Flat acrylic jewellery is a popular project among crafters and jewellers. This is due to the fact of the versatility of acrylic resin, since it can be moulded into any particular shape. Moreover, the material can be left clear, be chemically painted, or painted over with any kind of paint (from chemical ones to natural pigments and waterproof paint). To elaborate an acrylic pendant, first you need to create a flat jewellery mould.
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Things you need
- Water-based clay
- Moulding latex
- Acrylic Resin
Sculpt the flat-backed pendant out of water-based clay. Create the exact shape and size you desire. Spray the pendant with a clear sealer spray and let it dry.
Coat the paintbrush with soap. Lay the sculpted pendant on top of your work surface (be sure to lay it flat side down), and stipple the pendant with the moulding latex (it doesn’t matter if the surrounding work surfaces get smeared as well).
Let the latex dry completely. Add another layer of latex. Repeat this procedure 10 times.
Peel the mould away from the work surface. Remove the clay pendant from the inside. Clean out any remaining clay with another soapy paintbrush. Now you have made your mould.
Pour some of the acrylic resin into a plastic cup and add a resin colouring or pigment.
Pour the acrylic resin into the mould, filling the pendant impression all the way to the top. Let the acrylic resin dry completely.
Pull the hardened flat acrylic jewellery out of the latex mould. Finally, drill a hole into the top of the pendant, through which you can string a necklace.
Tips and warnings
- Create a clean work surface. Set up a well-ventilated area as well. Cover all surfaces with plastic or newspaper.
- Resin is highly toxic. You must use safety goggles and gloves.
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