How To Make a Polymer Clay and Resin Pendant

I love making resin and polymer clay pendants. They are two of my most favorite things to work with. The main reason is because clay and resin are easy to work with and I always come out with awesome, professional looking pieces. The bulk of the time spent making these pendants is due to resin drying time. Though it may take a bit longer to get the finished product, the end results are always worth it! I am excited to share this tutorial with you because It seems like many people are scared to work with clay or resin, especially resin. Never let polymer clay or resin intimidate you. It's some of the easiest stuff to work with!


Polymer Clay and Resin Pendants
Polymer Clay and Resin Pendants
Polymer Clay and Resin Heart Pendant
Polymer Clay and Resin Heart Pendant

What You Need:

  • Polymer Clay
  • Rubber Stamp
  • Small Shaped Clay Cutters or makeshift cutter (for pendant shape)
  • Resin (I use envirotex lite)
  • 2 mixing cups and some pop cycle sticks
  • Toothpick or tool to poke a small hole
  • Jump Ring or bail
  • Glue if using a bail


Polymer Clay and Resin Flower Pendant
Polymer Clay and Resin Flower Pendant

Step One: Working With The Clay

Start off by rolling out the clay about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. Then take a rubber stamp and stamp whatever design you like into the clay. Once the design is stamped, cut out the pendant shapes with small cookie cutters or a make shift cutter like an empty pill bottle. If you are going to use a jump ring for your necklace, poke a small hole in the clay with the toothpick or tool. Now bake the clay at the recommended amount of time and temperature. After the clay is done baking, let the pieces sit and cool down for at least an hour. If you want to embellish the clay with glitter or paint, go ahead and do that now and let the pieces dry completely before moving on to the next step.

**Note** If you are going to paint the clay pieces you may want to seal the back side of the pendant with a polymer clay safe sealer.. the resin will protect the paint on the front of the pendant and the sealer will protect the paint on the back of the pendant.



Step Two: Apply Resin

Mix up your two part resin, being sure to follow the directions very carefully. Spoon out a small amount with a pop cycle stick or carefully pour a very small amount onto your pendant. Do this little by little until you feel you have applied enough to cover your pendant. Watch the resin as it reaches the edges of your pendant. It should level itself out and settle right at the edge if you apply little bits at a time. Try the best you can to keep the resin from seeping down into the hole for the jump ring but if some gets in it can be fixed. Also, you will see tiny bubbles collecting in the resin. Take a straw and gently blow on the resin to pop these bubbles.

Don't worry if you apply too much resin and it goes over the edge.. just carefully take your pendant, after about 25 minutes, and wipe it off from the edge.. maybe check a few minutes later.. by this time it should be setting up enough to allow you to wipe it off and it will not run over the edge anymore. Once you have the resin applied to your pendants, place something like a plastic shoe box over them to protect them from dust and particles in the air and let them dry for at least 24 hours before handling.

One layer of resin should be enough for these pendants but If you choose to put another layer on, make sure to wait at least 8 hours to apply the second layer.


**Note**The most important two things about preparing resin is making sure that you get equal parts of both the resin and the hardener and that you are sure to mix it together thoroughly. If you make sure of these two things, you should be okay.

Resin and Polymer Clay Pendant
Resin and Polymer Clay Pendant

Almost Done!

After the pieces have dried, add your jump ring. If any resin got into the hole for the jump ring, try poking a needle back through it- it may be thin enough that you can pierce it or If the resin is too thick to pierce you may need to drill it back through with a small drill bit. Sometimes it's better to use bails when working with thicker or more fancy pieces. If you choose to use a bail, now is the time to glue it on and let it dry.

Now all you have to do is take your gorgeous polymer clay and resin pendant and add the cord! I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial.. any questions, tips or comments?? Please let me know!

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Natashalh- Thank you :) I just decided to give it a try one day and I love how they turned out... especially how durable they are. I hope to make some more of them soon. The resin and clay really worked well together. Thanks for dropping by!


