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8 Bullet Journal Ideas To Try This Summer

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 08:28

Summer, although we love it and hope for relaxation, can sometimes be a very busy time of year. So what can we do to get organized & still have a great summer, you ask? Bullet journaling is a great way to relieve stress and get organized while also having fun. These amazing journals can be used to tackle anything going on in your life whether it be stress, time-management, to-do lists or even health/fitness motivation! Which one(s) are you going to try this summer?

Big Project Bullet Journal | Page Flutter 

21 Day Fix Bullet Journal | My Crazy Good Life

Easy Organization Bullet Journal | 11 Magnolia Lane 

Intentional Living Bullet Journal | Hello Nature

Self-Care Activities Bullet Journal | Page Flutter 

Weight Loss Bullet Journal | Slapdash Mom

Mixed Media Travel Bullet Journal | Lydi Out Loud 

Meal Plan Budgeting Bullet Journal | Creative Savings Blog

Resin Map Pendant using EasyCast

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 07:00

Do you love maps as much as I do? I have maps integrated into the decor all over my house! (Remember the Geographic Tile Coasters using Envirotex Lite post?) It occurred to me one day that a resin map pendant would be a really cool piece of jewelry! I found a map that included the city that I grew up in which will always be a very special place to me. I haven’t lived there in a very long time and have no family there anymore, but it’s still dear to my heart.

Here’s how I made the resin map pendant:

SUPPLIES:

Cut the map:

The first thing you want to do is place your bezel on the map section that you want included, and trace around it. This will give you a general shape to cut.

You’ll need to cut the map inside of your drawn lines to get the right size. I always cut a little at a time until it fits perfectly, that way I don’t end up with any gaps.

Seal map inside bezel:

Next, place the paper map piece inside your bezel. Make sure you like how it fits.

Take it back out and coat the bezel using your craft brush and Ultra-Seal (or other clear-drying glue).

Place the small map section into the bezel and press down into the glue evenly.

Coat entire top surface of map with the glue.

Let it dry completely.

TIP: For the next part, I actually opted to do a small layer of resin, place the diamond jewel in that, and let it cure before doing the final coat of resin. The reason I chose to do this was that sometimes small pieces like the jewel I used are really hard to keep in place and under the resin, and I didn’t want it to float to the surface. If you’re doing a heart sticker or anything like that, you’ll only have to do the resin in one application. Just wanted to make note of that for you.

Mixing Resin:

EasyCast is incredibly simple to use. I actually really love working with it.

First, you’ll pour a small amount of Part A (for this bezel you really don’t need much. I think I did 1 oz. of each part and ended up filling a few bezels) into the small measuring cup. Then you’ll add an EQUAL amount of Part B to the cup.

Stir thoroughly, then pour into second cup and stir again until completely mixed.

The nice thing about EasyCast is that you have a longer working time, so you’re not in a hurry to get the stirring done.

Filling Bezel:

Once it is mixed, pour into the bezel.

If you’re doing two applications like I did, just pour in a little that will hold your jewel in place. If you’re doing one application you can just fill the entire bezel, but be sure not to pour too much! You want it full but you really don’t want it to overflow!

I poured in a small amount then added my jewel in the exact place I wanted it. My jewel came from the jewel strips pictured in the supplies photo. Pressing it into the resin a little helped so that it wouldn’t move, then I left it for 24 hours to get a good cure.

Remember, you can use a micro-butane torch to pop the bubbles OR just exhale over the project because that will pop them too. Exhalation works perfectly for these smaller projects, but on larger projects you definitely want a torch of some sort.

 

The next day I came back, mixed a little more resin, and filled the rest of the bezel.

Popped the bubbles using my micro-torch.

TIP: The loop on the bezel for hanging is larger than the bezel on the back, so leaving it flat on my work surface would have made the resin settle in unevenly. That is why in the next photos you will see it placed on a stir stick, this enabled the bezel to be flat by having the larger loop off the work surface. I hope that makes sense.

This time I let it cure for 48 hours.

All Finished:

And there you have it! A gorgeous resin map pendant that has a very special personal touch.

These would also make fantastic gifts for anyone that is traveling or moving to a different place! Or you could just scrap the whole map idea all together and use a photo or patterned paper instead. The options are endless and that’s what makes this product so awesome to work with!

If you like this Resin Map Pendant, please pin this image to Pinterest!

Thanks again for stopping by and reading how I made this resin map pendant! Remember to check out my map coasters too!

What do you think? Any questions for me? Please comment!

~~Sheri~~

Beachy Decorative Switch Plates

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 07:00

When I recently saw this summer themed switch plate using EnviroTex Jewelry Clay, I had to try making my own. Using sea shells, sea glass and pebbles collected from the beach, I made new beach-themed decorative switch plates for my bathroom.

Hello! Jane here from Sustain My Craft Habit and I’m so happy to be back here on the Resin Crafts Blog sharing a fun coastal-inspired craft with you. On the small area of wall by the door in my bathroom exists switch-plate palooza! There’s the electrical outlet, a large plate with three switches and an additional switch plate for a light fixture above the large bath tub.

The bathroom is not very large and we rarely use that extra light fixture. So, much to my husband’s chagrin, I decided to sea-dazzle that extra switch plate.

The EnviroTex Jewelry Clay makes a fantastic adhesive so the embellishment possibilities were endless. I used a few pieces I had collected at the beach: tiny sea shells, pebbles, quartz pieces and sea glass (I actually raided my daughter’s collection for some pieces – don’t tell her!).

Materials Needed to Make these Decorative Switch Plates:

How to Make Beach-Themed Decorative Switch Plates

Read all instructions on the packaging before starting and work in a well-ventilated area.

