Beading / Jewelry

Travel Souvenir Jewlery

By  Roberta Wax 

size: 1-1/8" diameter; earrings, 1/2"x1/2"

  • Travel Souvenir Jewlery
  • Earrings

Materials

  • Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin Art Mechanique Mixed Metal Hobnail Bezels: Medium Circle; Small Squares, two
  • Travel ephemera, such as maps, brochures, photos, postage stamps, charms, coins, seashells, pressed flowers, etc.
  • Close to My Heart Base & Bling Rhinestone Charms
  • Metal chain, findings, and ear wires

Tools

  • Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin
  • Small craft punches (optional)
  • Jewelry pliers
  • White craft glue

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, pencil and scrap paper, small stylus, paintbrush, disposable cups and stir sticks, computer with scanner and color printer (optional)
  • 1. Note: Look for jewelry bezels that are deep enough to hold ephemera and resin.
  • 2. Gather and prepare ephemera. If using computer-generated or any other uncoated paper material, seal with glue. Apply light coat of glue with paintbrush to one side; let dry. Repeat on other side. Punch out designs.
  • 3. Trace bezel shape onto scrap paper. Insert paper into bezel; run tip of stylus around inside edge creating scored line. Remove paper from bezel and cut along scored line. Reinsert cut piece in bezel to test fit, trimming as necessary. Use cut piece as template to cut background from paper. Repeat for other bezel shapes.
  • 4. Reseal cut edges of background with glue; let dry. Position backgrounds in bezel and arrange other pieces on top, adhering all in place with dab of glue.
  • 5. Mix resin following manufacturer's instructions. Position bezels on protective work surface. Carefully drip resin into each bezel using mixing stick. For domed effect, fill bezel until almost full; let dry. Carefully add second layer of resin to bezel creating "dome" shape. Let resin set. Let cure following manufacturer's instructions.
  • 6. Attach findings and rhinestone charms to bezels.
  • Tip
  • 1. Ephemera pieces that are too large for your bezel can be scanned, reduced in size, and then printed to work in your piece.