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Plant Labels: DIY Stamped Clay Herb Garden Markers

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 17:08

I can barely wait to get my hands in our garden and start planting some flowers and vegetables! Some of the first plants to go in will be these herbs I picked up at our local nursery. I’ve always wanted to make my own little plant labels, something simple and cute that I could reuse year after year and maybe pass on to my girls down the road. I saw these really cute DIY stamped clay garden markers and wanted to try making something similar, but with a touch of colour.

Materials needed for these DIY stamped clay plant labels:   Forming the plant labels with Easy Scupt clay:

Follow these steps to make one plant label at a time as it is easier to get the components to completely blend together in smaller amounts. Be sure to completely read the instructions provided in the packaging prior to starting. Also, protect your working surface with a sheet of wax paper.

  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).

3. Spread some of the release agent on your gloves to keep the keep the clay from sticking. Form the clay into balls of approximately equal size by eye, a little larger across than a quarter coin.

4. Press together and completely blend the two balls until they are a uniform colour with no ribbons or marbling (about 1-2 minutes). Press out any little clumps to make sure the components are completely combined.

5. If desired, add three drops of the Transparent Dye in a colour of your choice. Blend the Dye into the clay completely or just partially to achieve a marbled finish in the end.

6. The clay will start to get softer and stickier at this point (great to use as an adhesive in this state!). Form the clay roughly into a 6″ long cylinder. Repeat this process to make as many herb garden markers as you’d like. Let the Easy Sculpt clay cure for at least 2 hours before proceeding to the next step.

Imprinting the DIY plant labels:

After about two hours check on the hardness of the clay. The pieces should still be malleable but not too soft. The Easy Sculpt clay will reach a soft but firm cure within 5 hours of mixing, so you have a good amount of time to reform and shape the clay to make the DIY plant labels.

7. Use a flat surface such as the wood craft stick to flatten the clay cylinders to about 1/4″ thickness.

8. Snip a bit of clay off of the top for a more rectangular shape and then cut an angle off the bottom to create a point.

9. Use alphabet rubber stamps and gently press the names of your herbs onto each plant marker.

10. Finally, if you’d like, you can also press a sprig of the herb onto the plant label to make a subtle impression.

The nice thing about the slow cure time for the Easy Sculpt Modeling Clay is that if you make a mistake, or don’t like how something looks, you can smoosh it back up into a ball and start all over!

Once happy with how your DIY plant labels look, let it cure overnight (fully cured in 24 hours).

I’m so pleased to have these new little decorations for my herb garden. I love the slightly marbled effect of the Transparent Dye and then they’ll add a subtle touch of colour to my otherwise all-green herb garden. I think I’ll make a set to give my mom as a gift for Mother’s Day as well!

Happy New Year!

Sun, 01/01/2017 - 00:00
Happy New Year from ETIWe would like to wish everyone a
Wonderful and Happy New Year!

Pink Marble Coasters

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 07:00
Today Designer Myléne Hillam share how to create Marble Coasters using EnviroTex® Lite.  

 

  Materials Required: ·      EnviroTex Lite® ·       Acrylic paints: Warm White, Spring Rose, Nimbus Grey, Cherry Royale and Red Oxide ·       16 silicone surface protectors ·       Set of wooden coasters ·       ETI Mixing Cup Set ·       Three 1oz measuring cups ·       3 wooden stir sticks ·       Foam paint brush ·       Butane torch ·       Latex gloves ·       Denatured Alcohol or rubbing alcohol ·       Q-Tip

 

·       Painters drop sheet (polyethylene)   Instructions: Before beginning, put on your gloves to avoid getting sticky whilst working with the resin. Protect your work space with the painter’s drop sheet.   Use the foam brush to paint all surfaces of the coasters with Spring Rose paint. Allow them to dry several hours before continuing.    Follow the package instructions to mix up 2oz EnviroTex Lite. Pour 1/4oz into one cup, 1/3oz into the second cup and 1/2oz into the third cup. Color the first cup with Cherry Royale and Red Oxide paint, the second with Nimbus Grey and the third with Spring Rose, using only enough paint to make the resin opaque and stirring it thoroughly until it is mixed in. Color the remaining resin with only enough Warm White paint to make it opaque.   Place each coaster on an inverted cup and pour the white resin over the surface of each one. Spread it to the edges.   Pinch the top of the cup of the pink resin and pour it in a thin stream across the white resin at an angle. Repeat with the gray resin.   Dip the wooden stir stick into the red resin and drizzle it thinly across the coasters.   Use a paint brush from the mixing cup set to swirl the colors lightly. Take care not to over mix them or they will become muddied.