1. Thoroughly wash the switch plate and all the beachy embellishments. Let dry completely.

2. Practice arranging the embellishments on the switch plate – play around until you achieve your desired look. (Tip: Take a photo to refer back to.)

3. Scoop out equal parts of the 2 Easy Sculpt Clay components using two wooden sticks (avoid cross-mixing the materials in the containers).

4. Spread some of the release agent on your gloves to keep the keep the clay from sticking. Completely blend the two components together until a consistent colour is achieved (no ribbons or marbling; about 1-2 minutes).

 

5. Separate the clay into three small balls and then roll each between your hands to create long cylinders.

6. Use the cylinders to create a rough “rim” on the top surface of the switch plate, about ⅛” thick. Spread out the clay to a thin coat.

7. Use straight edge of craft stick to make edges look nicer all the way around the plate.

 

8. Start reassembling your embellishments. We started with the seashells, then pebbles, then filled in any gaps with the teal and white sea glass pieces for a mosaic effect.

         

9. Finally, pour some white decorative sand over the entire surface. It will adhere to the clay but fall off the other areas of the plate. Let cure fully.

I must admit I had some doubts about the practicality of this project, but it turned out so nicely, like a little piece of art. I think our Graystone Beach coastal cottage bathroom, which we’ve been renovating over the past few months, may need one of these embellished switch plates too!

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Meet the Maker: Angie Holden of the Resin Crafts Creative Team

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 08:43

Happy Friday friends! We’re excited to bring you another week of Meet the Maker. Have you had a chance to meet all of our talented Resin Crafts Creative Team yet? Today we introduce you to Angie Holden.

Angie has been blogging for over seven years at The Country Chic Cottage where she does a variety of crafts and home decor projects. You can even find a weekly recipe! She lives on a farm in rural Tennessee with her husband and three children. Painting is a favorite of Angie’s because it is a quick and easy way to make a big impact for very little money. She has enjoyed experimenting and creating with resin for quite awhile and has many more amazing projects coming your way so stay tuned! Here are some of Angie’s most popular Resin Crafts projects: DIY Mason Jar Candle with EasyMold Marbled Resin Jewelry Box with Envirotex Lite DIY Starfish Bath Bombs with EasyMold   Fairy Garden with a Pool with EasyCast Stay tuned for more amazing projects coming up from Angie. Have a wonderful weekend friends!

Fairy Garden with a Pool

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 07:00

Did you know that you can make a fairy garden with a pool?  This cute DIY project is perfect for your deck or patio.  Grab a pot and get started on your own fairy garden today!  So what are you waiting for? Y’all know that every fairy needs an in ground pool!

Supplies needed to make a fairy garden pool:

Start by mixing the resin according to the package directions.  Mix equal parts of each component in enough quantity to create a thick layer in the bottom of your mold.  Add a few drops of paint to the mixture and stir well before pouring.  Pour into your mold.

Watch carefully and remove any bubbles.  Once the mixture has hardened slightly and has the consistency of gelatin you can add your float to the top.  It will sink slightly but look just like a float in a pool.  TIP:  Leave a little bit of mixed resin in your mixing cup when pouring.  You can easily check the consistency of this small amount without bothering your mold.  Allow to cure overnight before trying to release from the mold.

Then, once cured, you can pop out your little pool and it is ready for your fairy garden!

While making the pool and waiting for it to cure, you can start on the fairy garden itself.

Fairy Garden Supplies:
  • Broken pot
  • Plants
  • Potting soil
  • Wood pieces
  • Door
  • Gnome
  • Fence
  • also add any miniatures that you want!

First, I had this broken pot on hand already so I just used a screwdriver and a hammer to remove a large chunk from the side.

Then just set that chunk back into the pot and start filling with dirt.

I also used wood pieces up the side so the dirt would stay in the pot.

I also added small wood slices to look like steps as shown below.

Then I started adding in plants and a fairy house.  My fairy house is just a large piece of wood with a door that I purchased online.  You can use your imagination here and use everything from a birdhouse to just a door.  Get the kids involved as well!  I am sure they will have some ideas.

I then added a white picket fence all the way around my fairy garden as well.  Bonus points if you can spot the gnome!

I ended up using the wood slices like a walkway to the door as well.  I loved the look of the natural wood in this case.

Finally, after curing, I dug a hole and inserted my little pool with a few wood slices as a deck.

This miniature fairy garden is ready for display!

These look great around your deck, patio, or even a garden in the summer months.  Water like any other potted plant and enjoy the adorable touch of whimsy.

You might even be able to imagine a fairy coming out of that door and jumping in the pool.

Your kids will love this little garden as well!  Be sure to get them in on the fun of creating this summer by making your own garden for fairies together.

Don’t you love the idea of a pool?  Add a miniature turtle with the head sticking up for a pond instead.  Let your imagination run wild!  They make tons of miniatures that would work great as well with this same technique.

So be sure to let us know if you make your own fairy garden pool!  We would love to see it!

Sparrow Wall Art Custom Silicone Mold!

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 07:00

 

DIY: Sparrow Wall Art Custom Silicone Mold

Hi, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft!  I have these adorable vintage burwood sparrow wall hangings.  These sparrows are so cute and I love how they lay flat against the wall but are still dimensional.  Well, my sister in law loved them too…here’s a simple way to duplicate vintage family heirlooms!  Imagine any little figurines you love…small knick-knacks…etc.  By making a silicone mold of the item and then casting it with resin they can be made over and over!

Supplies needed:

Easy Mold Silicone Putty

Fast Cast

This is amazing and makes a silicone mold in minutes…it’s food safe too.  Depending on the size of your project, you’ll need a varying amount.  I use 1/2 lb for the small sparrow.  It measures 4 by 3.5 inches.  You need a putty mass large enough to give a good border and accommodate the thickness.

It comes as one part of purple and one part of white.  Once it is mixed you have a limited time to work with the putty before it sets firm.

