Playing on trompe-l’œil effects, combining the precious with the novel: the progress being made in material development makes it possible to explore new creative avenues. At Desrues, resin is finely crafted and processed. Galalith, literally “milk stone,” is machined; polymer material is cut and then polished in a tumbler; resin cabochons may be used to imitate the most precious gemstones.
Resin is poured into molds where it takes on the appearance of glass bubbles. This technique offers limitless creative possibilities, since there is no end to the materials and objects that may be inserted. The sheer, glittery or colored resin might reveal rhinestones, dried flowers, gold leaf or even metallic pieces that appear to float within.
In their pursuit of color, the Desrues craftsmen create and concoct new shades, mingling scientific discipline with creativity. They produce hues that manage to resemble those of glass in their purity and radiance. Dozens of specific color charts are thus developed to coordinate with the fabrics of each collection, in addition to the full palette of standard colors on offer.
Resin pieces are hand-dyed and immersed in hot water using a simple sieve. Within seconds, the color is revealed. Here, long necklaces are dyed, bead by bead, using a dropper. There, a cotton thread plays on subtle undertones. Further on, a brooch is tinted for an iridescent effect. The only gauge for the immersion time that will produce such subtlety is the exactingness of an expert eye.
Blocks or sticks of raw material are machined in large contraptions which shape various types of plastic. Polyester, nacre or galalith pieces are precisely cut out and then cleaned in tumblers with a mixture of porcelain beads and water. They receive a final polishing using wood, as a finishing touch.