Saturday, February 17, 2018

How to Make A Fast Resin and Wood Necklace or Cheating With Resin




I have been clipping and watching dozens of projects featuring resin and wood.  
Like many of you, I love the combination of the natural woods with the colored resins.

However, this type of a project is one requiring 
lots of time, 
some sawing and sanding (which I do not like doing) 
and a pretty decent drill
to make holes through some thin materials.


You can imagine my delight when I saw some pendants I would have aspired to make on one of my favorite sites for bezels.
Trust me, I know.  You want to know where I got these.  Here is the link.  
They cost about $1 each so I ordered a bunch to see if they were even half as good as they appeared in the picture.

They are better.


I strung them into a collar necklace in just a few minutes.
Honestly, I don't think I could have made them this pretty.

The other colors are just as spectacular.

So today's post is about resin.
It is the first time I cheated and used pendants 
created by a machine instead of my own hands.


I am showing you these resin and wood pendants as an Affiliate.
I did not receive any free or discounted product.




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

Monday, February 12, 2018

Trends We Are Noticing February 2018




This is our monthly update to our extended Association for Creative Industries (AFCI); 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 AFCI membership email.   

Here are our latest observations:

“Having just returned from Phoenix and the AFCI Mega show and Tucson for the bead shows I have lots of inspiration for spring/summer.  I took a quick look at the pictures I took and clearly I am attracted to anything that is beaded, embroidered and floral.  Happily, I am seeing many embroidery, sewing and string art kits, floral shaped dies cuts and new techniques to make paper flowers.  The spring haute couture and the current Fall RTW runways are filled with embroidery, unique one of kind fabrics and more florals that I have seen for Fall in a while.  Full bouquets scattered on dresses, skirts and jackets.  I am also observing transparent chiffons and similar materials being draped on top of other materials creating dreamy and soft silhouettes.  This is easily replicated in paper arts with transparencies and other light weight paper.”
Carmi Cimicata
Marketing Manager for John Bead Corp. and ILOVERESIN.com

“Ruffles on women's clothing.  It's like a kick back to the 80's when you had the big puffy collars and sleeves with ruffles.  I'm seeing them though, in a softer way.  They are draping on fabric more and don't look so stiff.”
Katherine Swift
Owner, Resin Obsession, LLC

“Glitter!! The trend is glitter! It's on note cards and clothes, home decor and cell phone covers. It's in makeup. It's everywhere!”
Joe Rotella
Delphia Consulting  and Create N Craft

“My personal take on the trends in paper craft is a definite move away from “Project Life” (organized scrapbooking in pocket pages) towards single-photo layouts with lots of mixed media incorporated.  Planners, art and bullet journaling are in the forefront too.
Also - move over unicorns, your time is done.  Hello llamas!  (I’m seeing llamas in everything from yarn to pine cones.  I expect LOTS of llama stamp and die sets this summer!”
Emma Ivemey
Secretary, AFCI Canada Chapter

“Lettering art, Instagram hashtag art challenges (daily, weekly, monthly), pouring art (which I'm already sick of), alcohol inks on Yupo.”
Lisa Fulmer
lisafulmer.com
lisalizalou.com

“Walking the gemshows in Tucson I saw tons of stones and glass trimmed in different metal finishes. And geometric-meets-organic shapes, like pendants with stones trimmed in silver, but framed in round or geometric shapes, very minimal.”
Candie Cooper
Author and Designer

“Pins and badges are making a come-back. Whether for making a statement or just to wear as a fashion statement, people are collecting them and putting them on bags, denim jackets and hats.”
Kelly Panacci
Art Licensor and Founder of Kelly Panacci Inc.

“Llama, Llama, Llama....Llamas are taking over in every industry. Did you know the 80s are back? From fashion to crafts, the 80s are hotter than ever.  There's no stopping Pom Poms and Tassels either. This dynamic duo is still on trend.”
Lisa Kettell

Chief Designer for LK Designs

Would you like to submit a trend?  I am always looking for new members to add their observations to this list.  Just send me a message:  carmimail@aol.com

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Trends We Are Noticing November 2017


This is our monthly update to our extended Association for Creative Industries (AFCI); 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 AFCI membership email.    

