How do you combine recycling with a passion for fashion? Okay, you don’t have to have a passion for fashion. An obsession with making resin jewelry will do just fine.
I’m going to teach you how to make terrazzo earrings.
What is terrazzo?
Terrazzo is a mix of marble, granite, and quartz chips mixed with a binder. It’s popular here in Florida for floors, but you can also use it for countertops and wall facades.
Now, I am by no means a terrazzo expert. But, here’s what I emulate when I’m making terrazzo inspired jewelry:
✅ Muted colors. As much as I like to wear brightly colored resin earrings, that isn’t a good fit for the terrazzo style.
✅ Variation in piece size. The more abstract the pieces of color, the better.
✅ Not too many color chips. Don’t let the colors take over. You have to leave room for your resin binder color to bring them all together.
Supplies to make terrazzo earrings:
Step 1: Make color chips
Cut colors of cured resin into random shapes and sizes for the terrazzo part of your earrings.
I wanted a specific color pattern for my terrazzo earrings. So, I used the Resin Obsession pigments to make a coral, medium yellow, and medium teal color.
Here’s the cool thing about using the Resin Obsession colors. You can mix them together to create new colors. The pigments blend seamlessly with each other. Plus, the color you see is what you get. That means you don’t have to worry about them turning some ugly shade of something after curing.
⭐️ BONUS: Here’s how to mix colors to get the shade you want.
Don’t forget that you’ll need to make color chips that will blend with your ‘cement’ for your terrazzo earrings.
💡 Pro tip: You don’t have to mix colors for this step. Let resin cure in your mixing cup, then pop out the cured resin pieces. Cut them up to use for your terrazzo earrings.
Step 2: Mix resin
The super clear resin is the best epoxy for this project. You’ll love how it releases bubbles easily and cures hard. No bendy earrings here.
For this earrings mold, 1/2 ounce of mixed resin is plenty.
⭐️ BONUS: Here’s how to mix resin if this is new to you. There are pictures and a video in that article.
Step 3: Tint the resin
White is a good place to start as the binder for your terrazzo earrings.
But the problem with pure white is that it’s so bright. If I had terrazzo floors, they would never be this white. It’s like teeth whitening gone wrong.
To soften it up a bit, you can add the tiniest amount of one of your epoxy pigments. In this case, I dipped a stick into my coral pigment then dropped it into the white resin. Then I used a clean stir stick to mix it. It added enough color so my white resin didn’t look like it was glowing.
Step 4: Add chips and resin to the mold
So here’s where making these terrazzo earrings gets fun. Place your chips into your earrings mold and add the mixed resin. Then, move your chips around to release bubbles and get a placement you like.
Be sure to leave space between chips, and don’t get bothered by the exact placement. I have a feeling terrazzo floor installers don’t put much thought into where the chips fall. LOLOLOL
Check your resin surface for bubbles before leaving it to cure.
Step 5: Demold and finish
Assemble the two parts of each earring with jump rings. You can either purchase jump rings or make jump rings yourself.
For this pair of terrazzo earrings, I made four 12 mm round jump rings with 18 gauge wire. Then, I added a bead to the bottom with the wire. Lastly, I glued post findings to the back with jewelry adhesive.
💡 Pro tip: Just because this is a two-part earrings mold doesn’t mean you have to use it that way. You can keep the parts separate and make two pairs of earrings at once instead of one.
And here are the finished terrazzo earrings
I can’t wait to wear these with a new spring outfit. Sounds like I need to go shopping.
I love how the different chip colors make wearing these earrings with lots of outfits easy. They pick up lots of colors shades.
Ready to take on more resin projects beyond terrazzo earrings?
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