Updated August 3, 2022
Making breast milk jewelry is a wonderful way to cherish the special bond between a mother and her child.
But how to preserve breast milk for jewelry?
It is important to preserve the milk in the best way possible so that it does not spoil or decompose.
Spoiled milk can carry harmful bacteria and can grow mold.
That is why it is so important to use fresh milk and preserve it correctly.
In this blog post, we will share four different methods for preserving breast milk: freezing, drying, cornstarch, and using resin.
We will also provide tips on how to choose the right preservation method for your needs.
These methods are all easy to do, so don’t feel like you’ll be overwhelmed attempting to preserve your breast milk to turn into jewelry.
You can make a keepsake bracelet, a necklace with a pendant, or even a breast milk ring,
This cherished piece of jewelry will be made with your own hand out of your own breast milk.
It is time to celebrate your breastfeeding journey!
A unique way to capture and keep your breastfeeding memories close is to make and wear breast milk jewelry.
Breastfeeding is hard work and isn’t without its challenges.
So let’s talk about the first step which is preserving your milk for jewelry.
How to Preserve Breast Milk for Jewelry: The Best Methods
Freezing Breast Milk for Jewelry
Freezing breast milk is the most popular way to preserve it for jewelry.
That makes sense since many of us also pump if we are breastfeeding.
Freezing your breastmilk is by far the easiest method for reservation.
It is easy to do and the milk will last for months or even years if stored properly.
There are a few things to keep in mind when freezing breast milk:
- Milk that is frozen in ice cube trays will be easier to work with than milk that is frozen in a container. If you plan on using an ice cube tray, freeze the milk in small batches so that it can thaw quickly. Freezing in ice cube trays also makes sense if you plan to make multiple pieces of jewelry or plan to make milk jewelry to sell.
- Make sure that the milk is completely frozen before storing it. A good way to test this is to put a few drops of water on top of the frozen milk. If the water droplets freeze, the milk is frozen correctly.
- Label the container or ice cube tray with the date that the milk was frozen. This will help you keep track of how long the milk has been stored.
Drying Breast Milk for Jewelry
Another option for preserving breast milk is to dry it.
This method is a little more complicated than freezing, but it can be a great way to preserve the milk for a long time.
Here are some things to keep in mind when drying breast milk:
- The milk should be dried in a well-ventilated area and out of direct sunlight. Sunlight can cause deterioration of the milk over time.
- Use an oven thermometer to make sure that the milk is drying at the correct temperature.
- Make sure that all of the moisture has been removed from the milk before storing it.
- Milk that hasn’t been dried completely will go bad quickly and may cause mold to grow on your jewelry piece. Allowing your milk to dry completely will prevent bacterial growth.
Breast Milk Resin for Jewelry
How to make breast milk jewelry with epoxy resin:
Another popular way to preserve breast milk is by using a resin process, which involves mixing together two parts epoxy with one part breastmilk and allowing them to harden into a clear solid mass that can be used in any number of ways.
The main drawback of this method is its cost; however, if budget isn’t an issue then it might just work out better than freezing or drying!
Here are some things to keep in mind when using resin to preserve breast milk:
- The milk should be fresh and not too old. The older the milk is, the harder it will be to mix with the epoxy and create a clear solid.
- Make sure that all of the tiny bubbles of air are removed from the mixture before it hardens. Bubbles can cause your jewelry piece to crack over time.
- Allow enough time for the resin to fully cure before wearing or storing your jewelry.
- This could take anywhere from 12-24 hours depending on the type of resin you use.
Cornstarch breast milk preservation
There is a new method of breast milk preservation that doesn’t use any type of chemical or artificial agent.
Called cornstarch encapsulation, this process simply uses cornstarch and water to create a protective barrier around the milk.
This makes excellent DIY breastmilk jewelry without a kit.
I do share a few breastmilk preservation kits below, but you can make your jewelry without buying a kit.
Here are some things you need to know about using cornstarch to preserve breast milk:
- The milk should be fresh and not too old. The older the milk is, the harder it will be to mix with the cornstarch and create a smooth mixture.
