How to use flowers in resin jewelry
Originally written June 2013. Updated May 2020.
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.
Supplies needed for this resin pendant project:
- Doming resin
- 1-ounce reusable mixing cups
- Resin gloss sealer spray
- 1 inch round bezel pendant
- Ultra seal glue
- Dried flowers. I purchased these, but you can also dry your own. We have several articles on drying flowers.
- Scrapbooking paper
- 1 inch round paper punch
- Non-stick drying mat
- Wooden stir utensils or stir stix
- Wax paper
- nitrile gloves
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.
Use a 1-inch paper punch to select your circle for the bezel. Punch out the circle shape.
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 thoroughly dry.
If you want more details on how to seal papers for resin, this video will help:
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.
Apply a layer of glue to the bottom of your bezel. Coat the entire surface.
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)
Carefully measure and mix the doming resin according to directions. Don’t forget to wear your nitrile gloves.
Gently spoon some of your mixed resin into the bottom of the bezel. Use your stick to spread it across the entire area.
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 entirely 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.
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.
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 cure in 24 to 72 hours.
Enjoy your new pendant!
What other questions do you have about how to resin flowers?
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