Resin is a chemical compound that starts as a liquid and, when mixed correctly, hardens to create a shiny, waterproof, hard substance. Resin can be used to create striking jewelry, either on its own or with other decorative items layered or suspended within it. 

Making resin jewelry takes a bit of time and care, as the raw materials can be toxic. But once you’ve mastered the basics of resin jewelry making and how to use resin, you can get really creative with your designs. Here’s how to make jewelry with resin, plus some beautiful pieces for inspiration.

What Is Resin Jewelry?

Resin is a chemical compound made up of two parts: part A, which is the resin, and part B, which is the hardener. Both parts are liquids, but they solidify when they’re mixed together. There are different types of resin (epoxy resin, polyester resin, and UV resin) and the hardening process takes between 24 and 72 hours, depending on the type of resin. Once dry, resin is non-toxic, hard, shiny, and waterproof.

Resin jewelry is any type of jewelry that is made with resin—although pendants and earrings are most popular. When objects like flowers, glitter, beads, or gemstones are solidified within the resin, the process is called casting. Resin can also be used with other jewelry materials, like wood or illustrations, to create a protective coating.

Here are a few beautiful examples of resin jewelry.

Glitter Resin Jewelry

glitter resin necklace
Resin necklaces with multicolored glitter.

Pressed Leaves or Flower Jewelry

leaf resin earring
Earrings made from pressed leaves and resin.

Leaf Skeleton Jewelry

colorful resin pendants
These pendants are made with leaf skeletons and resin.

Colored Resin

blue resin pendants
Earrings and pendant made with colored resin.

Clay Jewelry with Resin Coating

clay pendants
These pendants are made with clay and then coated with resin for shine and durability.

Alcohol Ink Design and Resin

sealed resin dome
Alcohol ink is used for the underlying design, and then sealed with a resin dome.

Opal, Wood, and Resin

wood resin pendant
Learn how to make wood and resin jewelry with opals.

Gemstones

amethyst pendant
Small pieces of amethyst are “glued” together with resin.

How to Make Resin Jewelry

Here, we’ll walk through how to make jewelry with resin using molds or casings that act somewhat like molds. If you want to learn how to make resin jewelry without molds, you can use the resin pour technique. Check out Kellie Chasse’s Skillshare class to learn how to use resin this way.

Step 1: Gather the Supplies You’ll Need to Make Resin Jewelry

metal and plastic bezels
Bezels and molds used for making resin jewelry.
spatula
Some key supplies you’ll need for working with resin.
bottles of resin
Part A and part B chemicals are both needed for making resin jewelry.
goggles, gloves, and respirator
Safety gloves, glasses, and a respirator are highly recommended when working with toxic resin.

Here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • Resin part A and part B
  • Safety gear: latex gloves, drop cloths, and apron (respirator and safety glasses are highly recommended)
  • Spatula and plastic mixing spoons
  • Measuring jug or cup (small ones are preferable for jewelry making)
  • Jewelry bezels, molds, or casing
  • Decorative items, like flowers, glitter, or shells

Different resins and brands are more or less suitable for different types of projects. For jewelry making and casting, opt for a resin that has a thinner consistency, which helps prevent little air bubbles from appearing in your work.

Non-toxic resins are available, but whatever type you have, it’s important to work in a well-ventilated room and use safety equipment to protect your skin, eyes, and lungs. Protect surfaces and floors with a drop cloth, and your clothes with an apron.

Step 2: Prep Your Bezels/Molds and Decorative Items

pressed flowers
Select the flowers or other decorative items and the casings before getting to work.

Before starting to work with the resin, make sure you have your jewelry items ready. Choose your bezels, molds, or casings, and have the flowers or other items you’ll be casting on hand. You don’t want to be fumbling around with these small items once you already have the resin mixed and drying.

Different types of casings will require different kinds of preparation to make them ready to receive the liquid resin. Check out an introductory tutorial on making resin jewelry—like Sarah Trafford’s Skillshare class, Floral Resin Jewelry Basics—to get a more thorough overview of the type of prep you’ll need to do for the items you’re working with. 

Step 3: Mix the Resin

mixing resin
Mix the resin in small measuring cups.

To mix the resin correctly, follow the guidelines for your particular brand and type of resin. The labels will tell you how much of part A and part B to use. Take your time with this process as you don’t want to introduce air bubbles, which can spoil the look of your jewelry.

Step 4: Pour the First Layer of Resin

first layer of resin
Pour the liquid resin into the mold.

Small pieces of jewelry will require two to three layers of resin. Adding multiple thin layers helps prevent bubbles forming, and it also helps when casting. The first layer acts as a kind of glue for sticking down decorative items, like flowers, before you pour on the next layer.

Step 5: Add Your Decorative Item to the Resin

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A dried flower is added on top of the first layer of resin.

Now, add your flower or other decorative item to the first layer of resin. Use a pin to adjust its position if you need to.

Step 6: Repeat With Further Layers of Resin

add more layers of resin
Layer the resin in the molds.

Wait several hours before mixing another small batch of resin and adding a second layer. You don’t need to wait until the first layer is rock hard, but it should be quite solidified.

Step 7: Remove from the Molds

remove from molds
Remove the resin from the molds, and voilá!

Once the resin has cured (note: your brand of resin should tell you the length of time required), go ahead and remove the pieces of resin jewelry from the molds. 

Step 7: Add Jewelry Fixtures

resin medallion on a chain
Now you’ve learned how to make resin jewelry with flowers!

After the resin-making process is complete, assemble your jewelry. This may require adding hooks for earrings or chains and clasps for necklaces, as well as small tools and wire for creating holes in the resin or casing.

Get Started With Resin!

Floral Resin Jewelry Basics