Make Jewelry More Colorful with Resin Beads

Jean CampbellResin rules on Beads, Baubles and Jewels

Earlier this year I went to Cleveland to tape a few segments for Beads, Baubles, and Jewels. I brought three cute tops, moisturized my hands, cleaned and painted my fingernails, put anti-frizz gunk in my hair, and let the makeup artist do her thing so I could look like the perfect TV Barbie doll next to BBJ’s wonderful host, Katina Forte. Truth be told, I really panic when I’m on television. I’m used to blabbing my head off in front of a crowd of rowdy beaders when I teach classes, but it’s quite another thing to be a talking head in a quiet studio with a bunch of expressionless guys in headphones pointing cameras at you. But, by my third segment I was more relaxed, knew the names of the camera crew, and forgot about my hair. So, I feel the third segment was my best one. I talked about resin beads and how versatile they are. Judy Thomsky of Natural Touch Beads was nice enough to lend me a ton of her beautiful work so I looked like I knew what I was doing.  Here's a sneak preview of my resin bead segment.

These resin beads are made in a cottage industry in Java, Indonesia. They're made in small batches by pouring liquid resin into molds, then they're hand cut and sanded. Don't these new opaque colors remind you of antique Bakelite? I can see a world of Art Deco designs just waiting in those cuffs. 


Want to make these delicious-looking beads even more tasty? Rub a bit of hand lotion or olive oil over the surface and you'll achieve a beautiful luster.  


Ever tried stamping resin? A stamp dabbed with permanent ink turns a plain bead into an exciting one very quickly. You can also wirework resin beads, work beadwork over them, or use interesting stringing materials like leather, yarn, and silk to string them. 


Remember when we used to make beaded beads over wooden beads? Use a resin bead instead of wood, and the finished piece just glows.  


You don't need to stop at round beads when beading over this pretty material. For my latest over-the-top jewelry creation, Festivus, (I swear, my next stop is Vegas) I used resin donuts as the base for the starbursts. I could have just skipped that part when I was designing, but the resin lends a pretty luminescence, not to mention body, to the necklace. And guess what? The instructions for this necklace will be in the December/January issue of Beadwork magazine! I want to see all of you wearing one at your holiday parties, okay?

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