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How to Make Vintage Inspired Jewelry With Resin and Scrapbook Paper

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Recycle Leftover Scrapbook Paper

A great way to recycle scrapbook paper is to create vintage inspired jewelry with resin kits from craft stores. Embellishments featured on this high quality paper are beautiful when cast in resin because the are artful, eloquent, and decorated on both sides. Sheets of vintage ephemera can also be used for this craft. Handmade vintage inspired jewelry is also an inexpensive alternative to buying antique pieces which can be expensive and hard to find.

For the beginner, all in one resin kits are the best way to start creating custom jewelry. Kits contain the correct mixes for projects. Jewelry can be cast from molds purchased from craft stores or placed into shells for necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Any type of jewelry can be made from resin including bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and rings.

Creating resin jewelry may look intimidating, but it is fairly easy to do. With proper research and preparation, you can make vintage inspired jewelry.

A complete jewelry resin kit

A complete jewelry resin kit

Jewelry molds are called Bezel Links. You will need to purchase these for each piece of jewelry you wish to make

Jewelry molds are called Bezel Links. You will need to purchase these for each piece of jewelry you wish to make

Supplies

-A two part resin epoxy kit. These complete kits are ideal for beginners and are more forgiving and slow drying if you need to make corrections.

-Two plastic cups

-Craft sticks or tooth picks

-Molds or bezzel links (jewelry pieces that you directly fill to make jewelry). If you make jewelry in a standard plastic mold, you must also purchase resin release so your product does not stick to the mold. After casting the resin from a mold, it will be necessary to drill a hole wherever you want to insert a necklace or clasp.

-Scrapbook cut outs (you can place many craft items into resin). To cast in resin, high quality paper must be used.

Vintage inspired necklace with a gold key

Vintage inspired necklace with a gold key

A vintage inspired ring with a scrapbook image of an old fashioned map

A vintage inspired ring with a scrapbook image of an old fashioned map

Accents may be added on top of the scrapbook paper for a beautiful effect

Accents may be added on top of the scrapbook paper for a beautiful effect

"Casting" the Resin

Casting is the term used for mixing the resin mix and waiting for it to dry. Always follow the manufacturer's directions for preparing the resin.

1. Prepare the resin according to the manufacturer's instructions.

2. Prepare your photo or scrapbook paper by coating it on both sides with Mod Podge or other sealant and allow it to dry. Place the scrapbook paper / photo or other additive carefully into the center of the bezzel links. Center with a toothpick.

3. Slowly pour resin into the mold or bezzel link over the scrapbook paper or photo until the bezzel is full. If your scrapbook paper gets displaced, you can move it for the first few minutes with a toothpick.

3. Follow the manufacturer's advice on how long to let the resin "cure" or harden. Most kits require a 24 hour period to harden. Monitor the mix to make sure there are no air bubbles in the solution. If a bubble does rise, gently blow on it to get it to pop or poke it with a toothpick.

4. If using bezzel links, you are finished. If using a mold, remove the hardened resin pieces from the molds. You can use a hand drill with a tiny bit to drill holes into the resin to string your new jewelry to a necklace, bracelet, or set of earrings.

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