Mix it together until it is all incorporated.  Then flatten slightly to the size needed for the sparrow.

Place the sparrow on the top of the clay, face down.

Press in gently.  Do not press it all the way to the table. You want some cushion underneath to make a good mold.  Let it harden completely; it only takes around 30 minutes.  Then it easily lets your item pop out and the mold is ready for use!  You could totally make a fancy heirloom chocolate right now!

 

I used a  1 lb. box of silicone putty for the large sparrow that measures 5.5 by 5 inches.  It’s a substantial size, but worked with ease.

Now let’s cast another sparrow.  Fast Cast is my new best friend.  It dries white and sets in 10 minutes.  The ratio is one part casting resin, one part hardener.  Read the directions thoroughly.  It takes a 2 part mixing stage…and it has to be done quickly because it sets so fast.  So make sure you are all set up before starting.

Pour carefully into the silicone molds.

You can literally watch it harden into a sparrow before your eyes!  When it gets hard enough to hold it’s shape, you can insert a paper clip piece or wire for hanging.

 

Let them set completely and pop them out of the molds.  I used some tiny scissors to do some touch up work on the edges.

 

I love the detail!  It’s just like the original!  I did another sparrow set with fast cast and added a drop of green and 3 drops of blue opaque pigment dye.

 

I used the same process with the stirring and mixing and pouring.

 

Add that clip if you want to hang it.

 

Lift the sparrow out of the mold and they are ready to hang and rival the original!  Paint them any color you like too!  Awesome, right?  What would you duplicate?

This would be a great gift idea for family members.

 

I love these sparrow hangers.

 

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10 Fun DIY Printable Travel Activities To Keep The Kids Busy

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 07:00


Happy summer, everyone! This season is great for so many different things, but one of our personal favorites is traveling. Whether you’re packing the family in the car for a road trip or hopping on a plane, the kids need something to keep them occupied! We’ve selected some of our favorite options that range from printables and DIY games to more academic activities. Whichever ones you choose, they are sure to keep your kiddos happy the whole trip, no matter what age they are.

10 Fun DIY & Printable Travel Activities for Kids

 

Road Trip Travel Trays |  Somewhat Simple

 

Magnetic Travel Tic Tac Toe Game | Today’s Creative Life

 

DIY Vintage Wood Travel Games | Make Life Lovely

 

Printable Car Bingo | Simple As That

 

Travel Memory Game | Kids Activities Blog

 

Road Trip Binder For Kids | Gluesticks

 

Are We There Yet Maps | Growing Book by Book


 

Printable Transportation Bingo | Growing Up Gabel

 

Road Trip Alphabet Dictionary | LalyMom

 

Summer Letter Writing Printable | The Crafty Crow

Shiny Wood and Resin Serving Tray

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 07:00

Thanks for stopping by to check out this awesome wood and resin serving tray! I can’t wait to share the details with you on how I made it. Usually when I do a wood project I build it and then finish it, but I wanted to share with you a wood project that you can make even if you aren’t up to woodworking.

SUPPLIES: The Serving Tray:

I found this wooden serving tray at my local craft store for only $6! It’s somewhat lightweight, but since it’s just large enough to hold a few glasses, it’s actually pretty perfect.

The first thing I did was to stain the tray to a darker color. This matched my other decor and I prefer darker wood. I used a stain color Briarsmoke. One awesome trick to staining is to use a rubber glove over your hand, then an old used sock over the rubber glove; dip it into the stain and rub it onto your wood. It’s quick and easy. Be sure to dispose of the stain-soaked sock properly when you’re finished.

Decorating the tray:

After the stain was dry I cut the scrapbook paper to size that I chose to decorate the bottom of the tray, and I used Ultra-Seal to coat the bottom of the tray and adhere the scrapbook paper in place. I recommend a thicker paper like cardstock, as it tends not to wrinkle as much from the Ultra-Seal.

Once the paper is in place, then coat the entire bottom with Ultra-Seal again making sure to coat about half an inch up each wooden side. Let dry. Coat a final time. It is important that it is sealed thoroughly so that the Envirotex Lite doesn’t seep into the paper. Let it dry completely.

Adding Envirotex Lite:

Next, mix the resin. I used about 4 oz total. The instructions for mixing come inside the box, but the short of it is that you need to mix equal amounts of the resin and hardener in one cup until completely mixed.

Pour it into a second cup and mix again, just to be sure that it is absolutely thoroughly mixed. I forgot to mention that I sealed a small wooden flower with Ultra-Seal and added that to the corner, just for a little more variation on the tray bottom.

Don’t worry about bubbles. When it is mixed, be sure your tray is level then pour the resin into the tray, being sure that it coats the entire bottom.

Let it sit for a few minutes so the bubbles can rise to the surface, then use your butane micro-torch to pop the bubbles by quickly running it across the surface. It’ll look smooth and shiny, like so:

Let cure for 48 hours.

WOOD AND RESIN SERVING TRAY – ALL FINISHED!

Isn’t it pretty?! I am so happy with it and think it’ll be perfect for just serving a few drinks or perhaps hold some decor items, craft supplies, or anything; the options are endless.

Thanks for checking out my project! Do you think you’ll try it? Let me know in the comments! Feel free to ask questions as well.

~~Sheri~~

Woodland Nursery Decor: Wood Slice Garland with Resin

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 07:00

You can transform any image into fun and beautiful wall decor! This DIY rustic garland would make the perfect woodland nursery decor. Or use it to decorate a woodland-themed party or baby shower.

Hello! This is Jane from Sustain My Craft Habit and I’m happy to be back here on the Resin Crafts Blog sharing this lovely rustic wood slice garland idea with you.

