Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Trends We Are Noticing Year End 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.    We had a short break this summer and we are now back and thinking about Fall/Winter.

Here is my submission:

“I am starting to see less interest in company logos and markings on products.  I believe people are looking for unique items that do not necessarily tie them to a brand logo. Personalizing allows the consumer to create their own brand."
Carmi Cimicata
Social Media Manager for John Bead Corp. and ILOVERESIN.com

Here are the trends everyone else noticed:

People are combining colors from opposite ends of the color wheel in the same resin castings to create dramatic effects such as swirls, stripes and large bubbles of color."
Katherine Swift
Owner, Resin Obsession, LLC

Acrylic! Many artists and crafters are experimenting with acrylic - especially clear acrylic. People are decorating blanks to make everything from key chains to cell phone holders. Artists are reverse painting and collaging for a really cool effect. All the look of glass, but lightweight and easy to cut!"
Joe Rotella

“Embroidery of every kind. Sequins, rhinestones and dazzling patches are dressing up fashion, accessories and home decor. Watch these details jazz up satin jackets and jewelry chokers. This trend is getting hotter by the days. Look for more bold embellishments, ornate textiles and global prints."

Lisa Kettell
Chief Designer for LK Designs

Hand rolled and felted balls are soft, colorful and fun and they're everywhere right now. I've seen them on garlands, wreaths, baby mobiles, brooches, necklaces and if you have hundreds of them you could even make a rug. The great thing about this craft is even kids can make these soft mini balls and you need only wool roving, water and dish soap. 

Kelly Panacci
Art Licensor and Founder of Kelly Panacci Inc.

"Red buffalo check on fabric, clothing and Christmas stockings, all shades of gold especially rose gold, 3D houses, felt animals and vintage ornaments in lighter colors, along with metallics, glitter and sequins in seasonal decor."
Eileen Hull
Author, Artist and Adventurer
Licensed Designer for Sizzix and Clearsnap

I see two trends:  At many jewelry counters the trend now seems to be leaning toward a simplistic gold chain or thin ring band with just a stone or gold bar as the "embellishment." Second, I love the old fashion floral prints that are showing up on shoes, sneakers, boots, dress shoes, rain boots, and the like. Roses especially. I already own several pairs myself !
Suze Weinberg
Suze Weinberg Designs

Plastic will be huge on shoes and purses. Feathers will hit the streets in the format of long earrings and dream catchers. Bracelets with ribbons and crystals will also be a hit taking us to a Moulin Rouge era.  Jump suits will be all over the place for SS/2017."
Fernando DaSilva
Creative Director for John Bead Corp

Friday, November 25, 2016

Multi Color Resin Swirl Baubles - Part Two


My multi color swirl necklace is now strung and ready to wear!


In Part One of this project post I showed you how my resin baubles 
looked after I sanded away the edges.  
The sanding marks make them look very unfinished.


The easiest technique to make the edges look clear again 
is also the one that takes the longest.

Over several days I make small batches of resin which I brush carefully onto the edges.  Since I can't do all the sides at once, I prop the baubles on their side and turn them as the resin cures.  
I call this a glaze layer of resin.  The edges immediately become clear and gorgeous.


When my sides looked perfect again I simply drilled some holes into my pieces with my dremel.


There are many ways to string!  
I choose to over-embellish 
so I used gorgeous enameled beads, gold spacer bails and a simple clasp.


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

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Multi Color Resin Swirl Baubles - Part One


I have a two part post this week because this resin project is a very complicated one 
and it has taken me weeks to complete it.


To begin, I wanted to pour resin into some really organic shapes that mimic gemstone.
I squeezed caulk into these frame shapes on a non-stick sheet.  I let this dry for two days.


I poured a thin layer of clear resin into the bottom of each shape.  
This resin I allowed to cure for a day.
This gave me the chance to me to see if any resin would pour out from the bottom 
and it turns out it was all fine.


I selected several pretty powder colours and added them to my mixing cups
Then, I mixed a large batch of resin.


I poured my premixed resin into each cup and 
made sure all the powders were fully mixed in.

NOW STOP.
Here is what makes this work.

I let my colored resin set up in their cups for over an hour.
This made it thick like molasses before I pour it.


