Mallee Burr & resin pendant: 

Instructions (see below for basic images)

  1. 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.
  2. Make sure your burr is free of dust by brushing it lightly and gently – use a toothbrush.
  3. Seal the burr with a thin layer of resin or with modpodge/PVA glue and let it dry.
  4. 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).
  5. 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!
  6. 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).
  7. Leave to cure for at least 48 hours.
  8. Carefully remove the burr casting from the mould. Remove any sticky tape residue with a baby wipe.
  9. Decide on the shape of the pendant you want and draw it on the burr casting using pencil.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Let the piece dry completely.
  13. 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!).
  14. Attach any jewellery findings you need.