Sunday, 4 December 2016

Swim Little Fishy - Painting 3D Fish in Resin - Pendants

Well hello, long time no post!.  Been busy here between family, teaching classes, work and stocking up ready for the big Ho Ho Ho not had much time to spare for anything else. But I have had a few days off work this week to put up the tree, make gifts and more importantly some time to get creative.

I have been fascinated for some time by the 3D paintings in resin and been trying to work out if I could combine painting with resin in my jewellery, well I am pleased to say yes I can! not sure I will be making it a regular thing though, it's very time consuming having to paint and layer resin, made trickier by only using 5mm deep bezels, so really time consuming making sure the resin was thin enough, not helped by cutting my finger in the process removing excess resin too ouch!.

So here's how I did it.

Step 1 - I used two kinds of bezel, a basic shop bought one and a handmade one.  For the handmade one I cut an aluminium circle and hammered into a 'bowl'.  I then added a few drops of alcohol ink to the base and left to dry (important you have to let the ink dry fully or the resin won't set.

Step 2 - 1st layer of resin, just enough to cover the ink, let it dry. I actually used UV resin and a UV Lamp so it didn't take too long to dry.

Step 3 - using silver acrylic I painted the outline of the fishes, let it dry....
Step 4 - pour 2nd layer of resin - let it dry

Step 5 - paint 2nd layer of fish, I used pale orange - let it dry

Step 6 - pour 3rd layer of resin - let it dry

Step 7 - paint 3rd layer of fish, I added some wispy trails of white acrylic to this layer for the fins and tail

Steps 8-10 -  repeat the process pour resin (4th Layer), paint a fish layer (4th Layer), using darker orange and another layer of resin (5th Layer).

Step 11 -12 - for the last paint layer of the fish (6th layer) I added the detail a few more wispy white trails and some darker spots for the fish scales and finished with a final thicker layer of resin (6th Layer). 

All in all took several hours in between waiting for the layers to dry and painting, but I am pleased with how they turned out. 

Left hand side is the handmade Bezel.  I like the way the hammered effect reflects to look like water.

So 24 hours later they were fully cured and  ready to make into jewellery.

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Thanks for stopping by :)