How to Fill an Open-Back Bezel with Resin

SKU VID-0211
Designer: Julie Bean
In this video, see how to fill an open back bezel with resin and create a pendant. You will use packaging tape to prevent the resin from spilling out and also to create a flat even surface for the backside of your pendant. Also discussed is how to remove any tape residue left behind once your resin cures.
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Hi, this is Julie with and I'm going to show you how to fill a open back bezel you can see that there's no back in here, with resin so that we can make a pendant You'll need an open back bezel. This one is Nunn Design I has a really pretty edge to it. You're going to need some packaging tape, scissors to cut that tape a burnishing tool of some sort. This came out of my clay kit but you can actually even use perhaps the backside have a kitchen knife, something like that and you'll see what I'm going to do with that in a moment You'll need some adhesive remover This is just one brand. There's a bunch of them on the market you can pick them up in any type of office supply store usually at got a torch to remove my bubbles and then I've already gone ahead and I've mixed up some resin and if you're not familiar with how to mix resin and we do have other tutorials showing you how to do it but this is ready to go and I'm going to show you right now how to do this so what we're going to take a length of packaging tape now make sure your packaging tape as wide enough for your bezel. I brought over a little piece of black. I want to show you, see these lines on here you wanna try to use a clean piece of tape We want try to make it so that we don't have any of those little lines. I'm actually just going to cut this time. We also want to make sure that we don't our fingerprints all over the backside I'm going to take a nice clean length, cut it without touching the area where I'm gonna put my bezel I'm just gonna go ahead and lay it on top of the sticky side of the packaging tape I'm going to trim this a little bit just for my own convenience and I can touch all around here I just can't touch that center. So now I'm going to flip it over and use my burnishing tool to burnish the edge. I'm just really making sure that I have a good solid seal around the entire edge do that just by rubbing it with the burnishing tool. Make sure you don't poke into the tape trim that a little bit more just work your way all the way around when that's done flip it over and I'm going to pour some resin into the inside of the bezel. I like to pour actually using the stir stick which is just a popsicle stick as my applicator and I'm going to pour right onto the tape. You can make this layer layer or as thin as you like. Just make sure that you go all the way to the edges so you have a nice solid even layer I would recommend making at least an 1/8 of an inch thick just for stability I'm carefully dripping my resin into the center it's dispersing on it's own push it around. Make sure it goes all the way up to the edges try not to touch that tape layer I'm happy with that. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna let this sit for 15 minutes, try to let those bubbles rise and pop on their own and then if they don't I'm going to quickly shoot it with the micro torch just to get rid of some of the bubbles so that when we do another layer of resin on top of this and embed an object in there, it's gonna look like one nice solid even layer it's been about 15 minutes. Some of the bubbles didn't pop on their own. I'm going to hit it with the micro torch. You want to be really careful when you're doing this on a open back bezel and the tape because you are gonna see that the tape might swivel a little bit especially the edges. It should be okay underneath as long as you don't apply the flame directly onto the resin for to long I'm going to do a really quick passes just to get rid of some those bubbles just like that. You can see that the edge did curl a little bit. One more pass and I then I'll call it good so that looks good now I'll let this cure for 24 hours and then I'm gonna feel comfortable to go in and embed my object into another layer of resin and the finish it off and then when all that is done fully cured and I show you how to use the adhesive remover to remove the tape and the tape residue from the backside 24 hours have passed since we filled part of our bezel up, our open back bezel you can see now it's hard on both sides, it's cured to the touch you could wait three days but since we do need to do another step I think 24 hours will suffice. So what I want to show you now is how to embed an object in here and finish off the bezel. So if you're using an open back bezel you're probably doing so for one of two reasons. You either want to be able to see light come through the back or you want to have the back look just as good as the front. You want to have a two sided pendant so for that you've probably chosen some object to embed that looks good from the back as well and that's what I've done here. I've taken a green girl studios bead and she's got this lovely detail work on the front of the little fairy and on the back it says wish. It's gonna look just as pretty from the backside as the front. I'm gonna put her in there and then I thought it would be fun, make sure she's centered how I want her. I thought it would be fun to add a couple seed beads, almost like confetti but just a little added something around the edge and take my bead and put them down in there and let them spread out It's going to have a random look to them. I'm not too concerned with it. I just want a little bit of extra fine detail and they are going to move around as well when you put the resin there. So just be aware of that if you're doing something like I am very happy with that. Just going to double check she is where I want her now I actually made my layer of resin on the bottom a little bit higher, so she's actually gonna stick out the front which I is what I wanted. I wanted her to look like she's coming out of the pendant if you want to make sure that's fully embedded just make sure that the bottom layer of resin is not too tall if her or whatever you're using to be fully embedded, just keep that in mind what object you're going to be embedding, how tall your layer is, the first layer, how tall you have to make your second layer how deep your bezel is, just keep all those things in mind when you're planning out what you're going to do and so now I'm going to drop the resin in drop it in the side now one thing about using seed beads in an application like this is air does tend to get trapped in the little holes and it'll sometimes have a higher instance of bubbles. So just keep that in mind dripping the resin in Now I'm going to let that cure for full three days because this is my final pour and then I'll show you hoe to take off the tape and remove the residual residue it's been hard to be patient and wait but we have waited until our resin is fully cured it's been three days. You can see the back and you can see that we can now see all the way through which is fun That is the reason for using this open back bezel. Now I want to remove the tape just peel the tape off. Remember ours curled like this because we did add a little bit of heat to get rid of some bubbles, just peel off the tape and discard it that came off actually very very clean There's a little bit of residue, not too much it'll depend upon the tape your using, some tapes are stickier than others The way it feels right now I would not feel like I needed to do anything to it now that might not be the case with you because I've done several of these where I've had a lot of gummy residue on the back and if that happens to you that's when you want to bring in the adhesive remover and what you'll do is usually adhesive removers have a sponge-like tip to them. You just go ahead dab the tip You'll dab it on. You can see some liquid coming out right on your resin and cover the entire surface which is sticky you'll let that sit for about 20 to 30 seconds and then if the residue is really stuck on their you've got this tip which you'll use as a scraper and you use it very gently so that you don't scrape your resin but you'll just scrape off any residue you have. Then what you'll need to do I have a paper towel here which is a little soapy, it's just common dish soap water. You'll than wipe that off. That will help remove your residue Then you will take a clean one. This is just clean water and wipe it off as well and that will clean up any residual tape stickiness that you have there but in this case we lucked out. We didn't have any so it has a nice clean finish and there you go, there's your finished pendant which we've created using an open back bezel filled with resin. Go to to purchase beading supplies and to get design ideas!

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