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High-Gloss Charcoal Gray Bar Top Makeover with EnviroTex Lite

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 07:00

Hi y’all, it’s Whitney of Whitney J Décor, and today I’m sharing my favorite project yet, because it involves my favorite thing to do: makeover rooms! Being an Interior Designer, I put a lot of pressure on my home to be beautiful, so DIY projects are set to higher standards. I’m happy to say that this bar top project is both high-quality and great looking!

We bought our home in March and haven’t had much time to do any updating, except remodeling our kitchen. Our home is really dated, so it’ll take more time than usual to get our home to where I want it. Now that the kitchen is done, we’re moving on to our living room/bar area. Our bar is massive and has this brown stone tile (that I hate) for the bar top that I would have loved to replace when we replaced our kitchen countertops.

So, because I’m stuck with the stone tile counters on the bar, I decided to paint them a dark color. But, I knew I wouldn’t want to stop there, because our bar top is literally the hub of our home. We serve food there, mix drinks there, drop our purses and wallets there, and basically leave stuff there that we know we need to find the next day (or the next week, don’t judge us, LOL). All this high-traffic means that JUST paint wouldn’t cut it. I knew I needed a high-quality surface that’ll sustain the wear and tear.

EnviroTex Lite was the perfect product to use to coat over the paint and give our bar top a durable, high-gloss, glassy look that we love. I was so intimidated to start on this project, but after I got started, it was so fun and wasn’t hard at all.

If you have a bar top (or a table) that needs a new look, you’ll love this project! Just follow these instructions.

High-Gloss Charcoal Gray Bar Top Makeover with EnviroTex Lite Supplies Needed:
  • EnviroTex Lite
  • Plastic drop cloths
  • Gloves
  • Protective eyewear
  • Graduated mixing buckets
  • Stir sticks
  • Disposable paint brush
  • Small handheld butane torch or barbeque lighter
  • Flat piece of cardboard
  • Supplies for painting your top (optional) (primer, latex paint, and paint brushes/rollers)

Directions: Paint the bar top

I painted our bar top first, because I really wanted to get rid of the look of the ugly stone and I wanted a dark color on the top, since I’ll be painting the brick white soon.

First, I started by cleaning the stone tile with some hot soapy water. Then. I primed the stone tile first (two coats), then used one coat of a dark charcoal paint. I let it completely dry before coating the bar top with the EnviroTex Lite.

To coat your bar top (or table top)
  1. Protect your floor and surrounding areas with plastic drop cloths. Initially, I used a combination of plastic drop cloths AND cloth drop cloths. The EnviroTex Lite went straight through the cloths and stuck to my BRAND NEW floors! It took a lot of strength to pull it off the floors. Don’t be like me… use the plastic drop cloths only.
  2. Put on gloves and protective eyewear.
  3. Clean your surface. If you didn’t have to paint your surface, now is the time to clean your bar top or table with some hot soapy water.
  4. Measure one part of the resin and one part of hardener of the EnviroTex Lite. Using your graduated buckets, measure equal parts of one part of the resin and one part of hardener (by volume, not weight). Don’t try to just pour out the entire contents of part A & part B and expect each of them to be the same volume. You need to measure! Our bar top is huge, so I ended up using two 32 oz kits of EnviroTex Lite.

  1. Pour the two mixtures together and mix for a full two minutes. Using large stir sticks (I use the wood paint sticks that you get from the paint store), mix the components together and stir for an entire two minutes, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the container.

  1. Transfer mixture into another container and stir for another minute. Transfer your mixture into a second container, and using a new stir stick, stir the contents for another minute.

  1. Pour the mixture right away. Don’t wait! After mixing, pour your mixture directly over your surface immediately. Make sure to pour your mixture in an even pattern over the surface. Spread your mixture around as needed with a flat piece of cardboard.

  1. Using your disposable brush, brush the bottom edges of the surface you’re coating. You’ll need to do this often, until the mixture hardens enough not to “sag”.

  1. Remove bubbles. For some reason, this part was really fun for me. Using a small butane torch or barbeque lighter, slide the flame around the bar top where you see bubbles, until they’re removed. I got rid of most bubbles then, but went back for a second round about 10 minutes later.

  1. Let cure. Let your bar top (or table) cure for 36-72 hours. Protect the surface by elevating plastic drop cloths over the bar top. We went out of town for a few days, so our bar top cured for a whole 4 days. It’s completely hard and beautiful! And, we only did it in one coat

So, what do you think? Are you ready to start your own large EnviroTex Lite project?

10 Fun DIY Halloween Costumes for All Ages

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 07:00

Have you guys scoped out any of the Halloween costumes in stores this year? We’re all about awesome costumes, but not all about the price tag…. they can be so expensive sometimes! This is why DIY Halloween Costumes are such a great idea not only for adults, but also for kiddos, of course! We’ve rounded up some of the most fun DIY costumes for you to create this Halloween. There are options for all different ages so the whole family can join in! Which one do you plan to create this Fall?

DIY Cowboy Costume | The Country Chic Cottage

DIY Frozen Costumes | A Night Owl Blog

DIY Cactus Costumes | Shrimp Salad Circus

DIY Candy Bar Couple Costume | Oh My- Creative

DIY Toddler Strawberry Halloween Costume | Spot of Tea Designs

DIY Paint Brush Costume | Dukes and Duchesses

DIY Infant Mermaid Costume | The Pinning Mama

DIY Superhero Baby Costume | White House Black Shutters

DIY Scarecrow Tutu Costume | Designer Trapped

DIY Jack Sparrow Costume | The Country Chic Cottage

Do you plan to DIY Halloween costumes this year? We’d love to see them! Have a wonderful weekend friends!

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DIY Leaf Imprint Clay Dish using EasySculpt

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 07:00

One of my favorite home decor items is a small dish that looks great on it’s own, but that is functional and can hold small items temporarily to keep my home feeling less cluttered. Today I want to show you how to make an amazing leaf imprint clay dish using EasySculpt!

