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Learn How to Make Resin Jewelry

by Tammy Jones, editor of Jewelry Making Daily

Resin Jewelry Making Basics
Resin jewelry project from the
Enchanted Adornments eBook

Resin can be used for resin casting but a more popular form of resin jewelry making is to seal images and/or found objects in bezels to create handmade resin jewelry. Mixed-media jewelry artists enjoy creating small collages in bezels and preserving them under resin. Making resin jewelry is a great way to turn beloved paper ephemera (ticket stubs, bits of love letters, small newspaper clippings) or meaningful found objects (buttons, pieces of fabric, watch parts, shells, feathers, coins, acorns) into long-lasting jewelry mementoes that you can wear.

Making resin jewelry is very simple: First, choose the right resin for your project, and second, follow five simple resin jewelry-making steps…

Choosing a Resin

There are two types of resin for jewelry making: two-part (resin plus hardener) epoxy resin that you mix as you need it or a pre-mixed variety that you simply pour straight from the bottle. Take care when mixing resin, because if the ratios are off, your resin might not cure properly.

There are a few characteristics to consider when choosing and working with resin:

  • Cure times: How quickly does your resin cure? Do you want it to cure fast or slow? You can get it either way.

  • Clarity: How clear will your resin be when it's cured? Or will it yellow?

  • Doming: Will it dome well? Is it self-leveling?

  • Bubbling: Is it more prone to bubble than other resins?

  • Surface: Does this resin cure hard and shiny on the surface? Or will it remain tacky?

  • Fumes: Most resins are practically or entirely fume-free and non-toxic. Do your research, especially if children or children's jewelry is involved.

Learn how to create one-of-a-kind jewelry with resin and how to make a resin pendant using found objects, special momentos, and other mixed media elements. Master basic resin jewelry techniques such as mixing, curing, drilling, safety tips, and finishing.

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Quick Resin Jewelry Tutorial

You can learn how to make resin jewelry in just five basic steps:

1. Seal: Before embedding paper, fabric, or other porous ephemera in resin, you must seal it with a sealant (such as Mod Podge). Paint the top, bottom, and sides with several thin coats, allowing it to dry between coats. Pieces that aren't sealed properly can blur or darken strangely when the resin permeates them or cause dreaded resin bubbles.

2. Layer: Build your tiny collages in layers to create interesting dimension. Create even more dimension by building multiple resin layers, because embedded objects will likely sink to the bottom of the bezel otherwise. Add a layer of resin over your first ephemera layer and repeat, putting items in place one layer at a time and allowing layers to set almost completely in between.

3.) Pour: Add resin into bezels slowly to avoid spillover (it's usually self-leveling) but more importantly to prevent trapping air inside, which causes bubbles.

4. Pop: Use a pin or sharp toothpick to pierce bubbles as quickly as possible, before the resin begins to set. You can also pass a torch flame near the surface of the resin very quickly (don't use a heat gun or hair dryer, which can blow dust etc. into the resin). The heat helps the bubbles rise to the surface and pop.

5. Cure: After application, all resins need to cure (dry and harden). Many resins cure in about 24 hours in normal settings, but some resins can cure faster. UV resin cures in minutes when placed under a UV light (or a little slower when placed in sunlight). Even hardware-store resins come in quick-dry options (used more for securing pieces that need to hold together quickly, almost like glue) or slower-curing options that allow you to have more time to work on your resin jewelry projects or remove bubbles, etc.

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Enchanted Adornments eBook: Creating Mixed-Media Jewelry with Metal Clay, Resin & More  

Explore a world of innovative resin jewelry techniques and other mixed-media jewelry projects to create unique pieces infused with personal meaning. This beautiful book includes illustration and enchanting design sketches by the author and is richly infused with quotes, tips, tricks, and inspiration!

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After you have these basic resin jewelry-making steps down, you can get a little more creative with your resin jewelry ideas. You can sand the surface of your resin to create a matte finish (and to hide imperfections or bubbles). You can also paint or draw (with paint markers) on top of the resin. I've recently become intrigued with adding sparkly or embellishments (such as glitter or rhinestone chain) to the outside of resin jewelry too, to create an even more dimensional look. You can make see-through resin jewelry by securing a backing of clear packing tape on the back of a backless bezel. Create your resin masterpiece as usual in the bezel, and remove the tape after the resin has cured.

I love to make resin jewelry, mostly because it allows me to preserve bits and pieces of many little things I adore and collect--and turn them into tiny meaningful works of art. Enjoy some of our favorite resources for making resin jewelry:

Breaking Out of the Mold: Resin and Clay Casting for Mixed-Media Art
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Happy Jewelry Making!

As the editor of Jewelry Making Daily, I love working with metal and found objects, enameling, using metal clay, and hoarding pearls and gemstones. I’ve been a “maker” all my life, so I also enjoy knitting, paper crafts like card making and scrapbooking, and cooking, as well as traveling, the seashore, and snow!