Nuts 4 You Jewelry

When my daughter was about 2 1/2 years old we were exploring our yard and found a stash of black walnut shells that had been discarded from the squirrels nest up in the trees. My daughter picked one up that had split exactly in half and exclaimed “It’s a heart!” I immediately knew I would make it into a pendant. I wanted to fill the cavity with melted glass but I knew that wasn’t possible since the nut shell is like wood and would burn. I turned to the internet and discovered 2 part epoxy resins. The first product I used was Casting Craft Resin. I could add red and yellow stains along with gold and copper flakes to get the effect of amber, or other colours of stains that would look like stained glass. My partner became the slicer, driller, sander of the nuts and I used the resin to make them into beautiful pieces of jewelry. I have recently discovered a new brand of resin called Ecopoxy that is 60% soy based and has no odor (working with the Casting Craft was probably hazardous to my health!). I’m using powdered mica pigments to add color and the results are stunning.