How Do You Make A Faux Amber Necklace?
Resin jewellery making is fun. For months I have tried to replicate faux amber jewellery and found my greatest difficulty was in matching the colour. This is the secret of creating faux amber jewellery that is as genuine looking as possible.
Mixing colour is very difficult for me. I was therefore very happy when I found products which were pre-mixed and provided the correct amber colour. These dyes are easily lightened or darkened to produce the full range of natural tones found in natural amber.
Amber is actually a fossilized resin formed over millennia from ancient trees similar to our modern pines and spruce trees. A great part of the beauty of natural amber is that organic matter such as insects, plants and other foreign material has been trapped in the resin.
As natural amber comes in very irregular shapes we can make good use of silicone putty mould making material.
I will now go through the simple process of creating a faux amber resin necklace:
(1) Mix together equal amounts of part A and part B of the silicone putty. Knead the two parts together with your fingers until the colour is smooth and uniform.
(2) Push the putty over an uneven shaped bead making sure you leave an opening at the top which will allow you to remove the bead once the putty has set and let you pour resin into the mould when casting.
(3) Continue this process with a variety of other irregular shaped beads to create a diverse range of moulds for the beads in your necklace.
(4) You can take the beads out of the mould after about 30 minutes. Then let the mould fully cure for a day or so before casting.
(5) Mix your clear epoxy resin as per instructions on the bottle and add a few drops of Amber Dye and pour into the prepared silicone bead moulds.
(6) Any air bubbles that come to the top may be removed by waving a heat gun or hair drier gently over the top of the moulds.
(7) Leave overnight for the resin to cure thoroughly and then remove the cast beads from the moulds. The beads can be removed from the moulds by gently flexing the moulds allowing them to pop out.
(8) Clean off any rough edges with a piece of wet and dry sandpaper. To give the beads a high gloss buff them with a good quality floor wax polish.
(9) Drill a hole through the beads so that they can be strung using beading wire.
Experiment a little to get variations in tone and even add some inclusions such as insects just like the real thing. This aspect of amber resin jewellery making in itself deserves its own article. We will see what we can find on the subject and write additional articles later in the year.
Post time: 04-04-2017