Tuesday, September 5, 2023

How to Make Easy Goldfish Earrings with Superfast Curing UV Resin

Ah, the simple joy of gazing into a goldfish bowl! There's something so soothing about it, isn't there? It's like having a pond right on your desk or shelf where you can peer into a miniature underwater world and lose yourself in thought.

Ever dreamt of wearing a tiny aquarium on your ears? Well, today's your lucky day because we're diving (pardon the pun) into the miniature world of DIY Goldfish Bowl Earrings with UV resin. 

These little underwater wonders are not just accessories; they're conversation starters, mood lifters, and miniature works of art all rolled into one. 

So, grab your UV resin, jewellery moulds, and a sprinkle of creativity – follow the step-by-step instructions and make your own fin-tastic goldfish bowl earrings.

Two miniature goldfish on a blue and clear resin circle with goldleaf flakes

Here's what you'll need:

36 Watt nail lamp (this is the exact one I use in this tutorial - the resin cures in less than 3 minutes
goldleaf flakes
6 toothpicks
2 gold earring wires
2 small gold jump rings
2 large triangle jump rings or 20g gold wire (see Assemble the Earrings if you want to make your own)
chain nose pliers
flat nose pliers
flush cutters
drill and piece of wood (if your mould doesn't have a hole)
permanent marker

How to Make Resin Goldfish

I used 5 different UV resin colours to create the goldfish and the water.
Row of UV resin colours in orange, red, yellow, blue and black

Squeeze out a few drops of clear resin onto the silicone mat in four different places.
Gloved hand squeezing dots of clear UV resin onto a silicone mat.

Add one drop of colour to each spot and mix each one thoroughly.
Gloved hand mixing UV resin pigment through UV resin

Use the tip of a toothpick to place a dot of black resin into the eye area of the goldfish.
Gloved hand holding a toothpick, dotting the black resin into the eyeballs

Cure this layer before adding the other colours. How long it takes to cure will depend on the combination of the UV resin and the wattage of the nail lamp you're using.

With the UV resin and lamp I've recommended, it will be about 3 minutes.
Gloved hand sliding the goldfish mould under the UV nail lamp

Now it's time to colour the goldfish. Dab a small amount of the red, yellow and orange resin into each goldfish. The toothpick will help you draw the resin out to the tail and the fins.
Gloved hand using the toothpick to apply yellow, orange and red resin into the goldfish mould

Once you've filled each goldfish, mix the colours where they meet so that they blend.
Gloved hand blending the red, yellow and orange resin together in the goldfish mould

Cure the resin until it is no longer sticky. That can be as little as 3 minutes or up to 10 minutes. 
This is important: Flip the mould over and then cure the underside of the mould.

Once the pieces are cured, you can remove them from the mould by flexing the silicone. Set the goldfish aside.
Five mini resin goldfish on a teflon craft sheet next to the silicone goldfish mould

How to Make the Resin Goldfish Bowl

Squeeze out a few drops of clear resin onto the silicone mat and colour it with one drop of blue UV resin colourant.

Mix it thoroughly.
A puddle of blue UV resin with a toothpick on a silicone mat.

Cover the bottom of your circle mould with clear resin. To get UV resin to cure, it's best to work in layers. For this mould, I will do 3 layers to fill the circle.

Tip: Here, I'm using the BACK of a jewellery mould that has a circle. This is a great way to get extra mileage from a mould. Look at all those other shapes on the back that you can use!
Gloved hand squeezing clear resin into a circle mould

Pick up a drop of the blue resin and swirl it through the bottom section of the mould. 
Gloved hand holding a toothpick, blending blue resin into the clear resin

Add a few small specks of gold leaf in the clear section at the top of the circle.
Gloved hand holding a toothpick, placing flakes of gold leaf in the resin

Cure the resin until it is no longer tacky.

Squeeze more clear resin into the cured resin. Make sure you leave room for a third layer.
Gloved hand squeezing a second layer of clear resin into the circle mould

Swirl through another drop of blue resin and cure this layer.
Gloved hand blending blue resin into the second layer of resin

Add the third layer of resin in the same way.
Gloved hand adding the third layer of resin into the circle mould

Cure the final layer and then flip the mould over to cure the other side of the resin.
Silicone jewellery moulds filled with UV resin curing under a nail lamp

Flex the silicone to remove the resin circle.
Gloved hand flexing the silicone mould to remove the resin circle

Because the back of this mould is matte, I added a dome coat so that both sides of the resin are shiny. You only need two or three drops of resin in the centre of each circle...
Gloved hand holding a bottle of UV resin and squeezing UV resin onto the resin circles

...spread the resin out to the edges with the toothpick and then cure it.
Gloved hand using a toothpick to spread resin to the edges of the circle

Assemble the Goldfish Bowls

If your mould doesn't have a hole in it, then you'll need to drill one. Use the permanent marker to place a mark at the top of each circle.
Using a permanent marker to mark position for the drill holes in the resin circle

Drill a hole in each piece.
Using a battery operated hobby drill to drill holes in the resin circles

UV resin is a great glue so you can use it to adhere the goldfish to the circles. Apply a small amount to the back of each goldfish, position them on the circle and cure them.

Alternatively, you can use G-S Hypo Cement or E6000 with fine tip nozzle.
Gloved hand applying UV resin to the back of the goldfish with a toothpick

Assemble the Earrings

Goldfish bowl resin earrings dangling from an earrings display holder
A triangle jump ring works better than a round jump ring in this design because of the thickness of the casting. If you can't find ones large enough, you can make your own with the gold wire. See how to make triangle jump rings here.

Tip: If your circle is thinner, you can use a round jump ring instead.

Open the triangle jump rings slightly wider than the thickness of the resin circles.

Insert the prongs through the hole in each circle and squeeze them closed. 
Pinching the sides of a triangle jump ring so they sit inside the holes of the resin circle

Connect the earring wire to the triangle jump ring with a small round jump ring. Make sure that it is well closed so that the earring doesn't fall apart. This is the correct way to open and close round jump rings.
Connecting the triangle jump ring to an earring wire

One final thing when assembling your earrings: make sure the earring wire is facing the right direction before you close the jump ring!
Goldfish bowl earrings sitting on a sea-themed resin coaster

And there you have it! Your very own pair of whimsical Goldfish Bowl Earrings... a little underwater world that you can wear every day.

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Goldfish bowl earrings on a blue, white and sand resin coaster with text overlay that reads DIY UV resin goldfish earrings, make them tonight.

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