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How to Make Resin Agate Slice Knobs

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 12/02/2020 - 12:03

How to Make Resin Agate Slice Knobs

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft with a fun resin craft. Make gorgeous faux agate slice knobs using EasyCast Resin and add them to furniture, dressers, cabinets and cupboards for the perfect finishing touch. These faux agate slices have the look of natural crystalized stone with the ease of a DIY project.

I always pick teals and aqua for my projects, but you can pick your favorite colors for your agate slices. Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for Agate Slice Knobs:

Step 1: Mix Resin

Begin by mixing resin according to the package directions in the 2-phase process. Then pour some resin in each of the small paper cups. I used 4 small cups. Leave some resin in the original mixing cup too.

Step 2: Mix Agate Slice Color

Then add about 4 drops of blue dye in one cup. Next, 4 drops of green dye in another cup. Then mix 2 drops of blue and 2 drops of green in the third cup. Add some white pigment in the last small cup and leave the mixing cup with clear resin.

Step 3: Pouring Resin

Now pour one of the colors in the center of the each cavity in the mold. Followed by adding a circle of resin with another color around it.

Repeat with the other colors of mixed resin.

Add the clear resin in to fill the cavities and fill in the gaps around the colors.

Finally, use a stirring stick to swirl the white resin around in a circular pattern.

Step 4: Heat

Now use an embossing heat gun to warm up and spread the resin around. Blow gently around in a circle. This will spread the white resin and create cells, veins and other interesting shapes in the resin.

Step 5: Cure

Let the resin sit and cure for 24-48 hours. Set on a level surface and cover if possible to prevent dust and particles from landing on it.

Step 6: Attaching Hardware to Agate Slice

Find some DIY Knob Pulls for the back of the resin slices.

Put a glob of E6000 glue on the top of the hardware and press it down on the backside of the resin slices.

Then let the glue dry for at least 4 hours. All that is needed now is attaching them to furniture with a machine screw (typically included with the knob hardware).

Pick your favorite colors for your agate slices, make them match your room or furniture.

Enjoy!

Make resin knobs and share on social media! Tag @resincraftsblog and @doodlecraft so we can cheer you on!

 

 

DIY Gift Ideas to Make with Resin

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 11/25/2020 - 09:23
DIY Gift Ideas to Make with Resin 

Hello Resin Crafters! It is that time of year yet again.  The season for gift giving is upon us and presents an awesome opportunity for creating homemade gifts that your loved ones will surely enjoy. Not only is creating gifts for people thoughtful, it likely doesn’t have to be expensive either. Especially if you love crafting in your free-time; it is a win-win for everyone involved. Let’s get down to business and check out some of our favorite DIY Gift Ideas that you can make this season from Resin. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

DIY Resin Candy Cane Glitter Ornament 

DIY Resin Tiered Serving Tray 

DIY Color Shift Pop Socket 

DIY Resin Jewelry Holder 

DIY Layered Resin Ring Holder 

DIY Resin Confetti Earrings 

DIY Faux Agate Coasters

DIY Resin Gemstones Clutch 

DIY Snowflake Pendant 

DIY Resin Mail Holder 

How to Fix Cloudy Resin Projects: Why is my Resin Cloudy?

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 11/18/2020 - 15:42

How to Fix Cloudy Resin Projects

Hi friends, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft. It’s happened to even the best resin crafters… a cloudy resin finish. It’s super frustrating to spend all the time and money to make a project only to have the resin finish look dull and not shiny.

Don’t throw it away–It can be fixed! Here’s how to fix cloudy resin projects and how to avoid them on future projects. They will end up so shiny, you’ll be able to see your face shining in them!

In this scenario I am using EasyCast Resin. I poured perfectly mixed resin into this half dome silicone mold. I dripped alcohol inks into them and waited. A day later, I popped them out only to be severely disappointed. They were all foggy. The finish was dull and hard to see the alcohol ink drips inside the orb.

WHY IS MY RESIN CLOUDY OR FOGGY? Foggy resin projects can happen for a few reasons:
  • Humidity or Excess Moisture

Do not work with resin if the humidity is above 75%. Make sure the mold is clean and completely dry before pouring.

  • Texture and Finish of the Mold

The mold can play a part in the finish. If the surface of your mold is shiny, the resin will be shiny. This silicone mold is very matte, therefore the resin turned out dull and matte.

  • Temperature of the Resin

The resin must be the correct temperature for the correct finish. If it’s too cold, it can affect the finish. To warm up resin, place the bottles of pre-mixed resin into warm water and let the resin warm up a tad before mixing. Do not heat it.

  • Dull After Sanding

If the resin has been sanded down, the finish will appear dull and scratched. Use lighter and lighter grit sandpaper until the finish is very smooth. However, It will still be cloudy.

  • Loads of Micro Air Bubbles*

Aggressive mixing can whip the resin and add too many tiny bubbles into the resin. Just mix slowly and completely.

If the resin mold is large on the inside but only has a small opening in the top, it can be hard for the bubbles to escape to the top.

