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DIY Sleutelhangers met epoxyhars maken - itsOkay

Making DIY Keychains with Epoxy Resin

My name is Petra Laan, 34 years old and has always been creative. I can be found on Instagram and Facebook as DoorPetra and this is also my website. Here I regularly post nice creations of cards, baby gifts, resin jewelry and key rings.

In mid-June I came into contact with itsokay.nl via social media. I saw a cool advertisement with UV Resin to make jewelry. No sooner said than done. Once I ordered, I started working on it: super fun!

Now a few months later, I notice that I have some dexterity and that I can make many beautiful things with it. I have used it to make pendants for necklaces, bracelets, earrings and key rings. I will tell you more about making the key rings in this manual .

If necessary, download the manual for making epoxy key rings in PDF / print it

What do you need:
- UV Resin
- Epoxy UV LED lamp (optional)
- Make keychains starter kit
- Glitter (included in the package)
- Embellishments for Jewelry

Possibly:
- Baby wipes (in case you make a mess)
- Heat gun or lighter
- Cocktail sticks
- Pliers
- Electric hand drill

supplies to make epoxy keychains

Making large keychains

This mold is in it Making Keychains Starter Kit variant 1. This is used to make 'traditional' key rings of 4 x 4 cm.

Step 1: Choose a letter and make the first layer
I always use the UV Resin from itsOkay to make key rings, which is also included in this package and is especially for jewelry and key rings. The great thing about this resin is that it dries within a few minutes and you don't have to mix this resin: it is ready to use. The resin dries in the sun (UV light) or under a UV light.
Choose a letter and fill it 1/4 with the UV Epoxy resin from itsOkay and let it dry for a few minutes under the UV Epoxy lamp . We now have a bottom. If you don't have this lamp, you can also let the resin dry outside for a few minutes.
making epoxy resin keychains

Step 2: The second layer
I am going to put the epoxy decorations in this layer. I always start with a little bit of UV Resin from itsOkay and spread it over the letter. I stick the decorations on this very thin layer of resin, as it were, in this case they are shells. If you were to fill the mold with resin and decorations at once, the decorations could drop down. This is of course not nice. After all the decorations are in place, I let it dry again under the UV epoxy lamp .
making epoxy resin keychains

Step 3: The third layer
The next layer will be a thin layer of UV Epoxy resin, so that the decorations are completely covered. Let the resin dry again for a few minutes under the Epoxy LED lamp . Because we create different layers, depth is also created.
making epoxy resin keychains

Step 4: The fourth layer
Now comes a layer of glitter to create a 'beach effect'. I first add a little bit of fine glitter to the bottom of the letter. After this I add a little bit of UV Resin and let it dry again under the Epoxy LED lamp . Then do the same with the top of the letter, but with blue fine glitter for a 'water effect'. I stir the glitter through it with a cocktail stick. After this, dry again under the UV lamp.
making epoxy resin keychains

Step 5: The final layer
Now fill the entire letter up to the edge with UV Epoxy resin and let the resin dry thoroughly under the UV LED lamp. Then turn the mold over and let the bottom of the mold dry thoroughly under the lamp. After this, your personalized letter is ready.
making epoxy resin keychains


Step 6: Making a Keychain
The Keychain Making Starter Package also includes a hand drill with 10 small drills, screws and key rings. With the drill you can drill a hole in the key ring. You put a screw in here and you put a key ring on this.
When drilling, make sure your hole is deep enough for half the screw. Screw the screw all the way into the resin so that it is firmly secured. For extra grip I use pliers.
Now that you have mounted the key ring, it is ready. Let it harden for another 24 hours. This also removes any stickiness. You can cut away rough edges with pliers or scissors. You can remove imperfections with a little bit of resin or transparent varnish / nail polish.

use a drill bit for epoxy resin

Make large glitter letters

This mold is in it Making Keychains Starter package variant 1. This is used to make 'traditional' keychains 4x4cm.

