Casting A Wood and Resin Pendant With Liquid Cast™

Casting a Wood & Resin Pendant with Liquid Cast™ Epoxy Resin

 

What can I use casting resin for?
Custom handcrafted jewelry!

Casting resin is great for making custom pendants, rings, bracelets, and many other accessories. There are unique molds that can be found on Etsy, or you can combine resin and wood to create your own jewelry.

Today we will run through a very simple piece of jewelry using Liquid Cast™ Epoxy Resin and a piece of XXXX wood from Woodcraft. This piece of wood is meant to be used as a turning blank for making custom pens, but it is the perfect size for jewelry. You can also find these on eBay, Amazon, and many Facebook Groups by searching the term "pen blank".

What supplies will I need to make a resin and wood necklace?


  • Casting Resin - We are using our Liquid Cast™ Epoxy Resin that is capable of being poured up to 2" thick. It has a slower curing time than our other products to help ensure that you have no trapped air.
  • Wood Pen Blank - These can be found in many types of wood. eBay is a great place for purchasing these!
  • Medicine Cups - This will be used for measuring your casting resin parts A & B to ensure that it is the correct ratio, as well as mixing in colors if you would like. If you plan on doing more than one pendant at a time, definitely get bigger cups.
  • Popsicle Stick - Or any other type of stick that you can mix the epoxy resin with.
  • Packing Tape - Packing tape will work great to wrap around the wood and make sure you don't make a huge mess with the casting resin.
  • Plastic Sheeting - We always recommend putting plastic sheeting over your workspace. It will help with an easy clean up since our epoxy does not stick to it.
  • Mica Powder - If you would like to die your resin, mica powder pigments for epoxy is the way to go!
  • Sandpaper - You will want to shape your pendant, as well as sanding through multiple grits to make it nice and smooth. If you have a belt sander or bench sander it will save some time. "Sanding is fun" - Nobody.
  • Necklace Chain - Pretty self explanatory. Get something comfortable!
  • Screw Eye Pin - These will get screwed in to the top of your pendant so that you can thread the necklace chain through it. However, if you prefer you could also drill a hole into the pendant.
  • Toothpicks - When using multiple colors of resin, you might want to swirl the resin around a little with a toothpick to create interest effects.

There is no must in art because art is free.”  - Wassily Kandinsky

How do I make a resin and wood pendant?

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Step 1 - Measure Your Surface Area

Here we have a 12" x 12" piece of MDF. The MDF has been sanded with 220 grit sandpaper, and primed with Behr Premium Plus Ultra in XXXX. We will use 1ml of mixed epoxy resin per square inch, meaning we need 144ml or 5oz total. This may give you more epoxy than you need if only clear coating, but we plan to add color and it always helps to have a little extra than not enough!


Step 2 - Mixing Epoxy Resin

We know we need 144ml in total, so we will divide the number in half to figure out how much of Part A we need and how much of Part B. Go ahead and add in 72ml of Part A in to the cup as closely as you can for an accurate mixture. Continue by adding 72ml of Part B. Mix your art resin with a stick slowly for 3 minutes, being sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the cup leaving no resin unmixed.


Step 3 - Separate Epoxy & Add Mica Powder

Our epoxy resin is mixed to perfect, now we will separate it into clear mixing cups. The amount you pour into each cup is dependent on how much of a specific color you'd like. In this case, we will try and keep it fairly even. Once you have separated your mixed art resin, go ahead and add a teaspoon or so of mica powder then mix it in with a stick. Continue to add until desired color.


Step 4 - Pour the Epoxy Resin onto the Substrate

This is where the magic happens! There are many more advanced techniques and patterns that you will later learn about, but for now go ahead and randomly pour the colors on. After pouring, you can tilt the substrate to move the epoxy, or warm it up with a heat gun being careful not to burn it. Play around with it, move it with your hands, move it with a stick, have fun!


Step 5 - Torch the Bubbles!

Once you are finished playing with the art resin (is an artist ever really finished, or do they just move on?), go ahead and sweep the flame of your torch across the epoxy resin to pop the trapped air. Don't go too slow or over torch the epoxy, or you may burn it. You can do a fairly quick sweep, wait a few minutes, and torch again if necessary. Now it is time to cure. Let it sit for at least 10-12 hours.



How'd it turn out? Send us a picture so we can see! support@ksresin.com


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Resin Supplies



Before we begin, let me say that resin art is a very addicting hobby. It can be messy, it can be expensive, but there is nothing like it. You will face frustrations. You will be excited when something happens that you had no intention of doing. You will have (happy) accidents. Most of all, you will have a great time creating resin art! Just remember to be patient, practice, don't be too hard on yourself, and learn from others.

Let's move on to the necessary supplies you will need for beginning resin art. Each supplies title is clickable so that you can add it directly to your cart or save it for later!

 

RESIN ART SUPPLIES

  • Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) - This is the substrate we recommend using at all times. It is very inexpensive, readily available at your local hardware store, and extremely easy to use. You can go to your nearest big box hardware store (HD/Lowes) and generally they will cut the pieces smaller for you at little to no charge. A great starting size would be 12"x12", 12"x18", or 24"x24" depending on what you want to achieve.

  • Nitrile Gloves - Oh how you will need so many pairs of gloves! Epoxy resin is a messy medium in liquid form. If you have a Harbor Freight nearby, you can also get nitrile gloves for extremely cheap (look for digital coupons for extra discounts).

  • Plastic Sheeting - This will help minimize the mess from your resin art spills and any runoff. Cover your work area in it! Once the epoxy resin cures, you can peel it right off.

  • Respirator/Dust Mask - Although our Liquid Art™ Epoxy Resin has a very slight odor that most people are unaffected by, you may want to use a respirator when using epoxy. Always use a respirator when sanding epoxy resin, or anything!

  • Apron or Old T-Shirt - You will get epoxy resin on your clothes, take care to wear old clothing or an apron so that you don't ruin something you like.

  • Hair Ties - If you have long hair, put it up! Epoxy resin in your hair is not a fun time.

  • Heat Gun & Torch - Heat guns are great for moving epoxy resin around. Torches are necessary for popping bubbles in epoxy resin. An inexpensive heat gun and culinary torch will suffice.

  • Clear Plastic Cups - These will be for mixing mica powders in to your resin to give it color. We buy a ton of these!

  • Graduated Plastic Cups - These will be for mixing the resin. With KSRESIN Epoxy Resin, you will always measure by volume and not be weight.

  • Paint Sticks or Popsicle Sticks - Inexpensive mixing tools when mixing art resin or adding pigments. Paint sticks are a great way to mix epoxy resin as it will introduce less air into the mixture than a drill paddle.

  • Acrylic Paint - You will use this to prime your substrate. We buy it in quarts at HD (also comes in smaller sizes), Behr Premium Plus Ultra works great.

  • Mica Pigment - There are SO many colors out there! We highly recommend using these to tint your resin with. Cheap and easy to use.

  • Paper Towels - Blue Shop Towels are the way to go, this will be used for cleaning epoxy resin.

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