Resin Nature Rings Tutorial
Welcome to the resin nature rings tutorial!
I am a huge fan of dainty rings you can wear with any outfit! So, I figured I had to figure out a way to make my own using epoxy resin and some embellishments I already had lying around the house for other projects. I especially liked the idea of encapsulating dried flowers into the rings as a way of preserving the beauty of nature around us.
After a few failed attempts, I came up with a great method to make the perfect little resin nature rings. Here I will share a video tutorial and an even more detailed written tutorial. I have also included a complete list of the materials needed for this project.
Not only is this a great project to do on your own, but it would also be lots of fun to do with a group of friends. This is definitely a beginner-friendly resin art project so do not be afraid to try it.
There are not many ways you can screw these little gems up!
Please remember to purchase your project materials using the links provided below if you decide to try this resin ring art project. I publish these tutorials for free and when you use the links I provide I receive a tiny percentage of the price you pay. If I do end up making a bit of money, it all goes into materials for the next project that I will always share with you!
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Resin Nature Rings Tutorial (Video)
Here is the Resin Nature Ring Tutorial! If you need more detailed instructions, please read the written tutorial below.
If you prefer to read your tutorials, you are in the right place and we know you will love this nature-inspired resin ring tutorial.
Here are detailed directions to create your very own nature resin rings, as well as a list of materials (each with a link) for all the products you will need to create your own resin nature rings.
Materials for Resin Nature Rings
Resin Nature Ring Tutorial (Written)
1. Step One: Preparation
Prepare and Level Workspace, Set up Ring Holders
First, you want to prepare your workspace. Doing this properly will lead to far fewer headaches both during the resin pouring process as well as during the cleanup process. My best advice for this step is to get silicone happy! I am so obsessed with resin crafting that, when I see a kitchen tool in silicone, I am buying it. Even if I don’t have a particular use for it quite yet, I know that I will eventually find a way to use it with my resin artwork.
The reason silicone is so important for resin artists is that silicone and resin do not stick to each other. Silicone is the easiest surface to clean up after resin has cured because the cured resin just peels away from the silicone. Hence why we use silicone molds. I recommend you buy yourself kits like the one below, which includes silicone measuring cups, silicone stir sticks, and even gloves. These are cheap and great to have around for resin art because you can use them again and again!
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I can not stress how important it is to make sure the surface you are working on is level! Use a Level tool to check that your canvas sits flat on your workspace. This will prevent the epoxy resin from dripping out of the ring bezels during the curing process. It will also ensure your rings have a nice domed finish, instead of being lopsided.
As far as work surfaces go, make sure yours is covered with a silicone crafting mat. Check out Best Silicone Craft Mats for our top recommendations.
Importantly, you are going to need to hold your rings straight up somehow. The best method I have found for this is to use play-dough. It is cheap and easy to work with. It also holds the ring bezels still when pouring your epoxy and is easy to adjust if needed. In the video, you see the rings I am working on sticking out of a mound of play dough.
How to Make a Play Dough Ring Stand to Hold Ring Bezels
- Take your play dough out of the container and roll it into a ball.
- Then, using a flat surface, smoosh (yes, technical, I know) the top of the ball down to the table.
- You will end up with a flat surface on the top that is just as level as your table if you push down with even pressure. However, you can use your level to measure the flattened surface to double-check.
- Once level, stick your ring bezels straight down into the play dough, ensuring your bezel stays parallel to the top of the mound.
- You can let the playdough sit for a while to dry out a bit. This may help hold the rings steadier. However, it is not required as you can start your project immediately after putting the rings into the play dough.
Another way to hold your ring bezels steady for this project is with floral foam. Using the same technique as above, push your ring bezels into the foam. This method is also effective for holding your resin bezels steady during the resin pour.
Once you have protected your workspace, pulled out your materials, and secured your rings in their holder, you may move on to the next step.
2. Step Two: Background
Paint Background of Resin Nature Rings
For this step, you can use either acrylic paint or epoxy appliance touch-up paint. Note that the appliance epoxy only comes in black and white so if you are trying to make a more colorful ring, use acrylic paint. Using a small paintbrush or nail polish brush, paint the background of the ring bezels and let dry. Once dried, move on to step three.
3. Step Three: Embellishments
Add Dried Flowers, Crystals, Beads, etc. to Resin Nature Rings
Now for the fun part of this project. The options are pretty much endless when it comes to this part of the resin nature ring project. I have included links to dried flowers, crystals, and beads that work well as embellishments in these rings. However, you can encapsulate pretty much anything you can think of into these rings. (Size permitting, obviously.)
Play around with different embellishment positions and combinations until you find one you like. Keep in mind, many times less is more with embellishments and a simple dried flower looks perfectly stunning! Once you have positioned your embellishments into each bezel, move into Step Four.
4. Step Four: Epoxy Resin
Mix Epoxy Resin and Pour into Ring Bezels
Check out How To Mix Bubble-Free Epoxy Resin for great tips.
No matter the brand of epoxy resin you choose, you must follow the directions on the bottle. Most epoxy resins require a 1:1 ratio of epoxy resin and hardener. However, there are a few brands where this differs. Be aware of whether the directions call for a 1:1 ratio measured by weight or a 1:1 ratio measured by volume. Usually, mixing instructions call for measuring epoxy resin by volume. If this is the case, all you need is a plastic or silicone measuring cup.
Use Silicone Or Plastic Products With Epoxy Resin
I suggest you buy a cheap silicone measuring cup, like the one found in the kit suggested in Step One.
Mix Thoroughly/ Avoid A Sticky Mess
When mixing, be sure to mix thoroughly. You will know the product is mixed when you stop seeing strings of resin in the cup. Also, be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the cup to ensure thorough mixing. If you do not do this, you may end up with sticky parts on your project.
Mix Slowly/ Avoid Bubbles
Another great tip is to mix slowly. Mixing slow helps prevent air bubbles in your epoxy resin.
Wooden Stir Sticks=More Bubbles
If you have issues with air bubbles, you may also want to switch up your stir stick. A wooden stir stick, being porous, may also introduce extra air bubbles into the epoxy resin while mixing. Using a silicone stir stick will prevent this problem.
For this project, I used Craft Resin and it worked perfectly! (By the way, I am not sponsored by Craft Resin, in case you were wondering!) I completely recommend it for this project.
Another option, however, if you are less patient, is to use UIV Resin to make the resin nature rings. However, UV Resin can be very finicky for beginners, as curing completely is tough, and achieving a shiny result can be even tougher. If you want to avoid a headache as a newbie, just use two part epoxy resin. Waiting for the epoxy resin to cure is well worth it in the end!
Once you have mixed your epoxy resin completely, slowly pour the epoxy resin into the ring bezels. Be careful not to overfill the bezels. You do not want the epoxy resin to flow over the sides. Doing this step slowly will ensure a nice dome-like finish. If you do overflow the epoxy, be sure to wipe excess epoxy off the portions of the ring that are outside the bezel. It is difficult to remove excess epoxy after it has been cured.
Let your epoxy resin cure and you are finished!
Final Resin Nature Ring Results
Here is how our resin nature rings came out! Good luck and we would love to hear how your resin rings turn out. Please leave us a comment below and do not forget to share this with your friends on social media! We sure do appreciate you.
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