Thursday, August 25, 2016

Faux Druzy Bracelet

Today we happy to showcase a project by designer MylĂ©ne Hillam 


Finished Length: 8”

Learn how to create convincing faux druzys with resin and turn them into a bracelet of glittering color to give your Fall outfits an earthy feel.

Materials:
  • Ÿ EnviroTex Jewelry Resin
  • Ÿ Jacquard Pearl Ex Pigments: Duo Blue-Green; Duo Green-Yellow; Shimmer Violet; Super Copper; Blue Russet
  • Ÿ Small gemstone chips: turquoise, peridot, amethyst, carnelian and mookaite jasper
  • Ÿ Floracraft Twinklets Diamond Dust
  • Ÿ Measuring cups – six
  • Ÿ Wooden stir sticks
  • Ÿ Toothpick
  • Gloves


For gold bracelet:
  • Ÿ 2-loop gold bezels 25mm (from loop to loop) - five
  • Ÿ Rectangle gold spacer beads 9x8mm – four
  • Ÿ Gold toggle clasp
  • Ÿ Gold eye pins (4)
  • Ÿ Gold split rings (2)

For silver bracelet:
  • Ÿ Nunn Design Patera Bracelet Large Circle – Antique Silver
  • Ÿ Foam mounting tape


Tools:
  • Ÿ Flat nose pliers
  • Ÿ Round nose pliers
  • Ÿ Flush cutters
  • Ÿ Split ring pliers



Instructions:

Note: Photos and instructions show how to make the turquoise druzy in the gold bezel.  If working with Nunn Design Patera bracelet, attach a piece of foam mounting to the back of each bezel to keep it flat whilst you are working.  One teaspoon (5ml) of mixed resin is enough to make both the gold and silver bracelets.

Pour ½ teaspoon (2.5ml) of each part of the Envirotex Jewelry Resin into a measuring cup and mix according to the package instructions.

Divide the mixed resin between 5 cups. Use a wooden stir stick to add a different color of Pearl Ex to each cup.

Stir each one until the Pearl Ex powder is completely mixed into the resin.

Using a different gemstone in each bezel, fill each one with enough chips to cover the bottom.

Tip the gemstone chips into the cup of corresponding colored resin.
Mix them into the resin to coat them completely.

Drag the bead chips up the side of the cup, allowing the resin to drain back into the bottom of the cup. Use the stir stick to spoon the chips into the bezel, one at a time, with the smallest amount of resin possible. This will help the chips keep their jagged shapes and give a more realistic look to the finished druzys.

Arrange them so that they fully cover the bottom of the bezel. If there are any gaps, cover the gap with a small amount of resin.

Using a clean stir stick, scoop the Diamond Dust out of the jar and sprinkle over the bead chips generously to create the druzy sparkle effect.

Use a toothpick to press the Diamond Dust into the resin.

Set the bezels aside to cure for 12 hours.

String the spacer beads on the eye pins. 


Bend them at a 90° angle to the spacer bead.
Trim the eye pins to 7/16”.

Turn a simple loop on each one. These need to be large enough to accommodate the bezel loops.


Lay the faux druzys out in your preferred order and place a spacer component in between each pair. Connect them together by opening the eye pin loops and hooking them onto the bezel loops.

Use the split ring pliers to open a split ring and hook on one half of the clasp and the loop of one end of the bracelet. Attach the second half of the clasp to the other end of the bracelet with the other split ring.

No assembly is required for the Nunn Design Patera Bracelet. Just remove the foam mounting tape and wear.

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