Thursday, September 29, 2011

new furniture at vamp this week...

Yellowwood and Maple mix sideboard with dove grey and cream accents
(L – 143cm, D – 50cm, H – 88cm)

Bright yellow Imbuia pedestal with cut glass handles
(L – 46cm, D – 38cm, H – 70cm)

Solid Meranti shelves with dove grey accents and copper spacers
(L – 157cm, D – 30cm, H -78cm)

Small triangular side table with red top
(L – 44.5cm, D – 27.5cm, H – 32cm)

Japanese Paper Bezels

 One of the simplest techniques I can recommend to make fantastic resin filled bezels is to use Japanese papers.
I don't think you will be surprised to learn that I have a HUGE Japanese paper stash.  Living in and around Toronto my whole life gives me access to The Japanese Paper Place, the main wholesaler for these papers in Canada.  When I want to make some truly beautiful bezels I pull out some of my papers and punch one inch circles from them.  The one inch punch I prefer is from Fiskars because you can see where you are lining up your punch.
 The papers look very pretty just glued into a bezel.   They are about to become even better!
 This is one of the few instances when I do not apply any sort of a sealer to the paper.  Don't ask me why, the paper does not have the same staining issues.  The results are always stunning.  
For the project I mixed up a batch of Envirotex Lite.
 Here are the bezels curing.
Another thing I love about this paper is that the areas that are "white" become somewhat transparent after the resin has soaked in.  I hope you can try this technique!

new georgette the robot tote bags from Unwrapped at Vamp ...

 In Neon pink @ R345.00 (41cm x 43cm)
 In blue @ R345.00 (41cm x 43cm)
 In Neon pink @ R345.00 (41cm x 43cm)
@ R345.00 each (41cm x 43cm)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Bezel Recovery!

 Yeah!  I saved the kokeshi bezels!  
Whew.  I am so glad I kept my cool and didn't throw these away.
 Yesterday I showed you my over-pour incident.  It's been a long time since I have made a "resin mistake" involving all my bezels.
A few of you wrote in with ideas.  Thank you!  Here is what I posted back:
I do believe in this instance...I just over poured.  Usually when I want to add a "dome" I pour my resin into a squeeze bottle so I can carefully drip resin onto a surface.  This time....I just dribbled from a cup...too much, too fast.  Lesson learned....speed is not your friend with precision resin work!
 But you can easily save mistakes like these!  I let the resin cure for just under 12 hours.  At this stage it is still soft and easily trimmed with an blade or scissors. 
I ran my blade around the rim and peeled the excess away!
Isn't that a wonderful fix?  
You have to do it early though...if I had waited 24 hours I would have had to use a sanding tool.

new kitchenalia and collectables at Vamp...

 TG Green Cornishware: salt and pepper shaker, canister and milk jug
 Yellow hen

 Nutbrown chefs measure
 Set of coloured shot glasses
 J&G Meakin, Rose Duet dish
Ceramic swan
 Old Cape Farmstall Cookbook
 2 Small Matryoshka dolls
 Set of four Duray melamine cups and saucers
 Wooden vintage skittles
 Vintage bunny
 Vintage wooden bell

 Vintage Russian dolls
 Vintage kids tin telephone

Vintage toys

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Can I Blame the Studio?

 I had the sweetest bezels to share with you today.  Note the use of the word "had."
 My bezel project began as it normally would.  
I selected these kokeshi images, cut them, placed them in the bezel and then used Ultra Seal to seal the paper and protect it from the resin.  I added Envirotex Lite to each bezel after all the glue dried clear.
See how great they turned out?  I decided I wanted to add a dome.  I have demonstrated the doming technique several times on this blog.  I have added domes to lots of pieces.
 So you can imagine my surprise when I had an over-pour.
 Not once, not twice.....
....but with all six of my samples!
I just moved into my new studio so I am wondering if my table is sloped???
Tomorrow I'll show you how I can save this project.

new Ikhaya notebooks at Vamp...

A new selection of the sweetest notebooks have just arrived at Vamp. They are made from vintage storybooks and range from R170.00 - R280.00

Monday, September 26, 2011

Resin On Glass

 Vintage optical lenses have been very popular in the last couple of years.  They are unique and easy to turn into a pendant.  They can be found online and in antique markets.
 The lenses are glass so when you glue an image to one side it is already protected by the glass on the reverse.
 I chose this butterfly image from a napkin.  Napkins are fun to work with because they can become very translucent.  I glued the napkin to one side of the lens.  See how some of it was bigger than the lens itself?  I let this dry and then I trim away the excess.
 The side protected by the glass looks great.  But I want my back to be just as protected.  That way my image won't rub or wear away when it is worn.
Envirotex Lite resin makes the back as perfect as the front.  
Here is the back with one layer of resin.  It is as clear as the glass - shiny and permanent!