Posted on | December 1, 2015 | 2 Comments
I love to create free form jewellery items, there’s something about an organic shape that isn’t cased in by metal that really appeals to me. It is pretty much destined to couple a free form piece with the free floating spirit of a butterfly. This, I must admit, is a long project. it has many layers which makes for much drying time, but it sure is worth it in the end.
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Iced Enamels™: Shattered Fire Opal.
Art Mechanique®: Paper Sealer
Other Supplies: Laser printed image, mixing cup, stick, black acrylic paint, necklace chain and findings.
Tools: Drill, drill bit/crop-o-dile, pliers, Scissors.
1: Fussy cut from a laser printed image several internal holes and then around the edge.
2: Seal both sides with paper sealer at least 3 times making sure all raw edges are covered.
3: Mix resin to manufacturers instructions.
4: Place image flat on a plastic bag, cover with a generous amount of resin overlapping the sides.
5: Let dry for 8 to 10 hours or overnight.
6: Once cured to the touch trim the excess resin of the edges of the image, do not cut into the paper.
7: Mix resin to manufacturers instruction add in a generous amount of shattered fire opal.
8: Carefully cover the back of the image to the edges making sure the resin does not run out of bounds. Surface tension will do this naturally.
9: Let dry for 8 to 10 hours or overnight.
10: Mix resin to manufacturers specifications, add in a small amount of black acrylic paint.
11: Support image on sticks and cover the back with the black resin again making sure the resin does not go out of bounds.
12: Let dry overnight or for 8 to 10 hours.
13: Mix resin to manufacturers specifications.
(if any black drips onto the front you can sand/cut this away before coating with clear resin)
14: Carefully cover the front of the image with resin making sure it does not go out of bounds.
15: Let dry for 8 to 10 hours or overnight.
16: Drill/punch holes in the top corners.
17: Add chain with jump rings and clasp.
18: Wear and enjoy the shimmering butterfly.