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Unique Alcohol Ink Jewelry Art Pendants/Necklace for beginners | UV Resin

teacher avatar Kellie Chasse, Artist/Instructor ✅ 16+ Years

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (31m)
    • 1. Skillshare Intro

    • 2. Scrap designs

    • 3. Stainless Steel Bezels

    • 4. UV Resin

    • 5. Sunlight Cure

    • 6. Using a UV Light to cure

    • 7. Engraver Tool

    • 8. Photographing your pendants

    • 9. Time for your Projects!

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Hello Art Peeps!

If you are ready to create some very unique jewelry pieces made with Mini Art, then this is the course for you!

Necklaces Follow up Course to Alcohol Ink Pendants.  

This is a follow up course to my original Alcohol Ink Pendant course created over 4 years ago. I recommend watching that prior unless you are familiar with the materials and alcohol inks.

In this follow up the course we will create some very easy and beautiful original art pendants for your necklaces. 

This is a Beginner to Intermediate course for those of you that want to have fun, be creative, and get the basics on how to create these artsy pendants. Learn all my quick easy tricks and steps to create your own jewelry to wear or gift!


  • Create some beautiful fun necklace mini art paintings.
  • We'll cover how to pour and cure your UV resin.
  • How to photograph your necklaces
  • Engrave your steel bezels 
  • At the end of this course, you will be able to produce some very unique pendants. 
  • Please don't forget to post your projects below, I can't wait to see them! 

