Resin jewellery hanger
Get your precious pieces in order with Benita Nagra’s DIY resin gem jewellery hanger
Handmade gems to keep things tidy
HOW TO MAKE A RESIN JEWELLERY HANGER
MATERIALS Q 300ml Gedeo Crystal Resin Kit, transparent Q Resin colour pigment powder in green, purple, orange, pink and blue Q Silver flakes (we used Nuvo Gilding Flakes in Silver Bullion) Q 30 x 15cm (117/ 8 x 6") MDF, 6mm thick Q Three 0.5 x 1cm ( x 3 /8") MDF offcuts Q White paint Q Super glue Q Five 3.25cm (1 ") galvanised clout nails, 3mm head Q Two wall hanging fixtures Q Two small screws Q Five large silicone gem stone moulds Q Measuring cups Q Mixing cups Q Wooden stirrers Q Hammer Q Paint brush Q 3mm bradawl Q Screwdriver Q Drill Q Tape measure Q Fine sandpaper Okay rocks, now let’s get in formation. Say goodbye to tangled necklace vexation and hiya to forward thinking décor – finally there’s a functional jewellery hanger that’s a beautiful object in its very own right.
These glowing gems are made with coloured resin, and the backing board is 90s home makeover show fave MDF. The single hue gems with their metallic flakes look ace, but you could mix and swirl multiple colours together to create one-of-a-kind stones.
01 Measure out the resin and hardener in the measuring cups. Add the correct ratio of resin to hardener, in this case it’s a ratio of 2:1. You’ll need 270ml in total for the gemstones, so mix 180ml resin with 90ml hardener. Mix thoroughly in a cup with a clean wooden stirrer until the mixture goes from clear, to cloudy, back to transparent again.
02 Separate the resin mixture evenly into five separate cups. Using a clean spoon, add a small amount of a different colouring pigment to each cup.
03 Stir the pigment in each cup thoroughly with a wooden stirrer until the powder is completely mixed in and the resin is the colour you’d like. Add a small amount of silver flakes to the blue and purple coloured cups.
04 Next, fill all the moulds with the coloured resin mixtures, pouring one colour into each one. If any bubbles form in the moulds, use a pin to pop them to ensure a smooth, clear finish. Make sure the moulds are clean and dust free before pouring.
05 Leave the gemstones to set for at least 24 hours – they should be hard and shiny in finish when ready. Try to leave them on a flat, even surface which won’t be disturbed. Once dry, carefully peel back the
silicone moulds and take the resin gemstones out.
06 Sand down the edges of the 30 x 15cm (117/ x 6") MDF piece and 8 paint it with the white paint.
07 Once the painted MDF is dry, measure and mark out the points where you’d like the gem hooks to be on the board with a pencil, using the main image as a guide – aim for three gems in a row across the top and two in a row underneath them. They’ll need to be level and evenly spaced.
08 Drill a 3mm hole – the same diameter as the nails – through each point marked. Sand down any rough edges and retouch the board with paint where necessary for a flawless finish.
09 Superglue the three small pieces of cut off MDF to the back of the board, two at the same height in the top corners and one at the bottom centre. Screw the hanging hooks through the top two blocks – the blocks allow for enough thickness for the screw to hold securely. The third block at the bottom will keep the board level against the wall when hung up.
10 Hammer the nails from the back of the board through to the front through the drilled holes. They should be flush on the back with the sharp end of the nail poking out at the front. You can add a small drop of super glue underneath the nail head for an even more secure hold.
11 Using a 3mm bradawl, drill a small hole into each of the resin gemstones. You can choose which way you’d like the gemstones to face – the holes will be on the back of the gemstone, which will be set into the nail. Make the holes around 1cm ( 3 /8") deep so the gems will fit snugly and securely.
12 Carefully drip super glue into the drilled holes and attach to the nails. Leave to dry before using.