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DIY Resin Topped Desk Clock

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 07/15/2019 - 07:00

When I am working, I have a tough time staying away from social media on my phone.  Every time I pick up my phone to check what time it is, I end up wasting time on Facebook or Instagram instead. In an attempt to up my productivity a bit, I made my own analog desk clock so I can check the time at a glance.

Supplies you will need:


I love using Envirotex Lite Pour-On to create a polished finish for projects like this.  It creates such a smooth, shiny surface that makes the finished project look so professional!

I chose to apply dye to the bottom half of my wood frame to give it a dip-dyed appearance. If you don’t have dye, you could also use watercolors to achieve a similar look.  Don’t want to cover up the wood tones of the frame? Use a regular wood stain or skip adding color to the frame altogether. If you do add dye or stain to the frame, be sure to let it dry FULLY before moving on.

Next, I mixed up four ounces of Envirotex Lite according to the package directions.  I elevated the frame on two mixing cups inside of a cardboard box and poured the resin over the top of the frame. You may have to use a paintbrush to make sure the sides of the frame are totally coated with the resin.

I used a long arm lighter to pop any bubbles that rose to the surface of the resin.  Then I covered the box to let the resin cure.

This step is optional but recommended: After the resin has cured for a few hours, carefully remove the frame from the box and set it on a silicone mat. If you allow the resin to fully cure in the box rig, you may have to fight to pry the frame off of the cups it was sitting on.

When the resin is fully cured and hard, I drilled a hole in the frame that was large enough to accommodate a craft clock mechanism. I chose to place a piece of painter’s tape over the area where I was drilling to make sure the resin didn’t crack.

You can find clock kits like this at your local craft store.  I found mine in the same aisle as I found the wood frame!

Assemble the clock mechanism according to package directions, add a battery, and set the time!

You know have a fully functional desk clock that you made yourself!

You can choose to add a photo or quote to the frame.  Personalize it to match your decor or change it up from season to season!


Stunning Alcohol Ink Crafts

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 07/12/2019 - 07:00

Hello Resin Crafters! We’re super excited today because we have got some fun new projects for you utilizing resin to its maximum potential. Have you ever played around with alcohol ink before? Today we’re giving you the opportunity to play around with all the different kinds of projects you can create with some alcohol ink and resin. Which ones will you create?

Stunning Alcohol Ink Crafts DIY Alcohol Ink Resin Keychains 

DIY Resin and Alcohol Ink Necklace Pendants 

DIY Petrified Rainbow Alcohol Ink and Resin Coasters 

Resin and Alcohol Ink Paperweight 

DIY Alcohol Ink and Clay Heart Pendant

DIY Alcohol Ink Paperweight Diamond

DIY Alcohol Ink Ring Holder

DIY Foiled Pendant and Earring Set 

DIY Marbled Coaster with Alcohol Ink 

FILLABLE Resin Charms

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 07/08/2019 - 07:03

Create super fun, fillable resin charms with EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy!

Hey Resin Crafters! Amber Oliver here with another great resin craft. I recently bought some crazy cool new molds that I couldn’t WAIT to try out with EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy! The molds create shapes in two pieces with a small opening and there’s a third tiny piece you use to “plug” after you’ve cast and filled your project. These three parts allow you to make fillable resin “shaker” charms!

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR FILLABLE RESIN CHARMS:

Step 1: First, prepare the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy.  This is a multi-step process so don’t start mixing until you are ready to do the whole process from beginning to end! Start by mixing EQUAL parts of the Hardener and the Resin.

Stir for two minutes (be sure to scrape the bottoms and sides) then pour from the first cup into a second and mix with a new stir stick for another minute.

Step 2: Once your resin in ready, pour into each piece of your mold.

Step 3: After you’ve allowed enough time for the resin to cure, you can carefully remove from the molds.

Step 4: Next, connect the 2 parts carefully with glue and then wait for it to fully dry.

Step 5: Use clothespins or clamps to put pressure on the pieces while they dry.

Step 6: After the glue dries, add glitter and embellishments inside your resin charms. 

Step 7: After you’ve added the embellishments, use a dropper to fill with water.

Step 7: Finally, seal your resin charm by gluing the last small piece in place.