When my smallest turned one we had a small birthday party for her which included a DIY owl piñata made from a cereal box. It was a hit and made me think how fun it would be to host a woodland baby shower or make woodland nursery decor. So today I’d love to show you how to make this woodland-themed garland which would be perfect for either. While I used a woodland theme, you could transfer any image onto the wood slices using the methods described below.

Supplies Needed to Make this DIY Woodland Nursery Decor Idea:
  • 10 wood slices (ours were birch but any wood with a smooth surface will work), approx 3” in diameter and 1/8″ thick, drilled with a hole for hanging
  • Images you’d like to transfer, cut to size
  • Photo transfer medium, paint brush, damp cloth
  • Ultra-Seal Quick Decoupage (or other multipurpose sealer), paint brush
  • Castin’ Craft’ EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy resin
  • Mixing cups, stir sticks, gloves, disposable paint brush, lighter (or straw)
  • Twine, scissors

Before starting your project be sure to cover your work surface and work in a well-ventilated area. Completely read through the instructions provided in the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy box for the best results.

How to Transfer a Printed Image onto the Wood Slice:

To begin, I found this adorable Woodland Creatures Printable Collage by Sparrow Graphics on Etsy which was just perfect for the garland I had in mind. Each round image is 1″ across so I printed them at 250% to make them larger. Sticking with the yellow/green/teal images (there were 36 separate designs in the download), I cut out 20 image rounds (one for each side of the wood slices).

With a paintbrush, I applied the photo transfer medium to the front side of the image and onto the wood slice where I planned to place the image.

Next, I applied the image to the wood slice with the face side down. I smoothed out any air bubbles and wiped away excess medium with a damp cloth. As per the instructions on the image transfer medium, I let the paper dry completely (overnight).

The next day, I wet the dried paper with a damp cloth and let it sit for a few minutes before gently rubbing off the paper with the cloth and my fingers. I wiped off as much of the paper as I could and repeated the wetting part as needed.

Obviously, the more that I rubbed, the fainter the image became, so I was careful not to completely remove all the ink.

Finally, I coated the entire surface of the wood slice, including the transferred image with a multi-purpose sealer and let it dry completely (overnight) before moving on to the next step.

How to Make a Wood Slice Garland with a Resin Coating:

To make a smooth and shiny coating to this woodland nursery decor idea, I started by combining equal parts of the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy Resin and Hardener into a small measuring cup (I used 1/4 oz of each and had plenty to work with).

Taking care to scrape the sides and bottom of the measuring cup, I stirred the mixture thoroughly for 2 minutes.

After the two minutes of mixing, I poured the blended resin solution into a second cup, mixing for another minute.

Once thoroughly mixed I applied the resin to the surface of the sealed wood slices using a disposable paint brush.

Finally, about 30 minutes after brushing the resin onto the wood slices, I waived a lighter about 4″ over the wood slices to remove any air bubbles that had risen to the surface. You could also use a straw and gently blow over the slices.

After letting them cure for 24 hours I repeated the steps on the reverse side of the wood slices.

How to Assemble this Woodland Nursery Decor Idea:

Once fully cured you can use your woodland themed wood slices in many ways including as coasters, ornaments or a simple garland.

To create a multi-layered garland, cut 3 pieces of twine each to 75” long. String and tie the the wood slices on the twine in your desired pattern. I did 6 on the first string, 3 on the second string and 2 on the third string and spaced the wood slices about 7.5-8” apart.

Although it took me several days to finish, this resin-coated woodland nursery decor idea was well worth the effort! The glossy sheen from the EasyCast Epoxy looks like glass and absolutely elevates this DIY craft! You can find a slightly different take on the photo transfer wood slice idea here by our fellow Resin Crafts Creative Team member Sheri.

In addition, be sure to pop on over to our blog for a full run-down of all the woodland baby shower ideas shown here.

Have you tried to transfer images onto wood slices yet?

10 Amazing DIYs to Celebrate Canada Day

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 13:59

Something very exciting is happening this July 1st, Canada Day!  Canada is celebrating 150 years of independence! Celebrate with us here at Resin Crafts with some of these awesome Crafts and DIY Decor projects that you can do in no time at all. From DIY throw pillows to creating your own T-shirt; there is something here for everyone to commemorate this Canada Day!

10 Amazing DIYs to Celebrate Canada Day ‘Oh Canada’ DIY Throw Pillow |  Lemon Thistle

 

Modern Canada Day Wreath | Love Create Celebrate

 

 

Almost Free DIY Canada Day Pallet Art | Lemon Thistle

 

 

Modern Day Canada Pillow | Love Create Celebrate

 


Canada Day Bunting | Simple As That

 

 

Canadian Flag Sign | Crow’s Feet Chic

 

 

Patriotic Canada Day Windsock Craft | Happy Hooligans

 

 

Handprint Canada Day Flag Shirts | Becoming Martha

 

 

Patriotic Ribbon Twirlers for Canada Day | Happy Hooligans


 

Free Printable Banner and Maple Leaf Art | Sustain My Craft Habit

 

Canvas Gold Leaf High Gloss Resin Painting

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 07:00

Canvas Gold Leaf High Gloss Resin Painting

Hi, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft!  This canvas painting is so much fun to make. My favorite are blues. I love shiny metallics…and it’s more than okay to mix those metallic colors. This painting uses silver, gold and variegated leaf on this canvas and 4 shades of blue acrylic paint.  Pick whatever colors you like!

The real star of the show that makes this piece of art amazing is the pour on High gloss resin from EnviroTex Lite. It gives it a thick glossy coat and makes it shine like a mirror!  Let’s get started!

Supplies needed:

EnviroTex Lite: Pour On High Gloss Finish (16 oz)
Stretched canvas (16×20)
Paint (4-5 shades of acrylic paint)
Paint brush
Gold leaf and adhesive

Begin by squeezing some paint on the canvas.  I like to paint mine in either horizontal or vertical strokes, but this is your creation, so just go with it!  Add more paint in another shade, move it around…add more paint and mix it in.

