Friday, February 10, 2012

The Heart of Stone

 I had a hard time titling this blog post.
I thought it might be "Stone Heart" or "Rocky Heart."  No matter which title I picked, it didn't seem like a very nice Valentine's idea.  The "Resilient Heart" is what I was trying to portray but there isn't a catchy title for that either.  So here it is.  A pretty heart made of tiny gem stone fragments.

 I made it in a heart shaped baking cup.
In order to ensure I had a flat back, my first pour was just resin.  I allowed this to cure.
You can see the resin in the baking cup....I poured in about 1/8 of an inch.

 Twenty four hours later I added gem stones.
I poured in about 1/8 of an inch of additional new resin and just dropped in my stones. As long as a part of each stone was touching the wet resin I knew I would end up with one solid heart.

Isn't it great!  I am so glad I didn't pour resin over the stones.
They are solidly embedded and the flat back will make this an easy pendant.

If  you want to see how I made this wearable I have a second post linked here.
Chris said...

Very cool!

salla said...

I like this. Could also be very cool if the resin were tinted.... would look kinda like grout.

Beads2Die4 said...

Love it. Bake it, shape it - any way you want it.

Sally Anderson said...

Hi Carmi -- I was wondering what you do to make this a pendant. Do you drill a hole in it (if so, what kind of drill?) or embroider around it or what? I'm just loving all these things you come up with. I'll be getting some of the jewelry resin on my next trip to Michael's! Thanks.

Carmi said...

Hi Sally! I did a special post for you today!

sara said...

This heart is really very pretty - good job!

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