Faux Plique-à-Jour Enamel: Make Colorful Earrings Using Resin and Glitter
I love this resin project by Tom and Kay Benham, Contributing Editors to Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine. It combines a simple but fun jewelry-making material--resin--with a more serious technique--metalwork--along with my favorite supply of any craft: glitter! I love how the resin holds the metal shapes in place, floating in the open-back bezel. This is a great example of creating an open-back bezel for resin using tape, too.
I strongly recommend reading the directions all the way through to get a general idea of how the Benhams created their earrings; then, if you're already comfortable working with resin, making ear wires, etc., you can simplify the process and possibly skip some of these steps/materials.
Colorful Resin Earrings
By Tom & Kay BenhamOriginally published in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, October 2009.
A friend's new pendant immediately caught our eye. At first glance we thought it was a piece of enamel--but then she explained that she had recently created it in a resin workshop. She had added some glitter to the resin to create the enamel effect. We were so intrigued that we had to give it a try.
Working with resin wasn't as easy as we'd initially thought. We experimented with several resin systems and colorants before deciding on this project, a pair of earrings that give the impression of plique-à-jour enamel (open on both sides), using transparent resin in place of enamel. The resin holds the wire design in place once it cures. The addition of fine glitter creates a stained glass effect with the open back letting the light shine through. Best of all, no kilns necessary!
24-gauge sterling silver strip: .020" x .125"
28-gauge fine silver bezel wire: .013" x .125"
sterling silver seamless tubing: .188" OD x .156" ID
18-gauge sterling silver round wire
double-sided carpet tape
ICE Resin *
mixing cups and spatula
assorted colors of fine glitter
assorted pliers and files
jeweler's gram scale
tube cutting jig
jeweler's saw and blades
pencil, paper for layout
beeswax and tumbler for finishing
soldering setup (torch, tips, striker, flux, easy solder, soldering block, quench, pickle)
* We chose ICE Resin because of its ability to produce a glistening dome finish.
13. Create ear wires with 20-gauge sterling silver round wire. Round each end with the cup burr lubricated with beeswax before shaping. We placed the ear wires into a vibratory tumbler for a couple of hours to work-harden them. Before attaching earrings to wires, apply a coat of Renaissance Wax to protect resin surface. --Tom & Kay
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Resin and Glitter Enamel Earrings Tutorial
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