Design Lately

Lately, over the past year, I have not only enjoyed myself crafting charms and jewelry, but even designing logos for professional wrestlers. In fact, one of the wrestlers is even wearing a jewelry set I made for them. C:

This particular creative path came as a surprise, and all because of my husband’s love of wrestling. I enjoy creating things, and learning new ways of doing art, and playing around with graphics. He needed logos for his growing stable of wrestlers, and that led to me becoming his “creative team”.

I’m not sure how many logos and event posters I’ve created now, but I’m definitely having fun. Maybe one day I’ll put up some examples?

Organized Disorganization

Never, ever be separated from your hobby for so long that, when you sit at your desk and view the terrain, you have no idea where to start. -_-

This is why practicing the discipline to do your craft daily is important. Even if you set a time goal rather than a production goal, any completed task is epic… to say nothing about how it makes the daily goal a little easier to attain each day you are successful.

Needless to say, this is my goal at the moment: to sit down at my desk each day and produce something, even if it is simply a matter of getting the area a bit more manageable.

Forays and Favorites

It is challenging to start a habit, positive habit of course, and once it is set it takes discipline to keep it going.

My hobby habit has experienced a collection of hurdles and hand grenades when it comes to getting it set – super frustrating, by the way – and so I wanted to share my work in progress.

Instead of simply working with stringing beads and wirework, I’ve begun experimenting with Resin!

Before
After

Working with epoxy resin was daunting at first – took me a year to gather my courage to perform this first attempt! Why? Because the end result of epoxy resin is dependent on the accuracy and care of the mixture of part A and part B. If you don’t get it right, the result won’t be hard enough and will need additional work to cure, or it will have bubbles, etc..

Favorites

The result of my first foray into this medium was a mixed bag, but these are my favorite 3 of the 7 I made.

I’m trying my hand at UV resin today, but the stench is awful, so I might stick with epoxy resin going forward, though the 15 minute curing time is preferable to the 24 hour curing time of epoxy ….

UV resin

And the UV resin is still sticky while the epoxy is firm and smooth. I wonder if it will work better with a permanent mold used as part of the piece rather than a removable one?

So I think I’ll need to do some research. But that’s fine. As a writer, I’m very familiar with research.

UPDATE: The longer I kept the UV resin pendants in the sunlight, the better the cure. So no more sticky!