I'm a Jewelry Designer specializing in Chain Maille with "side lines" in Leather Wrap Bracelets, Kumihimo and Swarovski crystals and pearls.
My jewelry can be purchased at http://www.ringbyringdesigns.com
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Resin Charm Bracelet
Saturday, I spent about 4 hours learning a new technique (new to me anyhow) at pflora beadsin
Canton, MA. We had a lot of fun but I was a bit tired when I came home.
I didn't finish the bracelet but the charms were mostly finished.
had many samples of what we could make to choose from and I chose the
antiqued copper version. So, this is what I'm aiming for:
has a total of 15 charms and other dangles. We learned how to make our
own bezels from (in my case) copper wire. (A bezel is the frame that
contains the resin) We made circles, ovals, tear drops plus some that
were just free forms. (Though Phyllis insisted on naming them) After
shaping the wire I treated it with liver of sulfur to give it that
Antique Copper look. I admit sometimes I wonder why people intentionally
tarnish metal but it really does look nice. I do, though, hesitate to
do that to silver. Maybe just me??
is a picture of the charms I made. They are not finished yet. More
resin needs to be added to give it that "domed" look. Because we made
our own bezels, they are two sided. The ready made ones you can buy are
more tray-like and have a bottom. While double sided is a very cool
feature, it takes more time. Plus I'm a slow designer, it seems. One of
the other students finished her bracelet. It was beautiful and entirely
different from the one above.
is a picture of the reverse sides, though it is hard to tell the
difference in some. The ones that are dull looking don't have the final
coats of resin and should look better when finished.
the resin is "cured" with ultra violet light you can use the little UV
lights you see when you have your nails done. We used these but the
trays only hold three charms. So, since Saturday was a great sunny day,
we took lots of charms outside to cure. That is what I need to do to
finish my charms. Unfortunately, according to the weather forecasters,
it won't be sunny around here until Thursday. Oh, well, I do have other
things to do..
on the weather and other projects that come up, I may have a finished
bracelet to show you next week. I'd like to know what you think of this
new technique.Send me an email.
Until next time,
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