Sunday, March 28, 2010

Quite a Pickle

I'm making some new pendants for my Etsy store with ornate frames, I just love the vintage look and think they will go perfectly with all my Alice in Wonderland illustrations.

I've protected the back with several layers of acrylic gloss and a dimensional gloss, but what do do about the front? I tried using the dimensional gloss for the front, no go as the paper needs more support in the back. On some of the sizes I can attach a thin piece of glass or acrylic to the back, but for the other unusual sizes I don't have the pieces to match.

I am thinking of trying resin, I normally avoid it since you have to mix it perfectly and almost don a hazmat suit to use. I'm going to try it on the front first and see if that provides enough hardness and support, if it doesn't I'll try a thin layer on the back too. I probably will end up resining (is that a word?) my fingers. Wonder if that would sell on Etsy?

Here are the before, and I'll post the afters soon. It's the pouring of the resin I'm nervous about it's a thick consistency so I hope I can have enough control to place it just inside the frames.


HubbleSpacePaws said...

LOL! Resined fingers on Etsy, huh? Can't wait to see the finished product.

Hopemore Studio said...

Lisa, I read your post and I'm trying to figure out options for you. I think I'm not understanding the overall construction so that makes it harder (now I will admit I am dead tired so maybe if I come back later and reread it I'll get Is there nothing behind the image?

As for resin you may want to look into the new ICE resin from Objects & Elements. It it supposed to be a jewelers grade, low oder and super easy to work with.


MisfitGirl said...

It's probably my description Angie, not you, hee. The paper is adhered to the back of the frame then I just put several layers of acrylic and gloss over it .. kind of like the way you adhere images to the glass tiles?

I think resin may be a bit more thick, therefore sturdier for both the front and the back. Thanks for the rec, I will definitely look into that.

Webomator said...

Hi there -

I was just looking at one of these at your Etsy shop -

... and I'm glad you think the design is "breathtaking", since I worked so very hard on it.

I guess what I'm a little more confused about is why you're selling it.