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How to Make Resin Seashell Craft Jewelry

Updated on April 11, 2016
Make beautiful jewelry with seashells and resin. This is a beautiful way to preserve vacation memories.
Make beautiful jewelry with seashells and resin. This is a beautiful way to preserve vacation memories. | Source
Supplies to make seashell resin jewelry
Supplies to make seashell resin jewelry | Source
Miniature seashells come in many shapes and colors.
Miniature seashells come in many shapes and colors. | Source

Supplies to Make a Seashell Resin Pendant

  • A two part clear epoxy resin kit such as Envirotext Lite or Castin Craft
  • A plastic resin mold or cast from polymer clay for pendants
  • A mold release spray such as Castin Crafts mold release for epoxy resin.
  • Two craft measuring cups. Old medicine cups work well too.
  • Disposable mixing cups (I use Dixie cups)
  • Toothpicks or disposible crafts sticks
  • Miniature seashells either plain or colored
  • A bail for each pendant. You can use a pinch bail, glue on bail, or screw in bail that matches your piece of jewelry.
  • A standard drill with an 1/16" bit or craft drill that can drill through resin if using a pinch bail.

Experiment with different sized pendants
Experiment with different sized pendants | Source
Pinch bails for necklaces in assorted styles
Pinch bails for necklaces in assorted styles | Source
Seashell jewelry can be made with single shells or several in the same pendant.
Seashell jewelry can be made with single shells or several in the same pendant. | Source
No drill? You can use a glue on bail like this one. Glue the bail to the back of the pendant with superglue.
No drill? You can use a glue on bail like this one. Glue the bail to the back of the pendant with superglue. | Source

Instructions: How to Make Seashell Resin Jewelry

Prepare the Mold

If your mold is new, wash it with hot water and soap. Let it dry. Next,, spray the mold release product to the entire mold heavily, making sure it gets into every cup. Let the spray remain on the mold for at least 10 minutes. The, wipe the mold making sure there is no fluid in the cups.

Next, place shells, sand dollar, or miniature starfish inside the individual resin cups. Make sure the fancy side of the shell are facing down as this will be the side that will show on the outside of your jewelry.


Cast the Resin


Prepare the resin mix according to the package directions. Use the craft stick to slowy drop the prepared solution into each individual cup to cover the seashells.

Let the solutions settle for five minutes. If air bubbles appear you can pop them with the craft stick.

The resin mix will become solid in about 15 minutes. If the seashells rise or turn crooked, it is important to reset them with the craft stick before the solution hardens.

As the resin epoxy solution is curing, do not touch it. Fingerprints and stick marks will be permanently cast into the pendant. For best results, allow the solution to cure for at least 16 hours before moving it or touching it. When the resin is finished hardening, it will be smooth and dry.


Turn the Cast Into Jewelry


It is time to remove the resin seashell pendants from the mold. The best way to get them out without warping your mold for later use is to tap the back of the mold with the handle of a knife until they pop out.

After removal, any uneven edges can be trimmed with scissors. Very jagged edges from overfilling cups can be sanded with fine grit sandpaper. Do not sand the front of the pendant or you will damage the surface and make it cloudy.

Using the power drill, add a tiny hole in the front of the pendant all the way through the piece of resin. Here, you will insert the pinch bail. If you prefer, you can drill a hole into the top of the pendant and insert a screw bail. Put super glue on the bail tips and slide them into hole. Squeeze them gently with pliers to close the bail. If you do not have a drill, glue on bails will also work for this project. Carefully glue the bail to the back of the pendant and give it ample time to dry.

When finished, place your pendant on a necklace and enjoy or give as a unique gift.


Special Tips:


If you make a mistake in a piece of resin jewelry such as fingerprints or an indention, the piece can be recoated. Allow the pendant to cure for three days.. Wet sand the entire surface of the piece with fine sandpaper by hand until the flaw is no longer visible. Allow the piece to dry overnight. It will look very cloudy and sanded. Next, can apply a thin coat of new resin to the surface very carefully with a small paint brush and allow this to dry for 16 more hours. The pendant will look fabulous. This is also an excellent way to create very clear, professional looking pendants.

