Summer is in full swing, sun is out and there’s always the hope of a day at the beach. Why not make a beach inspired jewelry that can bring the summer vibe into the everyday? Let’s do this!
The beauty of being able to cast an object is that you get to keep the original! If it’s a memento of a glorious vacation you can get display it on your table and at the same time be able to wear it on your neck!
Step 1: First, you make a mold with equal parts of the modeling putty. Follow the instructions on the package. My tip for you is to roll each side of the putty into a ball and compare them side by side before you start mixing them up. You press the object into the mold, and after it sets then all you have to do is remove the object and pour it in the resin. You’ll have a reusable mold for a good amount of castings!
Step 2: Here I’ve casted a seashell and a sea urchin that fitted perfectly in both the Milan and the new Rune bezels! I also casted the texture of a piece of coral to use in my gel press mixed media, bonus!!!! Next cut your favorite foil to use as the backing in your bezel. I wanted to keep the feeling the ocean so I used turquoise.
Step 3: Since sea urchins tend to be so fragile I experimented with pouring resin on one to preserve it for a long time! Did you check out the perfect fit of my casting!!! I was so thrilled!!!
Repeat with the sea shell, another perfect fit!! 😉 and I just love the way the foil reflects the light on the casted shell.
Step 4: I wanted to add the enamels to see the effect they would give the casted pieces and some of the metal. I chose the turquoise for the small one and the ivory for the shell to represent sand. Apply your enamel medium with a brush in selected areas. Pour the enamels and use a heat gun to melt that’s it and the results are so awesome!!!
Step 5: To finish it up I wanted to use the wires to connect the pieces together. You can weave the wire on the Rune bezels since they have all this openness about them! Then to catch the beauty of the wires I took a paint brush and painted the luster in the bezel itself! It’s such a great product on metal and it gleams beautifully.
Now all you need to finish them up is to cut the leather to size, I admit being partial to layers and layers so I tend to use four strands on my necklaces, the leather feels so good around the neck!