This was my first try at creating these fillable resin charms, but I learned a few things for next time:

  • You can cast the “back” piece in any color and and cast the front piece in clear resin for an even cooler design!
  • Fill with oil instead of water to help the glitter float better!
  • Fill with beads and all sorts of fun items – not just glitter!
  • These make really fun key chains or an interesting addition to your cell phone case!

Stunning Nature Projects with Resin

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 07:01

Preserving beautiful things that you find outside in nature is a great way to create cool and affordable decor for your home. We here at Resin Crafts Blog are definitely known for taking everyday things you can find in and outside the home and combining them with resin to create something amazing. Whether you’re crafting these projects for yourself or for someone else you care about, you’re sure to love the things we have rounded up for you today. We hope you enjoy these stunning pressed flowers and leaf projects with resin!

Which ones will you create?

Stunning Nature Projects with Resin

DIY Spring Pressed Flowers

DIY Dried Resin Flowers for Jewelry 

DIY Pressed Rose Petal and Resin Serving Tray 

DIY Pressed Fern and Resin Plaque 

DIY Pressed Flower Paperweight 

DIY Resin Flower Keychains

DIY Maple Leaf Paperweight 

DIY Autumn Leaf Resin Pendant

DIY Four-Leaf Clover Keychains

Beach Inspired Poured Resin Wall Art DIY

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 07/03/2019 - 07:56

Beach Inspired Poured Resin Wall Art DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a Beach Inspired Poured Resin Wall Art DIY.  Summertime is the time for vacation, travels and sitting on the sand.  Beach inspired art is the perfect way to savor those sunny, Summer days year round.  Save a handful of shimmering sand from the beach you visit to add to the beach inspired wall art.

Supplies Needed:
  • Wood Canvas
  • Envirotex Lite Pour-On High Gloss Finish
  • Mixing cups, Stirring Sticks, Disposable work surface, Gloves
  • Acrylic Craft Paint in Navy, Turquoise, Aqua, Mint and White
  • Five 5 oz. Paper Cups
  • Beach Sand
  • Hair Dryer
  • Straw

Resin Mixing

Start by reading the directions for the resin, it’s crucial to mix it properly.  Mix 8 ounces of resin for a 12 inch square canvas.  Begin with 4 ounces of resin and 4 ounces of hardener, mixed for 2 minutes.  Then transfer the mixed resin into another cup and mix with a different stirring stick for 1 minute.

Resin Coloring

Next, pour some of the resin into 5 ounce cups, keeping some resin in the mixing cup as well.  Add a marble size squeeze of paint in each cup.

Then, stir the paint in gently and thoroughly.

Now the paint/resin is ready to pour.

Resin Pouring

I used yellow for the section of sand, but in hindsight, I’d keep it clear.  Start by pouring out the contents of the cup all across the bottom of the canvas.  The canvas is turned over to be used more like a tray.

Then pour the navy blue across the top completely, followed by the next darkest shade of blue, working it’s way down to the yellow.

Next tip and tilt the canvas so the colors flow down the canvas. 

Now use a stirring stick to drop some lines of white resin across the colors, this will form the sea foam waves.

Then use the hair dryer to blow a straight line across the resin.  This blends the colors together and makes the white look like beach foam. Do not over heat the resin, work quickly in straight lines.

The look of waves is so mesmerizing and beach inspired!

Finally take a handful of beach sand and pour it out over the top of the clear (or yellow) resin.  Fill the bottom section with a large beach front.  Add seashells, sea glass, or other beach inspired trinkets.  

Let the resin dry and cure overnight, cover with a cardboard box to prevent bugs, dust or debris landing on your wet resin project.  That’s it!  Hang on the wall to remember the fun at the beach.

 

Make a DIY Fishbowl Necklace

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 07/01/2019 - 07:22

You can make a DIY fishbowl necklace with resin and a few supplies. These cute necklaces are perfect for kids or even adults that want to add a touch of whimsy to their jewelry choices. For those that love goldfish, these are absolutely the perfect accessory! Plus, they are easy to make so follow along below and make a few for yourself!

Supplies needed to make a goldfish necklace:
  • EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy
  • Mixing Cups
  • Measuring Cups
  • Stir Sticks
  • Protective Gloves
  • Mini globe containers with corks
  • Eye hooks
  • Miniature goldfish
  • Necklace chain

How to make a fishbowl necklace:

Start by measuring and mixing your 2 part epoxy resin. You will want to wear protective gloves and follow all instructions that come in the box. One of the main reasons for resin failures is this part of the process. You will then add the mixed resin to a small measuring cup. These bend more and will make pouring into our small containers easier.

