There are plenty of nature motifs in jewelry and fashion, but there’s something special about having actual pieces of bark and moss or dried flowers in your accessories. Sarah Smith, the Oregon-based artist behind Modern Flower Child, creates hand-made resin bracelets, bangles and earrings by forever preserving real feathers, flowers, seashells and other beautiful bits and pieces of nature in hard, crystal-clear resin.
She writes that it can take her 2-3 weeks to complete a single piece – “from design, to pouring resin, curing, to shaping the piece.“ Fortunately, she does take custom orders, and can create bracelets or bangles from plants or other decorative elements sent in by clients as well.
To see more of her work, check out her website and Etsy shop! Be sure to read on to see her answers to Bored Panda’s questions as well.
“This all started because I was looking for an antique piece that I could wear. I couldn’t find any so one thing lead to another and I started making my own,” Sarah Smith told Bored Panda. “Embedding flowers in resin, plastic or Lucite is actually an old idea”
“The whole process is an immense amount of work and took tons of trial and error but seeing the finished product is totally cool! I don’t know how many times I have said ‘now that looks pretty!'”
“The flowers need to be completely dry before embedding them in resin so they do not brown. The drying process itself can take weeks before I can finally start to embed the flowers in the resin”
“One thing I would like to make are ear gauges or plugs. I have been meaning to start but I have been kept so busy with the other jewelry that I just haven’t gotten around to it”
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