Tuesday, July 22, 2014

More Resin Rose Petals: Final Batch & Give-Away!

[This is a continuation of my first rose petal resin post, in case you missed it.]

I couldn't resist making just a few more necklaces with those resin rose petal gems, and this time, I experimented with linking two or more together:



I used larger chain links (harvested off an old necklace) glued directly to the backs of the resin as hefty hanging loops, and smaller O-rings for the connections everywhere else.



For this teal-and-coral set I also made another adjustable ring, since the teals matched.


The pink petal is curled at the bottom, but honestly, that imperfection makes me like it even more!

Renee (my amazing friend who made all the resin pieces) happened to send me enough matching pink gems to pull of my most complex design: 



It was incredibly easy to put together, though, since the E-6000 I used gives you plenty of open time to adjust the rings and make sure they're even on all sides.

I did learn one thing the hard way: if you put your hanging loops on the side of a gem, make sure they're at the top of each side, not the middle. Otherwise your pendant will be top-heavy and flop over while you're wearing it.

Ask me how I know. ;)

 Oopsie. 

(That's basically what the backside of all the gems look like, though; again, the links don't stick out much at all, so it's quite comfy to wear.)



The good news is you can peel the E-6000 off your resin even after it dries, so re-setting the loops wasn't a problem. Then again, that could also be BAD news, since obviously you don't want your glue peeling off in the future! Still, it took enough effort that I'm not too worried; you'd have to really yank to risk breaking off a gem.

And finally, the dragonfly necklace!


Mega thanks to all of you who weighed in on the placement; the decision was almost unanimous, so that made it extra easy on me!


You like? If so, comment below, because I'm going to send this rose petal dragonfly necklace to one of you! That's right: iiiiit's give-away time.  I'll announce the randomly selected winner in my very next post, so get to commenting! (And as always, I'll ship anywhere, so international comments are welcome!)

UPDATE: The give-away has ended, and the winner is bmuir322! Congrats, bmuir, and please e-mail me your mailing address!

544 comments:

  1. These are beautiful! I somehow missed the first post so I'm off to check it out right now! These are all so unique, I must try my hand at them. I just used resin for the first time the other day

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  2. Love it! These are all so gorgeous--it's making me itch to get started making resin jewelry (I may have even ordered resin online yesterday...can't wait!!). :-)

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  3. Dang how I wish I was crafty.

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  4. I love all of these pieces so much! I wish I had the rainbow petals to try to make my own.

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  5. I'm drooling over the peachy pink set. LOVE IT!

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  6. Love your crafts. When I had no internet I was jonesing for your site. I love the necklace and all the other jewelry you make

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  7. Oooh I love all of these! Totally wish I was organised enough to be crafty!

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  8. Love them! resin hates me (either i didnt realize it was old and everything turns orange, or i dont mix exactly right and it never cures hard) so I rarely play with it, but these are so cool, makes me want to bust out the supplies again! Nice work!

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  9. These are lovely! Here's hoping. :)

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  10. You did a wonderful job. Well done! (and pick me) :-)

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  11. hooray! These are all just lovely.

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  12. I am so glad you went with the left position. It is so pretty! And the pink necklace might be my favorite one that you made!

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  13. These are gorgeous! You're talented Jen :)

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  14. Oh my! I love these! I've been hesitant to get into resin work, mostly cause I really don't need another hobby right now, but I may have to give in!

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  15. I recently started a fundraising site for adoptive families, and we auction off some stuff like that all the time! I'm not much of a jewellery person myself, but I know some people who would lo-o-o-o-ove that necklace!

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  16. I love all of these, but especially the dragonfly!

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  17. You're giving the dragonfly necklace away? But it's gorgeous, I'd have a hard time giving it away. Love it! Please, put my name in your magic hat for a chance! I really love it, perfect for spring and summer!

    The pink set with four stones came out really well too. Say, can't you two open an Etsy shop or something and make these? I'd totally buy a rainbow bracelet :D

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  18. I would LOVE to have that to wear!

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  19. love these! Such an amazing idea :)

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  20. The pink stones are gorgeous (as are the rest)!