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

I like resin, but I haven't made polymer clay and resin pendants. Yours is really pretty!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Alysha- I'm so glad you found this useful for you! I bet you could patch up your piece and make it good as new :) Your piece sounds gorgeous.. would love to see it when you are finished!


Alysha 4 years ago

Oh thank you so much for this idea! I made a polymer clay pendant and its way too thin. I spent hours carving and painting it. The hole for the jump ring ripped right through. This is perfect! I can patch it up and add the resin for strength! Plus the gloss will look nice :)


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

talfonso- Oh yes, it works great.. you should give a try.. I think you will like it :) Thanks for dropping by!


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talfonso 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

Polymer clay and resin - I've thought of that before reading this Hub! I think it's a stupendous idea and it's more interesting than just glazing the clay piece after it's baked! I have to try it and see!


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Enlydia, thank you for dropping in and for the vote!


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Enlydia Listener 4 years ago from trailer in the country

Very beautiful jewelry...rated up.


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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Lynne- I bet you will have lots of fun with it! When I first started making stuff with polymer clay I loved it and became addicted :0) I'd love to hear about what you end up making with it. Thanks for stopping by!


Lynne 4 years ago

I bought my first block of Polymer Clay today and can't wait to start.


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

@Whitney.. wow.. thanks for letting me know that. I will def give it a try. I've got lots of glitter, too.


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Whitney05 5 years ago from Georgia

It's not exactly glitter in the clay, but you put it on top before baking. It seems to stick better. I used it on some small pendants that I am using for earrings.


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you Whitney05.. I haven't used glitter in the clay yet but I have read about it. I would love to give it a try sometime.


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Whitney05 5 years ago from Georgia

Great! I'm getting into clay. There are glitters that you can add before baking that hold on better than adding after.


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you Liz Goltra! I appreciate it:)


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Liz Goltra 5 years ago

Jamie, I love these pendants! I've made polymer clay jewelry before, but never thought of sealing it with resin. This step gives it a totally different look. Thanks for the hub!


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Fluffy!


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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

Very useful, and beautifully make step by step walk through of this process. Thank you, I'm a very big jewelry lover and this will save some money, making my own I'm sure. Great ideas here!


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Nice teaching,thanks for sharing.


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

oh wow, I'm going to have to check out your jewelry making hubs! Your stuff sounds cute! Yeah, I should have mentioned that if people are planning to make many it's better to buy wholesale to save money.. I bought a whole bunch last year (cheap) and still have plenty left. Checking out your hubs now 0)


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Painter Penfield 5 years ago from Tampa Bay area Florida

Great ideas! I like to use the leaf shaped bails in silver and gold depending on the piece. I bought a gross of each about 5 years ago and I am still using them. They have more than paid for themselves. You can see my leaf bail in my pendants made from junk mail paper in my hub. They are bottle caps with stamp art applique and hand made paper backs.


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks Judy M.! A bail is sort of flat metal piece that has a loop on it. You glue it on the back of the pendant so you can hang it on your cord or chain. There are different sizes, colors and shapes of them. I use the triangular shaped ones that glue on the back.. they are called Atarah Triad Bails if you would like to do a search and see what they look like- anything like that would do as long as you can glue it on the back and it has a loop on it. Hope that helps!

Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comment!


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Judy M 5 years ago

Great directions, thank you. Just need to know what a "bail" is. ???


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

You are welcome, agusfanani. I hope you do try it. It's easy and lots of fun!


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agusfanani 5 years ago from Indonesia

I want to learn this technique for long time and I'm grateful that I finally find how from this hub. Thank you for sharing this idea.


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks KoffeeKlatch! I appreciate hearing that.. it encourages me to keep writing :0)


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Jamie, you have shown some beautiful pendents. Your directions are clear and easy to follow. Voted up, useful and bookmarked.


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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

You are welcome, June.. I bet they will have lots of fun.


June Mcewan 5 years ago

Nice n simple, except for drying times. But I reckon my learning disabled group will be really pleased with their results, especially if they can sell some at our open day. Great, thanks!

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