Resin jewellery is distinctive as each piece may be individually customised. You can make resin jewellery using rose petals, pressed flowers, microbeads, photos and other decorative objects that are small enough to fit inside a jewellery bezel. You can even make your own outline to hold the resin with malleable soldering wire; shape the thick wire into any design with a closed perimeter to create unusual jewellery designs.
Things you need
- Rose petals
- Floral glaze
- Jewellery bezel
- Clear packing tape
- Jewellery resin
- Squirt bottle
- 3 jump rings
- Round-nose pliers
- Jewellery chain
Spray one side of the fresh rose petals with a light coat of floral glaze. Allow the glaze to dry, flip the petals and spray the other side. Sealing fresh or dried petals with floral glaze will help keep the petal colour from bleeding into the resin.
Cover the back of a jewellery bezel with a strip of clear packing tape. Jewellery bezels are metal findings available in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes from craft shops and jewellery suppliers.
Mix a small amount of epoxy or polyester jewellery resin in a squirt bottle. Follow the manufacturer's directions for mixing the jewellery resin.
Squirt the jewellery resin into the jewellery bezel to fill it halfway. Pick up the rose petal or petals and place them on top of the layer of resin. Arrange the rose petals quickly before the resin begins to set up.
Add more mixed jewellery resin on top of the rose petals to the top rim of the bezel. Allow the resin to dry completely. This will take at least 15 minutes; follow the dry time instructions from the jewellery resin manufacturer. Remove the tape after the resin is dry.
Open three jump rings using round-nose pliers. Hook one jump ring over the last length on each end of your jewellery chain. Hook one jump ring over the bail at the top of the bezel. Lengths of jewellery chain are also available from craft and jewellery supply shops.
Slide one half of a jewellery clasp over each of the open jump rings at the end of the chain. Close the jump rings using round-nose jewellery pliers.
Find the centre link in the jewellery chain. Slide the jump ring attached to the bezel bail over the centre link. Close the jump ring.
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