Mallee Burr & resin pendant:
- Skill level: intermediate
- Buy some mallee burr from Resin8
- Individual Materials: Resin8 Slowcure Casting Epoxy Resin, Turquoise Transparent Pigment, mixing sticks, cups, gloves, wet & dry abrasive paper, workmat: all available in our tools section
- Useful: rubber bands, kitchen roll, mod podge / PVA glue, baby wipes, Dam Tape!
Instructions (see below for basic images)
- Make a mould using tape and plastic – search YouTube for mallee burr resin pendants and you’ll find loads of useful guides on how to do this – or use a deep silicone mould that will hold the burr.
- Make sure your burr is free of dust by brushing it lightly and gently – use a toothbrush.
- Seal the burr with a thin layer of resin or with modpodge/PVA glue and let it dry.
- Mix up resin and hardener according to the instructions for the particular resin you are using. For Resin8 Slowcure crystal clear epoxy casting resin this would be 2 parts resin to 1 part hardener (e.g. 30ml resin and 15ml hardener).
- Add any colour you like (in this example we used Turquoise Transparent Pigment). For a 45ml mix of resin you will need less than a sesame seed sized amount of pigment – the colours are super strong!
- Pour the resin into the mould, making sure to keep the mould level. Remove any bubbles using a heat gun (if you’re using Slowcure Epoxy you shouldn’t get many bubbles).
- Leave to cure for at least 48 hours.
- Carefully remove the burr casting from the mould. Remove any sticky tape residue with a baby wipe.
- Decide on the shape of the pendant you want and draw it on the burr casting using pencil.
- Clamp the piece still (using a jewellery vice or similar) and use a small hand saw to cut it to shape. Wear a respirator at this stage as resin dust is bad for your lungs.
- Once the shape is cut, polish it using different grades of wet and dry abrasive paper. Use it wet and it will minimise resin dust. We suggest starting off with a rough paper such as 80 grit and then sanding through 180, 240, 400, 1200, 2000 and finishing with 2500.
- Let the piece dry completely.
- If the burr casting is not completely shiny you can polish it with danish oil, add another thin layer of resin or use resin polish (COMING SOON!).
- Attach any jewellery findings you need.