Hey, friends. I’ve got a fun little jewelry DIY for you today. I’m no stranger to working with epoxy resin, you can see a coffee table project I created with this supply some time ago. But, every time I work with epoxy resin, I feel like I learn at least one new tip or trick.
These jewelry sets were no exception. So, I’m excited to share not only how to make these, but also some tips for working with epoxy resin for any small project you might have planned in the future.
But first, here’s a few more looks at the jewelry I made. I created a few different sets that had earrings, necklaces, rings, and a few pins as well.
Related: Resin Art – Beginner’s Guide
I think my favorites were the ones that contain jimmy style sprinkles—too fun. So here’s how to make your own.
–epoxy resin set
-sprinkles, glitter, or confetti
–needle nose pliers
–disposable cups and spoons
I tried using googly eyes in some of my pieces, but I didn’t feel they turned out very well. In order to remove bubbles, you need to apply heat, which I’ll explain more later.
But this was difficult with the googly eye pieces as the heat seemed like it would begin to melt or burn the plastic eyes (I would stop applying heat as soon as it smelled like it was burning).
Getting the bubble out of the resin proved difficult, so those pieces had more bubbles and you just couldn’t see the eyes very well. If anyone else wants to give it a try, maybe you can find a trick that works better. But for me, I found that sprinkles, glitter, and confetti worked best in my pieces, so that’s what I’d recommend.
Step One: Plan and prepare your molds. Decide if you are making earrings or necklace pieces, etc. If you plan to fasten pieces together, you’ll need to add an eye pin. So bend and add those pieces to the molds first.
Step Two: Mix your epoxy resin. Follow the directions on the package. I tend to use my own disposable cups and spoons as I feel like they do not give you enough in most kits, or they are too small.
Also keep in mind that if you are only making a few pieces, you won’t need a lot, so only mix what you need (or a little more) but save the rest for another project. Once mixed, the epoxy resin is only good to work with for about 20 minutes or so. Fill the molds about half way with the mixed resin.
Step Three: Add your items to the epoxy filled molds. Use toothpicks to push or move the items around so they are evenly spread and under the surface of the epoxy resin. It’s also good to wait a few minutes, and then check them again and move with a toothpick again if you notice the items settling all in one area. I noticed the sprinkles tended to do this.
Step Four: Use a heat gun or kitchen torch to apply some heat to the tops of each piece to remove bubbles. Be careful as you work, as you don’t want to apply too much heat all at once.
You’ll be able to see the bubbles disappear from the surface as you move the heat over each piece. Wait a few minutes and repeat this step, and then another few minutes after that.
More bubbles will rise to the surface in between these intervals, and your goal is to remove as many of them as you can. The bubbles will make your piece look cloudy otherwise.
Step Five: After the pieces are set (check your epoxy resin package, but probably sometime between 12-24 hours), remove them from the mold and assemble your jewelry. Use crazy glue to add pin or ring backs, or flat posts for earrings. Allow to dry before wearing.
I like making sets of the same pieces. I don’t know if I’ll wear them as sets all the time, but I think it’s kind of fun because jewelry like this is so kitschy, so why not? 🙂
If you are making this as a gift, you could add the pieces onto some simple DIY card stock jewelry displays—bonus points if you use glitter card stock.
And here’s a photo to prove I can, on occasion, actually look up at the camera. Ha! Anyway, thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma
You should try resin with wood in jewellery, I’ve found that resin pure resin jewellery can be a bit light and feel cheap.
Have you ever used sand with resin? I have some sand from a beach and I would like to make some pretty jewerly with them.
If I want to add flowers to a resin ring, should I dry them first or can I just add them?
Love the rainbow one, reminds me of cake!! 🙂 Been meaning to start on resin DIY tutorials for the blog, but once again too late 😛
Such a fun idea! I like the glittery ones the most 🙂
I thinkt that would be a great project to do with kids as well!
Obsessed with those sprinkle earrings! I have to make a pair. Great post, Emma (:
Great DIY! Do you have to pour more of the resin on top after you put in the sprinkles/glitter/etc.?
I use resin for jewelry I make and sell online. 🙂
To get rid of bubbles, I honestly just let it sit after mixing for about 3-5 minutes to allow the bubbles to settle or pop before I use it. The tiny bubbles you can blow out really easily either by lightly blowing them or using a really weak hair dryer on a light setting. I rarely use a hair dryer and I only blow on tiny bubbles if there are a lot of them. Any larger bubbles I just poke with a toothpick!
So pretty x
Don’t forget to keep small pets out of the room – the fumes can kill birds and amphibians.
Thanks for the tip Emily.
Thank you! I still keep them pretty short but at least it’s not from biting them anymore!
Ha! Well, once dry epoxy resin is a VERY sturdy material so there’s really no breaking. The real probably was not eating the sprinkles that were leftover. I have a big box of different sprinkles in my kitchen cabinet that I pull out for recipes and also to make cookies when my niece comes over because she likes her cookies COLORFUL.
These are so cute! Very cool DIY http://www.likehanna.com
One way that you can remove the bubbles without heat is by de-gassing the epoxy resin before and after you pour it into the molds. Making/getting a vacuum chamber to do this might be too much effort and cost for a simple DIY like this, but it could be worth it if you do a lot of small projects. I haven’t personally made one, but here’s an example of DIY vacuum chamber: http://www.instructables.com/id/Pressure-Cooker-Vacuum-Chamber/
How neat! That’s such a cool DIY!
These are so cute! How fun are the ones with the sprinkles?!
This looks like ALL KINDS OF FUN. I would spell things with those old-school letter beads into a pin!
These are so cute! I love the rings and the glittery pink earrings. 🙂
So cute!!! I was looking for an activity for my nieces birthday party and this is it! Won’t let them do the resin part though. Emma your nails look great!