Living on the Oregon Coast is a beautiful place to be, although when you have a record rainfall you are just counting the days until summer! I thought these simple watermelon cane earrings would put me in the mood for picnics and warm summer nights!
Although it has been around for years, I have discovered UV resin. The great thing about it is that you don’t have to do any mixing. It comes in a ready-to-apply squeeze bottle with a fine tip which is very convenient. It cures much faster than two-part epoxy resins when exposed to ultraviolet rays. Plan to make your clay watermelon slice inclusions first.
To create a round slice of a watermelon, create a smooth ball of clay using a mix of Pomegranate color with a touch of White clay. Roll into a ¾” thick and 1” long log. Use the smallest Sculpey Etch n'Pearl tool to pierce/poke 5 holes through the length of the cane. Use a Sculpey extruder or hand roll thin ropes of Black clay that are smaller than the holes in your cane. Insert black into each hole and trim off excess clay. Squeeze the log to remove the space between the black and light red clay. Wrap the log with a thin sheet (like a blanket) of White Premo, then a sheet of Green Premo for the rind. Reduce the can by rolling evenly onto your work surface to 3/8” thick. Use your slicing blade to cut thin round slices, then cut each slice into four sections. Place the mini watermelon wedges on non-stick parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes as directed.
Fill a resin mold half full of UV resin and place several wedges into the resin. They will naturally float together to the bottom so move them in a pleasing manner with a needle tool. Place on a flat surface and either set out in the sunlight, or place into a UV lamp box.