I've been winnowing down the number of tools I use in working with resin and my pressed flowers. I started out with all sorts of fancy stuff I found recommended by the resin -making companies and sellers of resin. I've winnowed these down to a very few which I find indispensable:
(2) Microbrushes. After I saw a picture of these somewhere once, I googled them and found quite a few prices, and as usual a large variety of prices. I buy them by the jar of 50 at a time, and use several each time I pour resin, to spread resin to the edges; to move flowers around, to catch little pieces of plant that I don't want in the piece of jewelry. The original ones I used to buy were metal and could be bent to an angle; I haven't been able to find those lately. These plastic ones will angle only a little but are still incredibly useful.
(3) A paintbrush for applying resin to the sides of jewelry. I buy cheap ones in bulk so I don't have to try to clean and reuse them. I just have to make sure that there are no loose hairs before I stick them in the resin.
(4) A plastic flat-head tweezers. Also very inexpensive; they don't bruise delicate flower petals like the metal tweezers do.
(5) Disposable makeup sponges. Sometimes I buy the double-ended ones, depending on the price I can get for these in bulk. I find them indispensable for wiping drips and run-overs of resin while I'm pouring and repairing resin.
Not pictured, but what I also use are: little 1 ounce medicine cups in which I measure my resin; I buy them by the 100 from our local pharmacy; disposable plastic 2 ounce bottles with which I dispense the resin after the two parts are mixed;(boston rounds with dispensing tips), online), baby wipes for spills; a microwave terracotta brick press, for the times I microwave instead of press drying flowers; blotting paper (I googled for it online) and old phone books and bricks as weights, for regular drying of my flowers
I also want to introduce you to an artist whose work I love. Ruth of Buttermilk Lane
(http://www.buttermilklane.com/index.html) has been my inspiration for the 5 years I've been working with resin--she's been making pressed flower and resin jewelry for a heck of a lot longer than that! Here are two absolutely lovely pieces of hers. I don't know that I'll ever reach her level of expertise or her artistic ability with flowers and resin!
.Thank you for visiting my blog. Chris