- Make sure that all of the air bubbles are removed from the mixture before it hardens. Bubbles can cause your jewelry piece to crack over time.
- Allow enough time for the mixture to fully cure before wearing or storing your jewelry. This could take anywhere from 12-24 hours depending on the type of cornstarch you use.
There are a few things to keep in mind when preserving breast milk for jewelry.
Each method has its own set of pros and cons, so it’s important to choose the best method for you.
Breast milk is a precious commodity and we want to make sure that we store it in the best way possible!
Whether you choose to freeze, dry, or resin your milk, just be sure to follow the correct instructions to ensure that your milk stays fresh and safe for years to come.
What is breast milk preservation powder made of?
How to make breast milk preservation powder:
The main ingredient in breast milk preservation powder is cornstarch.
Cornstarch is a natural starch that is derived from corn kernels.
It has been used for centuries as a thickening agent and has more recently become popular for its ability to create a smooth, glossy finish on wood furniture.
When mixed with water, it forms a gel-like substance that is perfect for protecting breast milk.
Other ingredients in the powder include sodium bicarbonate and kaolin clay.
These two ingredients work together to create a barrier that keeps oxygen and moisture out, allowing the milk to stay fresh for years.
How do you use breast milk preservation powder?
To use breast milk preservation powder, you first need to mix it with water.
The powder should be mixed in a ratio of one part powder to two parts water.
You can then use this mixture to coat your breast milk jewelry pieces or simply pour it into a storage container.
Make sure that all of the air bubbles are removed before the mixture hardens and allow enough time for it to cure before wearing or storing your jewelry.
Does breast milk jewelry turn yellow?
One of the great things about breast milk jewelry is that it does not typically turn yellow over time.
This is because the enzymes in the milk are destroyed during the preservation process, preventing them from breaking down and causing discoloration.
However, if your milk has been frozen or dried, there is a chance that it may eventually be yellow over time.
How long does breast milk jewelry last?
The shelf life of breast milk jewelry depends on the type of preservation method that you use.
If you freeze your milk, it can last for up to two years.
If you dry your milk, it can last for up to five years.
And if you resin your milk, it can last for up to ten years.
Can you use spoiled breast milk for jewelry?
No, you should not use spoiled breast milk for jewelry.
Spoiled milk can contain harmful bacteria that can cause infection or other health problems.
Always make sure to discard any milk that has gone bad and never uses it for jewelry preservation.
How to start a breast milk jewelry business?
If you’re interested in starting your own breast milk jewelry business, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind.
First, you need to make sure that you have a steady supply of milk.
You can either pump your own milk or collect milk from friends and family members.
Next, you need to choose the right preservation method.
And finally, you need to find a way to market your jewelry.
You can sell your jewelry online or at craft fairs and markets.
You can offer custom orders, custom pieces, and international orders to increase your potential pool of customers.
This has the potential to be a meaningful small business.
Breast milk jewelry DIY kit
DIY Breastmilk preservation powder Kit: What a great kit this is!
If you are nervous about being able to preserve your milk properly this kit has everything you need to be successful.
This kit has detailed instructions.
The Kit Includes:
Natural Preservation Powder
Breastmilk Preservation Kit for your keepsake jewelry needs.
This is an excellent option in breastmilk jewelry DIY kits.
We love this DIY Breastmilk/Keepsake teardrop Pendant Necklace Kit.
Includes what you need to preserve your breastmilk in resin.
You can even include a lock of hair.
This is a beautiful pendant that you’ll cherish.
You can make beautiful pieces and handmade pieces out of your own breastmilk.
This is an excellent option in breastmilk preservation powders.
It is inexpensive and gets excellent reviews on Etsy.
If you are looking to DIY your breastmilk jewelry making, you may find this preservation powder makes the process easier.
So there you have it!
Four different methods for preserving breast milk for jewelry making.
Which one is right for you?
That really depends on your needs and budget.
No matter what you choose though, be sure to follow these tips so that your breast milk jewelry will last a lifetime!