 

Hold the coasters vertically to allow the colors to run and blend into each other and run off the edge. Turn them in another direction to create some more movement. Set them back on the cups and pop any bubbles by sweeping the butane torch across the surface. Remove any drips from the underside with a stir stick. Set the coasters aside to cure.     Repeat Steps 2 – 6 to marble the reverse of the coasters, coating with only enough resin to go to the edges of the coasters without overflowing. If there are any drips, clean them up with denatured alcohol and a Q-Tip. Allow the coasters to cure.   Mix 1oz EnviroTex Lite, pour it across the coasters and spread it out to the edges making sure that it does not run off the edges. Pop any bubbles by sweeping the flame across the surface and set them aside to cure.   Repeat Step 9 on the reverse side of the coasters.   Attach four surface protectors to the back of each coaster.

Pink Marble Coasters

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 07:00
Today Designer Myléne Hillam share how to create Marble Coasters using EnviroTex® Lite.


Materials Required:·      EnviroTex Lite®·       Acrylic paints: Warm White, Spring Rose, Nimbus Grey, Cherry Royale and Red Oxide·       16 silicone surface protectors·       Set of wooden coasters·       ETI Mixing Cup Set·       Three 1oz measuring cups·       3 wooden stir sticks·       Foam paint brush·       Butane torch·       Latex gloves·       Denatured Alcohol or rubbing alcohol·       Q-Tip
·       Painters drop sheet (polyethylene)
Instructions:Before beginning, put on your gloves to avoid getting sticky whilst working with the resin. Protect your work space with the painter’s drop sheet.
Use the foam brush to paint all surfaces of the coasters with Spring Rose paint. Allow them to dry several hours before continuing.
 Follow the package instructions to mix up 2oz EnviroTex Lite. Pour 1/4oz into one cup, 1/3oz into the second cup and 1/2oz into the third cup. Color the first cup with Cherry Royale and Red Oxide paint, the second with Nimbus Grey and the third with Spring Rose, using only enough paint to make the resin opaque and stirring it thoroughly until it is mixed in. Color the remaining resin with only enough Warm White paint to make it opaque.
Place each coaster on an inverted cup and pour the white resin over the surface of each one. Spread it to the edges.
Pinch the top of the cup of the pink resin and pour it in a thin stream across the white resin at an angle. Repeat with the gray resin.
Dip the wooden stir stick into the red resin and drizzle it thinly across the coasters.
Use a paint brush from the mixing cup set to swirl the colors lightly. Take care not to over mix them or they will become muddied.
Hold the coasters vertically to allow the colors to run and blend into each other and run off the edge. Turn them in another direction to create some more movement. Set them back on the cups and pop any bubbles by sweeping the butane torch across the surface. Remove any drips from the underside with a stir stick. Set the coasters aside to cure.
  Repeat Steps 2 – 6 to marble the reverse of the coasters, coating with only enough resin to go to the edges of the coasters without overflowing. If there are any drips, clean them up with denatured alcohol and a Q-Tip. Allow the coasters to cure.
Mix 1oz EnviroTex Lite, pour it across the coasters and spread it out to the edges making sure that it does not run off the edges. Pop any bubbles by sweeping the flame across the surface and set them aside to cure.
Repeat Step 9 on the reverse side of the coasters.
Attach four surface protectors to the back of each coaster.

Merry Christmas!

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 06:00
Happy Holidays!!From all of us to all of you...

