Using stickers for resin jewelry making is fun. There are so many types out there. So here are more of my resin adventures. For this project I used a set of puffy butterfly stickers. They were not made from paper so I didn't have to seal them.
- 2 part epoxy resin *
- stir stick
- small plastic cup (if you use weighing scales, then cheap plastic shot cups are all you need)
- weighing scales (optional)
- stickers (I used butterfly ones but you can use any kind you prefer)
- glitter - I used Judikins Rox (these were fairly chunky bits) - gold and silver
- 20-24 G wire (I used gold colored silver plated craft wire, courtesy of ParaWire)
- pin or toothpick
- black marker pen
- 600 grit wet/dry sandpaper
- drill and scrap block of wood (I used a spiral ratchet hand drill* - see this post)
I prefer to weigh the resin. It's great not to have to squint at the faint marks on the plastic cups! The proportion of Little Windows resin is different than for other makes. It's 2:1. For example 10g of Part A and 5 g of Part B. I generally work with 15 g total of mixed resin - that's enough to do not just this project but several others as well. So be prepared to have other projects ready to work on simultaneously.
I used the clear resin on other projects first. Then with the remainder, I added a small amount of gold and silver glitter and mixed it into the resin.
(I mentioned on Monday's post I had bubble trouble with my initial designs. I have since tested out Fran of Little Window's tip - microwave the Part A portion for 5-7 seconds - really works! Very few bubbles if you are working with a colder/older slightly more dense product)
Use a sharp tool like pins or toothpick to pop any bubbles. You could also try blowing across the resin with a straw. Or apply a little heat like placing the mold under table lamp.
Cover and let the second resin layer cure at least 24 hours.
Once cured, twist the mold a couple of times. Then tap out the pieces from the mold.
Then use a marker pen to locate where the holes will be.
I used a hand drill (a spiral ratchet drill) to make the holes. I prefer to take care with this step so I avoid electric drills.
I was hoping to use most of the cabochons for the 7 1/2 inch bracelet I was planning to make.
However, I used 20G wire for the wrapped loops and that spaced out the cabochons so I used only 5 in this first attempt. Try using finer wire like 24G to do the wrapped loops so the cabochons are linked closer together.
|first attempt at wiring the resin pieces.|
I used natural light my iPhone 6S with the camera+ app and the Modahaus TS320 tabletop studio for final jewelry photos. Tutorial photos were captured in my windowless basement studio equipped with LED lights. Check out my How to Photograph Jewelry Webinar .
Before You Go:
- How to Make Snowflake Resin Jewelry
- Floating Gems - Rhinestone Statement Jewelry
- How to Take Floating Ring Photographs
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