Saturday, January 7, 2012

my love of resin

mary jane dodd


resin, specifically ice resin, allows me to make things that i couldn't otherwise... it allows me to use words on paper to create three dimensional pieces... 


because i know the knee jerk reaction of trying new things, i wanted to share with you how friendly resin can be to work with - and how rewarding... the official source of information is naturally the ice resin site... there you can find videos and lots of helpful information... 

i have an article in the current belle armoire jewelry on etching and resin... this ring is one of the samples...


the paddles can be used as simple accents or charms (i apologize, alice, i didn't mean to overwhelm... just wanted to show where you could 'go' with them...)



here is a simple breakdown of the process - it takes practice, it is messy, but don't give up! you can find more details in the article - it is too long to share here... 


form the wire of choice - copper, brass, steel, etc... i use a pencil for size and shape... 


do any hammering you might like, add patina, then polish... 


i place a heavy storage bag on piece of heavy cardboard to use for a work surface... make sure the plastic is taut... i then make sure that each and every paddle lays flat... if it doesn't, the resin runs out...


select the paper you want to use... cut shapes to fit your wire forms... 


with a disposable paint brush, apply the resin to the front and back of the paper... 



allow to cure for at least 24 hours... 








14 comments:

Luthien said...

i've always loved your paddles :) i tried a couple myself some with the wire edge and some just the one wire in the middle of the paper. both turned out beautiful :) ice resin is indeed very friendly and the best thing is it's odorless :)

Alice said...

I saw this beauty in B.A. and loved it. But it looks a bit intimidating to someone who's never worked with resin before. This is on my list to do before the year is over.

Carol said...

I especially like the new pieces you are doing, with the words embedded in resin within the mold. Its very cryptic, and mysterious. They make you want to peer inside to see whats there. Like those crypts Susan Elliot just posted about in France.

xx, Carol

stacilouise said...

I love you resin pieces. Thanks for the encouragement, it its scary. The article in belle armoire its great!

stacilouise said...

I love you resin pieces. Thanks for the encouragement, it its scary. The article in belle armoire its great!

Spirited Earth said...

love your paddles..will have to do a search for the Belle Armoire mag, would love to read your article

Artisan Beads Plus said...

Those are wonderful,Maire. I'll have to put that on my list of things to try someday :o)
MaryAnn

Mountaindreamers said...

looks like fun, anything that transforms from liquid to solid can be an adventure!

Kelli said...

Resin is on my artistic 'bucket list' :)

Sharon Driscoll said...

I live ICE RESIN - It's just the best! Beautiful work.

Lela Bouse-McCracken said...

Those look great! And it looks like a fun thing to try. I've tried some Lisa Pavelka Magic-Glos™ which has a fast drying time...but I want to read about ice resin & your article. :)

Jean A. Wells said...

Love your paddles and this was a very encouraging article. I got all jacked up about doing something like this a year or so ago, and got as far as buying the resin. I seem to do that a lot. But now, I am going to make it a point to get that resin out and do something with it.

maryharding said...

I would never have guessed that is how you made those. Thanks so for sharing. Love the piece!!

Patti Van said...

I saw a pic of your paddles on your own blog and was extremely intrigued....but now seeing them in a finished piece, I am floored! These pieces are truly pieces of art and are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the technique!!!!

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