Falling in Resin with My Miniature Artwork!
I got the idea of making my own jewelry from an article I read, “The Swing of the Pendulum (The Urgency of Arts Education for Healing, Learning, and Wholeness by Diane Caracciolo and Courtney Lee Weida (Eds.)”).
"Turn a broken heart into art"
“Perhaps art is always a kind of memorial that allows us to capture moments of contemplation and hope. Art mediates suffering and death, reminding us of the richness of life's gifts.”
“Art provides a space to reflect and express the meaning of our own lives. Education encourages us to redefine ourselves and our work while curating and sharing experiences with other individuals like gifts.”
I was able to find the above key keywords in the article that will help me in my work.
I have been painting for a long time and have actually experienced the process of turning a broken heart into art. Through painting, I learned to see the world, discover myself, and live harmoniously in this world. Painting is like a universe to me, a teacher, a mother, and a close friend. These paintings are like a gift to me, sometimes in the form of a talent, sometimes the result of many years of perseverance and hard work. Through painting, I communicate with people, share my talents, and grow every day. Painting gives me space to reflect and express meaning in my own life. Regardless of whether this space gets smaller or larger, painting is a universe to me. While reading this article, I felt the urge to make a pendant and wear it as a necklace. This may be a good type of business card that you can show off on the spot when sometimes you can't afford to show someone a picture.
I wanted to make these pendants more wearable, hard and fancy. So what came to my mind was resin. Resin art is hardening when resin is applied in a liquid state, applying hardening over time to color the resin, or inserting various small items into liquid resin and hardening it into various shapes to make crafts. It is good to apply to small items such as jewelry.
First, draw a miniature picture to put in the resin. For this painting, I cut small pieces of canvas paper and paint them with acrylics. You have to work with precision with a small brush.
Then sprinkle some glitter paper over it. This will give it a more fancy look when the resin hardens. It is an added splendor that suits the purpose of the ornament. This work is very small and I attached it one by one with a toothpick.
Then, in my case, mix non-toxic art resin and hardener in a ratio of 1 to 1. For the resin frame, I used the plastic frame of the box my child received as a gift. I put a small drawing here and poured resin. (The resin mixing cup is easy to measure using a potion syrup cup.)
Then leave in a well-ventilated room to dry for 72 hours. I was more concerned about waiting for this resin than making it. Because if I fail once, I don't have enough time to try again.
But despite my concerns, the resin dried nicely.
Myungja Anna Koh