You can see I have only 3-4 diagonal lines showing, and some patches of blank canvas…this is a difficult thing for me to do, but I love how it looks! Paint until you are satisfied!  If you don’t like it, let it dry and build it up again.

Let the paint dry completely.Then use a smaller paint brush and paint some strategic places with gold leaf adhesive. You want a good amount, so the metallic touch shows…but not too much that it covers the whole painting.  Let the adhesive dry.

Place pieces of gold, silver and variegated leaf right on top of the adhesive.  Add pieces of each tone in all the places. It will stick and flake off everywhere, but it adds a great touch.  Once it’s all in place, use a stiff brush, like a stencil brush to dust off the excess leafing…like the stuff that didn’t adhere to the canvas.And, ta-da!  This looks fabulous, there’s some texture, some sparkle and some tropical oceanside calling to me.  But, we can make this so much better!  Let’s take this from a high school project to a professional painting!Time for the high gloss finish!You will need a piece of wood that fits inside the canvas. Just measure it and cut it to fit. Or use a wood stretched canvas. The canvas will sag if it is not supported underneath. I worked in the garage, but find a place that will be undisturbed for 24 hours.  Place a plastic trash bag on the table.  Then the wood piece on the bag…actually in hindsight, I would set the wood up on 4-6 soup cans so the resin can drip off without sticking to the sides.   Then set the canvas on top and get the resin ready.Read the instructions completely each time you use it.  This resin is a 1 to 1 ratio.  Pour one part of A into the mixing cup and then exactly the same amount of B.

Stir with a stick for 2 minutes…then pour all the mixed resin into another cup and use a different stick and stir for one more minute.  This ensures complete mixing of the resin.Then pour right into the center of the canvas.  Use a new mixing stick or a credit card to spread the resin around the top of the canvas.Use a heat gun to remove any air bubbles.  A lighter flame works too.Then close the doors and don’t let anyone near it for 24 hours.
Already it is so shiny! Look at the lights reflecting off it!After drying clean up the edges with scissors and some sandpaper. And look at that shine! It is glossy and mirror-like!  Rich textures with the canvas and the flaky gold leaf, but it is as smooth as glass.Make your own art to match your personality and home decor!  

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Using an Oversized Wood Pool Ball to Make a Lucite Inspired Bookend

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 01:36

Hi guys, it’s Whitney of Whitney J Décor, and I’m so excited to show you this fun project I made for my bookcase. I’ve had this really cool oversized, wood-carved pool ball for a while now and have always looked for more. I dreamed of having a set of like five or seven acrylic ones just like this for a really large bowl, so I made a mold out of the oversized ball with EasyMold Silicone Rubber so that I can replicate it.

After casting a new ball with Castin’ Craft Clear Polyester Casting Resin, I made the decision to actually cast a small square mold with the Clear Polyester Casting Resin so that the ball can sit on and become a lucite inspired bookend. I really wanted the look of acrylic, or Lucite, because I’m loving that look in home décor! Right now, it sits in my office, but eventually it’ll make its way to my living room bookcase to corral my smaller books. It turned out so great! Here’s how I made it.

Supplies Needed:

Making the Mold:
  1. Grab your container to place your round object inside of it. The container needs to be large enough to cover the round object and there should be enough room on all sides to be able to pour the EasyMold Silicone Rubber around it. You can use a plastic container, a glass container, or you can use a ceramic planter, like I did. Just keep in mind that if you use anything other than plastic, you might have to break your container apart in order to get the mold and object out of the container.
  2. Secure and seal your round object to the bottom of the container. Use E6000 or a hot glue gun to glue your round object to the bottom of the container. Hot glue dries faster and would be easier to remove, but the E6000 is a bit more secure. So, I opted for the latter. Make sure that you place enough glue so that there’s no chance of the silicone rubber leaking under the object when you pour it. Let your glue dry for the best chance of a good seal. I also used some of the wood stir sticks to keep the round pool cue in place while the glue dried.

  1. Use rice to measure how much EasyMold Silicone Rubber you’ll need. Pour rice into all around and on top of your round object in your container to see how much silicone rubber you’ll need. I measured 36oz of rice.
  2. Measure and mix EasyMold Silicone Rubber. To use EasyMold Silicone Rubber, you need to measure and thoroughly mix equal volumes of both the blue and white components of the EasyMold Silicone Rubber. Since I needed 36oz total to cover my pool ball, I measured 18 oz of each. You need to thoroughly mix the components until your mix is a uniform color.

  1. Pour your mixture around and over your round object. I slowly poured the silicone rubber mixture around and over my pool ball and waited about a minute for it to settle to the bottom. Then, I poured the rest over the pool ball.

  1. Let cure for 24 hours.
Removing the round object from the mold:

Removing the round object is going to seem hard, but it’s not, trust me.

  • First, I removed the mold and object from the ceramic pot by breaking it with a hammer.

  • Then, I flipped the mold upside down to find a small hole in the mold from where I glued the pool ball to the bottom of the container.
  • I used the square plastic mold (that I’m using as the bottom of the bookend) to sketch the guidelines of the size/shape of the mold, then I roughly cut out a square smaller than where I marked.
  • Next, I cut two slits along two corners of the mold to make removing the pool ball easier. You can actually cut slits along ALL four corners if you’d rather.
  • Then, I simply slid the pool ball out the mold.

Casting a new round object:

I used the Clear Polyester Casting Resin to make both the round ball AND the small square block that the round ball would sit on top of. DISCLAIMER: Make sure when you’re working with the Clear Polyester Casting Resin, that you’re doing it in a well-ventilated area. I did this project outside on my patio.