Bend the cup to pour a little resin into the bottom of each of your globe containers.

You will also need to prop them up so they sit upright. I found this paint palette worked great!

TIP: Leave the excess resin in a cup and check it periodically. You can use it as a gauge to see if the resin is cured enough to drop in your fish.

Once the resin has started to set up, you can drop in your fish and arrange it however you would like. If you drop this too early, it will sink to the bottom. But you want to drop before it sets up completely so that the sticky resin will hold it in place. Use needle nose pliers and even a needle to arrange everything.

Then allow to set up completely making sure your jars are upright.

Once set, measure and mix some more resin and do another pour. This time you will want to make sure the level is wherever you want it for your completed project. Once again allow to cure completely.

Then you can add the eye hooks to the corks by screwing them into the top.

Add the corks to the top of the bottles and thread in a necklace chain to complete your fishbowl necklace.

I did not worry about bubbles for this project as I felt they would add to the look in this case. It makes it look more like water in a fish bowl!

So, grab your goldfish and add them to a necklace!

You are going to love how this little guy looks around your neck.

Just a fish swimming in his bowl while you wear him around your neck! Everyone will love this cute necklace idea.

So, will you make a DIY fish bowl necklace for yourself or even to give as a gift? You are sure to love the results!

DIY Baby Shower Decor

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 06/28/2019 - 20:19

‘Tis the season for throwing beautiful baby showers for your loved ones. Did you know that more babies are born in August and September than any other months? Whether you’re a friend or family member helping get a shower organized, or the one expecting yourself, DIY-ing your way to the perfect shower is both fun and a more affordable option. We here at Resin Crafts Blog are always looking for new ways to get crafting, so today we’ve rounded up some of the best DIY Baby Shower Decor so you can get crafting yourself. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

DIY Baby Shower Decor

DIY Bath Bomb Baby Shower Favors | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Nautical Theme Shower | Cutesy Crafts

DIY Baby Shower Favors | That’s What Che Said

DIY Paper Fan Backdrops | The Pinning Mama

DIY Black & White Baby Shower Decor| Pretty Providence

DIY Tassel Garland | Pizzazzerie

DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms | Two Twenty One

DIY Baby Whale Party Decor | The Country Chic Cottage

DIY Gender Neutral Baby Shower Decor | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Alcohol Ink Resin Keychains

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 06/26/2019 - 07:07

Create unique and artistic DIY Alcohol Ink Resin Keychains using resin and colorful drops of alcohol ink!

Hello, Resin Crafters! Lindsay here from Artsy-Fartsy Mama with a fun, new, resin craft for you to try. I am a huge fan of the “petri dish” resin method, and wanted to try using it to make some gorgeous pendants/keychains. I had a ton of fun making these DIY Alcohol Ink Resin Keychains, and am excited to share how you can make them for yourself and your friends!

Supplies Needed to make DIY Alcohol Ink Resin Keychains:

Step 1: Prepare the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy according to package directions. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area and wear disposable gloves. Pour in equal parts of resin and hardener to the mixing cup.

Stirring the resin mixture together with a stir stick for two minutes, and then make sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the mixing cup, Pour the resin into a clean mixing cup and then stir the resin again for another minute or two with a clean stir stick.

Step 2: Using alcohol inks can get a little messy, so lay something down to protect your work surface before getting started. Carefully pour resin into each of the molds using a stir stick. Try your best not to overfill the molds. Let the resin sit for a minute, and then use a straw, lighter, or a toothpick to remove any air bubbles that come to the top.

Step 3: Add a drop of  alcohol ink on top of the uncured resin. Be careful not to add too much ink or combine colors that can become muddy (red/green, blue/orange, etc). Protect your workspace and wear gloves, because alcohol inks will stain your hands and surfaces!

Step 4: White alcohol ink is what makes the the magic happen! White alcohol ink is heavier, so it pushes through the resin to create this awesome “petri dish” effect. Add one drop of white ink to the center of the colored ink drops.

