I handmake a lot of my jewelry and often get requests from friends and colleagues if I can make them something specific to their tastes. I tell them that I could - however, it would be a lot more special if they did it themselves! After some organizing I finally put together a resin workshop for my friends. For those of those new to resin, there are many types, but essentially it is a clear "glue" that hardens and holds a shape after it has been cured. The results are some very fun and funky jewelry or other fun trinkets that can be used to decorate everything from your car, your purse or even yourself!
After everyone had arrived, I broke the workshop down into 3 different parts:
Step 1: Decorating
This is by far the most lengthy step - first participants would pick a silicone mold they liked the shape of and decide if they want to make a keychain, a necklace, earrings or just a fun token. Then they would select the beads and charms they would like to use to personalize their piece. I had some people do song lyrics, some people put their names or just some funny little phrases they liked. It can be a tedious process to put the small parts inside of the mold gently and at the right angles but it is a great exercise in patience!
Step 2: Pouring
After participants had decorated their mold, it was time to put the resin in. This time we used UV resin which is known for its fast curing time under a small UV lamp - or nature's big UV lamp: the sun! Resin can be tricky so I poured it on their behalf to avoid any accidents. After the hard glue was poured, they were given the opportunity to fix up their designs if anything had shifted slightly and also the option to add some glitter to the mold as well
Step 3: Curing
After everything looked right to the participant, it was time to shine some light on the situation - literally. Resin will generally go through its first curing phase in only about 180 seconds. After this, the trinket can be taken from its mold and flipped over for its second cure on the other side.
Everyone had a great time making something that was special to them. Working with Resin can be really tricky but it is definitely a rewarding process in the end. Additionally, even though it can be accessed by individuals, having the proper space to hold something of this nature can also be difficult to navigate, as well as pricing because it often comes in such large quantities. It was a great way to get everyone to express a bit of their personalities and have a nice treasure to take home as well!