The Faux Opal Pendant

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2014

This is definitely one of my favourite projects from the new edition of the book. I actually got the idea from my work in polymer clay, and I wondered if similar techniques could be used to create a fake stone appearance in resin.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2014

I show how to mix the resin of course, to get the stone effect in pretty much any colour you want (I’m obviously biased towards blue!) but that’s not all.

Resin Jewelry ©Shireen Nadir 2014

This project covers, for those who are inclined to get a little more experimental, how to make your own bezels from scratch, using items found in any hardware store. It also covers how to antique the bezel once you’re done to get a beautiful patina, again just using common household items.

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The techniques show how to cut, file, and antique your bezel, how to mix, degas, and tint your resin and finally how to pour, seal and complete your piece so that it’s perfectly smooth on both sides. Every step is lovingly laid out over a few pages with tons of step-by-step photography. I love this technique… so much potential!

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~ Obligatory Book stuff below ~

Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition will be released September 15 and is now available for pre-order. Pre-ordering entitles you to the current version now and the fully updated version on September 15 at no further cost. You can pre-order until September 15 for only $20.00 USD, after which the price will go up to $28.00 USD.  

Upgrade option for folks who already own a copy:

  • Email me at hello@thebluebrick.ca
  • If you bought the book on my Etsy site, give me the paypal address you used to buy the first bookIf you bought it on blurb, give me the date of your original purchase
  • I will verify the original purchase with my records
  • Once verified, for a paypal payment of $5 I will add you to the list of folks who will automatically receive the e-book Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition on September 15th, via email.

This offer will expire on September 14th, on September 15th the full e-book and printed version will be released.

You can pre-order the e-book at Etsy or Craftsy:

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Interludes – The CNE

Every year, for about 7 years now, Tito and I have had a tradition of going to the CNE on a work night. Some years we went on every single ride, some years we brought heavy DSLR cameras, and some years we brought heavy DSL cameras … on rides ;) There were also quiet  years where we just went to walk and enjoy, and this was one of them. I took my Fuji x100S, set it to black and white, and enjoyed what I believe is still the most genuine old-fashioned fairway experience left in Toronto.

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The Lingerie Bangle

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One of the new projects in the book is a resin bangle with an insert of lace. I cover how to ensure that you’re cutting your lace to the right size, how to get the lace into the mold and how to pour with no worries about bubbles.

From there, the book covers how to trim, sand and finish the bangle to perfection. The same skills can be apple to using any fabric insert.

Of course, the supplies section in the book also covers what you need, and where you can get it. I have recommended, online suppliers for everything you would need to complete the project, including resin and silicone bangle molds.

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~ Obligatory Book stuff below ~

Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition will be released September 15 and is now available for pre-order. Pre-ordering entitles you to the current version now and the fully updated version on September 15 at no further cost. You can pre-order until September 15 for only $20.00 USD, after which the price will go up to $28.00 USD.  

Upgrade option for folks who already own a copy:

  • Email me at hello@thebluebrick.ca
  • If you bought the book on my Etsy site, give me the paypal address you used to buy the first bookIf you bought it on blurb, give me the date of your original purchase
  • I will verify the original purchase with my records
  • Once verified, for a paypal payment of $5 I will add you to the list of folks who will automatically receive the e-book Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition on September 15th, via email.

This offer will expire on September 14th, on September 15th the full e-book and printed version will be released.

You can pre-order the e-book at Etsy or Craftsy:

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Small Victories

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Today, I passed the entire book, in both Word and PDF form to my editor for review. A whopping 68 pages (up from the 40 pages in the 1st Edition) with tons of new photography, new ideas and 14 full-sized projects (up from the original 6) plus 2 bonus projects and 18 mini-projects in the inspiration gallery (up from the original 12). To say that I am happy is an understatement!

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Today I will leave you with what I personally find to be the most intriguing part of any new craft book, the page I hit first, the Table of Contents. It gives you a great overview of the material that I cover in the 2nd Edition. Over the next few weeks I’ll give you a quick overview and examples of each new project!

  • 4 Intro
  • 5 Where to get supplies
  • 6 Preserving materials
  • 7 Preserving materials – Leaves
  • 8-12 Preserving materials – Flowers
  • 13 Preserving materials – Paper and photographs
  • 13 Preserving materials – Other organic material
  • 14 Preparing your materials
  • 15 Working with resin-Mixing
  • 16-17 Working with resin-Using a Vacuum Chamber
  • 18-19 Working with resin-Pouring and Doming
  • 20-21 Attaching a Bail
  • 22 Projects:
  • 22-23 Project 1: Getting your feet wet – Basic Resin Pendant
  • 24-25 Project 2: Working with resin molds – Ice Cube Pendant
  • 26-27 Project 3: Using a sealant to preserve elements – Washi Earrings
  • 28-29 Project 4: Using Fabric in Resin – The Lingerie Bangle
  • 30-31 Project 5: Using Printed Transparencies – The Filigree Bangle
  • 32-33 Project 6: Layering Elements in the Resin – I ♥Autumn Ring
  • 34-37 Project 7: Working with open backed bezels – Transparent Pendant
  • 38-39 Project 8: Using a Spherical Mold – The Jungle Pendant
  • 40-43 Project 9: Using Silicon Texture Molds – The Wrought-Iron Pendant
  • 44-45 Project 10: Using Pigments 1 – The Faux Enamel Bracelet
  • 46-49 Project 11: Using Pigments 2 – The Faux Opal Pendant
  • 50-51 Project 12: Using Pigments 3 – The Cherry Blossom Pendant
  • 52-53 Project 13: Using Pigments 4 – White Resin Lace Pendant
  • 54-55 Project 14: Using Pigments 5 – the ‘Stash Buster’ Pendant
  • 56 Bonus Project: The Queen Anne’s Lace Spherical Pendant
  • 57 Bonus Project: Preserving an Entire Dandelion Head
  • 58-65 Inspiration gallery and mini project pages
  • 66-67 Troubleshooting tips

~ Obligatory Book stuff below ~

Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition will be released September 15 and is now available for pre-order. Pre-ordering entitles you to the current version now and the fully updated version on September 15 at no further cost. You can pre-order until September 15 for only $20.00 USD, after which the price will go up to $28.00 USD.  

