How To Make Resin Jewelry

Posted on 19 Jul 15:07

What is resin jewelry?


Resin jewelry is wearable art made with epoxy resin. Epoxy resin is a crystal clear material made up of 2 liquid parts that transform into a glossy solid when they're mixed together. Epoxy resin's ease of use, shine and beauty lends itself perfectly for making resin jewelry such as pendants, earrings, necklaces and bracelets.

Epoxy resin can be used to make jewelry in so many different ways. Its versatility is why resin is so popular amongst artists, crafters and DIY jewelry makers:

  • resin can be used clear or tinted with colorants.
  • decorative items such as dried flowers, glitter or gold flake can be suspended within the resin.
  • wood, beads or precious gemstones can be layered with resin.
  • resin can also be used as a glossy, protective topcoat for jewelry pieces made of polymer clay, paper, fabric or butterfly wings.


Epoxy resin jewelry is fun and easy to make and you can handcraft designs to suit your individual taste and style. DIY resin jewelry provides 
endless possibilities to create statement pieces for yourself, to gift to friends and family, or to sell in your very own resin business! 

how to make resin jewelry


How do you make resin 
jewelry?


You can make resin jewelry by pouring resin into a mold (made of plastic or silicone) or into a metal pendant frame called a bezel.
 The resin will cure permanently to the shape of the mold or bezel and you can embellish it with colorant or inclusions to give it a one-of-a-kind look. 
From rings to earrings to pendants to charms, you'll find a huge range of resin jewelry molds and bezels for sale in every shape and size. 

 

Can you make DIY silicone molds for resin jewelry?


Yes. Creating your own resin jewelry molds is an easy way to custom make your own designs.  You can replicate and breathe new life into an heirloom or antique piece of jewelry, or transform an object you own into a unique piece of wearable art.  As the molds can be used many times over, you can create multiple pieces to give as gifts or to sell as part of your own jewelry resin business.

Mold Making Material is an easy to use, two-part platinum silicone kit designed for making custom resin molds. The product comes in two parts that, when mixed together, cure from a liquid to a flexible, high strength silicone, perfect for DIY resin molds. Whether you want to copy a flat item or a 3D object, there are no limits to the shape of the object you wish to replicate. The molds are high quality and can be used over and over again to create hundreds of resin jewelry castings.





How do you make resin jewelry using custom silicone molds?


In this tutorial, artist Michelle Dechert demonstrates how to use Mold Making Material to create custom resin jewelry molds
in the shape of a Monstera leaf and a teardrop.

She then uses these molds to create a leaf inspired pendant and earring set with alcohol ink and resin. Next, Michelle walks us through how to make resin earrings and a necklace pendant in a teardrop shape that incorporates wood and gold leaf. Along the way, Michelle teaches us how to correctly mix and tint the resin to create beautiful art that you can wear yourself, sell or give as a gift.

Let's get started!




 

What do I need to start making resin jewelry?

  • The object you would like to cast (Michelle used flat acrylic cut outs in the shape of a Monstera leaf and a teardrop.) 
  • A container for your jewelry mold slightly bigger than the object. Michelle used a silicone coaster mold.
  • Mold Making Material
  • ArtResin epoxy resin
  • A few pairs of disposable nitrile gloves
  • A plastic or silicone measuring cup
  • Craft or popsicle sticks
  • Alcohol Ink: Michelle used green, yellow, and gold
  • White Ink Sinker
  • White ResinTint colorant
  • A sheet of gold leaf sheet or gold leaf flakes
  • A 4-sided nail file or sandpaper from 100-2000 grit
  • A electric drill and a tiny drill bit
  • Jewelry hardware: earring hooks or posts, necklace chain and closures.
  • Pliers: needle nose and cutting 
  • A small piece of wood to fit inside the teardrop mold
  • Food safe oil and a soft cloth

How to make DIY silicone molds for resin jewelry.

pour the mold making material in one corner and allow it to flow evenly into the mold
pour the silicone mold mixture slowly to avoid creating bubbles



Since the items are glued down, we don't have to worry about them floating out of place.
 Let the silicone cure for 3-4 hours at room temperature until it’s no longer sticky to the touch.

when molds are full allow them to cure for 3-4 hours




Carefully remove the cured silicone from the coaster mold and flip it over to 
gently wiggle the acrylic shape out. A utility knife is useful in case you need to cut a larger opening to remove the acrylic shape or for cleaning up loose bits of silicone from the edges. 

carefully remove the cured silicone from the mold
clean any rough silicone edges with a utility knife


 


Wearing gloves, prepare 2 fl oz of ArtResin by measuring 1 fl oz of resin and 1 fl oz of hardener into a plastic or silicone measuring cup. It doesn't matter if you start with the resin or the hardener first, as long as you measure perfectly equal amounts of each.

pour equal amounts of resin and hardener into measuring cup
measure resin and hardener in equal amounts by volume


With a craft stick, mix the resin and hardener together for 3 minutes, scraping the sides and bottom as you stir so that the entire mixture is thoroughly combined.

mix resin and hardener together for 3 minutes 



Slowly pour the ArtResin into the mold, being careful not to overfill.

