Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Resin For Halloween!

I do love Halloween jewelry.  I try and make one new piece every year 
and this one is a doozy.

My project began with some supplies from Ranger Inc.  They have some beautiful bezels for Ice Resin projects.  I also picked up this paper pad the last time I was in the U.S.A.

There was one page with funny sentiments.
"You say witch like it is a bad thing" was my favorite.

The image was already complex, so I didn't add any extra glitter or embellishments.  I simply glued it into my bezel, sealed the paper and then poured in my resin.

The orange neon beads are Swarovski pearls.
I also added my own dangle with some cotton tassels.

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

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Laughing Buddha!

I made my own laughing buddha pendant after seeing one in jade at a local antique store.
The antique jade was over $600.
This one cost only a few dollars and will make me much happier.

In the same booth that had the very expensive jade I also found these ornaments.  
All six we $10 and they are solid.  I molded two for this project.

Once my molds were set I poured in my colored resin.  
These are deep molds so I let the resin cure for three days.
I did have some bubbles but I am certain the next time 
I use the molds there will be fewer if I let my resin rest 
for 15 or 20 minutes before I pour it in the mold.

With my molds a success, I found a pendant I could use to hold my resin piece.
In order to make sure it sat snugly in this setting I made some resin clay.

The clay is better than glue because I can press my object into it.

I also took a moment to colour the clay with some pigment.

I am so happy with this pendant!

I feel like all the buddhas are happy with this project.

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

Monday, September 25, 2017

Trends We Are Noticing September 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 CHA membership email.    

Here are our latest observations:

“I just spent a day at the Etsy Made in Canada –Toronto event, where 7-8,000 craft enthusiasts shop for the latest in hand-crafted goods.  The most popular booths featured embroidery, cross-stitch, kits, patches and 3D printed jewelry.  Quite a few of the vendors used small run manufacturing for their unique items.  Succulents and cement pots along with cute stuffed animals and people shapes were everywhere. Resin filled bezels still dominated in jewelry booths.  It was fantastic to observe so many young millennials hand making their products.”
Carmi Cimicata
Social Media Manager for John Bead Corp. and

“As my part of the world heads to fall, with color in the leaves and crisp night time temperatures, I’m seeing folks turn their attention indoors. People are de-stashing, cleaning and organizing their craft rooms and home studios in preparation for creating seasonal cards and decorations. This time of year brings out “nesting” behaviors, so look for even more home décor crafts and projects with sentiment, using photos or ephemera with special meaning. Vintage images are as popular as ever, perhaps reflecting a desire to be in a simpler, less stressful time.”
Joe Rotella

“I'm seeing lots of tassels on everything from handbags, to clothing, to jewelry.”
Katherine Swift
Owner, Resin Obsession, LLC

Home Decor: Pom poms and succulents are still going strong- and I'm seeing copper and rose gold crop up as accents on everything.
Fashion: Embroidered appliques are taking over! For adults, it's floral appliques on jeans, tops, and coats in elegant florals. For kits, it's embroidered patches in emoji's, 80's themes, and fandoms. Pins are also making a come back, and teens especially are loading up their jean jackets with "flair." You also can't go wrong with tassels/pom poms- on shoes, trims on ponchos, accents on purses.
Jewelry: it seems we are at extremes again- either it's very small, delicate and minimalist (think simple bar necklaces, chain drop earrings, small arrow pins) or textural and chunky- like tassel necklaces and earrings, pom pom necklaces, gilded feathers, and layers of leather.
Color: I've seen pink and blush creep out of the closet and into home decor and decorating. Big fuzzy pink rug, anyone?
Jenny Barnett Rohrs

“What I've been seeing (and obsessing about) is 'micro-scapes' and mini terrariums of every shape. I love the small hanging ones that one can put a few succulents in or air plants. Adorable glass vial pendants of every shape also showcase 'seascapes' or  succulent/earth-themed scenes.  The pendants are shown with and without resin inside.
And check out this site:
Roberta Birbaum
President, AFCI Canada

“Its totally 90s chic these days. From decor to fashion. We are seeing lots of statement pieces.  Flamenco ruffles, bold embroidery, peeled metallics, edgy flannels and military jackets.”
Lisa Kettell
Chief Designer for LK Designs

"Touches of Bakelite (a type of plastic jewelry) surfaces (acrylic flowers and molded shapes) and Southwest Squash blossom shapes are still present."
Candie Cooper
Author and Designer

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Resin Puppies

For this post I created two resin puppies at the same time with different layers.

My orange puppy was created by filling one mold with resin and glass beads.
The second mold I only added a few orange glass beads too.

The orange only molds were filled to the brim and allowed to cure as is.

When I demolded the orange puppy I applied a thin layer of resin to the surface so I could glue my crystals in place.  The cure time for resin as a glue is longer...but the crystals are very secure now.

The second pup is marbled.
It features a layer of orange glass beads and some Ice Resin green mica flakes embedded in resin.

This first layer of resin cured leaving just a little more space in the mold.

I then poured in a little extra blue tinted resin.

Demolded, this puppy looks marbled and the green mica flakes shimmer.
I just need to do a little sanding to the edges.

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

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Vintage Wallpaper In Resin!

This is a short post explaining why I think wallpaper is wearable!

I have the opportunity to travel and when I do I usually head to the nearest antique market for treasure hunting.  You just never know what you will find.

These french wallpaper samples are a favorite.

Vintage wallpaper looks like it was hand-painted.

I cut small sections from the collection to use in these bezels. I love the triangle shape.
Susan Lenart Kazmer designed these and they are the last in my stash.

The wallpaper is very thick.  I made sure to seal it with gel medium (you can use mod podge) several times.  It is pretty humid in my area of the world, so I also let the glue dry for 24 hours before mixing my batch of resin.

One pour of Ice Resin turned my bezels into beautiful pendants.
This is one of the few times I did not add any inclusions.  
When the paper design is this beautiful it needs no additional adornment.

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

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Free Resin Workshop!

Happy to announce that the resin class I originally created for CraftArtEDU is now available for free on my YouTube Channel! I hope you can share this news with anyone who wants to learn how to work with resin.