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How to Make Botanical Jewelry and Bookmarks with Pressed Flowers and Resin

Updated on October 17, 2012
Lupine suspended in resin
Lupine suspended in resin | Source
Supplies needed to make floral resin jewelry.
Supplies needed to make floral resin jewelry. | Source
Close up of a resin mold
Close up of a resin mold | Source

Supplies:

  • A two part clear epoxy resin kit such as Envirotext Lite
  • Resin jewelry mold either pre-made or cast from polymer clay
  • A mold release spray such as Castin Crafts mold release for epoxy resin
  • Measuring cup (that will not be shared with food products)
  • Sturdy disposable mixing cups
  • Toothpicks or disposible crafts sticks
  • Your favorite type of pressed flower (you can also use seashells or bugs)
  • Large necklace pinch bails (you can substitute a screw bail if you prefer)
  • A standard drill with an 1/16" bit or craft drill that can drill through resin


Examples of botanical resin jewelry
Examples of botanical resin jewelry | Source
Pressed pansy and resin
Pressed pansy and resin | Source
Drill a hole into the surface of the pendant, all the way through the resin. This is where you will insert the pinch bail.
Drill a hole into the surface of the pendant, all the way through the resin. This is where you will insert the pinch bail. | Source
Standard pinch bails. These come in many sizes and are available with rhinestone embellishments.
Standard pinch bails. These come in many sizes and are available with rhinestone embellishments. | Source
Gently spread the pinch bail open with pliers so it will fit over the top the of the pendant.
Gently spread the pinch bail open with pliers so it will fit over the top the of the pendant. | Source
A finished botanical resin necklace.
A finished botanical resin necklace. | Source

Make Your Own Botanical Resin Jewelry

Creating botanical resin jewelry is moderately easy and lets you create very beautiful and unique pieces to keep, give as a gift, or to sell. No two pieces will turn out the same and any pressed flower that will fit in the mold can be used in your design.


Instructions:

The first and most important step in creating resin jewelry is to properly prepare the mold. When purchasing a mold, it is important to make sure it is smooth and flawless inside the casting areas. Any imperfections in the mold will appear in your finished product. If your mold is new, wash it with hot water and dish soap. Let it dry thoroughly. When dry, spray the mold release product to the entire mold heavily, making sure it gets into the jewelry cups. Allow the spray to sit on the mold for at least 10 minutes. Use a paper towel to wipe the spray from mold. Make sure there are no puddles inside the cups.

Next, place your flowers inside the individual resin cups. Make sure the fancy side of the flowers are facing down as this will be the side that will show on your piece of jewelry.

Prepare the resin mix according to the package instructions. When it is prepared, get a drop of mix on a toothpick or craft stick. Slowly drop the resin solution from the stick into one of the mold sections on top of the flower. Repeat this step until the cup is full. Do not overfill the cups with resin as this will become part of the pendant.

Give the mold about five minutes to start curing. If air bubbles will occur, they will begin to rise. You can pop them with a sharp pin or use a hair dryer blown across the tops of the cups to blow the bubbles out of the mix.

The resin mix will become solid in as little 16 minutes depending on what brand you use. In this time the flower may float around the mold. During this time you can recenter it with a craft stick. If you move them, do so slowly with little pressure. Pressed flowers are very brittle and may break. When this happens to me, I scoop the flower and all its broken pieces out and replace it with another flower before the resin dries.

Do not touch the resin for at least 8 hours or your fingerprints will permanently appear on the jewelry. The resin must cure in a dry place outside of wind and dust. It is best to allow the resin to harden overnight.

When the resin is cured, it will not have a tacky feel to it. It is ready to be removed from the mold.

After removal, any uneven edges can be trimmed with scissors. Very jagged edges from overfilling cups can be sanded with fine grit sandpaper. Never sand the front of the pendant unless you plan or recoating it.

Using a drill, drill a small hole in the front of the pendant all the way through the back. This is where you will insert the pinch bail. If you prefer, you can drill a hole into the top of the pendant and insert a screw bail. Put super glue on the bail tips and slide them into hole. Squeeze them to close the bail. If necessary, tighten with pliers. If you are not comfortable using a drill or do not have one, you can purchase high quality glue on bails from stores like Hobby Lobby. You can glue it to the back of the pendant and let it dry. Works just as well as a drilled bail.

Your pendant is now ready for a chain and ready to wear and enjoy!

