Making a Resin Keychain for Beginners
Want to make a keychain?
Resin crafts have become very popular recently and have been catching many crafters eyes. You’ve probably seen one or two and thought to yourself that you can do that yourself, only to find yourself just a little lost on what and where to start. Sometimes it’s just a simple look up and other times it’s not that easy. So let’s start with something fun and totally do-able, let’s make a keychain.
What you will need and where to work
In your search you’ve probably wondered where to start and what to buy. Well the best way would probably be buying a kit that has everything or almost everything. The nice thing about these kits is that they are pretty inexpensive. Also, should you find that this craft was fun but just isn’t your cup of tea, you didn’t spend an arm and a leg on all the supplies.
Now the best place to find these kits are usually on Amazon, and every once in a while you can find them on Etsy. You want to make sure the kits have most of the supplies, if not all, that you would need. Here is a list of some of those:
- Epoxy Resin
- Keychain Mold
- Stir Sticks
- Silicon Measuring Cup
- Silicone Mat
- Glitter/ Mica Powder/Dried Flowers
- Keychain Hardware: Keychain, and Eye Pin
- Twist Drill
These are just a few basics that kits will include, if you find that the kit you like the most is missing one or two, you can easily find items on their own for not a lot.
Once you’ve chosen your supplies you need to make sure you have the right work space to work on your craft. You want to make sure you are in a well ventilated area and with a sturdy working space. Make sure to wear your gloves and any other protective gear should you have any. Aprons are great in case you have a spill or anything like that.
Now once your work space is all set, you’ll want to make sure you set your mat down since it will help make clean up easy once you’re done. You will get your Epoxy Resin and follow the mixing directions, they usually are a 1:1 ratio mix, and you are going to want to mix it slowly and consistently in the same direction for about 3 minutes until the resin is clear. Now you want to stir slow so that you don’t create a lot of bubbles in the resin (but do not worry if you do have bubbles). One of the things you can do to lessen them is to let the resin sit for a couple of minutes. The bubbles should rise and pop, if you still have some after that we’ll go over how to get rid of them in just a bit.
Once you have mixed your resin, you are going to want to let your creativity loose and decide on what you want your keychain to be. Pretty much you can use anything from glitter, ink, mica powder, gold/silver flakes, sequins, dried flowers or even crystal chips like fluorite or amethyst to create your keychain. Whatever you like, you can use it to make your keychain. For this how-to we are using the Alphabet mold, you’ll want to separate your resin into different parts, depending on how you want to create your keychain. Pour your resin into your mold and let it sit for a moment; now you probably see all those remaining little bubbles we talked about earlier – well now’s the time to get rid of them.
To get rid of the bubbles you do have a couple of options, you can use a lighter along the surface to pop the bubbles or you can use a heat gun to pop them as well. If you use either of those options just be mindful of your mold because you can ruin it if not very careful. If either of those aren’t something you’d want to risk, you can always use alcohol in a small mist spray bottle sprayed lightly over the mold. These ways should help get rid of them.
Getting rid of bubbles in your resin craft
So, now that you’ve poured your resin, place it in a safe area to cure. You want to make sure that it remains dust free, so if you might want to find a shelf area to set it and then cover the piece. You can also use a box to keep your pieces in while they cure, this works just as well if not better. The curing process takes about 24 hours for the resin to fully cure. Once that happens, remove the resin piece from the mold. Sometimes they stick, so you’ll have to peel the piece from the mold slowly.
Put it all together
Once you have all your pieces it’s now time to assemble that keychain. You’re going to want to use your hand drill (or electric if that’s what you have) to drill a hole at the top of your piece so that you can screw in your eye pin. This eye pin will connect your resin piece to your keychain. Once it’s all twisted in you can now connect it to the keychain with the jump ring. Now you can leave it at that or, if your kit came with tassels, you can add that as an accent to your keychain or even add any charms. So after all that, you are set, you have created your very own keychain.
Like previously stated you can create your resin keychain however you want, you can let your imagination just go wild. If there ever was a color combination you’ve wanted to try, this is the perfect setting to try them in. Now, as with anything, there’s always more to learn; maybe a piece you did with certain colors didn’t turn out how you liked it. Well just go right back and make a new one. That’s what’s great about crafting, you learn from everything. And who knows, maybe you thought you messed up but you kept going and created a masterpiece. Sky’s the limit, and keep on creating!
Here you can see a video of the entire process