Handmade jewelry making at home is a great way to relax and enjoy your creative side. It can also lead to you making gifts or perhaps even a little side-hustle business to earn some extra money! This project takes a little skill, but once you get the hang of it, you will be making these bracelets in every color combination you can think of!
Supplies for this resin bracelet project:
Additional supplies and tools needed:
6 x 3.9mm Volcano Swarovski flat back crystals
6 x 10x10mm silver 2-hole flower sliders
1.0mm Stretch Magic
Her Embosser Tool with 1mm drill bit
Crystal placement tool
Sandpaper: 240 grit
Ruler and permanent marker
Step 1: Tape off the silicone trivet
Not shown: Before preparing the resin, place a strip of packing tape across every second petal of the trivet. The adhesive will not stick to the silicone very easily so burnish it well.
Step 2: Measure and mix the resin
Measure out 1/2 oz (15mls) of resin and 1/4 oz (7.5mls) hardener. Add one drop of opaque teal pigment to the resin and mix well. Add a second drop if you would like the color more intense. Pour both parts into a larger cup and mix completely. Leave on your bench for 5 minutes for the bubbles to dissipate.
Using a stir stick, drip the resin into the petals of the trivet. Leave the resin to cure. Create some blue petals in the same way.
Step 3: Demold the resin diamonds
Once the resin has cured, remove the tape from the back of the trivet. You can remove any adhesive which is left behind with rubbing alcohol.
Pull the silicone away from the resin and remove the petals. Trim away any flashing with a Stanley knife or scissors. Smooth any sharp, rough edges with sandpaper and water.
Step 4: Side drill holes in the resin charms
Place the slider on top of the petal at the widest point and mark the position of the two holes. Repeat on the other side of the petal. Use a ruler and marker to draw guidelines on the back of the petal for drilling. Place the petal on its side and drill the holes, first from one side, then the other, until you meet in the middle. Take your time as you drill and check often that you are drilling straight. Wipe away the guidelines with rubbing alcohol.
Prop tip: This is where handmade jewelry making at home can get a little complicated. If you have never drilled resin before, this article will help: how to drill resin
Step 5: String the resin charms
Cut two 12” lengths of Stretch Magic and prestretch them. This helps reduce overstretching through wear. String the sliders and petals, alternating the colours. Tie a surgeon’s knot on each length of elastic. Dab GS-Hypo Cement on the knots for added security. Trim the knots to ¼” (6mm) and slide the knot inside the slider component if you are able to.
Step 6: Add crystals
Apply a dot of GS-Hypo Cement in the center of each slider.
Use the crystal placement tool to position the crystals in the centre of the sliders.
Step 7: Marvel in the beauty of the resin bracelet you created!
Allow to fully dry before wearing your new bracelet!
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