I was introduced to Orgonites about a year ago after I was resin talking with a friend. He asked if I made them and he explained what they were. Of course I Googled for more information and how to make it. I pretty much had every thing I needed at home. Now, again for my love-hate story with resin. I dove straight into this project, thinking I just do this, add this, wrap this, wait to cure and unmold. How difficult could this be? I was sooooo wrong, so very wrong. I will list all my wrong doings later in this post.
What is Orgonite?
Orgonite is a substance made of resin, metals and quartz that balances and harmonises bio-energy, otherwise known as orgone, chi or prana.
Dr. Wilhelm Reich, an Austrian psychiatrist, researched orgone energy in the earlier half of the 20th century, and today’s orgonite devices are built on his findings. While conducting his research, Dr. Reich found that organic materials attract and hold orgone energy, while non-organic metals simultaneously attract and repel the energy.
Orgonite is based on these two principles. It is a 50-50 mix of resin (organic, due to the fact that it is based on petrochemicals), and metal shavings (inorganic). A quartz crystal is also added inside the orgonite matrix. Energy which is out of balance is absorbed into the orgonite by the metal-resin mix, and brought back to a healthy, vibrant state by the embedded crystal.
So, by no means am I a master at this project, although my last few have been pretty freakin’ spectacular if you ask me ; ) In fact I think this post is to firstly introduce you to the orgonite, secondly encourage you to make one and lastly to get any tips or feed back on how I can improve what I’m doing – SO PLEASE COMMENT AND TELL ME YOUR WAYS!
My most recent resin guru and obsession is @artsymadwoman. Not only is she super cool, like she’s your bestie, her videos are fun, easy and her make up is phenomenal! I just love her. I have learned the most in the last few weeks of discovering her than my last few years of homework.
What you will need to make your orgonite and this is how I make mine: Pyramid Mold (I have different sizes, I would go with small or medium size to start, or if you get a large just plan NOT to fill it for your first few trials, please trust me on this) Resin Crystal (I typically use a crystal with a point. I also add another type of crystal bead or chips, use only 2 types of crystals) I charge my crystals with the full moon monthly. Copper Shavings Thin Copper Wire (and copper tape optional) Ruler Stirring Stick Plastic Measuring Cups Glitter (of course for me but it is optional) Mold Release Spray Torch Gloves Wire Cutter
1. I wrap my crystal with copper wire. This HAS to be secure. I have learned that I prep this days in advance as I like to drip a little resin over wire (I guess you can use glue) so it gives me peace of mind. The crystal can be heavy and slip out of the tape – I’ll explain why you don’t want this to happen later. For extra security you could use copper tape too, which I have used sometimes. 2. Spray mold with mold release spray. Nothing crazy just a spritz, I give it a light wipe and set aside. 3. I mix the the resin for 3 minutes gently to avoid making access bubbles in plastic measuring cup. I tend to make more than I need for this step as I use the left over to start or finish a different resin project. 4. I wait a minute to let some bubbles rise in the cup and quickly torch to get rid of bubbles. 5. Make sure that your mold is level, use your leveler. Fill only the tip, no more than an inch. 6.Wait a few minutes and torch for a quick second to get rid of more bubbles. Then leave for at least 5 hours. I normally comeback the next day. 7. I hang the crystal by suspending it over the poured resin from yesterday. I use the ruler to hang the crystal and wrap the wire around it. 8. Mix another batch of resin – keep in mind that the pyramid is getting wider and will use up more resin for the same depth pour. Wait a couple of minutes, torch in cup. 9. Pour slowly over the crystal, no more than half inch BUT stop just below the copper wrap if your crystal is short. Wait, torch bubbles as before. I’ll check and repeat this process a few times before leaving it for the next day. Once hard you can cut the wires and remove the ruler. 10. I pour the copper shavings on top of the hard resin in the mold to see the depth I want the copper layer. Once happy I pour it back in a plastic cup. 11. Mix more resin. Wait, torch bubbles. Pour resin slowly into the cup of copper, only enough to wet thoroughly. Stir and make sure all the copper pieces are covered in resin. Pour back the wet copper into the mold and help it level out. I poke in my second crystals here and typically is not seen.
You could finish here if your copper layer covers the bottom tip of your crystal is covered.
12. I typically finish with a layer of glitter. I estimate the glitter quantity into a plastic cup (you could do a light glitter layer or a heavy layer). I opt for heavy, it gives the look that it has weight (but really the weight comes from the copper) and grounded. Mix more resin. Wait, torch bubbles. Pour resin slowly into the cup of glitter, only enough to wet thoroughly. Stir and make sure all the glitter pieces are covered in resin. Pour back the wet glitter into the mold and help it level out.
You could add as many layers as you like! Make sure the crystal is not poking out of the bottom and the bottom is flat. Be patient and leave it alone for a day or so before un-molding.
Things I did wrong in the first few I made: *I put too much release spray in the mold *I made my layers too thick – the bubbles could not escape *I torched for too long and melted the mold *I did not secure crystal well enough and fell into the the resin – it’s nearly impossible to *get it wired again while it’s wet – if you’re careful you can save this and I was lucky to. *I didn’t wait long enough to do the next layer.