How to Add Glitter to UV Resin and Make a Pair of Earrings

SKU VID-0845
Designer: Julie Bean
Skill Level: Any Level
In this video learn how to add glitter to UV resin and make a pair of sparkly earrings. UV resin cures in just 15 minutes in a UV light (or sunshine) and is ideal for projects like this.
Audio Transcript
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Hi, this is Julie beadaholique want to show you how to add glitter to gel du Soleil which is a UV resin and in the process we're going to make a really fun pair of earrings so I have an example right here that I've already done you can see how sparkly and glittery this is and is just a simple bezel by Nunn design this is what the bezel starts out looking like and a pretty earring hook so you don't actually need a lot of supplies for this project but you will need some glitter I've got some in aquamarine right here and I can take the lid off there you go you can see that just sparkles and then I've got a little small bottle of gel du Soleil again this is a UV resin in terms of the tools you're going to need is a scrap piece of wire I have an eye pin here that got a little bit mangled so I'm going to use it you're going to need some platform that's solid and pretty sturdy to transfer your piece to the UV light you are going to need a UV light or be in a sunny climate where you can use the UV rays of the Sun you're going to need a pair of chain nose pliers and a pair of gloves and the technique I'm going to show you is really going to maximize this sparkle so let's begin I'm going to take my bezel and I'm going to put it down on my little platform then I'm going to Don my gloves and I can actually get rid of my chain nose pliers right now because that's for adhering the earring hook if you're not familiar with UV resin it is a one part resin and it cures in about 15 minutes in sunlight or UV lamp now I really like it for this project because we're going to be doing two layers of resin so really the UV resin is ideal versus waiting several days for a two-part resin to cure and then do its second layer and waiting another couple days so again I just want to show you finish piece that we're going to achieve and it's got a really nice smooth dome on the top it's a low dome I don't like over doming UV resin but you can get a little bit of a dome and you can see it just sparkles brilliantly so to begin go ahead and take a pinch of your glitter and sprinkle it into your bezel now I want to cover that entire base but I don't want to fill the bezel with resin I just want to make sure the bottom part is covered there we go you will get resin everywhere so just make sure that your work surface is clear of anything that you don't want to get glitter on so I'm just going to undo the cap and I'm going to squeeze drops of the UV resin into the bezel I'm just dropping on top of that glitter you can see the more I add is starting to spill out to the sides now I don't want to overfill this like I said I want to do this in two segments so I don't want to put too much so I'm just going to wait a minute and let that kind of spread out and I'm happy with that so I'm going to go ahead seal it back up and now for maximum Sparkle I'm going to sprinkle some more on top okay we're going to take this very carefully move this aside and we're going to transfer it to our UV lamp just going to go off-camera for a moment as I slide it off my desk here okay got it picked up and I'm holding it level and I'm putting it into the UV lamp I'll set a timer for 15 minutes I'll come back and I'm going to do that top coat to create that slight dome with another layer of UV resin I've waited 15 minutes I'm going to pull this guy out and show you what we have so far so I could actually pick them up it is fully cured so we've got the bezel setting with the glitter on top of the resin and it is hard is cured it's only been 15 minutes with us all the time it takes so I want to show you now a comparison of the finished one versus this one so you can see it is brilliantly sparkly and you could just finish and be done right now we just put the earring hook on that glitter is not going to go anywhere you'll rub off a little bit this may be just kind of laying on top of the resin but most of it is imbedded down into the resin and it is secure but we want to take it a step further and really put a nice smooth clear dome topcoat of the resin on top of it so you can see what the difference is here so to do that I'm going to put it back on our card we're not going to add any more glitter we're just going to add more of the UV resin and again just one drip at a time you can see it really intensifies the color of the glitter and also the sparkle now we don't want to overdo this we don't want to create too high of a dome which we would run the risk of it collapsing so this is where your scrap piece of wire or in my case a kind of mangled head pin comes in handy I'm going to take some of that resin and start pushing it to the side very carefully and very slowly I can tell I actually do need a little bit more resin you know my hand is in the shot here but times you just need to have a little bit more control when you're squeezing this there we go and put the lid back on and now I am going to push that resin very carefully to the edges whenever you're working with resin whether it's a UV resin or it's a two-part resin make sure to go slow it's really something that is an art and it takes a little bit of time to kind of develop your skill level for it but it's important that you do every step and that you don't rush anything so always do these projects when you have plenty of time to devote to them you're not going to feel rushed okay I'm happy with that so I'm going to go ahead carefully again move this so I'm going to pull it off the table so you're not going to see that in frame but I'm going to put it right back in the light ok another 15 minutes and we'll be ready to add the earring hook so 15 minutes has passed I'm going to pull this guy out and he is fully cured so I'm going to wipe some of the glitter away from the edges and you'll see that I can touch it I put my fingernail in it it's really nice and smooth and wonderfully sparkly so we have a match to the one I did ahead of time to add our earring hook we're just going to take the hook open the little loop the same way we would open a jump ring slide on the loop at the top of the bezel close that little earring loop back up and we have our pair of resin and glittery earrings and we just did this in a very short amount of time for a resin project if you're used to a two-part resin you'll know that this project would have taken a lot longer but we have a pair of earrings that is ready to wear right away if you enjoyed this project please check out our other ones as well as our other videos at beadaholique.com you

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