For me there is nothing more rewarding than having the instant gratification UV resin has to offer. Within minutes my pendants go from matte and dull to shiney and bright! Today I am going to show you how I finish my polymer clay pendants using UV Resin. But they aren’t complete until the findings are on. So let’s get started!
Findings? What are findings?
To most people a necklace is a necklace is a necklace. But let’s break that down a bit. There are four principal parts of a necklace.
You have a chain, cord, or maybe beads. There’s the Clasp to connect the chain or cord. Then there is a bail. A bail is the part of the pendant that goes over the chain to connect the pendant to the chain. The pendant being the fourth part and usually the main event for the necklace.
The different style options for all of the necklace components are endless. That’s definitely a post for another day. Today we will add UV resin to a polymer clay pendant and attach the findings to complete the project.
What will we need for the project
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Items needed for this project include:
MelodieSusie UV lamp
Let’s Resin UV Resin (this is my UV resin of choice)
toothpick/something to spread the UV resin
plastic container to set the piece on while in the UV lamp
Polymer clay pendant
gloves always wear (gloves when working with resin)
pin vise hand drill
Let’s get started with the resin
First things first, we want to be sure to use a well sanded and buffed pendant. If you haven’t seen my article on this topic you can check out my post titled How to Sand and Buff Polymer Clay Pendants. If you are working on a pendant that is nice and smooth, the end result will also be nice and smooth. The opposite is also true.
First I apply some resin to the edge of the pendant. I do this using a toothpick.
Once all of the sides have resin, I use the flashlight to cure the resin slightly, for maybe 35 seconds (it doesn’t take long for the outer layer of the resin to cure).
I do this step with the flashlight first so when I set the piece down and put it under the lamp, it won’t end up hardening to the plastic container I set it on.
Next I lay it down on the face of the pendant. I always resin the back side of the pendant first. I’ll explain why shortly. Add a small amount of resin onto the piece.
Use the toothpick (or in my case I actually use a nail bed cleaner I have) to spread the resin over the entire piece.
Being careful to not allow the resin to spill over the sides. Let’s Resin UV Resin is amazing in that is tends to really “cling” to the sides and I have very few spillovers using it. One of the reasons I love using this brand of resin.
Place the pendant under the UV lamp for the amount of time according to the manufacturers recommendation of your lamp.
My lamp takes about 3 minutes to cure the resin. It will depend on how thick the layer of resin is on the piece. It should not feel “tacky” at all when it’s complete. Another reason I love the Let’s Resin. I have had no issues with tackyness.
Once the back is cured, complete the same process on the front side of the pendant.
Now the pendant has resin on all sides and we are ready to add the findings. I am going to first show you how to add a pinch bail
Drill a small hole close to the top of the pendant as pictured. I use a pin vise hand drill to drill the hole
Use a needle nose plyers to open the pinch bail.
Put one side of the pinch bail into a hole and squeeze both sides together.
Just using your fingers should be enough pressure to close the bail but if not then just use the plyers to give it some help. Be careful though, the plyers can damage the bail if you squeeze too hard.
Next we will add a black necklace cord. With this particular bail you can simply slide the necklace through the top portion of the bail and you are done.
A completed polymer clay pendant using UV resin.
Another bail option
I also want to offer another bail option.
The glue on bail
For this bail we need to backtrack a bit to when we put the resin onto the back of the pendant. You could certainly complete the pendant as previously shown, and then just use some glue, such as, E6000 or a glue of your preference. But I prefer, when using a glue on bail, to use the resin as my glue. And here is how I do that.
When I get to the part where I add the resin to the back of my pendant, I first add the glue on bail with just a small bit of UV resin.
Then I use the UV flashlight to cure the bail on.
After about 30 seconds the bail is secured enough for me to add more resin to complete the back.
The other difference when using this type of bail is sliding the necklace cord through the bail. The bail hole is not large enough for the findings to pass through. But this is an easy fix. All you need to do is use two needle nose plyers to open the jump ring….
Take the cord off and slide it through the hole on the bail.
Then just replace the jump rings. Here is a picture of both pendants! I added a small charm to the pendant on the left. Just to jazz it up a bit.
In this post I showed you the steps to finish your polymer clay pendants using UV resin and adding findings to complete it. I hope I was able to teach you something knew with this tutorial. Thank you very much for visiting my site and feel free to follow me on Instagram to see more of my creations.
When the sun shines down on us it emits UV light. If you don’t have a UV lamp you can use the sun to cure your UV resin projects. This being said, if you are working with UV resin in the sunlight, your resin will start to cure as you are working with it. You most likely don’t want that to happen, so stay out of the sun as you work.