Step 5: Add one more drop of colored ink over the white ink drops. The ink will spread out with every drop. As tempting as it is, try not to add too much ink. It can affect the way the resin cures and can potentially muddy up your pendants. Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 12-24 hours.

Step 6: Carefully remove the pendants from the mold and admire your work. Use a fine grit sandpaper to smooth any uneven edges.

Here’s a close-up of one of the pendants I made using blue, white, and gold inks. The way the ink settles into the resin creates such a cool effect, and no two pendants are the same.

One thing I love about this technique is looking through the sides of the pendants. The dripped ink suspended in resin is simply amazing!

Step 7: Use jewelry pliers to open a jump ring and hook it through the hole in the pendant. If your mold doesn’t have a hole in the pendant like mine does, no problem! You can add a hole using a drill and small drill bit. Just make sure the hole is large enough that you can fit a jump ring through it.

Step 8: Attach a keychain to the jump ring, and use jewelry pliers to close it. Not sure how to do that? The tutorial for these DIY Resin Flower Keychains will show you how!

Attach your keys to these keychains, or use them as zipper pulls. Alternatively, you can use the pendants to create a one-of-a-kind necklace! I love that no pendant is exactly the same, and there are all kinds of variations with colors and shapes.

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Sunset Rainbow Poured Resin Coasters DIY

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 06/24/2019 - 07:00

Sunset Rainbow Poured Resin Coasters DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft showing how to make bright sunset rainbow coasters.  The bright colors are mixed just enough to make new colors, blending a gorgeous sunset rainbow look.  Pick some favorite colors and pour out an especially unique project.

Supplies Needed to Start:
  • Envirotex Lite Pour-On High Gloss Finish
  • Wooden Coasters
  • Acrylic Craft Paint in fuchsia, yellow and blue
  • Mixing Cups, Stirring Sticks, Disposable Worksurface and Gloves
  • Heat Gun or Embossing Gun

Get Started:

Begin by placing a disposable work surface on the table.  Set small cups on the tablecloth.  Place the wooden coasters on top of the small cups.

As pictured below, this keeps the coasters off the table and lets the excess paint/resin glide off the edges.

Mixing Resin:

Next is time for resin.  Begin by reading through the instructions thoroughly.  

Then mix the resin in the 2 phase process using 1 part resin and 1 part hardener.  If using 4″ coasters, only 1 ounce of resin is needed per coaster.

After mixing the resin for 2 minutes, pouring into a second cup and mixing again for 1 minute, pour some resin into 4 smaller cups.  Add about a teaspoon of acrylic paint in each cup and mix thoroughly until the resin is the paint color.

Pouring Resin:

Wear disposable gloves when working with resin.  To make the sunset rainbow effect, start by pouring the fuchsia resin across the top of each wooden coaster.

Followed by the blue resin in the center of the wooden coaster.

Finally pour the yellow resin on the bottom of the coaster.  Do not worry about covering every part of the wooden coaster yet.

Blending Resin:

Now use your gloved finger to move the resin around slightly.  Cover the edges across the top.  Wipe the glove on a paper towel and then blend the pink resin into the blue resin.

Repeat the process of blending and moving the resin to the edges.  Let the colors blend a little together where they touch.

Finally take the white resin and drip some of the white across the coasters where the colors blend.

Add Waves:

Next take the embossing gun and do one hot pass across the coasters where the white resin was added.  Do not overheat the resin, just blow it across to add waves and dimension.

The way the colors blend and move make a stunning sunset rainbow effect.  Let the coasters sit overnight to dry and cure.

Next day use a hobby knife or sandpaper to remove any drips that formed underneath the wood coasters.  That’s it!  They are ready to protect your table from condensation and water drops.  Add some thin cork material to the underside if desired.

Enjoy the sunset rainbow poured resin coasters!  They are a stunning conversation piece as well as a useful addition to any table.  Like, Pin and Share!

