A Reason for Resin

28 Jan

Club Creative Studio encourages creativity.  Today, my reason for writing is to share information on a project with a focus on the medium called resin. I have a handful of friends that I am now lovingly referring to them as CRAFTease members. You have perhaps heard of  the enduring term: Foodie, an informal term used for a particular class of aficionado of food and drink. Likewise, I may have coined this term today: CRAFTease. The name I give to those I think are interested in “crafts” and have the willingness to learn from what a new product has to offer in being tempted/teased with the desire to experiment more with that unfamiliar art product. Also as a play on words “ease” found in CRAFTease, brings to mind that the examples and artful expressions of ideas created by a CRAFTease flow with ease.

With this blog post I am once again highlighting the creative sparks that come from a scenario of creative minds meshing. How do you foster the creative juices of others? The answer is simply encouragement.   Encouraging creativity and sharing art and information is one way to pass along the excitement of art.

The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement. 
If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom
and the world would produce abundance beyond the wildest dreams.
(Sidney Madwed, American poet)
Before I highlight the post title, I wish to share a little more background information on this group project activity.  Last year, Gayle just wanted to gather some of her creative-type friends for a group project/gift giving activity.  Gayle arranged to have a handful of her pals meet up at her home to brainstorm and share their talents together in a group art project.  It was a meeting-of-the-minds of sorts. The holiday season last December 2011, seemed to be the perfect time to come together in spirit, create a hand-made charm and share it in friendship.  Combined efforts of art were exchanged within the group, everyone left with a memorable keepsake of what each person hand-made individually.  Collectively, the art was “charming”, hand-made charms for us to add to our own link bracelet.  The theme: The Twelve Days of Christmas.

(December, 2011) CRAFTease Project

The opportunity that brought both fundamentals and fun to the table sparked me to ask if we might want to do this type activity again… in February, to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Needless to say we all agreed that we would want to discover or perfect another medium and share the outcome with the group members once again. We decided to all focus on the same medium this time and approach our projects individually under that same theme and medium, resin. Resin is known as any variety of substances obtained from the gum or sap of some trees and often used in varnishes, plastics, and even medicine, and as a comparable synthetic product.

Resins we will be using are valued for their chemical/synthetic properties and associated use of a thick liquid that is hardened into a transparent solid. The word “resin” has been applied in the modern world to nearly any component of a liquid that will set into a hard lacquer or enamel-type finish. Our charm examples that we will experiment with are an expression of a modern product which is an epoxy resin.  It is known as a “resin” because it will solidify in the same way as (some) plant resins do.  Synthetic resins are liquid of thermosetting plastics and do not derive from plants.

Our reason for resin is to experience its apparent diversity in casting, layering, embedding , filling and coating.  I will be happy to post our results. We are meeting soon to try out our luck.  I am ready with the camera to share what we do as a CRAFTease member.  Please check back for more information on how we used our resin during the month of February.

F.Y.I. The English word RESIN originates from the late 14th century Old French resine.

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4 Responses to “A Reason for Resin”

  1. clubcreativestudio January 30, 2012 at 2:21 AM #

    Please check back, tonight I met with some of the “CRAFTease Crew” members and we did our experiments. I hope to write about the night within the week.

  2. PeggyLee Hanson January 30, 2012 at 1:15 AM #

    Loved the quote in the middle of your post. And I learned something about resin!

  3. clubcreativestudio January 29, 2012 at 2:04 AM #

    This is a medium that has expanding techniques. I recently purchased several sizes and shapes of molds for experimentation for this type of resin. I know we will all have fun and have different ideas to share. Stay tuned- the results will be reported here. Thanks for stopping by again.

  4. Roberta Budvietas January 29, 2012 at 1:22 AM #

    Resin is a wonderful preservative and I have several pieces of jewelry that are resin. Interesting how this is a new growing area. I hope people enjoy this material. Have fun with any playing you do Veronica

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