Originally written August 2013. Updated February 2020.
When I went to the local flea market last fall, I bought a bag full of watches and watch parts. I managed to pull some of the faces off the watches and thought they would be cool to serve as bezels for a recycled watch jewelry resin bracelet!
Start by firmly pressing each open watch face circle onto the sticky side of a piece of masking tape.
Add a small amount to the center of each circle. (Warning — you will not need much.) You want enough to cover the bottom of the circle, while still leaving some room to apply a layer of clear resin to your recycled watch jewelry.
Use a toothpick to draw the resin out to the edge of each circle. Cover with a dome and allow to cure.
For the second layer, mix up more the clear cast epoxy resin. Using a toothpick, drop several drops of the clear resin onto the center of each circle. If you have never mixed resin before, this will help: how to mix epoxy resin
Add your embedments or findings. (I used micro glass beads.) Cover and allow to cure. Once the pieces have cured, peel them away from the masking tape.
Cut Resin Obsession toobies into an appropriate length for the back of each circle. You will need two for each link. Thread the cut toobies onto two 8 inch pieces of 20 gauge wire. (The wire will help you to line up the toobies evenly onto the back of the links.)
Apply a dot of E6000 adhesive to the back of the bezels and the underside of the toobies. Firmly press the toobies onto the bezels. Be careful not to get E6000 onto the copper wire, or you will glue it to your piece! Once the glue has dried, remove the wire.
Thread stretchy bead cord through your toobie pieces. Tie the ends in a square knot.
Enjoy your new recycled watch jewelry resin bracelet!
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