The first thing you are going to have to do is eat A LOT of pistachios and keep the shells! I boil the shells with a little bit of dish soap and then rinse them in a colander and usually there is a little dark membrane part that needs to be removed. It pops right out after soaking. Then, I will set them out to dry. If it’s nice and sunny out, I’ll put them in the sun.
After they are dry, I will put a fabric dye powder into a plastic bag with hot water and a little bit of salt. I will mix it up well, add the pistachio shells and leave them soaking overnight or until I get back to them. Then I rinse them and again let them dry.
When it’s time to make the pendant, I did the two below in two different ways. I used the Easy Cast Epoxy/Resin and it worked like a charm. It was much easier than I anticipated. Prepare the resin according to the package directions, or you can find a video of me preparing it in my Candy Resin Pendant post.
I lined my work surface with wax paper to protect it. For the red one, I put a dab of resin on the wax paper, put in the glass bead and took the pistachio shells and put them in a flower pattern around the bead. I let it dry overnight and then peeled it off of the wax paper (it was easy). Then, I drilled a small hole in one of the shells and wear it as a pendant!
I did pretty much the same thing with the green pendant, except I coated it with resin as well for a glossy look. I did have to trim around the green one and do minor sanding where I trimmed to smooth out the edges.
Have fun! As always, I’d love to see what you come up with!