If you scroll through Pinterest searching for resin jewelry you’ll get a load of ideas. There are some beautiful things you can make with resin, but it’s a bit nerve-wracking doing it for the first time. So I decided to share with you how my first attempt at making a necklace and earrings went.
What You Will Need:
- Crafting Epoxy (I used the 4oz Envirotex Jewelry Resin, available online through CreateForLess-*Affiliate Link*).
- Resin Mold or Bezel (I chose a pendant bezel in a heart shape and two square bezels to use for the earrings, I also found those at the above retailer)
- Jewelry making findings (I’m making a necklace and a pair of earrings, so I got a jewelry chain, split rings and earring hooks)
- Wax paper (to protect your work area)
- Latex gloves (to protect your hands)
- “Fillers” (I choose glitter, but you can pick feathers, beads, etc.)
I first created a work area, covering it up with wax paper so I wouldn’t ruin a beautiful dining room table. Next step was to read the instructions thoroughly.
After reading the instructions and preparing my work area, I filled the heart and square bezels with my choice of glitter (I chose chunkier purple, blue and green).
Mixing the Resin
You mix it in two batches, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of your little cup for two minutes. Once it’s mixed, simple pour carefully into the bezels, filling to the brim. Be sure not to overfill too much as you don’t want the resin to spill over. Just enough so it sets with a beautiful “dome”!
Let it Set
After about 25 minutes, you’ll want to check your work and gently blow on any bubbles that might have appeared (for an added tip, use a straw to blow on your work), otherwise, after twelve hours you can sand away (I used ultrafine sandpaper) any excess resin. The Envirotex resin dried very clear, so I was pleased. I did, however, notice two little bugs got into one of the earrings, so they became part of the project!
Finishing It Off
Once the resin has cured for 24 hours, you’re good to go. What I needed to do then was add a split ring to each bezel. After that, for the necklace, I looped the jewelry chain through (it came with a closure, so I didn’t need to attach that). For the earrings, I just attached the hooks to the split ring and called it done!
So it turns out that it’s pretty easy to make resin jewelry. My one big tip is to cover up your work, especially if you live in bug country as I do. Otherwise, you may have some unexpected elements added to your design! Live and learn right? I would do this craft again and will do this craft again as time allows because I did enjoy it quite a bit.
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I hope you enjoyed this week’s blog post, if you did, feel free to hit me up in the comments down below or spread the love and share this content on Pinterest (or your next favorite social media platform). Next week I’m going to give you some tips and tricks so you can plan the ultimate summer barbeque! Until then, stay crafty my friends!