Leaf Imprint Clay Dish Supplies:

  • EasySculpt Epoxy Modeling Clay and included Instructions
  • Disposable gloves (a large pair comes in the package, pictured above)
  • Wax paper
  • Clay carving tools
  • Smooth rolling tool
  • Leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Large bowl if you want to mold your bowls
  • Small beads or something to lift sides slightly
  • Paint, if preferred
Mixing the EasySculpt:

Take equal amounts of Part A and Part B. The easiest way to tell you have equal amounts is to roll them into two small balls of the same size.

Begin to knead the two parts together. This will be quite sticky, so use a small amount of olive oil on your gloves and surface to help get through the sticky stage. I found it fastest to put the clay into one palm of my hand and use the other palm to smash them together. Repeat that step until they are completely blended and one solid color and texture.

Shaping your Clay Dish:

When you are done mixing, place the ball onto your work surface and begin to roll it out to the desired size. For this project, I needed it to be large enough to fit inside my red bowl, as you’ll see.

If you are using a bowl “mold” you will want to coat that in a small amount of olive oil, then place the clay into the bowl mold. This step is not necessary if you are just doing a sculpted bowl and using other ways of lifting the sides (as you’ll see in my other two bowls explained below.)

Alright, now that the clay is in the bowl, get your leaves and press them into the clay in the pattern that you want. Cut the excess clay in the shape you want. You could leave the edges flat and just go straight around the top of your bowl, or you could do what I did and cut around the shape of the leaves. It’s all personal preference, which is what makes DIY projects so much fun!

Alright, let that set for awhile until the clay has stiffened up a bit and the imprints will stay sharp, then remove the leaves.

Other options for shaping:

If you are looking for a flatter bowl, more like a dish, then here’s a method that could work for you: Roll out your clay onto wax paper. Press your leaf into the clay. Cut around the leaf (through the wax paper) and make the final shape that you want.

Next, you’ll put beads or any small object underneath all of the sides of the clay. Remember, there should be a liner of wax paper beneath it so it won’t stick to the beads. The beads give the edges a little bit of wave which I thought was great for the leaf design of the dish. When the clay has stiffened up (about 45 minutes later) go ahead and remove the leaf, leaving just an imprint.

As you can see, there is a bunch of detail. It really is a cool process.

Let your dish cure for 24 hours. Here’s another design that I tried. I loved the shape of this leaf as it was a bit different than the others.

Painting Your Clay Dish:

Okay, now that all the bowls have cured for 24 hours, finish them as you wish. You can leave them the natural gray of the clay if you want. I opted to paint mine copper because I am loving copper right now. The metallic finish of it really brings out the details of the leaf imprint.

Project Complete!

Once the paint dries, you’re done! You have an amazingly awesome leaf imprint clay dish and can use it anywhere in your home where you just need a catch-all for small items.

As you can see, with the multi-leaf bowl design there were some air bubbles underneath the leaves. I hadn’t realized that when creating it, so if stuff like that bothers you then be sure to be more careful when placing your leaves. Personally, I think it just gives it a more rustic look and I’m okay with it.

I’ve already placed mine in various spots throughout the house to catch all the little trinkets, coins and jewelry.

Get out there and try the EasySculpt Epoxy Modeling Clay! It’s easy to use and you don’t have to fire it up in a kiln like you would with a normal clay. I’ve got so many more ideas for this clay. What would you do with it? As always, feel free to comment or ask questions! Thanks for checking out my leaf imprint clay dish project!

~Sheri

Concrete Mason Jar Planter

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 07:00

I adore all things mason jar so why not make a concrete mason jar planter? Adding your plants to a concrete jar is the perfect way to add some farmhouse flair to your home. And if I can make one….anyone can!  You can even have mason jar planters in all sizes.

Supplies needed to make a concrete mason jar planter:
  • Mason jar mold (you can see more on how to make the mold here)
  • Pill bottle
  • Stir sticks
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Metal bowl
  • Plastic mold sealer
  • Maker’s Mix Concrete
  • Vegetable oil or cooking spray
  • Mixing cup
  • Measuring cup

You will need a mason jar mold to get started.  In case you missed it, here is a post on how to make the mason jar mold itself.  The Castin’ Craft EasyMold Silicone Rubber makes the molding process easy.  We molded a small 4 oz mini mason jar but you can use the same technique to mold any size that you like.

You will need to add plastic mold sealer around the bottom of the mason jar mold as shown below.  Then press the mold into the bottom of the metal bowl.  Press well to ensure that there is a tight seal.  NOTE: This is the only product that I found that will work for this project.

You will also need something to make a hole in the planter where the plant will actually go.  I used an old pill bottle.  Use some hot glue to attach it to a stir stick as shown below.  Coat both the outside of your pill bottle and the inside of your mold with vegetable oil.  I used a cooking spray to make this process easier.

Now you need to mix the concrete in your mixing cup.  Measure according to the package directions for a thin mix then add a little more water.  About 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of additional water should work.  I found that this thinner mix worked best with the mold and allowed me to get the fine detail.  NOTE:  You should measure and mix the concrete with utensils that you can throw away.  Start adding your concrete mixture to the bottom of the mold.  Use an additional stir stick to press the concrete into the bottom and sides as you add.

Fill the mold almost to the top and then press your pill bottle into the center.  The mixture should come almost to the top but not quite.  If you have too little, remove the pill bottle and add more.  If you have too much, remove the pill bottle and remove some.  Then press your pill bottle into place once more.  NOTE:  The stir stick on the pill bottle will prevent you from pressing too far into the mold.

Allow to cure completely with the pill bottle in place.  This mix works FAST so be quick when filling the mold.  However, since we made the mix slightly thinner than directed you will need to allow it to cure a bit longer in the mold.  I waited about an hour before removing.  It took me three tries to get the concrete mason jar planter that is shown in the pictures.  I had to get the technique and mix just right.  If your first one fails, just try again!  Remember you mold is reusable so additional tries just involve mixing up your concrete.  You can definitely make this project work.

