Bees are one of my favorite motifs in jewelry making or any other area, now that I think about it, so I immediately fell for this project by Stephanie Gard Buss for Nunn Design's Innovation Team. I love the use of mica powders to give the resin a little bit of iridescence, and the yellow looks great with the verdigris filigree. (Say that three times out loud, ha!) Remember the birdbath ring from a couple of weeks ago? I loved using resin to appear as water in that project, and similarly, the resin in this project looks like honey. Thanks to Stephanie and Nunn Design for another great project. Enjoy!
Colored Resin Bee Bracelet
By Stephanie Gard Buss
Before I tried my hand at torch-fired enameling (which I LOVE but have no space in my house to do right now), I found that mixing mica powders with epoxy resin gave me a similar look with a lovely shimmer. These bee stampings from Nunn Design were just begging for a little color. Let me show you a couple of options!
Nunn Design bee stamping
2-part epoxy resin
mixing cup with measurements OR plain mixing cup and disposable syringes
a paper plate to use as a palette
craft sticks for mixing and spreading
Jacquard mica powders (Brilliant Yellow and Duo Green-Yellow)
fine sandpaper, polishing pads, or soapy water to clean surfaces
baby wipes for quick cleanups, optional
protective covering on your workspace
vintage filigree component
bracelet or chain and toggle clasp
You may also want: a few extra bezels or components to use up leftover resin, a few shades of nail polish (you'll see why later), and matte-finish glue or sealant.
|Alternative designs: Top left is nail polish on the body, resin on the wings. Top right is resin on both the body and the wings. Bottom is resin on the body, glue and mica powder on the wings.)|
Finish the bracelet: I used E-6000 to attach the bee to vintage filigree that I had already patinated. A simple chain and toggle clasp finish it nicely. —SGB
To learn more ways to alter your metal jewelry components and add interest with color and texture, check out Helen Driggs's videos Metalsmith Essentials: Textures & Patinas vols. 1 and 2 on Craft Daily. You can watch that video–along with more than a dozen more and growing–as often as you like, whenever you like, with your jewelry niche video subscription to Craft Daily.