Now that you’ve learned the basics of resin casting, the next thing to figure out is what type of jewelry you want to make with resin. And the best part is that you can make any type of jewelry you can imagine – resin is an incredibly versatile material that can be used to make decorative pendants, rings, charm bracelets, and more.
To give you some inspiration for resin jewelry making, we’ve put together two project ideas that will take your resin pieces to the next level with a few simple ideas and finishing touches.
The easiest way to make resin labels is to use die-cut label blanks. Invest in hanging blanks that have a border around the edge to catch the resin as it flows, and you can be as creative as you want with just a few simple tools.
Here is a simple but effective way to make a resin pendant:
Choose a blank piece to hang deep enough to hold the resin in place until it hardens. Choosing a hanging blank that already has a tank attached means you’ll spend less time adding complicated results.
Mix the resin, hardener, and resin color of your choice. Remember to always follow the instructions specific to the resin kit you purchased as they may vary.
Do you want more? Choose a pearl color or add a touch of shine to your resin mix for a unique look.
After mixing well, slowly pour into the hanging white. Be careful not to pour too much into the hanging blank as it should not overflow and cause damage.
Leave to harden.
After hardening, add a chain to the pendant tank and start thinking about your next jewelry resin project.
Ready to make things even better? If you want to take the next step in resin jewelry making, creating your shapes can make your designs stand out. All you need besides your resin kit is a mold making kit. Choose a silicone-based mold making kit because it can be stored and used over and over again without much wear and tear.
How to make a unique resin ring:
What kind of ring do you want to make? When creating your ring shape, you can use an existing ring to create your shape or you can make a new ring shape with clay. Either way, make sure the object you are using is strong enough that it won’t break while you are creating the shape.
Have you chosen your property? You are now ready to make your silicone mold. Mix your silicone compound; This is usually an equal ratio of two items that you need to put together, but always read the directions on your mold kit.
Once the compound is completely mixed, you can apply it to your ring shape. Start with a small amount and slowly push it into all of the intricate and detailed areas of the design. This will capture the details of the form.
Once you have moved your mixture from the molds to the smaller, more complex areas of the design, you can continue to apply the mixture until you have used up the mixture or until you are satisfied that the mold is easy to work. For example, did you leave enough compound in the design of the ring that you could hold it comfortably and pour out the resin once the mold is ready?
Wait for your shape to dry. When the mold is completely dry, carefully remove the shape of the design from the ring.
Now you can pour! Mix whatever resin and hardener you want, along with any other pigments, glitter, or minor details you want to add to your ring.
Slowly pour the resin mixture into the circular mold until it is full. Then let it harden.
When your resin is fully cured, remove the mold to reveal your ring. Wipe off the excess resin to clean your design and you have a one-of-a-kind resin ring.
Making resin jewelry can be as simple or as complex as you want it to be. Do you pour a flower or paper with a transparent resin mold? Or do you add color to a pre-cut trailer blank? Whichever design and method you choose, you must combine all of this with the results of jewelry.
You can do this in some ways depending on what tools you have and what you are comfortable with.
Incorporate the results into the resin as it hardens. Note that if you are using a plaster, you may need to remove the plaster and add your eye to the resin before it fully hardens. Some jewelry makers may find that inserting the hairpin works well immediately after pouring the resin. Others have found it. It’s easier to gently push the eye into the resin once it’s almost ready. Whichever method you choose, always check the resin and hardener you are using to see how long you will have to wait to get the resin tag out of the mold. It is not an exact science. It is trial and error. So be sure to try this method out before adding eye pins to any of your designs.
Drill a hole in the resin after it has completely hardened. Already have a hanging drill in your toolbox? It can be easy to punch a hole in your resin pendants once they’ve hardened so you can add your eye pin. However, with this method, you may need to apply a little glue or a small amount of resin to the bottom of the eye to make sure it is firmly in place. Remember to drill slowly so you don’t go overboard with your resin design and spoil the overall look you have created.
Paste your results. It’s an easy way to start making resin pendants. Reliable glue and a flat back hanger are all you need for a simple yet effective look.
Wrap your resin jewelry design with wire to secure it in place. When you wrap wire jewelry around your resin creation and secure it in place with creative twists, you get a unique look.