Well, why not initiate my new blog by sharing about a project I finally completed that had been stirring around in my brain for over a year. And artists know how this goes – often an idea pops into my head months before it is feasible to produce, whether it’s for financial reasons, time constraints, space requirement, or there’s an element of the project that cannot be found. The latter was the primary thing keeping this project on the back-burner for me.
I had this idea of a pocket watch’s inner workings being reworked into small mechanical critters that could reside in the same pocket watch skeleton. Since both sides of a pocket watch can be opened, there had to be a transparent element in it, and perhaps some clever layering of the gears in the resin. Ah, the resin. The resin had to be perfectly clear to showcase these as an art piece. After all, these watch parts were up to 100 years old – antiques in their own right, how could I showcase them in resin that would yellow by next summer? I had been using an inferior resin unknowingly, because resin companies throw around terms like UV inhibitors, high performance, and non-yellowing without explaining the science behind it, or admitting that UV inhibitors only last for 6 months or so. So while the last of my old resin sat, turning yellow in its bottle before I had even used it, I did what any frustrated artist would do – I turned to Google. And in my searches a newish company popped up: ArtResin.
This resin looked good on paper; no VOC’s, non-yellowing (truly), BPA-free, no odor. I make jewelry, so the first bottle I bought lasted me the better part of a year, and make jewelry I did! With the help of video tutorials (mainly through ArtResin as well) I worked through all of the tips and tricks and got some truly excellent pours. But my latest creations are why I’m here. Here they are:
These Mechanical Animals highlight the transparency of this resin, and I know that this project wouldn’t have come out as good with any other brand of resin. You may notice some “microbubbles”, and perhaps I will write a future blog about how I finally managed to win that battle…
But when I go to craft fairs now, I have no qualms about telling people their jewelry purchase could last a lifetime, and I think that the quality of the resin I use finally matches the quality of the art I create.
P.S. Thanks to ArtResin for donating a resin kit in exchange for discussing my experiences with it. This contribution in no way favored my views toward this product. My views are my own. If you want to know more about ArtResin, their website HERE is a great place to start.