Okay, it's been way too long. I've been so busy w/the new job that I've had to put my beading on hold (stupid priorities!!!)
I'm still around though and I have plenty of stuff waiting to be posted.
Consider this a prelude to my summer bead project for the Artbeads.com design project. I had seen these two projects in the artbeads.com learning center and I had been wanting to get into resin jewelry for a while so I saw my opportunity.
The keychain on the left is my take on Rather Be Fishing while the keychain on the right is based off Catch of the Day .
This project was a combination of traditional beading, resin casting, and a process called "upcycling" which is where you take an object(s) and recycle them into something new. In this case, I upcycled fishing hooks, bait worms, lead weights, and a rooster tail fishing lure.
I also upcycled some old jump rings off some broken keychains that were slated for the trash.
The frames I used are Antique Copper-Plated Pewter Large Rectangle Pendant and the Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Grande Rectangle Link. Also from artbeads.com I got the bass fish charm and fishing boat charm as well as the ICE resin I used to seal the items into the frames.
For the resin casting I made sure to follow the instructions that came w/the resin and for the overall design, I tended to refer more to the pictures on the projects respective pages rather than the actual projects themselves.
Once I actually got down and dirty and started to put my keychains together, I found other than the resin I wasn't doing anything I hadn't done previously and I also found that surprisingly, a lot of fishing lures are put together in much the same way as jewelry. I found it kind of funny that I was recognizing certain stringing and wire wrapping methods on my dad's lures that I myself have used on my beading projects before!!!