When you pour thick resin it maintains its color!
I dribbled it in and had a marvelous time creating these marbled effects.


See how my colours are staying in place?


I let all that resin cure for another few days and then I peeled away the caulk frames.


My baubles looked like this.
Time to sand away these edges.


After sanding, my edges look opaque 
so stand by for post two to see what I do next!


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

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Resin Filled Key Fobs


It also creates a stunning background.

This key fob bezel already has a layer of glitters encased in resin.

I glued my dried flower (edelweiss) on to that cured resin surface.


Then I sealed my flower with several layers of a clear drying medium.


You can see that after the glue dried, the flower was darker.  There is not much you can do about that with the lighter color flowers.  I poured in a layer of resin and let that cure for 24 hours.  Then I added some paint lines to that cured surface and poured on a final doming layer of resin.




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

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Huge Agate Slice Jewelry - How To Get The look With Resin



This fall the runways still featured a great deal of agate.  However, the showstoppers for me were from Givenchy's RTW Spring 2017 show.
"The models wore them shirtless, with giant agate pendants
 suspended from tortoiseshell chains." Via Vogue

I want this look, but I already have a big collection of small agate slices I have yet to use.  
So, after hearing me whine a little about this, my colleague Fernando DaSilva came up with a brilliant idea.  "Why don't you join some pieces together with resin?"

Huh?  How did I not think of this?  
So I went back to my studio to try and figure out how to get a similar, natural look.


To begin, I placed some tape (sticky side up) on my table.  Then I used some adhesive caulk to create a huge circle which I let set for 24 hours.  Then I pressed my agate slices to the tape (which held them in place beautifully) and poured resin into all the open spaces being careful not to drip on any of the agate.

48 hours later, I peeled away the tape and the adhesive caulk.


On the back of my piece I painted a layer of resin so that the tape markings were removed.  I also focused on the edges of my agate slices so they will not pop out.

This I also allowed to cure for 24 hours + a resin glaze layer like this cures quickly.


I sanded the edges of my new piece.  Just to make it smoother.


A gold pen gave me a perfect finished edge.

My huge new agate slice is now in the hands of Fernando DaSilva 
who will choose the perfect chain for it!



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

Friday, November 4, 2016

Trends We Are Noticing November 2016



This is our monthly update to our extended Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) family; 
a more focused lens directed at 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:

"Trends in fashion and jewelry influence what I think might become hot in the do-it-yourself market.  I thought I would share a few sources that keep me actively reviewing trends and thinking about how they might cross over to the DIY jewelry making world."
Carmi Cimicata
Social Media Manager for John Bead Corp. and ILOVERESIN.com



PRECIOSA ORNELA - Trends Spring / Summer 2017
ORNELA Fashion and Color Trends for Spring/Summer 2017


Of course Pantone is a major influencer with their color of the year announcements.  
They also break down the seasons and show how the colors are used by many industries.


The Net-a-Porter magazine is high end but I get many ideas from their online publication.
Swarovski has an amazing Trend report you can read in their magazine, but their crystal blog provides regular trend alerts as well.

Women's Wear Daily is a subscription site, but quite a bit of it is open for reading.  Their Trends section is inspired.


Here are the trends some of my fellow designers noticed:

"Agate slices, carved faux bone feathers, and other natural elements are embellished with pave hematite crystal details.  You'll find these ornaments hanging from long strands of beads, leather and chain this fall to accessorize boho chic fashions."
Candie Cooper, Author and Designer

"I can't believe how many resin crafters have already started making holiday gifts.  No procrastination here!"
Katherine Swift, Owner, Resin Obsession, LLC

"I’m still seeing mosaics all over the place, and more and more things to color!"
Laura J Weed, Graphics Manager, Social Media Marketing Manager, 
Website Administrator, Design Team Manager for Stampendous

"Patina components. Colored hematite beads - metallic AB and other special effects."
Fernando DaSilva, Creative Director & Product Development for John Bead Corp

"Metallics especially gold continue to be huge right now. Have you noticed that items are getting dipped in gold? The legs of furniture pieces, jewelry bits and stones and even wood or ceramic home decor objects dipped in gold. It's quirky but I love it!"
Kelly Panacci, Art Licensor and Founder of Kelly Panacci Inc.