Tutorial: Pressed Flower Pendant

Craft Tutorial: How to press flowers and make a simple resin pendant necklace.A few months ago, I bought the most beautiful flower press from BKInspired on Etsy. (If you haven't seen this shop, I highly recommend a visit.) Not only is the press pretty, with an intricate design burned into the wood cover, it also came with a nice set of simple instructions for pressing flowers.

Shortly after my flower press arrived I headed out to the yard to collect some flowers. That was the easy part. The hard part was waiting for nature to take its course and flatten the leaves and petals once they were placed into the press.

Fast forward a few weeks and my flowers were sufficiently flat and ready to be used in some sort of crafty project. What could be better than pressed flower pendants? This project is ridiculously easy and inexpensive, but you do need to have a bit of patience because there is a lot of waiting involved.

DIY Pressed Flower Pendant

Materials

Directions

To begin, you get to go outside on a nature walk and collect a few small flowers or leaves. I used ice flowers and shamrocks because that's what was growing in my yard. You'll need flowers that are roughly smaller than a quarter.
Position your flowers on a sheet of pressing paper and make sure the petals and leaves do not overlap. Close up the press and wait. Depending on the thickness of the plants you are using this could take 2-4 weeks.
Finally, the big reveal. Open your press and check to make sure the flowers are paper thin and completely dried out.
Before you make your pendant, notice that the bezel is not level when you place it on a flat surface. If you put the resin in it like this, the resin will slide to the lowest point. Not good.
Place the bezel on a small stack of coins so that it is level.
Carefully set a flower into the bezel. The petals should all be flat on the bottom of the bezel. If the flower is too big, choose another or carefully trim the petals to fit inside the bezel.
Now it's time to mix the resin. This part goes pretty quick. Make sure to protect your work surface. You don't want to get the resin on your skin or damage your table or counter. It's also good to work in a well ventilated are because the resin does not smell nice.
Carefully squirt the resin into a small, disposable cup. Make sure you have enough to fill the bezel. Use a couple toothpicks to mix the resin for one minute or the length of time recommended on the label.

Try not to make bubbles while you mix.
Carefully pour the mixed resin into the bezel.
You want to use just enough so the resin slightly domes above the bezel, but not so much it overflows.

Wait 8-12 hours for the resin to dry. Don't touch or move the pendant until it is completely dry.

Add a simple chain or cord and you have a lovely pressed flower necklace!

Craft Tutorial: How to press flowers and make a simple resin pendant necklace.

Of course there are a couple variations you could try, besides just using different types of flowers or bezel shapes.

First, the flowers tend to float up slightly in the resin. I think it adds some dimension, but if you would like your flower to remain flush against the bezel you can glue it down with a tiny dot of Elmer's glue. Let the glue dry before you mix and pour in the resin.

Second, the bezels are quite shiny. if you would like a more muted background behind your flowers you can cover the inside of the bezel with a layer of acrylic paint. It's difficult to brush the paint evenly over such a small space, so simply pour a dot of paint into the bezel and use a toothpick to spread it around. Of course, let the paint dry before adding the flower and resin.

Craft Tutorial: How to press flowers and make a simple resin pendant necklace.

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