Jewelry made of epoxy resin and dried flowers always evoke thoughts of warm days, hot summer or gentle spring. Here we have just the last case, and in order to make such a cute bunny brooch, we need a little inspiration and a few necessary tools.
First you need to prepare everything you need:
- resin and hardener;
- a wooden stick for stirring the resin;
- disposable plastic cup;
- medical gloves;
- piece of wood;
- acrylic brush and paints;
- PVA glue;
- dried flowers;
- file and lid or jar (cup) with which you will close the workpiece.
We knead the resin in accordance with the instructions on the package, each resin has different meanings. I have Crystal 9 resin, proportions 4: 1.2 (by volume) and 4: 1 (by weight).
the main thingWhat you need to remember when you mix resin and hardener, these are proportions, it depends on whether the product will harden (if you do not add hardener) and whether the product will not become brittle (if you pour the hardener). Secondsomething to keep in mind is slow stirring, and third - the consistency that should eventually turn out. At first, the resin will be quite liquid, this is normal) after about 10-30 minutes (depending on the resin again) degassing will occur as bubbles come out of the resin and it will gradually thicken.
It is worth noting here that the bubbles come out more difficult from the thicker resin, this should be taken into account when working. I like the consistency of fresh honey, which is viscous but not as thick as resin. But on brooches and wood blanks in general, it is better to apply a thicker resin, since the likelihood that the resin will drain is higher. I wait about 3 hours from the moment the resin is kneaded, then it turns out to be both liquid and not too thick (again, everything is individual, focus on your own feelings).
So, we mixed the resin and set it aside. We take a wooden blank (you can buy it in creative stores), I took the shape of a rabbit for example, it is small, only 3 x 3 cm.
We grind sandpaper on both sides until a more or less smooth side is obtained. And then paint over, I usually do 3 coats. The layers must be well driedotherwise the resin will become cloudy on contact with acrylic.
The edges can be left like this, or you can walk with paint. I do this: I take a small piece of a sponge for washing dishes or regular foam rubber, dip it in paint, remove the excess on paper and walk along the edge. Next, lay out our composition of dried flowers. It is important here that the flowers are well dried, and it should be borne in mind that some flowers, due to the effect of the resin, can change color, and some become completely transparent.
I have a blade of mouse peas, runny and some other wildflower. We spread and glue with PVA and brushes so that the flowers do not float to the surface when we fill it with resin. Leave to dry thoroughly and fill with resin… We fill it very carefully, drip the droplets with a toothpick and "pull" them along the workpiece, we especially watch around the edges so that our resin does not spread. I pour it on a sponge for washing dishes, but you can just do it on a board or a tray, the main thing is that there is a file on top, in case the resin still drains
What if the resin is still glass?
Do not panic ? I take a cotton swab moistened with alcohol and wipe the place where the resin flows out and the file where everything ran away. I take another file and put a blank on it. If the resin escapes anyway, then I leave it, then, when it hardens, I remove it with sandpaper and, if necessary, fill it a second time.
This rabbit is a brooch, so on the other hand, we will need to glue a pin for a brooch, using glue-seconds, a heat gun or all the same resin, only in a thicker version.
Everything! Such beauty awaits us in the end.