Upgrade option for folks who already own a copy:

  • Email me at hello@thebluebrick.ca
  • If you bought the book on my Etsy site, give me the paypal address you used to buy the first bookIf you bought it on blurb, give me the date of your original purchase
  • I will verify the original purchase with my records
  • Once verified, for a paypal payment of $5 I will add you to the list of folks who will automatically receive the e-book Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition on September 15th, via email.

This offer will expire on September 14th, on September 15th the full e-book and printed version will be released.

You can pre-order the e-book at Etsy or Craftsy:

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The Dandelion Pendant

©Shireen Nadir 2014

The second bonus project in Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition is definitely the project I get asked about the most, and that’s how to preserve an entire dandelion head in resin without disturbing the shape, or the fluff.

The good news is, it’s not hard! There are a few tricks that will help get you the best results possible, and they’re all covered in the new book, release date September 15th.

©Shireen Nadir 2014

~ Obligatory Book stuff below ~

Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition will be released September 15 and is now available for pre-order. Pre-ordering entitles you to the current version now and the fully updated version on September 15 at no further cost. You can pre-order until September 15 for only $20.00 USD, after which the price will go up to $28.00 USD.  

Upgrade option for folks who already own a copy:

  • Email me at hello@thebluebrick.ca
  • If you bought the book on my Etsy site, give me the paypal address you used to buy the first bookIf you bought it on blurb, give me the date of your original purchase
  • I will verify the original purchase with my records
  • Once verified, for a paypal payment of $5 I will add you to the list of folks who will automatically receive the e-book Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition on September 15th, via email.

This offer will expire on September 14th, on September 15th the full e-book and printed version will be released.

You can pre-order the e-book at Etsy or Craftsy:

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The Queen Anne’s Lace Pendant

First off, I wanted to thank all the folks who have sent kind words my way, either via the blog or email, to encourage me and express enthusiasm for the new book. For a fledgling author like myself, this means the world! Here’s one of the ones that literally made me jump for joy:

“Your book is one of the best tutorials I’ve ever seen, so I can’t express enough how happy I am to see there’s a second edition coming. More breathtaking pictures and more mind blowing tips, hurray!”- Karolina

You people are the best. Thank you.

©Shireen Nadir 2014

Today I wanted to talk about one of the new chapters in the book – bonus projects. These projects are located at the end of the main teaching section, and contain some of the jewellery ideas that I’ve been asked about the most. One of them is how to use Queen Anne’s Lace in a spherical pendant.

©Shireen Nadir 2014

These delicate little pendants are easier than they look, but there are definitely a few tricks that help get you there and the project covers everything you need to know! This is not the only one, there are a few more and I can’t wait to show them off in the following weeks.

Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition will be released September 15 and is now available for pre-order. Pre-ordering entitles you to the current version now and the fully updated version on September 15 at no further cost. You can pre-order until September 15 for only $20.00 USD, after which the price will go up to $28.00 USD.  

Upgrade option for folks who already own a copy:

  • Email me at hello@thebluebrick.ca
  • If you bought the book on my Etsy site, give me the paypal address you used to buy the first bookIf you bought it on blurb, give me the date of your original purchase
  • I will verify the original purchase with my records
  • Once verified, for a paypal payment of $5 I will add you to the list of folks who will automatically receive the e-book Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition on September 15th, via email.

This offer will expire on September 14th, on September 15th the full e-book and printed version will be released.

You can pre-order the e-book at Etsy or Craftsy:

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Busy Bee, and Upgrades for Folks Who Own V1

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I have been busy.  I am also loving every second of the experimenting, shooting, writing and innovating that I’ve done for Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition. Every time I think I’m done, more inspiration comes my way. Clearly, the muse is working overtime.

Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition will be released September 15 and is now available for pre-order. Pre-ordering entitles you to the current version now and the fully updated version on September 15 at no further cost. You can pre-order until September 15 for only $20.00 USD, after which the price will go up to $28.00 USD.  

Upgrade option for folks who already own a copy:

  • Email me at hello@thebluebrick.ca
  • If you bought the book on my Etsy site, give me the paypal address you used to buy the first bookIf you bought it on blurb, give me the date of your original purchase
  • I will verify the original purchase with my records
  • Once verified, for a paypal payment of $5 I will add you to the list of folks who will automatically receive the e-book Resin Jewelry, 2nd Edition on September 15th, via email.

This offer will expire on September 14th, on September 15th the full e-book and printed version will be released.

You can pre-order the e-book at Etsy or Craftsy:

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I will try to repeat this message a few times over the next month here on the blog, in the hopes of reaching as many of you as possible so no one gets stuck tuning in after the 14th. In the meantime, write to me and let me know if you want guest list!



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