Once cured, remove the mold from the metal bowl.  Then remove the pill bottle from the mold.  You may need a pair of pliers to loosen and pull free.  Then work the mason jar mold until the concrete jar comes out of the bottom.  Add in dirt and a plant and your concrete mason jar planter is ready to be displayed.

I love the detail that comes from the mold and into the concrete.  It is the perfect little mini mason jar planter!

Be sure to add this project to your must make list as it would make a great gift.  Once it comes out of the mold and you see this beauty, however, you may not be able to part with it.  I know I gasped upon seeing that adorable little Ball logo embedded in concrete.

If you need me, I will be admiring my cute little succulent in a mason jar.

Grab your supplies and make a concrete mason jar planter for your home today!  I know you will love it just as much as I do!

10 Beautiful DIY Fall Wreaths For Your Home

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 07:11

Leaves changing, cooler weather, and all Fall everything. Yes, please!  We’re always looking forward to decorating with beautiful DIY Fall decor. One of the best things to DIY is a wreath for your home.

Whether you’re a novice to crafting or an expert, there’s surely something here that will catch your eye that you can create affordably for your home! So without further adieu, here is a compilation of some of the most beautiful DIY Fall Wreaths For Your Home.  Let’s get crafting, friends!

DIY Copper Pipe Fall Wreath | Love Create Celebrate

DIY Burlap and Floral Fall Wreath | Sustain My Craft Habit

DIY Wheat Wreath | The Country Chic Cottage

Easy DIY Fall Wreath | Anika’s DIY Life


DIY Burlap Fall Wreath | Today’s Creative Life

DIY Fall Wreath with Acorns | Tried & True

Easy DIY Fall Hydrangea Wreath | A Night Owl Blog

Easy DIY Wreath from Paper | Make Life Lovely

DIY Fall Monogram Wreath | Practically Functional

DIY Embroidery Hoop Wreath | Lydi Out Loud

 

DIY Late-Summer Maple Leaf Resin Paperweight

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 07:00

Capture the natural beauty of the late summer by making a one-of-a-kind maple leaf resin paperweight.

One of the few good things about summer coming to an end is that the beautiful rainbow of autumn leaves is just around the corner. In a few short weeks the leaves will start turning colours and some of most beautiful transformations are by the maple leaves.

Hi again! It’s Jane from Sustain My Craft Habit, a DIY, craft and home decor blog where my sister Sonja and I share new nature-inspired ideas each week.

I’m fortunate to have a large variety of trees, especially maple and oak, in my neighbourhood in Southern Ontario, Canada. On a short walk the other night I quickly collected small leaves from four varieties of maple tree: the classic sugar maple, a silver maple, king maple and a Japanese maple. Putting them side-by-side they created a beautiful rainbow of colours already! I decided to capture them now and create a late-summer maple leaf paperweight with EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy for my home office. It’s actually really fascinating to look at from all the different angles.

This project does need a bit of planning ahead. Ideally collect the leaves and press them to dry for at least one week. Then you’ll want to generously coat both sides with an all-purpose sealer and let it dry fully. Also, to get the nice floating effect of the leaves in the resin, you’ll make three separate resin pours, with enough time for each layer to cure in-between. This latter part is basically a two-day project.

Supplies needed for DIY Paperweight with EasyCast Resin:

How to make a Leaf-Embedded Resin Paperweight: Preparing the Leaves

As mentioned above, you’ll want to collect the leaves a couple of weeks before you plan to cast them as they should be as dry as possible. Collect them from the tree in the afternoon when they’re the dryest. Place them flat between two sheets of paper towels (which will help to draw out the moisture). Put them between the pages of a book and then stack a couple of heavier books on top.

A little cheat: If you need the leaves to dry faster, you can speed up the process using a microwave. Again, place the leaves flat between paper towel sheets. Press the paper towels with leaves between two microwave-safe plates. These plates should press flat against each other. Microwave on high for 40 seconds. Check them and if needed repeat until the leaves feel fully dry (almost brittle). Note that the microwaved version of the leaves look a bit different than the book-pressed version (more brittle and papery).

When fully dry, lay each sheet on a non-stick surface (such as parchment or wax paper). Coat one side of each leaf generously with a multi-purpose sealer. Let dry fully then turn over and coat the second side. Let dry completely.

Pouring the first Resin Layer

Before starting the project be sure to follow all the directions in the EasyCast package. Work in a well-ventilated area using gloves.

For best results the Resin and Hardener should feel warm to the touch before mixing. To warm it up, place it in warm (not hot) water just prior to using and swirl it around.

Pour ½ oz of the Resin solution into a plastic measuring cup. Add ½ oz of Hardener to the cup. Blend the two components with a wooden craft stick for a full two minutes, scraping the sides and bottom of the cup along the way.

Pour the mixture into a second measuring cup. With a clean craft stick, continue mixing for an additional minute.

Spray the inside of the dome-shaped mold lightly with the Mold Release Conditioner. Pour the resin mixture into the bottom of the mold (should be about ¼ full).

Cover and let set for 15-20 minutes. Blow off any bubbles which rise to the surface with a kitchen torch or your breath, using a straw. Repeat this if needed over the next 45 minutes.

Let the resin cure for about 3 hours. At this point it will be firm yet tacky. Gently place the first leaf (choose the smallest or the one you’d like to showcase the most) onto the resin, with the nicest side of the leaf facing down. This will help to “stick” the first leaf in place so that it doesn’t float to the surface with the next resin layer pour.

Let cure for 6-8 hours.

Pouring the second Resin Layer

Repeat the steps above to mix together the Resin and Hardener, this time using 1 oz of each.

Slowly pour the mixed solution over the first resin layer and let the resin settle underneath the first leaf you placed. Use a toothpick to carefully release any bubbles trapped under the first leaf (or leave them there if you like the effect!).

After 15 – 20 minutes, blow off any bubbles that rise to the surface as above. At this point, start layering the next two leaves face-down. Go slowly and try not to trap air bubbles under the leaves.

I found it worked best to insert the leaves into the resin at an angle rather than simply laying them on top of each other. This gave the air a chance to escape up the surface of the leaves.

