Resin rings are wonderful in that you can make in any color you want to match with your outfits. There is no metal so these will suit those who are metal allergic. Add metal flakes and they become trendy and oh so elegant! So here is how to make them!
The first thing you will need is resin. I use Little Window's Brilliant Resin (15% reader discount code : BG1516) - an excellent jewelry grade formulation which means it is a low bubble producer, utterly colorless with a longer shelf life than many other brands. Another good one to try is Ice Resin . Mix the resin parts up as instructed. I like to use small scales to weigh the resin rather than try and squint and see the marks on the measuring cups!
The fun part is coloring the resin. I like to start with opaque white - I used Little Window's white colorant and then a drop of oil paint to get a milky hue. You can use transparent resin dyes like Castin Craft's blue transparent pigment or a drop of oil paint and leave out the white if you wish. Note : Acrylic paint will also work if you use just a little.
You can also combine colors to get others. Like blue and red for purple.
I used fake gold metal flakes (Speedball Mona Lisa Composition Gold Leaf) as real gold leaf is a tad too expensive! (See my past post which explains why it is so). It is easy enough to crumble up some and mix it into the resin.
While you can get Silver Leaf too, I did an experiment with aluminum foil. I crushed up a small piece, smoothed it out and cut it into little pieces. It worked alright but remember that aluminum foil has a dull side so sometimes that showed in the rings. If you don't like that look, then by all means, get the silver leaf.
So get out your Dremel and make quick work of the sanding you will have to do with the rough edges. Remember to wear a dust mask!
I started with the coarsest grit and then moved on to increasing finer sandpaper. Check my past post on how to use split mandrels to make your own custom sanding barrels. You can do all this manually with wet and dry sandpaper. But that might make you go crazy!
Don't panic when you see the whitish areas the first coarse sanding reveals :
With the use of progressively finer sanding paper, all those whitish bits will disappear. In this picture, I thought I was all done but I clearly missed a bit as you can see with the white line of the edge as denoted by the arrow in the picture below. So I had to repeat some of the sanding steps again.
The last step is buffing. I use the buffing pad from my Dremel accessory kit.
Car wax makes for great final resin finishes! These bottles are enormous as you will need very little on the buffing pad. So factor in some real car waxing too. Check your local auto supply shop. There are all kinds of brands.
I happen to use Mothers California Gold Micro-Polishing Glaze Step 2) which removes tiny scratches. Followed finally by Mothers California Gold Pure Brazilian Carnauba Liquid Wax (Step 3). Carnauba wax is a natural wax made from a kind of palm tree which grows only in Brazil.
(There are several grades of purity. Carnauba wax is found in many products - car waxes, surfboard wax, polishes and so on. Due to its hypoallergenic and emollient properties, it is also used in cosmetics, dental floss, in the pharmaceutical industry where small amounts are used to coat tablets, thus making it easier to swallow pills!)
So enough with the trivia! How did I find my rings? Well, the largest faceted one was not comfortable as it was too big for my hand.
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I used natural light, my iPhone 6S with the ProCamera app and the Modahaus TS400 tabletop studio and the rostrum stand (overhead) for final product photography. The tutorial pictures were taken with the same equipment but with artificial lights in my windowless basement studio. Check out my How to Photograph Jewelry Webinar .
Before You Go:
- Secret Wood's Out of This World Resin Rings
- Translucent Screen Printed Resin Jewelry Tutorial
- Shannam's Amazing Diorama Resin Rings
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