Learning how to use flowers in resin is the ultimate project. It’s such a classic look, not to mention a great way to preserve flowers for eternity. You can use wedding flowers or maybe even ones you dry from your garden. You’re going to love the final result.
Resin supply list:
- Resin Obsession crystal doming resin
- 1-ounce reusable mixing cups
- Stirring sticks
- Safety gloves
- 1-inch round bezel pendant
- Mod Podge glue
- Dried flowers
- Scrapbooking paper
- Non-stick surface to protect your work area
- Polycrylic spray
- 1-inch round paper punch
- Drying mat
Step 1: Dry your flowers
If your flowers aren’t dry, you’ll need to do this first. This can take a few minutes to a few days depending on what technique you use.
Here are a couple of options:
💡 Pro tip: Your flowers will be delicate after drying. This is a great time to use the spray to stiffen them up. It also helps the flowers keep their shape better when adding them to your epoxy resin.
Step 2: Prep your paper
Use scissors or a 1-inch paper punch to select your circle for the bezel. Then, punch out the circle shape.
Place your paper cutout on a sheet of wax paper. Next, brush a layer of glue onto one side. Allow this layer to dry for 30 to 45 minutes. Then, peel it away and glue the other side. Allow to thoroughly dry.
⭐️ BONUS: If you’ve never done this before, learn more about how to seal papers for resin.
After both layers of glue are dry, peel the paper away from your wax paper. Trim the excess adhesive 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 paper’s edge, allowing the resin to seep in and stain the paper.
Step 3: Add the paper to your bezel.
Apply a layer of glue to the bottom of your bezel.
Then, press your paper in and make sure it fits snugly. Apply another layer of glue and allow it to completely dry.
Step 4: Add resin
Measure and mix the crystal doming resin. It’s the best epoxy for this jewelry project because it creates a high, glossy dome. Plus, the resin helps magnify your flowers.
⭐️ BONUS: If you’ve never mixed epoxy, you’ll want to review these resin mixing instructions.
Spoon mixed resin into the bottom of the jewelry blank. Then, use your stick to spread it across the entire area.
Step 5: Add your flowers
Place the flowers in the bezel. Use your stick to push them into your desired spot.
Because these flowers weren’t dried flat, they stick out of the resin a little bit. It adds a fun 3-D effect.
💡 Pro tip: I love using a Resin Obsession drying mat when I’m working with resin in bezels. Why? See 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. When you put the bezel on a mat and let the bail rest in one of the open holes, it lets the bezel lie flat.
Go over the surface of your resin with a heat gun to remove bubbles.
💡 Pro tip: Bubbles like to hang onto flowers, so check these areas closely.
Cover with a dome and allow to cure. Depending on your resin, it will cure in 24 to 72 hours.
Enjoy your new pendant!
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