Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Preserving Tatting in Jewelry Resin

These are the most unique resin-filled bezels I have made this year.  I am preserving small pieces of tatted lace.
"Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops. Tatting can be used to make lace edging as well as doiliescollars, and other decorative pieces. The lace is formed by a pattern of rings and chains formed from a series of cow hitch, or half-hitch knots, called double stitches (ds), over a core thread."
I fell in love with this vintage handkerchief in my local antique store. The lace edging was absolutely perfect.
 I really do not know if a machine created this or if a person did this edging.  I have observed people create these mini works of lace art and know it is still done by many stitch enthusiasts.  All I do know is that the linen handkerchief is starting to disintegrate and I need to save the tatting.
 My first step was to carefully cut several tatted sections.  I used a decoupage medium to glue the tatting into my bezel opening.  I then applied three more layers of decoupage medium over the tatting to seal everything from coming into contact with the resin.  If I do not do this properly, the thread will be darker in the spots that I do not seal.
TIP ONE:  I always do three sealing coats and let everything dry overnight.  I use a paint brush to apply the glue.
 Then I did one last special sealing coating.
I have never done this before.
TIP TWO:  I wanted to be sure the tatting would be okay so I applied a thin layer of Jewelry Resin with my brush over the tatting.  Again, I used a brush to apply the resin and let that cure overnight.
When my resin layer to seal the tatting was cured I then made a final batch of Jewelry Resin.  My bezels are very shallow and I was worried about an over pour.  
 TIP THREE:  I allowed my resin to set up in the stir cup for 30 minutes.  This way, it was much thicker when I poured it and was easier to contain in the shallow bezels.
Aren't they wonderful?

7 comments:

  1. I love tatting!!!! I tat daily. This is definitely hand done and not machine done. Looks gorgeous and old! Thanks for the tutorial. Do you dilute the decopdge?

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    1. I love the look of tatting, but I am sure I won't be learning this craft any time soon. It is just gorgeous though!! A real art form!

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  2. Beautiful! What kind of bezels are those? And did you paint them those colors or did they come that way? Would you share where you purchased them? I love this idea, and will probably incorporate some old lace that I have into something similar. Thanks for your tutorial.

    Janice F.

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    1. I live just outside of Toronto, and we have a wholesale bead area that I shop in. I but any bezels I see and these were simply spray painted.

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  3. Wonderful idea! As a tatter, I'm delighted that you are preserving and making it into your craft as well! (hand tatted for sure!)

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  4. What wonderful little works of art! I tat on a regular basis, so I appreciate your efforts to preserve bits of this beautiful lace. Those are pendants that any tatter would love to own!

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  5. Beautiful pendants! I tat, too, so I appreciate you preserving this tatted edging, and making new art in the process.

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