See how to make resin rings! This easy step-by-step tutorial shows the best resin ring molds and different techniques for flower resin rings, wedding bands, and men’s resin rings. DIY resin rings are wonderful handmade gifts for your friends and family.
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DIY resin rings
If you’ve never cast resin rings before, I am so excited for you because you’re about to learn an incredible craft that can express your creativity and artistic abilities.
Even though resin is a fantastic material to craft with, it can still seem a bit intimidating. But when you read through this guide, you’ll find that resin rings are easy to make, and there is no shortage of inspiration.
I’m showing you how to make resin rings steps by step, and you’ll learn all about the best molds, my tried-and-true tricks for flawless rings, and several designs ideas.
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Materials & supplies
What do you need to make resin rings? Let’s go over the materials and tools one by one. You can find most of these supplies at IntoResin.
- Fast Cure Casting Resin: The key to any resin project is a high-quality resin that produces impeccable results. I used IntoResin’s Fast Cure Casting Resin. The mixing ratio resin-hardener is 1:1, and the product is measured by volume. The cure time is just 8 to 12 hours. For comparison, other types of casting resin need to cure 24 to 48 hours. And the best part? The Fast Cure Casting Resin is almost bubble-free!
- Resin colors are perfect to dye resin in vibrant colors. IntoResin offers a set of 15 epoxy dyes in all colors of the rainbow. This type of colorant is perfect for maintaining the translucent qualities of resin.
- Mica powder is a fantastic colorant for resin. Mica colors come in every color imaginable. It adds a subtle shimmer effect and makes the epoxy resin rings opaque, perfect for achieving rich and saturated colors.
- Embellishments: Dried flowers, pressed botanicals, glitter, gold leaf, and rhinestones are all great ideas to dress up and embellish your handmade resin rings. I’ll show how you can incorporate these materials and create beautiful resin ring art.
- Plastic cups to mix the resin and hardener.
- Wooden stirrers or popsicle sticks for mixing.
- Disposable pipettes: Resin rings require precise pouring, and best for this job are disposable plastic pipettes.
- Toothpicks and a fine needle to perfect the details and burst air bubbles.
- Tweezers to insert ornaments and dried flowers.
- Nitrile gloves protect your hands from being exposed to resin.
- Mouth cover or a face mask to ensure you aren’t inhaling any resin fumes.
- Drop sheet: Cover your work surface with a drop sheet, wax paper, a resin mat, old newspaper to protect it from spills and drips. Uncured resin is super sticky and hard to remove.
Resin Ring Molds
While you can certainly create your own mold with silicone rubber, IntoResin offers a fantastic resin ring mold. The mold is made of flexible yet sturdy silicone and features 14 cavities. I created most of the rings for this post with this mold, and I’m very impressed with the quality.
As just mentioned, the silicone is soft and durable. I cast almost 200 rings with this mold, and it still looks brand new. It’s easy to fill the mold with resin and even easier to unmold the finished epoxy ring. The material is somewhat transparent, allowing you to see what the resin ring will look like.
The mold consists of 14 ring holes in different sizes. The smallest ring has a diameter of 0.78 in / 2 cm, the largest ones are 1.2 in / 3 cm in diameter. The rings will fit both women and men.
The best part is that you get 2 different ring shapes: 7 ring holes produce a simple round shape, and the other 7 ring blanks create an intricate, rhombic structure, allowing you even more design options.
Aside from casting rings, you can also use the mold to create resin earrings, charms, or pendants for a necklace.
Chunky resin ring mold
InstoResin were kind enough to send me another silicone mold kit, which comprises of 3 silicone ring molds for resin. The molds come in different sizes and have a thin band with a crystal-shaped reservoir on top. I’ll show you how to use these molds further down in the post.
They have many more wonderful resin kits, so be sure to browse their store for other molds and accessories.
How to make resin rings
Creating your own resin rings is not all that hard, I promise. Let me walk you through the basic steps for how to make resin rings:
Step 1: Prep work area
- Ensure your work area is clean and free of dust. Cover your work area with a drop sheet or old newspaper.
- Gather all supplies and materials.
- Put on nitrile gloves and a mouth cover.
Step 2: Mix epoxy resin
- The Fast Cure Casting Resin is 1-to-1 part by volume. So, mark 2 disposable plastic cups with measurements lines. Other resin brands may have a different mixing ratio, so be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions if working with another type of resin.
- Measure out equal parts of both resin and hardener into the cups.
- Pour the hardener into the resin.
- Using a wooden stirrer, mix for 5 minutes. Stir thoroughly until you see no more streaks between the resin and hardener and the mixture looks clear.
How much resin do I need for rings?
You need approximately 1/4 cup / 30 g resin for the entire ring mold, which means you need to combine 1/8 cup / 15 g resin and 1/8 / 15 g cup hardener.
Step 3: Color resin
- Optionally color the resin with a few drops of alcohol ink or mica powder.
- Stir the resin until the colorant is evenly distributed throughout and all blobs of powder or ink have dissolved.
- You can also add glitter or gold leaf if you want.