  1. Using the rice measuring method from above, measure the amount of Clear Polyester Casting Resin you’ll need for casting your new round object.
  2. Measure your resin in mixing cups and apply the correct amount of drops of catalyst (hardener) per ounce of resin. The catalyst comes with the Clear Polyester Resin. You should refer to the instructions for how many drops of catalyst you should use per ounce of resin. The instructions note how much resin you need for layers up to 1” deep, but since my round object would be much deeper than 1”, I guessed. I tried 1 drop of catalyst per ounce of resin and it worked out perfectly!
  1. Mix the catalyst and resin thoroughly for at least one minute. Use your wood stir sticks and remember to scrape the sides and bottom of your mixing cup while mixing.
  2. Pour resin mixture into mold. I first prepared my mold by gluing the cut slits back together with the E6000. Remember the slits I made earlier? I needed to make sure to seal them again with glue, so that I had a perfectly rounded shape and so the resin mixture didn’t leak out. Make sure the mold is clean and dry before pouring. I sat my mold inside of another plastic mold container, so that it was level, since the bottom of the rubber mold was rounded.

  1. Let cure. The time of curing could vary between 1-24 hours. You can check to see if it’s cure by tapping on the casting with a clean stir stick. If it “clicks hard” without sticking to the casting, then it should be cure. I let mine cure for 6 hours and it was hard as a rock.
  2. Remove from mold. First, I pulled apart the slits again, which was pretty easy, even though they’d been glued together. Then, I pulled the newly casted round shape out of the rubber mold. Easy peasy.

  1. Repeat steps for the small square mold. If you decide you want to put your newly cast round object onto a square block (so it won’t roll around), just repeat the same steps above. Since this was a 1” deep mold, I used 4 drops of catalyst per ounce of resin. I used 4 ounces of resin total for the small square mold. Make sure to use the Mold Release for the plastic square mold and let it dry before pouring the resin mixture!!

Using as a bookend:

I initially had intentions on keeping both parts (the round object and the square blog) clear, but then I decided to spray paint the round ball copper. I’m so glad I did, because it looks amazing! You could choose to leave them clear, spray paint both parts, or just one of the other, like I did.

To finish the look, I simply used the E6000 to glue the round ball to the square block. I made sure to match up the flat part of the round ball to the top of the square block.

It looks GREAT!

This was such a fun project and now that I’ve got this mold made, these are going to be super fun gifts for my family around the holidays. They love playing pool and the silicone rubber perfectly captured the detail of my initial piece. I’m thinking about casting the next few pool balls in Fast Cast Urethane Resin and personalizing them with my family member’s names!

So, what do you think? Do you have any objects that you could replicate for gifts or to turn into lucite inspired bookends?

10 Fun Ways to Get Kids Crafting for Summer!

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 07:00

It’s officially summer… Memorial Day has passed, school is out and parents everywhere are collectively wondering how to keep the kids entertained for 3 months in a productive way. These 10 ideas cover a variety of age groups, are great outdoor activities (with a few thrown in for rainy days!) and will get kids crafting; sparking their imaginations and creativity!

10 Fun Ways to Get Kids Crafting

String Art Made Easy for Kids – Infarrantly Creative

Ocean Slime – The Country Chic Cottage

Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Bugs – Finding Zest

DIY Stamped Rocks – Sustain My Craft Habit

DIY Backyard Splash Pad – Ginger Casa

Egg Carton Creatures – Creative Green Living

Bigfoot Cardboard Feet – The Inspiration Vault 

DIY Sharpie Shoes – Craftify My Love

How to Make an Outdoor Fairy Garden – Two Kids and a Coupon

DIY Sidewalk Paint – Dukes and Duchesses

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DIY Faux Stone Jewelry using Easy Sculpt Modeling Clay

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 07:00

If you’ve ever tried to drill through a rock you’ll know it’s not an easy task. Today I have a fun alternative that makes creating a piece of stone jewelry much easier!

Hi friends! Sonja here from Sustain My Craft Habit and I’m pleased to share a new project with you: a DIY faux stone jewelry idea. One of my favourite things to do while at the beach is to collect rocks and unique stones.  But for anyone that has tried, you know how difficult it is to drill a hole through rocks. By making these DIY faux stones, you can easily drill a hole through them and to create earthy and stylish Bohemian stone beads.

Materials Needed to Make Stone Jewelry with Easy Sculpt Modeling Clay

Before starting, be sure to read the instructions provided in the packaging prior to starting. Also, protect your working surface with a sheet of wax paper.

How to Form the Faux Stone Beads:

1. Use two wood sticks to take equal amounts of components “A” and “B” from the containers (be careful not to cross mix the materials in the containers).

2.  Spread some of the release agent on your gloves to keep the clay from sticking. Form the clay into balls of approximately equal size by eye, about the size of a golf ball. 

3. Press together completely and blend the two balls until they are uniform colour with no ribbons or marbling or little lumps (about 2 minutes).  Separate the large clay ball into 8-9 smaller balls of clay. Keep adding the release agent to your gloves as needed.

4. The clay will start to get softer and stickier at this point (great to use as an adhesive in this state!).  Add 1 drop of Pigment to each clay ball starting with the white or lightest to darkest Pigments and mix until you get the desired effect. Use a different pair of gloves when adding the darker dyes to avoid color transfer to other clay balls.   

5. Blend together for a shorter period of time for a more marbled look and for longer for a smooth even colour.  Put aside on wax paper for about 15 minutes. TIP: if you find the clay ball to be too sticky to work with, put it aside for 15 minutes before adding the first drop of Pigment.

6. Next, add an additional drop of Pigment into each ball until you get the desired look. Experiment with mixing 2 or 3 different Pigments in one ball of clay.  Put aside on wax paper for about 45 minutes.

