How to Preserve and Prepare Organics for Floral Resin Jewelry. Tutorial + Video!

To create beautiful floral resin jewelry using dried flowers and organics, you will want to begin your creative process with preserving and preparing your organics. 

The preparation process is a critical part to successfully creating floral resin jewelry. If the flowers and organics are not preserved and prepared properly, you will likely experience discoloration in your flowers and bubbles in the resin.

Watch a Video!

Watch this short video for an overview of the process.

In order for floral resin jewelry to have minimal discoloration and bubbles, this tutorial is broken down into two parts:

In Part 1 you will select one of the three methods for preserving flowers and organics. Preserving dries the flowers and organics. The method that you select for preserving the flowers and organics will be determined by the style and technique of floral resin jewelry you would like to create.

In Part 2 you will learn how to prepare your flowers and organics to be embedded into the resin. Preparing the flowers and organics helps to prevent discoloration and bubbles from forming once they have been embedded into the resin.

Part 1: Methods for Preserving Organics for Floral Resin Jewelry

To preserve flowers and organics to use within Nunn Design Resin and within Nunn Design Findings, the method you choose will be determined by the style and technique of floral resin jewelry you would like to create. Here are the three methods and how you can use the preserved flowers and organics within resin jewelry.

A. Press your organics in a floral press, book or catalogue
B. Preserve your organics in silica gel
C. Let your organics dry naturally

A. Press Your Organics in a Floral Press, Book or Catalogue!

To create 2-dimensional flowers and organics that can be applied to Nunn Design Flat Tags or layered into resin within a Nunn Design Bezel, pressing your flowers and organics will provide the best results.

Learn How!

Step 1: Pick organics and press them while they are fresh

Step 2: If you would like to use a floral press, you can buy one or make one. Other inexpensive alternatives are to use books or a catalogue. Select which method of pressing your would prefer. I personally think that an old catalogue destined to be recycled is the best choice.

Step 3: Place the flowers and organic in between two sheets of paper and insert the paper in between the press, book or catalogue pages. Allow a good 1/8” of book pages in between the organics so as to not disturb the various layers. If you are using a book or catalogue, place additional books on top of the book with your flowers or organics to provide additional weight.

Step 4: Pressing flowers using a press, book or catalogue will take 2-3 weeks to fully dry.
TIP: If you aren’t able to press right away, place the organics in a zip-lock bag and place in the refrigerator until you can press them.

Be Inspired and Learn More!

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Learn how to create this technique here: Dried Flowers on Flat Tags with Resin Tutorial + Video

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B. Preserve Flowers and Organics in Silica Gel

To create floral resin jewelry that incorporates 3-dimensional dried flowers, silica gel is ideal for preserving and preparing organics. Silica gel will help preserve the flower’s original color and shape. It will also remove any moisture from the flowers and organics, resulting in fewer bubbles and clearer resin.

This is the silica gel that I would recommend using. Most flowers can be dried within 2-5 days (there is a chart included in the package of silica gel that states how long various flowers take). The instructions also include methods for speeding up the drying time by placing the silica gel in the microwave. Silica gel is non-toxic and very fine so it doesn’t damage your organics and it is reusable.

Learn How!

Step 1: Use a plastic container that has a lid. Sprinkle silica gel into the base of the tub until the full base is completely covered.

Step 2: Lay your organics down into the silica gel. If you plan to use a flower with a stem, place the stem down into the silica gel. Sprinkle on another layer of the silica gel until the flowers and organics are fully submerged.

Step 3: Continue to build up layers of silica gel and flowers until all of the flowers and organics that you want to preserve are submerged into the silica gel.

Step 4: Place the lid onto the container and store it in a dry place. I place my floral-filled container under my bedroom dresser. Wait the required drying time that is listed on the silica gel instructions.

Step 5: Once the flowers and organics are dried, open the lid of the container. Place a second container onto your work surface. Gently sift through the layers of flowers and organics, pulling out all of your dried treasures. I don’t believe there is a limit on the amount of time the flowers and organics can stay in the silica gel, but to know for sure, read the manufacturer’s instructions. (Ahhh, sorry. The manufacturer’s instructions are poster size if I remember right).

