Monday, April 27, 2020

Cheese Board Kitchen Art


For most resin artists, as soon as we see something with a lip, we wonder how it would look filled with resin.
This inexpensive cheese board platter was a huge blank frame just waiting for a pour.


The first thing I did was seal the wood with some clear drying mod podge.


Then I glued some tissue paper to the inside of the board.


The color of my tissue paper is so bright and happy that it influenced my other choices also.  
I had some vintage wall paper and a Claude Monet postcard in my collage stash and decided to feature them.


I glued and then sealed these papers in place as well.
Sealing the paper is important.  Before you pour resin over paper it is good to seal it with a clear drying glue or art medium so the resin doesn't seep into any of the paper pores and create the look of a stain.


I glued in a hot pink dragonfly which I cast from a beautiful 
mold by Etsy mold maker artisan Ravn Cotino.  I also scattered some glitter in a few areas.


I felt like I had a few empty areas so I added some flower stickers.
I left everything to dry overnight.  Glue must be completely dry before you pour resin over it.


The next day, I poured in some two-part epoxy resin.  Because the board is not flat, I knew I would need to be careful.  So I did two pours over two days.  The first pour cured leaving less resin in this area, so for the second pour I propped my board to make sure this area was filled.



That's it.
Cheese Board to happy kitchen art!


This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata. 
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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Posting a Collection Series Daily on Facebook Page


Over the years I have had great fun posting finished resin bezels with hilarious art created by lisasalteredart on Etsy.  Patty sells affordable and unique collage sheets and I have purchased many. 

If you follow I Love Resin's Facebook page you'll get a little smile everyday for a few weeks.

The sheet I will be featuring in bezels over the next few weeks is called:
Mature-Digital Collage Sheet, Circle images, Round, Funny Snarky Ladies




Linked here!



This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata. 
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No Rain, No Flowers Resin Filled Bezel



Wondering how this resin filled bezel was made?



Step One
Find an image you love.
For this project, the artwork on the envelope my 2020 calendar was too good to throw away.


Step Two
Argh. I accidentally tore one edge of this beautiful artwork. But, I think it will still fit into my bezel. This bezel is deep.


Step Three
Press the edge of your bezel into the paper image to make it easier to cut out the circle needed.


Step Four
Glue your paper image to the bezel and then seal all the paper 2-3 times with mod-podge or a gel medium. You want to make sure the paper is completely sealed, making it seem waterproof. Resin can “stain” paper making it look dark in any area not protected by sealing. I now wait 24 hours before my next step. This allows the glue/medium to thoroughly dry.


Step Five

I like to pour a thin layer of resin. This ensures that everything looks good and that there are no stains. If there was a stain, I could cover it in my next layer. This only needs an overnight cure before I work on the next layer.


Step Six

I apply some inclusions on top of the first layer of resin. This glued layer must dry properly before covering with more resin.


Step Seven
After inclusions are dry and glue is clear I pour in resin. I let this cure for as long as possible. Ideally 48 hours.

This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata.
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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Calendar to Pendants With Resin


I have a dozen new pendants featuring inspired imagery and words.


When the envelope your new 2019 calendar came in is this beautiful, you can not throw it away.
I could simple place it in my recycling, but that would be a missed opportunity.


I used my square punch to cut out miniature versions of each illustrated month.
The calendar was illustrated by Christine Adolf.

I am mindful of copyright issues.  
I do not sell my jewelry, so this is just for me.
The artist Christine Adolf creates wonderful art for the paper arts industry and I would never want her to think I was using her artwork for profit.


Each punched miniature month fits into a one inch square bezel.  
I sealed the paper and the edges with Mod Podge several times.


The addition of a shallow resin pour made my pendants look wonderful!


This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata. 
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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Postcard to Pendants With Resin


I do not think I will ever tire of creating resin filled bezel sets with a unique postcard.

If you want to have unique, one of a kind jewelry components, there is no better way than by collecting 
pretty postcards in your travels.

This "Merci" or Thank you postcard was found in Paris in the spring.  I knew the gold foiling would look amazing under resin and each bit of the illustration looks fabulous as a pendant.




This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata.
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Saturday, September 8, 2018

UV Resin and Dried Flowers

This week I had the chance to experiment with Vintag Patina colors.
I dropped some of the colorant into my plain bezels and let they dry overnight.
I was so happy at the colors and brightness.  This was only one application.
I glued in some dried flowers and sealed them several times with a clear decoupage medium.
It was so humid this week, I let these dry a full two days.

Then I added my new favorite UV resin and my results were brilliant.
I made a green pendant as well using the 
Vintaj patina colourants and some dried miniature roses.


This post written, designed and photographed by Carmi Cimicata.
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