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Pressed Real Flower Resin Tutorial Part II | Tips and Tricks

The tutorials I wrote on how to make real flower resin jewelry have been wildly popular.  This spring and summer I had a lot of fun as I continued my experiments with this technique. What I wanted to do was to improve on the pressed flower method.  Firstly I wanted to eliminate the first resin step which became the foundation for the pressed flowers. Secondly, I wanted to deal with the pigment loss. Yellow flowers seem keep their colors but other flowers, especially the blue ones, faded with time and exposure to sunlight. First step is to collect flowers.  This spring, I harvested quite a few wild violets growing in my lawn as well as other flowers and leaves from...

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Easy No-Resin Real Flower and Leaf Jewelry Tutorial

Resin is the way to go if you are wanting to make real flower jewelry.  However, some of you are hesitant to try two part epoxy resin.  So here is a solution - an easy no resin real flower and leaf jewelry tutorial! It is a glass tile and decoupage style technique which is not difficult at all. The glass tile and matching bezels were courtesy of Nunn Design. I used the 24 mm square and 32 mm round glass tiles. You can use any size so long as they fit the pressed flowers and leaves you have! You will also need a water soluble sealer and glue such as matte Mod Podge for paper as well as a spray adhesive and sealer...

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How to Press Flowers Using a Microwave

I have pressed flowers before the traditional way - between paper and under some heavy books.  It not only took a long time, the floral colors faded somewhat.  I never knew one could speed up the process considerably using the microwave until I read it in fellow Canadian, Shireen Nadir's excellent book "Resin Jewelry".  I also wrote about her gorgeous Nature Inspired Resin Jewelry.  The flat effect is very different from the 3D style of real flower jewelry I tried before.   I used crystal cat litter to dry the flowers then. Well, I am game to try my hand at a different way of drying the flowers.  They have to be dried otherwise, they will decay even inside resin.  Since...

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How to Make Pressed Flower Resin Jewelry Part 1

You can tell I am having a lot of fun pressing flowers and using them in resin jewelry. I found pressing with a microwave was a lot quicker than the traditional method. Now comes the part where I work on getting these dried floral bits encased in protective coats of resin. What you need : 2 part epoxy resin* (We used Little Windows' resin) resin molds* (and mold release if they are not silicon or coated with mold release) small plastic cups and stir sticks toothpicks scales (optional) bezels (all but the round ones with the solid bails were from Nunn Design) packing tape or sticky kitchen shelf liner (optional - for open bezels) coloring dyes or backgrounds (see below...

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