DIY Breastmilk Bead Kit (suitable for Pandora style bracelets) the full tutorial and video is here (coming soon). Or you can make a lock of hair, cremation ashes charm bead or an umbilical cord or placenta charm bead using our DIY bead kit here.
You will receive:
- 1x charm bead mould (your choice of size – please note, if we are out of stock of that size we will substitute for the closest size!)
- 1x Breastfed ♥ With Love ♥ core, a pair of charm bead inserts, a Forever In My Heart ♥ core, a blank core or an Always With Me core
- 1x dust mask
- 1x pair of vinyl gloves
- label backing paper
- 3 cocktail sticks
- breastmilk sparkle mix (random colour)
- 10g bottle of UV resin
- 1x sachet Breastmilk Preservation Powder (breastmilk kit only) and these Breastmilk Preservation Powder PDF Instructions
You’ll also need to provide yourself (not included):
- an epoxy resin starter kit or a gel nail lamp
- your clients’ elements an any additional sparkles and dried petals
- scissors for cutting hair
- rotary tool and a carbide rotary burr bit or some sandpaper
- E6000 vegan glue for glue-in inserts
- Doming punch set for cores (cores will come with a ball bearing you can use for doming but punches are easier)
- (Pandora bracelet in photo not included either)
- You can include dried petals and flowers, precious metal leaf and pieces of precious stones
- You can request a free sample of donated cremation ashes here
Please read our Terms and Conditions and FAQ page before ordering.
Using Breastmilk Preservation Powder
Learn how to use the breastmilk powder with this video, the full blog is here with all the supplies you’ll need
Using Silicone Moulds
Because they are made from water-clear silicone, our moulds (molds) they are ideal for all types of resin including UV curing resin. No need for polishing or sanding. We use a strong but flexible high quality silicone and each mould is hand made and checked.
Simply mix your resin with colours, sparkles, flowers or your clients’ elements or inclusions like breastmilk, baby’s first curl, umbilical cord and placenta. Then add to the mould and cure in the usual way. Or you can add your resin to the mould before adding elements.
If working with UV resin we recommend you work in layers to achieve beautiful depths of colour.
These moulds are suitable for use with resin (UV resin, EcoResin, epoxy resin or polyester resin), concrete, polymer clay (air drying, heat curing such as Premo and Sculpey). We recommend removing the polymer clay from the mould before baking if not using air drying clay although they can be heated up to 130°C. To remove unset clay without warping it, we recommend cutting the mould vertically around halfway down. Although we use a food-safe silicone, we don’t recommend these moulds for use with food due to the manufacturing process.
Mould Life and Care
These moulds are sold for semi-permanent use and will degrade with use. This is normal and not classed as a fault. Please see our mould care information for more info. The life of your moulds will depend on the material used, the number of uses, how gentle you are using it, good storage, careful washing and environmental factors.
It is very important you do a test cast with each mould to check for imperfections, to remove any dust attained during transit and to make sure you are comfortable using the mould before making any jewellery. We advise you use UV resin for this and coat the inside of the mould in resin before curing, removing and making a visual check. If there is a problem with the test cast please get in touch within 7 days of receipt.
Settings and Findings
We recommend that you do not overfill the mould but allow a little extra resin in the pouring spout for bubbles to rise and to provide a grip to remove the cast. You can usually trim the excess before sanding, dome with resin if required.
Finish by glueing in a pair of inserts (known as grommets) as shown in the lock of hair bead video, or a Forever In My Heart ♥ core. We cannot guarantee a perfect fit/coverage due to the handmade nature of the moulds and differences in cutting/sanding the casts and doming. Each mould will be slightly different in pouring spout size. If you are unsure please order a single mould to test, make a test cast and finish to check your settings.
Inserts are compatible with all size bead mould, whereas the core sets are only compatible with medium, medium plus, faceted and honeycomb moulds. Cores are supplied with a 6mm ball bearing which you can use to gently flare out the back of part A to fit it in place, or you can use a doming punch set. Some clients do use the cores in large beads, and glue them in as they are too short to flare in a large bead.
Breastmilk Bead Kit Silver
The silver in these kits, either glue-in inserts or fitted cores, are all 925 sterling EcoSilver. Please see our blog on Types of Solid Silver which explains the care instructions for the silver and the metal content.
How To Glue-In Inserts
Here is a video showing you how to glue in inserts with E6000 vegan glue
How To Fit A Keepsaker Supplies Core
Here is a video showing you how to fit a core with the ball bearing (included) and a lightweight hammer like this one
Here is a video showing you how to fit a core with a doming punch (easier!)
If you have any questions please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch on our Facebook page Keepsaker Supplies (click here).
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