Mix the epoxy resin. Wearing latex or nitrile gloves and following the resin manufacturer’s instructions, add the proper proportion of hardener to resin, being sure to account for any modifications in mixing ratios that the manufacturer lists for adding colorants.
Use a wooden craft stick in a figure-8 motion to slowly mix the resin and hardener [PHOTO 1].
Add a colorant. I used a colorant that I purchased from the resin manufacturer.
Use a toothpick to add just a dot of color and mix thoroughly.
TIP: A tiny amount of pigment goes a long way. Add pigment sparingly, just a little at a time, until you achieve your desired translucent or opaque color.
Pour the resin into the bezel. Avoid pouring resin in the openings of the tube components. Hold the pouring cup stationary while you pour resin in one area of the bezel [PHOTO 2]; this minimizes the creation of air bubbles. Pour until the resin domes slightly and is even with the top edge of the bezel wire. Repeat to fill the other open area of the bezel.
Remove air bubbles. Use a pin to pierce any air bubbles that formed from pouring the resin.
Cover and cure the resin. Place a box over the assembly, and allow the resin to air-cure according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
TIP: When pouring resin, leave a layer of resin in the pouring cup. You can then use this leftover resin to check if the resin is completely cured, instead of making test pokes into your jewelry piece.