The rest of my crystal resin pieces finally set! Too late to be made into jewellery and photographed on the model but not too late for the exhibition!These are sections of my edited images of the rust and Port Talbot Steel Works printed on acetate and preserved in clear crystal resin:
I have actually already photographed some of my final pieces for this project but I’m trying to get this blog up to date. I have been soooo busy! I’ve been making jewellery, researching, planning and house hunting whilst still trying to have a social life!
So, to bring you a bit more up to date with my project I have been doing a lot of work with clear crystal resin.
These first pieces are actually test pieces I made in wax glass with pieces of the rusty metal set inside.
It’s not as clear or as pretty as crystal resin and it’s not very strong but it still worked very well and was great to photograph.This was a great way to do test pieces because it is so much faster! Crystal resin “can take up to 7 days to cure”.
…And that’s where my problems began.
My first mistake was buying Sili-put, (Silicone putty) to make moulds so my resin pieces could be in more interesting shapes.
(If you ever want to make a mould out of silicone putty, trust me on this, buy Gedeo Siligum NOT Sili-put! It is just nowhere near as good!)
My second mistake was believing my lecturer when she told me that the crystal resin would take up to 7 days to cure.