This tutorial shows you how to use casting resin to create your own Jewelry
What you need
Disposable Mixing bowl or cup
Altered Art Pendant Frame
This Altered art project makes a fun and interesting necklace pendant.
Start by selecting a suitable background image, for this project we printed some green vines onto some computer paper.
Cut your paper background out to fit into the altered art pendant frame. Glue the image to the frame using some white craft glue, give the front of the image a coat of glue at the same time and this will act as a sealer so that the ink does not run.
Once the glue has completely dried it’s time to layout your cogs and watch workings. You can buy altered art watch workings from the link below, but alternatively for smaller projects you could recycle an old broken watch by taking it apart.
Once you are happy with the layout, pour a small amount of resin onto the top of the pendant, allow it to settle into the corners before blowing out any air bubbles with a straw.
Once it has set add a chain, ribbon or beads for a beautiful modern altered art pendant.
For complete instructions on casting with resin read these Basic resin casting techniques
Jewelry supplies for this project can be purchased from Photojewelrymaking.com
What you need
Glass tile or Glass slide (Available from jewelry making stockists)
Clear drying Craft Glue/Diamond Glaze/modge podge/Aleenes clear tacky glue
Scissors or Blade
This free jewelry making project shows you how to make a glass tile or glass slide pendant using a printed image and some basic jewelry making supplies.
Take your chosen image and cut it to size to match your glass tile that will become your pendant, it should be 1-2 mm smaller than the glass tile. This allows the glue to seal around the edges.
Start by taking your imaging and sealing it with a thin coat of clear drying craft glue, such as modge podge or PVA glue. You can also use a spray sealer if you have it on hand. This seals the image ink and prevents any color bleeds later on.
Once your image has been sealed, you can glue it onto the glass tile/slide.
Cover the glass tile in a coat of glue and gently place the image down onto the tile.
Press the paper image down in the centre and work your way out to the edges. This allows any air bubbles to escape to the edges.
Once the image is flat against the tile apply firm pressure and make sure all the edges are well stuck down.
Finish it off by placing a little more glue on top of the paper (the back of the image) to seal the back of the pendant. Make sure the glue seals all the edges. If you are using modge podge or glue then give it 3-4 coats at least allowing it to dry between coats as this will SEAL it better. If you are using Diamond glaze or other glass like resin products then 1 thick coat is enough.
You can wipe off any excess glue from the tile using a damp cloth. You can gently sand any rough edges or any blobs of glue off once it is dry.
Finish off the pendant by gluing on your aanraku bail with strong craft glue or E6000 Glue.
Glass tiles can be bought from most jewelry making supply stores online. You can also use glass slides used for science.