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How To Make Resin Jewellery
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Sara Naumann

Search Press
15 February 2017/ ISBN 9781782213376
How-To Books/Jewelry Making

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

 

Anybody who has ever mixed two-component epoxy glue has already got the required skill to make beautiful jewelry from resin. For foolproof tips, what else to add to the mix and fifty projects this book will tell you the rest.

I learned how to do this surprisingly simple and fun craft at the age of about eight with a kit. There are some safety precautions to follow as this is a toxic substance, but once you know how to use it (and you already will if you are familiar with epoxy), the rest is fairly easy. This might make it sound boring, but it is an extremely versatile medium that can make some professional looking pieces and is a great way of recycling and upcycling all kinds of materials. The first part of the book deals with what you need and how to do the basics, troubleshooting, using paper, beads, findings, etc., and the rest is devoted to the projects. Before you get to them, there is the excellent feature of a double page spread showing thumbnails of all of them so you can see at a glance what would interest you. These are arranged in four categories: using paper, coloring agents, powder inclusions and 3-D inclusions covering most basic aspects of this craft. Each project covers a page and features a large photograph of the finished item, a list of materials and tools plus the instructions, as well as a basic description. This tells you a bit about the piece and also what you will learn by making it. Items used include all kinds of papers including wrapping paper, old books and paper napkins, coloring with things like nail polish, paint and ink, adding glitter, flitter and embossing powder and embedding elements such as old watch parts, pressed flowers and shells. Most of the pieces are made using findings with frames and bezels, but the final section shows how you can repurpose things like odd game tiles, flat metal shapes and even just a plastic sheet for freeform work. In short, this book manages to show how simple and fun resin work is and it is great to see a book on such an overlooked subject.

My tip to beginners is get a kit first and you will have all you need to get started.

If you cannot find a good range of jewelry making materials locally, try www.searchpress.com for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2017
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