How to make an acrylic pendant

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How to make an acrylic pendant
Preserve whatever you choose in an acrylic pendant. (Getty Creative)

Create a custom acrylic pendant to showcase a pressed flower, a photo or any small decorative object. Metal jewellery bezels work as the frame for your acrylic pendant; select one with an open back in any size or shape. Jewellery bezels have a bail attached so you can easily hang the pendant on a jewellery chain or cording. The technique used to make an acrylic pendant is called resin casting. Resin is liquid plastic that hardens after mixing with a catalyst. The decorative object that you choose to embed in the resin appears to float inside the acrylic pendant.

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Things you need

  • Item to embed
  • Jewellery bezel
  • Acrylic spray/floral glaze
  • Clear packing tape
  • Epoxy resin
  • Small squirt bottle
  • Tweezers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Check the fit of the decorative item that you plan to embed in the acrylic pendant. The outside perimeter of the object must be smaller than the inside of the jewellery bezel. The depth of the embed cannot exceed the walls of the bezel.

  2. 2

    Prepare paper or organic embeds, such as photos, magazine cutouts or pressed flowers, by coating both sides with acrylic spray or floral glaze. The protective coating will prevent the colours from spreading when you place them in the resin. Let the protective coating dry.

  3. 3

    Cover the back of the bezel opening with a strip of clear packing tape. The tape is a border for the resin and will be removed later.

  4. 4

    Follow the manufacturer's directions to mix a small amount of epoxy resin in a small squirt bottle. Squirt the resin into the bezel until it is 1/3 to 1/2 full. Epoxy resin will level itself.

  5. 5

    Place the embed on top of the resin quickly using tweezers. Cover the embed with more resin, all the way to the rim of the bezel.

  6. 6

    Leave the pendant undisturbed for at least 24 hours so that the resin will harden completely. Peel the tape from the back of the acrylic pendant.

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