You know that old ditty “when in doubt, get the resin out”? I adhere to that in a big way.
I might have a little tiny trinket, a word from an old book, an image from a retro children’s book, or even a scrap of fabric, that I just love and want to show the world – for me the solution is nearly always encasing it in resin.
It takes almost no skill and can be done on one of those days when you are completely lacking in creativity and nearly always turns out with a pro-looking sheen.
At the moment I am using up my Gedeo Crystal Resin, but soon will be moving on to try out a more eco version.
The key thing is to follow your instructions carefully and MIX IT TOGETHER REALLY WELL – UNTIL IT IS CLEAR AGAIN. (This is in caps because it is so critical, the only thing that will ruin it really, as it won’t set, and then you’ll probably cry.)
I use the flexible ice tray, and fill them up to the level that I want my thing to be. I used a star mold last time, and made a scrabble letter pencil end and a tiny deer necklace.
This time I kept it plain, and filled every compartment in the tray with little papery experiments. I had someone in mind for every single one.
I popped them out after 24 hours – it is easier to get them out the quicker you do it. A couple I left in for a week and they were tough cookies, determined to stay in the tray.
Once out I drilled little holes into them, using the tiniest drill bit I have. I still need to sand the edges of them- I was kind of hoping these snaps would be a little more forgiving, mwhaha!
Some of them I made into key rings.
Some into a necklace.
I used a variety of papers- an old cowboy comic and a little piece from an old book.
I used some scraps of sewing fabric and cut up a few segments of a photo I’d taken of a million flying seagulls.
I couldn’t resist putting a bit of lace in, and I love how it came out, and then this little kids book image. These are my faves.
Others I have not quite made up my mind what to make them into, even though I know exactly who they are for.
What do you think? Any ideas for these tiny little collages?