I am so thankful to have you here!
Kellie Chasse

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1. Skillshare Intro : alcohol, independence, jewelry making for beginners. This course is four brand new jewelry artists that want to dive in with alcohol inks that this is a follow up from my original course over four years ago. So I do advise you to pop into that course first, Take a look at that. If you are not familiar with alcohol, thanks. And we'll give you the basics there for this course. We're actually going to be cutting out some of by old demos and small paintings that I wasn't happy with. And I'm gonna show you what I do with a lot of these scrap pieces that I have and never want to throw them away. Hi, I'm Kelly Chassis. I am a simple living in Maine artist and absolutely love nature. And that's really what this second course was really based on some of those scenes that I see from my backyard here at the lake house. So today we're gonna actually dive into using UV resonant place of glue on. We're also gonna go over how to cure that resin. We'll also talk a little bit about my engraver tool and how I photograph some of my jewelry pieces for my online sales. So I hope to see you inside the course. Remember, I do have full online classes on my website and I am on all social media and I would have loved to your projects A please feel free to tag me over there on instagram or on Facebook . So let's get started. Are you ready? 2. Scrap designs : so I want to show you some new designs have been coming up with and this is all from some scrap papers or demos that I have been working on. So what I'd like to do is take all of those demos that are unhappy with or paintings that I've done that I'm unhappy with. Instead of just tossing them, I keep all of them and turn them into little scraps. So I take my little hole punch, and what I do is I try to sort them by color, and then I stepped. Separate them all in these little baggies. In that way, when I'm ready to create some more pendants, I've got all of this extra stock or ready to go. So all I need to do is just take out my pens. Do some doodling on them usually will take just a few colors. Are, you know, food from each package and work on those as a test for so maybe like 44 or so at a time. And then I can get an idea of what people are really interested, what they like. So you can see all of these pieces that I have. I mean, I have hundreds of these old things and I get excited every time pulling my because I just don't know what I'm gonna create on it. What? I'm gonna do the lawn, so I'll turn them and seeing, like, what direction can I meet a scene from just gonna take the civil in here And I usually use just a black Sharpie. I will find one and see how small that is. What I do. Yeah. See, here I want to do this and get this way is good. So this looks like rocks to me. Although I'm using a black Sharpie pen, remember, you can use different types of pens. You can use your micron pens. You can use gel pens. You can use lots of different things. Just keep in mind that this is alcohol based. Also, keep in mind that some alcohol inks will react differently with the pens, and some will act react differently with how you seal them. So always make sure you test whatever materials that you're going to be using. Because there is a big difference in all of these different brands and different chemicals . They'll react differently with one another, so I get a little based down some rocks and then that's almost looks like the sun over here reflecting, which is really cool. So let's do a tree right here for this. More allege. Be another little tree here. Each one of these looks like a little main scene. Maybe some grass. It's growing up can also This looks like some islands. The background here, Finnish island. Maybe a little bird in here. We went flying by the water. You can see how vast can create just a cute little scene that we have, so always keep your scraps. It's always good. Have done one with little tree on it. It's in the abstract, so you can pretty much do anything with these. We'll show you here a couple that I just recently Dunham. Neither all individual ones that I've done. There's a little bit of golden. They're just really pretty funky. One. That one was a little 20 a C CEO orchestrating power that I was doing. Cut that one up. Oops, Do what you could say. They come from the same batch. It was from a tree, one that I don't long time ago gold. So I've saved these scraps for ever. Just off from the scene. Demo that I did. Actually, this was a YouTube. The idea a long time ago. So aren't those cute? Real simple. This guy will funky with this one. Well, stripes in there. So I'm gonna turn these all into necklaces. They're gonna be coming out of Alan's u boat. Listens on mineral paper, little center mineral paperworks. Really good. When you're working with necklaces that air embezzled, you don't have a lot of space in here. So when you're filling that up with resin, it really makes a big difference. It could do a lot more room for your kabash on to go over after your resident to be able to sit in there. So I didn't write. Those were just some ideas for you. - Yeah . 3. Stainless Steel Bezels: So I have been working with lots of different materials for a few years. And if you are frustrated with Sterling silver sterling silver plated, you find that it a lot of time. You have to keep up with it because it does tarnish your always polishing it. Make sure if you do have pieces that you leave them inside a little baggy before you sell them, because open air is what causes it to tarnish. So I did find these on Amazon. I want to share them with you. These are actually stainless steel, so you don't have to worry about them tarnishing. And a really nice thing about them is that I can actually use my engraving tool. We'll show you that in a few minutes. But I can actually sign my work on the back, which is really fun, cause the engraving till will go right into the steel. These ones do come with the glass kabash Shawn's to go right on top of them. They have a nice little hooker will say something that I didn't think of initially was. If you look at how you hang your necklace, this one works really well because some of them. You'll notice if you purchase them on the Amazon. They have a round circle on the top, and it doesn't allow you to lay your necklace flats. You always have to add another piece to it, so this one actually comes with crimp. And so you could just slide the necklace right through there. And you don't have to worry about your necklace flipping around on you while they're wearing it. So that's a nice little feature with us mom, and they're very, very thin. I will say it was easier to use. The mineral paper began again because it's a lot sooner than