Book mark made with fern and verbena.
Book mark made with fern and verbena. | Source
Bookmarks with pressed flowers and resin
Bookmarks with pressed flowers and resin | Source

Special Tips and Suggestions:

  • To prevent large and small bubbles from erupting during the curing process, warm both parts of the resin solution before use. Place them in warm water in the sink for 10 minutes before mixing.

  • It is easier to get the pieces out of the mold by tapping it from the back. This will also save your mold so you can reuse it.
  • If you make a mistake in a piece of resin jewelry such as fingerprints or an indention, the piece may still be salvageable. Allow the piece to dry completely. Wet sand the entire surface of the piece with fine sandpaper, at least 220 grit. Allow the piece to dry overnight. It will look very cloudy. You can apply a thin coat of new resin to the surface and it will be as good as new.

How to Cast Resin in a Mold

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      Maureen Nelson 2 years ago

      Hi Tammy!!! I had dried some pretty purple flowers and when i casted them in the clear resin they turned green, a few kept the purple but most turned green. I am bummed because i spent so much time drying them. What am i doing wrong? Thank you!!

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      Sunny 3 years ago

      We have many design press flower in resin jewelry in shop , you can click http://www.aliexpress.com/store/1229046 to see details

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      Suzanne Sheffield 3 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Love this Hub! As if I don't already have dozens of uncompleted craft projects now!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for visiting Alise!

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      Alise- Evon 4 years ago

      Lovely work! There sure are a lot of interesting art forms out there, but so little time to do them all:)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks heidithorne! There are so many things you can preserve and showcase with this method. Thanks so much for visiting!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Daughter of Maat. My daughter loves these too. I hope you will share photos. :)

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      When I was a kid, I had a small rose pendant of this type. (Now I want to see if I still have it!) Glad to know that I could make my own. What a lovely idea and hub!

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      Melissa Flagg COA OSC 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

      This is a fantastic hub. I love the purple flower pendant!! This has given me the perfect idea for a my daughter's birthday present next year. We have little purple flowers in our backyard that will be perfect. AWESOME. Voted up and shared!!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much twig22bend. I appreciate your visit.

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      twig22bend 4 years ago

      This is a lovely craft. Thanks for sharing.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for your kind comment Aplethora23. Resin stays sticky for about 24 hours, especially in a bezel. It can drive you nuts because if you touch it, it leaves fingerprints. If you mix it outdoors on a humid day, it can get very sticky. I swear by Easy Cast. Thanks for reading!

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      AngPow 4 years ago from North Cali

      Amazing and very talented! I have tried to use resin before, and it always ends up sticky. I am not too sure what went wrong. Maybe it is the brand of resin that I use, because I follow measurement directions to the "T" and I still have the same issue. I was brushing a thin coat of Mod Podge over it, and that seemed to help a bit. Thank you for posting this. It looks like so much fun! Thumbs up.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Kevin Peter! I appreciate your kind comment and your visit.

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      Kevin Peter 4 years ago from Global Citizen

      The craft works included in the hub are awesome. I loved the way you made the botanical jewelry. It is really very impressive. I am trying on them soon. Very useful and attractive hub!

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      Mirjam 4 years ago

      Hi, I like it.

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      Jessica Marello 4 years ago from United States

      These look gorgeous! I think this is something I'd like to try one day. Voted up!

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      Rumana 4 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      Hi tammyswallow,

      You are having a great art of creating jewelry. That's something unique.

      Voted up in interesting and Shared

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Rebecca Jimenez! I hope you will give this craft a try.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Full of Love! I appreciate your visit.

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      Catherine Spinola 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Unique jewelry is a must these days and making your own is such a great idea. Beautiful and creative...Fantastic Hub Tammy..!

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      Rebecca Jimenez 4 years ago

      Hi Tammy! I love your hubs! From seeing and reading some of your hubs, motivates me to want to try and start my own collection of jewelry. :-) Great work!

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      I love your ideas that you presented especially with the bookmark! Voted up, useful, beautiful and shared.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for your wonderful visit Green Art!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading Silver Poet. This jewelry takes a little practice, but it is easy and fun. Hope you will give it a try!

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      Green Art 4 years ago

      Beautiful photographs of this remarkable jewelry! What a fun project that can last from years to come. Voted up and useful!

