How To Make Resin Jewelry
There is nothing more beautiful and satisfying than looking at a gorgeous pendant necklace and knowing that you made it. Or maybe it is that bracelet with those gorgeous dried flower in it! There are so many different types of jewelry you can make from resin and what is amazing, is that you can add your own colorants, inclusions and details to make them truly unique.
With resin, the types of jewelry you can make include:
- pendant necklaces
- bezels (necklaces, bracelets, earrings)
- beads for jewelry
- hair pieces
- domed pieces
- many more pieces
You are really limited by your own imagination. However, it is good to know what you are going to make before making it as you will need to get the proper blanks or molds for your specific jewelry needs.
How To Make Resin Jewelry
Before beginning to make resin jewelry, you need to know what supplies you are going to need.
To make resin jewelry, you will need:
- Your resin of choice (see our article Best Resin For Jewelry here if you are not sure which to buy)
- proper safety gear for resin (respirator and nitrile gloves)
- colorants of choice (mica, alcohol ink, acrylic)
- inclusions of choice (dried flowers, glitter)
- a heat gun to get bubbles out
- resin molds
- any brass or blanks needed (ring blanks, chains for necklaces, bezels)
- resin tools: mixing cups, stir sticks, etc.
Once you have all of your resin jewelry materials, it is time to start making it!
Step 1: Put on your resin safety gear
Resin safety is such an important topic that many people don't talk enough about. We highly recommend investing in a proper respirator for resin, and the respirator we both use and recommend is the full face respirator by Parcil Safety.
If you are interested in learning more about why we chose this respirator as the best respirator for resin work, you can read our Resin Safety article:
Step 2: Mix your resin
Depending on the brand of resin you are using, it will likely mix either a 1:1 or a 1:2 ratio by volume (not weight). So decide how much mixed resin you will need for your resin jewelry, and pour your resin into a small mixing cup, your hardener into a small mixing cup, and mix them together into a separate mixing cup.
Once you pour your resin and hardener together, you are going to take your stir stick (popsicle stick or silicone stir stick) and slowly mix together. You are going to want to mix together for a long time. Read your resin directions carefully to see how long to mix for, but keep in mind that if it not mixed enough, this could create soft spots on your piece.
Mix thoroughly and fully.
Step 3: Add your colorants
If you are adding colorants, this is the point you are going to want to add them at. You can further divide your mixed resin into more containers if you want different colors.
Whatever colorant you are adding, whether it is a mica powder, a crushed powder makeup, alcohol ink or acrylic ink, you are going to want to add a bit at a time.
For this specific project, I used 3 different mediums for colorants:
Alcohol ink (which you can see me dropping into the cup in the photo below)
Remember: do not ever add more than 10% colorant to resin. Adding too much can alter the consistency or cure of your resin and can lead to problems.
Step 4: Add your inclusions
You can now add your glitter (you can also use glitter as colorant) or your dried inclusions. If you want your inclusions to sit in a specific place in your resin jewelry, you can sit them into your mold or bezel. What is important to know here, is that your inclusion has to be absolutely, completely dried out.
If you want to have a piece of paper in the blank or bezel of your resin pendant or other resin jewelry, this is the point where you would seal that paper (and let it dry).
Step 5: pour your resin
Pour your resin into your mold, your bezel or your blank and set it down to dry.
For this project, you can see me pouring my resin into a silicone jewelry mold, and you can see the variety of silicone resin molds for jewelry on Amazon right here.
Step 6: Get the bubbles out
Using your heat gun, go over your resin and watch as the micro bubbles come to the surface and pop. Move your heat gun in small, round circles, making sure not to stay on one spot for too long.
The heat gun we like to use is the Zap heat gun by American Crafts. You can read more about heat guns for resin in our article, Best Heat Guns for Resin.
Step 7: Cure the resin
Time for your resin to cure. Cover it if you can to make sure there are no dust particles or anything that fall onto it. It will take around 24 - 72 hours to fully cure.
Step 8: Demold and add brass
Once your resin has fully cured, you can demold it carefully and then add any brass necessary, such as chains.
Voila! You have gorgeous resin jewelry! String your chain through or put your resin jewelry on, and be proud that you made it yourself. How amazing is that!
There are many questions people have about resin jewelry, and we are going to answer some of those below:
What do you need to make resin jewelry?
To make resin jewelry you will need the proper resin safety gear, resin, molds, colorants, inclusions, a heat gun and any chains or brass.
Is resin jewelry expensive to make?
When making resin jewelry, there is an upfront cost of the proper safety gear for resin and the resin itself, but you can use your safety gear over and over and you can make your resin stretch a long way. The other costs are minimal such as colorants and molds.
What kind of resin is used for jewelry?
A lot of resin jewelry is made with either an epoxy resin or a UV resin.
Can you put fresh flowers in resin?
You can put dried flowers in resin. If you are wanting a fresh flower look, you may want to consider how you are drying your flowers. Fresh flowers should not be used as they will continue to decompose in the resin and will not look so fresh over time.
We hope you enjoyed this article.
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USE RESIN SAFELY
No matter what type of resin you decide to use, always use PPE. Do take time to carefully go over safety data sheets before making anything with resin. And it's very important to follow the instructions on the resin.
Here is the best respirator mask for epoxy resin: this PD-100 Full Face Organic Vapor Respirator by Parcil Safety, who is based in the USA, checks off all of the boxes for resin safety.