Create a Teen Sensation With Rock-Star Necklaces

See how easy it is to make homemade resin jewelry.
By: Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza
Related To:
making homemade resin jewelry can be habit forming

making homemade resin jewelry can be habit forming

Hand-craft your resin necklaces like these to keep or give them away as holiday gifts.

Show off your wild crafty side with a rock-and-roll resin necklace. You can make a whole slew of them and give them as holiday gifts, or just treat yourself to a few new accessories.

These easy-to-make pieces of jewelry are embedded with guitar picks but of course you could embed them with items such as small bits of paper, confetti shapes, tiny toys and glitter. It is endless how many different items you can embed; just make sure the item fits into the mold.

The molds are available in many shapes, everything from small rings and earrings to large pendants and heart shapes. Resin and mold supplies are available at craft shops and online retailers.

Have fun creating your own rock-and-roll style and be careful: making resin jewelry is addictive.

Materials and Tools:

mold-release spray
vinyl gloves
EasyCast resin
plastic measuring/mixing cups
wooden stirring sticks
foam paintbrush
guitar picks or other items of choice
ball chain, rope or cord necklace
hand or electric drill
1/16" drill bit
18- or 20-gauge wire
round-nose pliers


1. Prepare the mold with a mold-release spray.

2. Wearing protective gloves, carefully measure equal amounts of resin and hardener into a plastic measuring cup. Make sure you do not use a wax-coated cup.

3. For EasyCast to blend chemically, it must be mixed together in two stages. Combine resin and hardener according to package directions and stir for two full minutes.

4. Quickly pour resin into a mold until mold is half full.

5. Brush the guitar pick or object that will be embedded with resin (hold object with tweezers and apply resin with a foam brush). Next, set the object in the half-filled mold, face down.

6. Fill the remainder of the mold with resin. Fill to just below the top of the mold to prevent a lip of resin forming at the edges. If bubbles form, use a hair dryer and pass heated air quickly over the surface to remove bubbles. Be careful, though: excess heat can melt or warp plastic molds.

7. For best results, cast pieces should cure at temperatures between 70 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Normal cure for castings that are 1/2-inch thick is 72 hours for hard cure.

8. When the item has cured, release it from the mold. Rigid plastic molds can usually be twisted slightly to break the cast pieces free. Pushing in from the back side of the mold will also help.

9. Drill a small hole in the top of the pendant using a 1/16-inch drill bit. Use a small file to smooth hole edges.

10. Thread a five-inch piece of wire through the hole, form a small loop, and wrap the base of the loop with the end of the wire. Add the pendant to necklace style of choice.

(Emmy nominated Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza cohost Creative Juice. For more information log on to Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service.)

Next Up

How to Create a Jewelry Rack

How to create a funky jewelry rack from an old record player and magazine rack.

Button Bracelet

Basic sewing knowledge and castoff buttons are all you need to create a one-of-a-kind bracelet.

Dangling Beaded Bracelets

Learn how to create dangling beaded bracelets made from Tigertail glass beads and wire.

Earring Rings

Learn how to take apart outdated earrings – even clip-ons from the thrift store – and transform them into fun finger rings.

Cluster Ring

Let your inner Bohemian loose with beaded cluster rings that show off personal artistic style and flavor.

Rope Jewelry

Create a chain or knotted necklace from rope, then color and stiffen it to make a fun piece of jewelry. Use the same techniques to make matching bracelets and other pieces for a growing wardrobe of necklaces and bangles.

Homemade Jewelry

Jewelry doesn't always have to come from a jewelry store. A lot of things such as necklaces and bracelets can be made from kits or from things you find at home.

Paper Couture Butterfly Necklaces

Jewelry can be made from just about anything, including plain old paper. With an inexpensive kit and a little imagination, these butterfly necklaces will really take flight.

Spoon Pendant

This necklace relies on the "business end" of spoons, transforming a simple serving spoon into the base for a stylish pendant that also includes either an old earring or brooch.

Wire-Wrapped Ring Form

Here's one technique for creating a wire-wrapped ring.

Get Social With Us

We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.

Consult Our A-Z Guide

Everything You Need to Know

Browse a full list of topics found on the site, from accessories to mudrooms to wreaths.  

How-To Advice and Videos

Get video instructions about kitchens, bathrooms, remodeling, flooring, painting and more.

Watch DIY Downloads Now

Watch DIY Network LIVE

Don't miss your favorite shows in real time online.