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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.

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