This is a fun resin pendant project that our Innovation Team Member Stephanie Gard Buss created. Learn how to use a collage sheet, PearlEx Mica Powders, glitter and Nunn Design 2-Part Resin to create this sweet Underwater Mermaid Necklace.
Grande Pendant Circle – Sterling Silver
Bathing Beauties Collage Sheet
Conch Charm – Sterling Silver
Ring Toggle – Sterling Silver
Twig Toggle Bar – Sterling Silver
Silver Filigree Bead Cap
Nunn Design Resin Kit
Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments
Coordinating glass pearls: several small for the length of the necklace, one 8 mm. for accent drop (here I used vintage).
Silver eye pins
Select an image from one of the Nunn Design Collage Sheets. This mermaid image is from the Bathing Beauties Collage Sheet. Continue to trim and adjust the collage sheet image until it is flush to the base on all the sides. If the image is not flush to the base there is a potential for air to be trapped under the image and surface once you pour the resin.
You might want to clean your bezels prior to gluing in your image. Using a cotton swab and some rubbing alcohol, clean the inside of your bezel. This helps ensure that the inside surface is oil and dirt free.
Once your bezel is clean, apply a thin coat the Nunn Design Glue onto the base of the bezel. Place your collage image into the wet glue. Press firmly with a cotton swab in the center of the image. In a circular motion burnish the image to the base of the bezel. If you applied a lot of glue onto the base of the bezel, you may have some excess coming up along the side edges of the image. Use a toothpick to clean up the excess glue. Using a toothpick, make sure that the collage sheet is fully adhered along the sidewalls of the bezel. You should have a 90-degree angle on all sides. No paper should be creeping up the sidewalls.
It is important to create a strong barrier between the image and the Nunn Design Resin. If you don’t seal the image, the Nunn Design Resin can run the ink in the image and absorb into the paper causing the image to darken. To seal the image, use a clean and dry brush. Paint on a coat of Nunn Design Glue and let dry overnight.
When the glue is dry, or mostly dry, on the image, take a small paintbrush and dip it into your pigment powder. Here I wanted to create depth around the image, so I used the darkest color in the crevice, then a richer blue around the image. This is totally freestyle—do what you wish. When you are happy with your image, it’s time for resin.
Mixing Nunn Design 2-Part Resin
Read the resin instructions for safety concerns regarding the Nunn Design Resin.
When I work with resin, I always:
- Place a large plastic bag over my work surface and tape it down.
- I make sure I have ventilation in my workroom.
- I wear gloves.
- I wear glasses (readers because I can’t see anymore. Plus it protects my eyes!).
- I have a pile of wet wipes handy.
- This is a great blog post that covers 20 Habits for Successfully Using Nunn Design 2-Part Epoxy Resin. Even if you are a seasoned resin mixer, this might be worth a read.
- You can also watch this great video on How to Mix Nunn Design Resin
Place one cup (included in the Nunn Design Resin Kit) onto your table. For curing purposes, it is very important that the resin be an exact 1 to 1 ratio of Part A and Part B. I suggest getting your eyes level with the resin so you can see the lines on the measuring cup. Pour Part A of your resin kit up to the ½ fluid ounce mark on your measuring cup. Pour Part B of your resin kit into the same cup until it is filled to the 1 fluid ounce mark.
Set your timer for 2 minutes. Using the stir stick from your kit (a popsicle stick or coffee stir stick will work great too), slowly and carefully stir your resin scraping the sides as you stir. Stir for a minimum of 2 minutes. If your resin is still cloudy continue to mix until clear. After mixing is complete and your resin is clear, scrape both sides of your stir stick on the edge of your resin filled cup. Set the mixture under a warm lamp for 5 minutes. This aids the air bubbles in the resin to rise to the surface and pop.
Use the stir stick to slowly drizzle resin into the base of the bezel, over the mermaid image, until the bezel is partially full. Use a toothpick to go in along the edges of the image to agitate it slightly. If there are bubbles to be had, they would be lurking along the edges of the image. If bubbles do rise to the surface, you can breathe on them gently, causing the air to expand and pop.
Allow to the resin to set for about 30 minutes, then carefully sprinkle glass glitter where you want it, and allow to finish curing. If you put the glitter in while the resin is still very liquid, it will want to draw itself together into a clump.
After leaving it to cure overnight, mix another small batch of resin and finish filling bezel so it domes nicely. If you don’t encase the glitter between two layers of resin, the edges of the glitter will poke out of the resin and be scratchy. Allow to cure 24 hours before moving onto assembling your necklace.
To Assemble Necklace:
To assemble the necklace, use eye pins, link glass pearls together until they are the length you want for your necklace. Attach toggle clasp at each end. String one 8 mm pearl onto a headpin, add bead cap, and finish with a loop on top. String a small pearl onto a headpin and finish with a loop on top. Attach a small jumpring to the conch shell. Slip all 3 charms onto a larger jump ring. This will drop from the bottom of your bezel pendant. Finish your necklace by attaching the pendant to the bead chain, and attach the charms to the bottom loop of the bezel with a jump ring.
Shop the Supplies:
- Grande Pendant Circle – Sterling Silver
- Bathing Beauties Collage Sheet
- Nunn Design Resin Kit
- Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments
- Glitter Roxs
- Conch Charm – Sterling Silver
- Ring Toggle – Sterling Silver
- Twig Toggle Bar – Sterling Silver
- Silver Filigree Bead Cap
- Silver jumpring
- Silver eye pins
Design by Stephanie Gard Buss
Stephanie makes her jewelry in a studio near the St. Croix river in Stillwater, Minnesota, where she also sells vintage jewelry components she’s scavenged from estate sales and old warehouses.
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