Here are our latest observations:

"About a year ago I started noticing a lot more wood being embedded in resin.  It looks so unique and natural.  The resin exaggerates the lines and colours and you are guaranteed a one of a kind piece.  Then I noticed the trend to add branches and other wood to small jewelry sized molds.  These are then sanded to show more of the wood.   This process is not easy and certainly, resin users know it is not a fast process.  There have been numerous how-to step by steps on this concept on blogs, Pinterest and YouTube.
Fast forward another six months and you can now order gorgeous finished pieces from China."
Carmi Cimicata
Social Media Manager for John Bead Corp. and ILOVERESIN.com




"Rose gold, rose gold, rose gold.  Accessories in blushy rose gold are so hot right now!"
Candie Cooper
Author and Designer

"Acrylic Fluid Painting, Fluid Art and Acrylic Pouring are all terms for a painting trend that is capturing the attention of artists, DIYers and even modern art galleries. It's a way of creating abstract art on canvas by pouring paints so they flow and merge into each. It can be very liberating and addictive and I definitely suggest giving it a try."
Kelly Panacci
Art Licensor and Founder of Kelly Panacci Inc.

"Reclaimed wood signs with stenciled or vinyl quotes continue to be popular. Add some burlap and a distressed look and you've got a winner!"
Joe Rotella

“Llama, Llama and more Llama! These animals are showing up everywhere. Crafts, Fashion and Home Decor. It's cool to be a Llama lover these days.
Don't overlook the unicorn of the sea. The Narwhal craze has only touched the surface. Expect to see these beauties reaching new limits in the New Year.
This year started with a BoHo vibe and will end in a BoHo vibe. Mixing this palette into every aspect of your creative life is a must. Being apart of the new bohemian crowd is the place to be.”
Lisa Kettell
Chief Designer for LK Designs

"The color Burgundy, or wine, is very hot in fashion this season....seeing it everywhere. Not my personal favorite cause it clashes with my hair  BUT, I'm buying it anyway!"
Suze Weinberg
Designer

“OMG. My latest obsession - "Ugly Bags". The weirder the better. Who would have thought you could take a transparent plastic shopping bag and call it haute couture? Do you have an Ikea bag kicking around at home? It's in fashion! I just came across  2 beauties last week : exhibit A(below): A doggie who is into some questionable extracurriculars and exhibit B (unfortunately no photo) there was a big round purse in the shape of a hot air balloon in maroon, fuchsia, and chestnut.
Psst... I'll be honest: I DID have a pic of the hot air balloon but it was so ugly I deleted it.”
Roberta Birbaum
President, AFCI Canada
Artist/Instructor/Dealer at Powertex


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Resin Pendant Drops



I am almost finished with the production of these resin pendants.  
There are three layers of resin.


Layer one filled the bottom of my molds.  I colored the resin black and let these cure for a day.


The I added my paper images to the surface of the cured black resin.  
I sealed all my paper with several layers of mod podge and let everything dry for a day.  
Then, I poured my second layer of resin to cover all these inclusions.  
That resin I let cure for two days.


When I took my pendants out of the mold I noticed I had a few areas where the edge of the resin was higher than the surface.  I could have sanded these edges and resealed, 
but I decided to add a third layer called "the doming layer" of resin.


This third layer I applied with a brush.
I let this cure for another two days.


I still have a few edges that are rough, 
so I'll sand those away to complete this project.

Otherwise, I love these drops!


I am sharing an affiliate link for the mold I used for the last round of pendants.  
http://shrsl.com/rn0v


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

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Postcard Pendants With Resin


In the Autumn, I go antiquing most weekends.  
I live in an area where there are fabulous antique barns and stores within a 30 minute drive.  


A few weeks ago I picked up this postcard because the flowers looked a little bit like 
edelweiss and it has some good gold foiling.  
So, in my studio I gathered some bezels and started cutting up the card.


One of the fastest ways to cut your images to fit into bezels is by pressing paper into the opening to get a template.


By using a template I can see much quicker what I want to cut out.
I cut four circles from the postcard and glued and sealed them into my bezels.


One pour of Ice Resin later, my bezels already looked amazing.


Unique.
One of a Kind.
Ready to wear!



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