Resin Christmas Ornaments

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 07:00
On Tuesday I shared how to make a mold for a Christmas ornament using Silicone Putty and today I will share the results of using the mold.Here is the finished mold.
I decided to use FastCast™ to create an ornament,   FastCast™ is such a great product because it sets up in just 10 minutes.  Measure out equal parts of parts A and B.
Stir together for 30 seconds.  Pour into a second mixing cup and mix for another 30 seconds.  This additional step insures a complete and thorough mix. 
Then, immediately pour into your mold.  As FastCast™ begins cure, the mixed solution with heat up and begin to turn a dull white.  
Once cast (about 10 minutes) the piece will become bright white in color.
Results, a perfect resin ornament.
I painted the ornament with Sapphire Iridescents.
To finish off, I applied craft glue onto the holly, berries and cap of the ornament and covered with glitter.  Let dry and hang.

Silicone Christmas Ornament Mold

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 07:00
With Christmas just around the corner I thought I would made an ornament mold using Silicone Putty.  So, that I would be able to make several of the same ornaments easily,
Here is how to create a mold:
Start with Silicone Putty
Measure out two equal balls of part A and B
 Mix them together 
Until you have a uniform color.
Get the ornament out...
Press it into the Silicone Putty.  Let sit for 20 minutes.
Remove the ornament to revile the mold.  
Check back Thursday to see how an ornament turns out.

Faux Marble Chess Board using EnviroTex Lite®

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 07:00
Today we have a beautiful Faux Marbled Chess Board Designed by Myléne Hillam.   This would be a wonderful gift idea for anyone on your list!   Materials Required: ·     EnviroTexLite® ·     Acrylic paints: Warm White, Nimbus Grey, Black ·     Two 11” square wooden boards ·     ETI Mixing Cup Set ·     4 plastic party cups ·     4 wooden stir sticks ·     3” paint brush ·     Foam paint brush ·     Butane torch ·     Cutting mat ·     Stanley knife ·     Ruler ·     Latex gloves ·     Painter’s tape ·     Painters plastic drop sheet (polyethylene) ·     Cello tape   Instructions: Before beginning, put on your gloves to avoid getting sticky while working with the resin. Protect your workspace with the painter’s drop sheet.    Cover both the boards with the drop sheet plastic and stretch it taut across the surface. Tape it on the back.    Create the black marble: Follow the package instructions to mix up 8oz EnviroTex Lite.  Pour 2oz of mixed resin into each of two cups. Color one cup Warm White and the other Nimbus Grey, using only enough paint to make the resin opaque and stirring it thoroughly until it is mixed in. Color the remaining resin with only enough black paint to make it opaque.

 

 Place the wooden board on inverted cups making sure it is balanced. Pour the black resin across the surface and spread it out to the edges.

 

 Pour the white resin in a thin stream across the black resin at an angle. Repeat with the gray resin.  Use a paintbrush to swirl the colors lightly. Take care not to over mix them or they will become muddied. Hold the board vertically to allow the colors to run and blend into each other and run off the edge. Turn the board in another direction to create some more movement. Pop any bubbles by sweeping the butane torch across the surface. Set the board aside to cure.    To create the white marble: Mix 8oz EnviroTex Lite and pour 1oz of mixed resin into one cup and 2oz into another. Color the first cup with black paint and the second with gray, using only enough paint to make the resin opaque and stirring it thoroughly until it is mixed in. Color the remaining resin with only enough white paint to make it opaque.   Pour the white resin across the surface of the second board and spread it out to the edges.    Pour the gray resin across the white resin in a thin stream. Use the stir stick to drizzle thin lines of black paint across the surface.   Swirl the colors lightly with the paintbrush.   Drizzle more white resin across the surface with the stir stick.

