How long does it take to create a piece of resin jewellery? Probably longer longer than you think. Due to the complexity of composition, this process can take up to three weeks. Why does each piece require such a time investment?
First, I need a botanical collection. I travel every day around Leipzig and its surroundings by bike. I have determined where to find the best forget-me-nots or when it is better to collect green moss. By the way, do you know it’s better to collect daisies at noon and cherry blossoms at dawn? All of this I learned by experience.
After my walks, I carefully dry each flower. I dry my natural treasures in thick books. It is important that the pages are old; they soak up moisture much better. Then I shift flowers to another dry book every two days. By the way, if you negligently touch a petal during drying, dark spots appear on it later. I throw away such petals. If I’d like to keep the form of my flowers, I use semolina.
In a few weeks, I can start designing a small piece of wearable art. I don’t have a formal florist education, so I learned everything myself. It was important to me that my bouquets look as pretty as bunches from retail stores, but in miniature. This was a difficult task, but it is what distinguishes my jewellery from others. In the beginning, After six months of work and about 50 experimental pieces of jewellery, I finally perfected the process ofmaking miniature floral compositions in resin.
The next stage in the process involves work with resin and handmade silicone forms. I pour the fluid resin into molds and take out the workpiece when it hardens. I use pine resin, an eco-friendly alternative to epoxy resin. It’s hypoallergenic, free from petroleum and other harsh chemicals. Pine resin also contains a special UV stabilizing technology to retain the beautiful color of natural materials.
To create a perfect surface for my jewellery, I usually pour several layers of resin. Each one dries for two to three days. At this stage, it is important to protect the jewellery from dust. If a piece of dust gets into the workpiece, it's spoiled, and I have to throw it away.
After I get jewellery pieces out of the mold, they are stillare far from ready. First, I need to sand the unevenness on the surface. White dust from resin usually flies in all directions, and by the end of the work, my studio looks like it snowed.
Sanding and polishing is my least favorite part of the process. To get a glass-like shine, I need to achieve a perfectly smooth surface. I start sanding my pieces with a raw sandpaper and finish with the finest-grit paper I have. Small scratches are visible only after polishing. To remove them, I need to start sanding again.
As you can see, a lot of care and effort go into every piece. Each flower I use is a bit different, and as a result, I create one-of-a-kind, handcraftedjewellery. Your jewellery should be as unique as you are