Welcome back to the craft room and today’s Flashback Friday Resin Pendant Christmas Gifts post. For our first Flashback post of 2024, let’s run back to 2014. I tend to spent a lot of time looking for ideas on Pinterest . This particular year, the idea of working with resin really took hold. Let’s take a look at the first set of necklaces I made using Envirotex Resin from Hobby Lobby.
Resin Pendant Christmas Gifts
For the past several years I’ve loved making Christmas gifts for all of the ladies in my family. This year was no exception. After an extensive search for something fun and different to try, I settled on making something with resin. There were a few different ideas that I really liked, but I finally settled on making initial pendants for everyone.
For these necklaces I used the following supplies:
- Envirotex Jewelry Resin
- Nickel square and round pendant bezels
- Iced Enamels Shattered Inclusions in Opal
- Stazon Ink in Jet Black
- Alphabet stamps
- And tissue paper
Above is a picture of pendants in two different stages. On the left is the first “pour” so to speak and the right are empty pendants ready to fill. Because of the type of bezel used, I had to mount them on a small block of wood to keep them level. To do this I added a small piece of double sided tape to the back. This also insured I didn’t accidentally knock them off the block while working.
Working With Resin
To begin, I mixed up some resin and added a thin layer to the bottom of each bezel. Then I added some Ice Resin Opal Inclusions and let it sit covered and undisturbed for 12 hours. The next afternoon the process started with stamping each initial onto a piece of tissue paper. Because this was going into the resin I used StazOn black ink. The pieces were then cut to fit into each bezel. I mixed up another batch of resin and added a small amount to each bezel. Carefully, each piece of tissue paper was laid on top of the wet resin. The magic with this process is the tissue paper literally disappears. All that can be seen is a floating letter on top of the sparkle. The final step is to add just enough resin on top to make a nice domed finish.
In the next picture you can see the doming on the two pendants. With a little more practice I’m sure I could get an even higher dome. However, for a first try I am more than happy with the affect.
And here are all of the pendants, (minus Heidi’s which was already on its way to Florida at the time). I took this picture with my phone so I do apologize for the poor lighting. The chain was purchased on a large roll and the necklace size was around 18” in length.
The packaging this year was a bit different. With the help of my husband, we found these little take out boxes by Celebrate It at Michael’s. I filled them with some silver and iridescent metallic crinkle fill. I cut a piece of cardstock to fit inside to hold the necklace. You can see this in the first image of the post. Then the gift tag was added to the front of the box. Simple, but adorable!
Everyone seemed to love their necklace! Now I think it’s time to start on next years gifts! LOL
Thank you so much for joining me for today’s Flashback Friday Resin Pendant Christmas Gifts post. I was so happy with how these necklaces turned out! As nervous as I was about working with resin, it is such a simple process. It did take a long time between stages, but it was worth it. I will have a few more resin necklace posts to share with you in the future.
After my last pour found I had a bit of resin left over. Rather than let it harden and throw it away, I tried another technique to make resin paper. You can check out that post here: Flashback Friday Resin Paper Flower. Have you ever worked with resin? If you have, what did you create? I would love to hear all about it in the comments below! Until then, have a fantastic weekend and I will see you back in the craft room soon.