Jewelry fans can easily create beautiful individual pieces themselves using epoxy resin. Due to the versatility of the synthetic resin, there are practically no limits to creativity in design. The crystal clear material becomes a real eye-catcher with small incorporated elements such as flowers, pearls or glitter particles. The following article provides valuable tips and tricks including instructions on how to make Resin Jewelry.
- 1 The different Resins for Epoxy Jewelry
- 2 The best Resin for Jewelry
- 3 Setting accents with pigments and cast-in elements
- 4 The best resin Jewelry molds
- 5 Other materials you need to make your own Epoxy Jewelry
- 6 How to make Resin Jewelry – Step by step Instructions
- 7 How to make resin Jewelry with dried Flowers?
- 8 How to make Wood and Resin Jewelry?
The different Resins for Epoxy Jewelry
When using casting resin, you should know that not all resins are the same. There are sometimes considerable differences in the processing of the different types of resin. You can choose between epoxy resin, polyester resin or UV resin for the production of the workpiece. You can buy the resins online or in any well-stocked craft shop or DIY store.
Both epoxy and polyester resin must be mixed in the right proportion with an appropriate hardener to achieve an optimal result. To obtain this you should study the manufacturer’s instructions on the packaging thoroughly before you start. Often the mixing ratio has to be made to very different parts. The use of a measuring cup with a scale has proven to be a good method for this, as it allows you to work with millimetre accuracy. A kitchen scale is also very helpful.
A perfect alternative for people for whom the exact measuring is too complicated is a casting resin with a mixing ratio of 1 : 1, where resin and hardener are simply mixed in equal parts. It is even easier with a UV resin, where no mixing with hardener is necessary at all.
The best Resin for Jewelry
Epoxy resin and polyester resin have two major differences: firstly, the appearance and secondly, the duration of the curing process. Also a suitable alternative: UV Resin. We show you here the best resin for jewelry making.
- Epoxy resin has a beautiful, crystal clear surface and is therefore ideal for the production of jewelry and accessories.
- Polyester resin dries very quickly and is also extremely robust. Therefore, this resin is primarily used for moulded parts such as in boat building or for profile plates.
- For DIY enthusiasts who do not want to wait several days for the material to cure completely, a so-called UV resin is the perfect alternative. It does not have to be mixed with another component and cures completely under UV light using a special lamp within a few minutes. However, only relatively thin layers can be cast. However, since jewelry and accessories are usually quite small pieces, this should not be a problem.
These resins are best suited for the production of resin jewelry:
Setting accents with pigments and cast-in elements
Pigments, flowers, glitter particles, small stones, shells, pearls, etc. – many materials are suitable for adding a special accent to epoxy resin. In order to get an idea in advance of how the selected element will ultimately work in the resin, however, if in doubt, a sample should first be made.
Since compact but small and light particles like glitter, mica flakes or small beads remain dimensionally stable in the resin, such elements are best suited for the production of epoxy resin jewelry. It is even easier if you mix them with the resin before casting. This is essential when using colours and pigments in the resin.
Heavier elements such as small stones and crystals sink quickly, especially in the very thin casting resin that is often used for the production of resin jewelry and accessories. Therefore such objects have to be cast between the individual resin layers.
Very fragile objects such as dried flowers must be placed with extreme care on a resin layer while it is still wet. If you do not work with enough dexterity here, the elements as such are not visible in the resin, but only form unsightly lumps. A steady hand or sealing the object with a little napkin glue in advance can help here.
- You can add decorative stones to add shimmering or realistic accents to your resin paintings.
- Weight: 2 pounds, about 1000 gram., stone size: 1 – 3 mm
- Material: glass sand, Volume: 0.22 gallons, colorfast, non-toxic
The best resin Jewelry molds
Especially in the field of jewelry and accessories, you will find a variety of pre-fabricated silicone moulds, which allow DIY fans a very simple introduction to resin jewelry production. From pendants to finger rings to ear studs, everyone will find the right shape for themselves.
Our recommendations on polished silicone molds for beautiful epoxy resin jewelry:
- This resin mold kit includes: heart mold, round mold, ellipse mold, rectangle mold, square molds, tweezer, finger cots
- Very suitable for making resin coasters, jewelry holder, flower pot holders, bowl mat etc.
- Made of high-quality silicone, very flexible and durable, the finished product is very shiny and transparency
Other materials you need to make your own Epoxy Jewelry
- Mixing Cups
- Heat Gun or Butane Torch
- Craft Sticks
- Mini Hand Drill
- Sandpaper or Micro Mesh
- Nitrile Gloves
- Respirator Mask
- Safety Glasses
- Plastic Drop Cloth
How to make Resin Jewelry – Step by step Instructions
Preparations before making resin jewelry
- Once you have decided which resin jewelry or accessory you want to make, the first step is to choose a suitable silicone mould. Then you should at least roughly estimate how much resin you will need to fill the mould.
- Now mix about half of the calculated value and colour it in if necessary. Then you can pour the resin into the mould.
Pouring the epoxy resin into the silicone mould
- As mentioned above, small, light elements are placed in the still liquid resin.
- Afterwards you should give the resin at least 24 hours to dry (or as long as the manufacturer recommends on the packaging).
- If you also want to include larger, heavier elements in your work, you can position them on the first layer of cast resin after it has hardened. To prevent the objects from slipping during further casting, you can fix them with some resin.
- Once the large elements are securely fixed, the rest of the silicone mould can be filled with the resin. Now the whole thing must dry completely. The manufacturer’s instructions provide information on the duration of the curing process.
Tip: If air bubbles have formed in the resin layer during casting, you can easily remove them with a short, light swing of a Bunsen burner or hot-air blow-dryer over the resin.
Demolding the resin jewelry from the mould
The exact curing time of the casting resin can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. You will find information on the packaging. Usually after about 48 hours the workpiece is cured enough to be removed from the mould. Be careful not to injure yourself on any sharp edges on the underside of the casting when removing it.
The finishing touches to epoxy resin jewelry
If sharp edges have actually formed during curing, these can be easily removed with fine-grained sandpaper. Polishing paste and a soft cloth give the piece of jewelry a beautiful shine. This is often missing if a conventional silicone mould was used during production.Find more about epoxy resin polishing.
Crystal clear resin or glossy lacquer are also suitable as a finish to achieve the radiant effect. However, you can save yourself this further processing if you use a polished silicone mould directly. The smooth inner surface guarantees you an absolutely perfect, even surface of your epoxy resin jewelry.
How to make resin Jewelry with dried Flowers?
First you have to dry the flowers with silicate sand. The alternative: buy the already dried flowers or botanical pieces so you can start right away. Pour a little bit of epoxy resin into a jewelry mould and place the flower in it. Then fill up the resin jewelry mould with resin and wait untill the piece is dried. We have a step by step tutorial for make your resin jewelry with flowers.
How to make Wood and Resin Jewelry?
Resin jewelry that combines the materials epoxy resin and wood looks particularly luxurious and individual. But the production of such epoxy resin jewelry is a bit more complex.
First, one or more pieces of wood are placed in a (usually rectangular) silicone mould or a self-made mould. Then the mould is filled with the casting resin. The effect is especially beautiful if the resin is coloured before casting. When the blank is completely hardened, it can be removed from the mould and then further processed. You can now saw it into the shape you want, then sand it down and polish it to the finish.
The making of jewelry from wood and resin is a bit more complex and requires a little more craftsmanship, but with a little practice it is easier than you think.