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Reversible resin pendant

Make a reversible pendant with an open-back bezel and ICE resin

I love the opportunities an open-back bezel offers — even if it does come with challenges. For my clown pendant, I flipped the bezel upside down and drilled two holes for a handmade wire bail. But for a first foray into filling open-back bezels with resin, you can simplify the process and skip the bail. The most important thing: Don’t expect expert results from your first attempts. For some tips, check out the list of do’s and don’ts (below) before you get started.

SUPPLIES

Pendant

  • 15–45 mm bezel with loop
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • ICE Resin
  • images to fit inside bezel
  • mixing cups
  • packing tape
  • plastic gloves
  • safety goggles
  • sponge applicators
  • waxed paper
  • wooden craft sticks

Necklace 28 in. (71 cm)

  • Pendant
  • 18 mm glass button
  • 50–58 in. (1.3–1.5 m) 2 mm leather cord
  • 6 in (15 cm) 18-gauge bronze wire
  • 6 mm lightbulb bezel
  • hook clasp
  • 9 mm jump ring
  • 2 pairs of pliers
  • E6000 adhesive
  • hammer
  • bench block or anvil

Some supplies from Objects and Elements, objectsandelements.com. Check your local bead store for supplies.

HELPFUL TIPS FOR USING ICE RESIN

Do:

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Photo 1
  • Use a craft stick to burnish the back of the taped bezel (PHOTO 1). 
  • After slowly and thoroughly mixing the resin for two minutes, allow it to sit for five minutes before dripping it into the bezel.
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Photo 2
  • Layer the images close to the surface of each side of a deep bezel (PHOTO 2).
  • Use images with a lot of contrast. Otherwise, especially in a deep pendant, the details get lost.
  • Pour the bezel almost full and let the resin dry for six hours. Resin in a deep bezel will overflow if you try to dome it in one pour. Mix up a new batch of resin and drip in a layer to dome.
Don't:
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Photo 3
DON'T pour resin into the bezel directly from a cup. Instead, drip small amounts of resin from the tip of a craft stick (PHOTO 3).
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Photo 4
DON'T wait to clean up spilled resin. You only have 30 to 45 minutes before it starts to harden (PHOTO 4).

INSTRUCTIONS

Pendant

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Step 1

Cut a piece of packing tape to fit over the back of an open-back bezel. Press the tape along the back of the bezel. Use a craft stick to burnish the tape to create a tight seal. 

Cut two images to fit back-to-back in the bezel. Using a sponge applicator, coat each side of each image with Mod Podge and allow to dry for about six hours.

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Step 2

Following the manufacturer’s directions, mix a small batch of ICE Resin. Place the bezel on a flat surface. Using the tip of the craft stick, drip resin to cover the bottom 1⁄4 of the bezel. 

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Step 3
Place an image face down in the bezel. Slowly drip resin in the bezel. Place another image face up in the bezel. For a shallow bezel, drip resin to the top. Allow to fully cure for three days. Remove the tape from the back of the bezel.  For a deep bezel, drip resin until the bezel is 3⁄4 full. Allow to dry. Mix a new batch of resin. Drip resin to the top of the bezel. Allow to cure. Remove the tape.
Necklace

1. Make a pendant. Use a permanent marker to personalize the image before coating it with Mod Podge.

2. Ball the end of the wire

3. Use a flex shaft for drilling.

4. Cut a 2-in. (5 cm) piece of bronze wire. Hammer or ball each end. Center a button on a 50–58-in. (1.3–1.5 m) piece of leather. Wrap the wire around both halves of the leather to secure the button.

5. Fill a lightbulb bezel with E6000. Insert the leather ends and allow to dry. Open a jump ring and attach a hook clasp. Close the jump ring.

6. Cut a 4-in. (10 cm) piece of bronze wire. Hammer or ball each end. Attach the pendant to both pieces of leather. 

DESIGN ALTERNATIVES

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