I think that many of us have some special photos which deserve to become a part of jewelry. the past few days, I was thinking more about it and experimenting with polyester glass casting resin.
Well, as far as I know I am not the first person who used this for handmade jewelry, but many people usually use different pictures, which they cut out from magazines. Since I have many unforgettable memories captured on many of my photos, I decided to make them even more special for me. My first try was more than successful so I would like to share some tips with you.
What you need:
1. Polyester glass casting resin
3. Jewel components
4. Baking paper
5. Your favourite analogue photos
7. Transparent glue
8. Thick and more resistible plastic cup
9. Gloves to protect your hands
10. Plastic or wooden knife and spoon
11. Paper tissues
1. First, cut the precise size and form of your analogue jewel out of your photo. Glue it carefully to the component. Don’t forget to glue the edges too! Let it dry for at least 2 hours, depending on glue, because it needs to be perfectly dry when you start working with the resin.
2. On your desk, prepare everything you need for work because after you start working with the resin, you really could not leave your place until you are finished with it since the resin casts and hardens quite fast.
3. Prepare resin according the instructions on the can or bottle that you bought. You do not need much of it, approximately 2 or 3 teaspoons for 8 to 12 pieces of jewelry, depending on their size.
4. Spread the first layer with the knife and let it “breathe” for few minutes, then spread the second layer (if you wish so) since the more layers it has the more glossy and shiny look it has.
5. Then let it harden in a cool dry place for at least 24 hours and then glue other components to the surface.
6. Next day, your analogue jewel is ready to wear.
1. Always work wearing gloves, work goggles and a mask over your nose.
2. During hardening time, it produces heat, so never cover it during this process.
3. Be careful with the exact measurements, otherwise the jewel might crack or even be sticky for a very long time.
4. Use baking paper to cover your desk. Any “resin drop” could be easily removed from it later and the same goes for your jewels.
5. Be creative! I have used the resin for a small pocket mirror, earrings, a brooch and a pendant, but there are many other possibilities, so explore them too.