HOW TO MAKE RESIN EARRINGS
Q 150ml Gedeo Crystal Resin Kit Q Gold flakes (we used Nuvo Gilding Flakes in Radiant Gold) Q Flower petals Q Two sterling silver earrings backs and fastenings Q Two 6mm gold jump rings Q Two gold screw eye pin bails, 8 x 4mm Q Fine 1mm screw bradawl Q 6cm (23/ 8") hoop style silicone mould Q 1cm ( 3 /8") stud style silicone mould Q Jewellery pliers Q Measuring cups Q Wooden stirrer Q Pipette Q Tweezers Petal faffers, this is your time to shine – encapsulate pressed flower pieces and golden flakes forevermore with a spot of resin wizardry. For these earrings, we’ve opted for a notice-me statement hoop style, but you could make yours in whatever shape you like, as long as there’s a mould for it. And how about saving petals from a special bouquet for handmade jewellery with even more meaning?
Leave the petals to dry, laid out in a tray or pressed between weights, such as pages in a heavy book. Use darker flower petals as the pigment is less likely to fade in the resin over time. You’ll know they’re dry when they’re crispy and paper-like – allow two or three weeks minimum. Trim them and remove any stems before using.
To measure out the resin in the measuring cups, add the correct ratio of resin to hardener, in this case it is 2:1. You’ll need approximately 30ml in total for these earrings, therefore mix 20ml resin with 10ml hardener.
Resin is very sensitive so follow the ratio exactly and mix well. You can pour the mixture from one cup into another to ensure a thorough blend. Mix the resin and hardener thoroughly in a disposable cup with a clean wooden stirrer until the mixture goes from clear to cloudy, then back to transparent again. Ensure the moulds for the earrings are clean and dust free and leave the resin to settle before pouring.
For the earring studs, fill the smaller moulds halfway with the resin mixture using the pipette. Add in two or three gold flakes using tweezers and ensure they’re covered in the resin.
For the hoop shape, fill the moulds halfway with the resin
mixture, then add in the flower petals and gold flakes using tweezers. Mix around in the resin mixture to ensure all the pieces are coated and create an even arrangement you like.
Next, fill all the moulds to the very top with the resin mixture, using the pipette for a smooth finish. If any bubbles do form in the moulds, use a pin to pop them to ensure clarity. Have some additional moulds on standby to fill with any leftover resin and make some extra earrings.
Before the resin sets, add in the earring fixtures to the studs. You can do this after around 13-14 hours while the resin is still malleable. Push each earring back into the resin, ensuring the base of the earring back is covered and it stands straight. Keep adjusting them to a standing position until the resin is set if they begin to lean.
After 24 hours, you can remove the four resin pieces from their moulds. Peel the shapes away slowly and use a sharp pair of scissors to trim any excess resin.
Use the small screw bradawl to begin the hole on the base of the stud earring, as shown. Once a small hole is made, use this to place the screw bail.
Turn slowly and keep straight until the screw is completely in the resin. You can use pliers to turn the screw for a more secure hold. Be sure not to over tighten – stop once you reach the eye of the screw pin.
Create the hanging fixings for the hoops. For each earring, use a 6mm jump ring and open it with pliers. Thread one through each hole in the resin hoops. Keep the jump ring open and thread on the screw eye bail fixed in the stud, then close the rings tightly. Add the earring backs to finish.