Adventures of a Jewelry-making Maven: Easy Colored Resin Jewelry

I can't be the only one out in Beadland who has been tempted by all those gorgeous resin jewelry-making projects out there, can I? One of the reasons I haven't done more with resin is because I just don't like those empty bezels staring back at me, and just filling the bezels with paper gets old after a while. After seeing a set of gorgeous resin projects using colored resin and jewelry-making components by Nunn Design, I set out to see if I could find an easy way to color resin using supplies that I already had around the house. I was pleased and surprised to find out just how easy it is to make colored resin for jewelry-making projects!

A couple of sources recommended using regular acrylic paint for coloring resin, and since I always have a couple packs of those inexpensive craft store acrylic paint pots around, I thought I would give it a try! I also happened to have a handful of bezels in fun shapes from Nunn Design — they were originally intended for epoxy clay, but I liked the deep wells in the center, and the idea of filling them up with colored resin.

I mixed the resin as directed, then took one of the wood stir sticks and dipped it into a pot of acrylic paint. I added two or three scoops of paint to the resin and stirred gently until it was completely mixed. I noticed that before it blended with the resin, it left some interesting streaks — something to go back and experiment with later, when I have more bezels or molds!

Because I wanted to add a little sparkle to the colored resin, I also added a touch of glitter from my stash of crafting and jewelry-making supplies. Some of you may remember that in one of my previous resin jewelry-making disasters, I added way too much glitter to the resin and wound up with some very strange-looking resin pendants.

Of course, none of my experiments in learning how to make resin jewelry would be complete without at least one mistake, and this time, I overfilled a couple of bezels in the bracelet I wanted to make. No worries, though, I used a stir stick to scoop out a bit of resin from that bezel so that it didn't spill over and make even more of a mess.

The results of this resin jewelry-making experiment were overwhelmingly positive: I made some beautiful colored resin jewelry! The next morning, I was thrilled to see how well the finished bracelet and pendants turned out, and now all that's left is for me to get some more chain and make a couple of beaded dangles to finish embellishing these particular jewelry-making projects. Success! I was also inspired to order a few sets of resin cabochon-making molds to continue my experiments with resin. Who knows? Maybe the next thing I add to my Etsy shop is a line of handmade resin cabochons full of dried flowers or resin steampunk cabochons with watch gears!

You know what I love best about these kinds of jewelry-making projects? They don't require a lot of expensive equipment or materials, just things that I usually already have around the house! If you want to learn some easy ways to add texture and visual interest to your jewelry-making projects made with resin and metal, I can highly recommend Susan Lenart Kazmer's 15+ Ways to Alter Metal Surfaces: Cold Enameling, Resin, Powders, Pastels, & More!

What impressed me the most about the techniques demonstrated by Susan in this hands-on video is that many of them can be done with materials that you probably already have handy — nail polish, ammonia, salt, and artist's pastels. Who knew that creating outstanding jewelry could be so easy with some of these simple jewelry-making techniques? Get your copy of Susan Lenart Kazmer's 15+ Ways to Alter Metal Surfaces: Cold Enameling, Resin, Powders, Pastels, & More! and see how easy (and how much fun) it is to create unique, meaningful metal jewelry.

Have you done any great jewelry-making experiments with resin lately? Do you have any experiences or tips to share with us? I can't wait to get my resin cabochon and bangle bracelet molds so I can keep playing with this fun jewelry-making material! Leave a comment here on Beading Daily and let's talk about resin!

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