January 4, 2009

Experimenting with Resin

Well, here's another challenge. I think that I'm destined to fail at the weight loss challenge. I don't think there's an end date unless I have all of 2009 to work at it. Then I may manage to get 5 out of 10 pounds done.

The pouring of resin - fraught with bubbles. I tried the huffing method. Didn't work and I ended up streaking my hair with resin. Not a good colour. You can't see it in the picture but there are parts in the bezel that resisted taking on the resin. Thus there were other parts that overflowed on the opposite side. I have them all sitting on wax paper to keep them from sticking to the board that's underneath but I don't know if this will work. I've taken to pushing them around on the wax paper and always get my big fat fingers in the resin. I may use them anyway depending how bad they are.
Now, what is wrong with this picture... I've had this cactus for years and it has grown tall and filled out very nicely. Then, a couple of months ago, the 2 largest stalks started to bend over and, at the base of these tall stalks, are growing little nubbins. I don't think I should cut off the large ones in case this is some kind of cloning activity. It bugs me though. Looks very weird. Anyone know what's going on here? Is it a special kind of reproductive activity?


Leslie Jane Moran said...

Regarding the weight challenge, there is no time limit, and if I'm doing this then so are you. End of.

Regarding that weird cactus. No matter what, you have to remove those bending branches or appendages or whatever they are called. I think you need to give the nubbies a chance and the whole thing will bounce back.

Can't help you with the resin stuff. I still have not poured resin. I need to get some liquid flux and more copper tape or whatever that is. I can see another trip to Lacy's and Arton coming on. That could be considered exercise, couldn't it?

Keep huffing and puffing and turn the heat up, I think it's all about warmth. The cactus will love it to...especially the nubbies!

sharon said...

Thanks for the cactus advice. Maybe I'll just cut off one and see what happens. I'm afraid of cactus juice seeping out and will the leakage zap the life force of the entire plant. I have to make sure I don't touch the little needles. I once did that and had a red, swollen arm for a day. Highly toxic. The resin business is unpredictable. This morning the images had darkened and look muddy and the distribution of resin uneven. I guess I'll have to have some self-discipline when experimenting.