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Resin Paw Jewelry
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- Clear resin
- Resin silicone letter mold with paw prints
- Resin pigment dye (gray and black)
- Small paint brush
- Straight pin
- Hand held heat gun
- Clear resin hardener
- One little canister of black glitter
- Silver chain
- Silver post backs for earrings
- Silver clasp and 2 jump ring for necklace
- UV Nail light or UV hand held light
- 2 Small pliers
- X-acto knife
- Apply a very thin layer of clear resin in the bottom of the letter in the silicone mold. Add little pieces of black glitter to the first layer. Using a straight pin or your X-acto knife, remove any glitter not in the base of the paw prints. Place it under the UV light for 30 seconds.
- On a scrap piece of cardboard, mix the clear resin with the black pigment. You only need about 1/8” teaspoon. Apply more resin on top of the black pads, but this time using your straight pin to add the black pigment into the pads. ONLY make a thin layer. Place it under the light again for 30 seconds.
- On another scrap piece of cardboard mix the gray metallic pigment and clear resin. Apply this on top of the hardened black pads using your small brush. Do this in thin layers and use the UV light after each layer. The UV light has to penetrate the resin.
- Put it under the UV light again. (90 seconds)
- Remove paws from mold.
- Using your X-acto knife, you can lightly trim off any excess hardened resin from the sides of the paw prints.
- Attach the earring post backs to the small paws with Quick grip glue. Let them dry for 1 hour before using.
- For the pendant- cut a chain to the desired length. With your small pliers open up the jump ring and attach the clasp to the chain.
- For the back of the pendant, glue a jump ring in the top middle of the pendant. You may want to twist the jump ring before attaching it to the pendant so that the pendant lies flat when wearing it.
- Make sure you work in thin layers. If you go too quickly and try to fill the molds and then harden them, you will get air bubbles. Use a straight pin to bring the bubbles up to the surface. Bubbles will pop if you wave the heat gun over them. Use the heat gun lightly before each layer goes under the UV light.