The Best DIY Resin Projects For Your Home

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 06/21/2019 - 07:00

Getting things for your home that you want and need can be an incredibly expensive task. The great news is there are more affordable options that allow you to customize exactly what you’re looking for! Have you tried giving an old piece of furniture a makeover with resin before? Or using affordable products and a little bit of resin to make something great? You might be surprised at the amazing transformations possible with just a little bit of crafting. Today we’ve rounded up some of the best DIY Resin Projects For Your Home so you can get inspired to start your own resin projects. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

The Best DIY Resin Projects For Your Home

DIY Resin Coffee Table Makeover

DIY Marbled Resin State Silhouette 

DIY Resin Side Table

DIY Poured Resin Plant Stand

DIY Resin Address Sign

DIY Rose Petal and Resin Serving Tray 

DIY Fairy Garden Light Catchers 

DIY Resin Marble Coasters

DIY Ombre Resin Seashell Soap Dish 

DIY Gold Jewelry Resin Tree Hanger 

Resin Plant Flamingos

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 07:00

The idea for this project came when I found an adorable flamingo popsicle mold last summer. Instead of using the mold to make tasty frozen treats, I used it to create sweet resin plant flamingos to decorate our flower pots.

I found this silicone mold in the dollar area at Target last summer, so it might be difficult to find this exact mold. Any silicone mold for popsicles or ice cubes would work just as well.  Or, if you would rather your plant markers have a different shape, try a totally different type of mold.

Supplies:

Wearing protective gloves, begin by mixing the Envirotex Lite resin according to the package directions, making sure to follow the two-cup mixing technique. Once the resin is fully mixed, stir in a drop of white resin pigment and a drop of red. Start with just one drop of each, and then mix the resin fully before adding additional pigment to avoid over coloring the resin. You are aiming for the vibrant pink of traditional lawn flamingos.

I inserted a wooden skewer in the opening of the mold meant for a popsicle stick. If you are using an ice cube tray, you will need to pierce the mold before inserting the skewer.

Next, use hot glue to seal up the hole around the skewer. Don’t skimp on glue! I wasn’t as thorough around one of my two skewers, and I ended up with a leak.

Place the flamingo mold on a level surface. Carefully pour the pink resin mixture into the cavities of the silicone mold. You can see that I had some of the resin leak out of the flamingo on the right side of the mold.  This is why it’s always a good idea to protect your work surface when crafting with resin.  Use a long arm lighter to pop any bubbles that rise to the surface of the resin. Then cover the mold and let it fully cure before removing the flamingos from the mold.

Didn’t this flamingo turn out so cute? Add your resin flamingos to potted plants this summer.

Paint and Resin Pouring Projects We Love

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 07:00

It is amazing what beautiful things you can DIY with resin. We here at Resin Crafts Blog are always looking for more ways to get everyone introduced to and involved in crafting with resin. We’re always on the search for the newest projects that you can create affordably at home. Today we’ve rounded up some of the best DIY Paint and Resin Pouring Projects that we are currently loving. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

Paint and Resin Pouring Projects We Love

DIY Resin Coasters 

DIY Pressed Rose Petal Serving Tray 

Poured Resin Marble Coasters

DIY Poured Resin Gold Leaf Canvas

DIY Chevron Wood Arrow Decor 

DIY Marbled Resin Coasters

DIY Paint-Pour Pendant 

Poured Resin Wedding Keepsake Box 

DIY Resin Pour Hairpin Table

DIY Poured Resin Wall Art 

How to Make Resin Crystals using EasyMold and EasyCast

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 07:00

How to Make Resin Crystals using EasyMold and EasyCast

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing an especially fun resin craft.  Sparkly rainbow making crystals are wonderful!  This fun craft makes it possible to make as many gorgeous crystals as desired…enough to fill a treasure box!  They appear identical to real quartz crystals and reflect the light in the same manner.  Learn how to make resin crystals using EasyMold and EasyCast resin.  Let’s get started!

This is a 2 phase process.  First making the mold of the crystals and then making the resin crystals.

Supplies Needed:

Mold Making:

Begin by making the mold of the crystals.  Find a plastic container that fits the actual crystals you have.   Crystals could also be formed out of some oven-bake clay or carved out of wood too.  

Spray the inside of the container with the Mold Release Spray gently.  Next, place some hot glue on one facet of the crystal. 

Press the hot glue onto the bottom of the plastic container, securing the crystals in place.

Now it’s time to mix up the EasyMold Silicone Rubber.  Read and follow the directions carefully.

Mix one part of each tub and mix thoroughly.

Once mixed according to the directions, pour the silicone rubber in the plastic container, completely covering the crystals.  Let the container sit for about 24-48 hours.

