Iím not that much of a online reader to be honest but your sites really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back later. Cheers gibson j-45
Thanks so much! Do check back later. I’ll be posting a lot more in January and February, while I teach, and then in March I’ll have some video tutorials. Linda
hi, have you tried pouring iceresin over an encaustic piece? are they compatible. are you familiar with NaturaDesign, they use a resin/wax to pour over their works, i was going to try and use that technique but not sure it will work. thanks, sue
Hi Susan! I do use ICE Resin over Encaustics, and I find that as long as I get a good seal, from end to end on the bezel, it seals up just fine. I think its very pretty that way, and I like to show it as an option for my students, but since I am an Encaustic Artist making Jewelry, and not a Jewelry Artist making Encaustic, I don’t always use the ICE Resin covering. There is still something so beautiful about the Encaustic surface, and I know Encaustic Artists look for that surface, although Jewelry artists don’t! One place I absolutely love the ICE Resin covering over the Encaustic Surface is on my Figurative Sculpture. I will be teaching a workshop this summer at Idyllwild where I teach that as one of many Mixed Media Processes. Good Luck with your process! If you can make it to Tucson’s To Bead True Blue, I’ll be talking about and introducing this technique in my God’s Eye Pendant Workshop. Come and we’ll experiment together! Take Care! Linda
thanks for the info, I am not a jewelry artist at all, took an encaustic workshop from Paula Roland, and have been doing things on my own since. I love adding pieces of nature to my work, so was thinking that the resin might solve a few problems. I will give it a try, not sure about my commitments in Feb, was trying to convince a friend to look at the offerings! thanks, Sue
Hi Susan, I just looked at the NaturaDesign site, and what they’re doing is purely Encaustic. They are not incorporating ICE Resin or epoxy resin. They are simply mixing damar resin, beeswax and pigment. Their work is gorgeous and archival since Encaustic is always archival. I absolutely love their color sensibility, and when they say they are pouring, that’s because they are pouring out the Encaustic Paint onto the aluminum substrate, as opposed to painting, and the aluminum substrate probably has a lip to hold in the pour. They are then laying the natural objects in while its hot. Gorgeous work! It really highlights how natural forms speak a language of metaphor.
Hi again, also, if there is no lip on the substrate, a lip can be created and removed with painter’s tape. Also, muted tones can be achieved by adding a tiny bit of a color’s complement to the palate. That brings a more, muted down, earthy tone.
Hi Linda– lovely work. Question: aren’t the encaustic jewelry pieces in danger of ‘melting’ (or getting soft enough to be damaged or destroyed) if worn in hot weather? Do you know of a way they can be safely stored? Sometimes it gets hot (in homes/countertops by windows, hairdryers, suitcases, etc) Curious (worried) about this 🙂 Thanks!
Hi J Lou,
Thanks for checking out my work- Encaustic wax has damar resin in it which makes it petrified, especially over time. So what starts as a little bit waxy becomes amber-like over time (being tree sap and all). Of course the ratio of wax to resin will affect its petrification. While encaustic painters may use a ratio of 9:1 beeswax to resin, the Wax Blox I make are 5:1 so they are much more petrified right away (super hard within a week but wearable right away). But even a 9:1 will get very strong over the years, as my original pieces have that ratio (back then I bought medium rather than made it). I wouldn’t hold a hairdryer to encaustic jewelry pieces- they will have to have special care, it’s true! Just figure if you always wear your piece while you’re out rather than throwing it on the dashboard of your car, your piece will be fine. Encaustic wax likes the same temperatures you do. It will melt at 180 degrees, but I don’t expect you’d like that much either. A more likely issue is whacking it and putting little dents in it. I made my sister an encaustic ring and the surface started to get a little marred, but then again I don’t think a necklace would get as banged up. So it’s a trade off- you have to treat it more kindly than the jewelry that we’ve become used to, but if encaustic is your thing, it’s natural to not only fill your walls with paintings but start draping your body in it!! Hope I helped a little! Linda
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