news from the studio

RESIN TILES

I’ve recently been working with resin and paints on tiles. Again, I’ve been using Pebeo paints  (available at Jerry’s Artarama) and also attempting some acrylic pours.

The challenge I’ve been facing is that I want to offer these 4×4″  tiles as trivets or coasters. Even with several layers of resin that are advertised to be heat resistant, I’m not sure that I can comfortably sell them as such. I heated up a cup and placed it on the tile and  saw a mark left by the cup. Would people want these as decorative tiles or as coasters for cold or warm drinks?


I’ve also been playing with  mica powders from Colour Arte. These mica powders are simply amazing, especially for artists like me who enjoy the mystery and shine of color. I am by no means a master of this process, but it sure is fun to see what unfolds when I do these pours. This photo doesn’t show half the magic in this 6×6 tile!

I mix the powders with resin and ColourArte’s pouring medium. It’s so interesting to see how the colors layer themselves depending on their density. Which tend to float and stay on the surface, and which sink and just peek out depending on which color surrounds them? So mesmerizing.

 

RESIN HEARTS

I have a great selection of 2″ resin hearts, which are great on a table or nightstand (see photo to the left), and could also be made into pins or magnets!

See a wide variety of different colors and effects here. No two are alike! Perfect for thank-you gifts for teachers.

 

Pine Cone PendantRESIN and PINE CONES???

Take one tiny pine cone (or maybe it’s a fir or spruce or sequoia cone) and sink it half way into wet resin. Wait for the resin to cure and harden. Take it to the band saw and slice the top of the pine cone off, and look what magic awaits! It’s like looking at the skeleton of the cone. It’s also like views of MRI slices. A fraction of an inch makes for a completely different view. I’ll be experimenting with more objects in the near future. Stay tuned!

I’ve made an entire line of these beauties, in blue, green, orange, clear, and magenta! They’re waiting for you! See them all in my online store.

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