Spring Bling Week – Druzy-Style Resin Necklace

I really love natural elements like stone, and I’m a jewelry buff on top of that, so it makes total sense that I’m drawn to druzy jewelry, which is pretty popular right now. :) If you don’t know what druzy stone is already, it’s basically when one type of stone or mineral forms on another larger stone.  Today’s project isn’t *really* nature-formed druzy, but you can get the look by going the DIY-route – I made this pendant that is inspired by the natural creation of druzy.

Druzy Style Resin & Stone Necklace

I have been showing you a few different styles and techniques this week for Spring Bling Week  – Monday I showed you a woven ankle bracelet made from hemp and a cabochon, and yesterday I made a mixed media bracelet with turquoise chips).  Today I want to talk to you about using resin in your jewelry creations.

Resin was really intimidating to me – until I finally tried it!  It was so much easier than I expected it to be.  (You can check out my first resin post here, if you want to know more!)  As long as you are careful and follow directions well, I think you will LOVE what you can do with resin to give your jewelry a long-term, permanent finish.

What I used for today’s necklace:

Druzy Style Resin & Stone Necklace

  • A heart-shaped bezel – I have a local supplier for these who also sells on Etsy if you really love this shape.  Other shapes would work well, too.
  • Jeweler’s Grade Resin – most craft supply stores carry this.
  • Stone chips – they can be gemstones, or even pebbles from your yard!  (My yard is under 3 inches of snow right now, though.)  I used chips of real turquoise which is my daughter’s birth stone.  Quartz in any color would be lovely for this project!
  • A chain you like, mine is a ribbon and twine pre-made chain for a little  and also a jump ring to attach your pendant.

First, mix your resin according to the package directions.  I don’t want to advise you on specific instructions because it will vary from brand to brand, but here’s what you can expect: it’s generally odorless, requires equal parts resin & hardener, and you will need to stir it for 2-3 minutes for it to be ready to use.  It hardens in 24 hours so you will need to find an out-of-the-way place to lay it flat to set.

Druzy Style Resin & Stone Necklace

Once you’ve prepared your resin, add some to your bezel – fill it about halfway to leave room for your stones.  Then, add your stone chips.  Mine were drilled to be beads – but just by turning them so that the holes are sideways, they worked wonderfully and you couldn’t even tell.  You will probably find a toothpick to be helpful on this step, and be careful not to spill any resin.  You can also overfill your pendant with stones just a little – the resin will hold them in permanently once it hardens, so you can feel comfortable filling to get good coverage.

Druzy Style Resin & Stone Necklace

Then, you’ll need to set your pendant aside to dry for about 24 hours.  Once it’s dry, you’ll have a strong and permanent bond between your stones and the bezel.  Just add a jump ring and a chain, and you’re ready to wear!

Druzy Style Resin & Stone Necklace

If resin is still more than you want to tackle, you may be able to use a dimensional glaze like Glossy Accents or Dimensional Magic.  Those are not jeweler’s grade products, so I don’t know how they will hold up over time with wear, but they will give you a similar look and will have a similar drying time.  (I recently saw a Seed Bead Necklace over at One Artsy Mama that used Dimensional Magic, you can pop over there and see her tips!)  But since I was going with a semi-precious stone in my piece (and I already have jeweler’s resin in my supplies) it was an easy choice for me to go with resin for long-term wear, to make this a piece to keep.

I hope you enjoyed today’s project, and don’t forget, there are 6 other blogs sharing their gorgeous creations this week as part of Spring Bling week!  Holly at 504 Main has a tutorial today for this Bingo Marker Spoon Pendant (just click the image to visit the tutorial!)

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Be sure to check out the other fabulous blogs participating in Spring Bling Week – I have another jewelry tutorial tomorrow, and don’t miss Friday’s giveaway!

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Holly from 504 Main
Rebecca from My Girlish Whims
Natalie from North Shore Days

Adrianne

Comments

  1. Monsterscircus says

    So beautiful!!!! I have also made something with my resin, but where the time for writing the posts;-) thank you for your wonderful idea and have a great weekend!

  2. Marilyn says

    Love this! I’ve been wanting to try creating wit resin…this would be a great first project!

  3. says

    You are a busy lady over here! I have some square and oval pendants and put sea glass in them using Dimensional Magic…but I love this heart and love how you did this with resin…so pretty! Pinned it!

  4. says

    Wow Adrianne this is beautiful! Definitely one of my favs now – I really need to try resin, you cant get it so freely here, I have to order it online. But I really need to make an effort and get some, you have inspired me ! xxx

  5. Nancy says

    I’ve been looking for a way to incorporate my daughter’s ashes into a pendant…I think I will try this.

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