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      Silver Poet 4 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      I have always loved this kind of jewelry. Fascinating to read how it is made, and I had no idea one could make it at home!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Bronwyn! Are the flowers you are using completely dried out? They need to be dry to the point where they become brittle. If your flowers are dry and discoloring, you can try to seal them before use. You can use a glue like Mod Podge but applying glue may make the petals tear. I would use a spray of polyurethane... spray the flower and when it dries, flip it over and spray the back. If it isn't completley dry, it will have a bad reaction with the resin. My favorite resin is Easy Cast because it is the clearest and easy to use. Hope this helps!

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      Bronwyn 4 years ago

      Thanks for posting this, I have been experimenting with resin and flowers, but not with your success!

      I tried press-drying a flower and putting it in the resin, but it discoloured very badly. How do you preserve the lovely colours? Do you seal the flowers first, or use a particular brand/type of resin?

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Sharkye11. There are so many possibilities with resin. Thanks for your kind comment.

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      What a beautiful craft! Love the finished result. Earrings made like this would be very cool. As would Christmas tree ornaments. Great hub!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much shai77. These are easy and they make great gifts. Hope you will try it! :)

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      Chen 4 years ago

      Now that's beautiful. Very elegant... must make such a beautiful display. You are very talented.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Unknow Spy. You could make some lovely pendants too!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Tammy is my favorite favorite writer of "how to". I am so jealous of your finished work. hehehe they;re soo beautiful.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and leaving such a kind comment Lipnancy. I am glad you like them!

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      How very beautiful! You are very talented. I always wondered how that was done.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Not sure if this is allowed, but here is a link to the molds for the clear resin blocks with flowers in them: http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/resin-jewelry-... I will add a photo to the hub tomorrow in better light. For the bookmarks, I drop the resin directly into the bezel cup of the bookmark. I have a lot more info on that process on my other resin hub. You could also use a polymer clay mold.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Lee Tea! Craft shows are lots and lots of work. I hope you will do some craft hubs too!

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      Brenda Kyle 5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Do you have a picture of the molds you use?

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      Lee Tea 5 years ago from Erie, PA

      I can't wait to try this! Will make a great addition to my craft show inventory :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you for your kind comment LaThing. These are easy to do. All you need is some practice. I appreciate you dropping by!

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      This hub is truly one of the best one of yours, Tammy!! And THOSE JEWLERIES are so elegant ..... I wish I had your talent :)

      Voting up, and everything ....."

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Hi Mo,

      I think I understand what you are asking. If you drill a hole through the finished piece you could send some thin string through the hole. To make the necklace thinner you could add just a thin layer of resin to the mold and make that as thin as you would like it.

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      mo 5 years ago

      Hi ! Would that be possible to use Jewellers Fine Pump bow Drill String Drivern 0-3mm ? It costs around £15 but I don't want to waste money if I could not use it.... Of course I would like to create much more thiner..

      Mo

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading Kalux!

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the tips!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for sharing Kalux. I have noticed that the Environtex is really bubbly (the small annoying bubbles). The best resin I have ever used is in the Clear Cast Kit. It is a world of difference. To avoid bubbles it helps to place the enamel and the hardener in hot water for about 15 minutes before you mix it, do a double mix process, then let the cup sit about 5 minutes before you pour it. I hope that helps.

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      Kalux 5 years ago from Canada

      These are so cute! I'm attempted to use resin before and have yet to perfect it (I end up with so many bubbles!) but this is a project I really want to try, I think they'd make really cute little gifts.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks- rajan.. Angelo52.. and sen.sush! I appreciate the read and the comments. My "reply" button isn't working so I have to say a big group thank you. :)

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      Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Tammy, that is a wonderful craft idea. I have to gift a friend something nice, and I wanted to make something for her. I think I will make her a pendant. The only concern I have is whether I will be able to get all the stuff from our local craft store. If not, I will get back to you more more information on the chemicals. Voted up, awesome.

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Great article on using resin to make pendants. Preserving the flowers in the resin is a neat idea. Liked the seashell pendants also. Vote up + and sharing.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Amazing looking jewellery and very innovative, Tammy. You have detailed out the procedure very well. Love the pictures.

      Voted up, useful, awesome. Shared this hub.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting Eileen Goodall. This is really fun and once you make one you will be addicted. :) I appreciate your visit.

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      Eileen Goodall 5 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      What a lovely way to immortalize your favourite flowers, I do a lot of photographs and post them on HubPages to save mine but I wouldn't mind having a go at this - thanks for sharing.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for that kind compliment molometer. So many things could be done with this process. I think I will do this to keep my daughter's first tooth when she looses it. I am doing some now with sea glass. It is fun!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you hydenz123. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment!

