Tuesday, December 30, 2008
I just tried something and it works, so I'm passing it on. When sealing paper/photos with modge podge, the red pigment always runs, but today I tried spraying my image with hairspray and blow dried it before I coated it with modge podge. This worked beautifully! Big hair may be "out" but there is always a use for hairspray and a blowdryer!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I know the smaller bangles made from the 415 mold are difficult to put on but the new 390 mold is slightly larger and might work for some that the 415 didn't.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
I hope this works out for someone.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Mix Glow in the Dark Powder with printer ink, microwave it, (I don't know why you would need to do this), suck it up into a syringe, inject it into an empty printer ink cartridge. Once paper piece is printed turn off the lights and see your words glow in the dark.
Let me know if anyone tries this!
And wait until you see this one http://www.tombacher.com/Gallery.html. I hope you enjoy.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
For many of us, today we feel that our nation has exhaled a breath, one we’ve been holding for years.
Today, it is time to move forward.
Regardless of whom you supported, yesterday’s election was a testament to all of us and the world of the importance of the collective impact of individual actions.
Going forward, we feel assured that Main Street’s needs will be at the top of the list of “special interests” for our next president.
Now is the time to share and promote our stake in the revitalization of our nation, our economy and the world at large. We encourage you to join us by taking action toward sustaining and supporting the economic importance of craft industry.
Many of you – artists and retailers – have struggled over the past weeks, months and in some cases, years. Each of us owes it to each other to work together toward making our community a strong partner in creating a new small business-dominated economy.
But before the turnaround occurs we need to be sure that we keep our own promises to each other, sharing resources, keeping informed and increasing both business and artistic skills so that when the time comes we are prepared to take our place as the small flame that ignites the resurgence of a stronger economy.
You can begin by sharing with friends and neighbors the incredible difference that can be made to our economy with each dollar they spend locally on products made by hand in the U.S. and Canada. If the thousands of members of the craft family took one simple action a day – even one a week – imagine what we could accomplish in raising our community’s profile, and our individual prosperity.
In the coming weeks, we will be offering easy, step-by-step small tasks that will help to create social action, craft and good cause consumerism. Visit us on Facebook, our blog, and on Twitter to hear our thoughts on spreading the word about our community. And we hope that in exchange, you’ll share your suggestions with us and others as well.
We can no longer retreat into the isolation of our studios and galleries or stores. Building relationships inside and outside our community benefits us all.
If you have not already committed to attending next February’s Buyers Market of American Craft, we encourage you to do so today.
Our community’s strength is built upon the personal contact made during those four days each February and three in August.
If you are retailer, please visit www.americancraft.com today to register.
Artists may download an application at that same website.
Today is a new day – we hope you will join us on the journey. Warm Regards, Wendy Rosen & the Staff of the Buyers Market of American CraftYou may unsubscribe here.Powered by ennect.
I saw Fran with Little-Windows at the Quilt Show again this year. Her booth has doubled, her samples were clever and if the crowd around her booth is any sign.... I would say she is doing well. Congrats Fran!
Many of you have asked to see samples of some of my work and while a lot of it is off with vendors for shows or waiting pictures to be made in to kits, I've taken a few pictures of some pieces. Remember I'm not a photographer or very good at picture editing.
The coral and silver beads necklace and matching bangle doesn't show up as the true color but it's close enough.
The ring looks like a real stone in person.
The amber set is a technique I developed.
I hope you like. Thanks firstname.lastname@example.org
or as the guys at Maker Faire said
"The Resin Lady"
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
When a compassionate heart saves an animal we tend to do so at any price. Jenny has done that and now she sells her art to pay for that "price".
Jenny's Peacock pendant would make a statement with any outfit. All the gift trade magazines are saying that Owls are the hot decorating item this year and Jenny has one to decorate your body. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6375023
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Craft Magazine had my Resin Starter Kits in the Maker Shed where I demonstrated how to mix and pour resin as well as ideas of all the fun stuff that can be created. If you ever have the opportunity to attend the Maker Faire, in San Mateo, CA, in May or Austin, TX, in October you should take advantage of it.
I am so excited to announce a new product that I will be adding to the eBay store within the next few days. It is a product made by Novus that will polish your resin pieces to a beautiful shine without buffing or polishing with a wheel and jeweler's rouge. This is a hand-polish - no machinery required!
