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How to Preserve Flowers in Jewelry

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Capture the beauty of a flower blossom at its peak for your jewelry designs. Making jewelry with real flower blossoms is a simple craft project, but you must first preserve the flowers. Pressing flowers for jewelry projects takes about two weeks, but the end result is worth the wait. Select flowers with small, flat blossoms for best results, such as pansies, daisies and cherry blossoms. Embed the flowers in resin to create a jewelry charm or decoupage beads with the preserved beauties.

Pressing Flowers

Trim flower blossoms as close to the stem as possible. Discard the stems.

  • Capture the beauty of a flower blossom at its peak for your jewelry designs.
  • Making jewelry with real flower blossoms is a simple craft project, but you must first preserve the flowers.

Flatten a coffee filter. Place the flower blossoms face up in the center of the filter. Cover the blossoms with another flattened coffee filter. You can also use wax paper to protect the pages of the phone book, but the coffee filters aid more in the drying process.

Place the flower/filter sandwich between the back pages of a phone book. Add at least 20 pounds of extra weight on top of the phone book.

Leave the flowers to dry and press for at least two weeks.

  • Place the flower blossoms face up in the center of the filter.
  • Cover the blossoms with another flattened coffee filter.

Spray the preserved flowers with floral glaze to protect the color.

Resin Flower Jewelry

Cover the back of a jewelry bezel with packing tape. Make sure that the tape is pressed securely against the back of the bezel.

Mix the jewelry resin according to the package directions. Place the resin into a squirt bottle. Fill the bezel halfway to the top with resin.

Gently pick up a pressed flower with tweezers and place it in the center of the bezel, on top of the resin.

  • Spray the preserved flowers with floral glaze to protect the color.
  • Cover the back of a jewelry bezel with packing tape.

Cover the pressed flower with resin. Continue to add resin to the top of the bezel. Allow the resin to dry.

Remove the packing tape. Hang the bezel on a chain as a pendant or charm. To hang the bezel, open a jump ring with round nose pliers. Slide the ring through the connector at the top of the bezel. Close the jump ring.

  • Cover the pressed flower with resin.
  • Slide the ring through the connector at the top of the bezel.
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