Mixed-Media Jewelry: Free Found Object, Steampunk, Resin Jewelry Ideas

What many perceive as a straightforward canvas, mixed-media artists often see as an opportunity. From using precious found objects and steampunk parts, to bangles and earrings, today’s techniques have shown us is that any item can be turned into beautiful jewelry. In this free eBook from Cloth Paper Scissors, we are proud to bring you five artists who have taken resin and mixed-media jewelry to the next level.

In the realm of mixed-media jewelry products, resin is a clear winner. Jewelry-grade resin dries hard and clear and can be used to duplicate or encapsulate found objects. With resin and expert instruction, you can learn how to make resin jewelry, how to make found object jewelry, and how to make Steampunk jewelry that will be the envy of your friends.

No matter your style, you are sure to find the perfect mixed-media jewelry project to suit your tastes and needs.


Download your free mixed-media jewelry eBook.

Five artists share their secrets to creating stunning resin and found object jewelry.

What’s inside?

In the first of our upcycling projects, A Most Original Name Tag, you’ll learn to make a ‘name’ for yourself by cutting apart and reconstructing overalls to create the perfect background for adding your signature style. Next, in From Plastic Bag to Fused-Plastic Fabric, you’ll venture through a truly green art idea learning to create a unique fabric collage of fused bag layers and colorful patterns. In Mixed Media Glass Flower you can follow along as glass dishes, metal buttons, hardware, and stained glass remnants are turned into green art creations. Then, from trash to treasure, Raw Beauty RecyclaBabes help you elevate debris and found objects to the level of art supply to create upcycled projects with attitude.

Types of Resins, Article 1: A Look At Resins

How to Use Resin in Jewelry

A Look At: Resins by Cloth Paper Scissors Editorial Staff

Like many other art supply categories, the family of resin products can run from daunting to overwhelming. Resin can be used for everything from small jewelry pieces to sealing gymnasium floors? We’re here to help guide you through the types of resins so you can choose the right one for your project.

Resin for Jewelry Making, Article 2: Mold Making with Resin and Clay by Jen Cushman

How to Make a Resin Mold

Mold Making with Resin and Clay by Jen Cushman

Found objects are a staple of mixed-media art. In this tutorial, Jen walks you through the process of making a mold and then making cast objects using both resin and resin clay to create unique embellishments for all your mixed-media projects, from found object jewelry to assemblage.

How to Make Resin Jewelry, Article 3: Mix and Match Jewelry Four Techniques to Try by Becky Nunn

How to Make a Ring with Epoxy Clay

Mix and Match Jewelry: Four Techniques to Try by Becky Nunn

Creating mixed-media jewelry is a natural progression for many mixed-media artists. And once you have a few basic jewelry-making techniques under your belt, you too will be able to create wearable art that is fun and easy. The techniques in this tutorial—from beadcap and glass dome jewelry to how to make resin and epoxy clay jewelry—will give you a head start.

Making Resin Jewelry, Article 4: Resin Bangles Show Off Your Snippets by Heidi Boyd

How to Make a Resin Bangle

Resin Bangles: Show Off Your Snippets by Heidi Boyd

A resin bangle transforms everyday objects into one-of-a- kind wearable art jewelry that will get people talking. Cured resin has a glass-like appearance and will permanently preserve bits of ephemera. Mix up a batch of resin and start creating unique mixed-media jewelry with your favorite snippets.

Steampunk Jewelry, Article 5: Chronorevelator Earrings Steampunk Style by Jean Campbell

How to Make Resin Steampunk Jewelry

Chronorevelator Earrings Steampunk Style by Jean Campbell

Steampunk jewelry is popular with anyone who loves Victorian style, science fiction, found metal, and fantasy. Steampunk design can range from the demure to the outlandish. Start with a pair of earrings made of resin and upcycled jewelry and watch parts.

From mold making for recycled jewelry ideas to resin bangles and steampunk earrings, this collection has a little bit of everything.

Plus, along with these ideas, you’ll tap into an entire community of thriving and creative artists just like you. And, with this free membership to the Cloth Paper Scissors community, you’ll discover a support network of thousands of mixed-media artists to help you along your journey.


Learn how to use resin to dome and create other jewelry elements with these resin jewelry ideas.