8.30.2007

I Never Thought...

... bubbles would become my enemy. Usually I find them charming. Children blowing them into each others faces always puts a smile on my face. I had them at my wedding instead of rice because they are so so friendly. When I learned to scuba dive, my favorite part was the bubbles coming off of everyone. There was something magical about how the bubbles reflected the sunlight from the surface and sparkled when they gurgled up over our heads.

Then I discovered resin. I looked at websites and books before buying all the supplies. I remember the passages about bubbles showing up. Bubbles? No big deal. How hard could playing with resin be? I've been making belt buckles and having so much fun designing them. But... But I have to check on everything constantly. I have a straw I carry with me when I've been making things with resin so I can go blow on the bubbles every few minutes. I will pop them all and feel very self satisfied until I go to check on my pieces again. More bubbles. Where in the hell do they come from? Is it the chemical reaction causing them or do I keep battling unseen air pockets?

Can you be a bubble magnet? I have been dreaming of giant bubbles chasing me down the street and I dropped my magic straw down a manhole. I think maybe I should take a break and go back to something that needs less babysitting... Ha! I'm not sure anything like that exists. It took me 45 minutes to write this just because I kept getting up to blow on my belt buckles.

I'm just as obsessive about all the mediums I work with. I keep figuring a light bulb will go off and I will have a solution to the never ending bubbles. I'm pretty sure that I missed something in one of those books about battling bubbles. Something about swords and flamethrowers. Maybe a canon or two.

5 comments:

Felicia said...

Oh dear. Stick with it! You'll find the solution.

Jen said...

I will eventually. Resin is such funny stuff. And I mean that literally :) The whole bubble thing really does make me laugh.

stephanie said...

they sell vibrators to put your pieces on that continuously shakes them and brings all the bubbles to the surface at once, and i heard you can run a torch across the surface...but i fried my piece trying that once.

good luck!

Jen said...

I heard about those. I tried the torch thing, too. Not good results. So far, the bubbles aren't too bad.

Julie said...

Heehee- Giant bubbles chasing you down the street! Now THAT's an interesting visual!

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