Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Buckets of Resin and Soap
On Sunday I did the step-by-step photos for the article coming out in the spring issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine, so I can meet the deadline.
First I had to do a MAJOR cleaning of the studio, so I could set up the camera and do the pictures.
I even vacuumed the floor, although I'm sure the floor won't show up in the pictures. Once I got started, it didn't seem right to finish without doing it all.
This was the "messy" end of the studio, where the wet, acidic and sticky stuff happens. And where the kiln, glass cutting and other tricky things go on, to keep it from spreading all over the whole studio.
So I popped out some resin charms that I put together on Saturday, and spent the morning refining and polishing them. Then I had to vacuum again, to get rid of the resin dust. It goes EVERYwhere!
On some I drilled holes straight through, for jump rings or wire wrapping.
I also experimented with drilling side-to-side through the larger resin beads, to make it possible to string them. That seems to work pretty well, I'll have to keep doing that. I want to play with them, but I'm going to list them in the Etsy shop in case someone needs them for a holiday gift project. I can make some for myself later ...
And to make it easier, maybe someday I'll get a drill press that works with my rotary tool. But not right now. I'll just steady my arms and hand and do it without a drill press.
Some are very vintage looking, with family photos or lotion labels.
Others were simple word charms, with a light background.
Some I'll use with the pewter to create focal beads and ornaments, and others will be listed in the ExpeditionD shop, to use as they are.
I like using the resin. After I've been casting pewter for a while, I long for some eye popping color as a break from the metal. I love the two of them together, it's a great addition of color and texture to a finished brooch or pendant.
So I wonder how long it will take the studio to get all messy again? Maybe my resolution can be to keep the studio neat - or at least to thoroughly clean it once a week. Once a month?