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10 DIY Valentine’s Day Decor Options

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 07:00


The Christmas decorations are put away, but it’s a little too early to put out the Spring decorations. The house is in decor limbo! The good news is that there’s this fun little holiday in between that’s a blast to celebrate: Valentine’s Day! It’s a holiday that is all about showing the people you love how much you care about them. What’s not to love? Valentine’s Day comes and goes quickly, and we feel the Valentine’s Day decor options should be quick and easy to match that. Today, we’ve rounded up 10 DIY Valentine’s Day Decor Options for your home, so you can celebrate in an affordable and fun way!

Which one will you create?

10 DIY Valentine’s Day Decor Options

DIY Valentine’s Day Hoop Wreath | Lydi Out Loud

Valentines Scrabble Tile Coasters | Blue i Style

DIY Valentine’s Day Mailboxes | Jen Woodhouse

DIY Valentine’s Day Photo Plaque | Bower Power

DIY Pallet Valentine Art | Infarrantly Creative

Valentine’s Day “Love” Hoop Art | Happiness is Homemade

XOXO Valentine’s Day Decor | The Pinning Mama

DIY Valentine’s Light Decorations | Pillar Box Blue

DIY Valentine’s Day Garland | Love The Day

DIY Valentine’s Tree | Simple Kierste

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Pressed Flower Paperweight DIY

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 15:03

Pressed Flower Paperweight DIY

Hi Resin Crafters!  It’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing another fun resin project with you.  I love fresh flowers but, in the first place, I have major allergies to them–so beautiful bouquets for Valentine’s day are simply out of the question.  This simple pressed flower paperweight is the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of flowers, without the allergies.  Additionally, you can press your own flowers and then enjoy the loveliness of a bouquet for years to come!

Let’s get started!  Gather supplies:

Castin’ Craft Clear Polyester Casting Resin

Pressed Flowers (you can smash your Valentine Flowers in a flower press or between the pages of a heavy book)

Silicone Mold

Disposable work surface, gloves, cups and stirring sticks

Set up the silicone mold on a disposable work surface.  Wear gloves and read the directions when working with the casting resin.
Mix the clear  resin and catalyst in a disposable cup and stir according to package directions. Fill a few cavities in the mold with about 1/4 inch of the mixed resin.  Let it sit and gel for about twenty minutes.Next, add a few pressed flowers right on top of the clear resin.  Next, mix up more clear casting resin as done previously.  Pour the resin over the top of the flowers to encase them completely.  Let them sit for 24-48 hours to cure.  Temperature will make a difference, it needs to be fairly warm to set well.Once the resin feels firm and doesn’t smell (that’s a good indicator if it’s completely cured), then pop them out of the mold.  Use a nail file and gently file any edges that are rough, until they are smooth.Now the paperweights are ready to use and enjoy.  They are stunning and vibrant.  It looks great with an inspirational quote on the desk.  Another option would be to glue a magnet to the back and stick them up on the fridge.The layers of flowers are fun and fresh, a great bouquet for those of us that have allergies…or want to enjoy Valentine’s bouquets for years to come.If you haven’t used resin yet for crafting, now is the perfect time.  Get creative and make something beautiful!

Check out these fun paperweights too!

Resin and Wood Bookend

Gold Leaf Paperweights

Flower Paperweight

Resin Rocks

Leaf Paperweight

Clear Resin Paperweights

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10 Super Bowl Party Ideas

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 07:00

Winter can seem never ending this time of year, but you know what helps? Football season! The Super Bowl is approaching so quickly! We love football, and even though our teams may not be playing the game, we always find ourselves celebrating and watching. It’s such a great opportunity to spend quality time with friends, eat amazing food, watch the funny commercials, and all around just enjoy the game. However, if you’re hosting the Super Bowl party, that can definitely be an added stress. We’ve rounded up some fun Super Bowl party ideas for you that are not super costly and are easy to achieve so you can focus on enjoying the party with your people. Which team are you rooting for?

DIY Football Garland | The Cards We Drew

Football Helmet Drink Markers | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Ice Cream Football Sandwiches | The 36th Avenue

DIY Dip Station | A Pumpkin and a Princess

Homemade Football Party Cake | Spaceships and Laser Beams

No Sew Pennants and Pom Poms | Atta Girl Says

Easy Football Field Party Table | A Night Owl Blog

DIY Football Party Ideas | Practically Functional

Football Rice Krispies | That’s What Che Said

Dollar Store Football Crafts | Mad in Crafts

Which of these Super Bowl party ideas will you try for your party?

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Layering Resin – DIY Pencil Holder

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 07:00

Hello resin crafters! I’m happy to bring this tutorial to you on how to go about Layering Resin. I decided to make this DIY Pencil Holder with Layered Resin so that you could see how it is done and one thing you can make with it. The options really are endless though, depending on what molds you have, what colors, and what kind of item you need. I could see this working really well for jewelry too!

