The Great Acorn Experiment

Do you ever see something in a store, in real life or online and think to yourself, I absolutely have to do that?  Because I do it all the time, especially with jewelry.  I see something and wonder if I could make it, do it differently, figure out how it was done, or whatever.  And usually, I give it a shot because, why not?  I am easily distracted, after all!

The Acorn Trio

So this summer when I saw a resin acorn online, the photo simply caught my eye and I knew I had to try making my own.  I didn’t like the execution of the piece, really.  It was too pink for my tastes.  Hard to believe, because I love pink (see my hair if you don’t believe me) but acorns shouldn’t be pink.  Or at least the sort I had in mind shouldn’t be.  But I loved the concept, I’m fairly experienced with using resin, and so decided to try my hand at making one.

It took me some time to find the components.  After all, reusable 3D acorn molds aren’t easy to come by.  Then again, if they were, everyone would be making them.  However, eventually I found one on Etsy made by a woman in Scotland (whose store is called Crazy Nature, by the way) that was to my liking and ordered away.  I was almost giddy with anticipation waiting for it to arrive, actually!  It was like waiting for Santa at Christmas when I was a kid.  Once my package did arrive, the only question was, how soon could I mix up some resin and get pouring.  Turns out, it was that very day, because I just couldn’t wait.

So I poured and I waited.  Never has a 24-hour resin cure time been so torturous.  Because I wanted that acorn and I wanted it now, darn it!  Eventually, the day passed and I was able to pop that acorn out of the mold.  And for the first time ever, I did something that succeeded on the first try!  Usually when I try something new, I fail the first time.  And the second time.  By the third time?  I usually have the kinks worked out.  This time?  I nailed it on the first try.

Emboldened by my success, I went crazy.  I mixed up more resin and poured as fast as I could, popping out a new acorn at least once a day.  I also kept looking at the molds, wondering if I should get another one so I could make two at a time.  Then, reality hit.  How many 3D resin acorns does one really need?  Honestly?  I have no idea.  But I probably didn’t need a second mold.  I was just so excited over my initial success that I wanted to keep going.  Instead, I backed up, poured another acorn and then went back to Etsy to look for some oak leaves to finish off my project.  Because what good is a 3D acorn for jewelry if you can’t actually use it in anything?

Acorn with golden sunset glitter, Vintaj patina accents, Moss Agate, Tiger’s Eye, Artistic Wire, Hamilton satin gold chain, and laser-engraved wooden oak leaf.

Like searching for the acorn mold, finding appropriate leaves was hit or miss and there are a lot of people out there with strange ideas about what oak leaves should look like.  Eventually, however, I discovered Angela’s Line Laser Engraving out of Belleville, Michigan, on Etsy and she knew exactly what an oak leaf should look like.  Plus, she does beautiful work!

So earlier this week, my laser engraved, wooden oak leaves arrived and I could get down to business.  Now I have completed acorn pendants, accented with semi-precious stones like Unakite (more on Unakite in a future post), Moss Agate, and some nice Austrian crystals and Hamilton satin finish chain scraps that I had lying around.  I never throw anything away because you never know when it might be useful.  Like now!

Acorn with espresso glitter, Vintaj patina accents, Unakite, Artistic Wire, Hamilton satin gold chain, and laser-engraved wooden oak leaf.

For once, one of my experiments turned out to be a rousing success.  With three completed pendants, I’m moving on and am now looking for just the right chain to compliment these acorns.  Because really, after all of this work, I’m not about to finish them with cheap craft store chain.  And now?  Back to the acorns!  :-)

Acorn with apricot glitter, Vintaj patina accents, Jade, Austrian crystals, Artistic Wire, copper chain, and laser-engraved wooden oak leaf.


About empress

As the owner/operator/designer of Easily Distracted Designs, Bethany is responsible for just about every aspect of the business, including translating high-end fashion design into wearable styles for every woman.
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