A single shell looks pretty in a resin pendant.
A single shell looks pretty in a resin pendant. | Source

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      WOW! I have never done this before, but I am so excited to try. It looks like a lot fun. Your instructions where clear, and obvious that you have done this before yourself. I felt like I was getting the insider's scope.

      Thank you for the inspiration. Voted up and shared.

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      michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan

      Those are really cool. Where do you get the molds?

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This is another pretty thing to do with resin, which you've written about. Might be a fun gift to someone who lives inland and yet loves the sea. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      You brought back memories of the days when my 4 children were growing up and we had quite a hobby of making things using resin. We poured resin on coins to be kept, photographs, we even did tables. The product we used back then had a terrible odor and we would do it with good ventilation.

      Your jewelry is just beautiful; makes me want to pour resin again.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc. and shared.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Very interesting article and looks a fun activity to try with my girls in the future. You detailed the process step by step and the pictures were great too. Have voted up and shared too.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Cool! I have seen this done but not this extent. Great job! I will share!

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      Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

      I love sea shells and I have plenty, would love to try this! Thank you.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Carly Sullens. I have been making these for a long time. I appreciate your wonderful comment. :)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks michiganman567. You can get these in most craft stores like Michael's, AC Moore, and Hobby Lobby. Etsy has some good prices on them too. Ebay prices are much to high! Thanks for reading!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks alocsin! I appreciate your comment and your support. You are the best!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Ms. Mary! My parents used to make resin photos and things long ago. It was a little yellow and the molds were huge. I love pouring resin. I use it for baby teeth too. It is a great way for brides to preserve wedding flowers. I am glad you enjoyed it and I appreciate your visit!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, when I read the title, I just could not picture it in my head, and then I clicked to read, and they are so beautiful in the resin!!! Really cool idea and fun craft. Great hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Jaine Huldy. I hope you guys enjoy this craft!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading rebeccamealey. Thanks for the encouragement. I do resin jewelry with seashells and dried and pressed flowers. I appreciate the share. :)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for stopping by Polyannalana. I hope you will give it try!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Faith Reaper. I had an error in the title that I just fixed. Thank you so much for the read and for your warm comment!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      That is SO cool, Tammy! One question though, how the heck do you get those pretty shells in that plastic stuff? I'm really glad Linda told me to check this out.

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      tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa

      totally awesome! voted up and across and shared! also lit my creative fires! thank you so much!

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      Nora411 4 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I love the pictures of the jewelry! I always love to collect sea shells from the beach but I never get around to actually doing any thing with them. This hub is really interesting, it makes me want to go shell hunting so I can try to make a necklace :) Voting up and interesting!!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks TToombs! LOL.. This is a great way to preserve just about anything in plastic. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading tlmcgaa70. I appreciate that! It is wonderful if you decide to try it.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for stopping by Nora. This is a great way to preserve shells from a vacation. I hope you enjoy doing this craft.

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      Ruth McCollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      Love this! I'm taking a cruise in Dec 'We are renewing our vows after 30 years. I'll be on the tropical beaches where the shells you find are beautiful making necklaces out of them! Love your photo! Great job!

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      Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

      What a beautiful way to preserve those seashells I'm always collecting on the beach! I love that the jewelry features some of the tiny shells that are so pretty and delicate. Voted up and pinned!

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      talfonso 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      Wow - that looks like a very nice idea! If I come home from a beach day or a cruise, I'd cast seashells in resin and make some jewelry! Memories captured, literally!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 4 years ago from Clinton CT

      This looks so cool and like a lot of fun. Nice job on this hub. Clear and great pictures!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Rusti. I hope you find many wonderful shells. Congratulations to you!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Ms. Stephanie. I am sure you collect many shells in your travels. Thanks for reading and I hope you will try this craft!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting talfonso. This is a great way to preserve a lot of things like baby teeth, coins, bridal flowers, you name it. :)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Julie! I appreciate you stopping by! :)

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Just beautiful! I never would have thought to put seashells in resin. Thanks for the great tutorial.

