How to make resin jewelry

Where resin crafting is more than a passion, it is an OBSESSION

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Originally published February 23, 2012.  Updated April 14, 2018.

Not only is resin jewelry fun to make, it can be an inexpensive way to be creative!  You can add colors and found objects along with molding your resin into unique shapes.  The possibilities are endless!

Make yourself aware of your resins pot time and cure time.  Pot time refers to the amount of time you can work with the resin after it is mixed until it starts to cure.  Dont mix any more resin that you can comfortably use during that time.  The cure time is the total amount of time needed for the resin to completely cure.

Choose an area to work with resin where you can cover it with wax paper.  Resin wont stick to wax paper.  Have a clear dome (plastic storage containers work well) to cover your resin pieces while they are curing.  Theres nothing like a little dust or cat hair to ruin your piece!

Make sure your casting environment is ideal.  Resins best cure at a temperature in the low 70s Fahrenheit which could mean you may need to run the heat or air conditioning if your room is outside of these temperatures.

You will need to wear gloves to protect your hands in addition to having adequate room ventilation.  Read thesesafety articlesso you know how to properly handle and dispose of your resin.

If you want to cast your resin with something inside it, you need to prepare the item before mixing your resin. Completely seal your image or finding with a clear-drying glue such as Mod Podge,Nunn Design glueorUltra Seal.

Pro tip:  How do you know if you need to seal something before including it in resin?  Ask yourself if getting it wet will affect the appearance.  If the answer is yes, then you need to seal it.

When using a mold for a project, you need to prepare it with a light layer ofmold release.  This will keep the resin from sticking to the mold, especially if something should go wrong.

Whatever resin you use, follow the label directions!  You will need to mix a specific amount of the resin with a specific amount of the hardener.  Dont go a little more or a little less!  Usegraduated mixing cupsso that you can be exactly sure of the amount you are pouring.

Pro tip:  Use two separate cups for measuring; one for resin and one for hardener.  If you over pour one or the other into separate cups, you can return it to its original container without contaminating your entire stock.

Stir the resin carefully with astir stixor something similar.  While a few air bubbles are to be expected, do not mix too roughly or you will end up with tons of air bubbles. Stir the cup for a minute or two, making sure you scrape the sides of the cup with your mixing stick.

The video below shows resin mixing in action:

If youre addingcolors, glitter, micas, etc. add a drop or tiny amount and mix.  Add more if needed.

Carefully pour the resin into your mold or bezel.  If you have mixed a large amount of resin, you may want to use your stirring utensil to drip resin into the cavity.  Resin can pour quickly and theres nothing worse than having a big glob of resin covering your project and work area.

Pro tip:  If you want to add something (such as a bead or picture) pour a tiny bit of resin in first, then place your addition in, otherwise, you may trap an an air bubble.

Even if you are careful mixing your resin, you will likely have a few bubbles to deal with.  Many will rise to the surface and pop, but you will have some that need to be popped.  I use aheat gun, but you can also lightly blow over the bubble with a straw or go over the top of the resin with a flame from a lighter.  Check your projects again several times over the next hour as more bubbles may have shown up.

If you used molds, you can demold them by gently twisting the mold while grabbing your casting after they have completely cured.

Trim any excess resin with scissors or sand the edges with sandpaper.  Start with a coarse grit wet/dry sandpaper (400 or 600), then work down to a very fine grit sandpaper (1500 to 2000) to get a smooth edge.  If you need to do a lot of sanding, sand the charm underwater so you do not breathe the dust.

To get an extra final gloss to your project, you can recoat with another layer of resin or use theEasy Cast Clear gloss resin sealer spray.

If you created resin charms, you will need to add findings to make them wearable.  Otherwise, if you used ready to wear bezels, you should only have to add a necklace, earwire, etc to be able to wear them.

Heres a beginner book to help get you started:Resin Jewelry Making

Resin Jewelry Making kits that have resin and other supplies to get you started making jewelry with resin:How to make resin jewelry kits

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The mold shown in this article,silicone multi-cell, is not shown in your catalog-can you provide info?

In this tutorial the square mold you are using is this for sale

I would love to purchase one when they become available. Could you send out an email or something to let us know they are for sale? Thanks!

The square mold shown in the article is from my own collection of molds, but I hope to have some available for sale within a couple of weeks.

The square mold shown in the article is from my own collection of molds, but I hope to have some available for sale within a couple of weeks.

May I be informed when the mould shown on this page (the blue one in ready set pour) becomes available too?

May I be informed when the mould shown on this page (the blue one in ready set pour) becomes available too?

Id also like to know when the mold on this page will become available for sale. Thx!

If Im using a real flower do I put it in the mold first before I pour any resin and what if I want an open back bezel how would I do that.

You will want to add some resin, then add your flower. To do it with an open backed bezel, put your bezel onto a piece of masking tape and press hard. The tape will peel away from the cured resin. We have a video on youtube that talks about both of these:

I have noticed on ack of resin peices alot look like a solid color alost like a back was put on im not sure how to explain it?? almost like if someone used posterboard or soething? or some like whitle or clear like plasticy look to the back what is eing used to get to look so comercial or neat

hello i really want to know what you NEED to make resin!