Step 4: Pour resin
- Next, load up your pipette with resin and carefully fill the mold.
- To avoid spills, go around the ring shape as you fill the mold and add resin just until you reach the top.
Tip: if you plan to cast decorations into your resin art rings, fill the mold only half-full to have some room to accommodate them.
Step 5: Add decorations (optional)
- Using tweezers or toothpicks, carefully add the decorations into the mold.
- Be sure that the decorations are fully enclosed by resin and don’t stick out.
- I pushed pieces of metal leaf into the mold to adorn my resin acrylic rings with sparkling specks of metal.
Step 6: Dissolve bubbles
- If you notice air bubbles trapped inside the mold, push them out with the tip of a toothpick and burst them with a needle.
Step 7: Cure
- Let the resin rings cure, undisturbed, and at room temperature.
- The curing time for the Fast Cure Casting resin from IntoResin is 8 to 12 hours. The curing process can take 24 to 48 hours if using another brand or another type of resin, such as UV resin or polyester resin.
Step 8: Unmold
- Once the resin has fully hardened, unmold the rings. Simply pull back the soft silicone and pop the rings out.
Step 9: Treat edges
- In case you added a little too much resin, you may find a raised part or overflow at the back of your ring. Use a blade knife to carefully cut away the extra resin.
- You can also use extra-fine sandpaper to smooth out any sharp edges.
Step 10: Decorate (optional)
- As a final touch, superglue a small decor piece like a rhinestone or half-pearl on your ring. Congratulations, you made your own ring!
Tips for success
I’ve literally poured hundreds of resin rings in preparation for this resin ring guide. Along the way, I’ve picked up some tips and tricks that I want to share with you, so your resin rings become a success.
- Do a test pour to familiarize yourself with the mold. It takes some practice until you figure out how much resin you need, where to position embellishments, and how to avoid air bubbles. Please don’t feel discouraged if your first set of epoxy rings doesn’t turn out exactly how you imagined because you will get there. Whenever I try a new mold, I do a test pour where I try different ways to fill the mold and learn what works best.
- Don’t overfill the mold. Go slowly and fill the epoxy ring mold with resin mixture just until you reach the opening. Adding more resin will create a raised part with sharp edges at the back of your ring base that you will later have to cut off.
- Pop bubbles with a needle. If you notice bubbles trapped in the mold, use a toothpick to move them to the opening and burst with a fine needle. You could use a heat gun to dissolve air bubbles, but I find the needle technique easier.
- Let cure overnight. Though the Fast Cure Casting Resin does cure quickly, I recommend letting the rings harden overnight. While the resin is still bendable, you risk distorting the shape by unmolding.
Resin ring ideas
Now that I’ve shown you how to make handmade rings step by step, let’s go over a few custom resin rings. I’ve tested different techniques and hope my design ideas inspire you to create your own unique resin rings.
Clear resin rings
One of the qualities I love about resin is that the material can speak for itself. While it’s fun to embed all sorts of embellishment, the crystal clear and glass-like appearance of resin is beautiful all on its own. Case in point are these clear resin rings.
I used the tiniest amount of alcohol ink to tint the resin and create an aquarelle or tie-dye effect. These epoxy rings have a color gradient effect and look very ethereal. Some of the rings also feature glitter for a touch of sparkle.
The photos convey how pretty clear resin rings are. I also poured rings without any colorant so you can really see the crystal clear resin from IntoResin.
How to make clear resin rings
Here are some pointers on making clear resin rings:
- Mix the resin as explained in the tutorial above and divide between 3 to 4 containers.
- To keep the colors light and translucent, don’t add the resin color directly into the epoxy. Instead, add a few drops on a piece of foil and use a toothpick or popsicle stick to pick up a tiny amount of color and swirl it into the resin.
- Next, load up different pipettes with each color. Then pipe 3 to 4 colors into each ring mold until full.
- You can also swirl glitter into the resin for a gorgeous sparkle. Glitter doesn’t remain suspended but will sink to the bottom.
Flower resin rings
DIY flower resin rings are a wonderful way to preserve and show dainty florals and other botanicals. Flower resin rings appear very delicate, and every piece will be one-of-a-kind. It’s a beautiful, nature-inspired gift for every flower lover.
You want to select tiny dried flowers, petals, and leaves. The flowers should be small enough to comfortably into the mold. Cornflower petals, small rose petals, baby’s breath, cherry blossom petals, forget-me-nots, Queen Anne’s lace, and pressed fern are great options.
The flowers also need to be completely dried. Fresh plant materials are not suitable for epoxy casting. You can buy assorted dried flowers and pressed flowers online.
The choice of flowers is really up to you. You can opt for only one type of flower to create monochromatic rings or mix and match different flowers and leaves for colorful rings.
Another idea is to combine florals with metal leaf or other embellishments. And instead of clear rings, tint the epoxy with resin colors to customize your jewelry even more.
How to make resin rings with flowers
Follow these simple steps to cast flower resin rings:
- Fill the epoxy ring mold with a layer of resin until half-full. You will be adding many elements, and the mold would overflow if you were to fill it completely.
