How To Make Resin Jewellery
Here is your step-by-step guide in making a lovely piece of resin jewellery that you can be proud of.
Now, I'm going to show you how to make jewellery using resin. What you will need for this project is a pair of scissors, a silver blank to put your resin in, and all I've done is cut out a card template which fits inside the middle of there by drawing around the edge on a piece of card and cutting it out. You need the image that you'd like to go into your piece.
It's always good is you can, when you're working with resin, to use a barrier cream such as Arretil. If not, you can use rubber gloves. A couple of plastic cups, make sure they are not wax coated, a paintbrush, some PVA glue, 2 lolli-sticks, and your resin.
The resin that we're using is called ChemSet and it's two-part epoxy, this part is the resin and this is the hardener. You will also need a pair of scales and a stopwatch. So first of all, you need to prepare your paste.
I'm going to do this by covering your picture with a layer of PVA glue. So, you take your paintbrush and your PVA, and you're going to layer it on top. It will dry clear so don't worry if it looks white.
We're going to leave that to dry, then we're going to do another layer on the top. Once that's dry as well, we'll also turn it over and do a couple of layers on the back. So, now I've put a few layers of PVA glue on both sides of my picture and that's to stop the resin from seeping into the paper and moving the ink around.
Now, I'm going to cut it out and I have draw a line around the shape that I need to go into the middle, so just take my pair of scissors and cut out the shape. I'm just going to check if it fits in nicely. You may need to cut a few bits around the edge if it's too big.
Once you're happy that it's going to fit in, then we need to now glue this to the base of the piece. So again, using my PVA and a brush, we just want to put a thin layer all over the bottom and don't worry if your picture isn't covering the whole of the PVA because it will dry clear. Make sure you push it right in, so it's sitting nice and flat against the back.
And once that's in, we're going to give it a few minutes to dry while we mix our resin. Now, we're going to mix our resin. So before we start, we're going to put some barrier cream on our hands and this is just to stop the resin sticking to our hands while we're working.
It also protects your hand from the resin. When you're working with resin, always work in a well ventilated area and always check the label because some resins are very toxic and have very strong odours. The one that we're using today, ChemSet, is quite a nice resin to work and it's got very low odour, but check the label.
So, we're mixing and we've got our resin and the hardener, and the ratio is 2 to 1. So, for 20 grams of resin, we'll add 10 grams of hardener. And you can see we've got our scale set up here with our plastic cup on, set to zero and we're just going to change that to grams.
I'm going to open the top and gently pour it in. You want to pour in fairly gently to avoid any creation of air bubbles. So, I've added just over 20 grams of resin so I'll be adding about 11 and a half grams of hardener and you want to try to be as accurate as you can with this.
If you don't use the right amount, then your resin may not set. Always keep the resin and the hardener set first because what happens is when they mix, it begins to set and that's what makes resin hard like a plastic. Using a lollipop stick, I'm going to mix the two together for two minutes, so I'm going to start my stopwatch and begin mixing.
Now, some resin, you have to mix quite slowly to avoid air bubbles but for this one, we can degas it later so you can mix it quite vigorously. Once you've reached the end of your two minutes, you can stop and reset your stopwatch, and using a separate plastic cup, we're going to pour all of that resin that you've just mixed into another cup. This is all part of the mixing procedure and it's really important that you get the mixture right becau