7. Begin to pull apart the balls of clay into smaller pebble sized pieces and form into small stones. Optional: Add a dash of kosher sea salt, ground pepper, chili powder or dried mustard powder for additional texture and colour. Put aside on wax paper once stone shape is formed.   TIP: Have a collection of real rocks nearby to reference for color, shape and size.

8. Let the rocks cure overnight (fully cured in 24 hours). 

Can you tell which stones are real and which are faux?

Transforming the DIY Faux Stones into Beads:

1. Protect your surface while drilling. With your hand-held drill, begin drilling through the center of your stones while carefully holding the stone in place.

2. Wipe away the clay dust from from each of the beads, caused by the drilling.

3. Finally, thread the rocks through a jewelry elastic until you have enough to fit around the wrist. Cut and securely tie off the elastic ends.

Create as many or as few of these stone jewelry pieces as you like! Wear and enjoy or give to someone special as a gift idea!

We really can’t believe how real these little faux rocks look. With this faux stone tutorial you can adjust the size and shape to create larger faux rocks to use in other DIY stone bead projects.

Level and Smooth a Textured Surface with Envirotex Lite

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 07:00

Transform a textured surface into a smooth and shiny surface by coating with Envirotex Lite.

Hello there and happy Monday! Lydi here from Lydi Out Loud and I love a good thrift store find, don’t you? I actually found this end table on Facebook marketplace, it’s like a virtual thrift store! I’d been looking for an end table for my patio to place in between 2 chaise lounges and this one fit the bill perfectly… it even has a removable tray top to transport beverages out to the patio. The problem? I wanted to paint it (it was pretty beat up) and I wanted to paint a stencil on the tray top, which had a hammered metal finish.

Have you ever tried to paint a stencil on a textured surface?

In my experience it doesn’t end well. Reason #239 why I love Envirotex Lite… it can transform the most textured surface into a smooth as glass finish.

Do you have a surface that you would like to transform into a level and smooth surface? Alright, let’s do it!

Supplies
  • Envirotex Lite Pour-on High Gloss Finish 
  • 2 flat bottom wax-free measuring cups
  • 3 large craft stir-sticks
  • Gloves
  • Wax paper or other material to protect your work surface
  • Butane torch or lighter
  • Surface to be smoothed
Directions
  1. Thoroughly read instructions for Envirotex Lite before starting your project and gather all of your supplies. Use Envirotex Lite in a well ventilated area, wear gloves and place wax paper or other protective surface under your project area.
  2. Measure equal parts resin and hardener. It’s crucial that this measuring ratio is exact.
  3. Mix the 2 parts together with a stir stick for 2 full minutes, occasionally scraping the bottom and sides of the cup. 
  4. Pour the mixture into a second cup and with a new stir stick mix together for 1 more minute.
  5. Once mixing is complete, immediately pour in an even pattern over the surface to be smoothed. 
  6. Envirotex Lite is self-leveling but if it needs a little help you can use a clean stir-stick to distribute to the ends or corners.
  7. Wait for about 15 minutes to give air bubbles a chance to rise. The bubbles are easy to remove with a small torch or lighter. Sweep the flame about 6 inches over the surface where bubbles are visible and they will disappear.
  8. Allow the coat to cure in a dust free environment (it’s a good idea to tent something over the surface to prevent dust particles from attaching) for 36 – 72 hours. Temperatures between 70º and 80º are ideal for curing; the higher the temperature the faster it will cure, the lower the temperature the longer it will take to cure.

Look at that gloss! Because the resin is so clear, it’s somewhat hard to tell in a photo how smooth the surface actually is since you can still see the hammered metal underneath. The way the gold metal reflected underneath the Envirotex Lite had me tempted to leave it as is, but my mission was to have a stenciled surface so I stayed the course. Also since I was going to be using it outside, I needed to paint over it so that the resin wasn’t compromised by UV rays.

It would have been impossible to get a perfect stencil design with the previous state of this table.

I’m so pleased with how it turned out. Here’s where I’ll be for the rest of the summer…

Super easy, right?! What other kinds of surfaces can you think of that you would like to coat with a brilliant coat of Envirotex Lite?

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DIY Colorful Shiny Wood Cutouts

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 07:00

Aren’t these shiny wood cutouts crazy cute? The thing I love most about them is that they are so simple to make but can be used in so many different ways!

Here’s how I made them:

SUPPLIES: Coloring the cutouts:

The first thing to do is color your wood cutouts. You can probably use a number of products to color yours, but I used paint pens and they worked quite well. You can get them at most craft supply stores.

Sealing the wood:

Next, seal the entire top of the wood cutout pieces with Ultra-Seal, or other clear-drying glue, and let dry. Another option would be to spray it with Resin Spray, just be sure to give it a couple sealing coats. Be sure to coat any part that will have the resin on it. Wood tends to produce air bubbles if not sealed.

EnviroTex Lite as glaze:

When glue (or spray) is completely dried, mix your EnviroTex Lite. I only mixed a small amount, maybe an ounce, and it was plenty. For these wood shapes we aren’t going to pour the resin and let it drip over the sides, we are simply going to glaze the wooden shapes on the top. I used a small craft brush to do this and it worked perfectly.

Curing:

Let cure. Timing on this varies, but mine seemed cured in 24 hours since it’s such a thin coat.

Using Shiny Wood Cutouts:

Use the shapes for all sorts of awesome projects!! I used mine to make the following Butterfly picture frame for my daughter….

A magnetic framed photo for our refrigerator…

A circular necklace pendant….

and a feather “Hope” card for a friend… 

Really though, I could think of so many uses for each shape and just love the options! I might just make more of these and keep them on hand for random cards or custom gifts. The shiny EnviroTex Lite glaze really makes them stand out and finishes them off perfectly!

