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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Making an assemblage with resin wells


Now is the time to do things: To make art, to fall in love, to be the person you want to be. There is no "later". Waiting until "later" to do things becomes "never".

It took several days to make Now, Not Later. First, there were a couple of steps that needed time to dry overnight before moving on, and second, it just took me awhile to figure out what all I wanted to include in the assemblage. I tend to pull out all my possible materials that might work and leave them sitting around until something gels. In this case, it took a bit longer than maybe is usual for me.

Anyway, the first step was to go to Home Depot and buy a new tool…always a good start! I got a forstner bit for my drill press. It cuts a hole with a fairly flat bottom to it; only the little guide hole mars the flat surface.



1. I used a wood heart, but you can use any shape you want. Cut holes where you’d like to place a picture embedded in resin. Gesso the entire piece and let it dry.


2. Paint the piece with acrylics and let it dry.

3. Embed pictures or small objects in 2-part epoxy resin or polyester resin. Let it dry overnight.

4. Spread caulk on the surface and transfer an appropriate image. Here are the directions for doing caulk transfers. I used clear silicone sealant, which has to dry overnight before you attempt to remove the paper.


5. Try out different decorative pieces, moving them around until you’re happy with them.


6. Adhere them in place with E6000, Liquid Nails, or 2-part epoxy. I used Liquid Nails for this piece since none of the items were overly heavy. Epoxy is a better choice for heavy items.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Making a CD clock


Every now and again, I feel the urge to pull out an old favorite and mix it up again. That was the case the day I made this CD clock. My daughter and I made quite a few of them when she was still in high school. It was a quick and easy project that we could bang out fast, and the clocks made dynamite handmade gifts!

I started by buying a pre-made clock works with a swinging pendulum. This one was ready to hang on the wall just as is. The other main thing you will need is an old CD. I used one of the vast collection of AOL CDs that I still have hanging around the studio. One down, 99 more to go!

Materials and tools:
CD
Clock works and battery
Gesso
Acrylic paints (crimson, burgundy, citrine, purple/gold halo)
Printouts on vellum
Acrylic medium or glue
Sponges
Small brushes
Heat gun
Scissors
Waxed paper


1. Sponge gesso all over the front of the CD. Dry thoroughly, and use additional coats of gesso until it’s completely covered.

2. Sponge on the acrylic paints of your choice. I listed mine, but experiment with your own color scheme. Paint the clock hands and the pendulum to match.

3. Print out images that you’d like to use on your clock. I printed out cave painting images onto vellum so that the background would merge somewhat with the clock face. You can use any images that suit you. Use a bit of acrylic medium or glue to adhere them in place.

4. Give the whole clock face a sealing coat of acrylic medium.

5. When the paint is thoroughly dry, attach the clock works through the CD hole. Adhere the CD to the plastic case of the works if the hole is too big. Sometimes you’ll find that the hands of the works are too long - just snip them off to the right length.

6. When the glue has completely dried, insert a battery and hang your clock.


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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Making a paper weaving


This is one of those really fun little projects that you can do in practically no time, or that you can spend a lot of effort and thought on to make it *really* spectacular! I opted for easy and fun, using strips from CD covers and inserts, and mounting them on 140 lb watercolor paper.

1. Slice up strips of paper, both solids and patterns (or with words like mine), and feel free to add non-paper stuff like ribbons and other fibers.

2. Chose which will be your vertical "warp" pieces and which you will weave through as a "weft".

3. Line up the warp pieces and attach them to your table with a piece of low-tack masking tape.

4. Weave the weft pieces alternately under and over the warp. You are free to do this unevenly if you desire, skipping warp pieces, adding short weft strips, etc.

For an example of a woven paper piece which uses pieces cut into wavy shapes rather than straight, see this post on making woven paper pieces.

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