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I have many wonderful collectors, that I've met through selling on-line. Some of them have become dear friends. One collector displays all my bracelets on the fireplace mantle in her living room. Another keeps my jewelry in her dining room china cabinet. I can't think of a higher compliment for a jewelry artist.

I have a lovely studio, in the Colorado mountains, surrounded by pines and wildlife. Last summer I got an addition to my studio, that doubled the size, with a special haz-mat room for my resin jewelry making. All ready, I am running out of space. "Honey, I think I need another addition."

For Inquiring Minds:
Making my resin jewelry is not easy. It's been a long learning process to get to this point. Thank goodness I am good at math. Wish I'd paid more attention during Chemistry. I am like the Mad Scientist in my…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 16
  • Joined February 10, 2009

Favorite materials

Thermosetting Resins, anything New and High Tech

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About

I have many wonderful collectors, that I've met through selling on-line. Some of them have become dear friends. One collector displays all my bracelets on the fireplace mantle in her living room. Another keeps my jewelry in her dining room china cabinet. I can't think of a higher compliment for a jewelry artist.

I have a lovely studio, in the Colorado mountains, surrounded by pines and wildlife. Last summer I got an addition to my studio, that doubled the size, with a special haz-mat room for my resin jewelry making. All ready, I am running out of space. "Honey, I think I need another addition."

For Inquiring Minds:
Making my resin jewelry is not easy. It's been a long learning process to get to this point. Thank goodness I am good at math. Wish I'd paid more attention during Chemistry. I am like the Mad Scientist in my studio.

I use 4 different kinds of resin. With differing curing times and the "Oops Factor", the direction the wind is blowing, my Karma during any particular day, how I hold my mouth, etc., it can mean a gorgeous bracelet or another paperweight. Did I mention that this is an exact science?

Four different resins, each with it's own chemical properties, and quirky characteristics. Each must be measured and weighted differently. Each must be handled and cured differently. Then there are the molds. No, not the kind that grow on my shower floor, the kind you cast into. First I sculpt the master, then the master is used to create a mold. Each type of resin requires a different kind of mold material. I use 4 different kinds of mold silicones. These guys can get expensive. So I baby them, give them frequent bubble baths and mineral oil rub-downs. Ooh! That sounds heavenly.

Why, you ask, do I do this? Because it's fun.
It's mentally challenging, and extremely enjoyable and creative. And it keeps the mosquitoes away. How many girls get to play with a vacuum chamber and a pressure chamber?

I have many more designs awaiting birth. There are mermaids, seahorses, dolphins, and some really fun, high-tech designs coming out very, very soon.
So, keep your TV tuned to this channel, and mark me as a favorite.

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Complaints?
See my Store Policies page for returns, shipping, etc. and FAQs.

Send me an e-mail. Depending on which way the wind is blowing, I'll get back to you asap.

I am full of new ideas. I have a vivid imagination, and creating is in my DNA. When I get an idea, for a new design, I just have to try it. Obsessive? Maybe. But, my life would not be as fulfilling if I could not create.

Artist Statement:

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. Joseph Chilton Pearce

I believe that there are no rules in Art. Creativity is about imagining something, then figuring out how to create that something. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not. But in the end, you are constantly learning.

My name is Liana Turnbull Bennett. I have not always been an artist. While other artists were earning degrees in art, I was testing and analyzing the latest high tech materials. This led to a degree in Mechanical Engineering, were my career was spent creating real life applications from these materials. Only later in life could I afford to indulge my real passion, art.

But, without an art degree, would anyone take me seriously? Maybe not. But at least I will get their attention. I believe that my background gives me a creative edge. Unencumbered by traditional art training, I have the freedom to combine my art with my high tech design knowledge. I know materials, how they behave and react, and understand their chemistry and properties. I am not afraid to try new ideas, to step outside the boundaries of traditional art.

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