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PERSONAL STORIES IN THE PEARL

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Learning to use epoxy resin and engaging with individual's stories and memories, Creating worry beads that helps people to calm down, relax and pass the time. The object can have a special value for people in transit.

KEYWORDS

  • relax

  • epoxy beads

  • personal object

  • people in transit

  • creative

  • personal stories

  • storytelling

DURATION

2 hours

SKILLS

  • visual skills

  • use of specific materials

  • visual creation

  • empathy

  • listening

  • transferring feelings

  • and memories into visual tools

PREPARATION

  • Being familiar with the method. Making safety precautions for working with epoxy resin.

  • Acquiring a general knowledge about the history and culture of worry beads in different parts of the world and of the materials used for worry beads making and the techniques for it

  • Previous knowledge of the participants' composition and number;

TOOLS AND MATERIALS

  • scissors

  • pliers

  • UV epoxy resin

  • 1

    silicone moulds

  • toothpicks

  • UV lamp (> 50W)

  • silicone mat

  • gloves

  • small objects

  • thread

  • nail polish.

DESCRIPTION

1. Preparation and Collection: - Invite participants to bring small, personal items from home that hold special significance to them. These items could include a small piece of fabric, a delicate flower, a miniature drawing, or a brief written message on a piece of paper. These objects should evoke an emotional connection and symbolize significant or empowering memories for the individual.

2. Creating Epoxy Resin Beads: - Guide participants through the process of crafting epoxy resin beads. This involves mixing the resin and hardener, incorporating the personal items into the mixture, and pouring it into moulds. To expedite the process, UV epoxy, which cures more rapidly under UV light, can be utilized. (Provide a link to a instructional video if available.)

3. Curing Process: - Once the beads have been cast, they must undergo the curing process. - If possible, encourage the use of UV epoxy, as a brief exposure to UV light can expedite the curing process. - Alternatively, support participants in following the curing process, which may vary in duration depending on the type of resin and room temperature, typically ranging from several hours to a full day.

4. Finishing and Presentation: - Instruct participants to demold the beads once they have fully cured. - Encourage participants to complete their creations by grinding, polishing, and affixing suspensions or threading them onto chains to create wearable beads.

5. Reflection and Exchange: - Facilitate a session where participants share the stories behind the objects they have crafted, providing deeper insights into their personal experiences and memories.