A pressed flower can evoke a precious memory of a special occasion, a sweet summer day or of the loved one who gave it to you. Creating jewellery with your flower is a crafty alternative to leaving them between the pages of an old book. Use hobby-quality resin and a craft mould to create a pretty necklace, a pair of earrings or a bracelet that shows off your flower for all to see.
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Things you need
- 1 pressed flower per item of jewellery
- Hobby-quality resin mix
- Hobby-quality catalyst
- A disposable wax-lined paper cup
- 1 Popsicle stick
- Craft mould
- Chamois cloth
- Plastic buffing compound
- Medium-grade file or metal nail file
- Pendant loop and chain
- Earring hooks
- Bracelet fasteners and links
Mix your resin with the catalyst in a paper cup lined with wax. Follow the directions on the bottle of resin and catalyst exactly so as to achieve the desired results. Stir the mixture well with the Popsicle stick to eliminate all air bubbles in the resin.
Pour the first layer of resin into the craft mould and allow it to harden. When it is rubbery to the poke (use the Popsicle stick to avoid leaving a fingerprint) you are ready to proceed with the next step.
Place your flower carefully onto the resin.
Mix the resin for the second layer of the mould according to the directions on the packaging. Pay attention as the second layer resin directions might be different than for the first.
Pour the second layer into the mould and set aside to cast. The casting will take from four to 24 hours to dry. You will know it is ready to pop out of the mould when it makes a clicking noise when being tapped with the Popsicle stick.
Polish and buff your resin casting. Use a medium grade file (or a metal nail file) to smooth any rough edges. Use a chamois cloth and plastic buffing compound to give your piece sparkle and shine.
Attach your jewellery hardware using superglue.
Tips and warnings
- Once adept at casting one layer with plastic resin, you can advance to experimenting with multiple layers for a complex and artistic look to your jewellery pieces.
- Flowers are not the only items that can be suspended in resin: try tiny rocks, insects or other small objects that you'd like to repurpose in a craft.
- This craft is most suitable for the ages of 8 and up. Children should always be supervised when using toxic or hazardous materials and tools.
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