Matte Finished Resin Pendant

I worked on several resin pieces today that I had poured last week.  They were throughly cured and just waiting to become art!  I thought it might be interesting to explore doing a matte finish rather than the usual high gloss and I’m very pleased with the results.   I began by first using 220 grit wet/dry sandpaper, then 400, 600, 800, 1200, and finally 1500 grit sandpaper.  The next step was a quick swipe with a muslin buffing wheel at the highest speed.  I love the subtle, non-glare finish which feels velvety smooth and is level with the bronze bezel. It has a see-through back making it reversible which means more fashion mileage – I love that!  I’ve titled this piece “Tropical Holiday”.  Upon first glance the subject matter appears to be a colorful abstract, but if you look closely, you’ll see orange and yellow tropical birds and at the bottom the number “801” which might refer to the flight number or a cabin on a cruise ship.  The other side shows a tiny torn postcard.  The pendant is suspended by sterling silver and bronze metal clay “hardware” and hangs from a sterling silver neckring wrapped with bronze wire.  I will definitely be saving ticket stubs and other memorabilia to place in future resin pendants.  It’s such a great way to recall the places one visits, the people we encounter, and the many wonderful memories made while traveling!

~ by BarbaraBriggsDesigns on July 7, 2010.

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