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  21. Can you do a tutorial on how to make the gems? I love these!!

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  22. Oh, I love it too! So beautiful. Can definitely not resist the chance of maybe winning it! :-)

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  23. So, I've been reading your blog for a long time (it's my fav!), and I have to say, I think this is one of my favorite crafty things you've done EVER!

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  24. I really love the colours in all of these. They look like candy!

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  25. I absolutely love the dragonfly necklace. They are all beautiful but the dragonfly gives it an extra something that makes it completely gorgeous!

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  26. These are so beautiful!! Love, love, LOVE!!!

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  27. Those all turned out amazing

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  28. I love these! Your friend did an amazing job creating these petal pendants! And I love, love the dragonfly pendant! Love the placement also.

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  29. Oh, these are just beautiful!!! Well done Jen!!!!

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  30. Stunning. Fabulous. And, I have a dress that needs that necklace. I try to be crafty, you make it seem so easy, but I am all thumbs when it comes to artistic endeavors. Love all your posts, carry on.

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  31. I adore the textures in these jewellery pieces! They are just so pretty, and the colours are incredible! Great teamwork from you and Renee :D These would look fab reflecting the rare sunshine we are having in the UK at the moment - a perfect summer accessory xx

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  32. Love these gorgeous pieces... makes me wish I had the time to re-start my chainmaille jewelry hobby. Babies get in the way of stuff like that ;) LOL.

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  33. I love these! They totally make me want to tackle the resin project that's been poking at my brain for months. Yay for inspiration!

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  34. I envy your craft ability. These are gorgeous!

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  35. Please place me in the sorting hat!!! This stuff is AH MAZ ING. I think you should have a craft workshop at some Con....I'd totally go to where ever it is!!! (One year this chicago gal will make it to Dragon Con)

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  37. They are Beautiful! My girls couldn't stop looking at them. :)

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  38. Wow, those are all gorgeous! I love the dragonfly one a lot since they are my favorite bug. :D

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  39. (and notice I said workshop, not panel. No need to get up and give a big formal speech...just dump a bunch of crafty bits on a table and sit with us and play! Show us how it's done, no pressure!) ;)

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  40. Seriously lovely. I never thought to reuse roses like this and now I don't have to be sad throwing away my dusty dried ones!

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  41. I LOVE the dragonfly piece. I think the placement is perfect.

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  42. I'm so jealous that you got that amazing parcel of jewelry and 'rejects!' Now I'm thinking of all the things I'd like to make resin jewelry out of...

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  43. I love what you did with all of these and the gems are absolutely amazing. Your friend is so very talented! Your ideas and craftiness always astound me :)

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  44. They're all so beautiful (and my friends would be SO jealous of that dragonfly necklace!)!!!

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  45. Thank you for showing us all these options. I wish my discards looked as great as Renee's. Your creativity keeps me coming back every day to see what is new.
    Bea on daughter Anna's log in.

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  46. Please pick me! I was SO hoping there was some sort of give away coming when you made the last post and showed all the beautiful jewelry!

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  47. What an awesome idea! Kudos to Renee for igniting the spark. You both have turned out some amazing pieces. I'll be adding this to my If-I-Become-Crafty list to try some day. ^_^

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  48. Gorgeous! I need more fun jewelry to get me into wearing it...and now I really want some rainbow roses!!

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  49. I would LOVE to wear this necklace and brag to everyone that my bestie, I mean, a fabulous blog gave it to me.

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  50. I love these! You have convinced me to try to make my own at some point.

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  51. I love the touch of nature to these pieces - makes such a change to the alternatives!
    The entomologist in me loves the dragonfly, and regardless of whether I'll wear it it would certainly be well suited to my home!
    Sign me up Jen.

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  52. You clearly had lots of fun with these! They look great!

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  53. Posts like these always make me want to get out there and do something creative! Which is good, except I don't really have a project in mind yet so... to pinterest!

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  54. Oh, it's so beautiful! I have no idea how you can bear to part with such a pretty thing, but thank0you for the chance to win it!

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  55. Who knew rose petals would make such beautiful jewelry? I'm sure the person creating them had something to do with it too, though!