If the item embedded into the resin has gaps and holes (like a rose bud with lots of petals), the gaps make it hard for the bubbles to escape and ends up very bubbly.

*Unfortunately, the bubble issue cannot be fixed by the following solution, but check out this post for tips to avoid bubbles.

Okay, we know how to avoid cloudy finish in the future…but what about this project I just ruined?

Wait, it’s NOT ruined!

HERE’S THE SOLUTION:

Coat or Spray the Resin Project with Resin! I’ll show you the easiest and quickest way to fix the issue.

You’ll want this Resin Spray MULTI-PURPOSE Clear Gloss Finish/Sealer

Place the resin project in a cardboard box and take it outdoors. Make sure that you are working in good temperature with no more than 75% humidity.

Shake the can for 1 minute. Remove the lid and hold about 6-8 inches away from the project while spraying. Then spray the resin lightly with the Resin Spray. Do several light coats of Resin Spray, not a heavy coat. Let the resin dry about 10 minutes and then add another coat.

Look at the difference from the shiny ones on the left versus the unsprayed ones on the right! Instantly the alcohol ink appears and they look amazing!

Repeat for the entire project. These domes just needed 2 light coats of Resin Spray to get shiny and look their best!

ANOTHER SOLUTION:

If you don’t have any Resin Spray (which I highly recommend), you can mix a small amount of the resin you used to cast your project. Then use a paintbrush (that you will throw away after using) and paint a light layer over the top of your project. This will add that shine back. Then let it dry again for 24-48 hours in a covered box. You can also pour a thin “flood coat” over the completed, cloudy project.

Check out this post, Geometric Crystal Resin Wood Bookend, that got shined up using the same Resin Spray. This spray is wonderful! Spray it on rocks to give them a fully polished look without using a rock tumbler–check out this rock post.

Save this information for later! If you haven’t had this happen to you before, it probably will in the future and you’ll know exactly what to do to fix your cloudy resin project.

November Resin Crafting Challenge

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 11/12/2020 - 19:16

Hi there, resin crafters! It’s already November and holiday crafting has begun. We are ready and here for it! To celebrate a new month, of course we have a new monthly challenge going on in our Resin Crafting with ETI Facebook group… DIY Resin Handmade Gifts!

If you haven’t joined our group yet, you are missing out on a ton of inspiration, tips and tricks, advice, feedback and ideas galore. We have grown our amazing community there to over 9,000 members and we absolutely love seeing their creativity every day through the creations they share with us.

Enter the challenge with any DIY Resin gift ideas (that uses our products). We can’t wait to see all of the gift inspiration!

If you need some inspiration to get started with a project, we have some amazing DIY gift ideas on our blog, you can find a sampling here. Jane from Sustain My Craft Habit did a Facebook Live on our page yesterday and demonstrated how to make beautiful glittery resin jewelry… a perfectly festive holiday gift! Check it out below in case you missed it!

Resin Dog Tags

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 11/04/2020 - 07:07

Make some Resin Dog Tags for your favorite furry friends!

Hello, Resin Crafters! Lindsay from Artsy-Fartsy Mama here with a fun resin project to make for your favorite furry friends! Like a lot of people this year, a new little pooch joined our family this summer. Instead of the traditional metal tag, I decided to make her a custom dog tag using EasyCast resin. These DIY resin dog tags are easy to make, and have so many options for personalization. Not only do they make for a great name tag, but you could also use this project for a keychain or ornament to memorialize your pet.

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR DIY RESIN DOG TAGS:

STEP 1:

Decide how you want to add your pet’s name to the tag. There are quite a few options! I like using transparency sheets, because it’s virtually invisible once it’s placed in resin.

One option is to type up your pet’s name in a thick font and print the name out on transparency. I used a laser printer for mine, but make sure to check your transparency packaging for printing instructions. You can leave the name as-is, or add some extra flair by applying a heat-activated foil sheet (like Deco Foil) on top!

Another option is to cut the name out of vinyl, and then apply the vinyl to the transparency sheet. You can use all different colors and finishes of vinyl to get a different look. The last option is simple – just grab a permanent marker and write or draw the name yourself! Carefully cut around the name scissors.

STEP 2:

Prepare the resin according to package directions. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area, wear disposable gloves, and protect your workspace. Add equal parts resin and hardener to the mixing cup. Each mold will need 5 ml of resin for this step. I made extra tags for my sister’s dogs, so I mixed up enough resin for four at a time. Stir the resin mixture together with a stir stick for two minutes, making sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the mixing cup. After 2 minutes, pour the resin into a clean mixing cup and stir the resin again for another minute or two with a clean stir stick.

To keep the bubbles down to a minimum, don’t stir too fast, and give the resin a minute or two to “rest” after mixing to let any bubbles rise to the top.

Pour a small layer of resin into the mold. Pop any bubbles that rise to the top with a heat gun or lighter. Place name (the piece of transparency film) face-down into the resin. Use your stir stick to press it down into the resin and try to remove any air bubbles caught underneath.

