Written April 2015. Updated March 2020.
One of the things I love about living in Florida is that every spring, the wildflowers go crazy in bloom. They grow in fields and alongside the roads. People are thoughtful enough to not mow them while they are so beautiful. It makes a long drive much more enjoyable.
I had wanted to embellish a plastic iPhone cover with something, I just didn’t know what…..until the spring flowers arrived.
Drying the flowers
I picked a handful and kept them in water until I arrived home. Because I didn’t want to wait to use my flowers, I decided to dry the flowers in a microwave. With my microwave, I needed somewhere between 30 and 75 seconds to dry the flowers. (Some got a little crispy, so be sure to have plenty on hand when you start this project.)
Note to self: When the drinking glass you use starts to get really, really hot, get a new one. It will eventually crack. Whoops.
Add the flowers to the phone case
I placed the flowers onto the phone case in the desired spaces without gluing them down. I mixed some Alumilite Amazing Clear Cast epoxy resin. I decided to use this resin because it is a durable, clear casting resin that is great for coatings such as this.
Based upon my previous experience with using flowers dried in the microwave, I didn’t seal them either. At least when I used them before, I didn’t think that it made a difference.
Okay, in case I had forgotten, the resin always wins. Notice how my flowers go from a cheerful yellow and purple to an electric orange and green. Hmmm. It looks like I need to try sealing.
Not shown: Cover the resin and phone case and allow to cure.
Finished phone case with flowers
Overall though, I think it turned out pretty cool. Like no one has to know that the flowers weren’t supposed to turn out that way. Although now it appears that I’m going to have to try this process again with sealing the flowers this time. (No, I’m not going to let the resin get the best of me!)
I will also mention that I wanted to be very sure that the resin didn’t drip over the side. While it’s not a big deal to sand if off a hard surface such as metal or wood, I wasn’t sure the cheap plastic would hold up to sandpaper very well. Therefore, I didn’t put on a very thick layer of resin. Since it wasn’t thick, a few of the flowers are raised out of the resin. I don’t know that you can see the difference, but you can feel the difference. If this bothers you, simply coat with another layer of resin.
Have you ‘blinged out’ a phone case? What do you like to put on yours?
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