Resin rings are a popular and trendy accessory that you can make at home with a few simple materials. Making resin rings is a fun and creative way to express your personal style and create unique pieces of jewelry.
Resin is a versatile material that can be mixed with different pigments, glitters, and even small objects like flowers or beads to create endless possibilities of designs and colors.
If you are new to resin crafting, don't worry, making resin rings is a beginner-friendly project that requires minimal skills and tools. The basic process involves mixing resin and hardener (or using UV resin), pouring the mixture into a ring mold, and waiting for it to cure.
You can use silicone molds to create different shapes and sizes of rings. Once the resin is cured, you can remove the ring from the mold, sand it, and add any finishing touches.
Next, you will find basic step-by-step instructions on how to create resin rings, however, don't forget to check out the video tutorials I included for you at the end of this post.
These videos will give you some ideas for unique resin rings and walk you through the step-by-step process of how you can make your own. So don't miss those video tutorials.
Let's get started with the basics!
Making resin rings requires a few essential materials. Here are the materials you'll need:
|UV Resin||Using UV resin is the easiest way to make rings. You'll need a good quality UV resin. There are many different types of resin available, so choose one that is suitable for jewelry making.|
|Castin Epoxy Resin and Hardener||If you don't want to use UV resin, you can also use a regular resin and hardener. Check the instructions on your resin kit to determine the correct ratio of resin to hardener.|
|Molds||You'll need silicone ring molds to create the ring bands or gem molds to create the gem for the top of your ring and some ring blanks. There are many different types of molds available, including round, square, and heart-shaped molds.|
|Pigments and dyes||If you want to add color to your resin ring, you'll need pigments or resin dyes.|
|Glitter & other stuff||If you want to add some sparkle to your resin ring, you can use fine or chunky glitter. You can also use other embellishments such as gold leaf, flowers, beads, etc.|
|Disposable cups and stirrers||You'll need disposable cups and stirrers to mix your resin and hardener together. Make sure to use plastic or silicone cups and stirrers, as resin can stick to other materials.|
|Protective gear||Resin can be toxic and can cause skin irritation, so it's important to wear protective gear when working with resin. Wear gloves, a mask, and safety glasses to protect yourself.|
Make sure to read the instructions on your resin kit carefully before starting. Some kits may require additional materials or tools, so check the instructions to make sure you have everything you need.
If you are using UV resin, you will also need to get a UV light to cure the resin.
Preparing the Resin
Measuring the Resin and Hardener
Before you start, make sure you have all the necessary supplies on hand. You will need casting epoxy resin and hardener (or UV resin and UV lamp), measuring cups, latex gloves, and a mixing container.
When measuring the resin and hardener, it is important to follow the instructions provided with your specific product. Typically, the ratio of resin to hardener is 1:1. Use a measuring cup to accurately measure out equal parts of each component.
I prefer using UV resin as it doesn't require mixing and I can make rings faster. So if you use UV resin, skip the mixing the resin and hardener section below.
Mixing the Resin and Hardener
Once you have measured out the resin and hardener, it's time to mix them together. Pour the resin and hardener into a mixing container and stir with a wooden stick or plastic spoon. Be sure to mix thoroughly for at least two minutes to ensure the resin and hardener are fully combined.
During the mixing process, it is important to avoid creating air bubbles in the mixture. To prevent this, stir slowly and avoid whipping the mixture. If you do see bubbles, you can use a heat gun or torch to remove them before pouring the resin into the mold.
Remember to wear gloves during the entire process to avoid contact with the resin and hardener. Once the mixture is fully combined, you're ready to move on to the next step of creating your resin ring.
Overall, preparing the resin is an important step in creating a beautiful and durable resin ring. By carefully measuring and mixing the resin and hardener, you can ensure that your ring turns out just the way you want it to.
Adding Colors and Additives
Resin rings can be customized to match any outfit or mood. Adding colors and additives to the resin can create unique and eye-catching designs. Here are some tips to get started:
- Use high-quality pigments or dyes made specifically for use with resin. This will ensure that the colors are vibrant and long-lasting. Do NOT use acrylic paints to color your resin.
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions for adding color. As a general rule, add no more than 5% color to the clear resin or 1-part color to 20 parts resin.
- Stir the color into the resin thoroughly to ensure even distribution.
- Experiment with different color combinations to create new and interesting designs. Try adding various layers of colors or adding glitter or metallic flakes for added sparkle.
In addition to colors, additives can also be used to create unique effects in resin rings. Here are some popular additives:
|Alcohol Ink||Creates a marbled effect when added to the resin.|
|Mica Powder||Creates a metallic or pearlescent effect when added to the resin.|
|Glow-in-the-Dark Powder||Creates a fun and unique effect in resin rings that glow in the dark.|
When using additives, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for the recommended amount to use. Too much additive can affect the curing process and result in a sticky or tacky finish.