Pop any bubbles that rise to the top using a heat gun or by blowing through a straw. Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 24 hours. You will know that the resin is completely cured when it is no longer tacky. DO NOT REMOVE THE RESIN FROM THE MOLD.

STEP 3.1:

Now it’s time to get creative, and add some color to your dog tag! There are SO many ways to do this, but I am going to show you how I made tags using glitter and another using alcohol ink. Mix up about 10 ml of resin the same way you did for the first layer. Next, add in a generous amount of glitter and a drop of Castin’ Craft Pigments in the same color. Stir until completely combined.

STEP 3.2:

For the alcohol ink technique, mix up about 10 ml of resin the same way you did for the first layer. Choose 1-2 colors of ink, and grab some white ink as well. If you are new to using alcohol inks, read through the instructions for these Alcohol Ink Keychains to understand how this process works.

STEP 4:

Fill the mold up with resin (either the glitter or the alcohol ink technique), and pop any bubbles that rise to the top using a heat gun or by blowing through a straw. Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 24 hours.

If you want to add contact information, add the info to a piece of transparency film and cut it out. Place it down face-up on the back of the tag and cover it with a small amount of resin (2.5-5 ml). Pop any bubbles and let the resin cure for 24 hours.

STEP 5:

Carefully remove the tags from the mold. If you over-poured any resin, you can trim the excess away using a craft knife. If the resin still feels a little flexible, it may just need more time to cure. Let it sit in a warm, flat area to cure for a few hours (or days).

Which tag do you like better? I used pink alcohol ink only and holographic vinyl for Josie’s tag, and mixture of chunky and fine purple glitter with a little drop of purple pigment and white vinyl for Lulu’s dog tag. I am SO excited with how they turned out!

STEP 6:

Hook a thick jump ring through the hole in the top of the tag. Use jewelry pliers to attach the ring to your dog collar. Now your dog can display their name proudly, and can be swiftly returned if they happen to make an escape.

Another great thing about this project is that if your pet unfortunately passes away, you can keep this tag with their name as a keepsake. Hook it on your keychain, make an ornament out of it, or even attach it to your own jewelry. If you decide to make your own Resin Dog Tags, please share your project with us in the Resin Crafting with ETI Facebook group!

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Resin Candy Cane Heart Glitter Ornament

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 10/28/2020 - 07:09

Resin Candy Cane Heart Glitter Ornament

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft inspiring you with a holiday resin craft! Tis the season to get started on handmade gifts and crafts. Make a heart shaped candy cane using EasySculpt Epoxy, then filled with glittered EasyCast resin, reminiscent of a snow globe or stained glass for the perfect ornament.

This is a two phase craft utilizing two types of epoxy. Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for Candy Cane Hearts:

Step 1: Mixing EasySculpt

Begin by getting an equal amount of each tub of the EasySculpt. Weigh it on a scale or just eyeball it.

Wear gloves when working with EasySculpt, it’s very sticky. Then mix the EasySculpt together, these textured gloves make it blend super quickly by rolling it between both hands.

Then separate the EasySculpt into 2 sections. Add a drop of the pigment color to each ball.

Next mix the color into the EasySculpt until well blended.

Step 2: Candy Cane Stripes

Use cornstarch to make working with the EasySculpt easier, it is very sticky. EasySculpt stays workable for a while but takes some resting time before starting.

Dust the surface with cornstarch and let the clay sit for about 20 minutes. Then check it to see how soft it is. It needs to firm up a little to hold shape.

Then roll out 2 long tubes of clay in each color, about 1/4 inch diameter.

Next, twist the white and red tubes together.

Then roll it gently to smooth out the edges.

Form candy cane shapes and then stick 2 of them together to make a heart shape. Then let the heart harden completely by setting it out overnight.

Supplies Needed for Resin Snow Globe Fill:

Step 1: Resin Tape

Begin by taping off the candy cane heart with the resin tape. The tape sticks on the candy cane, so the center is sticky. Set it on a level work surface.

Step 2: Mix Resin

Now mix up the jewelry resin using equal amounts of each. I used 1 teaspoon of each bottle. Then mix them together for 2 full minutes.

After 2 minutes of careful mixing, pour into a second cup and use a new stirring stick to mix the resin for 1 more full minute.

Step 3: Pour Resin

Now pour the mixed jewelry resin into the candy cane heart. The resin tape holds the resin in place perfectly!

Then sprinkle some chunky and fine glitter into the resin. I poured in a lot because I love sparkles! This would be a cute little snow globe scene with little snowflakes or miniatures set in it. Let the resin cure for 24-48 hours.

Once the EasyCast resin is cured the resin tape will peel off the back easily. It looks gorgeous as is!

Now use a drill bit and drill a small hole through the clear resin.

Tie a piece of twine through it for the perfect sun-catching tree ornament! That glitter will sparkle so much on a lit tree.

That’s it! This fun ornament craft featuring two types of resin is perfect for all skill levels.

Resin Faux Agate Tiered Serving Tray with Glitter

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 10/21/2020 - 14:23

Resin Faux Agate Tiered Serving Tray with Glitter

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie at Doodlecraft sharing an absolutely dreamy resin project! Make a tiered serving tray for serving at parties, using as a catch all or giving as a gorgeous handmade gift. This tiered serving tray makes such a statement!

