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Tutorial: Make a Resin Skull Pendant

16 October 2012 12,011 views 16 Comments

by morena


The skull ice cube trays at the Dollar Tree have been featured in several projects at DSC, and here is another fun idea for them.  You can use them to create spooky cool pendants to wear!  Make a whole tray of them for an inexpensive Halloween party favor or a special "treat" for your friends.
Project estimate:
  • Skull ice cube tray, $1
  • Resin, on hand or about $5 and up
  • Glitter, on hand or $1
  • Black Paint, on hand
  • Bail, on hand or $1 and up

Total:  $1 and up

1.  Pour-on resin can be found at craft stores, and with a coupon you can get it for around $5.  I used Envirotex Resin.  Read the instructions before using!  I use a disposable cup to mix one plastic spoonful  of each of the solutions together.  Pour a small amount into the ice cube tray.  If there are a lot of bubbles in your resin, blast it very briefly and carefully with heat from an embossing gun.  The bubbles will rise to the surface and pop.  Let it cure overnight.
2.  Mix glitter and glue (or use Stickles) and brush a layer onto the dried resin in the tray.  Let dry.
3.  Mix another batch of resin and pour it into the mold, over the dried glitter.  Cure 24 hours.
4.  Pop the skulls out of the silicone ice cube tray.  Don't worry if they have a dull finish...we'll fix that at the end!
5.  Brush black paint over the mouth and crack in the skull, then rub the excess off with a towel.  Paint should remain in the details.  You can paint the eyes and nose or fill them in with a Sharpie pen.
6.  Brush a light layer of resin over the painted skull face.  This seals the paint and gives the finished product an incredible shine.
7.  Use E-6000 glue to adhere a bail to the back of the pendant (I used a bail and a jump ring I saved from broken jewelry).
My two older boys were so excited to see this finished project!  This pendant would work all year round, not just for Halloween.  You could change the color of the glitter and the paint to customize your pendant, too.  There are so many fun possibilities!

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  • Alvina Castro said:

    It looks awesome and I would definately make it in different colors

  • Michelle L said:

    Love it, Morena – what a great look. Another dollar store brainwave!

  • Mel said:

    lol as silly as it sounds a pink one of these would be fun and silly.

  • morena (author) said:

    Not silly at all! I’m making a pink one for myself. :)

  • morena (author) said:

    Thank you!

  • morena (author) said:

    I’m glad you like it! Thank you!

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  • amy said:

    This is a really cool idea. I’ve never used resin. Will the resin keep during that whole time or will I need to make a fresh batch for every step? Thanks for sharing this great idea!

  • morena (author) said:

    Thanks, Amy! The resin will set, so you have to mix more for each step. I use plastic spoons to measure and mix small amounts.

  • amy said:

    Ok – so I’ve got the two layers of resin poured and letting that cure. How long do you think the paint needs to dry? I got acrylic or would you recommend a different kind? And then how long does the light layer of resin, over the paint, need to dry? Thanks so much for your help!

  • morena (author) said:


    I used acrylic paint and waited about an hour for it to dry. I let the painted on layer cure overnight, so at least 12 hours. I’d love to see how yours turn out!


  • amy said:

    They were a success (for the most part)! The first batch of resin I used dried somewhat opaque so you can’t see the glitter thru the face of the skull. It looks more iridescent. I used hemp for the cording. This was a hit with the kids. I made 5 of each color and a few extras. Thanks so much for a great tutorial!



  • morena (author) said:

    Thanks for sharing, Amy!! Great job! I posted it on my FB fan page.

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