How to make resin jewelry

how to make resin jewelry? Looking for cheap and personalized jewelry? Maybe something a little more natural than what is sold in stores? Looking for a handmade gift? All this and much more, we find it thanks to the great properties of resin. In a few lines, we teach you two general methods to make your own resin jewelry earrings !

Attention: the resin is a compound resulting from the petrochemistry and is a toxic element. Keep absolutely out of reach of children until the end of operations and the complete hardening of your models. Work only in a well-ventilated room, with the protections described below, and respecting the conditions of use of the supplier. Don’t hesitate to ask the specialists for more information. Youtube is a great source of creative inspiration, but most of the videos show dangerous behaviors that should not be repeated at home; these videos are not a reliable source of information and should not replace the manufacturer’s instructions.

MAKING YOUR OWN RESIN JEWELRY: WITH EPOXY RESIN

 

Materials:

  • Epoxy resin type A ;
  • Hardener of the same type;
  • Appropriate protection (plastic gloves, goggles and mask);
  • Silicone molds of the shape you want to obtain;
  • A protection for your work surface;
  • A kitchen scale;
  • Disposable containers for mixing;
  • Stock of pipettes or tweezers (optional);
  • Stirrers;
  • Anything else you want to incorporate into your creations* ;
  • Natural pigments (optional);
  • String, hooks, and other jewelry making materials (optional);
  • Lightweight sandpaper (optional);
  • Clear varnish (optional).

*Please note, from experience, we can tell you that not all materials will work. For example, having personally tried to freeze candy, we can tell you that sugar seems to prevent the polymerization process (= the hardening of the resin). It’s up to you to test!

Steps:

Before you begin, make sure you are working in a well ventilated room. Cover your work surface with well-fixed protections and put on your own (gloves, mask, glasses). Cover your skin as much as possible and wear only clothes that you can risk losing: that old T-shirt from that distant uncle, the pants with holes in the back, etc.

Gather your accessories to incorporate (flowers, small objects, pieces of wood, crumbs, and so on.) ;
Make sure your mold is clean and dry (we don’t want to find hair sticking out of your creations!) ;
Prepare the resin** in your disposable container, using the kitchen scale.

** For this step, always put two doses of resin for one dose of hardener. For example, if you think you need 10 grams of resin, you will need 5 grams of hardener. Our advice: always be a little heavier on the hardener, i.e. 6g, to be sure that the polymerization is done well. With measurement errors and inaccuracies, it is better to put a little more than not enough, otherwise you will have to throw it away and start all over again; your resin will not set!

Once your preparation is in the right measures, mix patiently, without putting too much energy into it, the resin + hardener set with the help of a spinner, during three good minutes. Remember to regularly change the direction of rotation and to scrape the edges well, to obtain a homogeneous mixture. This part is essential for a beautiful final result, a great care is required!

  • Pour a very thin layer of the mixture into your mold;
  • Add your color pigments if necessary and mix;
  • Gently add your accessories for the inclusion, using a pipette or your tweezers;
  • Pour your second layer and fill the mold to the brim;
  • Wait 24 to 48 hours to unmold;
  • After this time and only if necessary, sand your piece with sandpaper;
  • Apply one or two coats of clear varnish on the entire resin surface;
  • Show off your beautiful creation!
  • Now all you have to do is start over and try new things! They say practice makes perfect!

Tip:

Epoxy resin starts to solidify after about 45 minutes and takes almost a week to reach its maximum hardness. Nevertheless, it is strong enough and built up enough to be safely removed from the mold after about 48 hours, if left at room temperature.

MAKING RESIN JEWELRY : WITH UV RESIN

Materials:

  • UV resin;
  • A small UV lamp (no need for a competition model) ;
  • Appropriate protection (plastic gloves, goggles and mask) ;
  • Silicone molds of the shape you want to obtain;
  • A protection for your work surface;
  • A stock of pipettes or tweezers (optional);
  • Stirrers;
  • Anything else you want to incorporate into your creations*;
  • Natural pigments (optional);
  • String, hooks, and other jewelry making materials (optional);
  • Lightweight sandpaper (optional);
  • Clear varnish (optional).

The procedure is almost the same as for Epoxy resin. There are a few major differences: you don’t need to buy hardener – the UV resin and hardener are already fused in the jar or tube – your creations only need a few minutes to dry, exposed to blue light, and you can make much more ambitious pieces by quickly curing layers upon layers.

The main drawback? While liquid epoxy is toxic in its basic form, UV epoxy even gives off a kind of smoke or gas when exposed to blue light to cure. A smoke that not only smells terrible, but is also dangerous. We refer you to our warnings on the conditions of use!

MAKE YOUR OWN RESIN JEWELRY: OUR FAVORITE DESIGNERS

As we said above, Youtube exposes to many bad practices. However, a well-informed viewer can be inspired by the beautiful creations that are made there! We recommend our favorite artisans!

Now I’ve Seen Everything (Maria Aprelskaya) is a Russian artist passionate about DIY jewelry. A great reference for those who are starting out!
jedrek29t, in spite of a chain name that seems to be a little sought after, is a very accomplished creator, who does not hide his mistakes and the occasional defects of his products, a rare thing on the net. We love it!

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