Thursday, August 18, 2016

Art Deco Vintage Belt Buckle Redesign


This art deco imagery embedded in resin is my favorite style of resin work.


My project began with a vintage belt buckle along with some resin clay.


Two part epoxy resin clay air cures.  I do wear gloves when I mix it.


I made a small batch of resin clay so that I could create a new wall in my buckle opening.
Otherwise any resin I pour in will just seep out through the underside of the rhinestones.


You can see in this picture how I created the look of a finished bezel with my clay.


I also brushed silver pearl-ex to the clay so that when my clay is cured I already have a metallic color.
I let my clay cure for two days before I came back to this project.


My next step was to cut my image to size and glue it into place.  I sealed the paper imagery three times with a decoupage clear drying medium.  I am in a hot and humid part of the world right now.  I let the glue cure for over 24 hours before pouring resin over it.


I missed taking one picture.  I actually did TWO resin pours.  My first resin pour simply covered the art deco paper imagery.  I did not pour resin right to the very top of my opening.



When the first layer of resin was cured I added some dots with gel pens and paint markers for interest. I am working directly on that first resin pour layer.


I also added this extra rhinestone chain and then poured in a second batch of resin.
My finished piece looks wonderful.  (first picture shown)
I am excited to try turning this buckle into a wearable necklace next!



This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata.
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Friday, August 12, 2016

Clay Filled Bezels



I had a bigger project on the go this week and had some mixed resin clay left over.
I hate to waste even a small amount and always keep bezels handy on my table for this possibility.
Resin clay has about 30 minutes of open time.  After that is starts to harden and it is difficult to embed anything into it.  So, I had ten minutes to make up a mini project when I had no advance planning in mind.


Just to remind you, resin clay is very similar to resin.  
There usually is a part A and Part B and you have to mix equal parts to ensure it cures perfectly.
Here is a link to some popular brands of resin clay.  I use an epoxy resin...not polymer clay.


I simply pressed my clay into the bezels and then brushed some powders over the surface.  I use Perfect Pearls and Pearl-Ex often.


Then I stamped into the clay with an inked rubber stamp.
The ink keeps the clay from sticking to the rubber and the colour of the ink is an added feature.


I also pressed into the clay with a pick to add some holes.  A little gold market added some extra color.


Finally, I pressed a few crystals into some of the bezels too.
To make sure I do not have any colour running if the bezels were to get wet, I seal my cured pieces with some acrylic lacquer spray.

I now have a unique collection of bezels I can incorporate into other projects 
and I didn't waste an ounce of resin clay.



This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata. Please do not repost any part of it without permission.

Monday, August 1, 2016

How To Turn a Frame Into A Resin Filled Bezel


I turned these two sweet little picture frames into resin filled bezels with one super easy technique.


I use resin clay to seal the area on the back where you normally slide in your photo and glass.


Once the resin clay is cured you can work in your frame the same way you do in a bezel.


This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata.
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Mixed Media Monet Resin Pendant


I have a new necklace featuring an iconic 3D scene from a famous Monet painting.

Last summer a girlfriend presenting me with this sweet magnet after her family trip to Europe.
I took a picture of it to post on my special Facebook page about Paris.....
and then accidently dropped it.
The ceramic insert broke.


I noticed that my broken piece now fit into one of Susan Lenart Kazmer's bezels.
This is a very large bezel so the options were endless.


The magnet on the back of the ceramic would not come off, so I knew I would need to use some resin clay to set it into place snugly.


I coloured my excess resin clay with some green powders 
to add a little more color to my exposed areas.  
You might notice that the resin clay acts as a glue 
and a leveling feature since the back of my piece is uneven.


Then I started looking for some inclusions for the empty areas in the bezel.


At one point in my process I added some leftover teal resin from another project.


The fun really began when I started adding my own layers of resin and inclusions.
My flowers are able to stand upright in place because I used resin clay to set them as well.


This really is a mixed media pendant.
I used paper, dried flowers, paint, ceramics, colored resin, clear resin and plastic to complete their project over several months.



This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata. 
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Time Flies Pocket Watch


The summer is always an opportunity for me to experiment with resin and new products.
Art + Time = Time Flies



This bezel was colored with Pebeo Mixed Media reactive paints.  
The paints are dropped into place and create these incredible swirls of color.

It would be hard for you to see, but I have added about an 1/8 inch pour of resin into the pocket watch bezel.  This creates a layer of space so that my text and bird appear to be floating.

I cut paper letters and glue and sealed them into place.
Then I poured in resin and allowed my project to cure.

Easy peasy!



This is my second project featuring Pebeo paints as my backdrop.


This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata. Please do not repost any part of it without permission.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Vintage Paper in Resin


Simple.
Elegant.
Vintage.


Sometimes resin does not need to be multi layered and complicated.
For this porject I used some vintage paper (from a diary) and some puffy stickers in a bezel.


A little paper cutting tip.  You may be able to see the outline of the bezel oval in the paper.
I press my paper into the bezel to get the actual shape I can then easily cut out.


The bezels were lined with my paper and a sticker attached.  I sealed everything several times with a clear drying decoupage medium.

Just pour in your resin and voila!




This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata. Please do not repost any part of it without permission.