Friday, February 24, 2017

Trends We Are Noticing February 2017

This is an  update for our extended Association for Creative Industries AFCI (formerly Craft & Hobby Association) 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 AFCI membership email.    
Here are our latest observations:

“Resistance imagery will be everywhere as people take personal stands on many different issues.  They will wear their opinions through textiles and jewelry featuring words and symbols.   The trends I am also picking up include unusual mix and matching.  Wood and crystal, feathers and wool, metal and glass.  Designers are gathering different fibers and surfaces and joining them.”
Carmi Cimicata
Social Media Manager for John Bead Corp. and

"I am seeing women go crazy with coloring their hair!  Blues, pinks, yellows, greens.  And it's not age dependent either.  All age ranges are doing this!"
Katherine Swift
Owner, Resin Obsession, LLC

“No longer confined to your Granny's sitting room, needle arts including embroidery and crochet are huge right now. I am seeing lots of both in the fashion and home decor markets.”
Kelly Panacci
Art Licensor and Founder of Kelly Panacci Inc.

“Here's what I spotted at AFCI: Succulents in all forms, planners and accessories, and fairy gardens. On line, I am seeing a growing interest in Junk Journals- these are journals that you can add almost anything to- junk mail envelopes, tea dyed scrap paper pages, ephemera of all kinds tucked in everywhere- and no need to be neat about it!”
Eileen Hull
Author, Artist and Adventurer
Licensed Designer for Sizzix and Clearsnap

“Pom poms & tassels have hit a huge trend. Recently noticed a huge display of all different kinds of scarves, pocketbooks, summer hats,  and jewelry at Nordstrom's featuring pom-poms tassels and dots. Anxious to see how many people pick up on it!”
Suze Weinberg
Suze Weinberg Designs

“Patches, patches and patches.  Embroidered motifs/applications on clothing... H&M, Zara, J Crew, River Island, TopMan - men and women's collections feature it on their clothing.”
Fernando DaSilva
Creative Director for John Bead Corp

 “What hasn't been covered much until now, which actually really surprises me, is the popularity of Cosplay and it's continued increase in popularity.”
Roberta Birbaum
President, AFCI Canada

“I feel like metallics and bright colors are both on going trends with interesting twists. I saw a lot of bright jewel tone colors, but this time they have special finishes like pearl, Frost, or hammered metal. Even iridescent jewel tones! And of course foils are still going strong!”
Jenny Barnett Rohrs
Television Host (TV Host) at Hands On Crafts for Kids
Free Lance Craftista... at Craft Test Dummies

“I’m seeing Rose Gold still continuing as a huge trend. And more and more products with metallic accents in every color, especially papers, embossing powders, ribbons, etc. It’s very exciting and very shiny!!”
Laura J Weed
Graphics Manager, Social Media Marketing Manager, Website Administrator, Design Team Manager for Stampendous

“Gold, gold and more gold. Gold with pink for a pretty girly look​, gold with black typography and or quotes for a trendy contrast, gold mixed with florals for a sophisticated wedding décor.”
Debra Quartermain
Design & Social Media

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Molds and Jewel Crete from Beacon

Sometimes I think I should have named this blog:
I Love Resin AND Mold Making.

Making and using unique molds goes hand in hand with anyone who works with resin or resin clay.

I have been looking for new ways to use my molds which are both purchased and hand crafted.

Today I get to share something that works brilliantly in molds 
which will be available to consumers very soon.

The product that made my featured cabochons so stunning is Jewel Crete from Beacon.
Jewel Crete is a concrete jewelry mix that comes with specialty pigments.
I received a "SMOKE" sample kit from Lisa Kettell, the Beacon Creative Director while at the Craft and Hobby Show (now named Association for Creative Industries)  in January.

A benefit to working in a creative industry is getting the opportunity to experiment with products before consumers are able to purchase them.

Jewel Crete is fast setting, can be cast or molded and does hold very fine detail.

I decided to make my Jewel Crete and pour it into molds that I placed some semi precious shards and beads into.  I followed the instructions provided and had a batch ready to use in a few minutes.  
You just add water.

The Jewel Crete goes easily into the mold opening with a wooden stir stick.  My plan was to create a truly rustic looking rocky effect so I did not flatten the cement on top.  

I let everything dry for a day and then as you can see the finished peices popped out my mold perfectly.  (You might notice that just before I left my peices to dry, I added some gold foil flakes to the wet Jewel Crete too.)

I used my dremel to sand away some edges and to make a few areas rougher.  The Jewel Crete that dried closest to the mold is smooth and shiny.  I made some of that rougher.  I applied a little extra gold colour with metallic rub ons.

Once I was satisfied with my sanding I applied some clear drying gel medium to the Jewel Crete so that the colour was set.

I love how these peices look like I cut them out of a cave!  
You would never know they were not completely stone.
I also gathered some bezels to see how they would look set into metal.

This pendant is my favorite.  I drilled a hole through the Jewel Crete to make it easy to wear.

I attached it to a long velour cord.

This brooch looks wonderful in person.

This pendant is rustic and certainly one of a kind.

It sits in a place of pride on this boho style necklace.

I am very happy with my experiments.
I look forward to Jewel Crete joining my workbench when it is launched!

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sparkly Resin Unicorn

Every few months I try to make something that younger kids 
or those young at heart might like. 
This unicorn necklace is a perfect example of a whimsical resin project that many people might consider recreating.

This unicorn pendant was made with TWO resin pours.

I made a small batch of Resin Obsession Super Clear resin and poured it into my mold.

I only filled the mold about a third of the way and let this resin set.

When my first pour was almost cured I poured flakes, shapes and beads into the mold.  
These items stuck/clung to the first layer of resin.
I let this cure overnight.

I made a second batch of resin and covered all my inclusions and filled my mold to the top.
I dropped in a little coloured powder and a few extra star shapes to this second pour and then let everything cure for another 24 hours.

My unicorn popped out of the mold almost perfect.  I did sand a few of the edges and then I added a screw eye to the head making the molded unicorn instantly wearable.

With my screw eye is in place all I needed to do was select my chain.

My unicorn silicone mold was purchased through 8Seasons.

It sparkles beautifully in the sun.  If I don't give it away I might make it a window sun catcher.

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

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. 
Do not repost any part of it without permission.

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

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