Resin is a type of plastic that can be mixed at home in its liquid form and will harden after it cures, or dries. It can be used to make interesting jewellery designs and is open to all sorts of embellishing techniques. It cures completely clear, showing the embellishments to full advantage. Resin glitter jewellery uses glitter as the primary embellishment. The glitter is suspended in the hardened resin and makes a pretty background to the piece.
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Things you need
- 2-part epoxy resin
- Plastic cups
- Disposable measuring cup
- Craft sticks
- Mold release spray
- Jewellery findings
- Jewellery glue
Mix one part resin to one part hardener in a disposable plastic cup. Epoxy resin that is sold in craft stores, such as the brand Easy Cast, come packaged with both the resin and the hardener.
Stir the resin in the plastic cup for 2 minutes with a craft stick. Scrape the sides and bottom so that it is mixed thoroughly. Pour into a second cup and mix for an additional 2 minutes.
Spray mould release onto the resin mould and allow to dry for 2 minutes. Fill the mould half full with the resin mixture.
Sprinkle glitter onto the resin and allow to settle to the bottom. Repeat until the resin is full of glitter, then finish filling the mould with resin.
Set the mould where it will not be disturbed and allow it to cure for at least 24 hours. Do not touch the resin until this time has passed.
Sprinkle glitter into the mould a pinch at a time. Allow the glitter to settle for several seconds until it sinks below the surface of the resin, then add another pinch. You can use a craft stick or toothpick to arrange it and push it into all corners of the mould.
Making the Resin
Choose glue-on findings from a bead, jewellery or craft supply store. Ring shanks, pendant bails, bracelet blanks and ear posts can be used to make resin jewellery.
Cover the flat portion of the finding that attaches to the resin with a thin coat of jewellery glue. Press the resin charm onto the finding and position it as desired.
Allow the glue to dry for 2 hours or as directed on the package instructions.
Alternatively, glue pendant bails to opposing sides of your resin charm and connect them to a bracelet chain with jump rings. Small pendant bails can also be used to connect the resin charm to dangle ear wires.
Using the Resin for Jewelry
Tips and warnings
- Cover the resin with an upside-down bowl or box to keep dust from settling on the surface as it cures.
- Blowing on the surface of uncured resin will cause any bubbles to pop.
- Work in a well-ventilated area.
- Do not get resin on the skin, as it can cause irritation.
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