How to Use Crystals or Gemstones in Epoxy Resin Art?

How to Use Crystals or Gemstones in Epoxy Resin Art?

Dec 13, 2023

Epoxy resin art has become increasingly popular among artists and crafters due to its versatility and vibrant results. One way to elevate your resin art pieces is by incorporating crystals or gemstones, adding a touch of sparkle and elegance to your creations. In this blog, we will explore the process of using crystals or gemstones in epoxy resin art, from selecting the right stones to securing them in the resin. Additionally, we will discuss how to create resin crystals, and we'll provide a list of popular crystals and gemstones used in epoxy resin art. To learn more about how to use these crystals and gemstones to the best of their potential, get yourself enrolled in a resin art course and unlock your talent. 

How to Use Crystals or Gemstones in Epoxy Resin Art?

Adding crystals or gemstones to your epoxy resin art can truly alter the aesthetics of the final piece. Here are some steps to help guide you through the process:

1. Selecting the Right Crystals or Gemstones

The first step is to choose the right crystals or gemstones that not only complement your resin art but also fit in the perception of your art project. Consider its color, shape, and size, keeping in mind the overall design and theme of your artwork.

2. Preparing the Crystals or Gemstones

Before placing the crystals or gemstones in the resin, it is important to clean and prepare them properly. Use a soft cloth or a gentle cleaning solution to remove any dirt or debris from the stones. This will ensure that they retain their natural shine and beauty.

3. Arranging the Crystals or Gemstones

Once your crystals or gemstones are clean, you can experiment with different arrangements to find the perfect placement for each stone. Consider creating patterns, gradients, or even a focal point by strategically arranging the stones. It might be time-consuming due to their different shapes and sizes.  

4. Securing the Crystals or Gemstones

To ensure that the crystals or gemstones stay in place within the resin:

  1. Remember to use a strong adhesive.
  2. Apply a small amount of adhesive to the back of each stone and gently press them onto the desired location in the resin.
  3. Allow the adhesive to dry completely before proceeding.

5. Pouring the Epoxy Resin

With the crystals or gemstones securely in place, you can now proceed to pour the epoxy resin. Follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer to mix and pour the resin correctly. Take care not to disturb the arrangement of the stones while pouring.

6. Letting the Resin Cure

After pouring the resin, it is essential to let it cure fully according to the manufacturer's instructions. This can take anywhere from a few hours to several days, depending on the specific resin used. Avoid touching or moving the artwork during the curing process to prevent any disruptions.

How to Make a Resin Crystal for Resin Art? 

To create a resin crystal, you will need the following materials: Resin (clear or colored), Hardener (if needed), Silicone mold, Protective gloves, Stirring sticks, Heat gun or torch, Pigments or dyes (optional), Extra resin (if required), Safety glasses.

  • Prepare Your Work Area: Before you begin, prepare your work area. Cover the surface with a plastic sheet or a garbage bag to protect it from spills and drips. Ensure you're in a well-ventilated space and wear protective gloves and safety glasses.
  • Mix Resin and Hardener: Follow the manufacturer's instructions to mix the resin and Hardener in the correct ratios. Stir thoroughly in a clean plastic cup or container to remove any streaks or clumps.
  • Add Pigments or Dyes: Add pigments or dyes to the resin mixture if you want to add color. Mix it well, using a small amount at first and adding more if needed.
  • Pour Resin Mixture into the Mold: Carefully pour the resin mixture into the silicone mold, filling it up to the halfway point. Tap the mold gently on the tabletop to remove any air bubbles.
  • Create the Crystal Shape: To create the crystal shape, use a toothpick or stick to create lines or grooves when the resin is still liquid. Alternatively, please wait for the resin to partially cure and manipulate it with a heat gun or torch.
  • Let the Resin Cure: Allow the resin to cure according to the manufacturer's instructions. Place the mold in a dust-free area and cover it to prevent dust particles from settling.
  • Create a Base for Your Crystal (Optional): To create a base, pour an additional layer of resin into a separate mold. Once partially cured, place the crystal on top and pour a thin layer of resin around it.
  • Demold and Finish: Carefully de-mold the crystal by flexing the silicone mold. Use a release agent if necessary. Smooth out any rough edges with sandpaper or a file.

Popular Crystals or Gemstones Used Epoxy Resin Art

  • Rose Quartz: Its delicate pink hue adds elegance to resin projects, and its raw gemstone form complements a naturalistic style.
  • Bulk Amethyst: Buying gemstones like amethyst in bulk allows for cost savings without compromising on quality. Raw amethyst's beautiful violet color looks stunning when set in resin.
  • Crystal Quartz: Its transparent and sparkling appearance resembles diamonds, creating the illusion of a true geode when used in geode resin art.
  • Crushed & Tumbled Turquoise: It is perfect for resin crafts like jewelry, geode art pieces, river tables, and ornaments. The bright blue of the gemstones adds a vibrant touch to resin creations.
  • Gemstone Kits: If you need smaller pieces of gemstones for a polished look, gemstone kits are ideal for epoxy resin crafts and jewelry making.

Apart from these, there are many others, like Sea Glass, Mirror Tiles, Flat Marbles, Bulk Gemstones, and Raw Amber. 

Tips for Using Crystals or Gemstones in Epoxy Resin Art

  • Experiment with different types of crystals or gemstones to create various effects and textures in your resin art.
  • Consider using crystals or gemstones that have metaphysical properties to infuse positive energy into your artwork.
  • Try incorporating different shapes and sizes of stones to add visual interest and depth to your resin art.
  • Use a clear epoxy resin to enhance the clarity and brilliance of the crystals or gemstones.
  • Consider using a resin mold or bezel to create a specific shape or design for your crystals or gemstones.

The Beauty of Crystals and Gemstones in Epoxy Resin Art

By incorporating crystals or gemstones into your epoxy resin art, you can create captivating pieces that showcase the natural beauty and energy of these stones. Whether you're a seasoned artist or a beginner, experimenting with crystals or gemstones in your resin art can unlock a whole new level of creativity and expression.


Incorporating crystals or gemstones into epoxy resin, art adds a touch of elegance and sparkle to your creations. By following the steps mentioned in this blog, you can create stunning and unique pieces that showcase the natural beauty of these stones. 

To achieve the best results, choose the right crystals or gemstones that complement your resin art, clean and prepare them properly, arrange them strategically, secure them in place with adhesive, pour the epoxy resin without disturbing the arrangement, and let it cure fully. By using clear epoxy resin, considering different shapes and sizes of stones, and exploring various effects and textures, you can create captivating artwork that showcases the brilliance and energy of crystals or gemstones. To begin your resin art journey with crystals or gemstones, Contact Us at Arts Shala; we offer a variety of resin art workshops to help you explore your creativity.

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