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Tiny treasure earrings

Use resin to turn precious bits into keepsake earrings

I love filling polymer clay bezels with pearls, charms, dried flowers, dichroic films, fibers, and glitter. Locking all of the elements down with resin gave me the freedom to work with almost anything I wanted. So I experimented with pre-made metal bezels; I love their shiny finish and smooth lines. They’re a great way to preserve your favorite gemstones.  

“I achieved the look of a bezel-set stone in a different and unexpected way. ”

SUPPLIES

  • 2 6–7 mm beads
  • 14–50 2–8 mm gemstone chips
  • 2 15–25 mm bezels with loops
  • 8 in. (20 cm) 20-gauge half-hard wire
  • 2 4 mm jump rings
  • EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy
  • mixing cups
  • plastic gloves
  • safety goggles
  • wooden craft sticks
  • chainnose and roundnose pliers
  • diagonal wire cutters
  • hammer
  • bench block or anvil
  • metal file or emery board
  • pen
  • box (to cover pieces while they cure)
  • heat gun (optional)

Bezels from Amate Studios, amatestudios.com for retail information. Check your local bead store for supplies. 

You can also add elements like wire coils, flat-back crystals, and angular earring wires. Just make sure you don’t get any resin on the crystals (otherwise the sparkle will be muted).

INSTRUCTIONS

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Step 1
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Step 2

1. For each earring, fill a bezel with gemstone chips. Wearing safety goggles and gloves, pour equal parts resin and hardener into a plastic cup. Using a craft stick, stir slowly and gently for two minutes, scraping down the sides of the cup. Pour the mixture into a clean cup and stir with a clean craft stick for one minute.

2. Using the craft stick, drip the mixture into each bezel. Use a heat gun or gently exhale on the bezel to release bubbles from the mixture. Cover the bezels with a box and allow to cure.

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Step 3
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Step 4

3. For each earring wire: Cut a 4-in. (10 cm) piece of wire. In the center of the wire, using the largest part of your roundnose pliers, make a wrapped loop. Do not trim the excess wire.

4. Use roundnose pliers to make a small loop on the end of the wire tail. Grasping the loop with chainnose pliers, continue coiling the wire until you reach the wraps. Use chainnose pliers to position the coil next to the wrapped loop.

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Step 5
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Step 6

5. String a 6–7 mm bead. Above the bead, make a right-angle bend perpendicular to the wrapped loop. Pull the wire around the barrel of a pen. 

6. Use pliers to curve the end of the wire up. Trim the excess wire and file the end if necessary.

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Step 7
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Step 8

7. On a bench block or anvil, gently hammer the earring wire. Hammer the other side. 

8. Open a jump ring. Attach the loop of the bezel and the loop of the earring wire. Close the jump ring.

Tip!

Chip tips

  • Experiment with different quantities of chips to achieve a look you like. The turquoise earrings have a smooth, flat layer of resin covering them, creating a glassy look. The green chrysoprase chips are larger and extend above the rim of the bezel, giving a more sculptural appearance.
  • Choose chips in various sizes, shapes, and with different marks and veining. The contrast will produce great results. 
  • Pouring resin over gemstones may change their color slightly. For example, the rose quartz chips I used look more peach than pink. 
 
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