Friday, 1 June 2012

Resin flower inspiration - part one


I created a number of projects using our new resin flowers for the "Creative Evening" in the Toronto store last week and I thought that I'd share a couple of the projects with you.

As you can see in the photo above, I used the resin flowers to decorate a wedding (or party) favor. I used a strong "pop" dot to attach the resin flower to the top of this petal box so that the resin flower would be elevated slightly and the box did not have to be ripped open. If I was attaching the resin flower to the side of this box, I would have used a stronger adhesive such as E-6000 or Inkssentials Glossy Accents (both of these are available in the Toronto store).

As I was decorating the favor I was thinking that it would be so cute to make these resin flower cabochons into jewellery that the bridesmaids and flower girls could wear.
I've seen resin flower cabochon rings and earrings advertised by artists on Etsy for a while and been wanting to make them for my daughters. They are very simple to make and can be made in less than half an hour (not including drying time). Here's how I made the rings ....

 1. Gather your supplies - I made rings from all three resin flower styles (small rose, square floral and large rose). Choose which flower size you want and use a ring base that suits the size of flower you are using. You will also need to use a strong adhesive such as E-6000.
2. If you are going to make a ring using the large rose flower you will need to place the ring in a small bowl filled with (uncooked) rice as shown to keep the flower flat while you work. Place a small amount of E-6000 glue to the centre back of the resin flower.
3. Centre your ring base onto the back of the resin flower making sure that it is positioned the way you will want to wear it. (See my previous polariod photo with the finished ring on if you are unsure on how to position.)
4. If you are using the small rose or square floral cabochons, you will not need to use the bowl of rice. Simply add a small amount of glue to the back of the resin flower. Centre the ring base onto the back and 5. allow ring to dry.
6. The rings will be dry in a couple of hours and ready to wear.

I also make earrings from the smaller rose resin flowers using simple post backs and the E-6000 glue.

Note: We currently have ring bases and earring posts for sale at our Toronto store in the Creative Studio space.

You can see more examples of rings, earrings and necklaces that I created using our resin flowers here on my personal blog. I also give you the background story on the photo cards that I created to display my earrings and necklaces.

WINNERS

I had a little giveaway going on the blog for the past week ... for a few of the extra loot bags from the Creative Evening last week. Inside the loot bags are the materials to make tissue paper flower pom-poms, resin flowers and a ring base. I've also added a little surprise from me in each of the loot bags ... a  "prince charming glass tile necklace kit" from my Etsy shop.

And here are the names of the winners of our loot bags ...

1. Colette (who wrote) "I love tissue paper flowers. They add so much to an event, and are so easy to make. I used them last year to decorate our school's annual spring bake sale. When the sale was over, the kids were "fighting" over who would get a flower. Pretty amazing. Thanks for the reminder. Keep up the great work."

2. Kim (who wrote) "I need to make these for my daughter's 18th birthday next week - she would be so excited!"
3. Tina (who wrote) "Oh My! I LOVE LOVE LOVE these ideas. i will be sure to use some of them at my next get together. i love everything paper and packaging so I can't wait to try some of these out! Thanks for posting."

4. N.Jones (who wrote) "Hi Lorrie I can attest to the fact that watermelon lemonade is delicious! Like the paper straws and I'm going to pick some up today!"

5. Bobbi (who wrote) "love this! thank you so much for including Poppy & Pearl Co. mason jar tumblers. xo"
 
Congrats everyone!! I will need each of our winners to send me your mailing address by email here so that can get these out to you asap!

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 Stay tuned for more inspiration using our resin flowers!

By the way, just in case you missed my download for a shower invitation that can be decorated with our small resin flowers ... you can find it here!

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