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Make a Transparent Resin Frame

About this Tip:

Create your own backless resin frame using the Vintaj Creative Hoop.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Start with the Vintaj Natural Brass Creative Hoop or even some heavier gauge wire. Flatten the edges of the hoop with a hammer. Make sure to get both sides. Pinch the top of the hoop together and wrap it with wire to create a bail. Use duct tape to create a seal on the back of your hoop. It bonds really well with the metal, so you don't have to worry about the resin leaking out of the sides. Fold over the edges of the excess tape so that it doesn't stick to you while you're pouring the resin.
Step 2:
After you've mixed the resin and all of the bubbles have worked themselves out, use your stir stick to add it to our newly created frame. Since the frame is so shallow, a little bit of resin goes a long way. Use a toothpick to fill in the edges.
Step 3:
At this point, embellish your pendant with the glitter. You can add as much or as little as you like. Larger pieces will take longer to set in the resin.
Step 4:
Wait a day before you peel the duct tape off of the back of the pendant. You'll notice that the tape left a little bit of a texture on the resin. Use a fine-grit sandpaper to sand the texture down on the back of the pendant. Use a cloth to wipe off any dust.
Step 5:
You'll have to mix up another cup of resin for the back. Brush the resin on the rough side of you pendant. You'll immediately see a difference in the texture. The foggy, scratched surface should look as smooth glass when you're finished coating it.

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  1. daisymae
    daisymae says:

    Such a cool idea! I am so gonna have to try this! So great! :)

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    S Broman says:

    Don’t know if this would work, could you dust the tape after placing the ring on it with corn starch. I wonder if it would save on the last steps?

  3. Jbeadz
    Jbeadz says:

    That’s really cool~ thx!

  4. Dori W
    Dori W says:

    super cool and simple! endless possibilities with this technique if using shapes created with heavier gauge wire or twisted wire. Squee!

  5. Gaea C
    Gaea C says:

    Awesome! I got a chance to play with my Lima Studio resin kit over the weekend and had THE best time!

  6. Kate
    Kate says:

    Gaea– what did you make!?!?!

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    C drescher says:

    Well i have NEVER seen THAT before,,what ideas came to my head for that one,,,

  8. TK Designs Kauai
    TK Designs Kauai says:

    I just tried this at home with glitter and sea glass… but I used clear packing tape instead of duct tape… also after instead of sanding i took the sticky off with “goo gone” it’s an adhesive remover. I sprayed a paper towel a few times and rubbed the tacky part against it and dried it with a dry napkin.


  9. CAS
    CAS says:

    TK Designs Kauai, I just have to say that your earrings are darling! Nicely done! :)

  10. TK Designs Kauai
    TK Designs Kauai says:

    Thanks CAS! still playing around till I get it down! :)

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    diner says:

    wow so cool

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    bnelson says:

    How do you make your bail for this piece?

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