Just a few photos (ok, maybe more than a few) of things I have made lately. The large Salad Bowls and the Clock were Christmas presents for my Sisters and Mother.
It happened again last night, it must be this time of year,
that prompts a rummage through my unconscious,
and in amongst the rubble, finding a flicker of a thought,
pounces, and drags it forth,
to present, like a cats favour lying at my door,
sadly unwelcome but understood.
The original post below, which prompted the one above, is from 24 December 2014, and can be found here.
I had a dream of you last night,
I heard your voice, I saw your face,
and it woke again the yearning,
from it’s quietly slumbering place.
That desperate sense of needing,
which years have mercifully worn away,
the savage grief dispersed,
through life’s anaesthetising day.
And even though they carry sorrow,
I long to dream of you again,
to feel that fierce connection,
as you quietly say my name.
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It’s that time of year – the week before Christmas. Are you feeling it yet? Facebook reminded me how I felt back in 2014, when I wrote this post.
Raspberries and Strawberries,
picked fresh from the bush,
the smell of fresh cut hay,
on a summers evening hush.
A thunderstorm with lightning,
flashing in the dark,
the mouth-watering aroma,
wafting from bbq’s in the park.
All of this says Christmas,
in the place that I call home,
my island state of Oz land,
what means Christmas where you’re from?
I have been on leave for the last week, enjoying time to be creative, and yesterday morning I decided it was time to try something I have been wanting to do for a while – resin a table top!
I rescued an old garden table from the local Tip Shop last week (a bargain at $6). It was sturdy and solid, with only a smidge of surface rust which I sprayed with an all-in-one primer and paint that had a hammered finish. I gave it 2 coats and let it dry for 2 days, then I brought it inside and put it on some plastic sheeting ready to resin it.
I prepared my resin, a 2 part epoxy from my local hardware shop, and added small amounts to 7 separate shot cups which had some mica powders (a metallic powder that comes is gorgeous colours) added to them. (Forgot to take a photo of that). I poured a layer of clear on the table top, spread it all over with my double-gloved hands, and then poured the different colours on.
Once I had added them I hoped they would spread and blend out with a bit of help from my heat gun – but that didn’t work so well, it just blasted a big dimple in the resin – oops. On to Plan B – the hair dryer: which also didn’t work very well because it really needed a directional cone to be more precise. (The youtube videos made it all look much easier). On to Plan C: swirl it around with a stick!
The swirling gave me some lovely colour mixing, finer lines, and some cells on the edges.
Then I checked around the edges to make sure the tape was secured (to stop the resin dripping over the side.
All through this process there was a fair bit of squinting of eyes whilst muttering “it’s not doing what I want it to do”, and many moments of pondering. (In my case, “pondering” means wondering what the heck I’m going to do to make it look better).
I knew that the resin would keep moving for a while yet, and that what I was seeing now would not be what it eventually looked like, but I was still a bit sad at this stage to see that most of the cells and distinct lines were blending together.
In the end, I am happy with the final result. There isn’t any obvious dimples or spots in the resin, it has set level, and sometimes what you get is what you get. I have plenty of room for improvement in my resin technique for any future pieces I create, and that’s a good thing to look forward to.
Thanks to Eli for taking these photos whilst I was playing with the sticky stuff.