Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Pearly Delights

Have I ever mentioned how addictive resin is?

When I first started casting resin a few years back, I thought it would be just another craft I tried my hand at so that I had some basic knowledge about working with resin. What I didn't know at the time was how seductive it would become.

Back in my school days (yes, it was quite a while ago, but I still remember them), I always enjoyed spending time in the manual arts block but in particular I was fascinated by the Plastics Centre. It seemed that such mysterious processes went on in that place and they were difficult to master. I clearly remember trying to contol the hot wire to cut through styrofoam and I also remember cutting out and shaping perspex. We worked with thermosets and thermoplastics and it was a lot of fun even though my success with these materials in Year 10 was rather limited. Quite obviously a seed had been planted in my subconscious which was reignited when I poured my first bangle. But enough of the reminiscing. Let's move on to today's post.

Inspired by a beautiful vintage cuff bangle that that one of my students brought to a recent workshop, over the weekend I began experimenting with some pearlescent effects. Here's the results:
Heavenly Clouds

Blue Skies

Pearlescent Beige
Whilst I like the two blue ones my favourite is definitely the Pearlescent Beige. It has some lovely swirling going on and the light is capturing the pearlescence beautifully.
I'll play with pearly effects again soon but if you check in tomorrow you'll see some more Friendly Plastic treats. Until then......

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