Thursday, July 18, 2013

Trinket Foundry Glass Bottom and Crafters Companion Flower Fairy

This is my first glass bezel project!  
Wondering where I got a glass bezel?
 The glass bezel I am working in is from the Trinket Foundry . I I met them in their booth at the Bead and Button show last month.  They have all sorts of wonderful recycled glass and this is the bottom of a small bottle.  
My fairy image is from the Crafter's Companion Flower Fairy Friends CD collection.  I printed this image on inkjet acetate.

This project took several days to complete because 
I did THREE SEPARATE RESIN pours.

Here is the glass bezel and my Flower Fairy printed on acetate cut to fit the bezel.
POUR One:  Hopefully you can see that I have poured some Jewelry Resin into my bezel 1/3 depth. When the resin was settled (15 minutes or so) I then placed my acetate image into it.  I was sure to push the image into place and monitored for any air pockets.  I let this resin layer cure overnight.
Look how great it looks!
Now I gathered my dried flowers.
Working on the surface of the first layer of resin I was able to glue my dried flowers in place.
POUR TWO:  I covered this dried flower layer with Jewlery Resin.  Not to the brim of the bezel.  Just so the flowers were completely covered.  I let this cure overnight.
The next morning I added some gel pen marker lines and dots to the second layer of cured resin.  Everything looks like it is floating now!
POUR Three:  I poured one last layer of Jewelry Resin to the brim of my glass bezel.  I let it cure overnight.
I knew I would want to wear this glass bezel but if I glued a bail to the back of my piece it would show through the design.
So, I decided to glue this wood bead as a frame around my piece instead.  Have I mentioned how effective Quick Grip glue is for these sorts of tasks?

Ta Da!!  
My fairy is beautifully showcased in a recycled glass bottom bezel!

5 comments:

  1. How lovely to have a glass bezel makes a big difference to the finished look :)
    Von ☺

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  2. Beautiful, Carmi and a most excellent tutorial!

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  3. this is great! I love the how the layers make everything float.

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  4. I am in the process of drying my own flowers & greenery for projects such as this neato unoriginal piece. I see that your flowers were in a sealed pckg of some sort. I had an acrylic tower built that has dividers in some of the drawers,which is where all my pressed & dried flowers & roses are housed without any thing on them. The drawer is closed unless I need to get something out. Im New to your blog so not sure how often flowers are used for your projects, but I thought I would ask your opinion about my storage choice. Any advice would be appreciated!

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    1. Hi Beth, I am not a dried flower expert at all..but I do dry special flowers when I grow them. All I do is keep them on a piece of paper and slide them into a clear plastic envelope so I can see them. I noticed when I buy them already dried that they are packed in clear plastic too. The one's you see in this blog post were purchased like that. If you are on Facebook, please "like" our Resin Crafts page. I am going to post a question there right now on properly storing dried flowers as I know I have some expert followers.

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