Recently, I’ve been playing around with resin as another medium on which to add my words. I love how versatile resin is. You can make so many different things with it and I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting. That said, I have run into a few hiccups! I’ve had a couple of serious Mr Bean moments, one involving half set resin all over my hands that I couldn’t get off which resulted in half a roll of toilet paper stuck to my fingers. If you ever find yourself in this situation then it turns out salt and olive oil is the answer!
Anyway, I wanted to show you one of the pieces I have made that I‘m very proud of. It actually nearly went in the bin as I’m quite the perfectionist and all I could see were the flaws.
I had originally set out to make a plaque for a wall or a stand – a flat surface that I could easily add some words to. But as anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m not very patient. So, I went and picked up the whole piece before it was fully set. Thinking on my feet, I quickly decided to mould the resin around my mixing bowl. My wall plaque was now a free form decorative bowl.
However, there were lots of small bubbles in the resin and the edges of the bowl were really rough and ragged. I sighed and huffed and was ready to throw the whole thing in the bin. Then I thought to myself, well what if I turn those imperfections into a feature. So, I painted white over every single bubble that I could see and spray painted the edges and the outside of the bowl in gold. And just like that my bin worthy disaster turned into a piece I was proud of.
With the white dots and the gold, the bowl now has a galaxy feel to it and so to finish off the piece I have added the words “imperfections can be precious if you just let them shine through.”
Making this piece taught me some valuable lessons. Patience is key! Always wear gloves when working with resin. And don’t write things off too soon. The bowl will soon be available to purchase through my website along with several other products but in the meantime I’d love to hear what you think of it.
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