Last yearÂ I became acquainted with Ice Resin 2-part epoxy resin, and met the wonderful Jen Cushman manning the booth at CHA. At the time I was unfamiliar with her impressive art and writing credentials- I just thought she was one of nicest, most welcoming people I’d ever met. Little did I know that she was writing the an amazing book!Â Today I get to share howÂ “Explore, Create, Resinate” really can expand your resin-crafting horizons!
This tidy volume is 104 pages, divided up into 9 chapters. The first 3 are pretty much the technical primer on working with Ice Resin; the next four chapters are ideas and cool ways to use the resin; and the last is salvaging mistakes. (Now that’s a handy chapter!)
The book is spine-bound with glossy pages and a gorgeous, artistic feel. No “cutesy” captions here! It feels like you’ve walked into the most wonderful and amazing vintage curiosities shop the minute you open the front cover.
Since I already had a rudimentary familiarity with Ice Resin, I decided to try a few things I’d never tried before. The first- Resin Paper! The idea of being able to impregnate paper with resin to make it both durable and translucent just captivates me! (Remember, I saw the art dress that Jen and Claudine Hellmuth displayed at CHA. AND it was the winner.) It was amazing:
Time to get started! I mixed up a lovely batch of Ice Resin, applied the resin to my paper on a plastic-bag covered surface, following the directions. I then tried making an open-backed bezel AND glitter inclusions for mold casting.
Of course, given the curing time for resin, I had to wait until the next morning to see how my items turned out. When I tried to remove the resin paper from the plastic bag…. well… see for yourself.
However, myÂ mold pours with the glitter inclusions looked pretty good:
Now, see that little dribble on the open-backed bezel on the left? Well, that’s a drip- but not the end of the world! Consulting the tips in chapter 9, I was able to trip that off and it looks near-perfect now.
Also, something I noticed but didn’t expect: when I used my home-made molds, the resin came out matte- not shiny and glassy at all. Here is a photo comparing commercial mold castings and my Lego brick castings:
Again, using the tips in the book, I gloss-coated my glittery Lego bricks, and now the are perfectly shiny. OH, and I tried the resin paper again, this time using a silicone baking mat that I use for polymer clay. Check how great it turned out:
So, on the whole, I think this book is a must-have for any artist/crafter who wants to “explore” resin. It’sÂ straightforward enough (and the steps simple enough) for a beginner, but the projects look very advanced and certainly give off the air of “high art.” I know I’m not done with it yet.
Manufacturer’s listed price: $23.95.
Disclosure: Sample provided for review.
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