Supplies Needed for Tiered Serving Tray:
  • EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy
  • Castin’ Craft Translucent Dye in Blue and Green (or your favorite color)
  • Silicone Tier Mold and Hardware (affiliate link from Amazon)
  • Gold Leaf Flakes
  • Glitter
  • Disposable Gloves, Mixing Cups, Stirring Sticks, Smaller Cups
  • Embossing Heat Gun

Step 1: Mix the EasyCast Resin

Begin by mixing the EasyCast resin in the two phase process. Be sure to work in a well ventilated room and wear the proper safety protection. Read the directions from the package before beginning. As much as I have used resin, I read through it every time. If there is a problem with resin curing, 9 times out of 10, it’s because of improper mixing. Don’t cut corners on this process.

Mix one part of resin and one part of hardener into a mixing cup and stir for 2 full minutes. Then pour into a second cup and mix with a second stick for another full minute.

Step 2: Dye the Resin

Then pour the mixed resin into a few smaller cups. Add a few drops of the translucent color into the cups. If too much dye is added to the resin, it won’t harden properly, so don’t over do it. Just add a drop or 2 at a time until the color is achieved.

Once the colors are mixed, set the molds out on a level work surface.

Step 3: Pour the EasyCast Resin

Then pour clear resin in the center. Next pour the lightest color around the clear.

Then work your way out to the edge with the darkest color. Use a stirring stick to swirl white around in circles. Use a small heat gun to spread the color around a little.

Step 4: Add Sparkle to the Resin

Now add some gold leaf flakes into the resin. I only had gold leaf, so I broke it up and added it.

Then swirl some gold glitter in the resin.

Set them aside overnight to cure and harden.

Step 5: Demolding

After 24-48 hours, peel the mold off the resin. This is such a satisfying part! Notice how the heavier colors sunk to the bottom? The white and the glitter dance around as the resin hardens.

The base is set, so the way you pour it is the way the base will show…this is due to the screw hardware. The other 2 tiers are flexible and can be turned over either way. Do you like this way with the heavier amounts of white showing?

Or this one?

Step 6: Hardware

Now add the hardware to make the tiered serving tray complete.

Begin by putting the short screw in the bottom tray. Then add a flexible washer, the stem, flexible washer, next tier, etc.

The best part about this tiered serving tray is that it can be taken apart for cleaning, storage or gifting! This gorgeous tiered serving tray made from resin is the perfect handmade gift or statement piece.

If serving food from the tray, make sure food doesn’t touch it directly. Cupcakes or cupcake papers filled with treats is the perfect option.

That’s it!

Make your own and share it on social media! Tag @resincraftsblog and @doodlecraft so we can cheer you on!

Resin Specimen Jars Halloween Craft

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 10/15/2020 - 12:22

Hi there, resin crafters! We’re halfway through October already! Have you joined the October resin crafting challenge going on in our Resin Crafting with ETI Facebook group? Naturally, the theme is HALLOWEEN if you haven’t seen it yet!

Yesterday in our Facebook group, one of our talented creative team members, Stephanie from Crafting in the Rain did a live demo in which she made the most fun and totally creepy (in a good way!) resin specimen jars that are perfect for Halloween! Don’t worry if you missed the live video, you can check it out here:

And here is the final finished product! Such a fun Halloween resin craft, isn’t it?!

Have you done any Halloween resin crafting yet? We’d love to see it over in our group!

If you need a little extra motivation to join the challenge; we have an awesome prize for each month’s resin crafting challenge… check out all of these amazing resin goodies you could win!

 

Fun and Spooky Halloween Resin Crafting Ideas

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 10/07/2020 - 07:00

In the blink of an eye, Halloween has almost arrived! Can you believe how fast September flew past us? Fall is a beautiful season to enjoy, and one of the best things to look forward to is celebrating Halloween. It’s fun for both adults and children!  Since we love this time of year so much, we wanted to round up some fun resin crafting ideas for everyone to enjoy with us this spooky season. And did you see that the October Resin Crafting Challenge in our VIP Facebook group is Halloween? We hope you’ll join or at least follow along here for all of the fun for some amazing inspiration!

Fun and Spooky Halloween Resin Crafting Ideas DIY Vintage Halloween Spider Resin Necklace 

DIY Marbled Resin Pumpkins 

DIY Halloween Eyeball Necklace 

DIY Halloween Bats 

DIY Halloween Jewelry 

DIY Halloween EasyCast Bezel 

DIY Halloween Tart Pans 

 

DIY Halloween Resin Bracelet  DIY Resin Pumpkin House Decor 

DIY Candy Corn Necklace 

Meet the Maker: Stephanie Paxman

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 09/30/2020 - 06:09

Hello resin crafters! It’s been awhile since we’ve done a Meet the Maker feature so we’re super excited to introduce you to an amazingly talented member of our Creative Team, Stephanie Paxman.

