DIY Breastmilk Jewelry Instructions


Supplies

In your kit:
  • Preservation powder
  • Mixing cup
  • 2 Stir sticks
  • A resin
  • B resin
  • 5 ml syringe
  • 3 ml Syringe
  • Blunt needle
  • 2 blocks
  • Jewelry piece

What you need:
  • 5 ml breastmilk
  • Double boiler OR small sauce pan + glass bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • Wax paper
  • Mortar + pestle OR spoon and bowl
  • Bowl (to cover and protect piece from dust as it cures)
  • Candle lighter

Preserving your breastmilk

For these steps you need:
  • 5 ml breastmilk
  • Preservation powder
  • Double boiler/small sauce pan + bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • Wax paper
  • 5 ml syringe
  • Mortar + pestle OR spoon + bowl

 

  1. Put 1 inch of water in the bottom pan of your double boiler. Create your own double boiler by using a small sauce pan with water and a glass bowl that rests on top. Make sure the water in the bottom pan  is not touching the bottom of your top bowl. 
  2. Spread a sheet of wax paper on your counter. 
  3. Using the 5 ml syringe, put 5 ml of breastmilk in the top pan/bowl and heat on low. 
  4. Once the breastmilk is heated through (this does not take long), add the preservation powder and stir together. 
  5. Stir slowly with a rubber spatula until the powder mixes with the breastmilk, forming a thick paste. Continue to keep the heat setting low so that the preservation powder can bond to the milk and properly preserve your milk. 
  6. Remove pan from heat once the appropriate thickness of paste has been formed (like chewed gum). The paste should not be dripping off your spatula. 
  7. Remove the paste from the pan using your rubber spatula and spread thinly on wax paper to dry out. 
  8. Leave to dry in an area that is covered and safe from prying hands, falling dust, dirt, etc for 24 hours. 
  9. After 24 hours, remove the dry breastmilk from the wax paper and crush finely (like baby powder) with a mortar and pestle or the back side of a spoon in a bowl. If you’re using the spoon method, it will take some extra time to get the powder to be fine enough. 
  10. Now that your breastmilk is preserved and crushed, it’s time to mix it in resin and create your stone. 

Creating your stone

For these steps you need:
  • Preserved breastmilk
  • Mixing cup
  • Stir sticks
  • A resin
  • B resin
  • 3 ml syringe
  • Blunt needle
  • 2 blocks
  • Jewelry piece
  • Bowl (to cover and protect piece while it cures)
  • Candle lighter

 

  1. On a flat surface, set your jewelry piece in between the blocks (as pictured) so you have an even and level surface. If this set up is slanted or crooked, it could result in your stone being uneven/unlevel when it cures. 
  2. Warm up the A resin by rolling the bottle in between the palms of your hands. 
  3. Attach blunt needle to 3 ml syringe, and draw up 1 ml of A resin. Put A resin in the mixing cup. 
  4. Using end of one of the stir sticks, get a heaping scoop of breastmilk powder and mix in with your part A resin. Stir until incorporated and creamy. 
  5. Using the same blunt needle and syringe, draw up 0.5 ml of B resin and add to mixing cup with the A resin and breastmilk mixture. Mix all together for 2 minutes. Scrape sides and bottom of cup to ensure smooth and even mix. 
  6. Let this mixture sit for 5 minutes. 
  7. Using your stir stick, drop small amounts of this resin mixture into the bezel cup of your jewelry. Keep adding one drop at a time until you have a dome shape, being careful not to overflow over the edges. Do this until you are happy with the shape of your stone.
  8. Sometimes, bubbles float to the surface. Use a candle lighter to hover right above the stone. The heat helps release the bubbles. ***Disclaimer: Always be careful when working with fire. We are not responsible for any damage or injury to yourself, your piece, your belongings, etc. 
  9. Protect your piece from dust/dirt/etc by covering with an upside down bowl. Let cure for 12 hours. 
  10. Continue to check on your piece over the next few hours, and if you see bubbles, repeat step 8. 
  11. After 14 hours, your piece will be completely cured and ready to handle. 
  12. Admire your handmade piece, and reflect on what it means to you and all the beautiful hard work you have been doing during your motherhood journey. 
  13. See the provided QR code from your kit for care instructions.
  14. We would love to see how your piece turned out! Tag/mention us on social media (@onyxandalabsterco) when you share