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      Lightshare 4 years ago

      Wouh!!! Thank you very much for a great beautiful hub -) -) -)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting randomcreative. Resin is my favorite thing to make. :)

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      Beautiful pieces of jewelry. Interesting hub :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      You always have such cool and unique craft ideas which I love. Thanks!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Lightshare! :)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Gypsy48!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Glimmer Twin Fan! :)

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Great from the start! This hands on hub can be done even in pre-school. The quality of the final product is superb! Wish Tammy was my art teacher! Would've developed my Leonardo's abilities.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading Lord. Aww.. I can't draw or paint so art classes would be interesting and limited to stick figures. LOL. It is good to SEE you.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful! I NEED to go to the beach NOW! ^_^ Voted up and pinned! and definitely bookmarked so I have it after I take a beach trip.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Mama Kim. You can also get shells from your local craft store and even the Dollar Tree. I do recommend going to the beach though. LOL. Thanks so much for reading!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Amazing! We used to buy lots of these on market. it's so lovely and really i did wonder how they make it.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      oh...hehe, I knew that.... ^_^ guess I could just pop into Michaels. Nah, I'm going to the beach ^_^

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      It is a pretty simple process Unknown Spy. I appreciate you reading and commenting.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Good for you Mama Kim! LOL!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well this one snuck by me....let me tell anyone who reads my comment, this stuff is really cool! We have one of Tammy's works and Bev loves it and wears it everywhere. Go to Tammy's website and buy some of it....it really is that good.

      Great hub Tammy; you are a wonder and I love your new profile picture.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow! Your jewelry looked stunning! I enjoyed reading your hub with the well-explained tutorial and lovely photos! You sure become a super-successful businesswoman, selling your crafts! A wonderful hub! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Beautiful & Awesome. Voted up, Socially Shared & pinned

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Aww.. that is so very kind of you. I really appreciate your kind words and the shout out. It is wonderful to be able to do the things we love to do sometimes instead of the things we have to do. :)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much ishwaraa22. That is very kind of you. I can say the same of you with your awesome jewelry. :)

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      These pendants look fabulous and with Christmas just around the corner, they're something to think about that can be made ahead of time for gifts. I'm thinking a person could embed other things beside shells too.

      Voted you interesting, useful, beautiful, and awesome! Will share also!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Au Fait! This is a great craft to learn. Resin can be used in so many projects. It is a great way to make a meaningful Christmas gift. Thanks so much for stopping by and reading.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Tammy... now there is a novel idea. Maybe all us guys on here should try something like that. Can you imagine the creations.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Now that is a wonderful idea Rolly! We do have an awesome male woodworker on hubpages- JJ Randol. He does woodburning and walking sticks. I am close to coming up with a way to make a "glass ball" to put on top of a walking stick with this same material. That would be a very cute hub! Thanks for stopping by and reading!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Tammy, this is so cool! I just collected shells at the beach a few days ago and was wondering how best to use them. Well helllo! Great timing that I read this hub. I am bookmarking until I get all of the supplies. Thanks hon. I vote awesome and sharing as well.

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      I have been studying how to do this and want to try it. Your style with the seashells is just icing on the cake. I just love them! Thank you for sharing.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for stopping by Christy. I hope you enjoy making them. It will always make you think of your beach trip!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I am glad you found it useful bridalletter. This is a great hobby. You can add shells, flowers, scrapbook paper, photos, you name it. Best of luck to you in your jewelry making!

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      Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Nice article with easy to follow instructions. The finished pendants with the seashells inside are great. Voted up and shared.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      How nice! I've thought about using resin, but I was a little afraid of it. Thanks for the great instructions. Your pendants look great! Voted up and useful.

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      Karina 4 years ago from Edinburgh

      I'am definitely trying it. The jewellery from pictures looks great! Very useful hub. Voted up!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Angelo52. I appreciate your visit! :)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Natashalh. With some practice, resin isn't too bad. It takes a few batches to get good at it and learn when it is "ready" to use. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much pringooals. Thanks for commenting. :)

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very informative hub. I really enjoy this hub so much and your tips are useful for us. I hope I can practice soon. Thanks for writing. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Prasetio. Perhaps I will make one with some of your tiny oragami. That would be neat too!

