Hold up — this is NOT a open backed pendant tutorial on using dried flowers. Being one that doesn’t like to fuss with drying flowers, combined with being a bit lazy, I wanted to try to get the look of a small delicate flower in a resin pendant using a different method. I found this beautiful handmade, silk-screened Japanese paper with little flowers on it and thought I would give it a try. I was surprised how well it worked, and I was happy with the results!
Note: When looking for Japanese art paper, its called ‘Chiyogami’ or ‘Yuzen’. You can find it online or may be lucky enough to find it close to where you live. Here are some sources: http://www.japanesepaperplace.com/retail/resellers-general.htm
The patterns are endless and really unique and beautiful http://www.japanesepaperplace.com/wholesale/chiyo/chiyogami-map.htm#MostRecentAdditions
Prepare your paper by laying it on wax paper and coating it with a clear-drying white glue. Cover the entire paper on both sides, 3 times each side (for a total of 6 coats), waiting at least 30 min to 1 hour in between coats. Note: You can use any paper for this project of course, but I would recommend coating any paper this way in preparation for resin to ensure no staining.
This is the new technique I tried. Instead of cutting the image out and placing it in the bezel, I positioned the open-backed bezel over the image and tried to capture a flower within the frame of the bezel. I’ve not had a lot of luck with getting images cut perfectly to fit bezels, especially when they are small, that’s why I decided to try it this way.
Glue again by using a brush and ensuring the glue covers the inside of the bezels, you are looking for a good seal so that when you pour the resin in it doesn’t leak out. Do this 2 times. I used Nunn Design’s small open-backed bezel.
I tried two different techniques in this open backed pendant tutorial to see which one worked best. In the end I think they both worked, but each turned out a little differently.
The first technique I used was to cut around the bezel, leaving the back paper intact. Note: Use small scissors or scissors designed to give you a close cut in small spaces.
Seal the back with glue. You could resin the back again if you want. I chose not to because the seal was smooth and good enough for me.
Regular scrapbook paper would work for the first technique where you leave the paper intact but not sure if it would work for this method.
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