Im a huge fan of statement jewelry. Honestly, the bigger and more obnoxious, the better. Since I’ve been playing around with resin and glitter a fair amount lately (see here and here), it seemed like a natural fit to give ring making a try. Turns out that it’s SUPER easy to make your own rings. And if you’re thinking that glitter is too messy, I promise you that’s not the case for this project. Here’s how:
My favorite part about working with glitter and resin is that there is no glitter mess. Once it’s in the resin and hardens, you won’t be leaving a sparkle trail wherever you go. I’ll leave it up to you to decide whether or not that’s a good thing.
Mix your resin according to the instructions (1:1 equal ratio). Add about a quarter size amount of glitter to the mixed resin and stir in. Pour slowly into your mold. The molds aren’t very big so you really don’t need a lot of resin.
Wipe up an excess resin on the outside of the mold. While the actual craft time for this project is around 15 minutes, you will need to let the resin harden overnight. When hardened, pop from the mold (beyond easy to do), and glue on your ring back. Let that set and you’re all done!
Easy peasy, yeah?! Plus how great are these going to be to wear to holiday parties?
Okay, so hopefully I’m not alone here, but I have a nasty habit of leaving my jewelry wherever I am when I take it off. And trust me, they’ve ended up in the most unusual places (ie the fridge). Instead of losing yet another pair of earrings, I thought I’d give a basic craft store box a quick makeover so I have a designated place to put my jewelry. It only takes ten minutes to this project, but the results are so nice! Here’s how:
Because the wood on these boxes is so soft, you don’t really even need an electric drill. You can use a hammer and nail to create the hole, or even use a small hand drill. Just be sure you are creating a hole the same size as your screw. And if you have no intentions of ever reusing your knob, you can always use E-6000 glue. My knobs are from School House Electric here in Portland!
Find the center of your box and drill a hole. Paint however you like. I decided to just paint the lid one color, while adding another pop of hidden color on the inside. Once your paint is dry, screw your hardware into place and you’re done!
For longtime use, you should seal with a polyurethane sealer.
Easy enough, don’t you think?! I can’t wait to make different versions of this project for holiday gifts this year. And if you’re into crystals more than hardware, be sure to check out my girl Amy’s diy!
PS you can find the books I used in this shoot here, here, and here.
Because if there’s one accessory you need to go with these DIY glitter shoes, it’s glitter bracelets. If that happens to be too much glitter for you (if that’s even a thing), don’t worry; this tutorial also serves as a basis for how to cast your own bracelets which can be customized in anyway you see fit. Let’s get to it!
It’s important that you get the materials listed above (doesn’t have to be the same brand), especially some type of mold release/conditioner. As for the bangle size, measure your wrist to make sure you’re getting the right size. I neglected this the first time I ordered a mold and it was much too small. If you also want to make several bracelets, it helps to have 2-3 molds so that you aren’t waiting 3 days in between each bracelet.
Before beginning, spray your molds with the release/conditioner and let dry. The bracelets can get stuck if you skip this step, so don’t forget! Mix your resin according to the instructions. You want to get the 1:1 ratio exact, so take your time. Once your two parts are mixed well, you can add the customization element. I made a few bracelets with paint, but I didn’t like them as much as the glitter.
If you want your bracelets to look like mine, be generous when you add your glitter to the resin (2-3 TBS) and stir well. I also made a few others with less than that amount and they ended up half glitter and half clear since the glitter tends to settle to the bottom. To remove the air bubbles it helps to place your mixture (while still in the cup) in a bowl of warm, not boiling, water. This will bring all the bubbles to the surface so that they don’t end up in your bracelet. Don’t let any water get in your mixture. After a few minutes, you can pour into your mold.
When pouring into the mold, move slowly around in a circle. The resin will overflow if you pour only in one area. Once the mold is full, set aside and let cure (harden) for 2-3 days.
Remove your bracelet from the mold and sand smooth. Because you don’t want to breath in the resin dust, place the sandpaper in a shallow tray with water when sanding. You can then seal by brushing on another layer of resin, but I didn’t find this necessary.
So that’s it! They go well with my new ban.do tumbler, don’t you think?! If you’re not into glitter, I recommend adding gold foil or beads instead, though you can make it whatever you wish.
I am a total ring fanatic. The flashier the better I say (who’s with me?!). Instead of leaving my favorite pieces around the house, where they’re destined to get lost, I decided to give my boring plain ring holder a makeover. Who knows, maybe it will to encourage me to store my rings properly when I’m done wearing them.
I used Vitrea 160 paint because I like the translucent feel. it’s also dried completely flat and there are no visible brushstrokes. You can use acrylic paints, but results will vary.
The best part about this project is that you don’t really have to have experience as a painter to achieve this abstract look. Just start by brushing on your lightest colors. You can then go back in with your darker colors, somewhat overlapping what you just painted; however, be sure the previous color has dried so you don’t smear. I found with the Vitrea 160, the lighter colors still peeked through (you can see that a bit in the photo above).
Once all of the paint is dry, you can add dots, dashes or other patterns with a Sharpie. If you used the same paint that I did, you’ll want to let it dry for 24 hours then bake for 40 minutes at 325˚F to cure completely.