Layering Resin – DIY Pencil Holder Supplies:

Prep Your Mold:

Use the Mold Release and Conditioning Spray and just spray a thin layer into your mold. Let that dry, then spray a second thin layer. This will ensure your mold is ready to use and that your resin will be removable once it is cured.

Mixing Resin:

For the first layer (and each layer afterward) you’re going to mix equal amounts of Parts A and B of EasyCast. Put on your latex gloves and protective eyewear and here we go!

First, pour 1/4 oz. Part A into a marked measuring cup.

Next, pour 1/4 oz. Part B into the same cup.

Mix thoroughly, which takes about a minute or two.

Pour into a second clean cup and mix thoroughly again. This ensures that all the resin is completely mixed.

Next, you’re going to add your paint color. I did about five drops of each paint color but this will really depend on the viscosity of your paints. You want to use as little as necessary to get your desired color, so do a few drops and mix, then add more if necessary. Too much paint will result in the resin not curing properly.

Again, mix the color in thoroughly and get ready to pour!

Pouring Resin:

Pour the resin slowly and in one spot in the center of your mold. The resin will spread evenly across the bottom. If for some reason it doesn’t reach a corner, feel free to slightly tip the mold until it coats the bottom of the mold.

Let the resin settle for a few minutes, then use your micro-butane torch, or exhale over your piece, to remove the bubbles.

Now let this layer cure for at least 24 hours. Cover it with something large so it remains dust free.

Pouring Second Through Sixth Layers:

You will follow the exact same instructions for the second through sixth layers, just changing the colors added as you prefer. Be sure to wait at least 24 hours between each layer. You will find that the mixing and pouring goes quickly, so while this project takes many days, it is not very time consuming.

Here are some images of the resin layers being poured. Remember to pop the bubbles after each layer is poured!

For my final layer I decided to make a little more resin so it would be thicker, that is completely personal preference. I filled my mold completely, you may not want to do so as it does make it slightly more difficult to remove from the mold once cured.

Now that you have the final layer poured, again pop all of the bubbles and let it also cure for at least 24 hours. I did 48 just to be sure the entire piece was completely cured. If you have trouble releasing the piece from the mold at 24 hours, it may mean that it just needs some more curing time. I got a good image of the bubbles being popped on the middle section of this last layer, so I wanted to add that here.

Drilling Holes for the Pencil Holder:

Remove your piece from the mold. This can be a little difficult with large pieces in a full mold like this, but just take your time pulling the sides away from the resin. Once the air seal is broken it will release pretty easily. One on side I did have to slide a thin knife blade in just to break the seal and then it popped right out.

Now you have a fully cure resin block with layered colors!

Time to turn it into a pencil holder. Grab your drill and a drill bit the size you want, and let’s get to it!

Begin drilling slowly into the resin where you want the holes to be.

As you drill, you’ll notice the colors of the resin layers appearing in the resin dust.

Drill until you get to your second to last layer color, which for me was purple.

Then drill the other holes. I made four. Now brush off all the resindust (rather than sawdust, ha!) and spray with one thin coat of Resin Spray.

And there you have it! A shiny and colorful pencil holder!


Looking down into the holes you can see the resin colors perfectly. It’s really cool!

I just love all the colors sandwiched in between the blue.

Oh, one more thing: it holds more than just pencils!

What do you think? Do you like this project? What would you change?

Please share this image on Pinterest if you liked this tutorial! 

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DIY: Gold Silver Leaf Resin Pendants

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 07:00

DIY Gold Silver Leaf Resin Pendants

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing another especially fun resin craft.  Making pendants out of resin couldn’t be simpler!  These stunning pendants are made with clear resin and shimmery thin gold and silver paper.  Necklaces and jewelry never go out of style.

Supplies Needed:

Clear Casting Polyester resin

Jewelry Mold

Silver and Gold Leaf

Pendant Bail

Chain

E6000 glue

Begin by mixing up the resin according to package instructions.  Wear disposable gloves when working with resin and use disposable cups, stirring sticks, and a protected work surface.  Place the mold on the working surface and pour a small amount of resin in the desired molds.  Let the resin gel for about 20 minutes.

Next, take pieces of gold and silver leaf paper and put them on the resin until you are satisfied.  Press them down gently with a stirring stick.  Gold leaf can be finicky and sticky.

Then mix up a little more resin just like earlier, and fill the resin mold to the top edge.  Let the resin cure and dry overnight, then pop them out of the molds.

Use some E6000 glue to adhere the pendant bails on the backside of the resin pendants.

Let the glue dry completely, at least 4 hours…or overnight.

Finally, add some gold or silver chain to the pendants and hook a jump ring to connect the chain.  Or use a ready-made chain and slide the pendant on with ease.

They are stunning and ready to wear!  Necklaces are great gifts and one can never have too many of them.

Get some resin and make some fancy jewelry!