There is no way to make your own resin, but if youre looking to get started with just the basics, I would suggest our beginners kit: has just what you need to try out resin casting!

what is the catalyst made from pleasei

Each catalyst is specific to the resin it is being used with. I would suggest contacting the manufacturer of the resin you are interested in and asking for the MSDS information.

i am buying Clear Round Epoxy Domes Resin Stickers, and want to add pictures to them? how? lol im a beginner

This video on our youtube channel shows how to use epoxy stickers:

Hi! I have never worked with resin before, but I would like to cast organic material in powder form in resin and I plan to use a flexible silicon mold. Do you have any tips for casting powder? My main concern is that the powder may sink to the bottom of the mold (which will end up being the front/face of the pendant Im making. I dont want any of the powder to be exposed Id like it to be fully encased, yet visually fill the entire mold Does that make sense? I appreciate any tips you can pass along! Also which kind of clear resin is best for preserving organic matter? Thanks!

The weight and density of your powder will determine if it will sink or not. I would suggest doing a couple of practice pieces first before attempting your final project. The Castin Craft Easy Cast epoxy resin or the Resin Obsession super clear resin should work well for your project.

i am doing my ph.d in manufacturing engineering at tamilnadu. i need of air-set resin for sand casting, it is available with you? if not available means tell me the other manufacturer or suppliers information.

@Senthil, unfortunately, I dont have any information or experience to help you with your project.

I have some expensive soap molds made of poly plastic.. Really flexible stuffIf I use a mold for resin can I use the same mold after using it for resin to make soap..

@Connie, after using them for resin, I would not advise using them for soap again.

I used resin in my product so pls help me

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I would like to create a resin replica of my beloved toy poodle Peanut. He is 5 lbs and apricot in color. Can you please advise what resin materials and molds will work best for me? Thank you!!!

P.S. Just kidding lol.some of the other comments/requests are funny!

Hi there, I am hoping that you can help me. Ive been casting resin for a few weeks now, and progressively getting much better. Though ive notice whenever I clear cast something.. I have a very hard time with bubbles.. not big bubbles that naturally rise, or even smaller ones that come to the top.. but a persistent haze of super small bubbles (tiny, but enough of them to scrap my project). Ive tried blowing them out of course.. tried applying the hair dryer when possible.. tried drawing them up with toothpicks (some are too small to even work with really).. but to no avail. Im using EasyCast epoxy resin. Please help!?

@Bexx, I would suggest more careful mixing to avoid creating the bubbles, or trying a different resin. The Resin Obsession super clear resin hardly ever has a problem with bubbles, but is only suitable for molds. If you need a doming resin, the Envirotex jewelry resin is a better choice. Its meant to be poured in thin layers and almost never has a problem with bubbles either.

@Jeanne, I would suggest starting here:

I have never used resin before, but would like to create a resin form in which to secure a tree, as an art project. Do you have any information on line or for purchase that would help me get started ?

I want to encapsulate flowers in their natural form, inside the resin in such a way that the flower do not losses its 3D form. How can this be done ?

@rohit, I would suggest using one of our sphere molds. You can find them in our geometric silicone molds section.

Ive done two batches of pours. First one, all my pendants came out bubbly and not cloudy at all. Some of the pendants in second batch were all cloudy. Some pendants were partially cloudy. Some pendants came out clear. Its really white, not just a little cloudy. I cant see through it. (As in, polishing wouldnt help, its cloudy inside) Im consistent with mixing, use a plastic resin mold and coconut oil for mold release. Any ideas of whats going on?

@Angela, Coconut oil isnt suitable for a mold release. You need to use something designed specifically for resin casting. We have several choices here:

Thank you so much i tried the acetone but a more gentle one (for taking off fake nails) worked quite well

i was wondering if there is any way to retrieve something that you put into resin that hardened some what but the surface remained tacky after five days of letting it cure .

this is something very personal and important to me and i followed the directions to a T read everything

obviously i should have done a practice piece but was assured if i followed all directions that it would be fine

so now i need to take it out if possible

@Sue, if the resin has cured, but the surface is sticky, Im afraid its unlikely youre going to be able to get the piece out. You can try to recoat with another layer of resin. If your piece is still goopy, you can try a strong solvent like alcohol or acetone to get the finding out. Be sure to wear gloves and work in a well ventilated area if trying this.

Hi i have a few questions i hope someone can give me advice.I am fairly new to resin making but have made some lovely pieces with real flowers etc.How do i make a whole dandilion seed head cast in a round resin mold,do i spray it first or something?(so im prepared when they do come out!)couldnt find it online anywhere! ive just used my mold for leaves-looks good except cracks around the edge on one side,possibly not dry enough? Also i thought a little fluffy white feather would look nice in a mold but it came out invisible! I want it to look natural so dont want to color it,any ideas?Thanks x

@Emily, I would suggest spraying your organic items with our resin gloss sealer spray before including them in the resin. will keep them from taking up moisture when casting.

