So if you read last week’s midweek musings you will know that I attempted my first resin ring. I tend to like to experiment, I like to jump in and use my hands rather than spending lots of time reading and researching. In my family we had a saying, “If all else fails, then read the instructions.” I spent my childhood watching my father and older brother assemble flat packed furniture, toys, gadgets etc. without reading the instructions first, only defaulting to them when they failed to figure out on their own how something went together.
Being the kinaesthetic person that I am, and despite all the endless patience I seem to possess for fine fiddly work, I prefer to delve in and not waste time “reading the instructions.” So as for my resin ring, I figured well, I have the mould, I have the resin (and know how to mix and apply it), and I have a myriad of bits and bobs to put into the resin… how hard can it be?
Firstly I failed to think about the simple principle that even small children begin to grasp… what happens to the water level when you get in the bath? It rises. So, stupidly, I filled the mould to the brim with resin and then became annoyed when it overflowed after I drop in some seed beads. I was able to remedy this of course, and then I set about waiting for the resin to become denser as it hardened so that I could drop in my seed beads that would sink slower. I did this in stages, and although the resin was thickening, those darn, seemingly weightless seed beads still sunk to the bottom as if they were concrete sinking in a pool of water. The last lot I put in seemed to hang about the top a little better, so satisfied that these beads weren’t going to sink, I left the crafty cave for the evening.
By the next morning all the beads had sunk and made the bottom side of the ring rough and the resin would not set properly in this area. Long story short- Resin Ring attempt 1= FAIL. But within every failure is a lesson to be learned. I think my next approach will be to pour a thin layer into the mould and let it set completely, then add filling (i.e. seed beads or the like), then another layer left to set completely and so on and so forth. It will be time consuming of course, but folks Rome wasn’t built in a day either. Or I could just research how to do it, but where’s the fun in that? I feel like a crafty scientist 🙂 Experimentation is half the fun, if not more, and that creative process is one that helps me keep thrifty 😉
So here is my little crafty pearl of wisdom for the week: Sometimes there is more fun in the doing, than there is beholding the finished product. Do you agree?