 

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10 DIY Galentine’s Day Jewelry Ideas

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:24

Of course everyone has Valentine’s Day on the brain, but what about Galentine’s Day!? Have you heard of it? It’s a great holiday where you can get together with your girls and celebrate the gift of friendship! What better thing to make for your girlfriends for Valentine’s Day than some awesome jewelry? You all already know how we feel about all things DIY, but jewelry has to be one of our favorite things to create! If you’re ready to celebrate your awesome friendships with some crafting, check out these awesome DIY jewelry options we’ve rounded up for you. Which ones will you create?

DIY Abstract Paint Necklaces

Valentine’s Day Necklace with Letter Beads

DIY Dangle Earrings and Pendants

DIY Personalized Keychains

DIY Resin Coated Feather Necklace 

DIY Flower Jewelry 

DIY Lavender Flower Pendant

DIY Wood and Resin Pendant DIY Map Pendant 

DIY Steampunk Resin Pendant

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How to Make Personalized Keychains with EnviroTex Jewelry Resin

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:00

Hi friends!  What are some of your most favorite places you’ve ever been?  Is it a memorable vacation spot you visited with your family? Or a place you used to live? Or the first place you ever traveled to on your own?

Jane here from Sustain My Craft Habit, one part of a sister duo where we create nature inspired DIYs and crafts.   I am so excited to show you how to make personalized keychains that will capture a fond memory of a place you love.  For me, that place is New York City, specifically Manhattan, where my husband used to live and where I happily went to visit. And since it has meaning for my husband as well, I plan to give him one of these personalized keychains as an unexpected gift.

And be sure to pop by our blog where you’ll find a free printable template for our DIY miniature gift boxes which are perfectly sized for these personalized keychains.

Materials needed to make your own personalized keychains:
  • EnviroTex Jewelry Resin kit
  • Paper Road Map (any destination of your choosing) [TIP: if you don’t want to destroy your original map, make a photocopy to use for the keychain, or head online and print an image of your map]
  • Jewelry Bezel
  • Ultra Seal multi-purpose sealer / glue (or any clear craft glue)
  • Scissors, small paint brush
  • Gloves, wooden craft sticks, paper towels, straw

How to make personalized keychains: Preparing your Keychain Bezel:

Trace the bezel onto a piece of scrap paper to determine the size of the map you’ll need. Cut the paper and trim away at the edges so it fits inside the bezel.

Once you have the right size template, trace it over top of your road map. Cut the map out accordingly.

Using a small paint brush, apply a good amount of clear glue to the inside and inner edges of the bezel.

Also, apply clear glue to the back side of the map cut out and place it inside the bezel. Gently push it down to squeeze out the excess glue.

Apply a coat of glue to the top side of the map. Put it aside to dry fully before moving on to the next step.

Applying the resin to your personalized keychains:

Work in the well ventilated area and be sure to read all the instructions on the products before beginning your project. Ensure that your resin bottles are warm to the touch before starting for best results.

Mix exactly equal amounts of Resin and Hardener into one measuring cup. Just a small amount is needed to fill one bezel.

Stir continuously for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the container.

Pour the mixture into a second cup and stir for an additional minute, scraping the sides of the container and stir stick.

Pour the resin into the prepared bezel and fill to just over the brim to create a dome like appearance. Ensure the bezel is level.

Gently blow off any air bubbles that have risen to the surface of the resin (you may need to repeat this a couple of times during the initial curing process). Cover the pieces to keep dust out and let cure overnight. 24 hours for a soft cure and up to 72 hours for full cure.

Attach to your keychain and enjoy the sweet memories of your earlier travels. Make a pair of them and gift one to your partner and keep one for yourself (as I did).

With any great DIY, I love the versatility of this project. The EnviroTex jewelry resin kit and other required supplies are very similar to what is needed for making jewelry, even the bezels can be used as pendants instead of keychains!  For more projects using similar materials, check out these posts:

If you’re still looking for more project ideas, you’ll really love these resin map necklace pendants made using Easy Cast Clear Casting Epoxy Resin.

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Easy DIY Abstract Paint and Resin Necklaces

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:00

Making customized jewelry is so much fun. Today I’d like to share this technique with you so that you can see how quick and easy it is to create jewelry that looks great and is customized to be exactly what you want. The options are endless, so unleash your creativity and follow this tutorial to create your own!

Easy DIY Abstract Paint and Resin Necklaces Supplies:
  • Envirotex Jewelry Resin Kit (includes resin, hardener, mixing cups, stir sticks, plastic glove, instructions.)
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Jewelry Bezels
  • Toothpicks
  • Micro butane torch (optional)
Applying Paint:

Drop random drops of paint using a few different colors into your bezels.

Add enough paint that you’ll be able to cover the bottom of the bezel completely. 

Use toothpicks to drag the colors around, covering the bottom, and making designs in the paint. Be sure not to over mix the colors or they will turn brown. I did very little mixing, just pulled the toothpick from one color to the next in a couple different patterns. 

