Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Leap of Faith Resin Bangle


I called this "leap of faith resin" because in order to create a bangle in the mold I am using you have to simply trust that you got your inclusions into the resin in the right locations.


These bangle molds are being sold in Michaels stores.  I have already heard from a few people that their local store does not have it.  If you search Etsy, you'll see some similar molds being sold by small home-based craft businesses.

To begin my project I filled my molds with resin.


Since the mold is opaque you have to just keep track of where you add your inclusions.
I used dried flowers and placed them into the resin with a pair of tweezers.


The tiny dried flowers were slightly harder to place because some of the stems needed trimming.


I dropped some glitter into the resin as well.  Some of this floated straight to the bottom which was fine by me.

I had no idea what the bangles would look like.  I just needed to wait patiently for 36 hours before pulling the cured pieces out of the mold.


One edge of the bangle will always need to be sanded.  
Sanding takes away any unevenness on the surface of the edge.
(The edge that is considered the top when you pour resin into the mold)

Once you sand however, the resin appears cloudy.


You can make the cloudiness disappear by simply painting a little more resin to the sanded edge surface.


My two bangles are now cured and ready to wear!
The bubbles in the resin would ordinarily drive me crazy, but I am going to accept that I can't get them all working in a mold such as this one.

I quite like that I had no actual control of where everything settled in the mold.
I added some thick gold foil to this bangle and really liked the effect.


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

Monday, September 26, 2016

Trends We are Noticing - September 2016

This is our monthly update to our extended Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) family; a more focused lens directed on what is topical and trending.

Each month I ask a group made up of designers, educators, authors and others to share their observations of trends that relate to our industry. I assemble the content and share it via my blog and through the CHA membership email.

Here is my submission:

“The trends I am noticing for Autumn are influenced by the news and runway.  The death of David Bowie has been reflected by the return of his iconic zig zag arrow.  This month the spring shows featured many unique asymmetrical shapes.  I also see a lot of graffiti style printing on fabrics that are reminiscent of the 80's.  I imagine that many adults will dress like political personalities and superheroes for Halloween parties this year."
Carmi Cimicata
Social Media Manager for John Bead Corp. and ILOVERESIN.com

Here are the trends everyone else noticed:

"Halloween costumes with face painting using stencils and pattern.  Lots of rainbows and airbrushing..."
Candie Cooper
Author and Designer

"This time of year, I always see people making adornments to go on their Halloween costumes.  DIY gemstones are always big, followed by emblems and shields."
Katherine Swift
Owner, Resin Obsession, LLC

"DIY d├ęcor for these two upcoming holidays seems to include WREATHS, WREATHS, WREATHS! I’m seeing scary, fun, popular characters, and just seasonal looks show up everywhere in wreaths for doors, walls, mantles, even hall tables."
Laura J Weed
Graphics Manager, Social Media Marketing Manager, Website Administrator, Design Team Manager for Stampendous

"Fashion is the first trend to watch - what you see on the runway will eventually make its way to the living room. Some of the trends that were forefront in this year's fashion shows were animal prints, metallics, beading, fur, ruffles, pattern mixes and the color pink. These are the elements to watch for in the coming Fall season and into 2017."
Kelly Panacci
Art Licensor and Founder of Kelly Panacci Inc.

"Jewelry Trend: Chokers or dog collars - from Moulin Rouge to Dominatrix style."
Fernando DaSilva
Creative Director & Product Development for John Bead Corp

"Lots of galaxy aqua, blue, purple and fierce magenta are making their way to Halloween decor this year.   A big movement growing stronger each season is the Teal Pumpkin Project! Teal is the color for food-allergen awareness. Putting this color pumpkin outside your house tells trick or treaters you are an allergy free zone."
Lisa Kettell
Chief Designer for LK Designs

Friday, September 16, 2016

The Coronation Copper Necklace


Looking for interesting bezels is a hobby and happily I found this copper bezel at the Bead and Button show several years ago.  Deciding how to use it took some time.  Napoleon imagery is a favorite and I have used "The Coronation" in several resin projects.  I never get tired of this painting and have viewed it in person many times while in Paris, so it brings me great joy to see it while I am home.  This pendant has been waiting for a very long time to be strung.
Today, after trying it with a dozen different designs over the last two years, it finally became wearable when I added the chainmaille copper necklace.  Simple always ends up best.