After the silicone rubber is set, remove the mold from the plastic container.  It can be a bit tricky…but keep working at it with a stirring stick, loosening up each edge.

Resin Making:

Trim the top of the silicone rubber mold with a small pair of scissors.  Then mix up the EasyCast Resin.  A good way to know how much to mix up is to fill the mold with water and then empty the water into a measured cup…then mix up that amount.  Mix the EasyCast resin in the 2 phase process according to the directions.

Pour the resin into the crystal mold.  Let the resin cure for 24 hours.

Then remove the resin crystals from the silicone mold.  Repeat as many times as desired!

These resin crystals are stunning!  No need to worry about bubbles, those add character and realism to each crystal.  They reflect sunlight like a prism.  Now you know how to make resin crystals–what will you do with them?

See?  You can’t even tell which ones are the real quartz crystals.

Make a bunch for a treasure chest, Princess/Pirate themed party favors or just to brighten up the window sill.

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Resin Paperweight Diamond

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 07:00

Create a resin paperweight diamond with EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy for a beautiful way to decorate your office desk.

Hey Resin Crafters! Amber Oliver here with another great resin craft.  EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy has quickly become one of my favorite things to work with. I especially love trying new silicone molds! I found a really cool diamond shaped silicone mold on Amazon and decided it would look perfect on my desk! I’ve also been playing with alcohol inks lately so I decided to try them on this project as well! A little bit goes along way when it comes to alcohol inks but you’re able to create some really cool effects in your resin with them!

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR RESIN PAPERWEIGHT DIAMOND:

Step 1: First, prepare the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy.  This is a multi-step process so don’t start mixing until you are ready to do the whole process from beginning to end! Start by mixing EQUAL parts of the Hardener and the Resin.

Start by mixing EQUAL parts of the Hardener and the Resin.

Stir for two minutes (be sure to scrape the bottoms and sides) then pour from the first cup into a second and mix with a new stir stick for another minute.

Step 2: Once your mixture is ready, pour gently into your mold. Be careful not to knock it over!

Step 3: Carefully add a few drops of alcohol ink onto the surface. (TIP: use the ink very sparingly or your creation will be VERY dark!)

Step 4: With a toothpick, gently drag through the surface to mix the ink.

Step 5: After about 20 minutes you’ll see bubbles appear on the surface of the resin – you can use a butane torch to pop these or simply breathe on it like I did! It’s the CO2 in your breath that releases the bubbles – not the heat!

Step 6: After you’ve allowed enough time for the resin to cure, you can remove from the mold!

I love the look created by the alcohol inks but alternatively, for a solid colored paperweight diamond, you could use Castin’Craft Opaque Pigments! With so many molds out there and so many color combinations, the possibilities are endless! I hope this project inspires you to create some colorful desktop decor.

Creative DIY Paperweight Ideas

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 07:00

Ready to get your craft on in a fun and creative way? Everyone knows that we here at Resin Crafts Blog are always looking for different ways to use affordable supplies to create amazing things. Today’s projects will definitely come in handy somewhere whether that be at home, at work or as a gift for someone else. We’ve rounded up some of our all-time favorite Creative DIY Paperweight Ideas. Enjoy!

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Creative DIY Paperweight Ideas

DIY Pistachio Shell Paperweight

DIY Pressed Flower Paperweight

DIY Gold Leaf Paperweight 

DIY Floral Paperweight 

DIY Leaf Paperweight

DIY Clear Casting Paperweight 

DIY Glittered Resin Paperweight 

DIY Butterfly Paperweight

DIY EasyCast Paperweight 

DIY Insect Paperweight 

 

DIY Seashore Resin Jewelry

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 07:00

Carry a bit of the beach with you all summer long with this adorable seashore resin jewelry.

Hi crafty friend! It’s Jane again, from Sustain My Craft Habit. We sure our beach-themed crafts and this months Resin Crafts Blog project has made it on to our favourites list!

With its seashore-inspired watercolor backdrop, bitty sea creature charm, shand and glossy resin, these one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces are perfect for any summer outfit. Or attach them to a chain and lobster clip for a pretty keychain or purse charm.

And ever since making our beachy photo frame last month, we’ve been in a summertime crafting mood!

