The ResonanceToronto etsy shop is a relatively recent discovery for me, but I’d say it’s already in my top favorites for ogling resin rings.
Confession: I actually had A DREAM about the Saturn ring, where I found it in a gutter and got to keep it. Needless to say I was disappointed to wake up and find no new ring on my hand. Yes I really am obsessed with rings.
Some of these items are similar to things I try to do. The interview made me notice the similarities don’t end there. (Most notably the last question!) So it’s no wonder these awesome rings are invading my dreams.
How did you get started working with resin?
I only started working with resin just over a year ago. I began by making small dog breed charms to sell at a Toronto Dog Fest for canines and their owners called “woofstock”. From there I started my first Etsy store named “Zougeebean”. All of my Zougeebean products are animal inspired and a portion of the sales go to helping animals in need. I taught myself to make silicone molds for rings and other resin creations. When I started to get into more time consuming and intricate pieces I open my second Etsy store called ResonanceToronto. All the Pieces in this store take hours to make and come at a higher cost. Honestly, I taught myself everything I know by surfing the web….and learning from my mistakes.
Do you turn to anything in particular for design concept ideas?
Well, as I said, my Zougeebean store is completely animal inspired. Animals are my passion, so it is easy to find inspiration from these products. For My Resonance store I find my inspiration mainly from photography and colour. I love snapping shots of random and abstract objects and preserving them in a wearable art piece. I also love playing with colour…mixing and matching. Finding inspiration is easy! If you have a passion you have an inspiration. All you have to do is Ask yourself: what is my favorite food? What is my favorite season? Where is my favourite place? What is my favorite activity/hobby? What is your favorite film? I have made resin jewelry inspired by watermelons, bocce balls, my pets, snowballs, Sunday morning breakfasts, vampires, Oz, favorite vacation spots and much, MUCH more. Inspiration is found in any feeling or memory. If you can think it, you can create it. I am actually in the process of writing a resin art book to spread inspiration and allow people to learns from my mistakes and mishaps:) .
You mention that you use a number of different resins in your pieces. What are some of the specific properties that lead you to choose? I’m curious about urethane resin because I don’t see it used as much. Does it have a strong odor like polyester?
Well…All of my Zougeebean products are made with epoxy resin. It is easy to mix, readily available, and safer to use indoors. Unfortunately, it may yellow with age and softens with body heat. Urethane is very solid when cured, more scratch resistant, won’t yellow, but has more toxic vapours and has to be purchased at a specialty shop. The odour is not strong, but it does produce fumes and a respirator should be worn (they are surprisingly easy to find at any hardware store). Polyester is stinky and sticky, but polishes to a beautiful shine.
Are there any other specific types of materials you do work with, jewelry or otherwise? (eg woodworking, paper, sewing, etc)
The list is on going! I make wedding cakes, sew dresses, stained glass, silk screening, soap making, oil painting…pretty much anything I can teach myself to do on the internet! haha
Any jewelers who were or are inspirational to you?
I actually don’t know any, but I can say I was inspired by my late Aunt’s love for opulent costume jewellery.
Do you listen to music while you work? (if so, what lately?)
Good question!…I do. My favourite thing to listen to is Jazz Standards (1920′s-1940′s), but lately I purchased the Jeff Healy CD “Adventures in Jazzland”. It is a really fun and upbeat dixieland/new orleans type music….really cool.