

  6. That’s a great idea. I am going to use this idea but put a picture from both of my kids and put them back to back to make a keyring for myself.

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