The Beachcomber Holiday Guide

Kiera’s Resin Creations: Stuff Stockings With Handmade Surprises

By Victoria Ford | Nov 08, 2019
Photo by: Victoria Ford

Eagleswood Township — Kiera Paul’s creations are cute. They’re clever. Her ornaments are perfect additions to a holiday tree; her adornments, such as pendants and pins, are adorable wearables.

The 17-year-old Pinelands Regional High School student has immersed herself this year in the art of resin casting, learning techniques on YouTube and drawing inspiration and ideas from Instagram and Pinterest. Her workshop is her family’s dining room and kitchen, which are filled with her tools, supplies and projects in various stages of completion. She dedicates as much time as she can each day to honing her craft and describes the process of pouring and building each one as “really relaxing.”

She has always been interested in other art forms such as drawing and writing, but her creative journey with resin began at the beginning of this past summer. After admiring others’ work online, she browsed Etsy for mold shapes, and then paid a visit to Michaels Crafts, at which point she was officially hooked and started churning out charms, using frames for bezels and eventually making her own molds with a silicone rubber compound.

Paul is exploring the local art and craft show circuit, learning what people like and respond to. She also fills custom orders based on the styles and colors she has available. But mostly she follows her heart and makes what she likes – much of it with a distinct Japanese flavor. Her Halloween collection included ghosties and pumpkins and spooky three-eyed cats, as well as skulls in festive shades of orange, purple and black. With Christmas around the corner it’s snowflakes and penguins galore, plus candy canes, mistletoe and more.

Her latest obsession has been shakers, which have two halves filled with baby oil and glitter. “I like them because they’re so complex,” she said. She has also experimented with casting butterfly wings and other natural objects in resin. The young maker has found ways to combine all of her interests, including decorating shadow boxes with dead insects and assorted treasures.

Kiera Paul will showcase her work at Firefly Gallery in Surf City during Thanksgiving weekend and at the Artisans Festivus Market at Tree of Life Pilates Studio in West Creek on Dec. 7. Follow her on Insta at @kieraresincreations.  —V.F.

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