Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Steeples and Walls Buttons

I hope these buttons appeal to you as much as they do to me.  I love shiny new components!

They were made possible because I do all the social media for the John Bead Outlet in Toronto.
These incredible rhinestone edged bezels ended up in our 80% off clearance section.  
Designers make high-end buttons with them by inserting crystals.

In my last post I mentioned using Cerulun.  This is what I did with the leftover clay I made.
I just filled my bezels with clay.  Note the clay is slightly higher than the bezel edge.

"Swarovski has an incredible silver ceramic epoxy called Ceralun.
I have noticed that many artisans have made it their first choice for resin clay work.
I picked some up at BeadFx in Toronto and made this my week to finally work with it."

Then I "stamped" or pressed the clay into a rubber stamp.  The impression is subtle.

I let my clay complete cure.  You could see the steeples and walls clearly.

I used Staz-On Midnight Blue to colour the clay surface.

I also used some gold metallic rub-on to highlight the raised areas.

You would never image the patterns on my button were from a Christmas rubber stamp!

This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata. 
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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Kintsugi Repair With Resin

Have you ever broken something 
you spent a small fortune on and loved?

This is the very first art purse I ever purchased.  
Well over 25 years ago and something that took me some time to pay off. 
 I dropped it.
There isn't a glue on the planet that would make it look perfect again.
I placed it in a box and hid it for over ten years so I would not be sad looking at it.  

Then something amazing appeared in my Pinterest feed.

Kintsugi ("golden joinery"), also known as Kintsukuroi  ("golden repair") is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered goldsilver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

I always believed that someday, somehow, I would bring this purse back to life.

Swarovski has an incredible silver ceramic epoxy called Ceralun.
I have noticed that many artisans have made it their first choice for resin clay work.
I picked some up at BeadFx in Toronto and made this my week to finally work with it.

I made a small batch of silver clay and covered all my cracks.  The soldering on this purse is extra thick so I knew I could match it.  Then, to add to the beauty of the repair I stamped into the clay with leaves and embedded a few Swarovski crystals.

I brushed a slightly darker Pearl Ex silver over the surface of the clay to match the solder.
I allowed my purse to air cure for 24 hours.

What can I say?
The purse has been returned to me!

Ready to use and I think better for the repair!

This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata. 
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Monday, October 3, 2016

Glitter Bombing With Resin

You could spend hours and hours trying to recreate the look 
of an out of this world solar system with paints or markers
you could use my technique and create it in minutes!

Sometimes it is difficult to see clear resin in a metallic bezel.  I wanted you to notice that I mixed a batch of two-part resin and poured enough into each of these bezels to just coat the bottom of each piece.  (about 2mm depth)

Then I had a wonderful time shaking out glitters and flakes into each bezel.
I call this glitter bombing or glitter collage.

I knew that whatever stuck to the resin would cure into place.
Essentially, the resin is my glue.

You can see that in some bezels I didn't fill the bottom.  I allowed the glitter to clump in the middle of the piece showing off portions of the bottom metal.

My cross bezel was my favorite to glitter bomb.
I had been struggling to figure out how to work in this unique shape.

This style of resin work is my favorite because you just never know what will happen.
I left my work table like this for 24 hours and allowed the resin to cure.

The pieces turned out beautifully!
I brushed away any excess glitter.
I could have stopped right here but I wanted to make sure extra glitters would not flake away later.

So I made a second batch of resin and covered all the glitter with this second pour!

Honestly, they couldn't look more spectacular!

This cross is going right into a special wearable project.

I have enough one of a kind pieces for many, many projects!

This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata. 
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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. 
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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.