The resin will still be quite fluid at this point so you can arrange the leaves as you’d like. I tried to spread mine out. A couple of times I carefully lifted up the mold to see how everything looked from the “top” side and rearranged as needed.

After the resin cured for about 2 hours, I went back in with a toothpick and repositioned some of the leaves to separate them a bit. The resin was pretty thick by this point so I worked slowly and carefully not to damage the leaves (or introduce more air bubbles). I pushed the bottom leaf down as far as it would go as it had floated to the top of the resin.

I then placed the fourth and final leaf on the semi-cured surface of resin, smoothing it out as much as possible.

In the end my final leaf (the dark red King maple) is not that visible, but provides a nice backdrop for the other leaves. I then left it to cure for 3 more hours before pouring the final resin layer.

Pouring the final Resin Layer

Repeat the steps above to mix together the Resin and Hardener, this time using ¾ oz of each.

When the second mixing process is complete, add in 2-3 drops of Pearl Opaque Pigment and blend in completely.

Pour this final layer to fill the mold (do not overfill).

Let the leaf resin paperweight cure for at least 24 hours before attempting to remove from the mold. The piece should be fully cured after about 72 hours.

I must admit I was a little surprised at how nicely this resin paperweight turned out. It has a beautiful glossy surface which looks like glass, and the Opalescent final layer gives the piece a beautiful sparkle when the sun hits it. And most importantly: it works! These leaves were doing their darndest to fly away in the wind storm that was happening when I was taking the pictures. But they stayed put with the help of the new leaf cast resin paperweight.

I’m sure that in the middle of the gray winter it will be a welcome reminder of these last beautifully colourful days of summer. I may even make a second in a few months time when the leaves start to change into their autumn colours. These DIY paperweights would also make a thoughtful handmade gift idea for your boss, a co-worker, the kids’ teachers or any nature-loving friend.

If you enjoyed this nature-inspired project with resin, you’ll love how our fellow Resin Crafts Blog Creative Team Member Natalie created beautiful pressed-leaf pendants.

Similarly, pop on over and see how we made these lovely lavender resin pendants.

If you could, which summer flowers or leaves would you want to make a paperweight from?

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Autumn Leaf Resin Pendant DIY

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 07:00

A leaf necklace is a perfect statement for Autumn!

Autumn Leaf Resin Pendant DIY

Hi friends, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, happy to be here today!  I love natural elements for jewelry, and a leaf is the perfect piece.  Leaves are everywhere, and as the seasons change, there are wide varieties of colors.

Let’s get started with this fun DIY,  you will need:

Various leaves (pressed flat)

Hole punch to fit bezel or scissors

EnviroTex Jewelry Resin

Jewelry Bezels

Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer or other clear drying sealer or adhesive

Take a nature walk and collect a leaf or 2.  Layer them between thick pieces of paper or cardboard and cover with a heavy book overnight.  This will flatten the leaves and make them easy for cutting.

Once the leaf is pressed flat, use a hole punch to punch the perfect circle.   Or cut them with scissors.

Fit the leaf right inside the bezel–they look amazing.  Go ahead and stack smaller leaves on top for more contrast.

Use Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer to paint the bezel, add the leaf and then paint all over the leaves.

Let the sealer dry completely, then get out your Jewelry Resin.  Read the instructions thoroughly and get your table set up for resin.

Mix 1 part resin with 1 part hardener and mix in cups as directed.

After mixing, pour the perfect amount of resin in the bezel.  The resin should “dome” over the top edge of the bezel, but not pour off onto the table.  Then let them sit for about 10 minutes.

Next, use a mini torch or a heat gun to gently go over the resin and pop all the bubbles that formed from mixing.  Then let the resin harden completely overnight.  The resin will dry clear and shiny.

Amazing, stunning, wearable pieces of nature!  They are gorgeous and make quite the statement!

These would make a wonderful gift too!

 

Meet the Maker: Sheri Kimlinger

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 07:00

Hello there and happy holiday weekend to our American friends! As we start a new month we are so excited to introduce you to another one of our incredibly talented Resin Crafts Ambassadors, Sheri Kimlinger.

Sheri is a maker and DIY blogger at Hazel + Gold Designs. She is usually in the middle of multiple projects at once and finds great satisfaction and joy in creating something new. She is constantly learning new skills, putting them to the test, and sharing her experience and knowledge with others. Her favorite hobbies are crafting, painting, crocheting and basic woodworking (and recently added creating with resin!) Her goal is to inspire others to step out of their comfort zone, learn a new skill and have the confidence to make their life a little more beautiful.

Sheri has fallen in love with resin and ETI products and recently shared her thoughts with us: “I’ve really had a blast creating unique projects using many different ETI products over the last few months. The products are easy to use, the options are endless, and I can’t wait to share more ideas. Stay tuned!”

Stay tuned indeed, we cannot wait to see what Sheri has in store for us next! In the meantime, feast your eyes on some of the amazing projects that Sheri has created for Resin Crafts so far.

Wood and Resin Pendent Necklace

DIY Glossy Photo Transfer Wood Slice with Envirotex Lite

Resin Seashell Wall Art


Shiny Wood Cut Outs

Poured Resin Wall Art 

Join the Resin Crafts Influencer Program!

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 08:10

Have you been admiring the creative projects being shared by our Resin Crafts Creative Team in our Meet the Maker series and and wondering when you can join in the fun? Now is the time… we’re looking for more bloggers and influencers to join our team!

About the Resin Crafts influencer programs:

ETI/Resin Crafts values bloggers and recognizes that they provide the most authentic and organic influence on consumers. We have created the ETI Resin Crafts Influencer Programs to spark creativity for makers of all kinds and as an educational resource for our products. There are 2 levels in the program:

Resin Crafts Creative Team
  • Sponsored campaign opportunities for the Resin Crafts blog and/or your blog
  • ETI product to complete projects
  • Social media exposure on Resin Crafts platforms
  • Potential to become a Resin Crafts Ambassador
  • Resin Crafts Creative Team badge to display on your blog
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  • Monthly sponsored posts for the Resin Crafts blog
  • ETI product to complete projects
  • Social media exposure on all of Resin Crafts platforms
  • Promotion on the Resin Crafts Blog
  • Inclusion in Resin Crafts Blog project round-up’s
  • Networking opportunities with other bloggers in the program
  • Resin Crafts Ambassador badge to display on your blog

If you’re interested in being a part of the Resin Crafts Creative Team, please fill out our online application.