For this I just pulled color from the middle outward.

For this one I swirled the colors, but was careful not to swirl too many times.

Finally on this one I pulled from one side upward.

Now let the paint dry completely. I gave them overnight to dry. As you can see, the paint shrinks and turns into a plain matte finish. 

Adding Resin:

Time to make those necklaces beautiful! Resin gives it a very polished and finished look. 

First, you’ll put on your gloves and mix equal amounts of part A and part B of the resin in the small mixing cups that come in your kit. For these three necklaces I used 1/4 oz. of each and had plenty. 

Mix them thoroughly together until it is no longer cloudy. 

Now pour the mixture into a second cup and stir again. This ensures that ALL of the resin is thoroughly mixed and you will have no soft spots.

Now pour the resin into the bezels with care. Be sure not to over pour. Go slowly. You have about 20 minutes of working time with this resin so there is no reason to rush and spill. 

I used some spare toothpicks to make the bezels level since the loop where the necklace goes through protrudes a little on the back.

 

Either exhale over the pendants to pop the bubbles or use a micro butane torch. The carbon dioxide is what pops the bubbles.

Let cure for 24 hours.

Voila! Now you have beautiful, unique and easily made Paint and Resin Necklaces! Make one for every outfit!

If you like these necklaces, please SHARE by pinning this image to Pinterest!

 

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Beautiful Post-Holiday Winter Home Decor Ideas

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 07:00


Has anybody else experienced that after holiday sadness when you’re taking down all the decorations you worked so hard to put up? It comes and goes so fast, and sometimes your house can feel so bare afterwards! The good news is that we’ve discovered that it doesn’t have to be the holidays to be inspired to decorate your house with beautiful decor. There are plenty of winter home decor options that are perfect for revamping your home’s style that you can keep up all winter long. If you’re looking to be inspired again, check out the 10 Beautiful Post-Holiday Winter Home Decor Ideas we have below. There’s something here for everybody!

DIY Black & White Striped Bells | Whipper Berry

DIY Icicle Candle Holders | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Snowflake Winter Decor | The Crafted Sparrow

DIY Upcycling Winter Ideas | One More Time Event

DIY Winter Woodland Sign | Blooming Homestead

DIY ‘Hello Winter’ Sign | Happiness is Homemade

DIY Oversized Snowflakes | Making Home Base

DIY Iced Branches | The Happier Homemaker

Winter Gallery Wall | Polished Habitat

Cozy Living Room Winter Decor | The Everyday Home

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Valentine’s Day Necklace with Letter Beads

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 07:00

You can make a Valentine’s Day necklace for yourself or for someone you love with this technique.  Add letter beads to customize your necklace with any short word or phase.  We chose “I love you” but let your imagination run wild with this one!  Sort of like a conversation heart on a chain.

Supplies needed to make your own Valentine’s Day necklace:

Spray the heart holes in your jewelry mold with Castin’Craft Mold Release/Conditioner and allow to dry completely.  In the meantime, mix up a small portion of EnviroTex Jewelry Resin according to the package directions.  Add Castin’Craft Opaque Pigment in Red until the desired color is reached.

Pour the mixed resin into your molds until they are close to the top of the mold.  Wait 20 to 30 minutes until the resin has set up slightly and is the consistency of thick cream.  TIP:  Leave a little resin in your mixing cup so that you can test it without bothering your molds.  Once your resin has set slightly, drop your letter beads into the desired locations.  They will sink slightly but float some so that you have a pendant where you can see the letters but not the beads themselves.

Allow to set according to the package instructions then remove from your mold.  Add a necklace bail on the back with a little bit of jewelry glue.  Allow this to set up completely before touching.

Then add your Valentine’s Day necklace to the chain of your choice.  You can then give it away or keep it for yourself.

An adorable necklace that anyone will love!  And to think it was handmade from the heart!

Will you be making a Valentine’s Day necklace this year?  What will you spell with your letter beads?

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Fabric Resin Serving Tray DIY

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 07:00

Fabric Resin Serving Tray DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft.  I love serving trays.  They are functional and can make especially unique decorations.  Make them for specific seasons and holidays, or ultimately, just to brighten your day.

Gather supplies:

White lacquered serving tray (or other fun thrift store find)

Colorful fabric

Spray adhesive

Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer

Envirotex Lite High Gloss Finish

2 Mixing Cups, 2 Stirring Sticks

Cover for tray

Begin by cutting a piece of fabric to fit the inside of the tray.  Next, use the adhesive spray to lightly coat the backside of the fabric, then smooth it down inside the tray.  Then paint the surface of the fabric with Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer and let it dry completely.

Next, move the serving tray onto a covered working surface.  Prepare the EnviroTex Lite for glossing the tray.

Read the instructions explicitly and get the mixing cups set up for the mixing of resin.

