I was always that kid looking through people’s driveways for rocks. At any tourist trap I was asking for shiny rocks instead of candy. Now that geode jewelry is hot again, I wondered if I could make my own. Turns out you can!
Step 1: Begin with egg shells that have been cleaned, making sure all of the white has been taken away. Next, blend enough salt with water to make a suspension. You will know when you get there since no more salt will dissolve in the water. I used pink Himalayan sea salt. Put the shell in a small tart tin. This will keep the shells in the correct position. Heat salt suspension to boiling in microwave. Once cooled, pour the water/salt combo in shells.
Step 2: Allow enough days to pass for water to evaporate and reveal the salt crystals. This took a few weeks for me since I live in a moist environment.
Step 3: Once crystals are formed and water is completely evaporated, I took pliers and gently removed shell to make the shape I wanted. Next I used Rose Gold Mixative and made rings around the center of the eggshell. I then used various colors of Tim Holtz® Alcohol Ink and ICE Resin® Tints to make more rings, mimicking layers of rock.
Step 4: Now it is time to turn your attention to the outside of the shell. Layer Iced Enamels Medium on shell.
Step 5: Pour Iced Enamel powder over top. (I used Gold Glitz and German Silver.) Heat with Ranger Heat It Craft Tool and melt powder. This step will require a few layers. Be careful not to melt off the previous layer while adding a new one.
Step 6: When this has cooled, mix a batch of ICE Resin®. Allow resin to sit while you add German Glass Glitter, Shattered Mica and Shattered Opals to the inside of the shell to make it appear as glittering crystals.
Pour a small amount of resin in the center of the shell. Don’t use too much as resin will remove the facets of anything it covers. Once you have added the resin to the center, use a disposable brush to coat the rest of the interior of the egg. Allow to dry overnight. The next day, coat the outside of the shell with a thin layer of resin. Allow to dry overnight.
Step 7: After both the inner and outer shell layers have dried, use a large needle to bore a small hole in the shell. Add headpin and small bead and thread through shell. Make a loop for necklace to feed through. Once your resin has cured, cut a length of ICE Resin® leather and put it through your loop. Attach ICE Resin® finding with ICE Resin® Leather Adhesive.
Now you can wear your one-of-a-kind geode creation with pride.
Melissa Winters (PurpleARtLoVE) lives in Granville, Ohio with her family and herd of animals. By day she works for a large veterinary distribution company. Melissa has been featured in Belle Amoire and Green Craft magazine. If you can’t come visit Canal Market District in person, you can find her on Facebook, Instagram and Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/purpleartlove.