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.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Trends We Noticed - June 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:

“Since I am working full time in the DIY jewelry industry I tend to keep my eye on the major runway shows.  Haute couture runway shows always have extravagant and one of kind details that eventually gets distilled into mainstream fashion.  Huge floral embellishment, embroideries, graphic fabrics and quirky cartoony images continue to be added to clothing in what reminds me of mixed media collage.  I see tiny patches and brooches being grouped and placed on clothing so I’ll be focussed on accessory ideas with two – three components that can be attached together.”
Carmi Cimicata
Social Media Manager for John Bead Corp. and ILOVERESIN.com

"I have noticed that hair braids are big.  Sometimes they are only on one side of the head, but I have also seen a lot of Dutch braids that start by the forehead and completely braid every last strand of hair.  I think it's a very pretty trend."
Katherine Swift
Owner, Resin Obsession, LLC

“Wonder Woman is ramping up to be the hit movie of the summer and I am seeing the superhero theme trending in birthday party decor, costumes and cuffs and tiaras in DIY jewelry. Some fans are even taking it to the next level by sticking swords down the back of their dresses and the hashtag #wwgotyourback has gone viral on the internet. I bet the executive producers didn't anticipate that! Maybe we'll see swords as an icon or accent in future fashion designs.”
Kelly Panacci
Art Licensor and Founder of Kelly Panacci Inc.

“I'm seeing more of the same- cactus/succulents, geometric designs, watercolor splashes, fouled accents, boho chic, mandala designs and Pom-Pom trims!”
Jenny Barnett Rohrs

“Well hello Summertime! How does that look trend wise? Pineapple motifs are everywhere! Bright punchy yellows, lime green and pinks on towels, wall décor, rugs, clothing and pillows.”
Debra Quartermain
Designer
Design & Social Media KuninGroup.com
2017 Chair AFCI Designer Section

“Well, I have to say that I thought they'd have disappeared by now but the fidget spinners are still everywhere. Heck, I even own two!! See, I owned up!  
I actually saw one online that held a lip balm. What will they come up with next???
Tassels & Pompoms are still a hot item on necklaces & earrings...they're all over Charming Charlie shops nationwide in every color.
Lastly, in the makeup field "highlighting" kits & matte lipsticks are storming the industry. Works great if you're 12!!!”
Suze Weinberg
Designer

“Cool accessories! From eye glass frames to shoulder bags to bracelets to necklaces...fashion wise, it's all about how you make a personal statement through unique and often handmade accessories. “
Joe Rotella


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sassy Smart Chokers


I have the two funnest designs to share with you.


These necklaces are going to be fun to wear this summer.


They feature artwork from Lisa's Altered Art, a favorite Etsy shop.



The John Bead Corp bezels are lined with rhinestone chain and filled with resin.
The chokers also feature Gutermann glass beads.


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

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Miniature Orange Upside Down Cake - With UV Resin


The cutest cake ever!  
Plus, I made this without stepping into the kitchen!

I have been sharing my happy discovery of 
L Bell Japanese resin kits while in Hawaii for work.  
You can read more about that in the original post.


These were the samples in the Ben Franklin Hawaii store 
that made me want to create a tiny bakery in my studio.



The kits are just as cute as the final project.


I won't show you all the steps.  I followed their instructions and made layer after layer of resin, taking 3-5 minutes between cures in the UV lamp.

I did learn something new.  I need to add less pigment if I want to see through the layers better.  Next time I will definitely make my colored resin more transparent.


This is better than actual baking!


I honestly wish I had all the kits to make all these miniature desserts.  
Sadly, my luggage was already loaded down.

I do have quite a few more projects to make though! 
Come back soon.



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

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Trends We Noticed - May 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:

“I continue to notice lots of unusual patterns being placed side by side to create even more unusual patterns.  Yellow and green is being shown together. The fall will see the return of the cheetah and big cat pattern, but in smaller shapes that just highlight solid colours. I also see a movement to bring back iconic superhero clothes.  Expect to see lots of corsets influenced by the Wonder Woman franchise along with bigger metal bracelets.  Fashion is still deconstructing the classic shirt and jacket.  Haute couture collars that begin as outrageous wings of fabric will settle down into slightly bigger shapes for the mainstream buyer.”
Carmi Cimicata
Social Media Manager for John Bead Corp. and ILOVERESIN.com

“Big jewelry, especially flashy earrings.  I'm seeing this on all age ranges of women, regardless of hairstyles or what they are wearing.  It seems that bold is in!”
Katherine Swift
Owner, Resin Obsession, LLC

“Denim is huge right now in the fashion world and embroidery has been trending over the past year so now we're seeing the two combined on clothing and accessories. Shops are featuring embroidered denim on the sleeves and collars of jackets and especially on jeans. It's a beautiful embellished look that you can achieve if you do it yourself.”
Kelly Panacci
Art Licensor and Founder of Kelly Panacci Inc.

“We are seeing jungle animals everywhere! African Safari themes also remain popular and so fun with strong geometric patterns in everything from clothing, to housewares, to crafting supplies. Bold jewel tone colors are also still strong, and they always come into their own in Summer.”
Laura J Weed
Graphics, Social Media & Website Coordinator

"Succulents, the trend continues with no signs of slowing, from paper to felt to jewelry and absolutely stunning cakes. Greens of every shade make it into the succulent palette and a variety of sizes from those used in terrariums to large party decor! "
Debra Quartermain
Designer
Design & Social Media KuninGroup.com
2017 Chair AFCI Designer Section

“Anything unicorn is creating even more magic this year in craft, party, fashion and home design. From Narwhals to uni anything, it's huge right now. Let's not forget the boho vibes of llamas, elephants and giraffes.
Boho is back with more bold tassels and pom poms, which are gracing the home and fashion scene. Pillows, purses, shoes, it's on everything.
Finally don't forget the sassy and sweet cactus. This prickly icon has a strong presence at several shows this year and is making its round across the web.”
Lisa Kettell
Chief Designer for LK Designs

"Tea bag art!!!"
Here are some of my favorites:

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/366128644685312059/
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/44684221282879860/

Roberta Birbaum
President, AFCI Canada
Artist/Instructor/Dealer at Powertex  
Owner/Founder at Decorables