After mixing the resin thoroughly, pour the resin in the center of the serving tray.  Tip the tray from side to side until it gets a thin layer of resin all over the base of the tray.  This large tray took 16 oz. of resin to finish.  After about 20 minutes, blow over the resin with a heat gun gently to remove any bubbles that have formed.

Cover the top of the tray with something for protection to keep the dust and debris off it while it is curing.

Let the serving tray dry and cure overnight (in 70*F-90*F temperature).  The tray is perfection, ready to serve a breakfast in bed!

During the cold winters, I love curling up on the couch or in bed and writing in my journal.  A serving tray like this is perfect for those moments of cuddling up and having a sturdy, adorable, surface to work on.

I love the vivid fabric in shades of navy, pink, yellow and red.  Better than the fabric is the thick layer of glossy resin.  Easy to clean and durable for years to come.

Do you have a tray you could spruce up?  Get some colorful fabric and high gloss resin and make a stunning serving tray to enjoy any time of year.

Check out these other amazing tray makeovers too:

Gold Glitter Tray

DVD Mosaic Tray

Driftwood Resin Tray

Wood and Resin Tray

 

Gold Marbled Tray

 

Resin Penny Tray

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10 Valentine’s Day Gifts You Can Create

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 07:00

Now that the holidays and New Year’s have passed in the blink of an eye, we’re onto thinking about Valentine’s Day already! Gift giving for this holiday is so much fun, and most importantly, it’s about telling someone you love how much you care about them. What better way to do that than create a DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for them? It doesn’t hurt of course that you’re also saving yourself a bit of money at the same time. It’s a total win-win! We here at Resin Crafts Blog hope you have a wonderful time creating these gifts and get to spend this special day with the people you care about the most. Enjoy!

DIY Lightbulb Gift | A Little Craft in Your Day

DIY ‘Things I Love About You” Chalkboard Decor | Cutesy Crafts

DIY Date in a Jar | The Gunny Sack

‘Donut Forget I Love You’ with Free Printable | The 36th Avenue

DIY ‘I’ll Tumble for You’ Game | Tried and True

DIY Decorative Beer Case | Place of My Taste

DIY Sharpie Mug | My Sister’s Suitcase

DIY Heart Jars | The 36th Avenue

DIY Valentine’s Pallet Nail Art | A Little Craft in Your Day

DIY Love Coupon Book with Free Printables | The Dating Divas

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How to Make Dangle Earrings and Hanging Pendants Jewelry with Resin

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 07:00

Have you ever heard of Galentine’s Day (yes, that’s right, I said Galentine’s Day)? It’s relatively new but is increasingly gaining popularity amongst women of all ages. It’s a day for women to celebrate the female friendships in their life and occurs the day before Valentine’s Day.

Hello friends! Jane here from Sustain My Craft Habit, a DIY, crafts and home decor blog where my sister Sonja and I share new nature-inspired ideas each week. Ever since I made these glitter stud earrings and pendants for all my nieces this past Christmas, I wanted to make a set of jewelry for the lovely ladies in my life. And what better reason than for Galentine’s Day?  I’ll show you how to make dangle earrings and hanging pendants using resin for just about any occasion.

Using the leftover red glitter from our DIY Christmas glitter earrings and pendant, I was able to to easily make this beautiful new jewelry. All you need to do is pick up a few basic jewelry making supplies at a local craft store and get started.

Materials Needed:

How to make dangle earrings and hanging pendants: Preparing the EnviroTex Jewelry Resin:

Work in the well ventilated area and be sure to read all the instructions on the products before beginning your project.

Apply a mold release / conditioner to the jewelry molds as per the instructions in the package.

Mix exactly equal amounts of Resin and Hardener into one measuring cup. I used very little of each, only about 10 mm and it went along way as you’ll see.

Stir continuously for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the container.

Pour the mixture into a second cup and stir for an additional minute, scraping the sides of the container and stir stick.

Once combined add a generous amount of glitter to the desired molds.

Pour the resin into your glitter filled jewelry molds and fill molds to the top with resin.

Gently blow off any air bubbles that have risen to the surface of the resin (you may need to repeat this a couple of times during the initial curing process). Cover the pieces to keep dust out and let cure overnight. 24 hours for a soft cure and up to 72 hours for fully cured jewelry.

Remove the pieces from the mold. With a sharp utility knife trimmed around any of the sharp edges on the back of the pieces if needed.

Place all the pendants on a protected work surface with the bottom side facing upward.  Repeat the previous steps to prepare another small batch of resin.  Pour a layer of resin over top of each pendant to create a dome-like  surface.

 

Ensure all the pieces are level and prop something underneath if necessary to level the pieces while they cure. Cover the pieces to keep dust out and let cure for 2 hours.

Using a side cutter, trim away the excess wire from the eye pin, leaving about 1/4″ to 1/2″ in length. Using the chain nose pliers, carefully place the eye pin onto the hardening resin as shown. Gently push eye pins into place. Cover and leave to cure for 5 hours.

