Friday, June 28, 2019

More Resin Art Overflow Jewellery Idea - Daisy Chain Earrings

For anyone who has made a few pieces of resin art, you'll have seen the intricate patterns that collect on the table below your canvas as the resin drips over the edge. You just couldn't replicate such gorgeous marbling if you tried! It's probably crossed your mind that you could turn it into jewellery and this post shows you one way that you can. You'll need a die cut machine like a Sizzix Big Shot and steel rule die to cut the resin - plus my special tip which you can see in the video further down the page.

Orange and Blue Daisy Chain earrings

Here's what you need:
Resin Art overflow (or skin) no thicker than 1.5mm (1/16")
Drill with 1mm drill bit
Sizzix Big Shot
Sizzix die - I used Flowers #4 (657011) which has been retired. Try this one instead: 660659 or hunt around for a second hand one on your favourite pre-loved goods site.
2 4mm Swarovski bicone crystals (I used Montana)
2 silver ball head pins
Fine cable chain
6 x 4mm silver jump rings
2 oval jump rings
2 earring wires

Tools: chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, flush cutters
You'll also need a craft heat tool or a flat container filled with warm water.

N.B. This project works best with resins skins that are slightly flexible when cured. If the resin you try to die cut snaps, then you will have to use those skins in a different project. Keep an eye out for upcoming blog posts featuring other ways you can use up resin art overflow that don't require die cutting.

To make it easier to cut, soften the sheet of resin by passing the craft heat tool over it a few times. If you're using warm water, place the resin into the water bath for a few minutes and then dry it off. When the resin is as flexible as shown in this photo, it will be much easier for the Big Shot to cut it.
Pliable resin skin

Whilst the resin is still pliable, position it face down on the die. Cutting this way will give you a nice rounded edge on the front of the daisies so you won't have to sand rough edges (Bonus!!)
Marbled resin skin in position on the die cutting plate.

Sandwich the die between the plates with the dye facing up (resin on top). You need to position it in the centre of the plates. this allows the leading edges to flex as they begin to draw through the machine. If you place the die hard up against the leading edge, you won't be able to draw the plates through.
Turning the handle of the Big Shot to draw the plates through.

Slowly crank the handle. If the Big Shot feels like it's struggling, then the resin is too thick. Stop and choose a thinner skin to work with.

Remove the die from the plate sandwich and remove the die cuts. Sometimes, they'll be firmly stuck below the steel cutting frame and you'll have to pry them out with a needle tool.
Using a needle tool to remove a stuck die cut from the die.

Drill a hole in the top of each flower.
Drilling a hole in the tips of the resin petal

Drill one in between the two bottom petals of each flower also.
Marbled resin daisy with holes drilled at the top and bottom

Cut two 3-link pieces of chain for each earring.
Cutting links from the chain with flush cutters

Open a jump ring and hook on one set of links. Hook another jump ring on the other end,
Open jump ring with 3 chain links attached.

Whilst the jump ring is still open, insert it through the bottom hole of the larger flower.
Inserting the jump ring through the petal

Open the jump ring on the other end of the chain and hook it through the top hole of the smaller flower.
Connecting the top daisy to the bottom daisy

String a bicone onto a head pin and bend it at a right angle.
Bending the head pin above the bead at a right angle.

Trim it to 8mm (3/8").
Trimming the head pin with the flush cutters

Turn a simple loop.
Making a simple loop on the round nose pliers.

Hook another chain onto a jump ring and insert it through the hole on the bottom of the smaller flower.
Attaching the chain links and the petal together with a jump ring

Open the loop of the crystal and hook it through the bottom chain link.
Hooking the beaded dangle onto the chain.

Open an oval jump ring and insert it through the top hole of the large flower.
Inserting a jump ring through the top hole of the top daisy

Connect the oval jump to the earring wire with a jump ring.
Connecting the earring wire to the daisy chain with a jump ring.

Now make a matching earring!

Got more resin art overflow? Well here are more ideas for how to use it:
Resin Art Overflow Pendants
Resin Orb Beads
How to make pendants from Resin Art Overflow

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Daisy Chain earrings inspiration sheet.

'Til next time.....

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

How to Turn Resin Art Overflow into Marbled Pendants

One of the things I've come to know about myself over the years is that I can't bear to throw anything away. Even the tiniest piece of left over scrapbook paper or short length of beading wire would be saved in case it could be used some time in the future. It's a lesson taught to me by my parents who grew up in the Depression where nothing went to waste.
Cured, marbled resin oval being inserted into an ornate silver bezel.

Of course, my need to keep things has also transferred to the resin overflow that drips over the edge of my resin art pieces and onto the table below, where the resin forms beautifully patterned puddles. You couldn't recreate these intricate patterns if you tried and yet gravity can do it all on its own! So I keep all the pieces that are a usable size and this is one way I use them. See the end of the post for links to even more ideas on how you can use up your resin skins.
Burgundy, orange and white marbled resin pendants
What you'll need is:
Some resin art overflow (or skins)
Bezel of your choice
Scrap of paper to create a template from
5-minute epoxy adhesive
Wooden stir stick and disposable plastic lid to mix the adhesive on
Tonic Studio Micro Serrated Scissors
Emery board (100/180 grit are ideal)
Permanent Marker
Methylated spirits (denatured alcohol)
Cotton bud (Q tip)

Start by creating a template from the paper. Place the paper over the bezel and press it onto the rim to make an impression. Then cut it out. Now you have an outer frame that you can move around the marbled resin to help you select the patterned area you like and a template that you can trace around. Test the template inside the bezel to see how it fits. You usually need to trim away a little bit more so that it fits neatly inside.
Ornate silver bezel and paper template sized to fit

Once you've decided on the area you like, place the template back inside the frame, remove the frame and trace around the template with the permanent marker.
Cured marbled resin overflow alongside the paper template.

Cut it out just so you can just see the permanent marker line.
Cutting out the resin to fit the bezel.

Use the emery board to sand the resin edges. Emery boards come in different grades and the speed at which you remove material will depend on whether you have a coarse or a fine emery board. You don't want to file away too much resin so check from time to time how the resin is fitting inside the bezel. If the resin is too thick for the depth of the bezel, you can also file it to make it thinner.
Filing the edges with an emery board.

Once you've shaped the resin to fit the bezel, cut the rounded edge off the stir stick. This makes it much easier to mix the 5-minute epoxy. Dispense equal quantities of the adhesive and mix until it's completely combined. If you're not sure how to do that, see this post.

Apply the adhesive in the middle of the bezel and then spread it out to the edges. You want a thin coat of adhesive across the whole bezel but you don't want too much or it will ooze out the sides and you'll have a mess to clean up. If that happens, use some methylated spirits (denatured alcohol) and a cotton bud (Q tip) to clean it up.
Applying the adhesive to the inside of the bezel.

Place the resin inside the bezel and press it down lightly.
Placing the resin inside the bezel.

If you have any permanent marker still showing, wipe it off with a cotton bud dipped in methylated spirits. String your pendant on a chain and it's ready to wear in a few minutes.
Burgundy and orange marbled resin pendant.

If you're like me and have a collection of resin overflow that you can't bear to throw away, then check out these other related posts:

Make Orb Beads from Resin Art Overflow
Make Pendants from Marbled Resin
A trick for How to Cut Thick Resin Overflow
How to Mix 5-Minute Epoxy

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Resin Art Jewellery inspiration sheet

'Til next time.....

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