Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Preserving Tatting in Jewelry Resin

These are the most unique resin-filled bezels I have made this year.  I am preserving small pieces of tatted lace.
"Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops. Tatting can be used to make lace edging as well as doiliescollars, and other decorative pieces. The lace is formed by a pattern of rings and chains formed from a series of cow hitch, or half-hitch knots, called double stitches (ds), over a core thread."
I fell in love with this vintage handkerchief in my local antique store. The lace edging was absolutely perfect.
 I really do not know if a machine created this or if a person did this edging.  I have observed people create these mini works of lace art and know it is still done by many stitch enthusiasts.  All I do know is that the linen handkerchief is starting to disintegrate and I need to save the tatting.
 My first step was to carefully cut several tatted sections.  I used a decoupage medium to glue the tatting into my bezel opening.  I then applied three more layers of decoupage medium over the tatting to seal everything from coming into contact with the resin.  If I do not do this properly, the thread will be darker in the spots that I do not seal.
TIP ONE:  I always do three sealing coats and let everything dry overnight.  I use a paint brush to apply the glue.
 Then I did one last special sealing coating.
I have never done this before.
TIP TWO:  I wanted to be sure the tatting would be okay so I applied a thin layer of Jewelry Resin with my brush over the tatting.  Again, I used a brush to apply the resin and let that cure overnight.
When my resin layer to seal the tatting was cured I then made a final batch of Jewelry Resin.  My bezels are very shallow and I was worried about an over pour.  
 TIP THREE:  I allowed my resin to set up in the stir cup for 30 minutes.  This way, it was much thicker when I poured it and was easier to contain in the shallow bezels.
Aren't they wonderful?

This post was designed, photographed and written by me.
It appeared on Resin Crafts Blog.


West Pine Creations said...

I love tatting!!!! I tat daily. This is definitely hand done and not machine done. Looks gorgeous and old! Thanks for the tutorial. Do you dilute the decopdge?

Carmi Cimicata said...

I love the look of tatting, but I am sure I won't be learning this craft any time soon. It is just gorgeous though!! A real art form!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! What kind of bezels are those? And did you paint them those colors or did they come that way? Would you share where you purchased them? I love this idea, and will probably incorporate some old lace that I have into something similar. Thanks for your tutorial.

Janice F.

Michelle said...

Wonderful idea! As a tatter, I'm delighted that you are preserving and making it into your craft as well! (hand tatted for sure!)

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

What wonderful little works of art! I tat on a regular basis, so I appreciate your efforts to preserve bits of this beautiful lace. Those are pendants that any tatter would love to own!

Suztats said...

Beautiful pendants! I tat, too, so I appreciate you preserving this tatted edging, and making new art in the process.

Carmi Cimicata said...

I live just outside of Toronto, and we have a wholesale bead area that I shop in. I but any bezels I see and these were simply spray painted.