There are three products from Novus:
#1: Gently cleans without scratching, leaves a lustrous shine.Novus
#2: Removes fine scratches, haziness and abrasions.Novus
#3: Removes heavy scratches and abrasions. Requires both #1 and #2 polishes for final finishing.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Baltimore, MD (Sept. 26, 2008) -- A new, juried pavilion of museum-quality crafts will be the centerpiece of the Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft, Feb. 13-16, 2009, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
“The AmericanStyle Gallery Pavilion fills a need by creating a destination on the tradeshow floor for the galleries that cater to high-end collectors,” said Christine Kloostra, show director. “Our aim is to provide a premium display setting where they can meet the artists who are producing museum-quality and master-level work, such as fine sculpture and glass art.”
With the unveiling of the new pavilion, the winter Buyers Market expands its specialty sections. Retailers already can find the top designers of precious metal and gemstone jewelry in the Premier Jewelry Pavilion, and the best in studio furniture and home accessories in the Inspired Interiors Pavilion.
To ensure the collector quality of works in the AmericanStyle Gallery Pavilion, exhibitors are being reviewed by the internationally recognized Holsten Galleries of Stockbridge, Mass. Holsten Galleries represents leading contemporary glass artists, including Dale Chihuly, William Morris and Christopher Ries.
Featuring home and fashion accessories, art jewelry, wearables, holiday décor and sculpture in wood, metal and clay -- thousands of works by North American craft artists-- the Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft is the nation’s largest wholesale tradeshow of fine craft.
Online registration for qualified retailers (credentials required) opened October 1, 2008. Retailers can visit www.americancraft.com to get the best deals on seminar and event packages. Returning buyers can also use online registration to upgrade their status to Preferred Gallery, with benefits including a complimentary Web listing for their stores, free copies of AmericanStyle magazine, advertising discounts and more. Buyers can register today by calling 800-432-7238, ext. 195.
Artists interested in applying for the pavilion can call 410-889-2933 or e-mail email@example.com.
About the Buyers Market of American CraftThe Buyers Market of American Craft is produced by The Rosen Group, a Baltimore-based arts marketing, publishing and advocacy firm. The Rosen Group also publishes NICHE magazine, the exclusive trade publication for retailers of fine craft art, and AmericanStyle magazine, the arts lifestyle magazine for enthusiasts, collectors and travelers. The Buyers Market is wholesale to the trade only.
Friday, October 3, 2008
So many have asked about a quantity discount: 20 rings for $160, 30 rings for $225, 40 rings for $280, 100 rings for $600. Orders placed now; the beginning of October are scheduled for shipping the end of October. If you would like to be assured availability after the end of October shipping, it is wise to place advance orders with later shipping dates. Advance orders will need a deposit. These handmade rings have been so popular worldwide that the manufacturer is sold out! He is increasing production. Because I have asked for such a large order I will be one of the first to receive my order but I won't place that order if I don't have orders to back it up.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Christine Kloostra
Buyers Market of American Craft
Applications reviewed on a rolling basis until show is fullBaltimore, Md. (September 8, 2008) --
Applications are now being reviewed for the 2009 Buyers Market of American Craft. Show dates for 2009 are February 13-16 (Jewelry Preview on February 12) and August 1-3 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The biannual Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Craft is the largest wholesale-only tradeshow of work made by hand in the United States and Canada, featuring more than 1300 artists. Buyers include retail gift shops, museum stores and galleries that sell fine handcrafted jewelry, glass art, furniture, ceramics, art made from recycled goods and more. Applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. To request an application via mail, call 410-889-2933. Applications can also be downloaded from www.americancraft.com and are accepted via www.zapplication.org. Applications Being Reviewed for the 2009 Buyers Market of American Craft
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Jimmy Baker, Kunar Twilight (Catskills), 2008. Oil and resin on canvas, 81.3 x 61 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
The excitement I get from painting comes from the challenge of making it engage the world I experience, while consciously acknowledging such a dense and complicated history as a medium. I’m not trying to create “new” paintings, just ones that feel appropriate to our constantly changing world.
I have always been interested in the twilight between fact and fiction. Living in Ohio has shaped my perception of global events through the ubiquitous lens of digital media. The sublime setting of Cincinnati has influenced the structure of my work, creating a tension between being nowhere and everywhere at once. The Internet has provided a virtually infinite landscape of images and opinions that has begun to mutate how I think about my work. It is headed into a blurred realm of uncertainty, where images are less defined, playing more on the fears and dispositions of the viewer and creating more of a mirror than a window.
My current paintings are rendered with oil on canvas, and then coated in resin. I’ve always wanted my surfaces to cool down the expression of painting, to make them feel more like questionable documents than blatantly personal objects. The resin is extremely reflective and creates a mirror-like finish that seems to speak to what is outside the image than what is contained within it.
