I would like to share with you how I create beautiful resin keychains. A keychain makes a really great small gift for that someone special. Resin keychains can be given for secret santa gifts, get well gifts, on someone’s birthday, just to show someone you appreciate them, and really anytime you just need a ilttle something for someone. Maybe a co-worker had a really bad day and you want to cheer them up. A nice keychain is good for that too.
In this post I will show you some different ways I embellish my keychains to make them unique and special. If you are interested in knowing how I go through the process of mixing my resin please see the post titled How to make resin magnets. In that post I walk you through the resin mixing process. But here we’ll start with our resin already mixed and ready to go to work for us.
When making resin keychains the supplies are going to vary based on what you are wanting to create. Today we will be using the following items to embellish our resin keychains.
Sea shells/shell pieces
isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle
Resin (I’m using Art Resin)
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Lil bit of resin
These letters will actually end up with two layers of resin. First I will add a very small amount of resin to the bottom of the letter. Just enough to cover the bottom. Then I’ll add the embellishment. I will let that cure for 3-5 hours or overnight, then I’ll add a second layer. There are two reasons why I don’t want to add it all at once. The first reason is because the embellishments will rise to the top of the resin. And I don’t want that to be the case with these. The first layer sort of grounds the embellishment. The second reason I do it in two layers is because I want to add a sort of background to the pieces. I’m going to add a layer of glitter to all of them for that second layer.
In this picture I have added a small amount of resin to the bottom of the letter. You can see there are some bubbles settling to the top.
I will use a spray bottle of isopropyle alcohol to get rid of some of the bubbles. Using the Isopropyl alcohol is safer than using a torch or heat gun. Not only is it better environmentally because of the chemical reaction that occurs once heat is applied to resin. But also it assures safety to the silicone mold. I have ruined molds in the past from keeping the heat on them too long. This way, with the Isopropyl alcohol, I eliminate that risk. In the second picture below you can see how the bubbles were eliminated after I gave a spray or two with the isopropyl alcohol.
Adding the embellishments, the first layer
The first letter I will add some sea shells. I’m careful to place them so they do not rise above the depth of the letter.
The next one I’ll be using is crushed shells. Following the same rule as with the whole sea shells. Just making sure they are all laying nice and flat.
When I lay the embellishments into the resin I am trying to do it so as to not get air trapped beneath it. If air gets trapped and there are bubbles, you will possibly be able to see them once you de-mold the letter. And that can ruin it all together. So laying the pieces in carefully can help you to avoid that issue in the first place.
Next up, sprinkles!
Who doesn’t like sprinkles?!? Yes, I mean cookie and cake sprinkles. Sprinkles can create a really great looking resin piece. Especially these bright colored sprinkles. Sprinkles are also nice because you can get a lot of holiday sprinkles for those seasonal projects. At Christmas time it’s fun to create Christmas ornaments with sprinkles in the resin.
Now I’ll add the little pebbles. Same thing with being careful to not get air trapped.
The foil flakes are next. These are really fun and make a fun keychain. These are little foil flakes I ordered on Amazon.
3 hours later
So now it’s been 3 hours since the first layer was started. If you add the second layer too soon you risk the layers blending and ruining the project.
I have mixed my resin for the second layer. I will be using glitter in the resin to create a “background” for each piece. This part is pretty simple. I just add the glitter to the resin, mix it up, and pour over the letter of choice. I’m going to use a different color glitter for each letter. With these silicone molds you need to be sure to fill them completely to avoid the need for sanding.
For the letter M which has the whole shells in it, I am using two different colors of glitter. I want to give it the illusion of the ocean by doing this.
Once I have all of the second resin layers complete, I wait! This is when it’s so exciting to go to bed so I can wake up and de-mold my keychains!
Drum roll please…….
It’s time to remove the letters from the mold and see how they turned out! This is so exciting. It’s my favorite part!
Not done yet!
Now we have our very awesome resin key chain letters. But now I need to add the findings so we can start using them.
You can view this video to see how I applied the findings on the resin keychains.
Here are the finished keychains!
In this tutorial I showed you how easy it can be to create beautiful resin keychains. They are so fun to make and they make fantastic small gifts for so many different occasions. I hope you enjoyed learning how you could create your own resin keychains. If you would be interested in purchasing a keychain you can find them in my Ebay store. If you would like to continue seeing my creations moving forward you can follow me on Instagram and Pinterest.
Add even more character to your resin keychains by adding a charm to the chain!