We look forward to working with you! If you have any questions on the influencer programs, please feel free to email us at social {at} eti-usa.com.

Jewelry Clay Pendants with Ink Transfer

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 07:00

Thanks for stopping by! I’m excited to show you how to make these awesome jewelry clay pendants with ink transfer. It’s quite simple, totally customizable and has awesome results!

Supplies:

  • jewelry clay
  • parchment paper
  • disposable gloves
  • laser printed images to transfer
  • scissors
  • water
  • clay carving tools (optional)
  • Resin Spray
Making the clay pendants:

You’ll want to get a jewelry clay kit to start these pendants. Inside the kit is a pair of disposable gloves, full instructions, and two containers, one part A and one part B. To make the pendant you’ll take equal amounts of A and B, rolling them into a ball helps you to determine if you have an equal amount. Make sure you are using your gloves! You’ll then combine the two by kneading them together until thoroughly mixed.

Shape the clay into the pendant shape and size that you want. I split this into two different pendants.

If you want to dye your clay, using some pigment coloring and do so. I may have used a little too much blue in mine, but I do love the color.

Adding Ink Images:

Add the laser printed images to your clay while it is still quite sticky. Press them onto the sticky clay, but don’t press too hard because you don’t want the paper IN the clay.

You can use a small tool to decorate the clay if you want to, but this is totally optional.

Leave your pendants on the parchment paper for at least 12 hours so that can get a good hard cure.

Completing Ink Transfer:

Once the pendants are cured and hard, run them under warm water and slowly rub off the printer paper. The paper will peel off and the ink will remain in the clay. That’s how to do the ink transfer!

Finished Clay Pendants with Ink Transfer:

The last step is to spray the pendants with Resin Spray. This will give it a nice shiny coat and seal up the pendants.

Let dry, then add jewelry hardware as you prefer!

All Finished!!!

If you like this project, please share through the social media buttons below!

Comments are much appreciated also! Do you like the project? Have any questions? I’d be happy to answer!

~~Sheri

 

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10 Creative DIY Pumpkins To Create This Fall

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 07:00

The Fall season is almost here and we are SO ready! This time of year is a blast for crafting and creating your own unique decor. Today we have rounded up 10 Creative DIY Pumpkins that you can affordably create to spruce up your home this season and step up your decor game. Which one will you create?

DIY Decorative Pumpkins | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Toque Pumpkins | Sustain My Craft Habit

DIY Burlap Pumpkin | The Country Chic Cottage 

DIY Shabby Pumpkins | DIY Beautify

DIY Reclaimed Wood Pumpkins | Finding Home Farms

DIY Sequined Pumpkins | Making Lemonade 

DIY Glitter Pumpkins | The Real Thing with the Coake Family


DIY Marbelized Pumpkins | Lolly Jane

DIY Watercolor Pumpkins | Lines Across

DIY Farmhouse Glam Pumpkin Centerpiece | Lydi Out Loud 

Which DIY pumpkins inspire you to get your fall craft on this season?

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Resin Heart Monogram DIY Fridge Magnets

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 07:00

All throughout the school year, the kids are regularly bringing home their works of art. Our fridges are proudly loaded with class pictures, colorful paintings and other creative school assignments. As a way of personalizing this tradition, we created these fun monogram DIY fridge magnets using each of the kid’s first letters of their name.

The kids can now come home and grab their very own personalized heart magnet to proudly display their creations on the fridge for all to admire. For those families whose kids all have the same initials, you can also easily color code the magnets for each child.

DIY Fridge Magnets with EnviroTex Lite Resin

I purchased this heart-shaped silicone mold from our local craft store around Valentine’s Day last year. We used them to make little remolded heart-shaped crayons similar to the upcycled crayon ideas in this post. We loved the rounded corners of the heart mold and wanted that to be the front side of our new fridge magnets. So, we planned two pours of resin for this project: the first (front of the magnet) would be clear and/or with a little glitter inside, and the second (back-side of the magnet, behind the letter) would be coloured and slightly opaque.

In the end we couldn’t decide which version and/or side we like better. The “J” is without any glitter, viewed with the domed side in front, the “C” is with glitter and the domed side in front and the “M” and “N” are with glitter, but the domed side in the back. Although the “M” and “N” version turned out really nicely, with the glitter in behind the letter we had missed an important step: sealing the paper letter stickers. We thought that it wouldn’t be necessary because the sticker had an adhesive coating, however the coating didn’t cover the sides of the sticker, thus the resin seeped in during the curing process. It actually looks quite beautiful, but if you don’t want the darker rim on your letter then be sure to seal it with a multi-purpose sealer.

Supplies Needed to make these Resin Heart Monogram DIY Fridge Magnets:
  • Heart shaped silicone mold tray
  • Envirotex Lite
  • Fine glitter powder
  • Alphabet sticker sheet
  • Ultra-Seal Quick Decoupage (or other multipurpose sealer/white craft glue); small paintbrush
  • Measuring cups, wooden craft sticks, straw
  • Transparent Dye, any color (we used Blue)
  • White acrylic paint, small paintbrush
  • 3/4″ round ceramic magnets
  • Hot glue gun and clear craft glue

Instructions for making these Resin Heart Monogram DIY Fridge Magnets: Pouring the first resin layer
  1. Thoroughly clean your silicone mold. Apply a mold release / conditioner to the silicone mold. Mix exactly equal amounts of Resin and Hardener into one measuring cup (we used 1 oz of each). Stir continuously for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the container. For best results be sure to read the instructions provided with the EnviroTex Lite prior to using it.