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  56. So pretty! I want to play with resin now!

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  57. Those resin gems are beautiful! I love all of the pieces you've made with them. I agree with all who voted for the placement of the dragonfly, it looks perfect!

    I'm feeling very inspired to go try my hand with resin now!

    ~*~Pazku~*~

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  58. Nice work, Jen. You have made some beautiful pieces here!

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  59. Ooh! A giveaway! Those rose petal jewels are so beautiful. I really need to get into doing more resin jewelry. I have all the resin and stuff, I just need to make things!

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  60. WOW! Jen those came out gorgeous. hmm...I don't need another hobby or more jewelry, but when does one ever "need" anything actually? (Just me, just all the jewels!!!!) *off to the shop I go* ;)

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  61. Ooooh I am so commenting on this one, love me some dragonfly goodness!

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  62. Again, completely gorgeous!! I'd love to have that dragonfly one, too :)

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  63. I really love how you've put together these pieces! They are really pretty!

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  64. So beautiful! I'll have to play with some of these ideas.

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  65. The colors are so bright and warm!

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  66. Those are lovely! I especially love the dragonfly color combo. Never tired resin before and now I want to!

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  67. I love dragonflies! These are all so beautiful!

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  68. Gorgeous gems! I think this concept is amazing!

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  69. I'm inspired! These are beautiful.

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  70. Those are lovely! I may have missed this, but how big are the gems?

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  71. I love how the resin magnifies the veins of the rose petals. So pretty! And I love how bright the colours are.

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  72. I'm thinking I might try and use some of the flowers my husband has given me to make some resin stones now. I've been wanting to try it at some point. :)

    A little tip for the E6000... (I also wonder what I did before I discovered it!) Acetone nail polish remover will break down the bond if it dries and later you find you need to move something. I had an issue with a wood piece I made that was suppose to hang. The hook was centered but the shape made it top heavy on one side. I had a mini freak out session as it was not something I had time to redo over that tiny mistake. I did a little research and, the nail polish remover took care of the glue and I was able to move it without any trouble. This works as long as the nail polish remover won't damage your piece or course. ;)

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    1. Oooh, I bet this will come in VERY handy in the future. Thanks, Jennifer!

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  73. I'm only beginning to scratch the surface of craftiness but your doings are so inspiring, I may have to step it up a notch or two. :-D

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  74. Super gorgeous stuff! I love what people can come up with using something so simple!

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  75. I am not a jewelry person, but holy goodness these pieces are just incredible. Just gorgeous. I love the dragonfly so much! So understated, yet breathtaking. To both of you, amazing, amazing work.

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  76. i commented and now i can't find it... anyway, the necklace is quite stunning really. i love it!

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  77. That dragonfly necklace is so cute!

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  78. Love it! It's making me want to save petals from my roses and try it.

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  79. These are gorgeous! Now I'm inspired to try my hands at jewelry making... Dreaming of all the fun custom necklaces I could make...

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  80. They are all so gorgeous! I love how bright the colors are.

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  81. Love it! I always had a soft spot for dragonflies.

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  82. Gorgeous! You have made the inner crafter want to try resin! The inner klutz is cringing though... :-D

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  83. I love these pieces! I wonder what other types of flower petals would make interesting jewelry? :)

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  84. Oh my gosh you're giving away the dragonfly?!?!?!? I adore dragonflies! Ooooh *crosses fingers* And seriously, these are all amazing, I can't believe there were all considered rejects. You did some amazing things with them, they are GORGEOUS!

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  85. They are all so gorgeous! I especially like the square green one. I'm definitely gonna have to try to do this!

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  86. So pretty! I'm too symmetrically anal (is that even a term?) to pull off this kind of thing; all of my stuff has a tendancy to match on each side. I want to be able to "mix it up", but I just don't have the eye for it. Sigh. At least there are creative people like you in this world to make it a more colorful place! :)

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  87. Thank you for being so generous and donating one of your lovely necklaces! *crosses fingers*

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  88. This is so neat. I am definitely not that crafty! I would love to win it, though! :)

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  89. Oh my goodness, that dragonfly necklace is beyond beautiful!! I've always loved dragonflies, probably have more dragonfly-themed jewelry than any one person needs, but what's one more?? (I can quit anytime, honest)

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  90. I would love to try making these... add it to my never-ending craft to-do list:-) I wonder if it would work with dried petals, since I have my wedding bouquet dried. The dragonfly is awesome!

