Besides being asked about where to find open bezels for resin jewelry, the second most-asked question I get is, “Where do you find dried flowers for resin jewelry?”
We’ll talk shopping in-person in the US and shopping online internationally. I’ll be using my favorite flower to use as a research example throughout the post (it’s central to the Higher Jewelry style: the miniature daisy! Also known as the star daisy or star flower).
Before we get into it, I first want to address the most difficult wall many meet.
Most flowers, even when dried, are pretty huge in comparison to jewelry. They don’t fit, especially in more delicate pieces. So, what’s a maker to do?
Flowerfetti. Seriously. Just like paper confetti, dried flower confetti can be beautiful, colorful, mixed with other media (like gold or silver leaf), and will fit better within small jewelry pieces. It’s something I use, even though I often use very tiny flowers in the first place. There’s often little pieces leftover from other designs (super tiny pieces) and I don’t want them to go to waste.
In-person finds (in the US)
I live in the US, so I can only attest for where to find dried flowers in my country. Hobby Lobby and Michaels have dried flowers, and many Hobby Lobby’s have what I look for, the star daisy.
If you’re looking for something not available at these craft stores or if you live outside the US, there still might be something near you that will carry what you’re looking for.
Go to your local flower shops and even look at fresh flowers you can dry yourself. Even at my local grocery store I can sometimes find wax flowers and Queen Anne’s lace, small flowers with small petals that are great for jewelry. And, again, a typically sized flowers can be cut down into confetti.
Another option is to press a petal or leaf and cut it to fit within the bezel you’re hoping to use.
If you live near a park or forest, use that, too! Small, unique leaves are great finds for jewelry. In addition, a lot of wildflowers are small. So whether it’s on the side of the road or on a trail hike, be on the lookout for tiny treasures.
When I’m ready to order some mini-daisies in a variety of pre-colored options (I talk about why I do this below), I go online.
Mainly Etsy and Ebay. My suppliers change often because these shops come and go and stop selling and new shops open and start selling what I’m looking for.
First, I consider how quickly I need my dried flowers.
If I can wait, I head to Ebay and see if I can find some shipped out of China (a month’s wait, usually). There’s more options if I look outside the US.
If I need them like now I head to Etsy and filter out any shops outside the US. That way I can see what’s available within the US and what will arrive fairly quickly.
Below I searched “mini star daisy.” After searching 12 other options I finally found a result with this term (and like I’m about to talk about below, online things change all the time. Sometimes there’s more options. Sometimes there’s options under different search terms. Even when I find something I often need to do the research process again a few months later if I want more of it).
If you’re struggling to find what you’re looking for, you need to do more research! Don’t give up, it may be out there.
Just like the miniature daisies I use can be called 3 different things (and those 3 different thing can be named many different ways) you need to try many different searches.
For example, when I’m looking at miniature daisies I’ll might use these search terms:
dried miniature flower/s
dried star daisy/ daisies
dried mini star flower/s
dried mini star daisy/ daisies
dried mini daisy/ daisies
miniature star flower/s
miniature daisy/ daisies
miniature star daisy/ daisies
mini star flower/s
mini star daisy/ daises
mini daisy/ daisies
I found out the many names just through research and reading. It definitely takes time (and many tabs) to research and compare your findings, but it’s worth it to get what you want.
So, if at first you don’t succeed—research! Branch out, change up the wording, Google it, and if after all this you still can’t find what you’re looking for, be open to getting something else that’s similar.
Some of the best ideas come about from being resourceful and having to improvise, so don’t be afraid to get creative.
Artificial Coloring or Natural Coloring?
I sometimes like to keep a flora’s natural coloring, but it’s honestly not as long-lasting. Resin lets UV rays pass through, so the flora will fade over time. To prevent the fade you can store it in a dark place when it’s not worn, but, bottom-line—it won’t last as long as artificial coloring.
For bright colors, I buy my dried flowers pre-colored. They color the flowers before they dry, achieving very vibrant shades.
You can also dye softer colors after the flower has dried with food coloring.
These colorants won’t fade and the jewelry will stay as it was first made for way longer.
When making flowerfetti or mixing small flower petals together, how do we decide on the color palette? Well, Pinterest is a great place to look through loads of color palettes. You can also look to nature, paintings, photographs—just be on the lookout for color palettes that speak to you.
I mainly look to nature and Pinterest color palettes for inspiration, though sometimes I’ll see a bouquet at the store and draw inspiration from that. There’s color palettes and art all around us to be inspired by.
The most important factors are to set some time aside to research and to look around, whether at the store or out in nature. Good luck in your searching!