This was one of my first worthwhile pieces learning to work with resin. I pretty much just used layers of epoxy resin and rhinestones to create symbols. My techniques have since improved, but this remains one of my favorites.
I used a fairly shallow metal bezel with clear 2mm rhinestones to make the bottom layer. I made a Pi symbol with 2mm blue pearl rhinestones in the next layer. The last layer is just another layer if epoxy resin for the doming effect.
I highly recommend taking up resin casting if you haven’t tried it yet. I’ve begun incorporating resin in a lot of my projects. You can buy bezels or make your own using bottle caps, polymer clay, or sheet metal. Both epoxy and polyester resin can be used in molds too, just remember to use a mold release agent Transparent and opaque dyes as well as effect powders are available for resin. Try embedding small objects such as stickers and watch parts in layers to create a unique pendant. Have fun!
I really enjoy making random charms with polymer clay. In my opinion, Sculpey works best for actually forming more complex pieces as opposed to Fimo, which I like for canes, beads, and pendants.
I used a moss green colored clay and grey blend to make the color.
To make the head I rolled a grape sized ball of clay into a cone shape. Rolling the ball at a slight angle with a piece of sheet metal or glass gives the octopus head its shape. The bottom should be concave to allow for room for the legs to be attached. Apply a small amount of pressure to the top and bottom of the head with your thumb and first finger.
To make the legs I rolled a almond sized ball of clay into a long, thin cylinder. I would coil a leg one way then cut it the tenth I wanted. Repeat until you have as many legs as you want. Mine looked best with five.
Its a good idea to arrange and rearrange the legs before you glue. Just be careful, they are very delicate. I glued mine with a polymer clay super glue. Gently apply the glue on the tip of the leg and press it against the head.
Bake at the appropriate time and temperature, and you have your own octopus! Don’t forget to seal with a varnish especially made for polymer clay.
You can use different tools to make eyes and smooshed balls of clay to make oval spots on its head. Try making legs in different positions. I saw a cool photo of an octopus hanging from a post that I’m going to try. Post that later…
I loved making these resin casts. I used bottle caps as bezels. Some I drilled holes in to make a pendant and others I used as a cabochon. I wrapped square wire around the edge side down the back and up the top edge to hold it in place.
I took texturized cardstock and adhesive ribbon to make different designs. I sealed it with Triple Thick.
The Remember pendant is made from the cardstock, ribbon, and pillow sticker. I sealed the cardstock and poured polyester resin to make the first layer. The second resin layer is the ‘remember’ sticker. The last layer is Magic-Glos, an epoxy resin. Magic-Glos is a self-leveling resin so it bubbles over the rim a little bit but doesn’t spill over the top. It dries in the sunlight or under a UV light in about 15 minutes.
The Sweet pendant is made with cardstock and ribbon for the first layer. A couple of rhinestones and a sticker were used for the second layer. The last layer is just the epoxy resin again.
The Clock pendant is just the cardstock as the first layer, watch face and parts as the next and epoxy resin on top.
You can do so many cool things with resin and bottle caps. Try layering with paper, stamps, word or letter stickers, fabric, rhinestones… Seriously. Anything. Just make sure to seal porous surfaces before pouring the resin!