Stephanie has been writing her blog, Crafting in the Rain, since 2011. Her most popular topics include Cricut crafts, SVG designs, holiday ideas, and DIY home projects. She has only been working with resin since the summer of 2019, so we hope you’ll be inspired to jump in yourself with some easy beginner projects!

Here are some of her amazing creations, enjoy!

Stained Wood Coasters with Resin

Ways to Color Resin

How to Prep Paper for Resin

Make a Resin Tray

Cookie Cutter Ornaments

Resin Thumb Tacks

Resin and Wood Pendants

 

 

Liquid Luck Necklace Made with Resin

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 09/23/2020 - 10:32

Liquid Luck Necklace Made with Resin

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie at Doodlecraft sharing a fandom craft. Make liquid luck to wear around your neck. Are you a fan of Harry Potter like me? I love the books, the movies and all the merch! Use Jewelry Resin to make a Felix Felicis Liquid Luck vial necklace to wear and showcase your true devotion to the Wizarding World.

Supplies Needed for Liquid Luck:

Step 1: Mixing Jewelry Resin

Begin by reading the directions for properly mixing resin. Usually if a resin project does not turn out, it’s probably due to mixing improperly. Pour equal amounts of the resin and the hardener into a cup and stir gently for 2 full minutes. Then pour the resin into a second cup and mix with a second stirring stick for another full minute.

Step 2: Mix in the Mica Powder

After mixing the resin in the full 2 phase process, add a little bit of the gold Mica Powder and gently stir it into the resin.

Stir slowly to avoid adding extra bubbles into the resin.

Step 3: Fill the Vial

Now use the pipette to transfer the gold resin into the tear-drop glass vial.

Squeeze out the pipette slowly to fill the vial without bubbles.

Fill up the glass vial as much as you want, leaving room for the little cork on top.

Set the vial into a piece of pierced cardboard to keep the glass straight up during the drying process. Then let it dry and cure overnight.

Step 4: Add the Chain

Once the resin has cured, place the cork back inside the vial. Then use a jump ring to attach the vial to a chain using jewelry pliers.

That’s it! Now you have a necklace that is envious of every member of the quidditch team, every wizard or witch taking their OWLS or any muggle that loves all things Harry Potter! This would make a great handmade gift too.

Do you love Harry Potter? Which Hogwarts house would you be in? I’m a Ravenclaw!

Have Fun With Resin Layering and Pouring

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 09/16/2020 - 12:51

The amount of beautiful things you can create with resin are endless. We here at Resin Crafts Blog are always looking for creative ways to use our favorite products to craft something great. This week, we’re focusing on the art of layering and pouring resin to make a variety of things from household items, art and more. We hope you enjoy these projects as much as we do.

Which ones will you create?

HAVE FUN WITH RESIN LAYERING AND POURING DIY Resin Galaxy Coasters

DIY Resin Layered Pencil Holder 

DIY Layered Flower Paperweight 

DIY Layered Resin Ring Holder 

DIY Poured Resin Marble Coasters

 

DIY Layered Desktop Galaxy 

DIY Resin Layering Wood Ornaments

DIY Resin Layering Canvas

DIY Love Keepsake Book Box 

DIY Poured Resin Gold Leaf Canvas 

September Resin Crafting Challenge and EPIC GIVEAWAY!

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 09/10/2020 - 19:04

Hi there, resin crafters! It’s September, fall crafting has begun and we are here for it! To celebrate a new month, of course we have a new monthly challenge going on in our Resin Crafting with ETI Facebook group… resin crafting for fall!

If you haven’t joined our group yet, you are missing out on a ton of inspiration, tips and tricks, advice, feedback and ideas galore. We have grown our amazing community there to 7,000 members and we are celebrating with an epic giveaway! More on that in a minute, but let’s talk about the September challenge!

Fall is right around the corner so September’s challenge is all about fall. Enter the challenge with any project that says “fall” to you (that uses our products). We can’t wait to see all of the fall interpretations this month!

If you need some inspiration to get started with a project, we have some amazing fall projects on our blog, you can find a sampling here. Jane from Sustain My Craft Habit did a Facebook Live on our page yesterday and demonstrated how to make these beautiful fall leaf charms. You can check it out below in case you missed it!

Of course there is always a great prize for each mont’s resin crafting challenge, but this giveaway is truly epic! To celebrate our Facebook group community, we will be choosing 5 winners to receive everything you see in this photo! All 5 winners will each get all of this! You can enter here and we have a giveaway on our Instagram page as well that you can enter here! Make sure to enter by Monday, good luck and happy fall crafting!

DIY Resin Galaxy Coasters

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 09/02/2020 - 08:45

Use colorful resin mixtures to create an eye-catching set of DIY Galaxy Coasters that are out of this world!

Hello, Resin Crafters! Lindsay from Artsy-Fartsy Mama here with a new resin project that is out of this world! I absolutely love the galaxy craze that is happening right now, and decided to give it a try using resin. This project is a lot of fun, and is actually really simple. However, there are quite a few steps to get to the final project – but I promise all of the work is worth it!

