Breastmilk in Different Jewellery Settings

Milk artists get a completely different look when putting breastmilk in different jewellery settings. Sometimes clients will comment that they have different looking jewellery when they’ve orderedmore than one piece so these photos show how the same milk looks depending on how it’s set. Different artists have a variety of methods for preserving their client’s breastmilk but most of us use a method where the resin has a consistent milky colour like these photos below. This article is to show you that you might buy different jewellery from different artists or even the same artist at different times, that will look very different in depth of colour and shade, but that doesn’t mean they used different milk! For artists at Tree of Opals we could pour the same client’s milk in the same setting at different times and get slightly different results because the milk is always measured by eye.

Other things that can affect the colour of your breastmilk jewellery include the temperature and humidity in the room where the artist worked and how long the pieces took to cure, the type of mould they use to cast your breastmilk (if they used one) and the pigments/shimmers used with your breastmilk.

Breastmilk Cast in a Cabochon Mould v Directly into the Bezel Cup

Here at Tree of Opals we only cast resin into moulds now, because we can make several at a time for a client, sometimes with slight colour and sparkle variations, then choose the best one to secure into its setting but even still, breastmilk in different jewellery settings from the same mould can look different. I make my own moulds at www.keepsakersupplies.com and have every size I need in bulk so it’s easy to use several moulds for each client. The moulds gradually dull over time so I throw them away and make more. But a lot of fantastic artists I know pour directly into the bezel cups like this ring on the right, which produces a beautiful glossy finish with a different depth of colour. These examples show the difference from pouring my client’s breastmilk into a mould then setting the resulting breastmilk cabochon (stone) into an antiqued open-back solid silver ring bezel, and poured directly into a round bezel cup. The antique effect gives the milk a cool tint and the bezel cup a warm tint.

the same client's milk poured into a cabochon mould and directly into solid silver ring bezel
the same client’s milk poured into a cabochon mould and directly into solid silver ring bezel

Breastmilk Pearls v Bezel Cups

You can see from this example that the breastmilk cast in a pearl mould has a much deeper colour compared to that of the earrings, yet both were poured at the same time with the same client’s milk. The solid bezel of the earrings makes the thin layer of breastmilk look very golden and the pearl makes the milk look completely opaque showing that breastmilk in different jewellery settings can vary hugely!

the same client's milk poured into a pearl mould and directly into solid gold earrings at the same time
the same client’s milk poured into a pearl mould and directly into solid gold earrings at the same time

Breastmilk in Different Jewellery Settings

This is the reason we can never guarantee the finish a client will receive. It depends on so many factors from the casein/fat content of the breastmilk to the type of resin/pigments used, to the atmosphere and temperature of the studio and the type of setting your milk is cast into or the breastmilk cabochon set into. Just to show you the difference between three clients’ breastmilk cast at the same time using the same type of moulds here is a photo:

different breastmilk in the same settings
different breastmilk in the same settings

You’ll find our breastmilk jewellery pieces for sale here and please feel free to email us or comment below! Our articles on breastmilk jewellery care and how to send breastmilk might help if you have any questions or you can message us on Facebook.

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