Introduction: Beetles in Resin Jewelry!

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Beetles in Resin Jewelry, paperweights or even for a prank!
Real beetles and bugs!

Step 1: Supplies:

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First need to acquire some dead bugs.
We found this big brown beetle and the iridescent dung beetle in our swimming pool.

I found tons of black sugarcane beetles dead...zapped by our bug zapper...all over the back patio.

As well as:

Silicone cake pop mold (not to use with food)--the bottom half without a "stick hole"

(Like this one: Rbenxia 20 Silicone Tray Pop Cake)

Clear polyester casting resin


Plastic cup

Popsicle stick or 2

Plastic wrap

Baking sheet or board to work on


Step 2: Mixing the Casting Resin!

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Casting Resin is pretty forgiving...the directions are pretty vague.
It has 2 parts...the resin and the catalyst.

I put about 1/2 cup in the plastic cup and about 15 drops of catalyst...stir with the popsicle stick.

Then it is ready to pour!

Step 3: Pouring the Resin!

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Work in an extremely well ventilated area...this has a powerful odor!
Pour a small amount in each of the cake pop molds

(make sure this is designated as a "non-food" mold from here on)

Pour in about a quarter of an inch or so.
This way your beetles will be entirely encased.

Cover with cling wrap and let it gel for a few minutes.
About 10 minutes...until it's gelled a little.

Step 4: Add the Victims!

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Now you will need your little victims...

Using tweezers, or just your fingers..
place the beetles (or velvet ant) in the gel.

Try to get it right in the center.

Step 5: Casing the Bugs!

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Now mix up about the same amount more of resin.

Slowly pour over the rest of the bugs...try not to create any air bubbles.

Once they are encased,
cover with cling wrap again...

and let them set for hours...I let them sit for a couple days...until they no longer smelled like resin.

Step 6: Pop Them Out!

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Once you pop them out of the mold they might be a little cloudy looking...

Quickly buff them in a soft, lint-free cloth...

And they will shine and glow clear!

Perfect at this point for knick-knacks, paper weights or other pranks!

Set them in a place that an unsuspecting person will see them!

Maybe in the fridge, kitchen counters, floor or other strange places!

Step 7: Jewelry!

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But let's go another step forward and make creepy jewelry!
You'll need a drill and a small bit

Jump rings

A chain long enough for a necklace or bracelet

As well as some jewelry pliers

and a board to drill into.

Step 8: Drilling

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Carefully drill a hole in the side of the resin, close to the back.

So it drills through at a shallow angle for the jump ring to fit on.

Step 9: Add Jump Rings!

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Now use some pliers and jump rings and put
them right through the hole you drilled.

Put them on a chain and you are ready to rock the creepy bug jewelry!

Step 10: Enjoy or Creep Out!

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Resin casting is a lot of fun!
This was my first try...and now my mind is

full of other fun things to cast in resin!

Check out my blog Doodlecraft for more awesome projects and lots of fun!

Please vote for me in the Crafting and Pranks contests too! I'll be your best friend! ;)


Amy D.J (author)2016-12-12

One thing to remember, I learned the hard way, when working with bugs, pour half of your resin in the mold, put the bug in, let it dry over night, and then pour the rest in, because by filling it all the way, the bugs seem to become floaters.

shizumadrive (author)2015-04-09

i recommend making these out of japanese beetles. They're beautiful and there are way too many of them

Amy D.J (author)shizumadrive2016-12-12


ArticAkita (author)shizumadrive2015-04-10

Lol! Thats almost as bad as Alaska's mosquitos! :P

Amy D.J (author)2016-12-12

I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR ABOUT 2YRS NOW!!!...I put all of my family and friends in charge of finding don't like to kill anything,(unless it's a wolf spider that decides he would rather die than stay outside, I tried to tell them that if they come inside...fair game, and my cat catches them!!!)..I have used everything from ants to yellow jackets, bees, and praying mantis....moths work really well, especially if you can find them in one piece..i even found a dragonfly in one piece last summer...I do put a lot of them in resin, but I also put some in glass lockets..the ones that can be mashed without a bunch of bug stuff inside them...yeah...a great place to find moths is in between window screens and glass and I did find a lot in the pool also..but I find most of them lying around. This past summer, Cicadas were EVERYWHERE...I am scared to death of them alive but they were dying inside my mailbox and all around my neighborhood. I decided that I really wanted to do some butterflies , not in resin, but in my glass lockets, I did use resin for a few and they were gorgeous, I found a few shops on Etsy that sell all sorts of bugs for jewelry, AND IT IS SO REASONABLE!!!...I cannot remember the name right now, but just search bugs for jewelry making.She has butterfly wings also, and a bunch of them whole as well, she even shows you how to spread them out for display!!...I also use a bunch of flowers and leaves and a lot of stuff to either put with the resin or the lockets.I just started my 1st terranium yesterday, it has moss, a little twig, a tiny dried daisy, and a little ladybug on the twig...really , the possibilities of using resin for jewelry is endless, I do recommend painting flowers and bugs too, with sealant, because some of them will lose color when put in resin.I hope this is helpful...and it's great to know that I am not the only one playing with bugs!!!!