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      molometer 5 years ago

      What a great hub.

      It has inspired me to the point that I want to do some of these myself. I like the flowers and the bugs would be good too.

      Wells done Tammy and thanks for sharing your talent with us.

      Voted up and 4/5 buttons.

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      hydenz123 5 years ago from UK

      Just so different ....never seen before this kind of art..Amazingg

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you so much JustAskSusan!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Shalah. Yes, I do sell this jewelry. I do shows, flea markets and I am starting an online store. These are pretty original and sell well if you are looking for a marketable craft.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for stopping by wewillmake!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment radhikasree! I appreciate your visit.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Tammy, Beautiful jewelry!

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      Shalah Chayil 5 years ago from Billings, Montana

      amazing and beautiful! Do you sell your jewelry?

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      wewillmake 5 years ago from kerala-INDIA

      Its very interesting one... I didn't heard of it yet. I like your creation very much.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      Very awesome! I've seen botanical jewelry many times but crafting it of your own is a new idea for me. The bookmarks are very catchy and really you're highly talented in innovative art and crafts!

      Up, beautiful and awesome.

      Sharing with my friends here.

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      WElcome Tammy! :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you so much snowdrops!

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      snowdrops 5 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Very beautiful ideas!!!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks AmyEliza! :)

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      AmyEliza 5 years ago from Toronto

      These look absolutely gorgeous! I am going to have to try these out. I think my mom would love something like this for mothers day.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for visiting Prasetio!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Sueswan. I appreciate that.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very creative. This is beautiful jewelry. Like moonlake said: "I love all of them". Thanks for share with us. Rated up (useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting)

      Prasetio

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Tammyswallow

      You are a very talented lady. Your jewelry is beautiful and unique.

      Voted up and beautiful

      Take care :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Ardie! These are fun and easy to do with some patients. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      This is great Tammy! I bet my kids could even make some wonderful pieces with my help. You set everything up to look so easy :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you so much moonlake! :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      That sounds like fun barbergirl. That would really help create some memories. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks unknown spy. I really appreciate your kind comment.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Beautiful craft. Love all of them. Voted up

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      This looks like a great craft, especially the ones with the shells. Since we live so close to the beach, we have an overload of them and nowhere to go. Might have to try this with the kids this summer!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      wow! a great talent indeed. wonderful! i just love it so much!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment SanneL. I appreciate your visit.

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Wow, what a cool idea! These are just so beautiful. Just the thought of taking a piece of Mother nature and making it into a beautiful piece of jewelry makes it very special. Tammy, I love this idea! Thank you for sharing this with us.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Lord de Cross, you are so kind. These pendants would not be suitable for guys but there are cufflinck and tie tack forms for men's jewelry. I appreciate your support and kindness.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I hope you enjoy this craft and you get to cherish your shell jewelry.

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Tammy what can I tell you! You are getting better at this handy craft-womanship. We just add praise and respect for a wonderful mom. I'm with Billibuc, I don't think would be for a guy to wear... and tear. Thanks for sharing and the pics are awesome!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      I have seriously got to try this! these pieces were beautiful! I love seashell jewelry, I used to collect loads from the beach every time I go there. I am going to have to look through my cupboards to see where I put them! Up and shared, nell

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      That is a great idea and very thoughtful. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I hope you really enjoy it Ruchira. Thanks for stopping by!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Very nice and one-of-a-kind as well. The floral ones would be good to send to someone in the middle of winter, while the seashell one would be great for those who are landlocked. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      wow..Tammy I love to have nature around me and what better and creative way than this.

      i will be trying to make this and will send you a pix once completed for your expert comment :) voted up as awesome and sharing it across.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks randomcreative! I appreciate it.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great tutorial Tammy! This is a beautiful technique. Thanks for another wonderful craft hub.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I understand completley. It is hard enough for me to watch my toenails dry.. LOL!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Thanks, Tammy! I was just thinking that if I try it, I might not have the patience to watch flowers dry...haha...instant gratification, you know!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks ar.colton! I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you enjoy making this craft.

      Ms. Stephanie,

      Great question, you can use fresh flowers in this project. You may need to get a larger mold because the flowers are normally bigger than the mold. They will float and will need much more attention. I will send you a photo of what that looks like. Thanks for a great question.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      I have a question, Tammy. When using flowers in the jewelry, can you use fresh flowers that have been pressed flat, but are not completely dried? or will this cause the resin to not set?