|Heart houses 2.5 x 4 x 2.3 cm|
I have been experimenting with machine embroidery, hand embroidery using reflective thread and embedding it into clear resin.
|landscape embroidery embedded into a shape created from an antique hand saw|
To create my own resin moulds I have been using a two part moulding paste (Pebeo silicon moulding paste) where you mix equal quantities of the blue and white paste for a minute until a uniform colour appears. It is quick to use and sets in about 5 minutes and is a little like working with oily Fimo (or polymer clay).
|two part moulding paste house moulds|
And I have worked with 2 different brands of resin: Pebeo Gedeo Crystal Resin and Castin' Craft Clear Polyester Casting Resin. Interestingly there was quite a bit of difference between the two.
Pebeo Gedeo Crystal Resin took 24 hours to cure, was frosty where it came into contact with the mould and relatively smell free. I quite liked the 'softness' in the quality of the frostiness of the Pedeo Gedeo Crystal Resin, it is reminiscent of the sea washed glass you find on the beach.
Castin' Craft Clear Polyester Casting Resin cured to the touch in less than 24 hours, was crystal clear even when it came into contact with the mould and was incredibly smelly. This one definitely needed to be used in a well ventilated space!
|House embroidery |
embedded into the shape created from an antique hand saw
Whilst working with resin I discovered that you can:
- sand it with sand paper (this gives you a frosty look) and also helps even out any unwanted lumps and bumps
- paint it clear varnish (I used nail polish) which turns the sanded areas clear again
- speed up the curing time by placing it in a warm oven (preheated to 80 degrees C for 15 minutes) this process also encourages any bubbles to come to the surface and disappear