Hello everybody! I am excited to share an article on how to make resin flower jewelry. This project uses pressed flowers to create stylish pendants that will last forever. Every time I am at a wedding, I always snag a stem of baby’s breath. I use it to make a necklace for the bride for Christmas, their birthday, or their anniversary. Of course, you can use other flowers in place of baby’s breath. Your options for creating resin flower jewelry are endless.
First, I want to show how I dry flowers before I go into the details of making the pendant itself.
Part A: Drying flowers
To start, if you don’t have any baby’s breath and need some, you can go to your local florist and ask for a stem. I paid 50 cents for two stems, so they won’t break your bank. You do not need much unless you plan on making these in bulk. A few heavy books and some paper towels are essential for the drying process.
Step 1: Pick flowers
Open to a random page in a book and place a paper towel. Then, start breaking pieces off the main stem randomly. Because I knew I was working with more oversized pendants, I kept about 3 to 6 flowers on a stem. When I’m working with small pendants, I’ll take individual flowers off the stem to press as well.
Step 2: Press
When you have filled out the page with flowers, place another paper towel on top of the flowers. Then, shut the book or carefully flip to another page to repeat the process. The paper towels absorb moisture from the flowers.
Step 3: Add weights
After pressing all your flowers, close the book and set a few more heavy books on top. I let mine stay pressed like this for about two weeks. Some flowers require more time, but I find with baby’s breath, the moisture is gone after two weeks. Then, a flower is flat enough to place inside jewelry blanks and fill with resin.
Step 4: A flower for resin jewelry
Here’s what the flowers look like dried. Be careful removing them from the paper towels. They may stick and the flowers can tear.
Part B: Making a pendant
Resin supplies list
Step 1: Choose flowers
Find a few flower stems you want to use for your resin jewelry. You may need to trim them to fit inside of the pendant.
Step 2: Paint the pendant base
Shake the paint vigorously, making sure the cap is on. (Yes, that is likely common sense, but I made a huge mess, so I’ll mention it just in case.) Add a few drops of the color to the pendant base. Use a paintbrush to cover the inside with a thin coat. I painted the background of the pendant because we will only be using a thin layer of colored resin. This gives it added depth.
Step 3: Mix resin
Combine 1/2 ounce each of resin and hardener. Mix together thoroughly.
Step 4: Color the resin
Splash a few drops of the paint into the resin mixture and stir. If you are not happy with the color, you can always add more to make it darker and more opaque looking. However, be careful not to add too much, because it can make your resin bendy and soft.
Step 5: Add resin to the pendant
Pour a dollop of resin into the pendant, just enough to coat the bottom. Use your stirring stick to spread it into the corners of the bezel blank.
This base coat of resin adds more color to the pendant and acts as glue for the flowers. Don’t add too much. You need to leave room for a second resin layer.
Step 6: Add flowers
Place your flowers into the pendant, lightly setting them on top of the resin. You can use a toothpick to arrange the flowers. Don’t push them into the resin, or they may end up being dyed the color of your paint.
Wait 24 hours for the resin to cure.
Tip: Because flowers can change color when they get wet in resin, it’s a good idea to seal them with resin gloss sealer spray.
Step 7: Add clear resin
After the pendant base cures, mix another ounce of clear epoxy resin for the next layer. You may not need that much, but I always like to play it safe. Here are some fun projects to do with leftover resin should you have any.
Step 8: Fill with resin
Slowly pour the resin into a flower jewelry pendant. Start in the center, then use a slower flow to ensure you reach the corners.
Pour enough resin to get a slight dome over the top of the lip of the pendant. To do this without creating an overflow, I fill to the brim, then use my stirring stick to add more resin a few drops at a time.
Step 9: Remove bubbles
I used a lighter flame to pop bubbles on the resin surface. Don’t touch the flame to the resin. Just sweep it close to the surface a few times, and you’re all set.
If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, you can use a heat gun to go over the top of the resin to pop bubbles.
Let cure for 24 hours.
Once the resin is hard and no longer sticky, you’re just about done! I added a jump ring and a necklace chain to finish this project.
Now it’s time to show off your resin flower jewelry. Enjoy!
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Originally written by Michele Rober
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