Sunday, March 23, 2014

Fail is not a four letter word

Fail is not a four letter word. Okay...well literally it is but not figuratively. Over the past week or so, I've certainly managed to botch a lot of projects. I actually got inspired and revisited felting. Chuckle that did not go so well. I made some mutant pods that ended up in the garbage.
I confess that  I sometimes wish I had someone to 'hold my hand' through the initial projects. I think that honestly it would go better. But maybe I'll revisit felting sometime in the future again.

But I also attempted resin projects. You know those beautiful projects where they encase items? And this project failed for an entirely different reason!!

Before I get into that, I thought I'd show a picture.

So I started simple. Nothing like trying to do something way beyond your skill level right???? My plan was to use inexpensive bezels and try some cold enameling, add a little charm, and then coat it with resin. The cold enameling actually went very well. Then I applied the resin.....OMG, the resin is so SMELLY! I used a well known, "low resin" product. I did my research really...this is not one of the toxic resins. It made the whole house smell like chemicals.  And that my friends, was the end of my resin experiments. It's a bit of a bummer because I really like the cold enamel process....I need to find something else to seal it with.  
The big fail for me here is the fact that I spent money on the resin and the bezels and the cold enamel. Not the fact that the artistic process failed.  

But if we don't experiment we don't learn anything --right? SO, for some more successful experiments check out the next blog post! 


  1. What kind of resin did you use? If you don't mind me asking. I've been thinking of dabbling with some resins, but I haven't found a starting point yet.

    1. I don't want to bad mouth a brand...but it was Ice Resin. I honestly think any resin would be stinky though. It would probably be okay if it was summer but it is so cold here you can't really open a window yet.

    2. Thanks. I can understand the desire not to say anything bad about a product that's widely used like that. I guess I'll have to do more research for myself as well. Thanks again!

  2. Hi Alisa, I have not tried resin yet but I want to. from your photo I don't think your pieces look bad. Maybe close up they do. I agree that it probably would be better to do this outside. Kudos to you for trying anyway.