Hey everyone! My parents and I recently collaborated on a cool project. They have been collecting my perfectly in-tact pieces of shed and my mom was inspired to make jewelry with it one day, thanks to Krista Nicole, a fellow friend from the Chinese water dragons community on social media. She is a jewelry designer based in New York and makes her own jewelry as well! You should definitely check her out 😉 After my mom finished the jewelry, my dad took some pretty cool shots!
Resin jewelry is fun and pretty easy to do, especially if it’s your first time making jewelry, like it was my mom’s! The results are beautiful, and it’s nice to be able to take a part of your reptile with you wherever you go… stylishly! A few of you have been requesting this tutorial on my Facebook and Instagram, so we have worked together to create an easy DIY step-by-step tutorial for you below 🙂 At the bottom, you’ll have a chance to enter a giveaway to win one of these awesome jewelry pieces with my very own shed in it!
For this DIY project, you’ll need:
- Clear EasyCast Crafting Epoxy
- EasyCast Resin Jewelry Mold
- Wax paper
- Small container you don’t mind using strictly for arts & crafts after this
- Measuring cup or spoon you don’t mind using strictly for arts & crafts after this
- Big bowl
- Sandwich bag
- Shoebox top
- Hair dryer
- Resin fillers (reptile shed)
- Jewelry items (rings pads, clasps, chain, crafting charms, jump rings, etc.)
- E-6000 glue
Are you all set? Let’s get started!
STEP 1: Clear off a generous portion of a table, and line it with wax paper. Resin will not wash off once dried!
STEP 2: Place the resin and hardener bottles in a big bowl of hot water. The warmth will help the two mix nicely, helping you to avoid air bubbles when you make the jewelry molds.
STEP 3: Gather the shed pieces and organize them in the jewelry mold to your heart’s content.
STEP 4: Mix the resin together in a small container. My mom used 1 part hardener and 1 part resin (4 tablespoons each) to fill 7 pieces. Before pouring, mix consistently for around 2 minutes.
STEP 5: Pour the mixed resin into your sandwich bag, and gather in one corner.
STEP 6: Cut a tiny hole at the end of the corner to let the resin ooze out, and squeeze carefully into each mold. Be careful not to overfill, or the end result will be a bit sloppy.
STEP 7: Use a hair dryer on low setting and blow the molds from a distance. This will help to remove/reduce air bubbles in the final product.
STEP 8: Cover the resin molds with a shoebox to keep dust out, and let it sit overnight to dry.
STEP 9: Once solid, pop out the resin molds. If they aren’t coming out easily, feel free to place your tray in the freezer for approximately 10 minutes. This should make them pop right out!
STEP 10: It’s time to make the jewelry!
Photos by David Potter
If you want to make bracelets and necklaces, you’ll need jump rings, chains, and either crafting charms to glue the piece onto, or a metal loop that will be punctured into the resin mold. Though my mom originally was going to use the metal loop option, she opted for crafting charms because they are much easier, and she didn’t want the metal loop to somehow mess up the shed inside the mold. If you opt for the metal loop option, you’ll have to heat the metal over a gas stove or candle for 5 seconds, and poke into the resin.
Photos by David Potter
For rings and pins, you’ll just need to glue the resin piece with the E-6000 adhesive.
STEP 11: Before wearing the jewelry, it’s good to wait at least a few hours just to let the glue dry. To make sure the ring pad doesn’t shift, place it upside down to dry.
STEP 12: Spice up your #OOTD with your new resin jewelry! My mom made the necklaces in different lengths, so that she could layer them.
EXCITING NEWS! My mom and I have decided to give away 1 lucky winner from Facebook, and another from Instagram one of these creations (at our discretion). All you have to do is:
- Follow us both on Instagram (@stylelullaby and @babadookpotter) if you’re entering on Instagram, and like both of our Facebook pages (Style Lullaby & Babadook Potter) if you’re entering on Facebook. Entering on both will give you two entries. Feel free to sign up for my newsletter for an extra entry! 😉
- Like today’s jewelry photo.
- Tag a friend in a comment who would be interested in resin jewelry x reptile shed!
USA entries only. You have a week to enter, and the winner(s) will be chosen at random & announced on April 1, 2016 to ring in the new month! 😉 Good luck, everyone!
Photo by David Potter
Any reptile parents out there inspired to give resin jewelry a try? If so, be sure to take pictures of your end result(s) and tag my mom @stylelullaby and me @babadookpotter on Instagram to show us your creations! If you have any questions, feel free to drop a comment below.