How to Make Resin Seashell Craft Jewelry
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.
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.
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.