Pouring the Resin
Preparing the Mold
Before pouring the resin, it's important to prepare the mold properly. First, ensure that the mold is clean and free of any debris or dust. This will ensure a smooth surface for the resin to adhere to.
Next, apply a mold release agent to the mold to prevent the resin from sticking to it. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions when applying the release agent.
Pouring the Resin into the Mold
Once the mold is prepared, it's time to pour the resin. Follow these steps:
- Mix the resin according to the manufacturer's instructions or use UV resin which doesn't require mixing.
- Add colorants or glitter to your resin.
- Slowly pour the resin into the mold, filling it up to the desired level.
- Carefully place other embellishments you'd like (flowers, beads, etc) inside the ring band.
- Use a toothpick or small stick to remove any air bubbles that may have formed in the resin.
- Cover the mold with a lid or plastic wrap to prevent dust or debris from settling on the surface of the resin.
- Allow the resin to cure for the recommended amount of time, usually 24-48 hours or cure under a UV light for a few minutes if using UV resin.
It's important to note that the curing time may vary depending on the type of resin used and the temperature and humidity of the environment. Be sure to check the manufacturer's instructions for specific curing times.
By following these steps and taking the necessary precautions, you can create beautiful resin rings that will last for years to come.
Curing the Resin
Once you have poured the resin into the mold, it's time to let it cure. This process can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days, depending on the type of resin you're using and the size of your mold. Here are some tips to ensure that your resin cures properly:
Allowing the Resin to Cure
It's important to let the resin cure undisturbed in a warm, dry place. Make sure the mold is level and won't be bumped or jostled during the curing process. If you're using a silicone mold, you can cover it with a lid or plastic wrap to keep out dust and debris.
Most resins will cure within 24-48 hours, but it's always best to check the manufacturer's instructions for specific curing times.
After the resin has cured, it's a good idea to let it sit for an additional 24 hours before removing it from the mold. This will ensure that it's fully hardened and won't become damaged during the demolding process. Once you've removed the resin from the mold, you can sand and polish it as needed to achieve the desired finish.
Some resins may benefit from post-curing, which involves placing the cured resin in an oven or under a UV lamp for an additional period of time. This can help to increase the resin's strength and durability. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully when post-curing your resin.
Remember that curing times can vary depending on a number of factors, including temperature and humidity levels. If you're having trouble getting your resin to cure properly, try adjusting these variables or consult the manufacturer for additional guidance.
Removing the Resin Ring from the Mold
Once the resin has cured, it's time to remove the ring from the mold. This process requires a bit of patience and care to avoid damaging the ring or the mold.
Here are the steps to follow:
- First, gently flex the mold to loosen the ring. You can also use a toothpick or a craft knife to carefully pry the ring out of the mold.
- If the ring is still stuck, try placing the mold in the freezer for a few minutes. This will cause the resin to contract slightly, making it easier to remove the ring.
Finishing the Resin Ring
After the resin has cured, it's time to finish your ring. This involves sanding and polishing the ring to achieve a smooth and shiny finish.
Sanding the Resin Ring
Sanding the resin ring is an important step to remove any rough edges or imperfections. Here are the steps to follow:
- Start with a low grit sandpaper (around 220 grit) and sand the entire ring in a circular motion.
- Gradually increase the grit of the sandpaper, moving up to 400 grit, 600 grit, and finally 800 grit.
- Be sure to sand the entire ring evenly, paying special attention to any rough spots or bumps.
- Once you've finished sanding, wipe the ring clean with a soft cloth to remove any dust or debris.
Polishing the Resin Ring
Polishing the resin ring will give it a shiny and smooth finish. Here's how to do it:
- Apply a small amount of polishing compound to a soft cloth.
- Using a circular motion, gently rub the polishing compound onto the ring.
- Continue polishing until the ring is shiny and smooth.
- Wipe the ring clean with a soft cloth to remove any excess polishing compound.
And there you have it! Your beautiful resin ring is now complete and ready to wear.
With these simple steps, you can create beautiful resin rings that are unique and personalized. Experiment with different colors, glitter, and other embellishments to create one-of-a-kind pieces that you'll love to wear.
Learn where to find The Best Pigments of your Resin Art!
Check out the following video tutorials for some awesome resin ring ideas for your next creation. This beautiful Opal ring by PollyArts Co is GORGEOUS!
Check out the 12 resin ring ideas by NerdECrafter. They are easy to create!
And if you prefer to create resin gems that you can place on top of some ring blanks, then check out this tutorial by Daniel Cooper.