HelenaTroy (author)2016-09-15

Thanks! I've been looking for a simple resin-casting how-to for ages, one that didn't involve heat or fumes [as I'm visually impaired and would need to get very close to the work] - I have tons of tiny seashells that I want to cast in blocks for paperweights and ornaments.

jocelynblack (author)2015-10-28

This is a great project and a really unique gift. I didn't realize how large the jewelry would end up being. I bet you could customize this with all sorts of molds or items to put inside. I don't know if my daughter would want a beetle around her neck. This does look like a great activity though. Thanks for sharing.

Giulia Art (author)2015-06-09

Congrats on making finalist! How was your sleep until now?Are you waiting for the big announcement? What prize would you like to receive? :D

HollyMann (author)2015-06-06

Your daughter is so cute as usual! Great job with this. I am wondering what else can be made with the could put flowers in it...the total opposite of this! :) Very cool instructable Nat! Learning new things!

Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2015-06-06

This was one of my favorite entries, glad you made it to the finals! :D Congrats!

shazni (author)2015-06-05

Congrats on making finalist! over

Book Girl (author)2015-05-10

I want to try this!

Yaratzet Barraza (author)2015-04-16

That is soo cool

1 eye carpenter (author)2015-04-15

I have have done bee's and wasps with wings extended and ice cube trays work perfect for them. You can really use any non-stick container to serve as your mold. My kids love providing all kinds of bugs to use, spiders turn out cool as well.

ArticAkita (author)2015-04-10

Awesome! Those 97¢ plastic paint palettes they have at Walmat in the craft isle might work too for smaller stuff.

anton.kole.1 (author)2015-04-09

I've been making 'Special' ones of these for over 5 years now.

doodlecraft (author)anton.kole.12015-04-09

These are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

anton.kole.1 (author)doodlecraft2015-04-09

Pleasure! :D

anton.kole.1 (author)doodlecraft2015-04-09

My wife and I are now truly Bound together Forever, as our cherished memories and DNA are buried at many special locations we have visited around the world. :D

mommabearamanda (author)2015-04-09

awesome! thanks for sharing!

hothead75 (author)2015-04-08


ashleyjlong (author)2015-04-07

I wish my childhood bug collection hadn't fallen apart years ago! I still have one good wasp and might have to give this a try. Thanks for explaining the resin mix ration!

gravityisweak (author)2015-04-06

Awesome! I wonder if it's possible to dye the resin to make it look like your bugs are trapped in amber?

Patrik (author)gravityisweak2015-04-07

Make sure to use a dye intended for resin casting, available in most places that sell the clear casting resin. They're very concentrated, so you only need a few drops per batch, and they're designed not to interfere with the resin curing process. I would definitely *not* use any kind of water based dye such as food dye.

For the folks in the US, TAP plastics carries a range of opaque pigments, transparent dyes, as well as glow-in-the-dark powder you can mix in, etc:

richb77 (author)gravityisweak2015-04-07

Food dye (the liquid kind) will work. I have used it in the past. But you wont need much!

starforest (author)gravityisweak2015-04-06

I don't know about dying the resin, but I found amber colored resin.

kahht (author)2015-04-07

Would this work for other natural objects like leaves or slices of fruit? How do you prevent it from decaying within the resin?

msdrpepper (author)2015-04-07

I've had doctors tell me they would buy castings like this with Brown Recluse spiders so they had a way to positively ID spiders and spider bites that were claimed to be from BR spiders. Our house has a lot and in the summer time they come out of dormancy. But I'd never been able to find the casting resin and didn't really know what to ask for!! So thanks for showing the picture of the container - I just now found it on Amazon and on the Hobby Lobby website - maybe I can now find it locally. And yea, I wouldn't want to eat out of those molds once it had been used for the bug casting! May have to find larger ones because some of the fully grown adult BR spiders get pretty big - especially the males (longer legged), although the females tend to have larger abdomens (kind of like me! ewww!).

vietitali (author)2015-04-07

How did you make it into a necklace?

DaddysGal22 (author)2015-04-07

You got my vote

oaskul (author)2015-04-07

Awesome way to keep a Cow Killer!

More practical than a traditional insect collection!

tommygirl69 (author)2015-04-07


Corinbw (author)2015-04-06

I did dye some resin in my material science class, but you have to add quite a bit to get any sort of dark color. If you add too much, then the resin wont harden correctly. I am no expert, just sharing what we found. You should be able to get an amber color easily. I will post another comment of the type of dye we used.

starforest (author)2015-04-06

I wonder if wingened bugs would work.

sabina delpinoh (author)2015-04-06

Truely Awesome! I had seen these but never knew we could make it ourselves. Great job.


Which cake pop mold did you use?

These look great!

Łukasz (author)2015-04-06

Nice!! Always wondered how they made those

This is awesome!! I LOVE insects and would
love to see more insect Instructables from you!

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