Resin Jewelry Making: Double-Sided Resin Butterfly Pendant

 

Here's another great project from our friends at Nunn Design! This time Becky Nunn herself shares a double-sided necklace project that mixes the versatility of resin with Nunn Design jewelry-making components for a project that's simple enough for beginners but involved enough for more experienced jewelry makers. The technique of applying resin onto the flat tag and then adhering it into the open pendant helps reduce the potential frustrations of bubbles appearing in the resin.

Materials:

Nunn Design antique silver grande circle open-pendant
Nunn Design antique silver double-sided circle pendant
2 Nunn Design antique silver grande circle flat tags
Nunn Design antique silver twig connector bar
Nunn Design antique silver large textured cable chain
2" Nunn Design antique silver small hammered cable chain
Nunn Design antique silver ring toggle
Nunn Design antique silver simple toggle bar
Nunn Design collage sheet butterflies
Nunn Design glue
Bond 527 Cement
Gel du Soleil resin
22-gauge silver wire
two pairs needle-nose pliers
1.8mm metal hole punch
paint brush and water
cotton swabs
1-1/4" and 13/16" punches (optional)
UV lamp (optional)

Steps:

 

1. To make the top pendant: Cut out or punch two images from the collage sheet using the 1-1/4" circle punch.

 

2. Paint a thin coat of glue onto one side on the flat tag and apply one of the collage images onto the wet glue, aligning the image with the edges of the tag. Using a cotton swab, press down firmly in the center and in a circular motion, starting small and getting larger, to burnish down the paper to the tag.

3. Paint a thin coat of glue over the top of the image and let it dry for thirty minutes. (Thirty minutes is a good dry time for this project. The recommended dry time for projects using deeper bezels is 8 to 12 hours or overnight.) This seals the image so the Gel du Soleil resin does not absorb into the paper, running the inks or darkening the image. Rinse your paintbrush and thoroughly dry.

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the second blank tag.

5. Using the 1.8mm hole punch, punch a hole into the center of the circle open-back pendant. If there are any burrs, sand down lightly to remove the rough edge.

6. Apply a thin coat of the Bond 527 Cement along the inside bottom edge of the circle open-back pendant and insert the flat tag.

7. Drop a few drops of the Gel du Soleil resin onto the butterfly tag glued in the circle open-back pendant. Tilt and roll the pendant around, allowing the resin to flow to the edges. Repeat for the other butterfly tag.

Tip: If you have bubbles, place an open flame slightly above the resin. The heat will make the air expand and pop, removing the bubbles.

8. If you have a UV lamp available, place both pieces under the light for twenty minutes to fully cure the resin. If you live outside of the constantly cloudy Pacific Northwest, place them on your windowsill in the direct sunlight for twenty to thirty minutes to cure the resin naturally with the UV rays from the sun. I suggest placing a glass dish over the piece to prevent dust from getting into the resin.

9. Once both pieces are cured, glue the back of the tag to the back of the tag you've glued into the open-back circle pendant, back to back, making the piece double sided.

10. To make the bottom pendant: Cut out or punch two images from the collage sheet using the 13/16" circle punch.

11. Paint a thin coat of glue into the base the double-sided circle pendant. Apply one of the collage images from step 10 into the wet glue and, using your cotton swab as in step 2, press down firmly in the center and in a circular motion, starting small and getting larger, to burnish down the collage image. Make sure that your collage sheet is not off-center or slightly higher on one side than another.

Tip: I like to run a headpin along the edge of where the collage sheet and the sidewall come into contact, making sure that I have a 90-degree angle where they meet. This prevents any of the Gel du Soleil from seeping underneath the image, causing the resin not to cure.

12. Once your collage image is burnished down into your double-sided circle pendant, paint a thin coat of glue over the top of the image.

13. Repeat steps 10 through 12 on the reverse side of the double-sided circle pendant. Let both sides dry for thirty minutes. (Thirty minutes is a good dry time for this project. The recommended dry time for projects using deeper bezels is 8 to 12 hours or overnight.)

14. Drop a few drops of the Gel du Soleil resin into the center of one side of the double-sided circle pendant. Tilt and roll the pendant around allowing the resin to flow to the edges.

Note: Only apply a very small amount, keeping the resin under the lip of the side. Do not dome. This will prevent the cured resin from potentially being damaged when we turn it over and do the reverse side.

15. Place the pendant under the UV lamp or in the direct sun for twenty to thirty minutes so the resin can cure.

16. When the resin on that side is cured, turn the pendant over and repeat steps 14 and 15 on the other image.

17. Assembling the necklace: Measure two 1-inch segments of the small hammered cable chain to attach the pendant to the twig connector bar. Attach a 1-inch segment of chain to each side of the pendant circle.

18. Using 22-gauge wire, wrap the other end of each 1-inch chain segment to the twig connector bar.

19. Attach together the top and bottom pendants using a large jump ring.

20. Assemble necklace with additional chain as desired.

 

Thanks to Becky for a great resin jewelry-making project with so much potential for personalization and variation! For more great projects using resin and meaningful images, check out our lovely new book The Art of Forgotten Things. You'll learn to use resin and other jewelry-making components with your treasures, found objects, and keepsakes to make meaningful, beautiful jewelry.

 

About the Designer: Becky Nunn's mission as the founder and owner of Nunn Design is, "Through collaborative relationships, Nunn Design inspires and nurtures creativity." Becky believes that everyone is creative and that we are born with natural abilities and a desire to express ourselves in some creative form or another. To be inspired and nurtured by more of her work and that of the other Nunn designers, visit www.NunnDesign.com.

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