There’s nothing like combining the simplicity of handmade jewelry and the inherent beauty of nature. Because you’re using distinct natural pieces, carefully handcrafted, each one of the DIY jewelry you make will be unique. Use the instructions in this post it as a way to create memorable keepsakes and one of a kind homemade resin jewelry. Tammy Swallow from Tammy Swallow @Hub Pages has generously shared her amazing tutorial with us so we can pass it on to you all.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A clear epoxy resin kit
- Resin jewelry mold
- Mold release spray
- Measuring cup (make sure you don’t use this for cooking!)
- Mixing cups
- Your choice of flowers, pressed
- A necklace pinch bail
- A drill with a 1/16 bit
How to Make Homemade Jewelry from Pressed Flowers and Resin:
STEP 1: Start by creating your resin mold. Check to make sure that it is smooth and flawless, especially in the casting area where any evidence of imperfection will cast itself on your finished product. If you’re using a new mold, be sure to first wash it thoroughly with hot water and dish washing liquid.
STEP 2: Once it’s dry, spray with mold release product generously and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. Take a paper towel to dry the mold and ensure that it is completely dry.
STEP 3: Take the flowers you're going to use to make your DIY jewelry and place it inside the resin cup.
STEP 4: Prep your resin mix by following package instruction carefully. Once ready, use your toothpick to pick up the mixture and drop the solution into the mold, on top of the flower. Repeat until the mold is full. Do not allow resin mixture to overflow.
STEP 5: Allow the mold a few minutes to start curing. If air bubbles appear, take a pin and use it to pop the bubbles.
STEP 6: Allow the resin mix to solidify. This will take about 20 minutes. But avoid handling the resin with your hands as your fingerprints will likely stick to it. The goal is to create a glassy, smooth texture. Place it in an area where it will be free of wind and dust and allow it to sit overnight.
STEP 7: Once ready, smooth edges by trimming with scissors or sanding with fine sand paper.
STEP 8: Use the drill to create a small hole through the pendant where you will be inserting the pinch ball. Glue the tips together and secure closed.
STEP 9: Slip the pendant onto a chain or piece of leather string. Viola! Your very own handmade jewelry made from resin and pressed flowers. You can also use pressed leaves instead of pressed flowers.
You don’t have to limit yourself to dried flowers—try using small sea shells or if you’re feeling more adventurous, colorful bugs!