Painting has been very difficult to embrace as my main medium. I want my paintings to connect to video, photography, and digital imagery in a way that feels natural, not forced or illustrated. Using classical subjects like landscapes and portraiture have afforded a balance to the materials and subjects in the work. I began using the landscapes as a way to explore sentiment in American painting. Now they are more about limits: the limits of expansion. I am looking at contemporary expansion on a national and global scale, particularly in respect to the historic notion of American Expansion, of frontier, promise, and hardship. http://www.jimmybaker.com/
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
These are from littleblackants at her Etsy store.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
This is what Tracey had to say after we painstakingly figured out why her castings where tacky : "OMG Cindy, I just had to write once more to tell you I have fallen BACK in love with resin. I did exactly as I said and made myself what I call my humid free room. HOORAY!! all pieces were HARD AND TACK FREE!! " Tracey"s studio is in her basement and gets a little humid just like my Houston studio where I keep a dehumidifier on when I pour resin and when it is curing.
I could gaze all day in to Tracey's rings. I hope she keeps up the good work.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
I'm also about half way thru the "Start to Finish Bangle Video". I think you will like it. It has several new ideas such as stone setting, painting, polishing, etc.
I'm trying to do better at posting on a regular basis. I have new molds to show you!
Oh and there is more great news! I have an assistant that helps me 2 days a week. Her name is Susan. She helps me stay focused and keeps our money straight. You know us creative types all we want to do is be in the Studio and not have to worry about the paper and money!
We also opened our ETSY store and have been welcomed with warm and wonderful orders our first hour! YAHOO! Thank You Etsy! Blessings to all. Cindy
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
This is mold #409. The only discription in the book is large 1 1/2" x 2 1/4 " and entire mold holds about 2 1/2 oz. I'm guessing they are saying the largest cavity, which by the looks of it is the star in the lower right corner. It would be $6.00 in the store.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
I found this and thought I would share. Great idea for Resin Jewelry. Double sided resin Pendant. http://www.theartycrafter.co.nz/images/Double%20sided%20resin%20pendant.pdf
I am so ready to start creating.... I spent all day yesterday cleaning up the Studio. When I was creating all those samples for CHA, the Studio was buzzing with molds here, fibers there, drying boards... it looked like a tornado hoovering for a couple of weeks. When it was all over I just walked away exhausted, didn't look back. But now things needs to be put back in there homes and the work surfaces ready for new projects.
Friday, January 25, 2008
I found this really cool site that will take measurements and convert them to other forms of measurement. Make sense? You can enter 1 inch and it will calculate that it equals 25.4mm!!! Cool. here it is http://www.worldwidemetric.com/metcal.htm
Oh and today is one of my best friends birthday.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARGE!
Monday, January 21, 2008
I found some video that some of you have emailed me about on baking resin. I thought I would link it here in the Blog so we can easily find it to refer to. I have not tried it yet. If you have please email me and let me know your results.
How to Use a Resin & Hardener to Make Jewelry
How to Make a Jeweled Frame
How to Mix Resin & Hardener in Jewelry Making
How to Use Pigment When Making Jewelry
How to Use Enamel When Making Jewelry
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Thought you might be interested in this DIY Network episode on making a resin pendant embedded with a guitar pick. They used EasyCast resin! http://silver-and-wire-jewlery.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!D36AFE1FDA3E5DCC!803.entry
Friday, January 11, 2008
I just got an email from a fellow Obsessioner that Ian Clarke Coatings in the UK is now carrying EasyCast resin! I also understand that he takes PayPal. You can find his address, phone number and fax on the Resin Obsession International Distributors Page. http://stores.ebay.com/RESINOBSESSION?refid=store/International-Distributors-List.html or
I hope this helps.
I have a tip: Browsing I found where someone asked How to polish resin after they had sanded it. One of the answers involved denatured alcohol. Denatured alcohol does have a tendacy to amber your resin after a short amount of time. It is better to use sand paper increasing your grit then buff / polish with a cloth wheel loaded with polish for plastic.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
I've had so many firsts in my life with Resin Obsession, one being this Blog! I can't believe I'm doing this, I'm blogging. I know for some this is old news you've been blogging for years but for me I didn't feel like I had a reason to to blog. Now with Resin Obsession moving at such a fast pace I have something to write about.
I'm still trying to polish up the Resin Obsession store with unified listings and store pages. Next I have to tackle the dreaded preparation paperwork for taxes. With this being the first time it is going to take longer, much longer!
The exciting thing I'm looking forward to is the trip to CHA, Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show in February. It's been about 10 years since I've been and I know things have changed. I've signed up for a couple of classes so I can bring you some new tips on working with resin. I'll be searching for new products to enhance resin creations. I get excited just talking about it.
Got to go