... that day I made a clock!
all the materials were provided by Canberra Creatives
I haven't done anything crafty in a while, but I'd like to think that there is a lot of creativity in my every day life. A few months ago the opportunity to attend the Canberra Creatives Cherry Blossom Resin Clock Workshop presented itself and I thought - yes, I would really love to do that. In a single afternoon I learnt how to work with resin and how to make a clock and I even have photos to prove it! I am now tempted to put resin on everything, I love how shiny and pretty it makes everything look. In addition to playing with resin, I also want to spray pretty paper with gloss! How is it that I didn't know about all of these things!
originally designed sakura (cherry blossom) clock base
my paper of choice, all nice and glossy after a coating of...gloss
The workshop atmosphere was light-hearted and easy going, just a small group of crafty women. Mikaela talked through and demonstrated the process and explained the various products we were using and where we could purchase them if we wanted to. People wouldn’t think it, but I am a little shy. I guess at a workshop like this you don’t have the opportunity to feel shy or out of place, because you’re too busy using your hands and making things.
mixing the resin
in this instance the resin acts like a glue...
sticking my pretty paper to the clock base
total goofball but totally chuffed!
I had such a wonderful afternoon. I was tickled pink about actually completing this project. I really was very proud of myself. The other ladies in the room were crafters but doing this was a real feat for me. I am a little sad that I didn’t get to any of the other workshops sooner, especially the resin jewelry making one.
the really fun part...spreading the resin all over
the not so fun part...waiting. I let this set for 48 long hours.
My only suggestion regarding the workshop was to have some sort of indication upfront of what I might need to do (and what I might need) post-workshop. I had to put the clock movement in once the resin had set, and yes Mikaela showed us how to do it - for good measure I recorded her instructions. If I had known that I could get the bubbles out using a blow torch I would have had a blow torch waiting. Luckily, my clock was perfect and I didn't have bubbles but you know... what if?! Goodness forbid I had bubbles on my first go at resin clock making! Perhaps an A4 size instruction for post-workshop? Considering this was my very first craft workshop, I was thoroughly impressed and eager to get to more! Damn this PhD!
photos by Patrick (@thebloggerhusband instagram)
If you’re in Canberra, this is such a fun way to spend the afternoon and you walk away with something pretty for yourself, or your home, or to give as a gift. I’m excited about hanging my little clock in Miss 9’s bedroom. If you can’t make the workshops, Canberra Creatives offers a crafternoons service where they bring a workshop of your choice to your home! All you need to do is round up five people!
All of a sudden I’m really excited about crafting. So much so, that I think these creative cases (monthly craft projects with all the materials sent to you) are going to be absolutely perfect for Miss 9 and I next year!
The Specifics: Resin Clock Workshop
So tell me, do you craft?
Have you got a favorite craft post that I can have a look at? (please leave a link the comments)
Thank you so much Mikaela for inviting me along!
While I was invited to this event by Canberra Creatives, all views are my own.