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Jean’s Botanical Earrings | DIY Tutorial

BotanicalEarrings1These botanical earrings are great for gardeners, outdoors-lovers, or just anyone who likes flowers. You can preserve a beautiful flower you grew or save a wildflower from a hike, or even remember a special occasion by making jewelry from wedding or a special occasion such as Mother’s Day. There are more flowers around you than you realize—Jean, who made these earrings, is an herbalist so the rose and marigold (calendula)  came from a medicinal tea blend she had with her!

All of the petals Jean used were dried and still in their natural form, so there are some places they meet the surface of the resin. I think it gives the jewelry a cool texture, but if you want your plants to be fully submerged in the resin, press them first so they are flat. (Here’s a good article illustrating different ways to press flowers.)

This was Jean’s first time working with resin, but the Nunn Design 2-part resin set made the process simple and more fun than she expected. 2 part resin is hardened by mixing the two parts, so no light is required as with UV resin. It’s a great way to experiment with resin without spending much money. I know we’re going to be making a lot more resin jewelry around here in the future. (Editor’s note: the difference between the two methods will be discussed in more detail soon.)

I’ve listed the materials for each set of earrings separately, but one 2 part resin set is enough to make all three pairs of earrings plus much more. Happy crafting!

Set Your Plants in Resin

  1. Mix your 2-part resin according to the included directions. Be sure to follow the directions as not mixing properly can be a big disappointment.
  2. For the rose petal pendants only, cut two pieces of clear packing tape about 1″ larger than the open frames and place the tape sticky side up on your work surface. Then press the frames down, burnishing the edges down onto the center of the tape pieces so that they form a tight temporary backing. This is to make sure no resin leaks out the back when you add the resin.
  3. Place your plant in the bottom of the bezels, then use your stir stick to drizzle small amounts of resin into the frame until the frame is full (this is to make sure you don’t pour too much resin and overflow the frame).
  4. Use a toothpick to poke and pop any air bubbles that have formed in the resin.
  5. Carefully cover the piece with a clean glass or one of the empty mixing cups in order to protect the resin from dust or pet hair and other floating stuff.
  6. Let cure according to the resin directions, checking back every fifteen minutes or so at first to make sure no air bubbles have formed. Let it cure over night and if you have time its best to cure for 3 days.

Rose Earrings

RoseFinished

Materials

Instructions

RoseSteps

  1. Cut two 1/2″ pieces of chain and use jump rings to attach one end to ear wire and other end to rose frame.
  2. Using another jump ring, attach the moon to the jump ring right below the ear wire so that the moon hangs in front of the chain.

 

Marigold EarringsMarigoldFinished

Materials

InstructionsMarigoldSteps1

  1. Cut two 6″ pieces of silver wire. Beginning at top loop of frame, wrap wire a 1/4″ of the way down the left side of the earring frame, cross over to the other side of the earring frame, then wrap back up to the top of earring frame. Secure the wire around top of earring frame.
  2. Use a jump ring to attach triangles to the wire that stretches horizontally across the earring frame. Gently shape the wire with your fingers so that it forms a subtle “V” shape for the jump ring to rest in.

MarigoldSteps2

3. Use two jump rings to attach earring frame to ear wire.

Cedar EarringsCedarFinished

InstructionsCedarSteps

  1. Use a jump ring to attach triangles to bottom loop of rectangles.
  2. Use two jump rings to attach top loop of rectangle to ear wire.

What plants would you like to preserve in resin? Let us know what you think, and send us a picture if you make this project!

Editor’s Note: If you are using a succulent and perhaps water filled plant part consider dehydrating first as the water in the foliage could cause issues.

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