Wire and resin jewelry tutorial

Resin and wire jewelry tutorial

Metal wire and resin jewelry tutorial

One of the neat things (or disastrous things) about resin is that it will stick to almost anything.  If you don’t have any resin molds, but want to make resin jewelry, a little bit of wire will help you get it done.

forming wire around a mandrel

For this tutorial, I am using 20 gauge brass wire.  You could use copper or silver wire as well.  I used one of my dapping punches as a mandrel to form the wire into a large circle.

making a wire loop

I won’t go into all the steps here, but I used chain nose and round nose pliers to create a wire wrapped loop at the top.

hammer wire

I hammered the round wire form flat with a planishing hammer on a metal anvil.  This step is optional, but I hammered the piece to make sure I had flat edge to press onto the tape (in the next step).

wire jewelry forms

Once you have made your metal forms, press them onto the sticky side of a piece of masking tape.  Make sure you have good contact all the way around the circle.  Note:  I’m also doing these on one of the Resin Obsession drying mats.  The holes in the mat make a great space for the loop to allow the wire frames to lie flat.

adding resin to wire jewelry

Dot some mixed resin into the wire forms.  For this tutorial, I used Envirotex jewelry resin because I wanted a doming resin that does well when cast in thin layers.  When adding in your resin, you want to dot some in using a toothpick, then use your toothpick to draw it to the edge of the wire.  You will not need much!

adding beads to resin

Sprinkle inclusions over the resin.  For this resin jewelry set, I used glass seed beads.  Once you have the filled as you want, cover the area with a dome and allow it to cure.

removing tape from resin casting

After the resin has cured, peel the masking tape away from the back.  If you do this while the resin is still in the soft cure stage, you can also peel away any resin tags or drips that may have come out from under the edge.

wire and resin jewelry set

Add jump rings and ear wires to make your pieces wearable.

 

 

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21 Comments

Heidi

This is actually what I was planning to try in the coming week. 🙂 I have had it in mind for two weeks though but I have tried other resin things with the open back/tape method first to make sure it worked okay. So far so good. 😀

– Heidi

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Katherine

@Lillian, the resin went to the edge of this wire because I flattened them. It’s less likely to do that if leave the wire round.

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Lillian

I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile now, great tutorial! Does the wire (outer edge) have resin on it? Or will that only happen if you over pour the resin?

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lillian

great thank you! also, i noticed you aren’t holding the piece while hammering, how do you keep it still…i hold mine down, but i don’t hammer hard enough because I’m concerned for my fingers lol

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Katherine

@Lillian, you’re correct, you don’t want to hit your fingers. If you’re hammering a small piece of metal resting on a small metal surface with a jeweler’s hammer, you should be fine.

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hannah

Wow!!!

Exactly what I was looking for! What a fantastic idea…thanks for sharing Katherine!

I am still a little concerned at hearing stories of envirotex yellowing over time though….How long does this typically take to occur? Could I pour a thin topcoat of your resin obsession over the domed envirotex to provide uv resistance?

Many thanks in advance,

Hannah

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Katherine

@Hannah, no, I would not suggest doing that because our super clear resin isn’t a doming resin. It won’t stay on the surface. I wouldn’t be worried that much about the yellowing with the Envirotex jewelry resin.

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Jeanette

I have been trying to succeed with this for weeks and weeks and the back of the piece when i peel off the masking tape remains sticky. Nothing I use removes the stickiness, I’ve tried acetone and also alcohol from Home Depot and the stickiness remains. Can anyone suggest anything to prevent this from happening?

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Jeanette

I will definitely try the spray but the tape I’m using is the blue stuff for painters that is supposed to come off cleanly. It’s been very frustrating and extremely wasteful both in materials and time spent.

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Katherine Swift

I would expect that would be fine because it’s not that sticky. I like to use good quality masking tape (meaning not dollar store brand). It sticks well and I don’t have a residue left on the back of the resin.

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Amanda

Blue tape can be temperature sensitive. Try putting it in the fridge before using. Warm tape can get extra sticky. It may not work but it can’t hurt to give it a shot!

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Denise Thibault

Hi Katherine, I tried the wire method and my resin came out soft … it is not hard at all. Maybe it is too thin … do you think a second layer could help ?? Thanks

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Denise Thibault

Wowww thanks for the quick response and I will let you know how the second layer turned out.
Thanks!

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Naomi Wells

Besides the envirotex does Ice resin work or any other brands you can suggest? I have tried with ice resin and the surface tension isn’t strong enough the layer breaks no matter how close to setting the compound is.

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Katherine Swift

ICE resin should work for this project as well. If the layer is breaking, it is likely because you are trying to add too much at once. Try a little less.

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Shamira

Hello! Thank you for all the wonderful information. I’m trying to find a resin that will cure completely solid in a shallow mold, to make earrings.
I used Easycast, but the pieces keep out rubber-like.
Will Envirotex cute harder in shallow molds?
Or should I just add another coat of Easycast on my finished pieces?

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