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Monday, 7 March 2011

Glitter Rock, Year of the Rabbit and Aries!

I decided to try something new with my resin pieces....glitter! I think the fabric disks that I use are much easier to deal with and more controllable but the glitter looks really cool! Let me show you:


Here are the pieces as they cure in the mold.


I call this piece "Glitter Rock"
A charging ram to represent the Aries astrological sign (inspired by my husband the Aries!)
This is my favourite piece. To commemorate the Chinese Lunar Year of the Rabbit I embedded a metal charm of a rabbit and gave it a background of red glitter, the traditional colour used for Chinese New Year celebrations.


I haven't sanded them yet so they're still literally rough around the edges but I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out! Once they're sanded and have a magnet attached they'll be going into my Etsy shop.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Saturday Morning

Well, as it turns out, I'm starting my morning by pouring resin. I started it yesterday at around noon but thought that this time I'd let it sit longer before embedding the charms. This meant that I was contemplating pouring the next layer of resin at about 7:30 last night. I knew my husband was going to be home soon and I didn't want him to have to deal with the smell so I held off.

Even though the package of this particular resin says "Low Odour" it still has enough of a smell to give me a headache! So much so that I have to leave the apartment for a while. This morning I went to Starbucks and sat and read the paper while drinking a mocha. I'm looking forward to our upcoming move to the East end, not just because it's to a nice apartment but that there's no Starbucks in sight in our new neighbourhood! There's a Tim Horton's that's about a 10-minute walk away. Here, the Starbucks is a mere 2-minute walk away.

So not only will I be drinking less expensive, less-caloric coffee but I'll be getting a decent walk in just by going there!

Toronto is in the middle of its epic rainfall and I really don't feel like going out for a walk. I'm currently taking a jewellery-making course through the Toronto District School Board and I'd love to be able to work on my bezel setting but I don't have a jewellery studio to work out of. The class is only once a week for 3 hours but I enjoy every minute of it. By the way, a bezel setting is this: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_q7H5daARk5A/THhMocdBLyI/AAAAAAAAMv0/WKkI1ivApto/s1600/Bezel-Setting-Tutorial.jpg

That's an example. It can be a ring (in this case), a pendant (in the case of the one I'm making), a bracelet, a brooch or any other piece of jewellery you can think of! My goal is to make bezels for all my beautiful pieces of beach glass as well as for the great gemstones we bought in Tucson at the Gem and Mineral Show.