How to Make Floral Resin Jewelry
Wahoo! If you're reading this, that means you're curious about making DIY resin jewelry with foraged flowers and botanicals. Or you purchased a kit from me, YAY!
These handmade creations are the perfect gift for those hard-to-buy for loved ones. And you’ll love having the opportunity to scream “THANKS I MADE IT” when the endless compliments pour in for your dainty jewels.
What you’ll need:
- UV resin
- UV nail dryer
- Open bezels
- Earring hooks and/or necklace chains
- Jump hooks
- Pressed flowers (purchased or foraged)
- Resin tape
- Tooth picks
- Gold foil (optional)
Let's get crafting!
1. Prepare your workspace: To begin, I like to lay out all of my supplies on a big table. If you’re messy, place a silicon mat or wax paper down to protect your surface.
2. Next, start playing with different combinations of your bezels and flowers. What type of look are you going for? Think about color combinations and shapes and composition. I like to lay out the flowers and place the bezels on top to see what it will look like before committing.
3. Once you have a design you like, cut a 2in x 2in piece of tape and place the flower or flowers down in the center of the tape carefully using tweezers. Then place your bezel on top. If your flower is bigger than your bezel, that’s ok, we’ll file the edges off later. You can center the bezel over the flower, or place the bezel off to the side. Press the bezel down securely to make sure there are no gaps which helps avoid resin leaks. If you’re using pre-assembled jewelry from my kits, you’ll want the jewelry facing up (meaning the earring hooks are facing down and the front of the flower is facing up).
4. Next, you’ll add the resin into the bezel slowly. Note: you can always add more resin without consequences but it's almost impossible to remove once you've added too much. Take your time with it. Use a toothpick to spread the resin into the corners of the bezel evenly. If you get bubbles in the resin, you can dig them out with the toothpick. If you like the look of the gold foil, you can sprinkle it into the wet resin.
5. When you have a look that you love, you can add the UV light on top. Turn it on and cure the resin for about 2-4 minutes depending on the thickness of the bezel. Tap the resin with your nail to test hardness.
6. Carefully and delicately and slowlyyyyyy remove the tape. Some of the excess petals may come off, that’s ok. If you have rough edges of resin or petals, use a nail file to lightly file the edges into a smooth side.
7. Turn the piece over and add a little dot of resin to the center of the piece. Use the flat side of the toothpick to even spread a thin coat to the piece. Place under the light until cured. This should take less time than the front.
Voilà, you did it! Be sure to tag my Instagram with BTS videos and the finished product! @bohemianandbouj and #THANKSIMADEIT. I’m excited to see what you’ve created!