After 5 hours, prepare another small batch of resin to pour a thin layer over the previous layer to fully secure the eye pin in place. Cover and leave to fully cure for 72 hours.

How to Assemble the Jewelry Pieces:

Once fully cured, begin to assemble the jewelry pieces.

For the earrings, open one jump ring and connect the second jump ring  and the earring hook.  Close the jump ring.  Open the bottom jump ring in the chain and connect the pendant. Close the jump ring.

How wonderful would it be to show your best friends how much you care and appreciate them by making them each a beautiful piece of jewelry. To make a handmade gift box like we’ve made here, check out our DIY gift box, which comes with a free printable. We also have an adorable printable Valentine’s Day card for that special someone in your life.

Additional DIY Jewelry Gift Ideas:

If you’re looking for other beautiful and creative jewelry gift ideas for the holidays be sure to check out these other DIY jewelry ideas here on the Resin Crafts Blog:

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Geometric Crystal Resin Wood Bookend DIY

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 07:00

Geometric Crystal Resin Wood Bookend DIY

Combining multiple elements is especially perfect for home decor.  This DIY goes one step further with making it a functional bookend as well.  This piece is made with resin and is sanded to have a fun geometric shape.  Make two for the perfect pair of bookends.

Then again, stack it on top of a pile of books for the perfect stunning home decor piece.

Supplies needed:

Clear Polyester Casting Resin

Rectangle Mold

Green Translucent Dye

Cedar (or other natural wood) Chunk

Belt Sander

Sand Paper (grits 120 stepping up to 3000)

Castin’ Craft Resin Spray Finish

Mold Release Spray

Disposable Gloves

Mixing cups and Stirring sticks

Work on a covered surface in a well ventilated area.  Get all your supplies ready before starting.  Find a piece of wood that fits inside the mold.

Start by spraying the mold release and conditioner spray in the rectangle mold.  Then read the directions for the resin completely and mix up a few ounces of resin.  Keep it clear and pour it in the mold.  Let the resin set about 20 minutes until it is starting to gel.  Then set the wood right in the resin.  It should be firm enough to hold the wood in place.

Let the resin cure completely and pop it out of the mold.  Notice some bubbles and even some holes.  No worries.

Next mix up the same amount of resin as earlier, stirring for the proper amount of time, etc.  Then drop a couple drops of green translucent dye and mix it in.  Spray the mold with release and conditioner spray and then pour the green resin right in the mold.  Let it set for 20-30 minutes until it gels.

Then place the clear resin and wood piece right on top of the gelled green resin.  Let it cure overnight.

Oops, missed taking a picture after popping out of the mold.  I took my resin straight into the garage and started sanding down edges on the belt grinder.  This is a very rough grind to form some fun geometric shapes and angles.  Sand the base of the bookend completely even, level and smooth enough to stand on it’s own.  There is only a subtle color difference between the clear resin and the green dyed resin.

Next is the labor intensive part.  Start by sanding all the edges with varied grits of sand paper.  I started with 150 and gave each edge a thorough sanding.  Leave the flat front surface natural resin.

Then move on to the next sand paper grit, I stepped it up to 240.  Sand thoroughly again.

Dust it off with a soft cloth as you go.  Next use the 320 grit and sand the edges.

Now, gradually step it up to 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1200, 1500, 1800, 2000 and finally 3000.  This process was a bit labor intensive and took a good hour.

There are still visible sanding lines, but it feels really smooth….but I have a special trick up my sleeve.

The real magic is this Multi purpose Clear Gloss Finish Resin Spray.  It is a thick glossy spray to fill all the sanding lines with shiny resin gloss.  Spray the wood and the resin with a thin layer of gloss, repeat after 10 minutes and then let it dry completely.

After the bookend dries, it’s time to admire.  Check out that fabulous shine–no sanding marks are visible!

The sunlight catches in the resin and looks uniquely amazing.  I love my choice of worm eaten wood too…so perfect, it was just in our wood pile–score!

Finally this awesome resin bookend is ready to display and hold up stacks of books. It would make a unique gift for someone too!

Make one or two and enjoy the juxtaposition of the translucent resin and worm eaten wood.

 

 

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10 DIYs to Help You Get Organized for the New Year

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 09:40

Can you guys believe that this weekend we’ll be ringing in the new year? Where has the time gone? We at Resin Crafts Blog hope that 2017 brought you joy, happiness and lots of crafting, of course. This time of year is always a great excuse to set goals for yourself, and start working towards them. The type of motivation that comes with a new year is always awesome for resolutions. Do you have any resolutions set for this year?

A big one that usually makes its way onto most people’s list is getting more organized in everyday life. Do you want to know the great thing about getting organized? It is a totally do-able resolution that won’t cost you a lot of money, or even take you a lot of time. We hope you enjoy some of these DIY projects that’ll help get you organized in the new year. Which ones will you create?

