The possibilities are limitless! This is the perfect beginner resin tutorial for anyone wondering how to make a resin pendant. Here are the 6 steps to making your resin pendant jewelry.
For inspiration on making resin jewelry, check out our getting started guide.
HOW TO MAKE RESIN PENDANT JEWELRY
Before you begin, you’ll want to make sure you’re wearing your nitrile gloves and working in a well-ventilated area . It also helps to work on a waxed paper coated surface, making it easy to clean up spills. Here are 6 easy steps to complete your resin pendant.
1. PREPARE THE MOLD AND MIX THE RESIN
Preparing the mold and mixing the resin
Spray a light mist of Castin’ Craft mold releaser and conditioner on the mold and let dry (usually 20-30 minutes).
Measure the appropriate amounts of resin for your desired resin pendant and hardener into two separate wells – Resin Obsession Super Clear Resin mixes in two parts resin to one part hardener.
Measured 10 ccs of resin and 5 ccs of hardener (the minimum amount we recommend mixing).
Tip: While it may be tempting to use just one cup, using two cups will allow you to pour out any excess you accidentally spilled.
2. POUR THE RESIN INTO THE MOLD
Pour resin into the mold
Pour your hardener into the cup with the resin and mix thoroughly with the stir. While mixing, scrape the sides of the cup and stir several times during the process.
When resin does not cure properly, it is almost always related to incorrect measurement and incomplete mixing. Don’t overlook the importance of this step!
If you find yourself with sticky resin , this article will help you troubleshoot: Why is my resin sticky?
Pour your resin well into the cabochon. Tip: Squeezing the cup into a pour spout will make pouring easier.
3. PLACE THE BUTTONS IN THE RESIN
Place the buttons in the resin
Carefully place your button jewelry into the resin . Use your craft stick to reposition the buttons as desired
4. REMOVE BUBBLES AND LET DRY
Remove bubbles and let dry
Before letting your piece dry, remove any bubbles that may be in your resin. You can do this by blowing lightly on the surface of the resin using a straw.
Be careful not to inhale the resin! You can also draw bubbles using a toothpick. Cover your resin casting with a dome before letting it dry.
Tip: Sometimes trapped bubbles can rise to the surface later. Be sure to recheck your cast in about 20-30 minutes for any extra bubbles.
5. UNMOLD AND FINISH THE EDGES
Mold release and edge finishing
Unmold your resin cabochon once it has hardened by turning the mold over and pressing gently from the back while twisting it. The cabochon should come out easily.
Sand any sharp edges or extra resin with 400-600 grit wet/dry sandpaper. You’ll want the sandpaper to be wet so the friction from sanding doesn’t melt dust into your resin cabochon and finish off your resin jewelry pendant .
Finish your resin jewelry pendant
6. APPLY JEWELRY SEARCH
Application of jewelry search
Once your pendant is finished, glue the bail on the back with E6000. You will need to apply glue to the bail and the back of the pendant.
Let stand 2-3 minutes before pressing the two parts together. The glue needs 24 hours to be completely dry and secure.
After the pendant bail glue has dried, cut or remove any extra E6000 adhesive.
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