5 Simple Steps to Make Your Own Bling Ring Jewelry

Mar 18, 2011

I feel there's a very fine line between "normal" interest and obsession. In the beading world this line isn't thin, fine, or slightly fuzzy, it's darn near invisible! So, I'm sure many of you can relate to crossing over this line, I'm betting more than a few of you have done it. Join me in one of my interests/obsessions...

 

You're all animal lovers, right? If not, then baby lovers? In any case you must love SOMETHING small and tiny...

 

Tiny things are perfect for immortalizing in resin such as baby teeth, a lock of hair, etc. After diving into Susan Lenart Kazmer's Exploring Resin Jewelry-Making DVD, I simply had to make a "Bling Ring" with a picture of my baby puppy Bling. I added additional bling by gluing Swarovski crystal flat backs onto the ring itself and get compliments far and wide on how cute it is (I'm wearing it in my new DVD, Mixed Media: Beaded Bracelets with Fiber Beads, Crystals, Resin, and Wire).

Some of my office mates wanted to capture their 4-legged babies in resin as well so here's Jessi Zilk's pup, Denali and Christan Humphries' pup,Bear (AKA Boogie), and we'd love to share five easy resin steps so you can create your own bling rings!

 Denali                                                Boogie  

You can use any type of solid chamber/frame for pendants. We used ring blanks as well.
1. Print out images to fit into your ring chamber. I print out a bunch of different sizes so I have a few to pick from.
2. Cut image to fit inside chamber.
3. Seal the image back first and let completely dry. (We used Nunn Design Sealant), then seal the image front and edges. Make sure to cover the edges well so the resin won't seep into the paper which could cause the inks to run or bleed.

4. Glue image down and let dry. (We used Nunn Design Glue).

5. Mix resin - one part A with equal part B and stir well (I used Ice resin, follow directions on the package) and carefully pour resin into chamber and use a toothpick to pop any air bubbles. Let cure (usually 24-48 hours). Be sure to keep the ring free from any interruptions while curing such as kitties, puppies, and kids.

The final puppies! Don't forget to make pendants to match.

TIP: Use 2-part epoxy to add crystal flat backs for even more bling like I did here with baby Bling!

You'll find more resin-mania in Susan's Exploring Resin Jewelry-Making DVD. Whether you wish to resin springtime treasures like flower blossoms or pictures of your loved ones, Susan's sure to inspire and teach you everything you need to know!

The best is yet to bead!

Creatively,


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