Resin jewelry requires a few extra materials that may not be readily available to you, but can be easily ordered. Along with molds and objects you find outside, knick knacks in the home, old toys, etc. you can make just about anything with resin and some patience.
Silicone Jewelry Molds (these section off a small hole so you don’t have to worry about drilling to place a jump ring through)
Pendant bail/jump ring
Filler of choice (dried flowers, old electronic parts, stones, gems, whatever you can think of!)
Disposable cup or a cup that you’ll reuse for resin crafts
UV vs. Epoxy
These resins achieve the same job, the main difference lies in the drying time. UV resins will dry much more quickly (about 15-30 minutes) than epoxy resins, but need to be placed under UV light. This can be achieved simply with a compatible lightbulb, or some direct sunlight. However, if it’s a cloudy or rainy day, this makes UV resin more difficult. UV resin can also be finicky in drying times and clarity, so you’ll need to test out what conditions work best for you.
Epoxy resin takes much longer to dry but is much simpler to use - simply let dry at room temperature for several hours or overnight. However, epoxy resin also involves an extra step of mixing, and getting the ratios right can sometimes be stressful.
Ultimately, it’s up to you what method you choose to use. We recommend UV light as it’s quicker and typically less messy.
You’ll first want to pour a thin layer of resin into your molds - this will help ensure that whatever object you place inside your mold won’t poke out the front and will be completely encased in resin. You’ll then need to let this resin dry - depending what kind of resin you’re using, you can expect to wait anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours.
Creating your composition
Some jewelry molds, such as the ones linked above, don’t have a definite “front” or “back”. However, if you use a beveled jewelry mold, you’ll need to consider that the bottom of the jewelry mold will actually be the front of your piece, so place objects accordingly. Also, be sure that your molds are deep enough for whatever object you use - you want to ensure that whatever you use is completely encased by the resin.
For more solid, smooth objects, you can simply place inside the mold and pour resin over. You may want to wait and burst any small bubbles with a toothpick, or if using UV cure resin, simply cover so no dust settles and leave bubbles to rise before placing in the sun.
If you choose to use anything that has a more intricate structure, for example, flowers, you’ll want to take an extra step to ensure bubbles don’t form: simply pour resin into a cup and use tweezers to coat your object in resin, then place into your mold. If you simply pour resin directly into your mold with uncoated flowers (or other objects that can create air pockets) bubbles will be trapped and will create a product wanting in clarity. Let dry once again, then fill mold with resin to complete the pendant or charm.
Preparing for Jewelry
If you use molds that create a hole for your charm, you need only place an appropriate sized jump ring through it and it’s ready to use. If you choose to use a different mold that does not have this feature, you’ll need to drill through the resin with a small drill. Place your resin piece on a flat working surface with the front facing towards you, then, drill at an angle away from you through the resin. You’ll want to drill at an angle, as when a jump ring is placed through it will cover the white drill marks. If you have them on hand, using jewelry bails is ideal, as these will cover the drill hole completely.