I have just (as in right now) decided that I will start a new semi-regular (you now I actually mean “whenever-I-remember”) post about my creative pursuits – hence the title!
So, for the inaugural IPO, here is a Huon Pine & Resin Serving Board I am in the process of making.
So, the process goes something like this:
- I want to make something!
- Ponder what I want to make ….
- Grab wood that appeals to me – which means it usually has holes/rough bits.
- Go out to the Wonky Workshed and sand timber viciously, then gently.
- Marvel at how beautiful Huon Pine really is – it now feels like silk. Admire it.
- Sand the boring timber pieces I will use to make the frame
- Come inside and put tape all over the frame inside edges, screw them together and add more tape on the outside – several rounds. (The tape is to stop the resin sticking to the wood, and make it easier to remove the finished work once it is cured).
- Cut acrylic sheet for backing. Add to frame with more tape.
- Put it on a support board on the workbench and insert the Huon Pine.
- Make sure it is level – shim the support board where needed to get it level.
- Squish plasicine around all the outside edges, because my faith in the tape has been broken before – and I don’t want resin all over my floor.
- Squish plasticine round the front corners of the support board so it doesn’t move and become unlevel during proceedings.
- Mix up the resin, mica poweders and pigments (no pictured – it’s too sticky to take pictures when I am doing this).
- Pour colours into the form, mix them up, heat them up, swirl them around until I get something I like – or until they get too sticky and I am stuck with whatever it is even if I don’t like it!
- Regret the last minute fiddling I did to the resin – but too late, now I am stuck with it (see point above).
- Admire the gorgeous colour pattern in “The Inlet” (pic 9)
- Take pictures so I can make a post for Instagram and Facebook – you know it’s not real till you put it online!!!!!!
- Wit 24 hours for the first layer to cure.
- Mix up more resin, trying to be careful not to mix too much of the colours I don’t want to take over in Layer 2.
- Can’t control my mixing frenyz and I make too much dark blue – it is such a gorgeous colour, but a little goes a long way.
- Pour resin and use heat gun till I get a pattern I really like, even if the colours mix a little too much.
- Sigh when “The Inlet” first layer disappears, but hope to replicate it on Layer 3.
- Use the left over resin colours on the underside of another ocean piece I have had sitting on my bench for repairs – hope that works out ok.
So, this is where I am now, waiting for it to cure for 24 hours before I can pour another layer. I think Layer 3 will be a deeper layer with only a little colour in it, in an attempt to get a semi-transparent look that will let me see some of the darker colours in the depth, and have lighter colours towards the top. Like looking at the ocean with poloroid sunglasses (I hope).
Who knows how it will end up, sometimes it’s just going with it and hoping that you don’t hate it when it’s finished.
Take care folks, have a happy and safe Easter.
…………………………………………………………………..and remember – Clean Hands mean you Care