Pop-Art Poured Resin Hand

The second craft in the collection is poured acrylics, taking us straight into the intimidating world of resin casting. The first thing we had to learn is that at some point between 1974 and now the process described stopped being called “poured acrylics,” and is now called poured resin or polyester resin casting. The first color photo in this section is this enormous ocean-themed resin coffee table. There’s nothing provided for scale, but judging by the depth of the embellishments, this thing must be at least 6 inches thick.

Poured acrylic coffee table from The Family Creative Workshop, 1974

I’m picturing this piece in a Miami condo. I’m also imagining what happens when a guest knocks over a glass of red wine all over it, or sets down a mug of hot tea without a coaster. It can’t be the most practical surface for a table. (That said, if I came across this thing at an estate sale, I would be reeeealy tempted to buy it.)

Anyway, this starts us out with a bang since poured acrylics is one of the more terrifying crafts in the 24 volumes collection. At least with obscure needlework techniques there’s no danger of inhaling toxic fumes. Our guide for this adventure is Gary Zeller, one of the few crafters in The Family Creative Workshop who has selected a smiling headshot. He looks so cheerful and easy-going, I feel that we’re in good hands here. (Click for readable bio – he’s a connoisseur of ice cream!)

Instructions on poured acrylics from The Family Creative Workshop, 1974

Gary is a good instructor and wrote several pages of instructions, most of which we ignored since we figured it was better to follow the directions that came with our resin rather than instructions written for who-know-what kind of plastic. However, he does present this delightful “pop-art” project.

To make the eerie hand shown here, suspend a rubber glove by the cuff, and fill with layers of plastic and marbles. Such oddball projects make their own rules, and you have to play them by ear.

Poured acrylics glove art piece from The Family Creative Workshop, 1974

For impact, it’s hard to beat the shock value of this pop-art project. Simple to make, the unusual item would be a find gift for a member of the teen-age set.

I have to wonder which teenager he gave this piece to, and what the reaction was.

For our version of this craft, we decided to avoid creepy see-through plastic hands, stick with goofy plastic toys and game pieces, and host a Resin Casting Party!

source: The Family Creative Workshop, Volume 1: Poured Acrylics (1974)