Resin is a term for a synthetic polymer not to be
confused with natural resins that come from trees.
Amber is an example of a natural resin. Synthetic or
polymer resins are used a great deal these days for
casting art figurines and favored for its durability. They
are hard as rock and virtually unbreakable. They will,
however, crack in freezing temperatures so that is worth
keeping in mind when buying garden figures. The
selection of resin product dictates the weight of the
finished ornament. Supplies for making resin figures
can be obtained from craft stores along with the silicone
for making molds. So some clever artist made the
original of all of the designs seen here and then either
cast an unknown number themselves or contracted the
work out to a manufacture.
If you are interested in making one figure for yourself, I
suggest using a polymer clay that can be fired in your
kitchen or toaster oven to a durable, waterproof,
paintable, toolable end product. I have experiment with
reproducing multiples and it is a pretty simple process to
Resin really is the material of choice these days and, in
my experience, a vast improvement. When I was young
we still had dime stores or five and dimes. In my home
town we were lucky enough to have an actual F. W.
Woolworth's with a lunch counter and all. Of course we
didn't know we were lucky until it shut down.
Nostalgia aside, In those yesteryears the dimestore had
an extensive collection of cheap junk figurines. They
were made of china and highly breakable which is why I
don't have any left. Besides the figurines being fragile
artists could not get the detail in clay that today's artist
can portray in polymer as it was lost in the glazing
process. I can attest to the fact that detail as fine as a
finger print are picked up by the silicone mold and
reproduced ad infinitum.
Whether you aspire to make cat ornaments and need
some ideas or just love cats, please enjoy.