How to make a Resin Keychain

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.

Supplies

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.

Glitter
Sea shells/shell pieces
Sprinkles
Foil paper
Pebbles
isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle
Resin (I’m using Art Resin)
Silicone Mold

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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.

Trapped Air

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.

Resin Keychains

Here are the finished keychains!

Conclusion

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.

Fun Fact!

Add even more character to your resin keychains by adding a charm to the chain!

                      

18 thoughts on “How to make a Resin Keychain”

    • Hi Brianna, thank you for visiting my site. Excellent question. The device used in this
      post to make the holes is called a pin vise hand drill. It does a beautiful job!

      Thank you for your kind words,
      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply
    • Hi Samuel, thank you for visiting my site and for your kind words!
      You’ll have to let me know if you make your girlfriend a resin keychain,I
      would love to see it.

      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply
  1. Of course, you had to keep me waiting 🙂 to see the letter ‘M’ and those beautiful shells set in the amazing colors of the sea that you created. These key holders are all beautiful but being someone who loves walking along the beach, collecting all shapes and sizes of shells, the letter ‘M’ is my favorite. This is an amazing site – I love the creative aspect – have you thought of setting up a course on teachable.com?

    Reply
    • Hello there! Thank you so much for your very kind words. I’m so happy you enjoyed it.
      I will check out teachable.com. I am not too familiar with it. Thank you for mentioning
      that.

      Teresa

      Reply
  2. By the way, how come you are not on Etsy?….there is a great market that loves these specialist handcrafted products! Just a thought 🙂

    Reply
    • Actually, I am strongly considering making the switch to Etsy. I had an Ebay store a while back
      that did really well so I’m just very familiar with the Ebay platform. I do have an Etsy store
      but it’s not stocked. I will probably make that change within the next few weeks.

      Thank you so much for the great feedback! Love it!
      Teresa

      Reply
  3. What a great gift idea. Have you ever added fine glitter to your alcohol? This is a technique that I use when making table tops. This way you add some sparkle while popping your bubbles 😀

    Reply
    • Hi Greg, I have not tried adding glitter to my alcohol. I could see doing that
      on one of my paintings though. It may make a bit of a mess if I sprayed it over
      the silicone molds.
      Thank you for visiting!
      Teresa

      Reply
  4. I love this. I’m gonna try one for 10X one. Reminds me to keep the hustle strong. What a great and creative idea. Thank you

    Reply
  5. This is so great! My sister is really into making resin crafts and I am too, but what to make with them. After seeing this i will definitely make a resin keychain for one of my friends!

    Reply
    • Hello and thank you for visiting my site. There are so many things one can create with resin.
      The options are endless and it’s so much fun. Good luck with your keychains, I would love
      to see what you create.

      All the best,
      Teresa

      Reply
  6. Hi, I’ve heard that bakeware silicone molds are not good for resin. Have you found this to be true? Do you know why that is?

    Thanks for this great tutorial!

    Reply
    • Hello and thank you very much for visiting my site and for the great question.
      I have personally used bakeware molds with resin and have had no problems at all.
      However, I would not recommend using a bakeware mold for food products after having
      used it with resin. Reason being the FDA has not approved resin as a food safe product.

      Thank you again,
      Teresa

      Reply

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