Over the years I’ve made a lot of stuff for my kids. But the truth is that the older they get, the harder it is to impress them. I don’t know if they just really love gummi bears or they are crazy for these gummi bear resin necklaces but they all wanted one. They also want to eat all the edible gummi bear props.
These simple, fun DIY necklaces are amazing! Plus the mold I used will make 24 resin gummi bears. 24! If you need a birthday party
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Here’s what you will need to make Resin Gummi Bear Necklaces:
- Resin – you do not need much for this project so a smaller bottle of jewelry resin will work. I have bigger bottles because I’m obsessed. Here’s an affordable option – Smaller Cast Resin.
- Wood popsicle sticks and small disposable measuring cups (sometimes this comes with the resin already. If not grab some small medicine cups and popsicle sticks from the dollar store.)
- Mica Powder – This is highly pigmented powder used for coloring resin, cosmetics, soaps and so much more. You need a tiny amount to make these gummi bears but it has a ton of uses. Here’s an
afforableoption – Mica Powder
- Gummi Bear silicone mold – There’s plenty of options online however I found this one for $5 at Michaels.
As always, when working with resin protect your work surface. Unseen drops can become permanent additions to your desk if not caught in time.
How to Make Gummi Bear Resin Necklaces:
The hardest step in this entire process is mixing the resin. If you have never worked with resin before there’s two things you need to know:
- You have to follow the package instructions perfectly when it comes to the ratio to mix the resin. It’s usually a 1:1 ratio and getting too much of one mixture will leave the resin sticky and soft.
- Mix very slowly for about two minutes, scraping the sides and bottom of the container as you mix. Mixing it too quickly will lead to a lot of air bubbles.
How much resin will you need? That’s a great question. Really it depends on the size of your mold and number of bears you are making. For the brown mold that I got at Michaels, I used 1/2 ounce of resin per color and had resin left over. Yes, that’s 1/2 an OUNCE. A little bit of resin goes a long way.
Once your resin is mixed, it’s time to add the color.
A little bit of mica powder also goes a long way. You can use as little or as much as you want. The more you use, the more opaque your project will be. Mix in the color well but remember to stir slowly to prevent bubbles.
Once the color is mixed into the resin, it’s time to pour it into the molds. The first time I did this project, I poured the resin in to the top of the molds, which led to very fat bears.
Pour the resin in until it barely fills in the ears and let it settle for a minute. You don’t want to fill more than 3/4 of the way full so start with less. Once it’s set for a few minutes, approximately 5-7 minutes, go back in and add a small amount to the middle. This will help prevent rough edges when you release the mold. You’re trying to “dome” the resin just a little to prevent a dip in the middle once it’s dried.
Once your mold is filled, it’s time to wait.
Once your resin is hard, you can pop the gummi bears out and admire how cute they are.
That’s downright adorable, right? But don’t eat them or you’ll break a tooth.
Now let’s make them into a fun necklace.
This is so easy you may not believe it.
All you do is take a simple jewelry necklace bail and using super glue, glue it onto the back of the gummi bear between the ears.
You can find necklace bails at any craft store in the jewelry supplies or grab these from Amazon.
Hold it in place, without gluing your fingers down, for about thirty seconds and then lay it to the side for a few minutes to finish hardening.
Believe it or not, that’s it!
Add a chain to your necklace and you’ll have an adorable little gummi bear necklace.
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