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    1. According to Renee, it's actually BETTER with dried petals, since the colors are more vivid. So you're in luck!

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  91. This is the perfect excuse to tell the hubby to buy me rainbow roses :)
    I love how the dragonfly turned out and all the other pieces too!

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  92. So very, very pretty! I'm thinking I might have to look into this (not that I need another craft project, but oh well!

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  93. Ooo ooo ooo, I really like these! I have enough craft things going via shrink plastic and failing to find a use for a bunch of faux leather... Must not add resin to the list... :P

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  94. I love how they all look. Very cool.

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  95. I need more yellow in my life. That is really stunning.

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  96. So I hit this post first and am in total awe that these came from rose petals.
    THEN I read the original post... and after I recovered from my slack-jawed, bug-eyed state, all I could think to say was, "Wow." If your friend ever decided to set up an Etsy shop, my gods, I'd be all over it!

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  97. You are so crafty! It makes me want to look at all the broken jewelry I have held onto and see what I can do!

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  98. Are you sending a finished set back to your friend Renee? I imagine she wouldn't say no to these gorgeous pieces!

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    1. Renee, nothing to see here!


      And Jennifer: SHHHH. [winkwink] (She's not a fan of yellow, or else the dragonfly would be going to her, too.)

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  99. Absolutely gorgeous, as always! You are inspiring. :)

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  100. Amazeballs! Forever alive :)

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  101. I love all things dragonfly. That necklace is absolutely beautiful!

    (Thank you for being so generous all the time. You inspire me to be more generous too.)

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  102. Oh wow, the necklace came out sooo gorgeous! Those are the moments where I'd wish to live in the U.S. to get all those crafting materials as easily as you! xD

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  103. All of these projects turned out so lovely! Thanks for teaching, and sharing!

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  104. Look at the pretties!
    What am I looking at? The display bust or the jewelry?
    The jewelry, please.

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  105. Yay! Your work is beautiful! I would definitely wear any of it with pride. Plus, then every time someone asked me about it, I would casually namedrop, "Oh, yeah, Jen from Epbot and I are great friends." ;)

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  106. OMG this is gorgeous! My husband won't let me keep E600 in the house with the baby around, I need to keep this saved!

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  107. Too Cute! I think I see some crafting time in my future to try my hand at it :)

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  108. What an awesome necklace! You are so creative! Since I'm not likely to actually make anything so gorgeous, I would love to win it.

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  109. Love them! And I'm super picky about my jewelry!

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  110. If I won that beautiful dragonfly necklace I would send it to my friend, who tragically lost her 17 year old son last month in a car accident. Dragonflies remind her of him.

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  111. So pretty! And dragonflies have been a thing for me the past couple of years. You always do good work, but this piece looks like something I'd enjoy wearing.

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  112. Some day I will win, something from Epbot (sing to tune of "Someday My Prince will come)

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  113. Placement turned out wonderful and seeing all the jewelry makes me want to find some of those roses!

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  114. Dragonflies are precious to my steampunk-loving, crafty-clever, cake-baking friend. Pick me! Pick me! I know who would love that gorgeous necklace...

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  115. These are so beautiful that they're almost making me want to be more adventurous with my crafting attempts. Almost. :) I especially love all the vibrant and cheery colours. Amazing.

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  116. Would love to win one of your creations! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  117. Those are all amazing but that dragonfly is just stunning!

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  118. These are all absolutely gorgeous. All your work is :)

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  119. All of these are so pretty!

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  120. These are amazing! I just might try making some myself. I love these tutorials, I am always inspired to try something new.

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  121. You make me want to go back to trying to do crafts. :)

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  122. You are amazing Jen! I would love to win this!

