Friday, August 31, 2012

Good Things To Come

Heading into the long weekend I have that "back to school feeling."  It seems like this is the real start of the year instead of January.  The fall will be a super busy one for Resin Crafts.  We have lots of new ideas and projects to present!  I am really looking forward to another fantastic school year!
I made this heart in the last few weeks.  It is covered in Jewelry Resin. This is one of the new techniques I will be teaching this fall/winter.  Can't wait!

New furniture this week at Vamp - 31 August 2012


‘L.B. Superfan’ - an original  baby blue vintage metal floor standing fan in working condition 

Diameter of base – 39.5cm | Height – 125cm


Vintage enamel topped kitchen table with mild steel legs
99cm x 61cm | Height – 72cm






Beautiful vintage kitchen dresser, restored to its former glory.
Length – 156cm| Depth – 45.5cm| Height – 176cm




Round solid Oak kitchen / occasional table
Diameter – 68cm| Height – 72cm


‘Kartell’ Ashtray and rubbish bin
Diameter – 26cm | Height – 61cm


80’s red metal dumb valet
Height – 105.5cm


Ornate mirror in midnight blue
47cm x 78cm


‘Tina’ - a vintage print by JH Lynch 

63cm x 78cm


Bedside clamp lamp with red shade and brass fittings
Height as per pic – Approx 32cm


Bedside clamp lamp with tangerine shade and chrome fittings
Height as per pic – Approx 25cm


Oak wood dumb valet
Height – 102cm




Retro Sapele wood dining table
135cm x 81cm| Height – 77.5cm

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Envirotex Lite And Mixed Media Projects

 This canvas is still a work in progress.  I hope to finish it over the long weekend.
It gave me the opportunity to show you how I use Envirotex Lite as both a glue and glaze for mixed media pieces.
 The book features an orchid I dried this summer.  The pale blue was the orchid special colour.
 I used Envirotex Lite to adhere my metal embellishment to the book.
 Then I used it to glaze and permanently seal my orchid.
 I even glued the book to the canvas with Envirotex Lite!
 The fun part was painting a thick layer of Envirotex Lite over the canvas in several places.  I dropped Stampendous Fragments into that resin and let it cure overnight.
 The next morning I was able to brush away any extra flakes.
The rest is beautifully embedded!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Resin En Plein Air

En plein air is a French expression which means "in the open air"and is usually used to describe the act of painting outdoors.  I created this whole project in the backyard and loved every minute of the process!
The glass is still transparent and the addition of Envirotex Lite has made this frame very sturdy now!  I think I managed to use up my samples and experiments in a super way!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What are they for?

Now and again I get the question.  
What are all those resin pieces for?  
I make so many that I use for jewelry or art card embellishments that I wonder why anyone would ask.  However, with the addition of all the experiments and samples I make for Resin Crafts Blog, I did see a little pile develop in my samples box.
 So I have turned to my outdoor studio!
The weather is just right.  Not too hot, not too cold.  
Resin outdoors weather!
 I bought this old glass window at my local antique store.  It just needed a little gold paint to spruce up those edges.
 Wonder what I did next?
I have a little movie for you today!

 
This project uses Envirotex Lite!

New from Essie Letterpress at Vamp - 28 August 2012


Box of 10 single-sided Handprinted letterpress giftcards.
Printed on Natural Evolution,Ivory, 280gsm paper with cream envelopes.
Artist: Ben Grib
Size: 105 x 148mm
R150 per box of notecards (recipe cards far right are 20 per box and R200 each)


Recipe Cards
Box of 20 single-sided handprinted Letterpress recipe cards tied together with a red & white bakers twine
Printed on Natural Evolution, Ivory, 280gsm paper.
Designer: Ben Grib
Size: 105 x 140mm
Colour: Cool Grey
R200 per box 



Crown Notecards
Box of 10 single-sided Handprinted letterpress giftcards.
Printed on Natural Evolution,Ivory, 280gsm paper with cream envelopes.
Size: 105 x 148mm
Colours: Delft Blue
R150 per box


Hello is it me you're looking for?
Back by popular demand.... 2nd Edition!
Limited Edition Letterpress print.
Printed on Natural Evolution,Ivory, 280gsm paper.
Artist: Ben Grib.
Size:190 x 248mm
Colour: Fire Engine Red
Credit: Lionel Ritchie
Limited Edition of 50
R135


you, me and the sea
Limited Edition Letterpress print.
Printed on Natural Evolution, Ivory, 280gsm paper.
Artist: Ben Grib.
Size: 230 x 310mm
Colour: Teal and Light Blue
Limited Edition of 50
R275


Pajama Bear
Limited Edition Letterpress print.
Printed on Natural Evolution, Ivory, 280gsm paper.
Artist: Ben Grib.
Size: 230 x 310mm
Colour: Light Blue
Limited Edition of 50
R250


Come back to me
Limited Edition Letterpress print.
Printed on Natural Evolution, Ivory, 280gsm paper.
Artist: Ben Grib.
Size: 230 x 310mm
Colour: Cool Grey
Limited Edition of 50
R160


What little boys are made of
Hand drawn & printed Letterpress print.
Printed on Natural Evolution,Ivory, 280gsm paper.
Artist: Ben Grib
Size: 230 x 310mm
Colour: Light Blue
R100


Rambunctious
Second Edition!
Printed on Natural Evolution,Ivory, 280gsm paper.
Size:230 x 310mm
Colour: Cool Grey
Limited Edition of 50
R200.00


Ostentatious
Limited Edition Letterpress print.
Printed on Natural Evolution, Ivory, 280gsm paper.
Size: 230 x 310mm
Colour: Cool Grey
Limited Edition of 50
R200

Monday, August 27, 2012

Vintaj Bezel and Jewelry Resin

 I think I am starting to naturally turn to the colours of Autumn. This Frida necklace is going to be my Fall 2012 go-to necklace.
 A few weeks ago I managed to go to a Joanns craft store in the USA where I picked up this Vintaj bezel.  I have been wanting a few for some time and I was happy to see this piece.  
I follow the Vintaj blog daily!
 I sealed my paper image of Frida and then decorated around her image with paint and glue.  The paint stays dimensional when dry and looks like a pearl under resin.
 The bezel is shallow, so I was very careful not to over pour my Jewelry Resin.
 I had a wonderful time thinking and planning the components that would highlight the pendant the best.
This is my finished necklace!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Resin In Paper

 I made something tiny for myself this week.  
This lady has her back to a clear Jewelry Resin wall.
 It gave me the opportunity to remind you that you can pour Jewelry Resin successfully in a paper enclosure if you seal the edges with several coats of Mod Podge.  This is what my card board looked like with my resin covered flower.
This is another sample I made with just paper. 
You don't need metal bezels to create wonderful pendants or jewelery components.