you both paper for this type of vessel because it's very narrow. And then I did order some sterling plated necklaces that have a finish on them, so they're not supposed to tarnish as quickly. So if you find yourself really frustrated with things, tarnishing the sterling silver, give these a try. They've been working quite well for me so far, but I do keep them in a plastic bag. So just remember, with sterling or sterling plated sterling silver, the air is what gets to is what it oxidizes it a lot quicker So that's just another little tip. You know, plastic baggies or sometimes plastic container to keep the air out, and that will help prolong. You do need to polish still sterling silver. It's just the name of the name of the game with that, unfortunately, but it's beautiful when it's all pretty and shiny. So you can see here. I actually will keep mine rate in the plastic bag, and then they put that inside my box. If I'm going to ship it, or if I am not putting it out for sale right away, obviously when you have it up for sale, a habit out of the plastic bag and in the box of people can see it, touch it, try it on and then it goes directly back in the plastic after 4. UV Resin: all right. I wanted to talk to you guys about UV resin. This is something I just started working with, and I am loving it, and I wanted to share it with you guys. So if for those of you that have had a hard time using glue because, ah, bubbles or because of those little silver streaks that you get anytime there's any air gets trapped underneath your last kabash on this is a a wonderful new tool that I found. And I've been using art resin for quite some time now a couple of years, but I've switched to the UV rays, um, for some quicker projects. So what is UV resin? It's basically it's resin. It's actually comes in a bottle that is already premixed, so there's no 50% of this and 50% of that you can go directly from the bottle. So the great thing about that since there is no mixing involved, you don't have to worry about not getting your ratios correct. It's transparent, it's quick curing, and it's toxic free once it's hardened or cured. The next thing I want to touch on is how to cure TV resin. So if you've never used UV resin before. It can be cured in two different ways. The first way is to cure it naturally in the sunlight. Now you have to have it in a direct sunlight, and you have to expose it for at least 5 to 20 minutes. What I'm finding is even with direct sunlight, I've left it out there for a few hours, depending on what brand used some a little bit different. Some have a little bit more hardener in it, so you will have to play with your brand because this could be different. Another thing to keep in mind as you want Direct sunlight raise. It does not seem to work on an overcast or cloudy day. You really need that direct sunlight so your UV resin can also be cured by using UV light or an led light. And the exposure time is a lot shorter with this is going to cure your resin much faster than in the sunlight. So it's We're talking anywhere from 2 to 4 minutes, and there are some things you have to again. I think about when you're using this type of resin. So I actually purchased this small nail UV light. This is by dawn. It's a many one. So it's really small, tiny thing. I'll, I'll open it up here and show it to you. Um, this one was perfect for what I'm doing. I'm only doing a couple of these at a time, and I could fit about three open vessels or close bustles underneath this and let me open it for you. This one actually is plugged into either your computer or a USB port. You could see how tiny this thing is is very narrow, very slim design perfect for, you know, just doing a few pieces on my table, and it's got a little often on switch on the front. These flip open so you can slide your pendants underneath the UV light. And you could see here is where your USB cable goes into it and it comes with one, and I actually I plug. I could plug it into my computer, but I haven't overhead USB port, and it works really well. So it's just directly above my camera. Hera's I'm filming. So you just plugged that into the back like so and then the other part gets plugged into your adapter USB adapter or or into your computer or charging station. So here I have it plugged in, and it's actually my apple. One fits in the same one, and then you do. All you do is push the button. You could see that beautiful glow of the UV light that turns on now. When I push it winds, I slide this under. This will actually go for 60 seconds. If I push it a second time, it will go for 180 seconds and again, you're different. Brands may vary with that, but usually within a four minute time period that peace is fully cured. It's directly under glass, so it's clear. So your lights are getting directly to it, so this one has an automatic shut off, depending on if it's 60 seconds or 180. If you push it 1/3 time, it will turn it off. Because this is a transparent UV resin. You can either choose to use the glass kabash on, which will really magnify your image. Or you can just put the clear coat of UV resin on top. Keep in mind. You may want to do it a couple of times or couple a couple of different layers. You can't use too much of it at once, or else it doesn't sure correctly, and you'll have some sticky areas. Also, if you're using in large amounts, it can cause some shrinkage when part of it starts to cure before another area. Well, so it's really important that you don't use large amounts, but you do this in small layers if you need to. If you're just using under the glass, it's usually not issues. There's not too much residents going to be put under there, and I'll show you have roughly how much you're gonna want to use when you're layering it with a glass kabash on. I want to mention that the resin will give often odor, and it does give off some heats. You do want to make sure you have some very good ventilation in your room. No, although they're saying this is not toxic. That's when it's cured when it's fully hardened. So make sure you were taking all safety precautions. Take your Children your pets out of the room. Make sure you're wearing gloves to cover your skin. You're wearing glasses to cover your eyes, and most the time I will use a BOC mask so that I don't breathe any of that in, and you definitely want to take your precautions. If you have health concerns, you also want avoid contact with skin and eyes while you're using this, but that is definitely recommended. 