Flowers represent meaningful times in your life. People give flowers to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and holidays. If you've been given a flower that you'd like to preserve forever, setting it in resin will do the trick. When the resin dries, you'll have a clear object or jewellery piece with the colourful, live-looking and intact flower encased inside.
Cut the excess stem and leaves away from the flower with scissors.
Fill the bottom inch of a small, airtight plastic food container with saltlike silica powder, also sometimes called silica gel.
Place your flower in the food container, stem-side down, and close the lid. Set the flower aside for three to five days or until all the moisture has been removed from the flower. The flower will still retain its shape and colour after this initial drying process.
Cover a work surface in a well ventilated area with newspaper. Lay newspaper down on the floor if you're working in a carpeted area, as resin is difficult to remove from fibres.
Put on your gloves. Remove the flower from the silica gel and gently shake off any excess granules.
Hold the flower in one hand and use the other hand to spray a light coating of resin spray on the flower. This adds strength and support to the flower so it will tolerate the resin casting process without coming apart. Set the flower aside to dry for as long as your resin spray recommends.
Add the liquid resin and resin catalyst to a disposable plastic cup according to the package directions. Stir with a wooden craft stick for the recommended time frame as indicated on the package and set the resin aside.
Spray the inside of your mould with mould-release spray if you're worried you'll have trouble removing the cast flower once the resin sets. Otherwise, set your mould on your work surface, making sure it's flat and level.
Fill the cavity one-third to half full with liquid resin. Work quickly to press your flower, petal-side down, into the resin. Use the remaining craft stick or a toothpick to gently work the petals into the resin and to remove air bubbles. Try to handle the flower as little as possible once you initially press it into the resin.
Fill your mould to the top with resin. Set it aside to cure and check on it in about 12 hours. If the resin created a dip or indentation in the top as it set, pour a small amount of additional resin into the mould. Allow the resin to harden overnight, then pop from the mould.
Do not skip the initial flower drying step as a fresh flower can rot, mould or turn colours once set in resin.
Tips and warnings
- Do not skip the initial flower drying step as a fresh flower can rot, mould or turn colours once set in resin.
Things you need
- Small plastic container with tight-fitting lid
- Silica powder
- Spray resin
- Craft resin with catalyst
- Plastic cup
- 2 wooden craft sticks
- Mold release spray (optional)
- Resin mould
- Toothpick (optional)