Resin Tutorial: Unlock my Heart Pendant!

24 Mar

Hello! Today’s post shows you how to make a resin pendant by embedding items! As resin supplies are one of many products at The Bead Shop that people are unsure of, what better than to show you just how easy it is!

First of all, choose your mould and items that you wish to embed. Most items can be embedded within resin, however some items need a little work before they can be mixed with resin. Paper needs to be sealed with either a varnish or pva glue. To be extra safe, I scan paper into my computer and then print it onto glossy photo paper. This means I can keep the orignal safe and once dry can be used without sealing! Flowers and insects need to be dried out before adding as resin will not mix with any moisture. Candy sprinkles and hundreds and thousands are really popular within resin work at the moment, and look really effective!

Jimmie Sprinkle and Friends Sprinkle Heart Necklace - Cupcake Sprinkles and Candy Resin - Kitsch Kawaii

This gorgeous necklace by athinalabella on Etsy uses real sprinkles! https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/athinalabella

Make sure the room is well ventilated and that you’ve covered your workspace with newspaper!

Wearing rubber gloves and a face mask, make the resin following the manufacturer’s instructions. Pour the resin from as low as possible and stir slowly to minimise any bubbles!

Pour a thin layer of resin into the mould. Depending on the mould you may want to coat it with a thin layer of vaseline to act as a mould release! I find that using a plastic spoon helps ensure you don’t over fill the mould and gives you more control over the resin. Leave to set for 8 hours.

When the resin has partially set, position the item you want to embed facedown, being careful not to trap air between the item and the resin.

Make a second batch of resin and add a small pinch of pigment dye. More dye can be added for bolder shades. Start with a really small amount as the pigment goes far and it is much easier to add more than take away! The pigments also blend together well. I used Flamingo Pink (which is a really strong pink) and Pearl White to create this colour, so the shades you can create are endless!

Slowly pour the mixture into the mould and leave to dry.

When fully cured, pop the resin out of the mould and sand any rough edges.

To turn your resin piece into a pendant there are a couple of options, you can glue a bail onto the back using strong epoxy resin glue, or you can drill a hole and add a pinch bail. We went for the second option; secure the pendant to a flat surface using a G clamp, protecting the pendant with tissue. Using a small drill bit (we used 2mm bit and a small hand held drill), create a hole for the bail. If you’ve created a resin shape with a domed side, like the heart, you may find it easier to have the flat side facing up when drilling to make it easier, otherwise the drill could slip and scratch the pendant (TIP: Use a small amount of blue tack underneath the item to prevent it from moving)!

Add a bail to the pendant and hang it on chain/cord/whatever takes your fancy!

Don’t forget that you can share your makes with us, via our various social media profiles! We are on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/beadshop), Twitter (@mailorder_beads https://twitter.com/mailorder_beads) or Instagram (@mailorder_beads http://instagram.com/mailorder_beads )! (You can use #TheBeadShopNottingham or #MailorderBeads so we can see them!)

See our selection of resin supplies here: http://www.mailorder-beads.co.uk/shop/resin/
Buy the glue here: http://www.mailorder-beads.co.uk/shop/devcon-5-minute-epoxy-glue.html
Pinch and glue on bails can be found here: http://www.mailorder-beads.co.uk/shop/silver-plated-blanks-bezels-bails/

Choose from our wide selection of charms: http://www.mailorder-beads.co.uk/shop/charms-tierracast/

4 Responses to “Resin Tutorial: Unlock my Heart Pendant!”

  1. Verona March 29, 2015 at 7:36 am #

    This is a topic that’s near to my heart… Best wishes!
    Where are your contact details though?

    • beadadmin March 30, 2015 at 11:39 am #

      Hello Verona, the links to our product with in the article will take you to our website or there are links in our ‘Bead Shop’ tab. Thanks.

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