Whether it’s pendants, bracelets, earrings or cute charms, making jewellery with resin has become a popular hobby amongst many. Although traditionally used for glazing, varnishing and adhesive purposes, it is now also use as a crafting technique.
While it is indeed a tricky and challenging medium to work with, it’s not entirely an impossible task either. With a little bit of good practice, test runs as well as pinning down the basic knowledge of resin jewellery art, the rest can come easy. Here are some of the things you need to be aware of and keep in mind beforehand in order to achieve satisfying results.
Knowing your resin better
Learning the concept of resin is the first step to perfect the art of resin jewellery making. In order to make beautiful statement pieces of jewellery you can work with either epoxy resin or UV resin. The former comes in two parts – resin and the hardener – and needs to be mixed according to the given ratio and instructions on the bottle and is usually known to take from around 24 – 48 hours to cure. Whereas the latter option is ready for instant use. It cures solely under UV radiation with the help of a UV lamp and is the preferred choice when working with smaller pieces as the lamp only covers smaller areas.
Taking safety precautions
Once you’ve decided on the choice of resin you want to work with, the next step that requires your utmost attention is the necessary safety measures. Resin is a form of chemical, which means that you need to make sure you wear gloves and mask while working with any type of resin. Having setup your workspace and organizing your necessities beforehand makes the process easier. You also need to ensure that you workspace is a well-ventilated area and far away from food related spaces.
Get your colours, moulds and embellishments
Frome liquid pigments to powdered pigments select your choices of colour and keep it with you while working in order to avoid any hassle. Resin often requires a bare minimum touch of colour and therefore it’s not necessary to buy huge quantities in one go.
Silicon moulds makes the removing process easier once the resin cures whereas if you were to use plastic moulds it would be an impossible task. You could even get pendant or earring hoops in which all you need to do is fill in the gap with resin and allow it to cure in order to complete the look with your creative touch. Make sure you have the necessary embellishments to finish off the jewellery pieces such as hoops, chains, etc. You could even use dried flowers or other little touches to glam up the pieces.
Once you’ve acknowledged the basics steps, you can go ahead and start creating beautiful pieces of jewellery with your unique touch. Not only would this be a great hobby, but you could also open up a small business to earn from it.