Vintage Inspired Resin Necklace

I got to check another new medium off my “to-try” list this week – resin!   I can’t believe I let myself be intimidated by it for so long – it’s AWESOME and much easier than I thought!

Vintage Inspired Resin Necklace

I found these cool oval bezels on a trip to Hobby Lobby, but this shape and size had no glass insert to fit it.  So I decided to get brave and buy some jeweler’s-grade, low-odor resin.  Now – don’t get me wrong, it’s not the kind of product you want your kids playing with or anything, but it was super easy to use and hardened to a wonderful clear finish.

I wanted a sort of vintage look, and I used a lot of scrapbooking materials in this necklace.  Surely, if you try it, you’ll have a different design in mind, but let me show you how to get started.

What you’ll need:

  • A deep bezel
  • Chain
  • Scrapbook or vintage papers
  • Mod Podge or craft glue
  • charms, pearls, stickers, etc.
  • Jeweler’s grade, low-odor resin and the tools to mix it.  Get the type that dries clear without any UV exposure.  I found mine at Michael’s but I assume most craft stores would have it, that’s just where I happened to be.

First, I trimmed some scrapbook paper to fit the bottom of my bezel.  Then, I used Mod Podge to adhere it to the bottom of the tray.  You want some sort of seal before pouring the resin, otherwise it can soak through the paper.  It still happened a little to mine with just one coat of Mod Podge, so two coats is probably smart.

Vintage Inspired Resin Necklace

Next, I added a few embellishments.  The flower stuck up over the edge of the bezel (and thus out of the resin), but I don’t mind at all.  I stuck them in place with a bit of Mod Podge just to be safe, then let it dry for about 15 minutes.

Vintage Inspired Resin Necklace

Then, I had to mix my resin.  Just read the packaging instructions very carefully and follow the directions that came with your resin.  Mine just needed to mix equal parts resin with hardener, and stir for several minutes.  I then needed to transfer is to a second container and stir again.  Gloves and protective eyewear are recommended here due to the chemicals, but I will say I didn’t have any trouble with drips, spills, or strange reactions.  I just used one dram of each for one pendant (which you can measure right on your measuring cup).

Vintage Inspired Resin Necklace

If you’re using the same stuff as I am, when you stir it, it will be very, very bubbly.  I was skeptical.  But it said that it would de-gas by itself after a few minutes once you pour it.  So, I moved forward.  I just used my popsicle stick to dribble it into the tray.  I thought that worked fine, though a disposable dropper would be ideal here.

Vintage Inspired Resin Necklace

If I was skeptical before… I was doubly so now.  It was FILLED with bubbles to the point of looking cloudy.  Turns out – this is okay!

Vintage Inspired Resin Necklace

After about five minutes, 95% of the bubbles had vanished.  It mentions in the instructions that gentle heat will pop the remaining bubbles, but you should wait about 20 minutes before attempting it (so that they all have a chance to rise to the surface first).  Now, don’t bust out anything big here – all I did was use a drinking straw, hover it over top of my piece, and gently breathe body-temperature air over the resin.  The bubbles all disappeared instantly.

Then, I set it aside in an out-of-the-way, level place, so that it could dry for 24 hours.  Just be VERY careful not to spill it if you must move it.

Vintage Inspired Resin Necklace

The next day, I had a fabulous permanent pendant!  I just needed to add a chain. I cut apart a longer necklace and trimmed it down to 18″, and attached the two ends to my pendant.

Vintage Inspired Resin Necklace

What do you think – do you like it?

Vintage Inspired Resin Necklace

I can’t wait to try the same technique on a few different styles, not that I know how easy permanent resin is!

Adrianne

 

Comments

  1. says

    Love this! I’ve always wanted to try resin too but I was afraid it would be too hard and I would make a huge mess! You make it look easy, thanks for sharing it.

  2. says

    Stunning Adrianne – I’m nervous about Resin too, but I’m so giving it a try after seeing your gorgeous creation!
    Love it and I’m sharing on my Jewelry FB page xxxx Nat

  3. Jessi says

    Gorgeous! It’s so pretty and well-designed! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  4. says

    So pretty – I love working with resin, and like you I was intimidated before trying it. I actually took a class, and then wondered why I had been worried about it in the first place, it is easy and so much fun.

  5. Tracie says

    I really love this. Resin always sounded so scary, but you made it sound very accessible. Love the necklace!

  6. kfairyb says

    Thanks so much! I had wanted to try using these also, but was biting nails when i thought of it :) I will give it a try!

  7. marie says

    Bonjour,
    It’s very nice ! I have great ideas using deep bezel but unfortunatly I cannot find any in France and on Etsy the shipping is very expensive and moreover I had to be on Facebook and I don’t want it.
    If someone know where to buy deep bezel in France please let me know.
    Best regards and have a beautiful day !
    Marie

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