Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Faux Resin

I've been interested in resin projects for quite a while, especially the ones where a bezel is filled with "stuff".  I have a few gold-tone blank bezels I recently received in a goody bag, and since I don't like gold very much, I thought this was a wonderful opportunity to experiment!  I don't have resin but I do have Diamond Glaze (DG), a scrapbooking product that can also be used for projects like this.

After lining the entire inside of the bezel with a thin coat of DG, I put in a piece of gold paper to fill the bottom and sides.  I then placed a small circle of pink patterned Japanese paper and poured DG about halfway.  To simulate grass and sky, I put some green beads at the bottom and blue beads at the top.  When that was dry I placed a little butterfly I cut out from a patterned piece of paper and filled the rest of the bezel with the DG.  At some point I had to add more DG due to settling.

From what I've heard and read about this process, you need to have an open mind.  The results will not always be what you expect.  I gave you the full description because something unexpected definitely happened:  Most of the blue beads seemed to have disintegrated.  It gave a very interesting effect:

It's really hard to take a picture of this kind of project, even under an Ott light.  I hope you can see that the entire piece is infused with blue.  Most of the little circles at the top are former beads.  To give you an idea of the size, this time I brought a penny:

I think it turned out well, even with the disintegrating beads and the few air bubbles.  The butterfly is right where I want it, floating above the grass and flowers.  I may have to make a necklace to go with this!