Materials needed
  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paint and paint brush
  • Oval and round jewelry bezels
  • Water-based sealer such as mod podge
  • Small metal sea creatures charms
  • White decorative sand
  • EnvirotexLite Jewelry Resin
  • Wooden craft sticks, small measuring cups, gloves
How to make seascape resin jewelry

Be sure to read all the instructions prior to working with your EnvirotexLite Jewelry Resin. Work in a well-ventilated area and protect your working service.

Trace your bezel onto watercolor paper with a pencil. Use various shades of blue and brown to create a shoreline affect. Let dry completely.

Cut out the watercolor paintings to fit the inside of the bezels.

Seal the cut out into the basil using the water-based sealer. Cover the surface of the painting with the sealer as well.

Sprinkle a little bit of sand onto the shore part of the picture while the sealer is still wet.

Use a generous amount of glue to place a metal charm along the “shoreline”. Let dry completely (I left mine overnight to be sure).

If needed, prop of one end of the bezel to ensure it is level for pouring.

Mix equal amount of resin and hardener in a small mixing cup (I had a total volume of 1oz to make four pendants). Mix for 2 minutes then pour into a second small mixing cup. Stir for another minute.

Carefully pour the resin into the bezel wells. Be careful not to over-fill, although you do want a small dome to form on the surface of the pendant.

Let the poured resin rest for about 15 minutes and then blow off any bubbles arising to the surface with a small kitchen torch. Alternatively use your own breath through a straw.

Use a toothpick to pull out any larger bubbles, especially around the metal charm.

Cover and let the resin cure 24 hours.

These seascape pendants turned out perfectly. The resin didn’t fully cover the turtle – but I love how it looks, like the back is poking out of the water!

There are so many beautiful and creative ways to use the jewelry resin. Here are just a few additional projects to explore:

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DIY Popsicle Earrings from Resin

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 14:14

Celebrate summer by making a few pairs of these DIY popsicle earrings from resin. This is actually a great beginner project to the world of two-part epoxy resin if you have been looking for one. Plus, who can resist a cute pair of earrings perfect for showing off at the beach? Be sure to make a few pairs as you will want to give some of these as gifts as well.

Supplies needed to make DIY popsicle earrings:

How to Make These Popsicle Earrings

Measure and mix your 2 part epoxy resin according to the package directions. Be sure to follow the 2 cup mixing procedure and wear protective gloves when working with the product. Then split the mixed resin between two small disposable cups. Tint the resin in the cups with the pigments. I used two drops of the transparent dye and one drop of the white opaque pigment in each of my cups. This creates a creamy looking color in your finished product.

Then pour right into your popsicle mold. This particular mold did not need any Mold Release & Conditioner as it is extremely flexible. I poured my entire popsicle with one color as shown below. Pop any bubbles that rise to the surface and allow to cure completely on a flat surface.

Once cured, pop your popsicles out of the mold.

You can then add the paint of your choice. I used some brown on each of the sticks. I also added a stripe of a contrasting color to the dark pink popsicles but this is optional. Allow the paint to dry completely before continuing.

Then flip the DIY popsicle earrings over to add the backs. Use a jewelry adhesive to secure into place and allow to dry.

Once dry, your DIY popsicle earrings are ready to wear or give as gifts.

I love these cute little earrings and find them a great beginner project for casting your own resin.

They are so small so there is not much product needed and you really can’t mess these up!

Mix and match the colors of your choice to go with every outfit you have this summer. Y’all enjoy and be sure to grab the supplies to make several pairs of these DIY popsicle earrings.

Fun Summer Family Activities

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 05/31/2019 - 07:00

Summer is right around the corner so it’s time to start planning! Summer is a great time of year to spend with family, not only because of the great weather, but also because the children are out of school. But with the idea of no school, that also means plenty of hours to fill with some form of entertainment. Summer is a great opportunity to take the time to bond and check off some of those family bucket list items! Today we’ve rounded up some of the most fun and easy ideas to keep the family together and moving in these upcoming summer months. Enjoy!

Fun Summer Family Activities

Family Bucket List Tin | Positively Splendid

DIY Sun Prints | Creative Family Fun

DIY Ice Cream In A Bag | East Coast Mommy

Pond Exploring | Buggy and Buddy

DIY Pressed Fern and Resin Plaque | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Summer Time Capsule | The Pinning Mama

DIY Milk Carton Bird Houses | Happiness is Homemade

DIY Sponge Bombs | A Pumpkin and a Princess

Summer Pool Noodle Activities | The Joys of Boys

 

DIY Resin Flower Keychains

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 05/29/2019 - 07:58

Carry a bit of springtime wherever you go with DIY Resin Flower Keychains!

