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DIY Breast Milk Ring From Start To Finish

Interested in learning how you can make your very own breast milk ring at home? I have been thinking about ordering a breast milk ring kit for so long that I finally decided to go for it. It ended up being super fun and I just LOVE the result! Here’s an overview of the entire process from start to finish so you can see how easy it is to make your own breastmilk into jewelry!

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a breast milk ring made from a breast milk kit sitting in two hands

What is Breast Milk Jewelry?

Breast milk jewelry are custom, unique keepsake jewelry pieces that contain preserved breast milk inside. All different kinds of breast milk jewelry have been gaining popularity lately because it is a sweet way for mamas to celebrate and honor their breastfeeding journey with their babies.

(Not to mention the gorgeous opal tones that result!)

Women interested in breastmilk jewelry first need to decide if they want to ship their breastmilk to a professional jeweler who makes and sends the finished piece to them or if they want to purchase a breastmilk jewelry kit and make their own pieces at home.

I personally chose to buy a kit and make it myself. I love this option because it is more affordable and it was also really fun to be part of the process. In fact, I think I probably cherish the ring a little bit more because I did make it myself!

I was definitely impressed by how easy it was to do. Today I am going to show you a quick overview of the process to make your own breast milk ring at home with a kit from start to finish!

My Breastmilk Preservation Kit From Maidinthewoods

Maid In The Woods

I ordered my supplies from Maidinthewoods Etsy shop. They sell a DIY breastmilk preservation kit, and offer tons of cute add-on projects in the shop. The add-ons projects are the actual silicone molds and corresponding individual pieces of jewelry such as rings, necklaces, and earrings that you can make at home with your preserved milk. They have a lovely variety and the shop owner is amazingly helpful!

I knew I wanted to make a breast milk ring and I ended up choosing this gallery bezel ring. Did I mention I am obssessed with how it turned out?

Side note: Maidinthewoods is also known for their gorgeous custom wire wrapping available on their website. Basically, in addition to breastmilk, you can preserve placenta or ashes of a loved one, pretty much anything, and send it to them to be wrapped into this stunning tree of life!

breastmilk jewelry necklace from maidinthewoods

I am planning to do this for a necklace soon so I paid a little extra for the “moon” shaped silicone mold. I also loved how it turned out! I decided to include some shimmer flecks (included in the kit) in this one to make it a little more unique.

breast milk moonstone

How To Make A Breast Milk Ring

Making a breast milk ring can be broken down into three steps; preserving your milk, “casting” it with resin and pouring it into a mold, and then securing the finished stone in a setting.

Step #1: Preserving Your Breast Milk

In step 1 you preserve your breastmilk. This turns it into a fine, dry powder. You will need 5 millileters of room temp breastmilk if using the maidinthewoods kit.

This is one awesome way to use up any expired breastmilk you have as it is not being consumed! I am personally done pumping for my kiddo so I simply expressed a little milk into the measuring cup. Voila! Ready to go.

Related: How To Make An Organized Pumping Station At Home

Using a double boiler, (or makeshift double boiler of any kind hence my pyrex bowl), you will mix the milk with the packet of preservation powder and stir until it reaches the consistency of a thick paste. Then the paste gets spread in a thin, even layer onto parchment paper and set aside in a cool dry place for 48 hours.

When dry, grind the powder into dust using either a mortar and pestle or crushing with the back of a spoon on a flat surface.

Helpful hint! Grind the powder finer to achieve a more opaque look. Grind it less to achieve more of a “granite stone” look.

breastmilk being boiled with preservation powder to make a breast milk ring
breastmilk powder being ground in mortar and pestle

Step #2: Combine Milk, Resin and Hardener & Pour Into Molds

Step 2 is the fun part! You will start by mixing two parts resin to one part hardener (amount determind by how many projects you are making), then adding a pinch of your breastmilk (a little goes a long way!). Finally, you have the option to add extra shimmer or flecks until you achieve your desired tone. If you use a few measuring cups you can play around a little with a few different cominations.

When you are happy with the look, slowly pour it into the molds and skim off any bubbles, then leave it to set overnight.

breast milk ring diy supplies on table
My breastmilk jewelry kit contents ready to create!
woman's hand pouring resin from a cup to a jewelry mold
Pouring my “tree of life” moon piece!
breast milk jewelry molds filled with resin and breastmilk powder on a table
Once poured, the molds will dry for 24 hours and then are gently popped out and placed into their setting. (My unfinished gallery bezel ring pictured here!)
Breast milk in molds for breast milk ring
I experimented with purple shimmer in one of my ring molds, but ended up ultimately choosing the simple breastmilk mold on the right to place into my breastmilk ring setting!

Step #3: Secure the Stone In Setting

If you ordered an add-on project from Maidinthewoods, you are now ready to place your gorgeous new breastmilk gemstone into your jewelry setting! It’s incredible easy with the gallery bezel style as you simply insert the stone and gently press the prongs down with the back of a spoon.

That’s it! The breast milk jewelry is all finished and ready to wear. I hope you enjoyed this little peak into the process and feel less intimidated about making your own breast milk ring at home.

I’m SO happy with how my new DIY breast milk ring turned out!

breastmilk ring in ring box

Supplies Used:

*All ordered from Maidinthewoods on Etsy:

For Tree of Life Custom Wire Wrapping:

jenny hartley modeling her diy breast milk ring

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  • Reply
    08/30/2020 at 12:15 pm

    Hi! Love this ring. Where did you get the shimmer from? Also was the ring silver? How’s it holding up with time? Thanks

    • Reply
      Jenny Hartley
      08/30/2020 at 2:46 pm

      Hi Simona! So glad you liked the breastmilk ring tutorial! I honestly think the pictures didn’t do it justice (and I’m not a super crafty person so I definitely think anyone can do it!) The shimmer I used is the shimmer that comes included in the breastmilk preservation kit from MaidintheWoods on etsy. Yes, the ring is silver. It is holding up perfectly so far (but I am only wearing it on special occasions, not daily.) Hope that helps!

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    Amber Ruby Charles
    11/03/2020 at 2:48 pm

    This blog eased my fears about getting a DIY kit versus having it professionally made. I also saved breastmilk in the freezer to one day commemorate my 15-month breastfeeding journey! Thank you.

    • Reply
      Jenny Hartley
      11/13/2020 at 9:28 pm

      Amber, that’s awesome! Congrats on your breastfeeding journey. I’m so glad my DIY breastmilk jewelry experience encouraged you to try the same. Honestly, it’s SO fun and I really do cherish my pieces even more so that I made them. I keep making more and they are all turning out fabulous!

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    02/08/2021 at 10:22 am

    No words can explain thankfulness to you

    • Reply
      Jenny Hartley
      03/28/2021 at 2:19 pm

      So glad you like the tutorial!

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    Liz Wallace
    05/04/2021 at 3:40 pm

    You did great, your ring is gorgeous!! Thanks so much for the simplified step by step!! I can’t wait to make this!

    • Reply
      Jenny Hartley
      05/16/2021 at 3:07 pm

      Ah thank you so much! I am so proud whenever I get to wear my handmade breast milk ring and someone asks me about it. It’s definitely a special and fun jewelry project. Good luck!

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