Dear Blogger, It's been 26 days since I've posted. I'm so sorry, I had such good intentions. I have been up to some good projects, really. Not as many as I had hoped, but quality over quantity & all that. I have been trying to work on something every day, but life happens & before you know it a month has gone by.
So let me tell you what I have been up to. Resin!!! I am almost out of the kind of resin I can use indoors, so future resin projects will have to wait for warmer weather when I can use the smelly resin outside. I am quite proud of this piece that I made the past 3 days:
I cannot draw to save my life, so I have to write notes for my ideas instead, or I have to just make them before I forget. This baby's breath cabochon is one of those instances. My daughter received a rose for Valentine's Day from a complete stranger while she was at work. This rose came with baby's breath, so the moment she brought it home & put it in a vase I had dibs on the baby's breath. I waited for 2 weeks before the rose finally became a wilted blob & I could safely make the baby's breath disappear. I dried it over the woodstove for 2 days & then cut it up.
It's a long process, one that takes about 5 days to complete. First, I put a thin layer of clear resin in a mold. After that sets up for a couple of hours & becomes tacky, I added a few pieces of baby's breath, & then added more clear resin, just enough to cover the flowers. Then I let that cure over night. I left it in the mold, & then mixed up more resin, this time adding a tiny amount of acrylic paint. For the first piece I used red paint, & for these 3 small demonstrative pieces I used orange, as per request of my younger daughter.
This is what it looks like now. Tomorrow morning I will be able to pop them out of the mold & show you how they turned out. In the meantime, here are a couple of pictures to show & tell what else I have worked on this week:
Thanks for reading my updates! I still have not decided on a new name for my business, so the purple pendant is still up for grabs. Maybe I should use one of those silly name generators you find on FB... ;)