Friday, March 29, 2013

Pearlescent Swirl

This tutorial will show you how to make this dangle necklace, along with the resin swirl technique, and a sampling of using pearl powder and use of some different molds.

We need some EasyCast Resin, Castin' Crafts Mold Release, some Pearl Powder, a Wilton Gumpaste Mold, and a Silicone Mold from A Little of This and That. For coloring I'm using Anita's Fuchsia acrylic paint and Anita's Hawaii acrylic paint.
*ETI suggests wearing gloves when working with resin for safety* Gloves also help keep your nails nice :)


Start by spraying the molds with Castin' Crafts Mold Release and Mix a batch of EasyCast Resin.

Seperate the resin into 2 cups- one for each color and add a scoop of pearl powder to each.

Add a drop of paint to each cup and mix well. Just keep working powder lumps, they will distribute in a moment.

Now, have nice pearlescent resin.

Randomly pour some of one color into the mold.

Add some of the other color.

Continue alternating colors until the mold cavities have been filled.

Using a toothpick or an eyepin swirl the colors around- not too much though or the colors will combine.

Continue with the rest of the cavities you've chosen and let set for 24-72 hours.

Now, we have some nice swirl pieces.

For the piece I'm making, I need to employ a "Dremel" drill- this is a generic brand but it works just fine! I'm using the smallest drill bit I have.

I drilled holes on either side of the large piece to attach a necklace chain.

I also drilled a hole at the bottom of the piece to add a dangle. And a hole at the top of the small pink piece as this is the dangle!

You can sort of see the drill holes here- they just look like small black dots.

To put it all together, I need a necklace chain (seperated in the middle), some jump rings (large and tiny), and pliers.

Using a large jump ring, attach half of the necklace chain to one of the side drilled holes.

Repeat on the other side.

Add a large jump ring to the bottom hole and a tiny jump ring onto that.

Attach the small resin piece to the dangling jump ring with an additional large jump ring.

 Now, it is ready to wear. I just love a good dangle!


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