Step 1 and 2: Choose letter and make first layer
When I work with the large letter template, I usually make 1 letter at a time. Choose a letter and fill it almost completely with the UV Resin . If you want to work with pigments for epoxy resin, mix them in advance in a plastic or disposable cup.
In this example I make the letter S with 2 colors of glitter (light and dark blue). I first add one color of glitter and then the other. Then I stir it into the resin in the mold with a cocktail stick. Is the mold not completely filled to the brim with the resin? Then top up for the best result.

making epoxy resin keychains with glitter
Step 3: Drying
Let the letters dry under the UV LED lamp. Then turn the mold over and let the bottom of the mold dry thoroughly under the lamp.

Step 4: Make a keychain

See step 4 of the large keychain mold above for the explanation. After this, your personalized letter is ready.

install screw in key ring

Make small keychains

This mold is in it Making Keychains Starter Kit variant 2. Use this to make small key rings of 2 x 2 cm.

Steps 1 and 2: Choose letter(s) and fill with resin
I am using the UV Resin from itsOkay again. When working with epoxy pigments , it is always useful to mix them with the epoxy resin in advance. This way the colors look best and if you are not completely satisfied you can always add more pigments or UV Epoxy resin.
Do you work with glitter? I always fill the letter with UV Epoxy resin first. I sprinkle the glitter over this and mix it with a cocktail stick.

making small letter epoxy resin keychains

Step 3: Drying
Let the letters dry under the UV LED lamp. This resin dries within a few minutes using UV light. You can let this dry outside, but I let it dry indoors under a UV light.

Step 4: Make a keychain
See step 4 of the large keychain mold above for the explanation.

Make lower case letters/numbers

This mold is in it Making Keychains Starter Kit variant 2.

Step 1: Choose letter(s).
I am using the UV Resin from itsOkay again. This resin dries within a few minutes using UV light. You can let this dry outside, but I let it dry indoors under a UV light. Choose one or more letters. Preferably letters close together, so that you can place the UV LED lamp well above them during curing.

Step 2: Fill the mold with resin
Mix the UV Epoxy resin in a cup with glitter or food coloring and then slowly pour the resin into the letter mold. Do this slowly to avoid air bubbles. Does this not work? Then use a pipette so you can easily fill the letters in this small letter template. Still an air bubble? You can remove this by squeezing your pipette and then sucking out the air bubble or carefully running along the resin with a lighter.

Step 3: Drying
Let the letters dry under the UV LED lamp or in the direct sun (outside, not in front of a window).

Step 4: Further processing
Because these letters are very small, you can process them in the large letter template. You cannot make a key ring from this mini letter mold.

Finally, two more tips!

Tip 1: air bubbles in epoxy
Use a heat gun or long lighter to remove the air bubbles. These snap in the heat. If you don't hold the heat gun too close to the mold, it will blow the UV resin out of the mold. If this does not work, you can prick the air bubbles with a cocktail stick.

Tip 2: screw in the screw
Use pliers to hold the screw properly, it is a fiddly job.
Have fun making the keychains! I hope this guide has helped you on your way! Love Petra

How to make epoxy key rings

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Comments

  • Hallo, Kan ik sleutelhangers maken met deze producten UV resin – Sieraden epoxyhars samen met Piñata Alcohol Inkt?

    SA

    Sabrina

  • Hi Nancy, Alleen UV resin kan uitharden door UV straling. Dit kan met een lamp (sneller en effectiever), maar dat kan ook in direct zonlicht (niet achter een raam) uitharden. Liefs, Ingrid, team ItsOkay

    KL

    Klantenservice ItsOkay

  • Vraagje kan het ook drogen zonder Uwv lamp

    NA

    Nancy

  • Goedendag, ik zou het wel willen proberen maar…. als je het hars mengt? Of 1:1 bij 2 componenten of door toevoeging van een kleurtje. Hoe lang kan je dit dan bewaren? Want het droogt toch ook net zoals de laagjes die je aanbrengt. En hoe bewaar je het teveel gekleurde of gemengde hars?

    NI

    Nicole van Horen

  • IK ZOU GRAAG WILLEN WETEN OF JULLIE OOK MINI SCHELPJES VERKOPEN!

    D

    D duinkerken

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