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

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Lupine suspended in resin

Lupine suspended in resin

Supplies needed to make floral resin jewelry.

Supplies needed to make floral resin jewelry.

Close up of a resin mold

Close up of a resin mold

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

Pressed pansy and resin

Pressed pansy and resin

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.

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.

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.

A finished botanical resin necklace.

A finished botanical resin necklace.

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.

Bookmarks with pressed flowers and resin

Bookmarks with pressed flowers and resin

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.

Other Craft Ideas:

How to Cast Resin in a Mold

Supplies:

Comments

Evelyn from Wisconsin on December 11, 2018:

I started making resin jewelry and your article gave me some helpful tips!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 16, 2018:

Thank you so much Ana. I wish you the best of luck and lots of joy in making jewelry.

Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on May 22, 2018:

Good morning miss Tammy. I like the way ; you make the botanical resin jewelry. It is fantastic how you make it. I am going to used your technique in the near future. I thank you for being super good with your hub instructions. Congratulations for making a master piece. You are one of the best.

Deborah Minter from U.S, California on March 30, 2018:

Beautiful ideas!

Judy Stagg on March 20, 2018:

Really well done tutorial! thanks so much!

Maureen Nelson on September 14, 2015:

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!!

Suzanne Sheffield from Mid-Atlantic on April 28, 2014:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on September 15, 2013:

Thanks so much for visiting Alise!

Alise- Evon on September 09, 2013:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 24, 2013:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 24, 2013:

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

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on August 14, 2013:

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!

Melissa Flagg COA OSC from Rural Central Florida on August 14, 2013:

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!!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 27, 2013:

Thanks so much twig22bend. I appreciate your visit.

twig22bend on May 24, 2013:

This is a lovely craft. Thanks for sharing.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 20, 2013:

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!

Angie Power from North Cali on May 20, 2013:

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.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 19, 2013:

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

Kevin Peter from Global Citizen on May 19, 2013:

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!

Mirjam on March 29, 2013:

Hi, I like it.

Jessica Peri from United States on March 20, 2013:

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

Rumana from Sharjah, UAE on March 20, 2013:

Hi tammyswallow,

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

Voted up in interesting and Shared

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on March 11, 2013:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on March 11, 2013:

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

CatsPage on March 10, 2013:

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

Rebecca Jimenez on March 09, 2013:

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!

FullOfLoveSites from United States on March 07, 2013:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on February 24, 2013:

Thanks so much for your wonderful visit Green Art!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on February 24, 2013:

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

Laura Ross on February 23, 2013:

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

Silver Poet from the computer of a midwestern American writer on February 22, 2013:

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!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on January 19, 2013:

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!

Bronwyn on January 19, 2013:

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?

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on October 27, 2012:

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

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on October 26, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on October 15, 2012:

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

Chen on October 11, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 28, 2012:

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

Life Under Construction from Neverland on August 28, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 21, 2012:

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

Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on August 21, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 20, 2012:

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.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 20, 2012:

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

Brenda Kyle from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA on August 20, 2012:

Do you have a picture of the molds you use?

Lee Tea from Erie, PA on August 20, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on July 08, 2012:

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

LaThing from From a World Within, USA on July 07, 2012:

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 ....."

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on July 04, 2012:

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.

mo on July 04, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 30, 2012:

Thanks for reading Kalux!

Kalux from Canada on June 30, 2012:

Thanks for the tips!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 29, 2012:

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.

Kalux from Canada on June 29, 2012:

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.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 11, 2012:

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. :)

Sushmita from Kolkata, India on June 11, 2012:

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.

Angelo52 on June 11, 2012:

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.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 10, 2012:

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.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 10, 2012:

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.

Eileen Goodall from Buckinghamshire, England on June 10, 2012:

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.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 22, 2012:

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!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 22, 2012:

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

Micheal from United Kingdom on May 22, 2012:

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.

hydenz123 from UK on May 22, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 21, 2012:

Thank you so much JustAskSusan!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 21, 2012:

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.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 21, 2012:

Thanks so much for stopping by wewillmake!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 21, 2012:

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

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on May 21, 2012:

Tammy, Beautiful jewelry!

Shalah Chayil from Billings, Montana on May 20, 2012:

amazing and beautiful! Do you sell your jewelry?

wewillmake from kerala-INDIA on May 18, 2012:

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

Radhika Sreekanth from Mumbai,India on May 18, 2012:

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.

snowdrops from The Second Star to the Right on May 11, 2012:

WElcome Tammy! :)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 11, 2012:

Thank you so much snowdrops!

snowdrops from The Second Star to the Right on May 10, 2012:

Very beautiful ideas!!!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 10, 2012:

Thanks AmyEliza! :)

AmyEliza from Toronto on May 10, 2012:

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.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 09, 2012:

Thanks for visiting Prasetio!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 09, 2012:

Thanks so much Sueswan. I appreciate that.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on May 09, 2012:

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

Sueswan on May 09, 2012:

Hi Tammyswallow

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

Voted up and beautiful

Take care :)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 08, 2012:

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

Sondra from Neverland on May 07, 2012:

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 :)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 07, 2012:

Thank you so much moonlake! :)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 07, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 07, 2012:

Thanks unknown spy. I really appreciate your kind comment.

moonlake from America on May 07, 2012:

Beautiful craft. Love all of them. Voted up

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on May 07, 2012:

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!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on May 07, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 07, 2012:

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

SanneL from Sweden on May 07, 2012:

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.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 06, 2012:

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.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 06, 2012:

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

Joseph De Cross from New York on May 05, 2012:

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!

Nell Rose from England on May 05, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 05, 2012:

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

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 05, 2012:

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

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on May 05, 2012:

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.

Ruchira from United States on May 05, 2012:

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.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 04, 2012:

Thanks randomcreative! I appreciate it.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 04, 2012:

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

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