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Lindsay from Artsy-Fartsy Mama, sharing another fun resin craft! One of my favorite things about springtime is seeing all of the flowers start to bloom, making the world so much more colorful after a drab winter. Unfortunately flowers don’t live forever, but you can preserve their beauty in resin!

Supplies Needed: Prep Work:

To keep your flowers looking bright and beautiful, spray them with Envirotex Spray Clear Sealer and let it dry completely. It will seal the flower’s surface and also makes the flower sturdy enough to handle while you add it to the resin.

Spray your molds with with Mold Release and Conditioner according to package directions. Set it aside to dry. This step is important so that the resin releases from your mold later. It’s also a great way to clean, condition, and extend the life of your molds.

Step 1: Read the directions well, then prepare the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy. Work in a well ventilated area and wear disposable gloves. You only need a little bit of resin to start with, so pour in equal parts (1/4 oz of each) of resin and hardener to the mixing cup.

Stir the resin together well for two minutes with a stir stick, making sure to scrape the bottom and the sides of your mixing/measuring cup. Pour the resin into a second clean mixing cup, and stir for another minute with a clean stir stick.

Step 2: Use the stir stick to add some resin to the mold. You only want to fill it up about 1/4″-1/2″ of the way. Use a straw or a lighter to remove any air bubbles.

Step 3: Let the resin sit for 10-20 minutes so that it starts to turn into a gel consistency. This way, the flower won’t sink down to the bottom of the mold. Carefully place the flower face-down into the resin and press it down a little bit.

Step 4: Mix up another 1/2 oz of resin and use the stir stick to fill the molds the rest of the way. Pop any bubbles that come to the surface. Place the mold on a level surface to cure for at least 24 hours.

Step 5: When the resin is no longer tacky, it will be ready to pop out of the mold. Use a fine grit sandpaper to fix any uneven edges. If your mold doesn’t have a hole like mine does, no problem! You can add a hole to the pendant using a drill and small drill bit. Just make sure the hole is large enough to fit a jump ring through.

Step 6: Use jewelry pliers to open a jump ring and hook it through the hole in the pendant.

Step 7: Cut a small length of jewelry chain, and loop the jump ring through the end of the chain. Use the jewelry pliers to close the jump ring.

Step 8: Open another jump ring with the jewelry pliers and hook it to the other end of the chain. Hold the open with the pliers while you do the next step.

Step 9: Hook the key ring onto the jump ring, then close the jump ring with the pliers. Now you have a beautiful keychain!

If you don’t like traditional key rings, you could attach a key ring clasp instead. I love these kind of key rings – they are easy to attach to hooks on your purse to keep your keys from getting lost inside!

You can attach these keychains to keys, zippers, or turn them into a one-of-a-kind necklace! I love that there are so many fun variations you can create using different flowers and mold shapes. They are also easy enough that you can make them for your own collection, or to share with friends and family as gifts.

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DIY’s To Show Dad Some Love

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 05/24/2019 - 07:00

Father’s Day is just one of many days out of the year that we celebrate great dads. The holiday comes and goes so quickly, so it’s important to take the time to enjoy the day to its greatest potential. There’s nothing more special to a father than receiving a gift that was made with love, care and thoughtfulness. We are here today to share with you some of the best DIY’s out there to show your dad some love this Father’s Day. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

DIY’s To Show Dad Some Love

DIY Embellished Apron | I Heart Nap Time

DIY Father’s Day Coupon Book | I Should Be Mopping The Floor

DIY ‘We’re Nuts About You’ Photo Frame | Happiness is Homemade

DIY Dad’s Scribble Mug | I Heart Arts n Crafts

DIY Nightstand Caddy | Pillar Box Blue

DIY Painted Golf Tees | Merriment Design

DIY Super-Dad Snacks | Pizzazzerie

DIY Dad’s Stepping Stones | Diva of DIY

DIY Father’s Day Photo | UnOriginal Mom

DIY Pop Up Father’s Day Card | Red Ted Art

 

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