 

 Pop any bubbles with the torch and set the resin aside to cure. Once cured, remove both the black and white marble sheets from the plastic.    Use the foam brush to paint all surfaces of one of the square wooden boards with black paint. Allow it to dry several hours before continuing. Mask the underside edges with painter’s tape.    Score each of the marble sheets down the center with the knife. To cut the resin apart, fold it along the score line and it should easily pull apart. If not, score it a little deeper. Cut one half of each marble sheet into 4 equal strips and then cut these strips into squares. You should have 32 black and 32 white squares. Lay out the pieces on the painted board in a checkerboard pattern and check for fit. Remov
e the squares to your workspace, keeping them in the same order.    Mix up 4 oz of EnviroTex Lite. Pour it across the painted board and pop any bubbles. Working quickly, reposition the squares on the board. Push them into the resin, allowing the resin to ooze over the tiles. Spread the resin across the surface evenly and pop any bubbles. Keep checking on the board over the next two hours and realign any squares, which might move. If the chessboard surface is uneven, mix up another 4 oz of EnviroTex Lite; pour it across the surface and pop any bubbles.

 

Enjoy!    

Faux Marble Chess Board using EnviroTex Lite®

Thu, 12/15/2016 - 07:00
Today we have a beautiful Faux Marbled Chess Board Designed by Myléne Hillam.  This would be a wonderful gift idea for anyone on your list!
Materials Required:·     EnviroTexLite®·     Acrylic paints: Warm White, Nimbus Grey, Black·     Two 11” square wooden boards·     ETI Mixing Cup Set·     4 plastic party cups·     4 wooden stir sticks·     3” paint brush·     Foam paint brush·     Butane torch·     Cutting mat·     Stanley knife·     Ruler·     Latex gloves·     Painter’s tape·     Painters plastic drop sheet (polyethylene) ·     Cello tape
Instructions: Before beginning, put on your gloves to avoid getting sticky while working with the resin. Protect your workspace with the painter’s drop sheet.
 Cover both the boards with the drop sheet plastic and stretch it taut across the surface. Tape it on the back.
 Create the black marble: Follow the package instructions to mix up 8oz EnviroTex Lite. 
Pour 2oz of mixed resin into each of two cups. Color one cup Warm White and the other Nimbus Grey, using only enough paint to make the resin opaque and stirring it thoroughly until it is mixed in. Color the remaining resin with only enough black paint to make it opaque.
 Place the wooden board on inverted cups making sure it is balanced. Pour the black resin across the surface and spread it out to the edges.
 Pour the white resin in a thin stream across the black resin at an angle. Repeat with the gray resin. Use a paintbrush to swirl the colors lightly. Take care not to over mix them or they will become muddied. Hold the board vertically to allow the colors to run and blend into each other and run off the edge. Turn the board in another direction to create some more movement. Pop any bubbles by sweeping the butane torch across the surface. Set the board aside to cure.
 To create the white marble: Mix 8oz EnviroTex Lite and pour 1oz of mixed resin into one cup and 2oz into another. Color the first cup with black paint and the second with gray, using only enough paint to make the resin opaque and stirring it thoroughly until it is mixed in. Color the remaining resin with only enough white paint to make it opaque.
Pour the white resin across the surface of the second board and spread it out to the edges.
 Pour the gray resin across the white resin in a thin stream. Use the stir stick to drizzle thin lines of black paint across the surface.
Swirl the colors lightly with the paintbrush.
Drizzle more white resin across the surface with the stir stick.  Pop any bubbles with the torch and set the resin aside to cure. Once cured, remove both the black and white marble sheets from the plastic.
 Use the foam brush to paint all surfaces of one of the square wooden boards with black paint. Allow it to dry several hours before continuing. Mask the underside edges with painter’s tape.
 Score each of the marble sheets down the center with the knife. To cut the resin apart, fold it along the score line and it should easily pull apart. If not, score it a little deeper. Cut one half of each marble sheet into 4 equal strips and then cut these strips into squares. You should have 32 black and 32 white squares. Lay out the pieces on the painted board in a checkerboard pattern and check for fit. Remove the squares to your workspace, keeping them in the same order.
 Mix up 4 oz of EnviroTex Lite. Pour it across the painted board and pop any bubbles. Working quickly, reposition the squares on the board. Push them into the resin, allowing the resin to ooze over the tiles. Spread the resin across the surface evenly and pop any bubbles. Keep checking on the board over the next two hours and realign any squares, which might move. If the chessboard surface is uneven, mix up another 4 oz of EnviroTex Lite; pour it across the surface and pop any bubbles.
Enjoy!