- Use a pair of tweezers and dip each flower or petal in epoxy. Then carefully place the dipped flower/petal in the ring mold. This step isn’t difficult but a bit fiddly since you have only limited space.
- If necessary, use a toothpick to reposition the flowers. Make sure the flowers are entirely submerged in resin, and no part sticks out.
- If making a ring with petals, make sure that the petals all face in the same direction for a cohesive look.
- Using your pipette add resin until the ring mold is full. Let cure and unmold as described in the tutorial.
Chunky resin rings
To make chunky resin rings, you need this ring set from IntoResin, which comes in 3 sizes. The band is very thin, and the mold features a cavity at the top that is perfect for embedding all sorts of decorations and small trinkets.
I used this mold for 2 projects. One ring features dried flower buds and a large baby’s breath blossom. These flowers would be too big for the other mold, but fit perfectly into the chunky ring mold.
The other set is ocean-themed and features seashells, tiny gold starfish, and teal-colored beads. The white seashells are real, and I got the miniature gold decorations and pearls from a nail art set. Nail art sets contain tiny decorations and decals that have just the right size for DIY resin rings.
How to make chunky resin rings
Here’s the process for making chunky resin rings:
- First, put your decoration of choice into the mold to see if it actually fits.
- Fill the mold with resin until half-full. Run a toothpick along the band to distribute the resin.
- Using tweezers, place the decorations into the mold. You can add thin decorations along the ring base if you’d like.
- To create the colored effect you see on the ocean resin rings, dip the tip of a skewer in resin dye or alcohol ink and run it inside the band to color the resin.
- The next step is to fill the mold with resin.
- Allow to cure and then demold.
Wedding resin rings
Anything goes when it comes to wedding resin rings! Wedding bands are the perfect opportunity to reflect the personality and style of the bride and groom, and you can customize the design to their preferences.
While any design ideas we’ve discussed so far are fun, I thought it would also be a good idea to share wedding resin rings closer to traditional wedding bands. The design is simple and elegant.
I created this set of gold resin rings by stirring a touch of gold mica and gold leaf into the epoxy. You can see specks of gold leaf shining through, which looks very regal when the rings catch the light. I also adorned the smaller ring with a faux gemstone in place of a diamond.
Men’s resin rings
Last up are resin rings for men. Creating jewelry for guys might seem challenging, but it doesn’t have as long as you heed a few simple rules. Most lads prefer primary colors (like blue, red, black) and metallics over soft-hued tones and pastels.
Instead, try chunky epoxy rings with saturated or even matt colors. You also want to tone down anything too sparkly or glittery. It’s perfectly fine to incorporate gold leaf and mica to create depth and dimension, but it should be subtle.
When choosing a color scheme for men’s resin rings, you can draw inspiration from a few places:
- His favorite color: Creating a ring in his favorite colors is a choice you can’t go wrong with.
- Car: Chances are he likes the color of his car or bike. You can incorporate metallic mica powder and gold leaf flakes to replicate the look of auto paint.
- Sports team: Tinting the resin in the colors of his favorite sports team gives the epoxy ring a special meaning and makes it his own.
- School colors: A design showcasing the color scheme of his school, college, or university is a fun way to proudly wear the school colors.
Manly ring design ideas
IntoResin’s ring mold features a few large ring sizes perfect for guys. My husband has rather big hands, and we had no issues finding a ring size that fit his fingers.
- Hardware: To replicate the look of hardware, stir dark silver mica into your epoxy and pour it into the rhombic ring shape.
- Deep sea: I colored the epoxy resin with dark blue mica and added blue metal leaf for an understated shimmer effect that looks like distorted light in the deep ocean.
- Jet black: While mica usually generates a shimmer effect, mixing black mica into resin results in a matt, jet black color without any shimmer.
- Two-Toned: For this design, I divided the resin, dyed 1 part with bronze mica and the other with maroon mica, and then used 2 pipettes to fill the mold.
Resin rings FAQ
Should I use mold release spray?
No, mold release spray is not necessary. The rings come easily out of the mold.
Do you need resin polish?
No, there’s no need to polish the rings. The inside of the resin ring mold is ultra-smooth and creates shiny, glossy surfaces without polish.
Are resin rings durable?
Yes, resin rings are pretty durable and suitable for daily wear. To ensure your rings don’t scratch, take them off when you workout or do chores around the house or garden. That way, you can enjoy them for a long time.
Sunlight will discolor and yellow resin over time. You can wear an epoxy resin ring outside, but ideally, avoid extended sun exposure.
You also want to take your DIY resin rings down when using nail polish remover since the chemicals in nail polish remover will damage resin.
Do resin rings break easily?
No, resin rings are pretty hard to break. I dropped a few rings on the floor on purpose, and they held up well without any break-off.
How do you store resin rings?
Keep your resin rings in a dark place protected from sunlight, such as a jewelry box or drawer. As mentioned, prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV light will discolor the resin.
How do you clean resin rings?
To clean your resin ring, wash them with warm soapy water and then rinse with cold water. Dry them gently with a paper towel, and you’re all set. Don’t use harsh cleaners as they can damage the epoxy.