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.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Trends We Noticed - July 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 was at the latest AFCI convention in Salt Lake City and had the opportunity to see some of the newest designs in the paper-crafting world.  I see more and more dimensional paper crafts.  I am seeing cards that expand into items finished projects that stand up.  I love seeing the papers that can be folded into 3D items.  I really love shaker cards and was happy to see their return with Christmas themes.  Cute is still king.  The imagery that is cheerful and fun seemed to attract the most attention.  Cute animals are everywhere.  Unicorns never get old along with the traditional bears, deer, bears and mice.”
Carmi Cimicata
Social Media Manager for John Bead Corp. and

“Big turquoise earrings in funky geometric shapes.”
Katherine Swift
Owner, Resin Obsession, LLC

“What I am seeing: Llamas, whimsical and snarky stitcheries, yet more succulents, rose gold (still a hit) and hand-lettering everywhere. I admit to being hypnotized while watching Instagram videos of people writing words!”
Eileen Hull
Author, Artist and Adventurer
Licensed Designer for Sizzix and Clearsnap

“Brush Lettering!”  
(When Jennifer sent this message to me I wanted to say, YES, I agree.  I saw so much brush lettering at the AFCI convention.  I even did several make and takes using techniques that were new to me.)
Jennifer Tryon
Crafter's Companion

“I'm still seeing tons of succulents, pom-poms, and pineapples - everywhere! I am also still seeing a trend in geometric shapes in jewelry, paper crafting and home decor. Often these shapes are brightly colored, accented with foils or metallic - and copper is still going strong, followed by gold! Silver is on the outs right now, it seems. In paper crafts and home decor, a "watercolored" look prevails- soft, blended colors, sometimes accented with bold navy or black. And I still see hemp/burlap/rope accents on everything, from clothes to home decor to jewelry (so much macramé, too!) I, for one, am loving the trends of color, pattern and textures!”
Jenny Barnett Rohrs

“Embroidery hoops used in a variety of diy home décor projects, wreaths, dream catchers and embroidery itself, a resurgence of cute little projects.”
Debra Quartermain
Design & Social Media
2017 Chair AFCI Designer Section

1. Pouring acrylics- everywhere  (though some just look like poured mess😁)
2. Pineapples -  still! I saw them everywhere yesterday when I was shopping
3. Painting ceramics, paint parties
Roberta Birbaum
President, AFCI Canada

“Embroidery, embroidery and more embroidery. This trend is still going strong. From fashion to crafts and decor, embroidery is hot. Add ornate tassels, pompoms, boho patterns and it’s a party now. No slowing of this trend yet!”
Lisa Kettell
Chief Designer for LK Designs

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Digital Papers Become Wearable - With Marie Claire Idees

Delighted to show you a new bracelet today!
I bet you are wondering where the sweet summer imagery is from.

One of my favorite magazines has always been the french edition of Marie Claire Idees.
I first discovered the magazine on a trip to France and was so happy when they went digital allowing me to download every issue six times a year! 

This month they included some paper designs for DIY projects. 
I did not want to let the month go by without actually using them.

I copied the digital papers to an 8 1/2 x 11 paper template and shrunk them for jewelry sized projects.
(FYI - I do not sell my jewelry, so this is not a copyright issue.)

Once I printed my digital images I used a one inch circle punch to pop out the designs I liked.  
Then I ran them through my tiny X Xyron tool which adds adhesive to the back of each circle.

After sticking the punched images into my bezels I also sealed them with several layers of clear drying mod podge.  This protects the paper from stains when you pour resin.

I also pulled out my box of Ranger's Ice Resin.  
This is a kit and already comes with cups, stir sticks, yorkie caps and instruction.

Humidity is high right now.  I let my sealed bezels dry a full 24 hours before mixing a batch of 
Ice Resin.  I poured my resin into my bezels and had a perfect cure a day later.

Once cured, my resin looks like glass.
I simply attached my new bezels to a bracelet and it is now a much more exciting piece of jewelry.

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

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Resin and Cats Card Collection

I have never made such a bright and cheerful 
set of cat themed cards!

My cards began with one inch bezels that needed some paper imagery.

This is a British dogs and cats card making kit by Hunkydory.
(Purchased 4+ years ago)

I finally had an opportunity to open the kit and punch out some of the cats and words.
These I ran through my Xyron and adhered to the bezels.

The step you do not see is that after I glued my papers into the bezels I sealed with Mod Podge the papers 3 times.  I have several sealing demonstrations on this blog.

When the paper was properly sealed I also glued in some rhinestone chains and added glitter glue edges.

During summer humidity you might need to let every dry properly for 24+ hours.

When my bezels were completely dry I set up my resin pour.

I used Resin Obsession Super Clear for this project.

While my resin cured, I made my choices from the kit for the card bodies.

I had quite a few options, but I think these cat paw cards are so pretty.

I sewed my bezels to the card so the recipient can recycle them into their own projects.

Cards, resin and cats.  
A great combination.

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