In pendant craft, there are many ways you can make your own clear pendants; those are pendants with transparent surface that contain small trinkets or photo cuts. You can make them using liquid resin, glaze cover, or glass dome. In order to find out the difference of each method, I have compiled them and linked the sources to learn more of the craft.
So, here are the different pendant crafts:
1. Clear pendants made of printed photos/ pictures covered by liquid resin and catalyst.
The photos are usually sealed first using sealer glue such as Elmer’s or Mod Podge, to protect their colors. Then, the sealed photos are placed on the following surfaces;
- Bezels (pendant tray)
- Resin molds
- Any flat surface – coins, MDF board, scrabble tiles, or no surface at all (the photos are just sealed then covered with resin)
2. Clear pendants made of printed photos/ pictures glued to a glass dome.
The dome is made of glass and comes in shapes of square, rectangle, oval, round, or heart. The technique is more simple than the first way, because the photo is just cut into the shape of the dome then glued to the base of the dome (bezel or cabochon setting).
The dome also creates dimension automatically because it has raised surface, thus the pendant will stand out nicely.
3. Clear pendants made of photos/ pictures covered by dimensional glaze.
Glaze are different from resin, because when it’s cured the texture is rather soft (not as hard as resin) and prone to scratches. However, glaze is very practical to use because you don’t need to mix two liquids, only one type of liquid, after sealing the photo with sealer glue (just like when you use resin liquid). It also works to give dimension to the photos.
The dimensional glaze often used in pendant craft; Judikin’s Glaze, Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, 3D Crystal Lacquer, etc.
4. Clear pendants made of small trinkets/ objects/ confetti casted in molds and covered by liquid resin and catalyst.
There are chances for bubbles to build when you mix the two liquids or pour them into the molds. You can clear the bubbles by blowing them with straw or heat gun.
Working with liquid resin also requires careful acts, because resin drop can stick to work area and can be very hard to clean. That’s why you should use wax paper for work area since all you have to do is throw the paper right away after work.
More tips also include wearing latex gloves to protect your hands and googles to protect your eyes, since resin is a chemical material that could cause allergic reaction to some people. Furthermore, after finish your work, you must also cover it with a box to avoid dust or dirt attach to the resin’s surface.
Other difficulty that may come while working with molded resin is to get the resin out of the mold after it’s completely cured. Some people use ‘mold release spray’ on the molds before the resin is poured. Others use the freezer to pop the resin out.
Sources to learn more about making clear pendants:
20 Pack Glass Dome Photo Jewelry Circle Pendant 1 Inch
Clipart images for making resin pendants: https://www.etsy.com/search?q=resin+pendant+clipart
Keywords about clear pendant craft:
Bezels & bails, Pendant Tray, Cabochon Setting, Epoxy Resin, Catalyst, Dimensional Glaze