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Very pretty Tammy! You are so darned crafty - I can't be trusted with any tools such as you have listed. Last time I used a glue gun - I glued stuff to my own thumb:) LOL

      I wish you lived near so you could let me watch a few times before I try this a home:) hahaha

      Up and excellent!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Realhousewife. I have seen your patio hub.. you have got some great decorating skills.. lol. If we all lived closer we could have a "jewelry parties" and each time we would make a new craft. Those are so much fun. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Tammy,

      What a terrific idea! Seashells are so beautiful and this is a nice way to show them off by wearing them as jewelry. Beautiful little rocks or other found items could also be preserved and displayed to great advantage with this method. Many up votes and definitely sharing this with others!

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      TycoonSam 4 years ago from Washington, MI

      Hello Tammy,

      Once again you caught my attention with a great Hub. I don't know if I'll make fancy jewelry like the ones you talked about but I have an idea for some resin ice cubes with flies or spiders in them. Halloween is right around the corner and they might be fun!

      Voted up, useful and sharing

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      At the coastal town of Mombasa, Kenya i find a lot of seashells. I will remember to grab some the next time i visit and try making this Seashell Resin Jewelry, i looks beautiful and attractive. Voted up and useful.

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      Mary 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      This is such a cool idea, I know my kids would enjoy making this little project with me. They have so many shells this would be a much better way of show cases them than the bowl we have them in right now. Voted up, awesome and shared.

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      RunningDeer 4 years ago from Iowa

      This is so COOL! I always come back with tons of shells from the beach and never know what to do with them. So they end up in a drawer. I am definitely doing this. Except, I don't have a drill. Could you possibly post a picture of a necklace that has been glued on from the front? Voted up and shared.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading and sharing Peggy W. I appreciate that! :)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      That is a fantastic idea Tycoon Sam. I think they make punch bowl rings with critters inside of them too. It may give your guests the heebie jeebies, but it would certainly be memorable. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I hope you will give it a try Dwachira. It may be the start of a side craft business. :) I appreciate your visit.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I am sure they would prettynutjob. This would be a great project for show and tell too. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I have one photo on the hub where it is glued to the back of the pendant. The glue bails aren't made to go on the front. I will check and see what pieces I have left. I hope you will give it a try. Thanks so much for reading and sharing!

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I've never made anything like these pendants before, but your instructions are clear and precise and make me feel like I could do it! I especially like the oblong and teardrop-shaped pendants. I hope to try this as soon as I can get the supplies. Thanks!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading Vespawoolf. These pendants are a really great way to make a unique gift. They have been really popular with beach lovers. I appreciate your comment and hope you will give them a try.

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      Your resin pieces are gorgeous! I love how pretty the sea shells are. Thank you for sharing how you did it :)

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      Connie120 4 years ago

      Thank you for really great instructions! I'm looking into using resin for a few projects, and this tutorial will really come in handy. One question, do you make multi-layered projects as well? I was wondering if there would be a line where the layers meet.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Great question Connie120. None of these pieces are layered. If you do want to layer resin it is simple enough to do. Just let one coat dry for at least 24 hours, then another coat can be added. It gets really pretty when you are using dye in the resin.

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      Connie120 4 years ago

      OK thank you very much. Is there a special dye to use, or can I use a drop of acrylic paint?

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Yes Connie 120. There is a special resin dye sold at craft stores. It usually comes in red, blue and yellow and if you want other colors you must mix them. Anything else other than glitter can make the resin cloudy. I hope you enjoy it!

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      Connie120 4 years ago

      Thank you very much!

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      June Parker 2 years ago from New York

      These look fabulous and your tutorial is clear and concise. I have pinned it to my "DIY Seashell Crafts" board.

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      Pam 2 years ago

      When doing these as a teenager, if I got a light fingerprint on the surface, I used to sand with very fine sandpaper and then polish smooth again with Brasso. Does take a while, but much less than 16 hours. Works well to remove scratches from most clear plastics. Really good for cd's or dvd's even clock faces. Hope this helps.

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      dougvickie 3 months ago from jefferson city,tn

      I'M IN THE PROCESS OF MAKING THIS KIND OF JEWELRY. ALSO USING PETRIFIED WOOD I FOUND ON THE BEACH AND MOUNTAINS.

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      Shelly 10 days ago

      Just Beautiful!

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