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Faux Enamel Resin Earrings

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Using resin to create a faux enamel effect is super easy, and once you get the hang of it you can mix virtually any colour you want and use it for all kinds of fun applications. This is a very simple project to make adorable fake enamel earrings.

If you enjoy this tutorial please consider checking out my e-book on resin jewellery to learn more, including how to preserve and resin flowers, making bangles and spheres, and layering elements in the resin to create more complex pieces. If you’re interested, click here :)

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You will need:

2 part epoxy resin. Because I plan to add pigment to my piece, I don’t need to use jewelry grade resin so I am using Easy Cast, which is slightly more affordable. If you were planning a transparent piece, or using flowers in your work I definitely would recommend you use a jewelry grade resin (such as Ice Resin or Envirotex Jewelry resin) instead.

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Bezels and earring hooks. I am using 2 heart-shaped bezels by Susan Lenart, purchased from BeadFX.

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1 small, graduated mixing cup.

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Pigments for the resin. Here I am using opaque white resin pigment from Castin’ Craft and pink Pearl EX powered pigment by Jacquard

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Stir sticks, in this case a couple of craft (popsicle) sticks will do well.

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And finally, a large plastic cup to cover your pieces with, to protect them from dust as they cure.

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Begin by mixing your resin. Into the graduated mixing up, add 15 ml of resin. It’s a good idea to put plastic cling wrap over your working surface before starting.

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Into the same cup, add 15 ml of hardener. It is crucial that you achieve a 1:1 ratio between resin and hardener, or your mixture may not cure.

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Using your stir stick, mix the resin gently. Work both clockwise and counter clockwise, using your stick to scrape the sides and bottom of the cup. Make sure you scrape off the resin that’s on the stir stick as well. You want a uniform mixture, without any striations, and as few bubbles as you can manage. Don’t ‘whip’ the resin as you’re mixing it – this will introduce lots of bubbles! Getting a nice even mixture should take about 2 minutes of constant stirring.

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Add just 2 drops of the opaque white pigment. Don’t overdo this part – a little of the pigment goes a long way and too much will extend your cure time.

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Blend it into the resin by mixing gently until it’s evenly combined.

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Use your wooden stir stick to scoop up a green pea-sized amount of the powered pigment.

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Blend it into the resin by mixing gently until it’s evenly combined.

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Use your wooden stir stick to add it to the bezels drop by drop. Resist the urge to just pour the resin in straight from the cup – spilled resin is very hard to clean!

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Add resin until your mixture starts to ‘dome’ slightly out of the bezel. Resin will contract slightly as it cures, so adding a little extra will give you a nice even surface. You can see here that the heart on the left has been domed and the heart on the right is still under-full.

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Now both hearts have just the right amount of resin. If you have any bubbles, you can use use a pin to prick them.

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Cover the pieces with the plastic cup and let them sit undisturbed for at least 24 hours.

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Add your earring wires, voila!

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I would advise that you let the resin sit for at least 72 hours before wearing your earrings. Resin will come to a soft cure in 12, but a full hard cure takes 72. If you enjoy this tutorial and you give it a whirl please share photos, I’d love to see what you make!

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Killing time in the deep freeze

This is what Lake Ontario has looked like these past few days. The entire inner harbour is frozen, to the point where only the marine fire unit and the Porter ferry are cutting through. In other words… it’s been cold. Like -40 cold.

Lake Ontario ©Shireen Nadir 2014

Mind you, I heard that Winnipeg was the same temperature as the arctic a few days ago, so I’ve no right to complain ;) I’ve also found ways to kill the time indoors (not because even I have limits… but because my camera does) and I’ve been playing with polymer clay.  Here is another channel bracelet cuff with a pair of matched earrings that were coated in resin to bring out the colour. Every time, just a little bit better :)

Polymer Clay Cuff ©Shireen Nadir 2014 Polymer Clay Cuff ©Shireen Nadir 2014 Polymer Clay Cuff ©Shireen Nadir 2014 Polymer Clay Cuff ©Shireen Nadir 2014 Polymer Clay Cuff ©Shireen Nadir 2014 Polymer Clay Cuff ©Shireen Nadir 2014

Haven’t made Jewellery in a while…

So I made these lovelies on the weekend :)

©Shireen Nadir 2013

All supplies from Beadfx.

  • Open lever backed earring closures
  • Silver finish hummingbird charms
  • 3mm round Swarovski crystals in colour ‘denim blue’
  • Ball point head pins
  • Swarovski Elements Rhinestones – 12 mm Rivoli Cut Pointed Back Foiled Rhinestone
  • Silver Stone mount Rivoli

 

Crystal Ball earrings

Quickie post tonight as I blog from Calgary where it is colder and darker than it has any right to be.

These earrings were made last week, out of a new product that BeadFX is carrying – these lovely little antique brass spheres with embedded swaovski crystals :)

I love them :) Instant wardrobe staple.

 

Resin and Washi – Take II

I loved the washi bracelets from a few weeks ago and decided I couldn’t stop there; here are my latest attempts :)

Ice Resin bracelet

I love this one – hematite findings with a toggle clasp and black/white/pink washi.

Ice Resin bracelet

Because the ring and the backing are not one piece I had to make my own bezel. I used contact paper on the back of the ring to make a seal, placed a thin glaze of jewellers grade resin on the back, placed the washi inside and added a second pour, including the dome. The paper ends up nicely sealed inside the resin and after it’s cured you can pull the contact paper off the back and add your own backing.

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To make sure the paper didn’t go translucent on me I sealed it using Modge Podge beforehand. I let this dry for a full day, to make sure it was totally cured before adding the resin.

Ice Resin bracelet

Turquoise and antique copper are one of my favourite colour combos.

Ice Resin earrings

2 extra medallions went into a cute pair of earrings.

I’ve been doing some more work with resin and flower petals – more pics tomorrow!

Glass Goodies…

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These goodies are all from last weeks lampworking session – enjoy!

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I also made this red pendant –

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…which goes so beautifully with one of my favourite scarves…

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And these earrings

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Which had to be rescued by all the glue I spilled on them…

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Hope everyone is enjoying the morning =o)

Pretty little things

Just a random smattering of what I’ve been up to lately – Enjoy!

Following on the fun I had with my swirly mugs I tried to take the same technique to this vase. One thing I’m realizing is that the shellac doesn’t form a complete barrier against the underglaze, but I kind of like it that way.

I love the colours – this was inspired by the white sand and blue green colours of the beaches in Maui – a place I have been wanting to return to so I could take up surfing.

Another random thing are these earrings I made on the weekend:

Mom and I saw these at the Swarovski store at the mall on the weekend and decided to make our own versions. I love them, and they’re a far cry from being $120 a pair ;o)

Genuine Swarovski orchids (I love how they look like trilliums) hanging from sterling silver chain.

The design was inspired by these but I humbly admit that I like my version better.

  • I’m not into hearts
  • These particular stones have a front and a back to them – which to me doesn’t make sense on a flashy, dangly earring. I’d rather know that the sparkle factor would be the same no matter which way it was hanging!

In other news my sweater is off the needles and blocking – I’ll try it on as soon as it’s dry, make the buttons this weekend and decide what I’m doing with the neckline (possibly a hoodie)

It’s going to be sunny and 8 degrees in Toronto this weekend, welcome April!

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