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Rubber stamping is not just for paper!

This project will help you become a master at making your own resin jewelry. It really is one of the easiest ways to make beautiful, professional looking, handmade jewelry.  If you have never worked with resin before you should definitely give it a try. Once you make the small initial investment you can produce 100’s of different looking pieces with the supplies listed below.  It is fast, fun and the results are very rewarding.   And if resin isn’t your style check out my Glowforge page for some examples of some gorgeous wood engraved earrings. https://kimsdiytribe.com/glowforge-laser/

Supplies you will need:

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Epoxy Clay-Crystal Clay White: https://amzn.to/2Tnzxxz

Rubber Stamps – This is where you can make it personal with the type of stamp you choose. See my Rubber stamping post for inspiration!

StazOn Ink Pad https://amzn.to/2TsamKn

UV Resin https://amzn.to/2YWcRFS

UV curing lamp   https://amzn.to/2ySU0RI

Jacquard Pinata Alcohol inks https://amzn.to/2Ku10Lr

Silicone mixing cups and mat https://amzn.to/31vOe4u

Jewlery findings for a bracelet (1st link)  or necklace (2nd link) depending on what you want to make:   

Made this stamped resin bracelet out of several small bezels using the same technique.

1-https://amzn.to/31zUJ6j 2- https://amzn.to/31zyMof

 

Other Supplies:

Wet Naps

Small needle nose jewelry pliers https://amzn.to/2KsgTSx

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Directions:

Step 1:

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the handling and mixing Crystal Clay. For mixing the Crystal Clay, it is best to wear your gloves. Pinch off two equal sized balls, approximately the size of a small pea, of Part A (white) and Part B (light tan). Blend together fully until the clay is no longer marbled and is uniform in color. You have approximately 90-120 minutes of working time before the clay starts to harden, so take your time. Once the clay is thoroughly mixed, you can remove your gloves to make it easier to work with the clay.

Step 2:

Roll the thoroughly mixed Epoxy Clay-Crystal Clay between your palms until it forms a smooth round ball. Press the ball into your bezel and create an even smooth surface by patting down the clay with your fingers. You will want to have your clay flush even to the edge of the bezel. If you put too much clay in the bezel, the resin when  will overflow and make a bit of a sticky mess. Wet naps can help you clean up. If you do have too much clay, pinch off your excess and pat down your Epoxy Clay-Crystal Clay until clay is even with the rim and continue to pat until you have a smooth surface. I even turn mine upside down on something smooth and plastic like an old gift card to get rid of any fingerprints. 

Step 3:

Check your bezel, look for and clean up any excess Epoxy Crystal Clay that might have been left on the jewelry finding. The Epoxy Crystal Clay hardens like cement, so cleaning it up now makes the process easier and the results much better.

Step 4:

Next you will need your  ink pad and rubber stamp. I always test my impression by stamping onto a sheet of paper before actually stamping on the Epoxy Crystal Clay. Ink the stamp and  press down into the clay applying even, gentle pressure. Lift the stamp straight off the clay and check your results. If you don’t like how your image looks stamped on the Epoxy Clay-Crystal Clay, you can pinch off the stamped surface and add some additional clay to bring up your surface to be even with the side edge of your bezel and stamp again until you have it just the way you like it.

Step 5:

Allow stamped clay piece to cure for at least 12 hours.  I usually wait till the next day to finish my piece. Now you are ready to apply the resin.  Be sure to read all the instructions and safety precautions on the resin before you begin.

Step 6:

Working over your silicone mat, pour just enough resin into the silicone cup to cover your stamped, cured, clay filled bezel.  In general for a necklace you would need approximately 1 tsp of resin, slightly more for a bracelet since there will several bezels to coat. Now you add just a speck of color to your resin using the alcohol ink color of your choice.  I use a toothpick to dab the color into my resin as the dropper bottles they come in would allow way too much ink/color for such a small amount of resin. Remember that old adage mom always said? You can always add more but you can’t take it out so keep adding your specks of color till you achieve the intensity or hue you desire.   This is where your creativity can really come into play! You can make a couple of very tiny batches of different colored resin and see what interesting effects you can create to make your piece truly one of a kind and personal. These make great gifts as well.  

Step 7:

Now you are ready to apply the resin on top of the stamped, cured,  clay filled bezel. I use a manicure tool but a toothpick works well too.  DO NOT be tempted to pour the resin on as it will likely overflow and be a pain to clean up.  You want to slowly add a drop or two at a time and create a slightly domed surface over the clay.  Place it in the UV lamp and “bake” (the correct term is cure- lol) for approximately 2-5 min. Remove and you piece will have a hard, protective, glass-like finish.  Repeat with any remaining pieces and assemble into your finished necklace or bracelet using the findings of choice and your needle nose pliers.  

I highly recommend trying this project because the results are so impressive.  People are always surprised when you tell them you made it yourself.

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