Make your own Valentine’s Day Candy Heart pendant

How to make resin candy heart pendant

Conversational heart candy pieces are for more than just snacking. You can also use them to make a Valentine’s Day candy heart pendant! This is an intermediate level project that’s fun to try once you’ve mastered measuring and mixing resin.

Step 1: Get a couple of heart molds

You want to use heart molds that are large enough to fit the candy heart, both from side to side and front to back. Here’s a good one: Nine cavity silicone heart mold

Step 2: Prep the molds with mold release

Once your resin is cured, you want to be sure the castings pop out easily. Using a mold release ensures that happens.

Step 3: Seal the candies

Because the candies can change colors when touching the resin, you want to seal them first with a couple of light layers of resin gloss sealer spray. And by the way, the color change can sometimes happen months after making these candy heart pendants. You can see how some of mine turned brown.

Let the candies dry for 24 hours before using them in the resin.

Step 4: Mix resin

You only want to mix enough clear casting resin to fill the bottom half of the heart mold cavities for these pendants. Leave this resin clear.  After pouring the resin into the mold, add the candies, writing side down.

At this point, you can decide if you want to finish filling the mold cavities with more resin, then add glitter once the resin is sticky but not fully cured (in about 45 minutes). Your other option is to leave room for a second layer of colored resin.

Step 5: Demold the resin

Once the candy heart charms are cured, they should remove from the mold easily. If you’ve got some rough edges that you don’t care for, you can sand the edges.

Step 6: Add findings

There are multiple jewelry finding options for resin, but I think the easiest way to make these charms wearable is to glue on flat-backed bail findings using E6000. Let them sit for 24 hours before wearing them.

Want more help on how to make a Valentine’s Day candy heart pendant? This video shows how to make them:

 


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4 thoughts on “Make your own Valentine’s Day Candy Heart pendant

  1. Thank you for a great tutorial.
    I have three questions.
    Can you use modge podge on the candy to seal it before putting it into the resin?
    Is it possible to spray an acrylic clear coat on the outside of the finished pendant?
    Do you ever use a dremel to sand off unwanted dried resin?

  2. Elizabeth, here are my comments on your question above:

    1. Yes, Mod Podge would seal it, although I would test it on a couple not so perfect hearts first. I’m worried the inked on saying may run or smudge once it gets a little glue on it.
    2. Yes, an acrylic clear coat on the finished pendant will shine it up nicely.
    3. Yes, you can use a dremel tool to take off extra resin, but it will take it off fast! I generally use sandpaper to take off a bit here and there. (When using your dremel, don’t forget to use safety glasses and a dust mask.)

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