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

Friday, September 9, 2016

Sentimental Floral Resin Filled Pendnats


I have two keepsake pendants that I will always associate with the summer of 2016.
I took over a perennial garden when I moved to our new home 
and have thoroughly enjoyed watching the plant bloom 
and adding some new flowers to the beds.


My pendants feature a photograph my husband took in our garden.
I loved it just as it was but on a whim, spent a little time playing with the image in a photo editing program.  The neon version was so unique we almost preferred it to the original.


I ordered prints of my images online.  I always set aside the index that comes with the final prints.  These are the perfect size for my bezels.  I simply cut them into circles.  I added some rhinestone chain to the edges and filled my bezels with resin.


Each bezel is unique.  
The summer of 2016 has been beautifully remembered.


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

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

End of Summer 2016 - Trends We Are Noticing


This is our monthly update to our extended Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) family; a more focused lens directed on what is topical and trending.

Each month I ask a group made up of designers, educators, authors and others to share their observations of trends that relate to our industry. I assemble the content and share it via my blog and through the CHA membership email.    We had a short break this summer and we are now back and thinking about Fall/Winter.

Here is my submission:

“The trends I am noticing this summer stem from the runway.  Embroidery is everywhere and floral patterns look wonderful when stitched onto all types of fabrics.  One of kind screen-printed fabrics continue to be used and they often feature the artwork of established artists.  Both of these trends can be utilized by crafters using DIY tools, paper and home printers.”
Carmi Cimicata
Social Media Manager for John Bead Corp. and ILOVERESIN.com

Here are the trends everyone else noticed:

“Large bib necklace pieces with fringe elements, warm golds and shades of mustard escort us into Fall 2016.”
Candie Cooper
Author and Designer

“I see the color teal has grown trendy.  Even shades of peacock blue to ocean blue have become popular for use in resin jewelry.”
Katherine Swift
Owner, Resin Obsession, LLC

“Still seeing lots of mosaics and more and more and more stencils!!”
Laura J Weed
Graphics Manager, Social Media Marketing Manager, Website Administrator, Design Team Manager for Stampendous

“Anything that looks organic! Things that use a color palette you would find in nature. Natural textures like leather, moss and stone. Earthy. Peaceful. Tranquil.”
Joe Rotella

“The 80s scene is back. As we approach Autumn this trend will become even hotter. From geometric shapes, sticker pop art and crazy prints mixed with a kaleidoscope of color, this trend is everywhere.
Expect to find it in crafts, fashion and home decor. Warmer colors will merge this trend into the fall season!”
Lisa Kettell
Chief Designer for LK Designs

“Over the summer you likely saw giant flamingo pool toys popping up in your social media channels. Following on the heels of that, flamingos continue to occupy centre stage as icons in home decor, stationery, wallpaper and clothing. Will flamingos be the next feathered friends to replace the ever-popular owl? Only time will tell.”
Kelly Panacci
Art Licensor and Founder of Kelly Panacci Inc.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Klik Collaboration With Designers and John Bead


These unique bezel snaps were all part of an artist collaboration between 
I LOVE RESIN's designer Carmi Cimicata
and John Bead Corp.

You can read about all these unique entries and the 
designers who created them by clicking on each link.

Klik Collaboration post one.
Klik Collaboration post two.
Klik Collaboration post three.
Klik Collaboration post four.
Klik Collaboration post five.
Klik Collaboration post six.
Klik Collaboration post seven.
Klik Collaboration post eight.
Klik Collaboration post nine.
Klik Collaboration post ten.

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