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DIY Resin Keychain with Gold Flakes

Sharing this fun project just in time for Valentine’s Day of creating personalized resin keychains with pretty gold flakes to make for your loved ones.

Resin keychain with gold flakes laid on a wood background.

Faux Inscribed Resin Keychains

Looking at these keychains you are probably wondering how I added the lettering on to them. Although they would be beautiful on their own, the inscription adds that personalized touch that you can’t find with store bought pieces. Using vinyl lettering cut with my Cricut Maker, I was able to embed them inside the bezel. Keep reading below for the step by step instructions to make your own.

The combination of the open back bezels, gold flecks and shine from the resin really makes these keychains sparkle! The initials are the first letters of my name and my husbands name along with our anniversary date below. But of course, this can be adjusted or personalized in any way to suit your own project.

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How to Make Resin Keychains with Gold Flakes

Preparing the Inscription with a Cricut Machine

Open a blank canvas in Design Space and type out the inscription including the initials and chosen date using the Text tool on the left hand side. Change the font to Mahogany Script Standard for the initials and Bodoni MT for the date.

After measuring the size of your open-back bezel,  adjust the size of the inscription to ensure it will fit inside the bezel.

Highlight to select the inscription, then select Attach from the tool bar. Next, select Make It in Design Space to proceed with cutting out the premium vinyl.

Follow the prompts on your screen to finish the cut. When completed, unload the standard grip mat and peel off the vinyl from the mat and using the weeding tool, peel away the excess vinyl surrounding the inscription and discard the excess. Be prepared to spend a bit of time on this step!

Preparing the Bezel for Resin Pouring

Prepare a piece of transfer tape that is larger than the size of your bezel.

Place the inscription in the center of the transfer tape and peel away the transfer tape backing.Next, stick the transfer sheet with the vinyl inscription centered over the bezel and press tape in place to seal any openings.

place inscription and transfer tape to back side of bezel

Sprinkle gold glitter flakes inside the bezel over the vinyl inscription and sticky side of the transfer tape.

sprinkle gold flecks over top of the prepared bezel

Pouring the Resin

Be sure to read all the instructions on the package before starting. Work in a well-ventilated area. Always wear gloves, a respirator, eye protection and protect your working surface.

Begin by mixing together equal parts of Resin and Hardener in a small measuring cup (you’ll need a very small amount for each bezel). Stir completely for two minutes.

Mixing resin and hardener in a plastic cup.

Transfer the mixture into a second measuring cup and continue stirring for an additional minute.

Use the wooden stir stick to carefully transfer small amounts of resin into the bezel. Going slowly will give you a chance to check for any leaks. It will also help to prevent overflowing.

Pouring small amounts of resin into a gold bezel.

Continue filling until you’ve achieved a nice, small dome but not overflowing.

After about 15 to 20 minutes blow off any air bubbles that have risen to the top of the resin. Use either a small kitchen torch or your breath through a straw for this.

Bezel poured with resin with gold flakes laid on a wood background.

Make sure that the bezel is on a level surface and cover to prevent any dust from settling in. Let the resin cure overnight.

I love how these faux inscribed keychains turned out. Now that they’re done I worry that it might be a bit too girly for hubby – but I know that he will appreciate the thought and find a way to use his. 

With the vinyl there’s no limit to which inscriptions you can make. Just be prepared to spend some time weeding the fine details! I think these key chains/pendants would make a lovely wedding or Anniversary gift as well. 

This project originally appeared on Resin Crafts Blog project gallery.

Resin keychain with gold flakes laid on a wood background.

More Resin Keychain Ideas

I previously made these other resin keychains using vintage maps for my hubby that he loved! And I even personalized them by choosing a map of Manhattan, which is where we spent a lot of time before getting married. Also, one of my favorite resin crafts are these resin leaf purse charms I made that can also double as keyshains. And lastly, I previously shared the tutorial for making these hand lettered wood slice keychains that turned out perfectly!

Resin Jewelry Ideas

For additional jewelry resin ideas be sure to check out these DIY ways to show your love this Valentines Day.

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Resin keychain with gold flakes laid on a wood background.

DIY Resin Keychain with Gold Flakes

Jane and Sonja
Creating personalized keychains using resin and beautiful gold flakes.
5 from 1 vote

Materials
  

  • Cricut or Silhouette Cutting Machine
  • Black Premium Vinyl
  • Transfer Tape
  • Scissors Weeding Tool
  • Gold rectangular open-back bezel
  • Gold glitter flakes
  • EnvirotexLite Jewelry Resin
  • Measuring cups wooden stir sticks, gloves and paper towels
  • Kitchen torch or straw

Instructions
 

Preparing the Inscription with a Cricut Machine

    Preparing the Bezel for Resin Pouring

      Pouring the Resin

      • Be sure to read all the instructions on the package before starting. Work in a well-ventilated area. Always wear gloves and protect your working surface.
      • Begin by mixing together equal parts of Resin and Hardener in a small measuring cup (you’ll need a very small amount for each bezel). Stir completely for two minutes.
      • Transfer the mixture into a second measuring cup and continue stirring for an additional minute.
      • Use the wooden stir stick to carefully transfer small amounts of resin into the bezel. Going slowly will give you a chance to check for any leaks. It will also help to prevent overflowing.
      • Continue filling until you’ve achieved a nice, small dome but not overflowing.
      • After about 15 to 20 minutes blow off any air bubbles that have risen to the top of the resin. Use either a small kitchen torch or your breath through a straw for this.
      • Make sure that the bezel is on a level surface and cover to prevent any dust from settling in. Let the resin cure overnight.
      • With the vinyl there’s no limit to which inscriptions you can make. These key chains/pendants would make a lovely wedding or Anniversary gift as well.
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