A friend asked me to make some jewelry for a local production of Shakespeare's As You Like It. I had very short notice and needed items that would be low cost and hold up to the summer heat and lots of handling. Well, resin to the rescue! The quote pendants came out romantic and a little rustic. They would make perfect gifts or wedding favors.
Here are the instructions for making the Shakespeare quote pendants I made, but you can use this instructable for any kind of typographic jewelry. Have fun!
Step 1: What You Need
A premade bezel
Light colored markers
Mod Podge or Elmers glue
Glitter, charms (optional)
Clear epoxy resin (about a tsp per bezel)
Small mixing cup
Step 2: Quotes
Measure the bezel opening(s).
Make shapes that size in any program you like and outline the shapes with a thin black border. (I use InDesign, but this is way more design power than you need for this project.)
Then type the quotes you want to use into a text box. Try different fonts until you find what you like for your quotes. When you've chosen a font, size the type to fit in the bezel box you just made.
Repeat for all the bezel shapes and quotes you're working with.
If you plan to make multiples, duplicate what you have on the same page.
Step 3: Print
Choose a good paper for your project and print.
Step 4: Prepare the Quotes
Cover the page (wherever there is printing) with a thin coat of Mod Podge or Elmers.
Step 5: Add Style
Using the markers, add a touch of color to the quotes
and/or glue on a bit of glitter.
When ink and glue are dry, Mod Podge the backs and any fronts that have marker on them.
Step 6: Cut Them Out
Cut out each quote shape.
Step 7: Glue Them In
Spread a small amount of glue on the back of a cut-out quote or the inside bottom of the bezel. Then set your quote into the bezel. Make sure the type is straight - You'll have some time to make adjustments before the glue dries. Repeat with as many quotes as you will be making.
Step 8: Finishing Touches
When you're done embellishing your pendants add a final, thin coat of Mod Podge or glue to any new additions.
Step 9: Prepare and Pour the Resin
Set a sheet of wax paper on a flat work surface (I use a cutting board). Mix resin according to the package instructions.
Optional: Set each bezel on a few coins to raise them up a little. Fill each bezel with enough resin that the resin just barely forms a dome, but doesn't drip over the edges. Let the resin set and thicken up before moving.
Step 10: Add Charms & Findings
Add charms that go with each quote to loop for the chain or cord. Then add the cord.
Step 11: Wear!
You can try this with any printed materials. The trick is making sure they are well sealed before adding the resin.
I'd love to see what you make if you want to post photos.