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR DIY RESIN GALAXY COASTERS: STEP 1:

Prepare the resin according to package directions. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area, wear disposable gloves, and protect your workspace.

Add equal parts resin and hardener to the mixing cup. Each mold cavity will need 1 ounce of resin for this step, so I mixed up 3 total ounces. Stir the resin mixture together with a stir stick for two minutes, making sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the mixing cup. After 2 minutes, pour the resin into a clean mixing cup and stir the resin again for another minute or two with a clean stir stick.

STEP 2:

Add in a drop of black Castin’ Craft Opaque Pigment or a small scoop of some shimmery black mica powder. Mix well to distribute the color. To keep the bubbles down to a minimum, don’t stir too fast and give the resin a minute or two to “rest” after mixing to let any bubbles rise to the top.

Add 1 ounce of resin to each of the mold cavities. If you wait for about 45 minutes after pouring the resin into the mold, the resin will become a gel-like consistency. Gently stir the resin around with a stir stick to give the coaster this swirling effect! If you stir it earlier, it will look like this at first but then it will settle and circle in the center instead.

Pop any bubbles that rise to the top using a lighter, heat gun, or by gently blowing through a straw. Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 24 hours. You will know that the resin is completely cured when it is no longer tacky.

STEP 3:

Mix up another 3 ounces of resin. Stir the resin mixture together with a stir stick for two minutes, making sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the mixing cup. After 2 minutes, pour the resin into a clean mixing cup and stir the resin again for another minute or two with a clean stir stick.

Add about 10 ml of resin into a small mixing cup, and fill another with about an ounce/30 ml. In the full mixing cup, add in some white and silver micro-beads. In the other cup, add in a drop of purple Castin’ Craft Opaque Pigment or a small scoop of shimmery purple mica powder. Toss in some fine purple glitter, while you’re at it, and mix well.

STEP 4:

Pour 1 oz of clear resin and micro-beads mixture right on top of the black resin. Gently use the stir stick to spread the micro-beads around the coaster. These are the key to making the background look more like a galaxy with groups of stars and planets! I tried this step using glitter, and it just didn’t look as good.

STEP 5:

Use the stir stick to add a messy line of glittery purple resin through the center of the coasters. You won’t need a lot – that 10 ml mixture is for all 3 coasters!! Keep in mind that you can always add more color, but it’s a lot harder to take it away.

Next, we need to turn this messy scribble of resin into something more, well, galactic! Use a hair dryer on low (cool setting, if possible) or blow through a straw to move the purple resin around. You can even use a stir stick to manually move the resin around if you would like to be a little more in control. I’ve found all of these options tend to get a similar effect.

Pop any bubbles that rise to the top using a lighter, heat gun, or by blowing through a straw. Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 24 hours. You will know that the resin is completely cured when it is no longer tacky.

STEP 6:

Mix up another 3 ounces of resin. Keep the majority of the resin in the cup, but pour 5-7 ml into four different mixing cups. Add a tiny amount of pigment or dye and fine glitter in the same color into each of the cups: white, pink, blue, and silver. If you don’t have silver pigments, you can use a tiny drop of silver acrylic paint. Mix each of the resin cups well.

STEP 7:

Pour about 1 ounce of the clear resin into each of the molds. Make a messy scribble of pink resin across the center of the coaster, right over the purple. You don’t need to use much resin at all. Again, these colored resin mixtures are for all 3 coasters! Next, add a thin scribble of blue resin, and then a slightly thicker layer of white on top.

STEP 8:

Use a hair dryer on low (cool setting, if possible) or blow through a straw to move the resin scribbles around to get a more ethereal effect. You can also use a stir stick to manually move the resin around. If you are doing this method, be very careful not to mix it too much! This will just blend all of the colors together and won’t look very galactic.

STEP 9:

Dip the end of the stir stick into the silver resin mixture, and gently add in lines of silver to the center of the galaxy. You don’t want to add too much. This just adds hints of metallic shine to the galaxy.

STEP 10:

This step is totally optional, but I love it! Sprinkle a little bit of silver, chunky glitter along the center line of the galaxy. This will add extra sparkle and gives the look of stars and planets in your galaxy! If you don’t want to use glitter, you could use silver metallic flakes.

Pop any bubbles that rise to the top using a lighter, heat gun, or by blowing through a straw. Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 24 hours. You will know that the resin is completely cured when it is no longer tacky.

Look at all of that colorful and sparkling detail! I have found myself just staring at these coasters because it’s hard to believe it’s all resin! The layering is so incredible after being blown around, combined with the wispy streaks of color and hints of sparkle from the glitter. I tried my best to capture it in the photo, but I highly recommend trying it out for yourself because it really is that awesome!

STEP 11:

After removing the coasters from the mold, cut away any excess resin. The resin sinks a little as it cures, making a small lip around the edge of the coaster. To make the top smooth and even, I mixed up a small batch and carefully added a thin layer all the way to the edges and let it cure. Alternatively, you can sand the coaster down and then give it a topcoat of resin to bring back the gloss.

