Make your own personal resin baseball pendant with copies of your favorite baseball cards, ticket stubs from baseball games or other pictures of baseball memorabilia. The pictures are covered with a water-proofing sealant and then placed in the bottom of a pendant bezel and covered with a clear resin to create a window to reveal your most-cherished baseball memories.
Items you will need
- Baseball memorabilia or baseball picture
- Card stock
- 1-inch circle punch
- 1-inch metal circle bezel
- Waxed paper
- Paint brush
- Matte water-based craft sealer, glue and finish
- Necklace pendant bezel
- Paper folder and score tool
- Rubber or latex gloves
- Face mask
- Heat-curing 2-part epoxy resin
- Plastic cup
- Wooden stir stick
- Paper towel
- Wood piece
Use the 1-inch circle punch to cut out the picture of your baseball memorabilia. Cut out a 1-inch circle from card stock with the circle punch. You can make a copy of your favorite baseball card and print it on card stock if you like.
Place a sheet of waxed paper over your work space to protect it from the glue and epoxy. If the epoxy drips on the waxed paper, it will bead up for easy cleaning.
Paint a thin, even layer of matte water-based craft sealer and glue on the front, back and edges of the card stock and baseball picture. Let it sit and dry for 30 minutes, and then add two more coats of the sealer glue.
Paint a thin layer in the bottom and inner sides of the bezel cup. Bezels are small metal pendants with high side walls called cups that can be filled with resin or used to hold glass beads or gemstones. Carefully place the card stock down into the bottom of the bezel. Place the baseball-picture cutout over the card stock and gently press it down into the cup with the blunt, rounded end of a paper folder and score tool. Push down the sides of the picture to ensure that it is flush and even all the way around the picture. Paint another layer of the water-based craft sealer and glue on the picture in the bezel. This will ensure that none of the epoxy resin touches the paper, as paper will soak the epoxy up and will become ruined. Let it sit overnight to dry.
Put on your rubber or latex gloves and face mask. Mix the two parts of the epoxy resin according to the packaging instructions, in a ratio of one to one, by adding 1 tbsp. of epoxy resin and 1 tbsp. of epoxy hardener to a plastic cup. The resin is clear and the hardener will have a slight yellow tint to it. Mix the two parts with a wooden stir stick, stirring it slowly for five minutes to prevent adding too much air and forming large bubbles in the mixture. Let it sit for 20 minutes to allow any air bubbles that may have formed to dissipate.
Place the bezel on an oven-safe surface, such as a piece of wood. Pour the epoxy-hardener mixture into the bezel, and fill up the bezel cup until the resin surface is level with the top of the sides of the bezel. If any resin drops onto the waxed paper, use a paper towel to pick it up. Remove any air bubbles that may have formed when you poured it by picking at them with a needle to pop them.
Set your oven to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the resin-filled bezel -- while still on the oven-safe surface -- into the oven and let sit and heat up for one hour to cure and harden the epoxy resin. If any bubbles formed while curing in the heat, carefully remove them with the pin as before. Remove the baseball pendant and let it sit for one hour to cool.
Tips & Warnings
- Use a plastic cup that bends easily so that you can squeeze the sides together to create a spout to pour the resin into the bezel.
- Work in a well-ventilated area.