💡TIP: A silicone measuring cup is useful for pouring resin into small spaces since you can squeeze the cup to slow down the flow. Once you've finished pouring, allow the resin to cure right in the cup.  The next day, simply peel the dried resin from the silicone and re-use the cup again and again.

squeeze silicone measuring cup to control the amount of resin you're pouring into a mold


Fill the mold by pouring a small amount into the center.  Use a craft stick or toothpick to spread it out into the crevices. 

use a craft stick or popsicle stick to spread the resin out into the crevices of the mold


NOTE: Don't fill the mold up right to the top if you're planning to add alcohol ink - you don't want the mold to overflow.  You can always top it up with a little more resin after the inks have been added. Allow the resin to self-level and settle into all the crevices.

don't overfill the molds with epoxy resin  - leave room for alcohol ink




Start with adding few drops of green alcohol ink scattered over the entire surface of the resin. Leave some empty spots for the yellow ink.

add green alcohol ink to resin


Follow this with a few drops of yellow alcohol ink in the empty spots.

add yellow alcohol ink to resin


Drop white alcohol ink sinker over the green and yellow alcohol ink. Follow a ratio of 1 drop Ink Sinker to every 2 drops of colored ink. Repeat as desired, adding a few more drops of green or yellow ink, followed by Ink Sinker, to fill any empty spots.

add white alcohol ink to resin


Add a few drops of gold for a metallic accent, if desired.

add gold alcohol ink to resin


Add a drop of white to lighten up any areas that seem too dark. 

add a little more white alcohol ink to dark spots


Top up the molds with a small amount of resin, if necessary. Gently drizzle the resin using a craft stick so it doesn't disturb or dilute the alcohol ink.

drizzle extra resin with a craft stick to top up the molds



Place small pieces of wood to the mold as desired. For this project, Michelle traced the acrylic shape onto a piece of scrap wood and used a skilsaw to cut small pieces that perfectly fit into mold. You can also use small pieces of scrap wood for a more organic look.

add small wood pieces to fit mold



Add a few drops of white colorant to slightly tint the resin. Or, if you wish, you can leave it clear.

add white colorant to resin


Drop a sheet of gold leaf into the resin, breaking it into flakes with the mixing stick.

add gold leaf to resin and break it into flakes using craft stick



Squeezing the silicone cup to control the flow, slowly pour a little resin into the mold. Use the craft stick to help guide the resin into the corners.

squeeze silicone cup to control the flow of resin when pouring into a mold
use a craft stick to guide the resin into the crevices of mold


NOTE: Don't worry if the level of the resin is not flush with the wood. The piece will be sanded smooth once the resin has cured.

don't worry if resin level isn't flush with wood insert, you can sand it even after resin has cured


Weigh down the wood with small stones to prevent it from floating out of place as the resin cures.

place a heavy object such as a rock on top of wood insert in mold to prevent it shifting out of place as resin cures



Place a dustcover over top of the molds and allow them to cure for 24 hours. The clear lid from a large deli tray works very well.

a deli tray cover makes a great dust cover to protect wet resin pieces as they cure



Carefully remove the resin objects out of the mold.  The resin will be flexible at first and will harden up once they have fully cured.

remove the cured resin from the mold. it may be flexible at first but will harden up over the next few days
carefully remove the cured resin from the mold.



Clean up rough edges to a nice, smooth finish, once the resin has fully hardened. You can use a multisided nail buffing file from the drug store or dollar store, starting with the coarsest side of the nail file and working your way to the finest.  Or start with 100 grit sandpaper, making your way up to 2000 grit.

use a multi sided nail file to sand down rough resin edges


Use the nail file or sandpaper to sand down the wood so that the surface is perfectly smooth and flush with the resin.

use a nail file to sand down rough resin jewelry edges

use sandpaper to smooth out uneven resin surface working from 100 grit coarse to 2000 grit smooth



Add the hardware of your choice, once the resin edges have been smoothed out and cleaned up. You can purchase jewelry hardware kits on Amazon or in craft stores.

jewellery hardware can be found on Amazon

choose hardware style and color of your choice to match resin jewelry


Start by drilling a small hole for the hardware near the top of the resin piece, ensuring you don't drill too close to the edge.

💡TIP: Drill the piece on a piece of scrap wood to prevent your table top from getting damaged by the drill. 

drill a small hole near the top of the resin pendant being careful not to drill too close to the edge


Using pliers to pull the hoop open, feed it through the hole and close it back up again. Attach a second hoop to the first, adding an earring hook (or post) before closing it back up again. 

attach hoop one into the hole on the jewelry pendant
use pliers to pry open hoops to insert into drill hole on resin pendants
monstera leaf resin earring jewellery set


To finish the necklace, drill a hole near the top of the pendant, being careful not to drill too close to the edges.  Using pliers, pry open a hoop and insert it into the drill hole. Use the pliers to close the hoop once again.  Repeat this step, adding a second hoop onto the first.

drill a hole into the top of the resin pendant to attach the jewelry hardware

use the pliers to open and attach a hoop through the drill hole on the resin pendant
use the pliers to attach a second hoop onto the first hoop on the resin pendant


Choose the length of chain you would like for the necklace, and feed the chain through the second hoop.  Attach the necklace closures.

attach the chain through the hoop on the resin pendant resin necklace



Apply a small amount of food safe oil to a soft cloth, rubbing it on to the wood pendant to season the wood. Not only will this step finish the wood to its beautiful, glowing state, but it will help disguise any epoxy resin remnants that you couldn't quite sand off.

rub a little oil onto the wood resin pendant to restore the depth of color
resin wood pendant resin wood necklace resin wood jewellery

Your pieces are now complete and ready to wear!

resin pendant and resin earring set resin jewellery set resin jewelry

monstera leaf resin jewellery earring set


Which technique are you most excited to try out?

We hope you found this tutorial helpful! Please leave any any questions or comments below regarding resin jewelry or making your own custom silicone molds.

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To see more of Michelle's work:
visit her website: www.m-k-art-graphics.com
follow her on Instagram: @m.kartgraphics


ArtResin:  Made For Artists, By Artists