3.06.2013

Free Jewelry Making Tutorial: Resin Jewelry

Sumner Smith of Spotted Dog Farm: Botanical Resin Jewelry on Etsy

A fun way to get started making jewelry is to explore the medium of resin. These photos are the amazing work of Sumner Smith of Spotted Dog Farm: Botanical Resin Jewelry on Etsy. If her creations don't inspire you to jump start your creative process, then I'm guessing you might be checking out her shop to adorn yourself for the coming of spring!

One of the books that helped me learn a variety of resin techniques is Sherri Haab's The Art of Resin Jewelry. Like Sumner Smith I was drawn to the beauty of how small remnants of things can be suspended in a clear liquid medium. Like ancient fossilized tree resin that encases bits of the living, perhaps this is the closest an artist can come to the feeling of making amber.

There are many ways to work with resin. Here are a few free DIY tutorials online for working with resin that might help you learn the technique and apply it to your jewelry making:

Crafty Nest's Resin Pendant Necklaces

Sherry Wright's Seasons of Change Resin Tutorial using molds and different colors

Lil Blue Boo's resin paperweights and coasters

Skinner Studio has a bunch of tutorials including how to embed paper and color resin


Sumner Smith of Spotted Dog Farm: Botanical Resin Jewelry on Etsy





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