How to Make Resin Necklaces

Written by heather montgomery
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Instead of buying jewellery at the store, make your own resin necklace pendant. Jewellery resin is clear, but when mixed with a catalyst will become hard as plastic when set. You can add inclusions, tinting pigment, glitter or glass shards to the resin. Pour the resin into moulds or bezel jewellery blanks, which are rings and pendants that have a base and sides for holding resin. Another name for bezels is collage pendants.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Trash bag
  • Mold release spray
  • Resin moulds or bezels
  • Jewellery Resin
  • Mixing cups
  • Craft stick
  • Tint, glitter or glass shards
  • Inclusions (beads, jewels, etc.)
  • Liquid jewellery adhesive
  • Emery board
  • Buffing block
  • Glue-on jewellery bail
  • Chain

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cover your workspace with a trash bag.

  2. 2

    Spray your moulds with mould release spray. Do not spray the bezel with mould release spray.

  3. 3

    Mix the resin according to manufacturer's directions with a craft stick. If desired, add tint, glitter or glass shards now and mix until thoroughly combined.

  4. 4

    Fill the mould or bezel three-quarters of the way. If you are adding inclusions, which are beads, jewels or other embellishments you want suspended in the resin pendant, glue them into the bezel before pouring the resin. Also add any inclusions to the mould at this time as well. If you are using a tinted resin, it will be difficult to see any inclusions.

  5. 5

    Gently blow on the mould or bezel to remove any tiny bubbles.

  6. 6

    Let the mould or bezel cure according to the manufacturer's directions.

  7. 7

    Unmould the resin by gently tapping on the bottom of the mould. If you want a domed look to the back of the pendant, and to finish off the top of the bezel, mix resin with the same tint or glitter you used on the pendant. Gently pour resin onto the back of the pendant or into the bezel. Use a craft stick to round the resin on the back of the pendant or top of the bezel. Allow the pendant to cure according to manufacturer's directions.

  8. 8

    Use an emery board and buffing block to smooth any jagged edged of the pendant.

  9. 9

    Glue a jewellery bail, which is the loop the necklace's chain goes through, onto the back of the pendant with a liquid jewellery adhesive. Allow the bail to cure according to the adhesive directions.

  10. 10

    String the pendant onto a chain.

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