5. Sunlight Cure: so I have a way that I do that I said All of my finished art pieces out. And then I take all of my different types of Basil's because I find that this is really part of the fun is seeing what's going to work best with each art piece, so I'll have black bezels. I have silver, have antica have gold, copper gunmetal. So there's all those different colors, and this is what I usually do beforehand. I'll go through and put what I like together before I get ready to put my resin in. In that way, I'm not rushing things. I've got it all set to go. So this is the resident using its again off of Amazon, and it has been working very well for me. Now this comes in 60 grams. It's a smaller bottle. I tested this one out first, have tried a couple other ones, and they all seem to work pretty similar. So the first thing that I noticed with the UV resin is they all seem to come in a opaque bottle, so no light gets to it, and it has against growing cap. Remember, these are already pretty. There's no mixing involved with this. It just comes directly out of the bottle, which is super easy to dio. This one is made for jewelry. It's made really harden, so that is a plus. And we pretty much talked about, you know, avoiding direct contact with your eyes and your skin. You want to keep out of reach of Children. You also want a store in a dry, cool place. You don't want to leave this sitting on your desk or in a window area where the lake is going to get to it. I wouldn't want that harden in the bottle on your head start to get sticky, so that's really important. And it is also photochemical. So that's your chemical reaction with the sun or where the UV light causes it to harden. So you could see I've got my Basil already ready to go and it had a little tab on here. I had to pull offs has got a screw on cap. Just be careful because it does want to come out here pretty easy. I'm just going to put a little dime sized drop rate in the center, and then I got my glass kabash on. Make sure you know these are nice and clean. If you need to wipe them down with alcohol before you start, that's always a good idea. If you want a little fingerprints on there and you could see that doesn't move a lot, it's it's, you know, fairly sick. It's not too to think. It's similar to, Ah, glue, maybe a watery glue and I can't get it to move across the basil. Now again, this going to take you some practice. Don't get frustrated right away. Uh, especially as you get the amount down. You don't want to have too much on their or it's going to overflow. You don't want to not have enough Earl's. You're gonna have little gaps in there. You want to have enough. So if I push down on that, I get a very little bit. That squeezes out. And if you do happen to get any bubbles in there, if you give it a little light twist, you can sometimes get those bubbles to move out onto the edge. And if you do get some that come off onto the edge here, just take a little towel and wipe those up. You want to push to our cause. You don't want all of that resident expand out, and then once the air is sucked out of it, when you lift off of that, sometimes it can bring air underneath again and cause bubbles. So you have to practice it a couple of times to get that correct amount of resin, and it's going to depend on the size of your vessels is gonna depend on the depth of your vessels. These are all one inch puzzle, so a dime size seems to work quite well. So I want to do another one can, making sure that that you put paper or mineral paper is really pushed down in there, and some people will go ahead and do a a drop of glue underneath of it. But I found, because these air deep enough puzzles, that resident really seals that whole area, and I have not had one pop out yet. Sometimes people that glue things, the glue tends to dry up and it can pop out. So that's another reason why I really like to use the resin. Let's do another one here gonna have about a dime size amount of resin it's going to and not moving at this time is gonna drop it right on there. And you can see it pushes that resin to the edge. And it shouldn't be overflowing too much. But just give it a little touch, if you a little bit again, just wipe off very little around the edge. So I continued to do a few more of those. I didn't all same time. Remember, this is not in the sunlight right now. So these air really not curing at any rate, if you do get a little excess on there, you can wipe off any little residue. If you've got someone, your fingers and you touch it with a little bit of a 91% alcohol and that will clean off the glass so these are ready to go into the direct sunlight downstairs. I'm going to leave them there for the afternoon. We get some great direct sun. You could see it creeping across my desk chair towel and we'll look back at these right now . I'm gonna try the UV light next free so you can see how that works. 6. Using a UV Light to cure: going to use the UV light this time. I don't want you to see how much quicker this is. So the other ones, they're still sitting in the sunlight. It's going to be at least four hours or so again, I find just to make sure that it's cure depending on how your light hits, it's a little trickier. Soak up my dime sized amount here. This one. I'm gonna go ahead and put the glass kabash on on top. Really careful. Place that down. And for this one, I'm just going to leave the kabash on off. Let's fill it in with just a little bit more resin. I want to do this one without any glasses so you can see the difference. And you do have to be carefully. Don't put too much in their again. You want to make sure you've got it around your edges as well. So these are both ready to go turn on my UV light, slide that over the top and I'm gonna leave this on here for 2 to 4 minutes. I find it four minutes works best in that way. I'm not guessing because if you get it where it's still attacking and you touch it, you're going to get little fingerprints on there, so four minutes is usually good. I have not had it had have to go longer than that, unless again it's I have it too thick in there and then sometimes it doesn't cure it all. If you have a too thick, so you're better to dio Ah, small amount or test it if you add lots of layers again, becomes a little bit more difficult and challenging, because if those layers aren't perfect, you can have some unevenness with your resin layers. 