New Jewelry Projects!

With the holidays coming up, I'm getting ready to stock my Etsy shop with new items.  First on the list is jewelry.  At the moment, I'm working on hand-painted brooches and pendants.  The above two are wood tiles, each about 1.5 x 1 inches.  They were both practice samples I made.  Painted in acrylic, with glitter pen accents and sealed with resin.

Working with resin is a challenge, to say the least.  My first attempt failed, as the resin stayed gooey, sticky and did not dry!  Most likely the mix ratio was off, and I didn't stir the mixture long or well enough.  Eventually, I scraped off the old resin and started over again.  The second attempt was a success, much to my relief.

On the above photo, I attached a pin backing to the bird on the left, and a bail and silver chain to the one on the right.  Below are two brooches that will receive the resin treatment soon.

Some close-up shots of the pin and pendant:

Another bird I'm starting on, that will be a gift for a friend.

I start off painting the background in burnt umber, then draw the outline of the bird with a white colored pencil.

Will post again when they're in the shop!