Let’s Revisit UV Resin!

March 16, 2015 , In: Inspiration, Jewelry, Mixed Media

So much is going on right now…lots of custom orders, bead-making and project planning.  Instead of showing you 800 boring photos of drying greenware, I thought we could re-visit my old UV resin tutorial from 2013!  UV resin is fun stuff and great for those of us who aren’t very patient!

Heads up, if you work regularly with resin though, this may not be economical. If you are like me and enjoy busting out the resin from time to time, this stuff is perfect!

Today I’ll show you how to set a fossil inside of an open-backed ceramic pendant.


You’ll need a few things first:

  • UV lamp (You can use sunlight but we are trying to be as quick as possible here.) 
  • Open-backed ceramic pendant or another open-backed bezel/pendant of choice. 
  • UV resin (I prefer Magic Glos
  • A fossil or something to add to the center of your pendant. 
  • A small piece of scrap wire 
  • Clear packing tape 
  • Paper towels 
  • Goo Gone (available at Target)
Add a piece of packing tape to the back of your pendant.
Open your UV resin and apply a small amount to a paper towel first, to help remove air bubbles.  Then add a layer of resin to your pendant.  Place the pendant under the UV light for 15 minutes.
Remove the pendant and apply another layer of resin.  Drop the fossil into the center and use your scrap wire to help move it into position.
Place the pendant under the UV lamp for another 15 minutes.
Remove the pendant from the lamp and peel away the tape.  Use some Goo Gone to wipe away the tape residue on the back of the piece.  Then gently rinse with water.  Pat dry.

Now you can incorporate your new pendant into an awesome piece of jewelry!

Happy Beading!


Diana Ptaszynski

Powered by the magic of all things containing sugar, Diana spends her day making beads out of porcelain and stoneware.  She also enjoys needle-felting, bead embroidery and metalsmithing. A Jersey girl at heart, Diana now resides in Rochester, NY with her husband and three cat children.  You can find Diana in her studio at Made On State, spreading the bead love at Let's Bead in East Rochester or all dressed up at a cosplay event! 
  1. Reply

    Oooo, I never thought to use packing tape as the foundation for a see-thru final project! Very cool, Diana! The suspended piece is foating beautifully! Thank you for this great idea.

  2. Reply

    Looks like fun to me.

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