Here is Part 2 of the second “In Pursuit Of”, and as it has been a while since I posted that one (well 3 months actually), if you need a recap this is where we last left off.
dreaming of wood, and it’s future melding with resin
waking up and realising that the form I built isn’t high enough for the wood that I wanted to use
making mental note to measure properly next time
deciding to take a detour down another creation path, and make something else that will fit into the form
looking through my bits and pieces to find something to inspire me
finding “the thing” that will lead me to creation
finding another “thing” that can be combined with the first “thing” to hopefully make a complete thing that will be pretty nice
realising that the colours of the two things are going to work really well together (happy happenstance)
adding other bits that will (hopefully) complement the two “things”
starting to create
much fiddling around, and many resin layers later, “Burgundy Grape”exists
deciding I don’t like the square corners, so doing some therapuetic destrutive shaping with the sander to get this final shape
this piece is still undergoing it’s final finishing (and yes, it has been months), but everytime I think it is finished, IT”S NOT!
I shan’t bore you with the recitation of how much sanding, repouring of resin, more sanding, coating the wood part with latex to keep it clean, and pouring resin on the other part, then more sanding – and THEN realising that there were some only part-cured wet spots in the resin, so more sanding and recoating, and on and on and on
oh, I just did bore you – oops
anyway, suffice to say this morning I am recoating the Huon Pine with latex in the hopes of doing a FINAL coat of resin on the remaining part later today, in the hope of getting an acceptable finish.
cross your fingers for me
This piece has tested my patience, and my need for it to “look good”. I don’t strive for perfection, because I think that is unrealistic, and because I also think it looks unnatural in these botanic pieces. I want folks to know that this was handmade: by a real person, who struggled with it’s birth and upbringing, but kept persisting till they created something that was pleasing to them.
Hope you enjoyed this little excursion into how my process works (or doesn’t). I will post some finished pictures at some stage (if it ever actually gets finished).
P.S – however, the fact that this new editor does my head in when trying to compose text probably is not going to help. Why does it add huge spaces between my lines, or none at all when I write a verse?
So, here is the start of my second creation in this irregular “semi-regular” post series.
(Yes, that sounds confusing to me too – best just accept that I will randomly post stuff when I feel the urge to do so, with no set pattern or regularity, even though I may have alluded to the fact that I would, in fact, do so on a semi-regular basis!)
These posts seem to need the “stream of consiousness” approach to how the pieces start to be created, so get ready for the dot points:
decide I need to create something
look around my work space to see what is waiting for “inspiration”
select a 2/3 finished project that has been gathering dust on the bench for months
celebrate the fact that this project needs wood, and thus, a trip to my local supplier is required
note: it is always important to justify my emerging addiction
go to The Wood Guys and appreciate all the gorgeous timber
touch the timber
smell the timber
feast my eyes on the timber – the knots, burls, grains, colours and textures
let my soul free to find the weird shapes, the cracked, broken and void filled remnants of a living entity, that I am so drawn to
(yes, I get a bit carried way, but have you ever, truly, looked a beautiful piece of raw timber to appreciate it – you really, really should)
sadly accept that I cannot buy all of the timber
– I CANNOT!
buy more than I need for the current project, because, you know, timber is GOOD.
drive home, savouring the aroma of raw timber lingering in your personal space.
change your mind about what you are going to create first, and go completely off plan!
start all the boring prep work
sand all the raggedy bits – but not TOO much – I like the character of them
chop them in half, and arrange them till i get something I think will work
lay them on acrylic sheet and mark out the size for the form
measure, cut and sand pine boards to sizes to form the boxwork
curl up in chair exhausted (but satsified at the progress made)
daydream of wood, and it’s future melding with resin
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.
Insert Huon Pine
Make sure it’s level
Seal with plasticine
Weight the Huon Pine down
Pour more Resin
Pour Layer 2
Pour Layer 2
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