DIY Toothbrush Station | Clean and Scentsible

DIY Striped Mail Organizer | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Organization Jars | The Real Thing with the Coake Family

DIY Oversized Pegboard Shelves | Jen Woodhouse

DIY Dry Erase Menu Board | Polished Habitat

DIY Jewelry Organizer | Blue i Style Blog

DIY Pantry Organization | Place of My Taste

DIY Earring Organizer | Oh My Creative

DIY Metallic Rope Throw Basket | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Organization Board & Command Center | Girl Loves Glam

 

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Pink Glitter Resin Knobs DIY

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 07:00

Pink Glitter Resin Knobs DIY

Hi resin crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft.  I love updating furniture and one of the simplest ways is to change up the knobs on a nightstand or dresser.  I have a thing for pink glitter, don’t you just love it too!?  Do you have a nightstand, dresser or even cabinet doors that need a little updating?  It’s especially easy to make a custom knob for a uniquely perfect touch.

Glitter Resin Knobs Supplies

Clear Polyester Casting Resin

Pink Glitter

Round Knob Mold

Knob Hardware

E6000 Glue

Disposable Gloves

Mixing Cups/stirring sticks

Clear polyester resin is good for projects that have more than a 1/4 inch thickness to them.  First, read all the instructions for the mixing of the resin.

The round mold is awesome because the resin magnifies, in detail, what is inside with the rounded top.  Mix the resin according to the package directions in a disposable mixing cup.  Next, pour the mixed resin into the molds to fill them about half way.  Now let them sit for about 30 minutes.

Next, add a good shaking of glitter right over the resin in the mold.  You can pick any color of glitter you like!

Finally mix up a little more resin and pour it right on top of the glitter resin knobs, filling the mold to the top.

Next, let the resin cure overnight, then pop the glittery pink resin knobs out of the molds.  If the edges of resin are sharp, sand them down smooth with a nail file.

Use the E6000 to glue the knob hardware (DIY knob pull base) on the backside of the knobs.

I rested my knobs in an egg tray to keep the hardware until it dried and cured.

Finally, after the glue dries, the knobs are ready to use.  Update that old dresser, vanity, out-dated nightstand or even those cabinets and cupboards!  Pink glitter and resin would certainly make a darling pendant necklace too.

Glitter resin knobs make an especially stunning upgrade even by just changing out a few of the knobs… it’s a great way to add a pop of interest in the room.  Do you have some furniture pieces that could surely use some updating?  New resin knobs may be precisely what it needs!

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Knobs are so fun to make and customize, check out these ultimately amazing gold leaf resin knobs too.

 

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10 Festive New Year’s Party Ideas

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 07:00

In just days, it’s going to be the year 2018. Can you believe that!? Doesn’t it feel like we just figured out how to write the date correctly as the year 2017, just in time for it to change again? We here at Resin Crafts Blog hope that you had a wonderful year just as we have. There are so many wonderful things to reflect on this time of year and what better way to do that than with your friends and family? If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve party to ring in 2018, you’re going to love the ideas we have rounded up for you today. You guys already know that we’ll be ringing in the new year by doing tons of crafting, and we hope you will too! Which idea will you create?

Easy New Year’s Party Decorations | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Sparkler Toothpick Toppers | The 36th Avenue

DIY Party Crackers | Happiness is Homemade

DIY New Year’s Hats & Party Favors | The 36th Avenue

DIY Embossed New Year’s Napkins | Darice Blog

DIY New Year’s Party Photo Backdrop | Tatertots & Jello

DIY Gold Confetti Champagne Flutes | She’s Kinda Crafty

DIY Chalkboard Menu | Darice Blog

DIY New Year’s Eve Mirror Ball Decor | The Crafted Sparrow

DIY Watercolor Party Hats | Modern Parents Messy Kids

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Resin Coated Feather Necklace

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 07:00

All year I have been experimenting with different ways to use resin, and recently I wondered if it would be possible to coat a feather in resin. Today I am going to share with you how I made this Resin Coated Feather Necklace which turned out really neat! The possibilities with resin really are endless.

Resin Coated Feather Necklace Supplies:

 

Resin Spray:

The first step is to spray the feather with Resin Spray. Remember to do this outside or somewhere that is well ventilated. I just did one good coat over the front and the back, then I laid it onto the back of one of my silicone molds I made in a previous post. This was the best non-stick surface that I had.

Let the spray dry thoroughly. Trim feather edges if needed.

Jewelry Resin: 

Now you’ll want to follow the instructions in your jewelry resin kit to mix the resin. You’ll need to wear your latex gloves. Trim the tops of the jewelry resin bottles.

To mix the resin, you’ll pour equal amounts of part A and part B into one of the small cups that come in the kit.

Mix thoroughly with the stir stick in the kit, then pour into the second cup and mix again.

After that you’ll have only 25 minutes to work with the resin, so don’t just set it down and walk away. To apply the resin to the feather, I simply used a disposable brush and essentially painted it onto the feather.

