Resin jewelry making is a lot of fun. Maybe it is because it is somewhat reminiscent of lab work where I get to measure/weigh out resin and do a little mixing! But as I found out in the series of real flower jewelry making last year, it is wonderful technique for capturing nature. I previously used crystal cat litter to dry real flowers and dandelion clocks which were then used to make real flower resin jewelry.
California based Little Windows run by Fran Valera has some pretty cool resin jewelry making supplies which I've been reviewing and using for some time. The numerous project tutorials on Fran's site is fantastic - they inspired all my resin designs!
I've received more of of their unusual resin formulation which is a 2:1 mix of the two parts of epoxy resin. Part B of any 2 part epoxy resin product has a shorter shelf life (it goes yellow) so it is boon to be able to buy just Part B should one's stock goes off. Very useful if you do not often make resin jewelry.
This time round I wanted to test out their smaller molds. These are not silicone but they have a release coating so popping out the cured resin is easy peasy. The bottoms of these molds are slightly smaller than the top. The result are resin pieces with a refractive edge. That is aided by the way resin cures - the middle part becomes lower than the edges.
I used the small round molds to create a floating butterfly bracelet using some puffy butterfly stickers. I shared the tutorial here.
My first attempt at wiring was not pleasing. As you can see below, the resin pieces were too far apart. So I rewired them using a hinge technique to get them to be closer and still be fully articulated. The wire work tutorial can be found here.
|first attempt at wiring the resin pieces.|
As you can see, I still need more practice and care. Resin jewelry making is not technically difficult but it requires patience and an eagle eye for the dreaded bubbles. If you look closely, I still had small bubbles. They actually were rather pretty on the flowers or even the butterfly stickers. Not so lovely when I missed them at the edges. They did detract somewhat from the lovely "frame" produced with these molds.
Little Windows' resin product is a low bubble one - I usually don't have trouble with bubbles. But I am well into the second half of the bottles now. So I suspect the viscosity has increased with age and the bubbles that do form do not escape as easily. Fran does share a tip for dealing with this (increased viscosity can also be due to cooler temperatures) which I did not do. Fran says "Microwave Part A by itself briefly for 5-7 seconds before mixing with Part B."
|real flower and leaves with a butterfly sticker|
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