Resin turns small charms, drawings, photos and scrap craft embellishments into original jewellery. While you can make flat pendants from pendant blanks, a more challenging technique involves embedding items into acrylic resin cubes. These three-dimensional pendants allow you to create tiny scenes within them. They also make thoughtful handmade gifts and novelty items.
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Things you need
- Plastic gloves
- Resin kit
- Medicine measuring cups
- Wooden Popsicle sticks
- Silicone ice cube tray
- Embeds: metal charms, beads, ceramic shapes, buttons, etc.
Put on a pair of plastic gloves and read the directions on your resin kit. Note the ratios of resin to activator carefully. Each resin has its own particular measurements and mixtures. The wrong mixture will end up in sticky, useless jewellery.
Measure the recommended amount of resin into one medicine cup. Measure the corresponding amount of activator into the other. Pour the activator into the resin (never the other way around) and stir them together gently with a wooden Popsicle stick.
Fill each ice cube tray section with resin, stopping about 1/8 inch before the top of each well. Silicone trays are soft and slippery, allowing for fast release when your resin has cured.
Allow the resin to cure in a warm, bright area for about two hours. Choose an embed for each cube. Place an embed on top of the resin in one of the wells. Use a Popsicle stick to push the embed to just below the surface of the resin. It will sink a little further down as the resin dries.
Allow the resin to cure for 24 to 36 hours. Turn the ice cube tray over and push on each ice cube well. The cubes should pop free without any trouble.
Tips and warnings
- Add pigment to your resin during the mixing stage. Sprinkle a pinch of powdered pigment or a few drops of liquid pigment into the resin after adding the activator. Stir gently.
- Drill down into the top centre side of each cube to add a pendant loop. Cover the straight end of the loop with superglue or silicone caulk and slip it into the hole. You may use a hand drill or a high-speed rotary tool for the job.
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