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

3. Pour the mixture into the heart molds just until the bottom is filled, approximately ¼” thickness.

4. For some added fun, sprinkle some fine white glitter into the mixture and mix together for another 10 seconds or until glitter is evenly blended. Pour the glitter mixture into the remaining empty heart molds.

5. Cover to keep dust from settling in. After about 25 minutes, remove any bubbles that have risen to the surface by gently blowing over the piece through a straw or small torch. Repeat if necessary after another 15 minutes. Leave the resin to harden for 3-4 hours.

Pouring the second resin layer

6. Place an alphabet sticker in each of the heart molds with the right side facing down (if you want the glitter layer in front) or face up(for the glitter layer behind the letter). Gently smooth it out to remove any bubbles trapped under the sticker. Leave it to cure for at least 2 more hours.

7. To add some color to the base of the heart, repeat steps 2 and 3 above. Add 4 drops of the transparent dye and mix until the color is well blended. Alternatively, you can use an opaque dye or any acrylic paint to the resin mixture.

8. Pour the colored resin over top of the clear resin and glitter resin hearts, another ¼” thickness. This particular silicone tray is very thick and we decided to not use the entire thickness for these hearts. Cover and put aside to dry and fully cure overnight.

9. Blow off any air bubbles with a straw.

Finishing the DIY fridge magnets

10. Remove resin hearts from the molds.

11. Since we used a transparent dye in the second resin layer the resin hearts turned out transparent. To hide the magnet and accentuate the colours and glitter of the resin hearts, paint two coats of white acrylic paint onto the back side of each heart.

12. Add a small magnet to the back side of the heart using clear hot craft glue.

That’s it! Stick your new magnets on the fridge and let the kids show off all their masterpieces!

And if you’re looking for more heart shaped DIYs, check out this Easy Sculpt keepsake heart idea and this heart pendant idea using Envirotex Jewelry Clay.

What ways do you display the kid’s art work at home?

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Resin Coated Wallpapered Paper Trays

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 07:00

I have literally 17 paper trays that I used for organizing my old office and since moving to my new home, I haven’t been able to use them all. I gave many away, and use some of them in my new office, but, I’ve been getting a little bored with the look. They’re super sturdy and in great shape, so I didn’t want to get rid of them. Plus, they’re really convenient for storing and organizing paperwork that I need quick access to.

I thought about spray painting them, but honestly I’m getting kind of tired of spray paint. I remembered that I had some extra wallpaper left from a previous bedroom design project and knew it would work as a fun accent to the bottom of some of my paper trays.

Basically, you’ll just glue the paper to the bottom of the trays and then seal with EnviroTex Lite. The resin gives the tray a glossy three-dimensional finish that makes the paper trays shine with a new look.

Let’s get into this easy tutorial!

Resin Coated Wallpapered Paper Trays

What you need:
  • Sturdy paper trays
  • Fabric, wallpaper, or cardstock
  • EnviroTex Lite
  • Mixing cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Heat gun or small hand-held propane torch (optional)
What to do:

It’s so easy!

Cut your paper to fit the inside of your stackable paper trays.

Then, glue the back of the paper, making sure to glue all around the edges and middle of the paper. Place the paper onto the bottom of stackable paper trays and let the glue completely dry.

Next, you need to mix your EnviroTex Lite. (Make sure to protect your work surface with a drop cloth, plastic, or cardboard.)

  1. Measure equal amounts of the resin and hardener into a mixing cup.
  2. Mix both parts together for a full two minutes, occasionally scraping the mixture from the stir stick back into the mixture.
  3. After mixing for two minutes, pour the mixture into a second mixing cup and stir for another minute with a new stir stick.

Immediately pour the mixture onto the paper trays making sure to pour over the surface in an even pattern. Spread the resin around with a piece of cardboard or thick paper. Brush the edge of the paper tray occasionally to catch any drips. After 15 minutes, check for bubbles and exhale on them until they disappear or use a small torch or heat gun.

Allow the paper trays to cure. It could take up to 36-72 hours to completely cure depending on the temperature of the room.

That’s it! It’s so easy and you can use virtually any fabric, wallpaper, or decorative papers to customize your paper trays. Try doing a different color/pattern for each paper tray. The possibilities are endless! Use a plain white or craft paper tray to easily match pops of color. And, the EnviroTex Lite helps protect the fabric or paper, so that it lasts a long time!

So, will you be trying this project? Let me know in the comments section!

– Whitney

 

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10 DIY Football Crafts & Decor for Game Day

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:00

 

It’s almost Fall, y’all! One of our favorite things about fall is that football season has returned. How many of you are football fans? What’s your team of choice? We love the community that surrounds football, and the weekly opportunity to throw parties and invite your friends/family over! We’ve rounded up some awesome DIY Football Crafts & Decor to help get you ready for game day!

10 DIY Football Crafts & Decor for Game Day DIY Pom Pom Wreath | The Darice Craft Blog

DIY Game Day Decorations | LollyJane

Table Football Field Goal | Homemade Interest

DIY Football Door Hanger | 3 Little Greenwoods

Football Party Drink Station | Lydi Out Loud 

No Sew Football Onesie | Merriment Design

Mason Jar Football Centerpieces | Crafts by Amanda

Football Party Mason Jars | The Country Chic Cottage

Football Drink Tub | Mom Endeavors

Football Field Party Table | A Night Owl Blog

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Custom Cameo Resin Pins DIY

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:01

Custom Cameo Resin Pins DIY

Hi, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft and today I’m showing how to make custom cameo pins.  These cameo pins are perfect for bag or jacket flair.  These custom cameos would make a great handmade gift too!  This is where I let my sci-fi and fantasy geekery shine.

Supplies:

First of all, start with the Fast Cast.  Fast Cast is amazing.  It sets up in 10 minutes, making this a craft you can crank out quickly.  Read the instructions for the Fast Cast.  Follow the directions and pour the Fast Cast in the silicone cameo mold.  Pour carefully and fill the back with a thin layer of fast cast completely, then let it set.

Then pull the frame out of the mold.  With the solid back it is ready to turn into a cameo pin!  Frame molds are so much fun to use with Fast Cast.

