Saturday, June 29, 2013

Beach Vacation Souvenir Necklace

This can be done with sand and shells that you found while on vacation at the beach or ones that were purchased at the local craft store.


I'm using EasyCast Resin, Castin' Crafts Mold Release, Sand, Tiny Shells, and a Seashell Candy Mold.
*ETI suggests wearing gloves when working with resin for safety* Gloves also help keep your nails nice :)
I'm doing this project using 2 pours.


For the first part: Spray the mold with mold release and mix up a batch of EasyCast Resin. Pour a layer of clear resin into the mold but only about half fill the cavities.


Place a layer of the shells into the resin making sure they get cover completely.
I let this harden for 24 hours before adding the next layer.


For part 2: mix another small batch of EasyCast Resin. Pour a layer of clear resin into each of the cavities but don't fill all the way full.


Add a layer of sand to the resin...

 
Top off the sand with another coat of resin to make sure that the sand is completely encapsulated.
 

Let these sit for 24-72 hours until hardened. This type of mold might need to be put in the freezer for a few minutes to help pop out the resin pieces.


These are super cute souvenirs that could be turned into magnets or keychains or in this case a necklace!


To make this into a necklace we'll need a necklace cord, split ring, bail, E-6000, and some jewelry pliars.
This necklace cord was found at Hobby Lobby.


Apply some E-6000 to the bail...


Press the bail onto the back of the resin piece and let dry for 24 hours to get maximum adhesion.


Attach to the necklace cord using a split ring and Viola!! You can take your vacation with you everywhere!!

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