Saturday, March 25, 2017

Using Resin

Recently I've been experimenting A LOT with resin. My primary goal was to create something akin to layered, fused and hot glass panels that still relied on the kiln formed deep relief cast glass base that has become the main body of my work. So, in doing research on what to use, I luckily came across ArtResin, most likely through there Youtube videos.
The combinations of resin and glass was EXACTLY what I need to move my work in the direction I was looking to go. I am able to cold fuse sheets together, to isolate digital prints, to make somewhat devitrified glass more optically clear, and to add colorants on a wet painterly way.
I've been auctioning off these experiments every Wednesday on my facebook page with the tag #auctionwednesday

I've also -just- starting adding resin to more major pieces of mine and have plans to continue to do so. I couldn't be happier with the results I'm getting. 

For the discerning art collector: I use the resin, mostly isolated between layers of glass and protected by steel frames. these puppies aren't delaminating. Also, this type of resin uses a hindered amine compound to prevent yellowing.

For the discerning artist: this stuff is easy to use and takes pigment and dyes easily. If you're in the DC area, come by my studio and I'll show you what it looks like in person.
Here are examples of the pieces I've been making, all in the past few months.

I used purple and blue concentrated pigments to swirl the color around in 3 layers

I added a green liquid pigment to the resin for the bottom of this piece

I used untinted resin on the surface of this piece to improve the optical quality of the casting. This allows for me to control how clearly the viewer can see the images behind the casting

Same use of untinted resin here.

I added an intense pink pigment to the resin for a very bright piece.

Swirls of blue pigmented resin on both the front and back of the glass casting

Alcohol dyes were used in the resin and left to settle naturally.

This used clear resin to isolate the glass casting within the frame. 

Before adding clear resin to the surface, you couldn't even see the ferris wheel behind the glass. The resin fills in the imperfections of the glass that distort light that passes through it. By filling them in, and having a smooth surface, light passes straight through the piece improving the optical quality.

A fun swirly look created by pouring the resin, then asding just a few drops of liquid pigment here and there and moving it around with a tongue depressor.

I mixed up a few batches of colored resin and poured them over this glass piece.

a very thin coating of purple resin over a highly textured glass casting

Hard to get an image of this beautiful piece. Intense red, intense purple that blended together where the colors meet. the light coming through this pieces is gorgeous.

Resin poured into a plaster door casting.

I used to cover surfaces with concrete. the background of this piece is a greenish concrete, that i covered with resin. It really brought out a gorgeous feel to the concrete.

Subtle use of swirled color

A little blue at the bottom, a bit o green at the top and blended together.