The Fast Cast dries white and can be sanded and painted.  Sand any edges that didn’t set just perfectly or were overfilled.  Next, use spray paint to paint these frames different colors.  Silver, copper, gold and pink.  Or add some opaque pigments directly in the fast cast like I did for the blue cameo.

Next, the fun customization part.  I love sci-fi and fantasy geekery, so I made a fun combination of black and white florals and favorite icons.  I scanned the cameo, traced the center circle and made the image match.  Print them and cut them out.  Other options would be using scrapbooking paper, stickers or even photographs of the people you love!

Paint the inside of the frame with Mod Podge.  Then place the paper inside the cameo and paint the top with Mod Podge.

Let them dry completely.

Finally, it’s time for the EnviroTex Lite.

Begin by reading through all the instructions.  Next follow the directions for mixing the high gloss.  Even if you use resin frequently, it is always a good practice to read the instructions each time you work with it.

Then pour carefully into the center reservoir.  The high gloss is full of bubbles from the vigorous stirring.  Be careful not to overfill, I messed up my hot pink Gimli cameo because of that.

Let them set for about 10 minutes, then use a mini torch or a heat gun to pop the bubbles.   Then let them set completely overnight.

After they set, use the E6000 to adhere pin backs on the backside of the cameo.

Let the E6000 dry completely…at least 4 hours.

Now these custom cameo pins are ready to wear or give as a gift!  They are so much fun and make a great wearable conversation piece.  Great for flair on a bag or jacket…or even on a fancy blazer!

 

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Handmade Animal Planter

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 07:00

It is easier than you think to make a handmade animal planter.  You can use our EasySculpt Epoxy Modeling Clay to make one in any shape that you desire.  We chose a hedgehog cause well…they are adorable!  But think about turtles, frogs, elephants, and so much more.  You can make an entire planter farm!

Supplies needed to make a handmade animal planter:

The clay tools that I found helpful are shown below.  You can definitely do this project with things you have around your home.  Toothpicks, skewers, forks, and more will work with clay as well.

Start by reading all of the directions that come with the modeling clay.  It is important to follow these exactly.  You will be mixing equal portions of part A and B to make your clay.  NOTE:  I found a piece of waxed paper helped to protect my work surface.

Mix them REALLY well also be sure to use the gloves that come in the package to protect your skin.  You will want to mix the clay until it is one uniform color.  NOTE:  It will be really sticky but that is okay!

While your product is still sticky, I found it easier to work around the clay pot.  I made a very rough hedgehog shape.  NOTE:  The product will not hold shape well at this stage so don’t stress over the shape just rough out your project.

Now the hard part.  Allow your project to sit for about 90 minutes.  This will make your clay more workable and able to hold shape.  During this time, you can use talc to prevent your project from sticking to the work surface.  Once it has set for around 90 minutes from the time you mixed it, you can then start on the detail work.  I used a pinch off of the back to form two ears.  Stick them to the clay and press well to hold in place.  Watch the ears as they may sag over the next 30 minutes or so.

I then used four additional pinches to create four small feet as shown below.

I then used my clay tools to create eyes on my project.  You can also smooth out any imperfections in your surface at this point.

I also used a sharp tool to make the hedgehog “points” all the way around my project.  These are made by just pressing into the clay and making an indention.

I did not measure these at all.  Just free hand it!

Then allow your project to dry according to the package directions.  I did not touch mine for 24 hours.  You can then add the plant in of your choice.  I think a cactus is perfect for this type of planter.

Make a handmade animal planter for your home today.  You will love the results and it will go perfectly in any room in your home.

What type of animal will you make?  With our clay, you can make a planter that will last for years in just a few minutes.  Pick an afternoon and give this project a try.  A handmade animal planter would make a great gift idea as well.  Either way, you will want to be sure to add this to your must make list!

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10 Creative Back to School Crafts

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 07:00

Summer is almost over. Can you believe that? It’s already time to get our kids ready to go back to school, some have already returnedl! In these last few weeks before school, you want to get your kiddos ready, but you also still want them to enjoy the remainder of summer. (While keeping them busy at the same time, am I right?) These 10 Back to School Crafts are perfect to do together to kick the school year off to a great start!

Felt Heart Pencil Toppers | Kids Activities Blog

DIY Pencil Baubles | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Clipboard Gift for Teachers | Craft and Tell

DIY Pencil Holders | Crafts By Amanda

Apple Button Craft | Laura’s Crafty Life

Personalized Pencil Pouches | Happy Go Lucky Blog

Backpack Name Tag | Kids Activities Blog

Google Eyes Pen Craft | Typically Simple


Popsicle Stick Apple Core | Glued To My Crafts

Crayon Box Backpacks | A Pumpkin And A Princess

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DIY Colorful Poured Resin Wall Art

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 07:00

Resin is a fabulous medium to use to make art. Check out this amazing Poured Resin Wall Art tutorial to learn how you can make your own amazing art using Envirotex Lite.

Poured Resin Wall Art Supplies:
  • Envirotex Lite resin
  • Pigment dyes and/or acrylic paints
  • Canvas, I found a wooden board as the canvas works best
  • Stir sticks
  • Disposable measuring cups
  • Disposable craft brushes
  • Latex or disposable gloves
  • Paper towel
  • Box or tray larger than chosen canvas
  • Micro butane torch

Preparing the canvas:

I used large piece of scrap plywood that I had in my wood shop as the canvas. I’d highly recommend using a board rather than a stretched canvas. Both will work, but you need to be sure to support the center of the canvas, which can be tricky.

Be sure that your canvas, whatever you choose, is free from dust and debris.

Sealing canvas:

Mix a few ounces of resin (instructions below) and spread it thinly across the canvas/board to seal the surface. Use your butane torch to pop any existing bubbles. This coat will help the resin to spread across evenly and will reduce the number of bubbles that arise later on. Wood especially tends to give off a lot of air bubbles if it is not properly sealed.