What do you think? Please share comments or ask questions, we’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by Resin Crafts Blog!

~~Sheri~~

 

Marbled Resin Jewelry Box

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 07:00

You can make this marbled resin jewelry box in just a few simple steps.  Pick colors that work with your decor.  This makes a great project to make for yourself or even give as a gift.  Giving handmade makes any gift extra special.  You might be surprised at just how easy marbleizing resin can be.

Supplies needed to make your own marbled resin jewelry box:
  • Unfinished wood jewelry box with recessed top
  • EnviroTex Lite Pour On High Gloss Finish
  • Craft paint (in any colors of your choice)
  • Vintage wash in two different colors
  • Clear adhesive
  • Paint brushes
  • Measuring cups
  • Mixing cups
  • Stir sticks

Instructions:

Start by finishing the wood on the jewelry box.  I used a vintage wash so that the wood grain would show through.  You could also use paint however a wash or stain works well with boxes like these that have hardware.  No masking is needed as the wash will wipe right off when wet.

Just brush the wash onto the surface, allow to sit about a minute, then wipe off with a rag.  I actually did the inside in another color.  I thought the contrast was a fun surprise when you open the lid.  Allow any paint that you use to dry completely before continuing.

I personally do not trust that the lip of this jewelry box is completely water tight.  I went around the outer edge with a clear adhesive and allowed it to dry.  This will ensure that you do not have any drips after pouring your resin.

It is now time to mix your resin!  Start by mixing about 6 tablespoons total in a measuring cup.  Be sure to use the two cup method for mixing as indicated on the directions that come with the product.  This will ensure that everything gets mixed well.

Then pour about 1/2 of a tablespoon of the mixed resin into each of three smaller cups.

Add one drop of the paint colors of your choice into each cup and mix well with a mixing stick.

Pour the clear resin that you have left into the recess in your jewelry box first.  Be sure it spreads out evenly and into all corners.

Then start dripping in the colored resins.

You can add as much or as little of the colors as you wish.

Then use an extra stir stick to run through the resin and give it a marbleized appearance.  You can add more color and swirl again if needed.  Just keep playing with it until you reach the look desired.

Remove any bubbles in the resin by either exhaling on the surface or using a small kitchen torch.  Be sure to follow the directions that come with the product for this step.  Finally set on a level surface and allow to cure at least overnight.

Your marbled resin jewelry is ready for gift giving.  Imagine their surprise when they see that gorgeous inside as well.

Add this marbled resin jewelry box to your home or give it as a fun gift idea.  You will love just how easy this is to make!  So who will you make this project for?

Meet the Maker: Jane and Sonja of the Resin Crafts Creative Team

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 07:00

Happy Friday friends! We hope that you had a wonderful week! Have you had a chance to meet all of our Resin Crafts Creative Team yet? You’ve probably seen their projects, but we’d love for you to get to know them a little bit better!

First up for your introduction meet Jane and Sonja.

Jane and Sonja are sisters, moms and lifelong craft addicts both living near Toronto, Canada with their families. They share their love of creativity, nature and coastal DIY ideas on their blog Sustain My Craft Habit. They craft and decorate their homes using repurposed and upcycled items and materials found in nature.

Here are some of Jane and Sonja’s favorite projects thus far on the Resin Crafts Blog, stay tuned for many more!

DIY Plant Label Garden Markers with EasySculpt (Most popular!)
Jewelry Resin Birth Month Flower Pendant Beach Inspired Paper Embellishments with Envirotex Lite DIY Monogram with Envirotex Lite

Next month we will introduce you to another of the Resin Crafts Creative Team! In the meantime, learn more about them here and follow the hashtag #ResinCraftsCreativeTeam on Facebook and Instagram to see what they’re up to with their favorite ETI products!

DIY: Seahorse Resin Pendant!

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 07:00

DIY: Seahorse Resin Pendant!

This adorable seahorse pendant is awesome…but might be a little disturbing to some folks. We love jewelry that makes a statement. If cute seahorse bodies isn’t your thing, think about other fun things you can embed in resin to make stunning jewelry.

These seahorses are similar to these beetle necklaces I made a couple years ago.  We like these creepy pieces for their wow factor.

So let’s talk about the seahorse or hippocampus.  Seahorses are popular in Asia for eating, infusing in liquor and teas.  So…this necklace feels a little less disturbing.

You will need:

Clear Polyester Resin

Jewelry Mold Seahorses, sea stars, beetles, or other fun item to embed in resin

I got a dozen seahorses on Etsy.  They are a little creepy, not going to lie.

Read the resin and hardener directions carefully before beginning.  Make sure you have everything set out and ready before mixing the resin. I mixed up a bunch of resin because I was doing multiple projects at the same time.  You only need enough resin to fill up half of the desired molds.  Fill them about 1/8 to 1/4 inch full and let them set a couple hours.

Then set the seahorses right on top of the resin.  If it sinks to the bottom…pull it out gently and wait a little longer.  You want it to sit right on top of that layer of resin.

Then mix up a little more resin and fill the molds with the resin.  I should have used a dropper, but I just poured it.  It’s easy to clean up after it’s done.  Let them harden for a few days.

Pop them out of the molds and let them sit out another day or so.

Next, use a small drill bit and add a small hole at the top close to the edge.  Use caution so you don’t drill through the edge.

Now they are ready to add to necklaces.

I used some wire and wrapped a loop on the top. Then I used some velvet ribbon for the perfect choker.  Hook it to the ribbon with a jump ring!  Add the clasp to the ends of the ribbon and it’s ready to wear!

Or add a jump ring and chain for a much simpler necklace!  I love that heart shaped pendant!

I finished each one off differently and I love them all!  Which one is your favorite?  Would you ever wear a Seahorse necklace?  Would you ever make one?

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