The feather was already fairly stiff from the resin spray, so this was easy to do. Again, I was working on top of a silicone surface so that any resin leaking off the feather would be easy to remove.

I came back 24 hours later and this is how it looked! Pretty cool! But a little rough on the top.

I actually wanted the feather to be glossy also, so I  mixed and applied another coat of resin.

I then waited 24 more hours for it to cure. Then trimmed any excess pieces that stuck out, and it was done! 

This is how it turned out! Totally glossy and a unique piece of feather jewelry. The cool thing is that the feather will never fall apart. Next time I want to try a fun, multicolored feather because I think it would look really neat! The feather I had purchased was actually made for jewelry making so it already had a loop on the top to add to a necklace chain.

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DIY Faux Seaglass Wall Hanging with Polyester Resin

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 07:00

Hi friends! Sonja here from Sustain My Craft Habit. Have you ever tried drilling a hole in seaglass or any glass?  If so, you know how difficult it can be. This DIY faux seaglass project is the perfect alternative and looks really beautiful as a wall hanging.

I decided to make all the pieces in different shades of blue creating an ombre effect when all the pieces are strung together. But you can just as easily create any color you like just by changing the dye color.  Each individual piece was poured and set in an EasyCast resin jewelry mold. These jewelry molds are so versatile as you can see with some of the other DIYs we made using them, such as this  lovely lavender flower pendant and this festive glitter pendant.

This finished piece would look lovely hung inside a window sill, don’t you think? I can just picture the sunlight streaming through the hanging “seaglass”.

Materials needed to make DIY Faux Seaglass:

How to Make DIY Faux Seaglass:

Work in a well ventilated area and be sure to read all the instructions on the product packaging before beginning your project.

Apply a mold release agent to the jewelry molds and put aside to dry.

Pour the clear polyester resin into a measuring cup.

Add the catalyst to the resin. Since I started with 2oz of resin and my molds were 1/4″ thick, I added 8 drops of catalyst per ounce of resin. You’ll need to follow the instructions on the packaging for your specific project.

Stir continuously for 1 minute, scraping the sides and bottom of the container as you mix.

Since I wanted to include some clear “seaglass” to my ombre colored wall hanging,  I filled some of the jewelry molds with the clear mixture.

Next, add one drop (a very small amount) of transparent blue dye to the same clear mixture. Stir together until the dye is a uniform color.

Fill your desired jewelry molds with the light blue mixture.

To have a variety of different shades of blue,  add more transparent blue dye to the same mixture and fill in your desired jewelry molds.

Repeat this step one more time to have 3 different shades of blue charms. You can continue these steps as many times as you like to achieve the desired look and the amount of faux seaglass needed for your project.

Cover the pieces to keep dust out and let cure overnight.

After 24 hours, remove the pieces from the mold. They should easily pop out of the jewelry molds.

Preparing the Faux Seaglass for a Wall Hanging:

Roughly lay out the “seaglass” as you want them to hang on a flat and level surface.

Using a 1/16″ drill bit, drill a small hole at the top of each piece. You can stick a needle through the hole to clear  the hole and push out any of the resin shavings.

Starting at the bottom, begin to fasten the seaglass together by threading the fishing line through the drilled holes.  Space each piece as you like and add a single knot at the top to hold the faux seaglass in place.

Once each piece of faux seaglass is fastened along the fishing line, tie each strand to the wooden dowel (or driftwood in my case). Repeat for all 4 strands evenly spacing the strands apart.

I’m pretty amazed at the amount of possibilities with this clear resin product. For more inspiration, be sure to check out these  DIY Gold Leaf Paperweights as well as this DIY Terrarium made using the same Clear Polyester Resin.

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10 Inspiring Handmade Hostess Gift Ideas

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 07:55

Happy Holidays from your friends at Resin Crafts Blog! We can’t believe how quickly the holiday season has snuck up on us. This time of year is always packed with different events, many of them including Christmas and holiday parties. It isn’t always easy to think of an appropriate gift for your host/hostess and no one likes to arrive to a party empty handed. We have a great set of handmade hostess gift idea options here for you. Nothing says that you are thankful for hospitality more than a handmade gift you spent a little extra time on. The best part? It won’t cost you a fortune either! Now, onto some of the most inspiring handmade hostess gift ideas you could make this season! Which ones will you create?

DIY Coasters & Utensil Holder | Pretty Providence

DIY Chalkboard Tray | Vader Bomb

Handmade Holiday Hand Soap and Dispenser | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Stenciled Tea Towel | A Proverbs 31 Wife

DIY Wine Bottle Stopper and Scarf | Darice Crafts

DIY Wood Cheese Tray | The Shabby Creek Cottage

DIY Bath Salts and Printable Gift Tag | Clean and Scentsible

DIY Faux Fir Wine Bags | A Night Owl Blog

DIY Gold Striped Vases | Two Twenty One

DIY Cranberry Lip Scrub | Mad in Crafts

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