As you may have already noticed, we are fans of epoxy resin here at A Beautiful Mess. Last year I made an epoxy coffee table and Josh created a colorful epoxy desk for Elsie’s office. It’s just amazing how many different things you can make with this stuff once you’re over the hump of I’m-too-intimidated-to-try-it. I used to not be over this hump. If you’re there, maybe this project will inspire you. This is probably the least intimidating epoxy project I’ve ever seen.
Did you know that you can make beads filled with photos or small items to use in jewelry?! It’s awesome! Working with our friends from Canon USA, I recently created a bib style necklace with beads filled with photos I took while on a trip to Charleston with Elsie. I LOVED all the houses on rainbow row. So pretty! So, I wanted to create something fun and wearable with a few of those photos.
Although I used photos of houses/architecture for my beads, you could easily customize this project with any photo or found paper you like. Maybe a statement necklace filled with photos of your pug? (Yes, this might be my next planned project. Ha!)
-epoxy resin kit (I used Easy Cast because it makes small amounts, for jewelry projects)
-disposable mixing spoon or popsicle stick
-leather or stiff material for the back of the necklace
-super glue (I used Loctite as it works well with mixed materials)
–Canon PIXMA MG7520 printer
First, print your photos. I printed mine with our PIXMA MG7520 printer and I LOVE how vibrant the colors turned out. To me this project is all about those colorful houses on rainbow row, so a quality print is clutch. 🙂
Next, cut out your photos to fit the molds. Mix the epoxy according to the package directions. Be sure to wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated area because usually epoxy resin gives off a strong smell while it cures. Pour the epoxy into the molds so they are 2/3 full, add the photo, then fill to the brim. If your photos try to flip or turn on you, use a toothpick to push it back in place.
Allow the epoxy to cure according to the package directions. Mine needed 24 hours before I could remove them from the molds.
Then I cut the leather according to a paper pattern I made. I wanted to make sure the bib necklace was a shape that I liked wearing, so I made a pattern from scrap paper and held it in place in front of a mirror to check.
Glue the epoxy beads and other embellishment to your necklace.
For the outside edge I simply added glue then poured white and clear beads over the glue to get the shape I wanted. I did this in a small casserole dish (as you can kind of see in the above photo) so the beads didn’t go rolling everywhere.
Last, add ribbon and a back panel to the bib portion of the necklace and allow to fully dry. You could choose to stitch all the beads on instead of glue… but, uh, I didn’t. 🙂
Here’s what the front and the back of my bib style necklace look like when it’s on. I prefer wearing it with shirts with collars, and I love how easy it is to tie in the back. Thanks for letting me share! xo. Emma
Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Emma Chapman and Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.
I adore this! Thanks for such a great idea, I’m going to try this on Sunday! Fingers crossed all goes well!
You’re so good-looking Emma Chapman. Have a belated Merry Christmas from me, and good luck with book clubs, and reading. -Nadeem A.
I’ve made jewelry like this before and think it’s so fun! I love the buildings you used!
Hi Paula! It’s our Canon printer http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/top-picks-from-our-crafting-pros?cm_mmc=eStore-_-Craft-_-Printer_toppicks-_-001 🙂 -Jacki
great look!!! where did you get an ORANGE printer??? I want one!!!
You guys did it again. QT
Oh wow! I am so excited to make this. If I wanted to make photo beads with holes in them (to string on cord or to make a pendant), do you know how I’d go about that? Thanks again for posting so many inspiring projects!
Not my favorite diy for sure,probably could work as magnets or something..but not something to wear
As I wrote (and you deleted…), you look great in this skirt!
How cute! I love the final product. I’ve never used epoxy, but it looks like fun! Thanks for the tutorial!
Well now I feel silly. Thanks!
Not super crazy about the bib – but would definitely use it as decor! I love your blue sandals – we need the details 🙂
Hi Mckenzie! You’re in luck! We’ve done a couple tutorials:
https://abeautifulmess.com/2014/05/diy-epoxy-resin-table.html 🙂 -Jacki
Love epoxy! Could you guys do a tutorial on making an epoxy resin table? I’ve tried finding one to no avail, and I desperately want a bright yellow epoxy kitchen table.
Emma that box pleated skirt looks so lovely on you.
This is really creative and would be a great conversation starter. I just started a job and am learning how beneficial it is to have “conversation” starters! lol! Way to go on a new twist on an older (but still cool) diy necklace!
Super cool idea. Now I just need to collate pictures that I love.
Such an interesting DIY, but I’m not sure I would be able to pull off the bib-style necklace, but I love the idea! It look absolutely beautiful. I haven’t ever experimented with epoxy before, but I might give it a try.
Neat! I make jewelry with epoxy resin and a little tip is to coat your pix before putting them in the resin. Otherwise the paper absorbs the resin and it darkens the images. Also, blow on the resin through a straw to pop any bubbles that may appear.
Great idea! I have a few photos I that I couldn’t think of a good way to use, but this is wonderful! 😉
P.S. I can’t wait for livestream!!