We have a purple handbag that belonged to my mother-in-law that we’d like to turn into a piece of art to remember her by. We’d like to suspend/embed/encase (I don’t know which would be the correct term) it in an acrylic cube. It’s dimensions are 14″L x 10″H x 5″W (at the base/bottom). Any company who does this sort of commemorative work will not touch this as it is a “one of” item and they are unsure how the dyed leather will react with the resin. I haven’t been able to find any artists working in resin; perhaps I don’t know where to look 🙂 The more I research, the more I think this might have to be a DIY. So, first question, am I nuts? If the answer to that is “no” or “maybe not” and realizing that if I decide to move forward I will likely need a private session or two….. then these questions ~
1) From research I’ve found that because leather is an organic material, there’s a chance of deterioration if any air is left within the cube. Would filling the purse (similar to filling the nooks and crannies in flowers) eliminate that risk? Would I use resin? Resin would also help keep it from collapsing in on itself, over time, I think.
2) I’ve seen that you recommend a spray on sealer to seal other items, would it be appropriate for leather?
3) Do they even make silicone molds this large?
4) This thing is going to weigh a ton, isn’t it?