7. Engraver Tool: So this is my fun little tool. This is a micro engraver. It's by a company called Beat Smith, and this takes a couple of batteries, and there's a little button on the side so you can actually engraved the back of any of these steel bezels that you have. It works anything that's really smoother metal in the back. But I did find some of the ones from Sun and Moon had a little bit of a texture on the back of the vessels. Those don't work quite as well, but you can see this is a nice smooth surfaces is really easy to dio. So this is something that's special. If you have, you know this is a gift to someone or if it's a you know, wedding gift. Or maybe you've put your pets cremations in here. You can leave some really beautiful words on the back or inspiration words or just your signature. So I'm just gonna do my signatures. I just do my initials and the year that I created this. So another fun little way to personalize some of your jewelry pieces. I will mention that what you do want to set this down on something of a little pad here, and that works the best, because when you start to push the engraver, it will move your small one inch buzz a little bit. 8. Photographing your pendants : so, everyone. I have my finished pieces here, and I'm about ready to do a photo shoot for them are photograph of my artwork. So if you're planning on putting yourself upon etc or some other types of online selling, this is just I want to share my process with you. So I have all my little props here. I picked up, you know, something's just out for more walks. Got some birch bark and some loss. More birch bark. I'm actually learning dependents out of this. And this is stuff from dead trees that have fallen down. Do not peel this off your trees. It's another type of I don't know what this is little fun things, and this is great, actually, to put in the resin pendants have a red resin pendant class to and, um, put little things little drive, flowers and things like that in that class. But so I use these for my little props, and then I also have my contact paper down here. So this is just contact paper that I purchase off Amazon. It comes in rolls and you can get different types. This is nice clean surface for you to be able to photograph on. And I have my natural light coming from my window. So my pendant here and they have it in its little box. So what I do first is I photograph my pendant just laid out like this of the natural would obviously you can put things in there if you want a little, pretty little things to make it. You know, I want to cover that because that's got a little shadow there. So bring that over here. Maybe so I could snap a photograph of this. Let me do that real quick, okay? And then ideo I usually take it like this, you know, again, I want to face it to over the sun is so I have to come this way with it. So photograph it this way. And then Leslie, I will photograph the back, especially if I have signed some of the pieces. I actually edge in my signature and take a picture of the back by signing. This one has got a pattern on it. So I don't sign this one. You also could sign inside with your pen as well. And then finally I take it in with in the box like this. So it gives you plenty of different images for your shops if you want to try to sell your piece. So I also want to think about how you're gonna be placing it isn't going to be in square form, is going to be in a larger form like for my iPhone for my iPhone videos for I movie. When I'm doing this, I've actually have and the 16 by nine ratio. But for Instagram, it might be different for etc. Could be different and more square enough pictures. Ah, and you can adjust those as well. So I take him both ways just to be safe. So then I also will take just a close up usually like this. So once I have all of my images done, what I like to do is it is all my iPhone, by the way. I actually like to go in and just adjust some of it so I can go in and adjust the exposure right on my iPhone that can adjust the brilliant so I could bring the upper Gan. If it's just not quite bright enough, you see the difference that that makes and then you can adjust. The contrast is another big one that all often play with and the brightness. And then, if you do need to adjust the color of you know, if your color is not quite right, you can adjust the color. I don't like to mess with that too much, but I like to keep it. Try to keep it, you know, close to the original as possible, and you can adjust the sharpness. Ah, and you know the vigna. There's lots of different different things in there, so get it to where you think it looks the best. It looks closest to the original cause you don't want to make it look different. Too different from what? If you're selling it on Etsy or on online, you want pretty close to what you have there. Those is another piece that I'm just playing with, and they do this all on my phone before actually download this to my computer. In that way, I don't have to do any adjustments. Once I get on my computer, you see what a difference is can make just so you can see all of them a little things that they dio because I don't usually mess too much with, Like the tent, they will adjust the sharpness. A lifetime's contrast, bright and exposure. Those air my my key ones that I work with often so that once you have these, all that, I go in individually and do each photograph and I download them to my computer. So here they all are. On my computer. You can see every image. Now you can go in and renaming is if you want. It makes it a little bit easier if you're selling them online if you have a number associated with each one of them. And you know, sometimes if I am just putting them rate directly from my phone to my answer because they have lots of APS for a lot of these online platforms, you don't need to actually download it to your computer. But I always like to have it on my computer so I could go back and look at some of the things that I have done. And so I have it all set up in little folders. So thanks so much for joining me, and I can't wait to see your projects 9. Time for your Projects!: So thanks so much for joining me. Today is now your time for Farraj eggs. So grab all your supplies that we've covered in this course, and let's get ready to have some fun. If you like this course, I have a bunch others Lots of Alcohol Inc ones, watercolor and even that some resin classes, so make sure you check those out. So don't forget to poster projects. You can tag me on Instagram. You can tag me on Facebook. Don't forget to join our special exclusive Facebook group that I have, and if you have other questions and things like that, it's a great place to post it. There's a lot of folks on there now and way love to share and share ideas on their super helpful. So head over there, check that out. I'll give you a link for that as well. Don't forget to check out my YouTube channel, where I do videos every single Tuesday at 9 a.m. Eastern standard time, so make sure you click that subscribe button. Make sure you click that bell, and that will give you the notifications every time I go out and you could you know, you will see it if you have the chance. Please don't forget to leave a review. That what others know? That this might be a course that they would be interested in as well. And finally, if you have some ideas for classes that you would like to see, let me know. Thanks so much for joining me again today. And we hopefully we'll see you again real soon.