How to make resin flower jewelry

How to make resin flower jewelry

by Michele Rober

 

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.

baby's breath on top of a postal package

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.

baby's breath on a paper towel in a book

Step 1

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.

covering baby's breath with paper towel

Step 2

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.

baby's breath being pressed between two heavy books

Step 3

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.

baby's breath after being flattened in a book

Step 4

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.

resin, resin pigment and measuring cup for making resin flower pendant

Making the pendant

Supply list

Easy Cast Resin
ICE Resin bezels (I used rune and shield shapes)
ICE Resin Luster  (I used red quartz)
Paint Brush
Mixing Cups
Nitrile gloves
Stirring utensils
Pressed Flowers

flattened baby's breath inside pendantflattened baby's breath in pendant

Step 1

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.

drops of resin luster in pendants

resin luster in pendants

Step 2

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.

resin mixed in plastic measuring cup

Step 3

If you are using EasyCast resin, combine together 1/2 ounce each of resin and hardener.  Mix together thoroughly.

resin luster drops in resin

resin luster and resin mixed in plastic measuring cup

Step 4

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.

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pouring resin mix into pendant

resin mix in pendant

Step 5

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.

dried baby's breath in resin filled pendant

dried baby's breath in resin filled pendant

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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.

resin being poured into flower resin pendant

Step 8

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.

resin flower pendant

Step 9

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.

popping bubbles in resin flower pendant necklace with lighter

Step 10

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.

finished resin flowerr pendant

Step 11

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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11 Comments

Grace

I love this pendant! I have a problem pouring resin. I tend to over fill my molds and at times, my arm jerks making a big mess. I wonder if I put it in a turkey injector after I have mixed the resin would that help?

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Olivia

You should look into pipettes! They are kind of like mini turkey basters . I think most craft stores should have them, but for sure you can find them online.

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Shannon Silver

Did you ever check to see if there was a difference with the resin spray to shield the flowers? I’d love to see your results!
-Shannon

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Michelle DeLeon

I was wondering if there was a difference between the treated baby’s breath an not treated after a few months? If it’s been past a few months since doing this project..

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Madison Faranda

I was also wondering if there was a difference between the treated baby’s breath an not treated after a few months?

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Shannon Silver

You said you treated one set, and left the other unsprayed. Can you share the results?

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Vanessa Lovinsky

Hello! I was wondering if using other methods of drying would be as affective as pressing them? Like could I use the air drying method for this? Please let me know

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