Metal wire and resin jewelry tutorial
One of the neat things (or disastrous things) about resin is that it will stick to almost anything. If you don’t have any resin molds, but want to make resin jewelry, a little bit of wire will help you get it done.
For this tutorial, I am using 20 gauge brass wire. You could use copper or silver wire as well. I used one of my dapping punches as a mandrel to form the wire into a large circle.
I won’t go into all the steps here, but I used chain nose and round nose pliers to create a wire wrapped loop at the top.
I hammered the round wire form flat with a planishing hammer on a metal anvil. This step is optional, but I hammered the piece to make sure I had flat edge to press onto the tape (in the next step).
Once you have made your metal forms, press them onto the sticky side of a piece of masking tape. Make sure you have good contact all the way around the circle. Note: I’m also doing these on one of the Resin Obsession drying mats. The holes in the mat make a great space for the loop to allow the wire frames to lie flat.
Dot some mixed resin into the wire forms. For this tutorial, I used Envirotex jewelry resin because I wanted a doming resin that does well when cast in thin layers. When adding in your resin, you want to dot some in using a toothpick, then use your toothpick to draw it to the edge of the wire. You will not need much!
Sprinkle inclusions over the resin. For this resin jewelry set, I used glass seed beads. Once you have the filled as you want, cover the area with a dome and allow it to cure.
After the resin has cured, peel the masking tape away from the back. If you do this while the resin is still in the soft cure stage, you can also peel away any resin tags or drips that may have come out from under the edge.
Add jump rings and ear wires to make your pieces wearable.
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