How and where it's made, and how to take care of it.
Ever wanted to know how that beautiful piece was crafted? Here's where you find out ....
RESIN is a non-biodegradable petroleum derivative, and is actually a by-product from the production of petrol. In simple terms, it starts its life as a waste product, which is effectively recycled into the beautiful, wearable art you’re looking at today.
When first produced, resin is no more than a clear liquid. This is taken to the workshop in
Once set, the real work begins. Each ‘block’ of resin is cut, drilled, polished and assembled. Whilst this sounds like a simple process at first, to create jewellery of this standard and quality requires time and commitment, not to mention the creativity of the employees themselves. Of course, each block cut is different, creating a different moment in time via texture, pattern, shape and colour through every repeat of the process.
Every single individual piece is actually hand polished, a hugely labour intensive and time consuming task. Then, the pieces are assembled according to a formula that allows each employee some freedom in how the components should look when put together. The end result is individual jewellery, wearable art if you will, that is unparalleled in its uniqueness as well as its sheer quality.
The recycling doesn’t end there either. Damaged pieces of resin can be incorporated into other designs by re-cutting and processing. Hardened resin leftovers are broken down, polished and used again. Sometimes this process is easy to see in products such as the candlestick holders. Other discarded waste material from industry is sometimes added to create different effects, such as computer circuit boards in the Flash Gordon collection. Any remaining unused materials or waste is donated to COOP CARMA, a local cooperative of trash collection, for recycling.
All this means these beautiful pieces of art are basically a recycled waste product, allowing you to enjoy your pieces guilt free in today’s eco-aware world.
Sobral is a company that cares deeply for all of the artists, craftsmen and other valuable workers who make the workshop function successfully every day. The design, quality and care put into each hand-crafted piece is a reflection of each artisan’s love of their work. Sobral’s 160 employees have retirement plans, receive daily meals, and have access to on-site health care including acupuncture and massage. They are offered classes in languages and in the arts, and are given assistance and guidance with their social affairs. As a result of such a caring, family atmosphere, the workshop is filled with happy employees who take pride in their creations. This is evident in the attention to detail and quality you can see in every piece.
Taking care of your resin piece …
In many ways, resin is similar to ceramic - it can shatter if dropped onto a concrete or tiled floor and be marked by a sharp cutting edge. However, it is also tough, durable and easily cleaned with a soft cloth and some silicon based furniture polish or oil. Looked after, it will last for many, many years.