In Progress

 I thought you might enjoy some photos of the millions of in-progress bits around here. Instead of PerfectPearls here I used some fancy eyeshadow from etsy, layer of resin over that. The resin sorta disappeared the silvery blue- despite my discovery that eyeshadow is much more pigment-rich-  so more of that over the rez and a layer of matte spray which I've finally realized is the perfect and only way to un-shine the resin.
Here a little photo halved for maybe earrings, resined, then utee'd. Oy what a mess, you guys don't even know.

Here we see some heavy sanding happening. But I do like this one.

Old book, cut outs, layer of resin, layer of utee. The utee was my attempt to do something faster and thicker than resin without having to build a bezel for each of them. It bubbled and was a huge mess, made the items curl and curve. And then I remembered utee isn't as hardy as resin so I have to make some kind of support anyways. But at least it can just be a backing of some sort.

I'm starting to think just a temporary aluminum foil bezel to pour the resin into might do the trick.

Hey look! With lots of shimmery powders and matte spray. I dunno if I love these but they're certainly... there.

Again with the powders and mattes. Here, a button from my massive stash, which I've managed to cut down to handle-able proportions, and a geode from Uruguay.

Is this too silly? Yeah, but maybe I can still make it good.

Love this one. Still needs some backing. But, but, just so's you know, the right hand twin Jebus was already cut down that much. I mean, that was literally the edge of the image in the book. The cover of that book was this:

RESERVED for Dawn. Pain So Deep.
'Uh-member? Yay books. Another Uru-haul.
Also this. Though this one was all resin, since it went on a tin lid. Not really, a bottom but that the sides came right off of without having to cut it. But then I matte sprayed it and a chunk of something got trapped there by her nose. There's always chunks of something getting caught in everything! Ugh.

Like here, on the foot one on top there's bubbles. Aw, who cares. I made myself crazy with the heat gun trying to pop the bubbles without the heat creating more bubbles.  While meanwhile trying to keep the utee flat on the surface without big warpages of the whole piece. And minimal finger burning.

Look at how perfect this one came out. Except suddenly, what's that black blob by mom's face up top? Always something.

This wood was a gorgeous smooth thing then when I tried to resin it to the corded ring, the resin flowed down (it was curing upside-down) and the dark blotches of resin formed over the wood. Yuck.

Dunno what these will be.

Here's a thing.

See, pre-resin, these were on a cool sort of metallic coppery paper. Now it just looks brown.

Oh and this guy. Look at all the globs of crap all over the top.

Whereas whatever this is that's barely worth having resined is perfect!

'The Third Fable'- It had a bezel but then I decided it sucked and was lopsided, pulled and yanked it off, cut off the extra resin all around then sanded the crap out of it. While still not being 100% sure that I love it all that much. I'm wondering if I should pierce and sand the inner negative space between the ruffles. I dunno. Who knows.

Here's the top of this, full of bubbles and imperfections-->                                          

Whereas the inside is flippin' perfect-->
Whatevs, lets look at some finished stuff, shall we?
I dunno, the big glass cabs make these somewhat heavy, so I used niobium wires with those fat, stabilizing back posts, so they won't swing and the weight is distributed throughout the whole lobe. But now the ear wires sorta stick out funny. And what are those red blotches on his chest? Ugh. Don't even know if I like these. Anywho, they guy's from the alchemy book. Maybe they don't even need the buttons and I just put them on because I'm allergic to simple. Yeah, I think I have to remove those...
These are all about iridescence. Hadn't made utee headpins in a while.
More headpins and dirty whites. Used some mop shanks with the pretty ephemera on top. Been using lots of that stuff lately, haven't I? Well, I have it on hand, so...
More alchemy goodies. Back:
Lookit this!

And these from a tea-tin lid I had forever before the ol' light clicked on telling me to cut out the oval then cut it in half~
An actual complete necklace:
I used one of my alchemy rez pendants, some buttons with ephemera and without, a piece of mandible from my amazing German Haul...
A question about this following one.
So the inside is cool, but the outside? Is it interesting enough as-is?
Does it need something? Proly, hu? But what?
Here's something super simple but cool. The stamp sez... Fuck. What's it say? Kindness. Nice. How awesome is it that we can search our purchases?
I'm all about cording lately. What's better than a fat leather cord? And a buncha little crusty crap hanging off it just right?
And with that I bid you adieu. 
 Hugs and kisses to all.


Louise said...

wow marina, your work is really flowing in leaps and bounds! you ought to film yourself and post it on your blog in high speed. It'd be totally radical. I love the ephemera earrings and the necklace with the pink and grey features on it - delightfully rustic but somehow very delicate and feminine - how do you do it? ;) I like the olde tin, I like to put shellac on pretty much everything, haha! Try a little shellac - very small amount, maybe, to make it a little glossy and brown... but nice as it is too. LOVE YOUR BEAUTIFUL WORK!!!

Anvil Artifacts said...

again I ask...do you ever sleep? Automatron. :)

hmmm yes, it does need a little something. Maybe just darkened up a bit?

I'm especially loving this last necklace. Very cool.

Juliette Williams said...

Ai yi yi I LOVE the last two necklaces!!!! Loveeeeeely.


Beatnheart said...

ah for cryin out loud what the mo fo is going on over in
Chi ca go!!! what kin na coffee to they serve over there!!!
...stop by and see the two things that i made
in the last month...again...love you hate you ...but
mostly just mouth hanging open in total friggin amaze

Sparrow said...

Yeah I found the joy of thick leather cord as well- I put it off for ages because I was all 'buying new things sucks wah wah' but when I couldn't make it myself out of scrap I got lyin' around, I upped n bought some. I need it for the hammered leaves I made, they need leather.

You don't sleep do you? At all. You a makin' machine!

PipnMolly said...

Massive amounts of dizzy head splitting wonderment back atcha.
Must be in the the fumes...

Michelle York said...

How invigorating visiting this morning..So sweet how you share your process. I've missed you..