We had a lot of fun at the August events and we are really looking forward to the conventions in September!
New dragon themed metal bookmarks are available at events while supplies last!
Early in September there was a limited time deal available for The Blood Inheritance Novels Series Two-Book Set: Rise and Lost ( Kindle Edition) = http://getbook.at/ComboEdition
readersfavorite.com will have all three of my published “Blood Inheritance Novels” listed as prizes in the monthly book giveaway. If you are interested in winning some amazing books by great authors you can check out the monthly giveaway here: book giveaway /Rise or/and here: book-giveaway/lost and here: book-giveaway/endow
Upcoming Event Reminders:
Concealed Realms is planning to participate in the Peoria Quad Con on September 25th and 26th. This event takes place at Northwoods Mall.
Concealed Realms will be returning to Sci-Fi Family Day at Discovery World! This event takes place on Saturday, Oct 2nd at 500 N Harbor Dr. Milwaukee, WI.
Concealed Realms is planning to participate at ICON 46! This event takes place October 15th-17th, at the Marriott in Cedar Rapids, IA
Oddmall: Chrishanukwanzmadan information has been updated on the events page. It is now set to take place on Saturday, December 11th from 10 AM- 6 PM at Tadmor Shrine – 3000 Krebs Drive Akron, Ohio 44319.
Concealed Realms plans to participate at Planet Funk Con, June 24th – 26th. The event will take place at the RiverCenter in Davenport, IA.
“In order to create you have to believe in your ability to do so and that often means excluding whole chunks of normal life, and, of course, pumping yourself up as much as possible as a way of keeping on. Sort of cheering for yourself in the great football stadium of life. ” – T.C. Boylel
“The important thing for you is to be alert, to question, to find out, so that your own initiative may be awakened.” – Bruce Lee
“Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use – do the work you want to see done. ” -Austin Kleon
“It may be that our cosmic curiosity is a genetically-encoded force that we illuminate when we look up and wonder.” -Neil deGrasse Tyson
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art. ” -Andy Warhol
“Replace fear with curiosity. ” -Steven Spielberg
“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent van Gogh
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” – Dorothy Parker
“Creativity is as important as literacy.” – Ken Robinson
“Every artist was first an amateur.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Definition of craft:
Noun “an art, trade, or occupation requiring special skill, especially manual skill”
Noun “an occupation requiring skillful use of the hands”
Creating with Resin – Part Two
As I mentioned in my previous post, I like the idea of making my own molds for resin. I think that I would really enjoy designing new book related merchandise to add to the metal bookmarks that I often bring to events, but I needed to familiarize myself more with using the material before I attempted something like that. Luckily even though August was a busy month, I found myself experimenting with resin quite a bit. In this continuation of my last post, I will share some of the crystals and jewelry that I created for practice, as well as some useful links about putting some final finishing touches on resin projects.
*Note: I am not being incentivized in anyway by the manufacturers or their re-salers to endorse/review the products shown in this post.*
The kits: Jewelry and small crystals
What did these kit come with?
As you can see, these kits included a lot of different items to work with besides the molds. The larger one even included, plastic droppers, spoons, screw eye pins, and a hand drill.
It was also necessary to get more resin. I read up a bit on the different brands and decided to give this Amazing Cast Resin Kit (pictured to the left) a try. Overall, I found this product easy to work with.
In the previous article, I mentioned some helpful information about preparing your work area. You can visit the post here: Resin Basics.
-I read that when using these smaller molds 99% Isopropyl Alcohol can be spritzed on top of the poured wet resin to help pop bubbles . In practice, I found that it worked pretty well.
- As far as coloring resin goes, I tried a several different techniques. As such, I created the image below which includes a brief description of how each effect was accomplished. I also added a slideshow at the end of the post (after the learn more links) that includes examples of some of the gems, so that you can view the variations individually.
- After the initial color testing, I decided to give mica pigments a try. These gems were created by adding one or two scoops of color to mixed resin before pouring.
- I also tried my hand at two different techniques for creating clouds within resin.
The resin pieces in the image above were created using the soap method from this video: youtube.com/watch?v=1CxJ_NMDv2M and the pieces below were created using the cotton method from this video: youtube.com/watch?v=ALDLls49Rvw
Fittings and Final Touches
I wanted to get in a little practice polishing resin and using the spring drill that was included with the large kit, and I did manage to try out some techniques, but since my experience has been minimal, I will direct you to some helpful resources I have found along the way.
- If you are hoping to learn more about sanding and finishing pieces, I recommend visiting these links: How to Sand and Finish Resin Jewelry and How to sand and polish epoxy resin coaster . Here you will find another great video comparing multiple polishing options: Different Polishing Options for Resin Jewelry
- I used a few pieces that had imperfections to test adding different fittings. I found the drill itself to be pretty easy to use, although I have only tried it a few times. If you are looking for advice regarding drilling and adding fittings, I recommend visiting little windows.com. Here is a link to a great post on finishing jewelry: little-windows.com
At the end of my last post, I mentioned that there had been one final mold in the original kit, but at the time of the post it had only been halfway filled with leftover resin. Before the end of this new bout of experiments, it made its way to the brim of the mold. Below you can see an image of the results. Although it was not perfectly smooth when I de-molded it, I like the way the different colors and textures ended up swirled around.
Besides all the seemingly random creations you have seen here in this article, I somehow managed to find time to practice making a few molds with two different kinds of mold maker by AIumilite. Once I have the technique down, I will share the updated version of the resin project that I have been working on for my forthcoming events in October. I am still really enjoying working with epoxy resin, but I have some pressing obligations which I must attend to before I can continue experimenting, so for now I have included an image below of the test pieces.