@Emily, Im not clear are the cracks in the leaves or in the resin?

Ok thanks will try that.I attempted it again with something i knew was totally dry (in the sphere mold like before)but the cracks appeared again,seems to be the top half.I think it shrinks but i fill it as high as possible.ive had trouble sanding items too,it just goes cloudy looking and ruins it,even when i spray it after 🙁

just wanted to add its only the sphere mold i get cracks as it sets,i make other bits at the same time in smaller molds which come out fine

@Nur, I dont understand the question. The resin ready for what?

Is there a specific way to tell if the resin is ready? Like by the colour of it looks or if I had poured too much of one portion? Help please>

Hello, I would like to cast some small pieces of broken pottery in resin. I have no experience with this. How should I proceed?

@Laurie, I would suggest casting it as a found object. Heres an example in this tutorial using glitter and transparencies as found objects:

Fabulous site Katherine!! Loads of information! I am a newbie and want to make real leaf earrings. Do you have a tutorial on something similar to this? I have questions like does the leaf have to be dried out or dehydrated? Does the leaf have to be dipped in the resin or brushed?

@Lori, this tutorial on our blog should help:

Hi Katherine thanks for all your awesome work!

I was just having some trouble with my embedments sinking when I wanted them to be suspended in the middle of the resin (and at interesting angles). They are made of all different materials some metal, some plastic, even glitter sinks as well. Have you got any advice for me?? Thanks for any help!

Hi Nicole, you are going to have to pour your resin (and embedments) in layers. You can see what Im talking about in this bracelet tutorial that uses buttons:

in trying your own hand at resin casting, check out Resin Obsession for some inspiration

How do I remove or polish a resin piece to remove the hazy look it received from my silicone mold? I used ice resin in a half circle mold and curved or topside is covered in a haze.

I would recommend either another layer of resin, or using a couple of light coats of our resin gloss sealer spray. You can find it here: is also a video on that page showing how to use the spray to get a shiny finish.

I am new to using resin and I am making pendants and earrings with sand. I have some white sand from Destin and when I pour the resin over the sand it darkens the white sand. Do have any recommendations on how to keep the sand white and other light color sands light?

You are going to have to find a way to seal it with either glue or some of our resin gloss sealer spray.

Can the gloss sealer be used on jewelry after the piece has been cured?

Briljant website, very informative. Thanks!

I was looking around for more eco friendly resin, do you anything, like a brand name or something, that would be good?

I would really like to know this too please. Ive herd of pine resin but cant find where its sold. looking to create eco friendly stuff. Any help please.

If i received an Alimilite super casting kit as a present will i need to get a bottle of clear casting resin for jewelry pieces as well? Or is the resin that comes with it clear enough?

The resin in that kit will cure opaque. You will need to purchase a clear resin separately. We have several here:

Im wanting to put a piece of lace in resin for a necklace, do you have a tutorial for this? How would I go about doing this and what would I seal the lace with?

Hi Courtney, whether you want to use the lace in a mold or bezel, you want to seal it with either a clear drying glue, or a couple of layers of our resin gloss sealer spray. dry, you can use the techniques shown in this tutorial to add your lace to the resin:

Hi, I want to make little resin spheres, with glitter in them. Is there a certain type of glitter I need to use and a certain type of resin or do most work?

Hi Amy, I would suggest the Resin Obsession super clear resin. It mixes in a thin viscosity, which makes it ideal for molds. You can see how I used it in this video on our youtube channel:

Hi, I am doing jewerly with wins of butterflies but I believe i didnt do it right (sorry for my english) because my resin feels a little sticky but I already leave the thing dry a entire day and I dont know if that is normal

I also wondered if I have to polish the pieces so that they do not feel sticky anymore.

Without knowing which resin you are using, its hard to say, but I wouldnt expect it to stay sticky after a day. If its only a little bit sticky (like tape) you can recoat with another layer of resin without having to sand.

Im planning to make some wood and resin rings. Any suggestions on how to include flowers in the settings, will they go brown, should I dry them first?

Hi Deb, yes, you will need to dry and seal the flowers before using them in resin. We have a few articles on how to do that here:

Hi, thank you for the detailed explanations. I would like to have tricks about hair keepsakes. How can i shape the hair in the resin? I want to make letters from hair like G, Y etc. But the material is too rigid to give folds.

Hi Jasmine, there might be some pointers in this article that will be helpful:

Hi! Im having trouble understanding sealer sprays. I need a spray that will seal fresh flowers before putting them in apoxy resin. Is acrylic spray okay for this? Most sprays just call themselves sealer so its hard to judge different brands. Is this spray different from the spray I would use to finish apoxy resin to provide a shinier finish? I havent even started my jewelry quest yet. Waiting for my beginner products to arrive by mail!

You dont want to use fresh flowers in resin. Even if you seal them, they will still rot. We have a few articles on how to do that here: they are dry, this is the spray I like to use to seal them: you cannot get this spray (we can only ship it to the continental U.S.) an acrylic spray is a second choice.

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