Of all the things I create, I think learning how to make resin jewelry with flowers is one of my favorite accomplishments. It is an easy way to make your jewelry line cohesive while also giving your jewelry a personal and unique look. Like I’ve made bead earrings to preserve petals from my wedding bouquet and keep vacation memories. Sometimes, I just walk into my backyard, grab a few weeds and make beauty out of something we would throw away. Even though this tutorial focuses on resin earrings, you can use these beads for necklaces, bracelets, and even keychains.
Resin supplies for the beads:
Resin supplies for the earrings:
-Earring Hooks (2x)
-Bead Caps (4x)
-Decorative Dangle (2x)
-Eye Pin (2x)
-Jump Rings (4x)
STEP 1: Mix resin
You only need about 1 oz of mixed resin, but I always mix a little extra just for any ‘oops’ moments. Be sure to mix the resin thoroughly and walk away for about 5-10 minutes to let some of the larger bubbles pop on their own.
STEP 2: Add resin to a bead mold
Be sure your mold is clean and free of any leftover resin drips from previous projects. I pour clear epoxy into each mold to be a little over halfway full. I start my pour holding the mixing cup close to the mold’s opening. Be careful that you are only allowing a slight drizzle out.
STEP 3: Add flowers and leaves
Now it’s time to add flowers to our resin jewelry project. Depending on the size, I tend to use 2-3 botanicals per bead. This can be a little challenging initially because flower petals and leaves are flimsy and delicate. A trick that works for me is to place the tip of the petal or leaf into the mold and then curl it deeper around the center of the mold’s stem. I like to crumble or break off flower pieces. If your petal has a pretty side, be sure it is turned outward.
The items I am using are:
- Part of a shrub I have in my backyard.
- Dyed and pressed Queen Anne’s Lace.
- Not shown is a black rose petal I had from my wedding bouquet already pressed and dried.
The rose petal was the only thing I had to prep ahead of time.
The greenery was plucked right from outside (the only thing in my yard that is not dead) and placed into the resin. This specific greenery has a waxy texture, so I don’t have issues with browning or fading. Then the orange Queen Anne’s Lace is something I found online already dried.
STEP 4: Finish filling with resin
With the remaining resin, top each bead mold off using the same method as in step 2.
Overfill the mold just a bit. The resin will shrink as it cures. And if it does cover the stem, you can always drill through the hole after demolding.
STEP 5: Demold
Wait 24 hours for your resin to cure, then pop them out of the mold. They should release quickly when you press on them from the bottom. If any of your resin jewelry beads with flowers have rough edges on the top, either sand them down or use an exact-o knife to trim them, but for this project, it isn’t necessary since we will be using bead caps.
STEP 6: Finish with findings
Take your eye pin, bead caps, and one of the resin beads you just made and layer them together as shown in the photo (bead cap on first, then bead, and then topped with the other bead cap).
Cap off the eye pin with another hook, so the bead is between two closed loops. To do this, I use a handy dandy gadget I found a few years ago. It makes a perfect loop every time! But if you don’t have one of these bad boys, you can use your pliers to create the same thing.
Use your pliers to open and attach jump rings to both ends of your beads. On one jump ring, attach your earring hook. On the other jump ring, attach your chosen decorative bead or dangle. Be sure to properly close your jump ring so that the ends are once again touching to ensure your earring doesn’t break.
Now get excited because you just learned how to make resin jewelry with flowers!
These make a great gift too. It’s such a nice way to remember a special occasion.
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Originally written by Michele Rober
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