How to make resin flower jewelry
Hello everybody! I’m back with another tutorial and I am so excited to share this one on how to make resin flower jewelry. This project uses pressed flowers to create stylish pendants that will last forever. Every time I am at a wedding, I always snag a stem of Babies Breath at the end of the reception to create a necklace for the bride for either Christmas, their birthday or anniversary. Other flowers can be used in place of Babies Breath. Your options for creating resin flower jewelry are endless!
First, I want to show how I dry flowers before I go into the details of making the pendant itself.
Drying the flowers
To start, if you don’t have any Babies Breath and need some, you can go to your local florist and ask for a stem. I paid 50 cents for two stems, so they won’t break your bank. You really do not need much unless you plan on making these in bulk. A few heavy books and some paper towels are important to have for the drying process too.
Open to a random page in a book and place a paper towel. Then, start breaking pieces off the main stem randomly. Because I knew I was working with bigger pendants, I kept about 3 to 6 flowers on a stem, but when I am working with small pendants, I will take individual flowers off the stem to be pressed as well.
When you have filled out the page with flowers, place another paper towel on top of the flowers and either shut the book or carefully flip to another page to repeat the process. In case you were wondering what the purpose of the paper towels are, they help to absorb as much moisture from the flowers as possible.
After pressing all your flowers, close the book and set a few more heavy books on top. I let mine stay pressed like this for about two weeks. Some flowers require more time, but I find with Babies Breath, after two weeks the moisture is gone and they are flat enough to place inside pendant blanks.
Here’s what the flowers look like dried! Be careful removing them from the paper towels. Some tend to stick and the flowers can tear.
Find a few flower stems that you want to use for this project. You may need to trim them down to fit inside of the pendant. Set them aside for later.
Shake the Ice Resin Luster vigorously making sure the cap is on. (Yes, that is likely common sense, but I made a huge mess, so I’ll mention it just in case.) Add a few drops of the color in the pendant base. Use a paint brush to cover the inside with a thin coat. The reason I painted the background of the pendant is because we will only be using a thin layer of colored resin, so this just gives it more pigment and added depth.
If you are using EasyCast resin, combine together 1/2 ounce each of resin and hardener. Mix together thoroughly.
Splash a few drops of the luster into the resin mixture and stir. If you are not happy with the color, you can always add more to make it darker and more opaque looking. Be careful not to add too much for it could affect the curing time.
Pour a glob of resin into the pendant, just enough to coat the bottom. I used a paint brush to spread it evenly into the corners of the pendant. This base coat of resin is to add more color to the pendant but also to act as a glue for the flowers. Don’t add too much or they will float around.
Place your flowers into the pendant making sure to lightly set the flowers on top of the resin. You may need to use a toothpick to carefully arrange the flowers. Don’t push the flowers into the resin or else they may end up being dyed the color of your luster. Wait 24 hours for the resin to cure.
Note: I did a little experiment with this project. I usually leave Baby’s Breath untreated but for this tutorial I sprayed the flowers in the shield pendant with Castin’ Craft Resin Spray, and left the other pendant’s flowers untreated. In the end I did not notice a difference, but a few months from now I plan on checking to see if the flowers hold up differently.
After the pendant base is cured, mix and pour about 1 ounce of mixed resin for the next layer. For pendants this size, you will have a little leftover, but I always like to play it safe. I like to let EasyCast resin sit for about five minutes after mixing to get rid of larger bubbles.
Carefully and slowly pour resin into one of your pendants. I always start in the center with a glob of resin, then use a slower flow to ensure the corners have all been reached.
Pour enough resin to get a slight dome over top the lip of the pendant. To do this without creating an overflow, I usually fill to the brim with a steady pour but then use my stirring stick to add more resin a few drops at a time.
This is the first time I tried this trick, but it worked! To get rid of the bubbles that surface after the resin is poured, I used a lighter flame to pop them. I was careful not to actually touch the flame to the resin. Just sweep it close to the surface a few times and you’re all set!
Prior to the lighter trick, I would just use a straw and blow through it with hot air.
If you don’t feel comfortable with either of these methods, you can use a heat gun to go over the top of the resin to pop bubbles.
Let cure for 24 hours.
Once the resin is hard and no longer sticky, you’re just about done! I simply added a jump ring and a necklace chain to finish this project off.
Now it’s time to show it off your resin flower jewelry. Enjoy!
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