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.

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.
Please do not repost any part of it without permission.

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. 
Please do not repost any part of it without permission.