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It's alot easier than you think.
I've got a pretty solid background now of playing with various resins.
It's alot of fun and you can create so many different pendants, rings and hair clips. Anything from candy, sand, pictures, bugs and dried flowers/plants.
If you have any questions I'll do my best to answer them if you message me about anything I haven't covered in the tutorial.

Posted by Flail of the flair from Canada • Published See Flail of the flair's 59 projects »
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  • How to make a resin pendant. How To Make Resin Pendants - Step 1
    Step 1

    Do as I say not as I do.

    Make sure you're wearing clothes you can wreck just in case you wipe or spill resin on you.

    I've not used gloves. You REALLY should.

  • How to make a resin pendant. How To Make Resin Pendants - Step 2
    Step 2

    Prepare yourself.

    ***Open your windows*** or even better do this outside. These fumes in the resin I used for this project isn't super bad but you NEED ventilation.

    More industrial resins should be used outside and with gas masks.

  • How to make a resin pendant. How To Make Resin Pendants - Step 3
    Step 3

    These are a few of the resins I've played with over the years.

    You can purchase some at most craft stores OR sometimes at DIY shops sell resins so you can create your own cupboard handles.

  • How to make a resin pendant. How To Make Resin Pendants - Step 4
    Step 4

    First you get your metal pendant.

  • How to make a resin pendant. How To Make Resin Pendants - Step 5
    Step 5

    Find your picture
    (I've got mine upside down)

    I line up where I want the photo and press it into the pendant.

    This gives us an idea where to cut.

  • How to make a resin pendant. How To Make Resin Pendants - Step 6
    Step 6

    I cut JUST a smidge on the inside of the lines so it fits into the pendant.

  • How to make a resin pendant. How To Make Resin Pendants - Step 7
    Step 7

    Using white glue paint a layer onto the pendant.

    This will keep it from floating when we put the resin in.

  • How to make a resin pendant. How To Make Resin Pendants - Step 8
    Step 8

    Put your picture on and do another layer of the white glue.

  • How to make a resin pendant. How To Make Resin Pendants - Step 9
    Step 9

    At this point you can add your embellishments. I've got tiny watch parts and words printed off the computer.

    You can buy all kinds of things from anywhere they sell scrap book items.

  • How to make a resin pendant. How To Make Resin Pendants - Step 10
    Step 10

    Always use two containers. One for measuring and one for mixing.

    I don't recommend reusing these so expect to chuck em. They are cheap.

  • How to make a resin pendant. How To Make Resin Pendants - Step 11
    Step 11

    Here I am measuring out ONE of the solutions in the kit...the hardner.

    Resins are created through a chemical reaction of two solutions. One will be the catalyst.

    ***Always read the instructions as each resin varies on how to use.***

    I'm using Envirotex Lite. In this case it's a 1:1 ration.

    So if you use one ounce of one, you use one ounce of the other.

  • How to make a resin pendant. How To Make Resin Pendants - Step 12
    Step 12

    I find it difficult sometimes to see the lines on the measurements and marking your line also will ensure you measure the same amount of the second solution.

    NOTE: I'm doing about 5-6 pendants and used an once and abit of each solution.

  • How to make a resin pendant. How To Make Resin Pendants - Step 13
    Step 13

    Pour into mixing container and scrap with wooden stick.

  • How to make a resin pendant. How To Make Resin Pendants - Step 14
    Step 14

    Measure them same amount of the second chemical/solution.

  • How to make a resin pendant. How To Make Resin Pendants - Step 15
    Step 15

    Aaaand mix for at least two minutes.

    It's SUPER important not to rush this step as if it's not mixed right, it aint gonna set right.

    Now three things will probably happen when you do this.

    1) It might feel if you hold the container that it's getting warm. This is normal since it's a chemical reaction taking place.

    2) Air bubbles will appear. We'll talk about this later. Don't worry about them keep mixing.

    3) It'll get milky in colour. Keep stirring this will go away.

  • How to make a resin pendant. How To Make Resin Pendants - Step 16
    Step 16

    Once it's mixed you can pour into your pendants.

    I've not taped around the edges which you can do to stop it from over flowing. I'm a moron and forgot. See what happens when you get too excited and rush?? sheeesh

  • How to make a resin pendant. How To Make Resin Pendants - Step 17
    Step 17

    Bubbles tiiiiny bubbles may appear.

    With envirotex lite breath LIGHTLY onto the pendant after it's poured.

    It's the CO2 in your breath that create them to pop NOT the force and NOT the warmth.

    If you're not using envirotex and using a more industrial resin check out my other mold resin pendant tutorial for more tips.

  • How to make a resin pendant. How To Make Resin Pendants - Step 18
    Step 18

    And wash your hands.

    And have a well deserved snack!!

    Resins cure faster if it's warmer.

    Most will set in about 3-8 hours. But you should leave them as they CURE in about 24-48 which means they are hardened as hard as they go.

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Sophia K.
Sophia K. · 134 projects

I would like to try it!

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RubyInGA
RubyInGA · Tifton

Great tutorial...thanks so much!

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MysticRose29
MysticRose29 · Clearwater, Florida, US

Love it; thank you! I've wanted to try resin for years, but I'm always too scared (chemical processes & chemistry in general has always terrified me!)...

Q: Do you know if there are any resins available that can be more easily used indoors? I live in a tiny apartment, & it's hard to get good ventilation (& no outdoor area of my own to use). :/

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Amy R.
Amy R. · Saginaw Charter Township, Michigan, US · 10 projects

I've used glossy accents to get a similar effect. Do you have to worry about air bubbles when working with resin?

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Nicola H.
Nicola H. · Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom · 8 projects

Boo my pics turned black and splodgy dispite putting two layers of mod podge on them. Is this air bubbles or not enough glue? Help!

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Liv Revans
Liv Revans · Manchester (Manchester, United Kingdom)

Love the Mr T reference, makes the whole project more fun :) xx

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Zillow Zollo
Zillow Zollo · Woodbury, MN, MN, United States · 15 projects

As soon as I saw the Mr T pic, I knew this was gonna be good :)

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Myka M.
Myka M.

Lol! I thought this said 'rasin' at first! Great how-to. I cant wait to make one!

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Toni C.
Toni C. · Maylands, Western Australia, Australia, Western Australia, Australia

Thanks so much for this! Have you got any tips for getting the perfect circle for a picture when making round or oval pendants? I can never get them perfect!

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Doris P.
Doris P. · San Antonio, Texas, United States

This has got to be the best step by step instructions on making Resin pendants etc. Etsy is loaded with blanks,pics etc. Type in search window on Etsy do: supplies also: graphics. I sell on Etsy and I always try to buy from other shops for my supplies. Hope this helps others. LOVE this site!

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