Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Powertex meets Resin

Featured artist Carmi Cimicata  works wonders with powertex to create these wonderful bezels

Working with some of her favorite things;  vintage, handmade sewn trims and linens.  She poured some black Powertex into a tray and soaked her pieces in it. 
 " Powertex is a highly versatile product that makes most porous surfaces hard and weather resistant. This amazing product gives form and structure to cloth, paper, wood, gauze, concrete, plush toys, cardboard and more"
She decided to suspend her trims in a silicone baking tray.  This way she could create the shape she needed and also make removing the dried pieces easier.
One last step before letting her pieces dry.  Since the crocheted pieces have open areas she knew it would not hold the resin until it was lined.  She cut some squares out of a napkin.  The napkin paper is so thin, but it became super strong soaked in Powertex. 
This thin piece of paper then became the liner for the crocheted fragments. She let these Powertex pieces dry overnight.
The next day she had these truly unique bezels!  Note that only the Powertex soaked into the fabric dried.  The excess dripped to the bottom of my baking tray.
She coloured her crochet with paints and metallic rub-ons and then  added imagery and inclusions to the bezel shape she created.
above details of Carmi's work
"What I love the most about this technique is how beautiful my trims look.  All their detail is intact and I have created one of a kind bezels.  It is safe to say that I will be doing a number of Powertex experiments in the next few months!"
to see more details and more projects using these finished bezels
check out here blog postings
There is a second post showing you the felted collar I created to showcase one of the bezels.
There is a third post showing you the brooch I created to showcase the second bezel. 

1 comment:

  1. Wow, wonderfully creative designs. Perfect presentation of the abilities and flexibilities of Powertex Canada