How to resin flowers – make a resin pendant with dried flowers

How to make a resin pendant with dried flowers

How to use flowers in resin jewelry

Originally written June 2013.  Updated July 2019.

I love using flowers in jewelry.  It seems so natural and I love the final result.  This tutorial is going to show you how to resin flowers in a bezel pendant with a colorful background accent.

 

jewelry making supplies

Supplies needed for this resin pendant project:

 

resin gloss sealer spray and dried flowers

Step 1

Place your flowers on a white paper surface.  Spray lightly with the acrylic spray.  Do this in short, light bursts several times instead of globbing on one thick coat.  Turn the flowers to different sides in between coats.  Note:  The acrylic spray is an aerosol product.  You will want to do this outside. 

 

Punching scrapbooking paper

Step 2

Use a 1 inch paper punch to select your circle for the bezel.  Punch out the circle shape.

apply glue to scrapbooking paper

Step 3

Place your paper cutout on a sheet of wax paper.  Brush a layer of ultra seal glue onto one side.  Allow this layer to dry for 30 to 45 minutes.  Peel it away and glue the other side.  Allow to fully dry.

If you want more details on how to seal papers for resin, this video will help:

 

trimming glue from paper

Step 4

After both layers of glue have dried, peel the colored paper away from the wax paper.  Trim the excess glue away with scissors.  Trim close to the edge, but not exactly on the edge.  If you trim too much glue away, you will expose the edge of the paper which will allow resin to seep in and stain the paper.

applying glue to the base of a jewelry blank

Step 5

Apply a layer of glue to the bottom of your bezel.  Coat the entire surface.

paper in a jewelry bezel

Step 6

Press your paper in and make sure it fits snugly.  Apply another layer of glue and allow to completely dry (at least 12 hours or overnight)

mixing clear epoxy resin

Step 7

Carefully measure and mix the doming resin according to directions.  Don’t forget to wear your nitrile gloves.

pouring resin into a jewelry bezel

Step 8

Gently spoon some of your mixed resin into the bottom of the bezel.  Use your stick to spread it across the entire area.

placing flowers in resin

Step 9

Place the flowers in the bezel.  Use your stick to push them into your desired spot.  Note:  I wanted my flowers to have a 3-D effect in the resin.  If you want flat flowers that will rest completely beneath the surface of the resin, you will need to press them between the pages of a thick book for a couple of days before starting this process.

resin curing mat with a jewelry bezel

I moved the bezel to this mat to let me pour more resin on top.  Why did I do this?  Notice how the bail at the top is not flat like the back of the pendant?  When resting on a flat surface, this makes the pendant pitch forward and the resin won’t dome evenly.  I can put the bezel on a mat and let the bail rest in one of the open holes, which allows the bezel to lie flat.

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using a straw to remove bubbles in resin

Step 10

Blow lightly through the straw to remove bubbles.  Alternatively, you can go over the surface with a heat gun to remove bubbles.  Cover with a dome and allow to cure.  Depending on the resin you use, it will be cured in 24 to 72 hours.

resin pendant with dried flowers

 

Enjoy your new pendant!

What other questions do you have about how to resin flowers?

 

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19 Comments

Sandy

This is very pretty and looks easy to make. It’s on my next “to do” list!

Thank you Katherin

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Yodamom

My dried flowers lost all color, bleached white after i sprayed them. How can I lock in the color ?

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Alice

Another good reason for having the non-stick drying mat. My next purchase! Thanks for the tutorial.

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Katherine Swift

@Yodamom,

I don’t have a good answer for that. I used flowers that were already dried and colored. (purchased from local craft store) I somehow have this idea in my head that there is a spray preservative you can get from a florist to help preserve flowers?

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Linda

Hi Kathy,

I want to make a round ball pendant with flower about 9-10mm.Can you recommend a mold to use. Thank you.

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Katherine Swift

@Linda,

We don’t have a mold that size. Your best bet is to make one from silicone.

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Michaelene

Katherine,
This is just lovely. I do have a question though. Can you use another type of sealer or does it have to specifically be a resin sealer.
Thank you

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Katherine Swift

@Michaelene,

I don’t know that is necessarily has to be a ‘resin sealer’, but I would make sure it’s something that dries clear.

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Linda

I have been trying to make jewellery with dried daisies but the yellow centre keeps seeping out and dying the white petals yellow 🙁 I have tried all sorts of sealers! Do you have any tips??

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Linda

I have used pva glue, modge podge and Pastikote which is a clear sealer that I use on a lot of my resin pieces… with no joy as yet! As soon as it hits the resin the white petals start to turn yellow! L 🙂

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Megan Manceaux

Try curing the parts separately. I like this stuff called diamond glaze, or midge podge should work, but coat just the yellow of the flower first. After it hardens and it coated well coat the petals. This will prevent bleeding

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Shelly White

Hi Katherine,
I am a beginner who is interested in making resin rings and other jewelry pieces out of dried flowers from funeral, wedding, etc. bouquets to sell. Which resin is best to use for that?

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Shelly White

Thanks!
I live in Canada so I was wondering how much the shipping is and if there is any additional charges, taxes, or duties when it crosses the border?

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Autumn McLendon

Must the flowers be dried? Can fresh flowers or leaves (green or fall-colored) be used? How would you prep them?
Which resin would you recommend if you wanted to make hard, clear cubes/domes/globes to be used as paper weights or sun catchers?

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