Just like in nature, no two galaxies are alike! I love how each of the coasters are unique, but make such an eye-catching collection when they are all together. These coasters would make gorgeous gift, and will certainly be a unique conversation piece on your coffee table at home. Be sure to check out our other resin galaxy projects for more inspiration!

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DIY Resin Crafts Perfect For Fall

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 08/27/2020 - 07:53

It’s safe to say that Fall is a season that is an all-time favorite for many of us. Maybe it’s the changing leaves, the cooler temperatures or the holidays we celebrate during autumn time. Whatever it is, we know we love it. The amount of activities to do this time of year are endless, and we never miss an opportunity for some fall resin crafting. Today we’ve compiled our favorite DIY Resin Crafts For Fall that we’re sure you’ll love. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

DIY Resin Crafts Perfect For Fall DIY Resin Fall Leaf Purse Charms

DIY Mini Resin Pumpkin Vase 

DIY Acorn Napkin Rings 

DIY Resin Leaf Napkin Rings 

DIY Marbled Resin Pumpkins 

DIY Maple Leaf Resin Paperweight 


DIY Autumn Leaf Pendant 

DIY Resin Autumn Tray

How to Make a Layered Resin Painting

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 08/14/2020 - 12:21

How to Make a Layered Resin Painting

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie at Doodlecraft sharing a layered painting technique you will love. This painting is canvas with multiple layers of thick, creamy paints and 2 layers of Envirotex Lite High Gloss Resin. There are a variety of textures, shines, depths and finishes on this painting that makes it so intriguing.

First off, is there any surprise that I painted an aqua and teal background? Check out this post!  Or this post! Or this one! The biggest question to ask yourself is what color will your background be?

Supplies Needed for Layered Resin Painting:

Step 1: Layer one of the canvas

Begin by painting the entire canvas in a brushy, stroke pattern. Similar to this canvas painting I did three years ago.  Then let the background dry completely.

Step 2: Second layer of Flowers

Then paint a row of big, chunky flowers on the canvas. These flowers are very splotchy and random. Leave gaps of background colors between the blobby petals. Add green leaves. Do not strive for perfection here, keep them very abstract.

Step 3: First Layer of Resin

Now place the canvas in the cardboard box with a board inside the canvas to keep it’s shape. Then prop it up on plastic cups so the edges of the canvas are elevated. And make sure the box lid can still close.

Then mix up the Envirotex Lite High Gloss Resin in a mixing cup. Read the instructions carefully and be sure to mix properly in the two-phase process. After mixing in 2 separate cups with 2 different stirring sticks for the allotted time, pour the resin on top of the canvas and smooth it around with a stirring stick.

Gently close the box and let it dry at least 24-48 hours.

Step 4: Next Layer of Flowers

Now add another layer of flowers, leaves, fronds, spots, dots and lines over the resin.

The texture is a little different painting on a glossy surface versus the canvas, so keep it thin in places and thick in others. Once satisfied with the additional small flowers and patterns, let the paint dry completely.

Step 5: Gold Leaf Layer

Now add little splotches of the Gold Leaf Gilding Adhesive to the canvas. Let the glue dry completely and it will be clear but still very tacky.

Then place the gold leaf (or in this case a variegated leaf) right on the tacky parts of the painting.

Then lift up the gold leaf and it will stick right where it was tacky and no where else.

Once gold leaf has been set in the desired places, dust off the excess leafing with a stiff paintbrush. I always step outside for this part, and end up with some gold sparkles on my sidewalk.

Step 6: Last Layer of Resin

Now return the painting to the risers in the cardboard box and mix up another batch of high gloss resin. Again, it’s super important to mix resin properly or it will not set right.

Then pour the shiny resin on the painting. This will magically add a smooth glossy shine but also make it look like there are way more layers of paint and gold.

Close up the box. This is important because it keeps debris, pet hair, flies and other things out of the finish while it cures. Open it back up after twenty minutes and pop any bubbles that have formed using a heat gun, mini torch or gently blowing them with a straw. Then let the resin cure for at least 2 days.

Remove the canvas and enjoy! I love how it looks aquatic, with little schools of fish swimming around the coral reef! I love that it’s my own creation–and no one else will have this art in their home.

Hopefully this gives you the courage to make your own layered canvas painting with Envirotex Lite High Gloss Resin. Like, Pin and Share!

 

Driftwood Resin Buttons

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 08/05/2020 - 07:00

With colors mimicking the ocean and shaped like driftwood pieces, these unique resin buttons are the perfect embellishment to create a truly one-of-a-kind project.

Sometimes crafting is as much about creativity as it is about experimentation. And not knowing how something is going to turn out is part of the fun when creating art. We would definitely say that is the case with these unique resin driftwood buttons. Having made resin molds out of actual pieces of driftwood, we had no idea how the resin buttons would turn! Although we were more than excited to find out.

We experimented with a few different inclusions such as pebbles, seaglass, gold glitter and metallic paint.  It was fun to pop them out of the molds and uncover our little creations which look really pretty stitched on a decorative coastal-inspired throw pillow.