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  123. I did not need another hobby! Must. . . obtain. . . petals!

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  124. Cassandra nelanderJuly 22, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Love all the jewelry! Guess I have to add another thing to try!

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  125. I love that dragonfly necklace!

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  126. Very cool! I wonder if you could do a stained glass type thing to hang in a window with the resin flower petals? It would be fun to see if the sun would shine through

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  127. I love dragonflies. They're my favorite, and all this jewelry looks amazing!

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  128. We collectively have a good eye, I suppose. :)

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  129. I never win anything but am giving this a shot!

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  130. They are all fabulous!! I am in awe of people of figure out how to do things like set rose petals in resin!!

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  131. So gorgeous! I love the placement!

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  132. Wow, those are great. The dragonfly turned out cute.
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  133. Pick me! :) (amber from nc)

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  134. it's lovely! they all are, really.

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  135. The dragonfly necklace turned out amazing! I wasn't sure how it would look since I thought having the dragonfly on the right side would look better. I can admit I was wrong.

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  136. So pretty and wonderful summer colours!

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  137. they are soo pretty. I would be honored to have any of them. :) and Ninji, I love the stained glass thing. I wonder if you could do one gem that had multiple petals in it to look like stained glass, as another idea? humm...

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  138. Love it! Also, saw a shirt with a hot air balloon pattern while shopping today and it made me think of you!

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  139. Love that dragonfly necklace!

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  140. I swear, every week you do something new that I want to try.

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  141. You are so sweet to share the goodness in this giveaway! Beautiful!

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  142. Gail from the GFJuly 22, 2014 at 8:13 PM

    Beautiful!

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  143. since I'm not sure if my first comment posted, this is absolutely beautiful!!

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  144. So pretty! The next time I get flowers I'm going to have to try my hand at resin.

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  145. Such vivid color and amazing detail. The pieces are sooo pretty and well done!

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  146. I have not used resin other than doing paint sample analysis for work. But now I want to try different types of materials with it.

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  147. I tried resin an made a huge mess and some ugly blobs. I'll just sigh and look at the pretty pictures. :-)

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  148. Beautiful. I'd love to win! (Tina S. in WA)

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  149. I would love to have this gorgeous dragonfly necklace, Jen! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful projects with us!

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  150. Gosh those are lovely! And the dragonfly, wow! I'd like to see maps and bits of books instead of rose petals too. Fun! I wish I had the gumption to try the resin.

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  151. It's so summery and fun! I love it!

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  152. I love them!! the bright colors are so pretty!

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  153. These are so awesome! I would buy them!
    -alaina g.

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  154. So pretty! You're so crafty :)

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  155. Love! I've made some resin jewelry with small gears and locking nuts (which look like little gears, yay hardware store jewelry). Using the rose petals is lovely.

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  156. You are so crafty! ;-)

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  157. I love all this! I wish I knew how to use resin. I have the most beautiful pinkish-peach roses growing outside my living room window, and I enjoy them so much when they are in bloom. I'd love to make some of these gems and have them to look at year-round!

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  158. I think the two of you could rule the crafting world. I always love coming to your blog to see all the thing you and the amazing people you feature are doing.

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  159. So cool! I love all of them! :)

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  160. I briefly used to work with resin and I loved it. I may have to get back into it! The dragonfly necklace is lovely!

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  161. It's all so lovely! I had never heard of rainbow roses before this, either! How do they DO it?

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  162. I love the dragonfly necklace! And I'm so glad you went with the side placement.

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  163. So very gorgeous! Now I want to buy all kinds of flowers and put everything in resin!

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  164. You picked my favorite placement of the three, and my sister would absolutely love this necklace!
    - Laura Marie

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  165. Oh my goodness I wish I was half this creative! Love it!

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  166. Those are amazing! and super creative. I kind of want to experiment with resin and rose petals now too!

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  167. FanFREAKINtastic! You're inspiring me to pull out my old jewelry components and get to play.

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  168. The dragonfly necklace is great! I can't believe you're giving it away. I'm crossing my fingers that I win! ... and secretly making a shopping list of items I'll need to try it myself in case I don't.

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