Prepping workspace:

Resin is MESSY! You’ll want to use gloves for sure because it’s very hard to clean off your hands. You’ll also want to be sure you have a good box or layers and layers of newspaper, or something plastic that is bigger than your canvas in order to catch the drips that fall off the sides of your canvas. There will always be drips! Be sure to have some paper towels too just in case you spill a little.

Estimating Resin:

Envirotex Lite comes in two parts: Part A – the resin, and Part B – the hardener. For this art you’ll be mixing a lot of resin, so you’ll need quite a few cups. I think I used six total. Actually, the amount you need depends on the size of your canvas, and the packaging tells you how much you need. I used three 8oz. boxes. You can mix all of the resin at once in a large disposable container, then pour a smaller amount into each of the cups (for as many colors as you need) OR you can mix a couple smaller cups and still separate them into different cups for different colors.

 

Mixing Resin:

When you mix the resin, you’ll need to add exactly the same amount of Part A and Part B. Mix thoroughly with a stir stick, making sure to scrape the sides as you go. Now pour into smaller amounts in different cups and add color pigment or acrylic paint to the resin to change each color. I used 6 colors, but you can use as many or as few as you’d like. I used white, blue, green, purple (mixed red and blue), white with glitter, and copper acrylic paint.

 

Pouring the Resin:

Decide on one cup to be your first pour cup. Pour a bit of each of the other colors into this resin. White was my main cup, then I added blue, green, purple, glitter white, copper then did it over again one more time until the cup was pretty full. Pour that cup into the center of your canvas. Actually, you can pour it anywhere since you’re making art, it’s just whatever you want. My first pour wasn’t enough to cover the canvas, so I did a second one using more of each color of resin. Check out all those amazing colors and patterns! After that pour I still needed a little on the edges, so I took each color cup and just poured it into the bare spots. I even poured some of the colors over the top to add a little more character. You can do whatever you want!

Popping bubbles:

Every resin project I have done has had tons of bubbles. No big deal though! All you need is a micro-butane torch to quickly run a flame across the top of the resin and it will pop all the bubbles. Sometimes it helps to wait a short time after the pour, like maybe 10 minutes, then come back and pop the bubbles. This ensures that most of the air pockets will have risen to the top.

Let resin wall art cure:

Alright, so the final thing is to make sure your artwork is in a clean place where no dust or debris will land on it. Let it cure for 24 hours.

Check out all the amazing patterns. These will continue to change slightly as the resin settles and mixes together.

All done – Colorful Poured Resin Wall Art!

Now just stand back and enjoy that amazing artwork that you made. Check out the patterns, the sparkle in the metallic paints, find hidden images or your favorite design and just appreciate how easy it was to make something so awesome! Frame it if you’d like, or just leave as is! (I added a white frame.)

If you like this project, please share via social media! Feel free to comment also and let me know what you think or if you have any questions!

~~Sheri

 

 

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DVD Mosaic High Gloss Resin Tray

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 07:00

DVD Mosaic High Gloss Resin Tray

Hi, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft!  Isn’t this mosaic tray incredible?  It’s so shiny and sparkly!  Best part is that it’s a recycled craft!  Do you have some old DVD’s laying around…like the ones that you burn yourself?  Maybe you backed up your computer years ago and haven’t tossed the old discs yet.  I bet CD’s would work too!  Get them out and make a gorgeous mosaic tray for the entry table.

You will need:
Tray
DVD’s (I used 9)
Hot Glue/gun
Envirotex Lite Pour-on High Gloss

Start by cutting your DVD’s in half with some strong scissors or clippers.
DVD’s have 2 layers with the metallic foil in between the layers. Gently pry them apart with your fingers.

Then cut the halves so they are in little tile pieces of different shapes and sizes with the shiny rainbow metallic side up.  Try not to touch the shiny metallic surface as it will leave finger prints.

Then hot glue each piece on the inside of the tray.  Cut pieces to fill spaces.  Fit them in like a mosaic tile craft.

It takes a lot more DVD’s than you think it will take.  I had my kids guess how many disks I used and they guessed 3.  I used 9 for my 18 by 8″ tray.

The empty spaces between the mosaic tiles look like grout, so try to keep a uniform spacing around all the little “tiles”.

Now, I head out to the garage, but go somewhere that will be undisturbed for 24 hours.
You will need the EnviroTex Lite High Gloss Finish. I used 8 oz.  Read the directions carefully and follow it exactly. This is a one to one ratio. It needs to be mixed in one cup for 2 minutes and then poured into a second cup with a different stirring stick and then mixed for another minute.

Then pour the high gloss in the tray.  Gently move the tray around so the resin fills the base of the tray all the way to the corners.

Instantly there are bubbles forming.  Cover with a board and wait 20 minutes.

Then use a heat gun on low heat and gently blow over the tray, it will instantly pop the bubbles.

Cover with the board again to prevent dust from settling on the surface of the resin.  Then wait 24 hours.  This is the hard part.

This mosaic tray has about a 1/4″ thick glossy resin coating all the tile pieces.  Nothing but a smooth, wonderful texture–and so shiny!  Be careful walking outside with this blinding piece!

I love the range of rainbow colors it shows.  By just moving slightly the colors change.

Isn’t it just the best?  I love it.  I find myself wondering what else I can turn into a DVD mosaic!

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Meet the Maker: Natalie Shaw

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 07:00

Happy Friday friends! It’s August and that means another edition of Meet the Maker. The summer is just flying by! Have you had a chance to meet all of our talented Resin Crafts Creative Ambassadors? Today we’re excited to introduce you to Natalie Shaw.

Natalie Shaw is a Craft/DIY blogger at Doodlecraft Blog. She loves sci-fi, fantasy and video game geekery and that comes out in many of her projects. She posts budget conscious DIY’s, crafts, jewelry, kid friendly projects, upcycled treasures and other fun on her blog 5 days a week.

Here are some of Natalie’s most popular posts on Resin Crafts Blog:

Resin and Gold Leaf Canvas Painting

Resin Paperweights

Steampunk Resin Necklace Pendant

Emerald Gold Leaf Resin Cabinet Knobs

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