A while ago my mom, who’s an avid jeweler gave me a bag of unpolished turquoise nuggets. She said they didn’t live to her expectations when they arrived because they were too rough. They sat in my table for a while until I envisioned them threaded on the supple Ice Resin leather. I thought their roughness would pair well with the leather and so I started filing their holes to get them to fit both sizes of the leather cord. Days yes, that’s what it took in the absence of electricity to use a Dremmel but it was worth every sweat and tear!
Step 1: The endless filing or the quickie version with a power tool. If you’re into mixed media save the turquoise powder, you have pure grounded pigment as a bonus and it makes a beautiful paint!
Step 2: Use your scissors to make a slanted cut on the leather cord. This will help you two ways, one you’ll be able to thread the stones and 2 you’ll be able to push them inside the findings way easier!
Step 3: Using your jewelry pliers help the cord get through, it’s better if it’s tighter because the stones won’t move once your done!
Step 4: I love Susan’s choice of tissue paper, it gives the chance to experiment with exotic patterns from her travels. You’re in fir a treat with so many choices to choose. Once you’re settled in one cut to size.
Step 5: Now unto the Resin, mix ICE Resin® according to instructions. By now you know I’m a free spirit and I like my Resin pendants sort of free if you will. And you may have noticed I do a lot of molds but I also like to use the plastic cups that come for mixing it!
Step 6: Add your chosen tint color. If you’re using turquoises Raw Ruby would work beautifully or even a tone on tone turquoise would work beautiful too. I used ancient root because the contrast of the yellowish tint with the blues looked way cool!
Step 7: One thing I’ve learned from my experiments if you’re using the mixing cup as your mold is you need to transfer it to another cup once you’re done with the mixing. You will have a clean exit of your piece once it cures.
Step 8: Using the cup I’ve rounded the lower edges of the tissue paper. Press it inside and watch as the resin turns the paper clear! Let it cure.
Step 9: Punch a hole and thread the jump ring to your pendant
Since the stones won’t let the pendant flow freely you need to find the center and use your pliers to attach directly to the necklace.
Step 10: I cut three strands of leather, grab the grouping to insert inside the end cap.
Step 11: Using a small dot of Ice Resin Leather Adhesive. Note that I already added my jump ring(not very patient!)
Step 12: Let it dry and you’ll be ready to wear your creation in no time!