Time Required :
Over an hour
Beginner
Beginner
You're new to the skills necessary to complete this project, or maybe you've tried them just once or twice before.

preserved resin floral earrings

Create a variety of holiday-themed earrings with epoxy resin and real pressed flowers. Each earring design will be completely unique, as no two flowers are alike!
Step 1

Set up work area in an enclosed space with good ventilation and away from other people, children and/or pets.
TIP: Immerse resin bottle in a warm water bath 10-20 minutes before start of project. The resin will be easier to work with and less prone to forming bubbles.

Step 2

Ensure room is between 70-73°F [21-23°C].
TIP: The resin may not cure properly, or cure at all, if the room is too cold; it will cure too fast if the room is too warm.

Step 3

Prep workspace with silicone mats. Place each mold on top of mats.
TIP: Underneath the silicone mats, cover over your entire work area with wax paper. Just like silicone, cured resin peels right off wax paper.

Step 4

Get organized! Set up three mixing cups, three mixing sticks and part A and B bottles.
TIP: Label the caps of Part A and Part B with their respective letters. Label two mixing cups and two wooden sticks with “A” and “B” as well.
NOTE: Make sure hair is pulled back and wear short sleeves, gloves and a NIOSH-approved respirator at all times during making of the project.

Step 5

Pour equal parts A and B into separate cups. Measurements must be as accurate as possible, if they are not equal, the project will not cure properly.

Step 6

Pour the contents of the Part A cup into a third cup. Use the stick labeled “A” to get all sides of the cup and make sure entire amount of A is in the third cup.

Step 7

Pour the contents of the Part B cup into the third cup that now has Part A. Use the stick labeled “B” to get all sides of the cup and make sure entire amount of B is in the third cup.

Step 8

Using a separate wooden stick, slowly mix parts A and B together. Mix for at least 4-7 minutes, or until mixture is completely clear and streak free.
TIP: Keep your wooden stick grounded to the bottom of the cup while you mix. Mixing in the “air” will cause more air bubbles to form and may not incorporate part A and B entirely.

Step 9

While mixing, occasionally scrape the sides of the cup with the wooden stick. Then continue mixing. This ensures that part A and B are completely incorporated together.

Step 10

Once the resin is clear and streak free, scrape the sides again and continue mixing for 1 minute for good measure.
TIP: Let the cup with the mixed resin sit for 2-4 minutes. This allows bubbles to rise to the surface, which can be popped quickly with your heat gun.

Step 11

This begins your 40-minute possible work time. Using your wooden stick, slowly drip small amounts of resin into the earring mold cavities. A little goes a long way! Only fill mold to just less than halfway. Continue until each design is filled halfway.

Step 12

Using a silicone tool, spread the resin around the molds to ensure it is covering the entire bottom surface of each earring shape. If any parts of the mold are not covered, add more drops of resin until there is an even layer of resin on the bottom of the molds.

Step 13

Using your heat gun, you may now pop any bubbles that are visible in this first layer of resin. Hold the heat gun at least 6” [15.2 cm] above your project. Turn on the lowest setting and sweep heat on your project until most bubbles are gone.
TIP: Don’t use the heat gun too long. Some bubbles also pop on their own. The longer or higher the heat that is applies to your project, the faster the resin cures, which will shorten your work time for adding flowers and foil.

Step 14

Add flowers to your heart’s desire! Place each flower face down into the mold. You are working backwards, the first layer of flowers you place in the resin will be the front of the earring.
TIP: Dried flowers are fragile. In lieu of your fingers, use your tweezers to pick up flowers and petals so they do not fall apart.

Step 15

Add gold and silver foil. Dip the end of the pointed silicone tool in resin and touch the top of the foil. This will detach a piece of foil. Spread this around the mold cavities by guiding it will the silicone tool.

Step 16

The longer you work on your designs, the stickier the resin will get and will be more difficult to work with as it begins to cure. At this point, evaluate last decisions on your designs and prepare to come to a stop soon.

Step 17

Wait 3-6 hours. Leave your project with the door closed. This will allow the flowers and foil to set in the first layer as the resin partially cures and will keep fumes within the room.

Step 18

After 3-6 hours, come back to your project. Clean up the flowers that are set in the first layer by gently snipping off any excess strands or petals that stick above the top of the mold.

Step 19

Repeat Steps 1-14. Fill resin only to the top of the mold and covering all parts of flowers and foil.
TIP: Save materials by using the same part A and B cups and sticks as before. Use a new third cup to mix contents together.

Step 20

Wait 24 hours. This allows your project to cure and for both layers to bond.

Step 21

Read the Safety Data Sheet for proper disposal of your resin containers and materials when cleaning up your workspace.
TIP: Never dispose of uncured resin in the trash, pour it down the drain, or put your resin materials in the dishwasher.

Step 22

After 24 hours, demold your creations! Gently pop them out of the mold and immediately set aside, out of direct sunlight. Don’t handle the pieces too much as they are very prone to scratching, fingerprints and possible unwanted damage.

Step 23

Wait additional 48 hours. This allows your project to reach full cure.

Step 24

Using an X-ACTO® knife, gently smooth the edges of each earring by gliding the blade against the edges to chip away excess resin bits. Take your time, moving as slowly and gently as possible, especially with a brand-new blade.
TIP: Wrap your dominate thumb in a bandage before cleaning up your pieces. This gives your finger enough padding so the X-ACTO® knife does not meet your skin.

Step 25

Twist the point of the X-ACTO® knife through each earring hole to ensure a jump ring will be able to go through.

Step 26

Using both jewelry pliers, jump rings and earring hooks, assemble your pieces!

Step 27

Feel amazing in your new creations, or gift to friends and family for the holidays! When not in use, care for your resin floral earrings by keeping them out of prolonged, direct sunlight. Do not immerse in water or expose to extreme heat to keep your earrings in perfect condition.

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