Working with resin seems intimidating at first, but once you try it, you’ll want to dry every flower you see and turn it into jewelry. If you aren’t up for the challenge and still want the look, there are tons of gorgeous pre-made pieces straight out of someone else’s garden that are ready to rock.
Silicone mold (look for candy molds in the baking section of a housewares store or at Michael’s)
Resin mold release spray
Clear resin kit (this will come with 2 bottles of solution)
Clear coat spray paint
1 or 2 plastic spoons (depending on the type of resin kit)
1 to 2 mixing bowls (depending on the type of resin kit)
Small measuring cup
Dried flowers (depending on the depth of your molds, you may need to use pressed flowers)
A cardboard box (large enough to cover the molds as they dry)
Metal jewelry parts (depending on the shape of your mold and what kind of piece you are making, this can include tiny earring posts, square or round metal settings, or bracelets with flat metal for a stone setting. You may also need jump rings, chain, and needle-nose pliers if you are making a necklace.)
Before starting, read the instructions on the resin kit you are using. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area and wear a mask when mixing.
Decide how you want to lay your flowers in the molds. Using the scissors, trim the stems and leaves so they fit inside.
Wearing gloves, remove the flowers from the molds and spray them with clear coat spray paint (A). While they dry, spray the silicone mold with resin mold release; rub the spray around to coat the entire inside. Let flowers and molds dry for at least 30 minutes.
Lay the dried flowers in the molds in the positions you want, face-down (the bottom of the mold will be the front of the jewelry piece).
Mix your resin according to the instructions on your kit. Stir slowly and be sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the container; do not whisk.
Pour your resin very slowly into the molds, stopping before the top edge (B). If the mold is deep, pour halfway up, let dry overnight, then mix more resin and fill to the top (C).
Using a straw, gently blow any bubbles you see until they disappear. If flowers start floating up, use the stirring spoon to push them back down gently. Place the cardboard box over the molds and let dry for at least 24 hours.
Once the resin is completely dry (D), flip the mold over and tap the pieces out.
Mount your resin piece; this will vary depending on the shape of the mold and the type of jewelry. For the necklace: glue a circle casting into a round metal setting (with an attached hoop for hanging). Put a small amount of E6000 around the inside of the metal setting, using a toothpick (E). Insert the casting, making sure the front of the setting and the front of the casting match up (F), and let dry for 24 hours. Using needle-nose pliers, attach a jump ring to the hoop and string on a chain.
Grass Green Real Flower Earrings, $17.90, VillaSorgenfrei.etsy.com
Real Yellow Rosebud Resin Sphere Pendant, $49, Resity.etsy.com
By Callie Watts
Photographed by Lauren Perlstein
This article originally appeared in the December/January 2017 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!
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