Rainbow Resin Glitter Earrings




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Although I've been experimenting with resin, these free form backless bezel earrings are new territory for me. The glitter appears to float inside the wire frame in an almost holographic way. They are vibrant and have nice depth. I entered this project with no real plan, but some ideas to try. In fact, my original idea was to use rainbow colored resin in layers. That went nowhere. Here's what I've come up with...

Step 1:

Step 2: What You Need

Clear 2-part epoxy resin

Glitter - rainbow colors

White glue like Elmer's

Scotch tape

Popsicle sticks for mixing and a container to mix in

Wax paper

Copper wire - 22g or heavier

Earring findings

Step 3: Shape the Wire

Cut 2 pieces of wire about 6" each. Use found objects to shape the wire into earring dangle bezels. Twist the wires where they cross tightly a few times. Try to keep the wire as flat as possible.

Step 4: Tape the Backs

After shaping the wire bases, I stuck them to scotch tape for backings. Press the tape on as firmly as possible. I'm trying scotch tape instead of packing tape for this project because it was hard to unstick the shapes from the packing tape. Stick your wire shape to the tape to make a backing. Press, press, press.

Step 5: Glue

Then look for gaps. Gaps are not your friends. They cause leaks. Anywhere you see a space run some white glue around the outside edges. Let the glue dry.

(This was suggested by Amethyst Star in my last resin comments)

Note: I also used the glue to make some shapes that I thought would be useful as bezels. I was wrong. They shrank and wouldn't hold any resin - don't do this.

Step 6: Get You Glitter

One great thing about the tape is that you get a sticky surface to help secure things into the bezel. In this project, you'll use it to place the glitter.

Step 7: Start Your Rainbows

Sprinkle glitter in rows in rainbow order:


You can go as light or as heavy as you want with the glitter. Some mixing at the edges is good.

Step 8:

Step 9: End With Indigo

Or the closest approximation you have.

Step 10: Press the Glitter Down

Gently apply pressure to stick glitter to the tape. You can leave the excess or shake it off.

Step 11: Glitter Rainbows!

Set up your bezels on a sheet of wax paper.

Step 12: Resin

Mix the resin according to package instructions and set it aside for 10 - 20 minutes the bubbles to rise and pop.

Step 13: Fill Bezels

Scoop out any remaining bubbles.

Using a stick, scoop out resin and slowly fill the bezels. Ideally, you will wait for the resin to spread out and fill each one. But if your impatient like me, it make leak out over the top.

If it leaks over, do the best you can to scrape away the extra. The thinner the excess, the better for trimming it away later.

Put a little resin on the wax paper. This will be your resin test patch to make sure it's cured.

Allow to set overnight.

Step 14: Remove Tape

Yes! The scotch tape was much easier to remove than the packing tape. It did still leave a residue, but that comes off with solvent. Or you can put more resin over it.

Step 15: Trim

I had quite a bit of excess to trim (with a scissor), but they looked fine afterwards.

Step 16:

Step 17:

Step 18: I Decided to Bend These Into a 3-D Shape

Step 19: Make Loops

Make a 3mm loop at the top and wind the rest of the wire around the stem. (Look at my zipper earring tutorial for more on wrapped loops.)

Note: Yes, these photos are from another project with the same loops.

Step 20: Add Findings

Add ear wires or posts. These are light enough for small findings.

Step 21: Wear Your Rainbows!

Super fun and sparkly. Enjoy your rainbows!

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    39 Discussions


    9 months ago

    Wonderful instructions! How durable are they?

    1 reply
    Rhonda Chase DesignIyabejiO

    Reply 9 months ago

    Thanks! As long as the resin is domed for thickness and cured properly, they are very durable. Water will not affect them. If you want them thicker for more strength, add a layer of resin (domed) to the backs after removing the tape.
    ps I made these 2 years ago and they still look the same : )


    Question 10 months ago on Step 6

    Hi, I love these and I'd like to make some for my granddaughters. I'm having a hard time finding glitter like you used. Could you tell me where to find it please? Thanks!

    1 answer
    Rhonda Chase DesignBrendaF17

    Answer 10 months ago

    Sure! I bought a set at Michael's with a 40% off coupon. The sets are great as they have all the colors you'll need. I'd love to see pictures if you feel like sharing!


    1 year ago

    GORGEOUS!!! Might have to buy some resin just to make these! Thanks for an awesome tutorial xxx

    1 reply

    1 year ago

    oh my days! Thanks for such a fabulous amd beautiful idea!
    El x

    1 reply

    2 years ago

    Hi! I love these and I will definitely have to make them sometime. I was wondering where you bought your resin and how much it cost if you remember? Thank you!

    1 reply

    Hi, Thanks! I get my resin in various places for different uses. Sometimes I just get clear 2-part epoxy at the hardware store if I'm doing small projects. This costs about $6, but it's a very small amount. For larger quantities, I use Easy Cast from a craft store (use a coupon!) or Ice Resin, which I buy online. These are in the $20-$30 range. Note: Easy Cast yellows, so only use it in projects that yellowing won't matter. Ice Resin stays clear. I hope this helps!


    2 years ago

    I love this tutorial; and I'm relieved that there is no baking. I'm going to try these today. I was sure there would be a toaster oven (I don't have one) involved. Thank you for this great idea!

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    3 years ago

    Very cool! Definitely have to give it a try sometime. How durable is the resin, with only the wire around the edge? Will they break if they get bent or dropped? (I'm accident prone.)

    3 replies

    They take about 4 days to cure fully. Then they are very durable. Mine are a little bendy because copper wire is soft. Use a hard or half hard wire and you should be fine. Or you can make them in a bezel with a back. I'd probably paint the inside white first so the colors pop. Let me know how it goes!

    arghcRhonda Chase Design

    Reply 3 years ago

    You bent some into 3D shapes. Is that only possible in the 4 day cure period or do they continue to bend afterwards because of the wire?

    Also, I've been thinking of experimenting with resin with my bead group, but am wondering if taking your resin home after an hour will just be a disaster or if we need to hold the session somewhere the projects can remain untouched for a full day?

    Rhonda Chase Designarghc

    Reply 3 years ago

    1- I would bend them within that curing period. They'll still bend a little after that, but could get damaged. 2- You can not transport the resin an hour after it poured - it won't even have completely set by then. Unless - you buy UV cure resin and a UV light (like at a nail salon) - this cures in minutes.