Our Story

Hi, I’m Gisèle and I’m one of the co-founders of Resin Times.  We create one of a kind jewellery and pens inspired by nature and events.

How often do you buy something for yourself that’s really different, unique and handmade.  Something that makes you feel special?

Or have you ever gone through the frustration of buying a gift for someone who’s hard to buy for? Like a teacher, boss, parent, friend, or even your spouse that has everything and wants nothing?

 

I remember the look on my Mother’s face when my son (who was 8 at the time) gave her a cute little music box for her birthday.  She opened the box, turned it around and quietly said thank you all without cracking a smile.  I felt disappointed that it didn’t bring her any joy…even just a little.   When I really thought about it, there was nothing really special about the music box.  It was something that could be found in any department store.

Who hasn’t had that experience before?  Unintentionally buying a gift that’s ordinary?

I wasn’t going to go through that when it came time to choose a wedding gift for my son’s bride.  I made her a pendant and bracelet using the flowers from her wedding bouquet.  Voila!        

When you’ve been tasked with buying something as a gift, or even for yourself, you want it to be something that will be treasured forever because it’s unique, special and can’t be found (easily) in any stores.

The jewellery and pens we design are all created in small quantities of 12-18 pieces in a collection.

Pieces that are made from wood (exotic and local) and resin go through a stabilization process (for added strength) before we create the main block with resin and pigment. This block goes into a pressure chamber to ensure a bubble free and glass-like casting. 

After one week of curing,  the blocks are cut into individual blanks by hand to ensure that it’s truly unique. The swirls in the wood, the burl, the spalted lines and even the wood tones are different in every single piece that is cut for the next step.

Once the pieces are turned (shaped) on the lathe, they are sanded in 18 stages, polished and sealed by hand to a glass-like finish before assembly.

The jewellery and pens we design are all created in small quantities of 12-18 pieces in a collection.

Pieces that are made from wood (exotic and local) and resin go through a stabilization process (for added strength) before we create the main block with resin and pigment. This block goes into a pressure chamber to ensure a bubble free and glass-like casting. 

After one week of curing,  the blocks are cut into individual blanks by hand to ensure that it’s truly unique. The swirls in the wood, the burl, the spalted lines and even the wood tones are different in every single piece that is cut for the next step.

Once the pieces are turned (shaped) on the lathe, they are sanded in 18 stages, polished and sealed by hand to a glass-like finish before assembly.

Joe Turning a Pen on the Lathe

Both Joe and I have experience in trying to find a gift for someone who is hard to buy for, or has everything and wants nothing and we don’t want you to feel that way.   We want you to feel

  • joy and not frustration when looking for something really unique
  • excited having a one of a kind piece in hand for yourself or as a gift  
  • confident that it’s creative and so special that it doesn’t turn into one of those forgotten gifts that will stay hidden in a drawer forever

And if you need some help choosing something special, or even customized, please contact us. 

We would love you to stay in touch.  If you want to be the first to know when new collections are released please sign up to our VIP email list below.

Gisèle Grenier
Co-Founder and Designer