Supplies Needed:

How to Make Driftwood Resin Buttons:

Be sure to read all the instructions and work in a well ventilated area prior to using the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy.

Preparing the Resin

To prepare the resin for pouring, mix equal amounts of resin and hardener in a measuring cup. Two ounces of each should be sufficient for this part of the project.

Stir the two parts together for 2 minutes scraping the bottom and sides with the wooden stir stick. Pour the mixture into a second measuring cup and continue stirring for another minute.

Divide the resin mixture amongst 3 cups. And then add 2 drops of the translucent blue dye into one portion and green dye to another and leave one portion clear. Stir until each color is completely blended. Your resin will then be ready to pour.

If you’d like, add small inclusions into one of the mold such as pebbles or sea glass.

Next, alternate pouring each of the three colors of resin into the molds until filled.

Using a toothpick, add threads of gold metallic paint to the molds. Swirl around and into the resin in the molds.

After about 15-20 minutes, blow off any bubbles that have risen to the surface of the resin using a kitchen torch (or your breath through a straw).

Cover and let cure for 24 to 48 hours before removing from the molds.

Finishing

With clean hands, remove the resin buttons from the mold.

Using a utility knife, carefully trim off and smooth the rough and jagged edges.

Netx, use a drill to drill through the resin all the way through making them function as buttons. And if needed, use a toothpick to remove the remaining fine sanded resin from the holes.

Attaching Resin Driftwood Buttons to a Throw Pillow

Position the buttons on a throw pillow (we used a pillow sized 18″x18″) and with a threaded needle, hand sew the buttons in place.

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DIY Glittered Resin Projects

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 07/29/2020 - 07:00

Welcome, resin crafters! Everybody could use a healthy dose of glitter in their lives right about now, right? As far as we’re concerned, “too much glitter” is not a world we want to live in!

Today we’ve rounded up all of our favorite projects that include both glitter and resin to create something beautiful. From home decor to fun crafts, you’re sure to find something great to make. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

DIY Glittered Resin Projects

DIY Glitter Resin Keychains 

DIY Glitter Resin Pencil Cup

DIY Glitter Resin Trinket Box

DIY Resin Geode Glitter Canvas

DIY Glitter Hairclips

DIY Monogram Glitter Planner Charms 

DIY Glitter Switch Plate 

DIY Glitter Wine Charms 

DIY Resin Glitter Cacti

DIY Resin Glitter Rings 

DIY Resin Keychains Perfect for Back to School

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 07/22/2020 - 06:44

With back to school looking a little different this year, many of us are concerned not only for our children’s education but also their well-being in an unprecedented time. Something we’ve been doing a lot of here at Resin Crafts Blog is taking that uncertainty and turning it into activities and projects we can enjoy as a family. Although back to school may not be normal this year, we can still facilitate some exciting back to school activities that replicate a traditional school year. Today we’re going to be sharing with you some awesome DIY Resin Keychains that are perfect for back to school. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

DIY Resin Keychains Perfect for Back to School

DIY Glitter Resin Keychain with Power Words 

DIY Resin Letter Keychains

DIY Lucky Keychain 

DIY Alcohol Ink Resin Keychain

DIY Resin Flower Keychains 

DIY Mermaid Tail Glitter Keychain

DIY Candy Sprinkles Resin Keychain

DIY Wood Slice Flower Pendants

DIY Glitter Charms Keychain 

DIY Molds to Create for Resin Casting & More!

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 07/15/2020 - 12:40

One of the most common questions we get over in our Facebook group is how to you create your own resin mold. There are so many ways to create resin molds of all shapes, sizes and dimensions with EasyMold and Mold Builder. With this being such a hot topic, we have done 2 Facebook Live demonstrations on creating molds… one with EasyMold Silicone Putty and one with Liquid Latex Mold Builder. We also have a great tutorial on molds, along with an explanation of the different types of molds that you can find here.

Finding molds for resin casting for oddly shaped or unique items can be quite challenging, so making your own resin molds is the way to go! It’s also a perfect solution for replicating important items like a missing chess piece or a family heirloom.

You can create a mold for just about anything, even 3D shapes. There are several different products you can use to make molds, depending on what you’re looking to make of a mold of and what you’re planning to use it for. DIY molds don’t have to just be for resin casting, there are so many fun things you can make with your mold creations. One thing to note, if you plan to use a DIY mold for food, reserve it for food use only.

Here are some fun examples of DIY molds and just a sampling of the numerous ways that they can be used. Make sure to check out the Liquid Latex Mold Builder Video to see a great example of mold making with that product!

EasyMold Silicone Rubber Faux Resin Crystals 

Pear Candles

Lego Candy Mold

EasyMold Silicone Putty Resin Flower Cabochon Jewelry

DIY Skull Mold

Hot Glue Designs in DIY Mold

EasyMold Silicone Paste DIY Rubber Ducky Jelly Soap

DIY Pumpkin Shaped Soaps

Have you ever tried your hand at DIY mold making? What objects do you have that you would want to recreate with a mold?

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