Step 6: Organize and store your flowers and organics in various containers. I like to sort and store my organics by style. All my pods go in one container. All my flower buds go in another, etc.

Be Inspired and Learn More!

Learn how to create this technique here: Colorizing Resin in an Open Back Bezel with Organics

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C. Let your Organics Dry Naturally

I really like the look of dried seedpods and rosebuds that are slightly withered. I like the aged look that comes as the flower naturally dries and the color changes. As with the silica gel, the main purpose of air-drying the organics naturally is to prevent any moisture from coming into contact with the resin.

Learn How!

Step 1: To air dry, I like to place my organics on the windowsill where it can have a lot of exposure to the natural sunlight. I live in the Pacific Northwest where we have a moderate level of humidity, so I’m not sure what is going to happen on your windowsill in Florida! You will have to give me a full report, but for us, it takes 2-3 days depending on the amount of sunlight.

Step 2: To dry a full bouquet of flowers, tie the stems with a string and hang upside down from a location that will allow air to circulate around all sides of the bouquet.

Part 2: Methods for Preparing Organics for Floral Resin Jewelry

Some dried and pressed flowers will become totally translucent when exposed to the resin. If you want to reduce the risk of this happening, there are two different methods for preparing your preserved organics. You can spray your organics with a resin spray or coat them with the resin prior to embedding them.

A. Prepare flowers and organics with a resin spray
B. Cover flowers and organics with resin

A. Prepare Flowers and Organics with a Resin Spray

Get in the habit of spraying Castin’ Crafts Resin Spray on all flowers before embedding them into the resin. Resin spray is a very fast drying, easy to apply aerosol that will seal the organics. The extra coat of sealant from the resin spray will prevent the resin from absorbing into the organics.

Learn How!

Step 1: Place dried and pressed flowers in a cardboard box with high sidewalls and head outside when it is time to spray.

Step 2: Spray the dried and pressed flowers on one side, then turn over and spray the other side.

To purchase the resin spray (sorry, it is expensive for us to ship this, so we don’t offer it on our website) this vendor has the resin spray and offers free shipping on Amazon.

If you don’t want to purchase and use the resin spray, you can have some extra dried and pressed flowers at the ready in case the flowers that you wanted to use become translucent and aren’t working for you. Because there are a gazillion options for flowers (well, maybe not that many) it is way too difficult to know what will work for sure and what won’t. You will have to experiment.

B. Cover Flowers and Organics with Resin

To prepare your flowers and organics to embed in resin, I highly recommend you fully submerge and cover them with Nunn Design 2-Part Resin before you embed them fully into your resin filled creation. Even when I have dried and sprayed with a resin spray, I have still had issues with bubbles. This typically occurs when I’m working with a piece of bark from a branch, a shell, or from a flower bud. These are all places where air can get caught in a little pocket and won’t emerge until submerged into the resin.

Learn How!

Step 1: Read a tutorial or watch a Nunn Design Video showing how to mix Nunn Design 2-Part Resin.

Step 2: Drizzle a small puddle of the clear mixed resin on to a piece of plastic.

Step 3: Place the organics into the puddle of clear resin. Cover the flower and organics fully on both sides. Use a toothpick to poke at the organics. This will help agitate any air bubbles that could be in the resin.

Step 4: Prior to placing your flowers or organics onto a Nunn Design Flat Tag or within a Nunn Design Bezel, apply a small pool of resin underneath the area that you will be applying the organics.

Step 5: Use a pair of tweezers to pick-up the organics and fully coat the organics on both sides within the resin. Place the organics into resin within your bezel.

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2 thoughts on “How to Preserve and Prepare Organics for Floral Resin Jewelry. Tutorial + Video!

  1. Mary Kay Obrien says:

    I am looking for a vendor or crafter whom I can hire to embed a very special ( to me) medal in resin for a necklace?? Looking for recommendations Please.

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