Sunday, February 12, 2017

Washi Tape and Resin Jewelry

These new bezels feature the most delightful imagery!

At Michaels this week I stumbled across a new line of products from an artist named Jane Davenport.

There were several collections of washi tape in her product line and I picked up two of them.

I work for John Bead Corp and lucky for me they have several bezel collections.  
I like working in both the deep and shallow bezels.

The washi tape is in various widths.  I collaged the imagery I liked into the openings.

This is how my bezels looked when I was finished working with the washi tape.
What you do not see is that I applied a layer of Mod Podge to seal everything into place.
I let that dry overnight.

I always like to have some glitter or metallic in my resin pieces.  
For this project I used thin lines of gold stickers.
Then I made a batch of Resin Obsession Super Clear resin to pour into my openings.

Something which I do, which is an extra step, is that I usually do two separate resin pours.
Pour one only partially fills each bezel opening.  This way I can be sure that everything cures beautifully and add something extra if it does not.

When the first cure was solid (one day later) I added some extra marker lines and dots.  This just adds some extra dimension to my pieces and these markings appear to float.
Then I mixed my second batch of resin and filled everything to the brim.

I love them!
I may do a third pour to create a dome on each piece.  
For now, they are ready to wear.

This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata. 
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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Pebeo Paints Under Resin

Have you tried Pebeo specialty paints?
Over the holidays I worked on several canvases using these unique paints.  I knew that I would have extra paint drips and pours during my process so I kept some bezels parked at the bottom of all the canvases.  
I think I like the bezels more than the canvases!
When the paint was dry and poured resin over them and they cured into these totally one of a kind beautiful pendants.  I also added a few gold flakes to the paint before it dried.

This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata.
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Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Wood Block

My final project for 2016 is a whimsical one.

I have had this digital download for a long time and finally printed a copy.
I knew the girlie imagery would be perfect for my wood block.
Each image is already one inch by one inch.  All I needed to do was glue and seal the images into my block.

I can not remember where I bought this wood block.  
I also can not imagine what the original use would have been for it.
I made a pledge to do something with it before 2016 ended.

A closer look at the resin filled openings.

This block is perfect for my guest bathroom.

I made some resin filled bottle caps at the same time.  I think these are adorable too!

This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata. 
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Friday, December 30, 2016

Magnets from Christmas Cards

With the holidays coming to a close, I am starting to put away my Christmas decorations.
I like to start the New Year with a clean home, clean studio and a clean slate.

I also like to make something now to use the next year when my Christmas boxes and supplies are unpacked again.  I received some beautiful Christmas cards this year.  Many can be recycled.

I used my one inch circle punch to create some beautiful cropped images from these cards.

They are easy to glue into most standard circle bezels.  
I chose these bezels and purposely left the hook at the bottom of the project.

Since my Christmas cards were vintage, I was careful to seal the images before pouring in resin.
My resin pour turned all of my bezels into finished pieces.

I added charms and a magnet to the back of each piece.
Next year in November, these will be a delight to find and distribute to friends and family.

This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata. 
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Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Night Before Christmas Necklace

My last project for 2016 took almost the entire month to complete.
I needed to make sure 56 bezels were filled with resin perfectly.

56 bezels were needed because that is how many I needed to tell the complete story of the
classic "Twas The Night Before Christmas."

I posted my progress during the month since it took some time to fill, protect, color, glitter and glaze each bezel before I encased everything in resin.

My necklace is tiered so that the story can be read in order.

So many of the individual sentences are so familiar.  
I found myself telling the story as I worked on each piece.

I did add a few extra "ornaments" to the necklace.
It is Christmas after all.

When I am not wearing this, I will display it.

Next year I'll have it to show off the entire month!

Merry Christmas
Happy Holidays

This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata. 
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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

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