Resin jewellery gives the effect of little bits of ephemera suspended in water or ice. Resin is a durable plastic that is especially suited to jewellery making because of its ease of use. It begins in liquid form, but after it has been cast is quite durable. There are special resin moulds with smooth surfaces that enable them to release the resin and give it a glossy finish.
Mix one part resin to one part hardener in a plastic cup. Stir with a craft stick for 2 minutes. Pour the resin into a second cup and stir with a fresh craft stick for an additional 2 minutes.
Fill your resin mould halfway. Allow the resin to sit in the mould for 3 to 5 minutes for the bubbles to settle.
Place any inclusions you would like in your finished jewellery into the moulds. Small beads, glitter and plastic-coated stickers work well. Any nonporous item can be placed in resin.
Finish filling the moulds with resin. Cover the mould and allow to dry for 24 hours.
Pop the jewellery pieces from the mould when the resin is dry by lightly pressing on the back. Glue your earring hooks or necklace bails to the jewellery.
You can wet-sand resin to remove rough edges or imperfections. Use a toothpick to move around your inclusions in the pieces before they harden.
Wear a respirator or mask when working with resin and choose a well-ventilated area. Wear gloves when working with hard-to-remove resin.