Resin Art: Strawberries!

I need spring. Today feels a bit like early spring. The air tastes differently and the birds are chattier (mostly complaining about the neighbours’ cat camping out under the bird feeder). But honestly, this is my least favourite time. I still have about 4 weeks until it really turns green and I hate it. I don’t think I could move further north. Sure, if I’d grown up there, I’d probably only get seriously annoyed come March or April, but I’m used to getting sick and tired of winter come February.

Anyway, to cheer me up I made, you won’t guess it, resin jewellery.

First of all, I made lots of blanks from epoxy resin:

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Here you can see exactly why I can’t work downstairs with the epoxy right now. All dull and bubbly. Also, when I took them out after 24 hours, they were still extremely soft. A few hours upstairs in the warm kitchen took care of that. So last night I took the red droplets and turned them into my favourite fruit.

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That’s always two droplets glued together, with a coat of red UV resin. I love working with mica powders as they give an amazing sparkle, but you got to be careful when working with UV epoxy because yeah, saturated opaque colours won’t cure. That’s why the blanks needed to be red already. The tiny seeds are caviar beads for nail art and no, it’s not as much work as it looks like to attach them. Finally I made some leaves with green UV resin and attached those. I’m so ready for spring.

I also got rq’s sphere done. Again, the pic sucks. They are not to be photographed.

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  1. says

    4 weeks??!! We’ll be lucky if it’s green in April!!

    See, that’s what I mean. Wherever you are, you probably want spring to come earlier. If I moved to your place I’d always be like “in Germany it would be green by now, in Germany there would be daisies by now, in Germany…”

  2. Tethys says

    Those strawberries are adorable!!

    I am also ready for spring, especially after the arctic last few weeks where 0 F/ -painful C has been the high temp. Next week it is supposed to warm up above the freezing point. It’s not impossible for Minnesota to get spring in March, but I doubt we will turn green until April.

    It is very hard to photograph translucent objects, especially if they are also shiny and rather small.
    I’ve had some success by using backlighting. I set it in the window so the camera can see the color as my eye does.
    Holding an index card at different levels next to the tiny object (while you focus) will help your camera to focus on the internal depth of the sphere, rather than the reflections on its surface.

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    Mmm, the strawberries look deceptively real.

    While rq’s sphere may not resemble the photo perfectly, it’s both pretty and surreal. Looks as if there are two or three small camera lenses in the sphere.

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