Since I was a child I have been obsessed with jewellery. There wasn’t a time when I didn’t have a necklace or bracelet on.
It was inevitable, then, that a well accessorised child would grow up to be a well accessorised woman! I started making my own to compliment my outfits when I was a teenager. I kept seeing things in the shop and thinking “I could make that” so I set to it. After years of experimenting with dodgy glues that ruined the design or just not getting the right technique, I stumbled across resin. I used crystal resin for the first time a few years ago and have been a fan ever since.
It is a tricky, messy substance to use, but the results can be amazing. In all honesty, I’m still experimenting now, but I have made some items I’m pretty proud of. Bangles and rings are my specialty and these are my favourite items of jewellery to wear. It is also quite fun to mix the resin as it is a bit like a scientific experiment with two parts resin to one part hardener. Once the resin is mixed up you can add glitter, beads……anything really and put it in a mould of your choice to harden for 24hrs. I bought my rubber moulds off Etsy and they are not perfect, but still give decent results and, because they are rubber, you can turn out your jewellery much more easily than hard moulds I have used in the past. You can even use rubber ice trays as they are available in fun shapes and are far cheaper than proper resin moulds.
The trick with resin is to be patient (something I’m not good at!) If you take it out to early it will fall apart or warp. The longer you can leave it, the better. This is hard to do when the moulds are not see-through and you have no idea what the finished product will look like. That’s another exciting bit about resin. Each piece is unique and you never know what you’re going to get next.
Here’s what I made yesterday:
The square one came about by chance. I placed extra resin in a tealight holder and then moulded it into a square when it was still a bit soft. It has taken a slightly warped effect that works (on this piece) because it looks like a stone rather than plastic.
Let me know what you think or if you have any good resin techniques that you think need to be shared.
Light and love, people. Mimi Cat xox