Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ceramic Bezels with a USArtQuest Prills Frame!


Work has kept me away from my resin table.


I am so happy to have completed a unique new project to share with you.


These ceramic pieces have a frame made out of a new product!


My project began when I received this super collection from USArtQuest.
I have been using their products for over a decade.


What caught my attention was a new collection they named Prills.
"Prills are natural, non-toxic hole-less beads. Use Prills for all arts and crafts, Hot Melt Craft, Mosaic Work, Jewelry Making, Resin Accents and textural additions for all type so paint and pastes.  Adhere Prills with any clear drying adhesive or tape.  They provide interesting effects and inclusions for paper arts, as holiday and all occasion embellishments, and for accents in snow, and for vintage-look projects."


I have been trying to figure out what to do with these odd, shallow ceramic frames for a few weeks.
I picked them up at an antique market and knew I would pour resin into them.  But I wanted to do more.  I decided to pull out some paper and tissue imagery and glued them into the shallow opening.


One of my bezels I just added a dried leave to.
Then I matched my imagery with Prills from the Rock and Roll collection.


A line of glue around the edge was what I started with.


Then I dumped in a whole pile of Prills.


Happily, they only clung to the glue and created these unique new frame edges.
The excess Prills I just dumped back into the tray.
I took a little time with a toothpick to move around any beads that might have stuck to a spot I didn't want them to.


I am working in a plastic tray that has a closable mouth.  I can pour all the excess beads back into the jar quickly.  I have had the tray for years, so I can not recall who I purchased it from.


When my Prills frames were dry I was ready to pour in the resin.
Before I did however, I decided to add a tiny blue pearl necklace to my Madonna
by picking up individual blue Prills and gluing them in place.
I used Resin Obsession Super Clear Resin to fill my bezels and to create my glassy finish.


My resin cured beautifully and because it seeped into the Prills frame they are now permanently adhered into place.


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

Monday, March 27, 2017

Trends We are Noticing March 2017


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.    

Here are our latest observations:

“My own work is heavily influenced by runway shows and last month there were so many to review for Fall 2017.  I saw a lot of red but I also spotted a dark orange, almost a rust color appearing as an accent in many collections.  Uniquely joined fabrics in the form of unusual cuts were evident and it made me think of crazy quilting.  Fiber embellishment is everywhere and it is often purposefully messy.  Big flowers continue to be shown.  Tassels are far from over.  
I would also add not to miss out on Beauty and the Beast styling.  Expect tree branch components to appear in more jewelry designs along with roses and cloche jars.”
Carmi Cimicata
Social Media Manager for John Bead Corp. and ILOVERESIN.com

“Time to lighten up with the change of season.   Watercolor washes and pastel stones with gold are popping up for spring. Simple and sweet illustrations of botanicals too.”
Candie Cooper
Author and Designer

“I see women wearing knee-length, flared skirts with strappy heels and sandals.  The colors may be muted, but the patterns can be a little crazy.  It's a feminine look, but very professional as well.”
Katherine Swift
Owner, Resin Obsession, LLC

“Lately we've seem how succulents of all varieties and in all types of vessels have dominated the floral departments, but now I'm also seeing them and cactus too in print, posters, stationary and wall paper. It's a trend that has legs and will be around for a while.”
Kelly Panacci
Art Licensor and Founder of Kelly Panacci Inc.

“Trends this summer look to be lighthouses and mermaids! We are also loving and seeing Paisley everywhere!”
Laura J Weed
Graphics Manager, Social Media Marketing Manager, Website Administrator, Design Team Manager for Stampendous

“Texture! Lumpy bumby dimension is hot! From 3D paper pieced embellishments to glitter to sand/shells and stone to texture created with modeling paste. Scrapbookers are adding it to pages, card makers are making their designs POP and artists are making it a given in art journal pages, collages and assemblages.”
Joe Rotella

“The trend  I see everywhere, tassels! Little tassels on earrings, necklaces, key chains to oversize tassels on purses, pillows, blankets and chairs. They are in a variety of materials from fine shiny threads to DIY chunky yarns and are fashioned from a colorful palette.”
Debra Quartermain
Designer
Design & Social Media KuninGroup.com

“Lots and lots of embroidery.   It's on clothes, jewelry, home decor, it's everywhere. Think embroidered flannels, jeans, jackets and paired with textile bags, bolder tassel and fringe jewelry.  Very global, a textile bazaar.”
Lisa Kettell
Chief Designer for LK Designs

"I see a lot of billowy sleeves on blouses & T-shirts. The billow is shown from the elbow down."
Suze Weinberg, Designer

“Pineapples!!! Everywhere I look they are popping up. I'm including a photo of some lovely pineapple jewelry from Banana Republic that caught my eye last night. -- I want the earrings!”
Roberta Birbaum
President, AFCI Canada

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 ILOVERESIN.com

"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
Designer
Design & Social Media KuninGroup.com

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.