For quite some time, I have been wanting to delve into the world of jewelry making and attempt to make some of those cool resin artwork pendants that have been showing up everywhere. I have made jewelry in the past, mostly random beading with off-the-rack pendants added, but I was very excited about the possibility of having my artwork as the pendant. I was not so excited about working with resin though. I have had some experience with it while patching dings in surfboards in the bygone days and from what I remember it is smelly and sticky....very sticky.
So when I heard about this stuff called Dimensional Magic made by our friends at Mod Podge, I thought I'd give it a try. After a successful gathering trip to Hobby Lobby, I set about the process of making my first pendant.
First, I re-sized one of my images and cut it to fit this neat heart bezel that I purchased at the Lobby. Then I clipped a few words from The Bedford Reader, ...Create Happiness. I used Liquitex gel medium to glue it all in and then I let that dry. Next, I added the Dimensional Magic. This was totally new to me and I had watched a couple of tutorials. You just slowly ooze it in. After you fill the bezel with the DM, then you let it sit on a flat surface undisturbed. I found that this is very difficult for me, and I can't tell you how many times I eagerly went back to check on it. "Is it done yet? Is it done now?" It says it only takes about 3 hours to dry, but I do believe the weather that we had here affected that and I had to wait longer. Ugh!! And you do want to be patient here, because if it is not dry and you put your finger on it, you will end up with a fingerprint on the surface of your pendant.
Anyway, here's my finished piece! I LOVE IT. So happy! Next time, I'll know to eliminate bubbles as they crop up by either blowing on them through a straw (something with the CO2 in your breath) or by poking them with a toothpick. On the whole, I'm very happy with the Dimensional Magic because it is so EASY to work with. One drawback is that if you are trying to achieve the "domed" affect that you get with resin, you won't with this product. This product actually results in a shallow well, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, just different. Next week, I'm going to try resin and see what results I can get from it. Let me know if any of you have tried and Dimensional Magic and what you think, or if you have worked with resin. Any tips I can get before I start would be awesome.
Until then, happy creating!