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Apr-5-2011

Day 63: Faux Resin Earrings

Posted by annagrace under Days 1-100

So, as can happen from time to time, today’s project didn’t go entirely as planned, but I’m fairly pleased with the results, all things considered.

I was actually inspired by this woman who came into the store on Saturday. Somehow we got on the subject of crafting and painting and what-not, and of course I mentioned my blog! (If you’re reading this, thank you for the inspiration! I’m sorry I don’t remember your name, but please comment and let me know your secrets!) She was telling me about some fun stuff she had done and about a class in glass and resin jewelry making she had taken recently. She said she really enjoyed it, but couldn’t afford all the supplies and everything needed to do it (trust me… it’s expensive to do resin jewelry. I’ve looked into it.), so she experimented until she came up with a good substitute… hot glue! When she was telling me about this she showed me her earrings, which looked to me like beautiful glass that she had paid a lot for! She told me that when you use the clearest hot glue sticks you can get, it works almost like a resin! She also told me that little clippings of metallic basket fill, like what you put in easter baskets, can look like the metals often used in resin jewelry. Our talk was cut short just as she was saying something about using an iron to flatten it because another costumer walked in and I had to help him, but I was definitely inspired!

So today, I went to Hobby Lobby after work and bought several different shades of basket fill, some extra clear glue sticks, and a jewelry making kit (posts, earring hooks, clasps, etc.). I also found some glittery colored glue sticks that I thought might give an interesting look. When I got home, I quickly set to work. My original plan was to just make one pair of earrings so that I could make more at a later date for this 365 project, but I wasn’t extremely happy with them and wanted to experiment more, so I ended up making 3 pairs!

The first pair, I tried to draw a basic teardrop shape with a clear glitter hot glue stick, but found it really hard to control (and realized pretty quickly that the glitter sticks just didn’t get quite hot enough…. and by the way I did all this on some leftover boil bags from making candles this year for christmas thinking that they should be able to stand the heat, which they did… for the most part). I then stuck in straight pins with a loop and some shreds of blue and pink fill before they dried. I then covered all of this with a layer of clear hot glue to sort of seal it and folded the boil bag over top of it and lightly smooshed it down. I started another pair while this cooled, but I’ll get to that in a minute. Here they are with earring hooks added and after trying to trim them up with scissors… which was very hard to do evenly!

I realized 2 things with this first trial. First of all, I think that the woman I talked to might have used a sheet of some kind of metallic paper or something to back it, because hers were much more opaque or the basket fill was more opaque than mine. It’s probably the latter. I also realized that I think she may have used some mold of some kind to keep it’s shape. The glue gun was really hard to work with and then the hardened glue was hard to cut because it kept slipping, so I think a mold would be very helpful! Here they are on… sorry my hair is crazy because it was in a ponytail all day…

Not exactly what I was going for, but I think they’re sort of funky. The next pair I did an outline of the clear sparkle and filled it in with purple sparkle and then finished them off like the other pair except that I didn’t fold the bag over top and press them down, but instead let them cool most of the way, then folded the bag over and pressed them with a hot iron for a few seconds (with newspaper between because I was worried about melting the plastic. I think the ironing effect made it a little smoother. Here are those off and on.

The last pair I just used the clear hot glue as a base because I realized the glittery made it more bumpy with air bubbles. Instead of sticking snips of the basket fill in, I took whole strings of the blue fill and wadded them up, which ended up giving it a more solid color. Here’s pair 3 on and off.

My version of these definitely don’t look as pretty as the pair that nice woman showed me, but I kind of like them! They look sort of like geodes to me (particularly the purple, which I think are my favorite :D ) and I think I will probably wear them on occasion! I also got some stuff at Hobby Lobby today to make molds for a later project I’m planning this month, so if I have any leftover, I’ll experiment with this craft again using a mold!

Anna Grace

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  1. Alicante Airport Said,

    thanks for posting this.

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