Birds Collage Pendant’s with EasyCast®

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 07:00
Looking to create some handmade Christmas gifts?  Check out these easy to create pendants designed by Marie Browning.


Materials List: For All Pieces
  • EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy
  • Plastic mixing cups and mixing stick
  • Ultra Seal or Thin-bodied white glue
  • Pendants & Charms
  • Nunn Design Birds Collage sheet or decorative paper
  • Jewelry findings as listed below
Birds Collage Jewelry Soar Necklace
  • Nunn Design, raised pendant, small square single loop, antique copper
  • Nunn Design Birds Collage sheet
  • Paper word cut-out from word collage sheet
  • Jump ring, Copper
 Tweet! Hear Pendant
  • Nunn Design, Grande Pendant Heart, antique copper
  • Nunn Design Birds Collage sheet
  • Paper word cut-out from word collage sheet
  • Jump ring, copper
Home Key Ring
  • Nunn Design, Large Pendant Square, antique gold
  • Nunn Design Birds Collage sheet
  • Paper word cut-out from word collage sheet
  • Key ring, silver

 

Instructions:
  1. Cut and fit paper pieces into pendant cavities.
  2. Apply white glue to the back of the paper pieces, then place them into the pendant’s. Allow glue to dry.
  3. Seal paper pieces with two coats of white glue.  Allow the glue to dry clear between coats.
  4. Mix two ounces of EasyCast epoxy according to manufacture’s instructions.  Fill pendant cavity full to form a slight dome.  Avoid overfilling.  Let cure per EasyCast instructions.
  5. Attach to your chosen chain or cord.
All images used in the following pendants were cut from Collage sheets printed by Alpha Stamps, which fit perfectly into Nunn Design pendants.  Look for craft punches that also fit the pendants exactly to make these projects super simple and foolproof.  You can generate your own wording on your computer or use words from the word collage sheet.  Birds Collage sheets are available where Nunn Design Pendants are sold.  Doming pendants with EasyCast epoxy magnifies the image, brightens colors and ads depth that only a two-component epoxy can do.  Preferred by professionals for its easy of use, fast & easy bubble release, water-clear clarity and high doming capabilities.  EasyCast is a low odor, solvent free, non-shrinking formula available at leading craft and art stores!  

Birds Collage Pendant's with EasyCast®

Tue, 12/13/2016 - 07:00
Looking to create some handmade Christmas gifts?  Check out these easy to create pendants designed by Marie Browning.


Materials List: For All Pieces
  • EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy
  • Plastic mixing cups and mixing stick
  • Ultra Seal or Thin-bodied white glue
  • Pendants & Charms
  • Nunn Design Birds Collage sheet or decorative paper
  • Jewelry findings as listed below
Birds Collage Jewelry Soar Necklace
  • Nunn Design, raised pendant, small square single loop, antique copper
  • Nunn Design Birds Collage sheet
  • Paper word cut-out from word collage sheet
  • Jump ring, Copper
 Tweet! Hear Pendant
  • Nunn Design, Grande Pendant Heart, antique copper
  • Nunn Design Birds Collage sheet
  • Paper word cut-out from word collage sheet
  • Jump ring, copper
Home Key Ring
  • Nunn Design, Large Pendant Square, antique gold
  • Nunn Design Birds Collage sheet
  • Paper word cut-out from word collage sheet
  • Key ring, silver


Instructions: 
  1. Cut and fit paper pieces into pendant cavities.
     
  2. Apply white glue to the back of the paper pieces, then place them into the pendant’s. Allow glue to dry.
     
  3. Seal paper pieces with two coats of white glue.  Allow the glue to dry clear between coats.
     
  4. Mix two ounces of EasyCast epoxy according to manufacture’s instructions.  Fill pendant cavity full to form a slight dome.  Avoid overfilling.  Let cure per EasyCast instructions.
     
  5. Attach to your chosen chain or cord.
All images used in the following pendants were cut from Collage sheets printed by Alpha Stamps, which fit perfectly into Nunn Design pendants.  Look for craft punches that also fit the pendants exactly to make these projects super simple and foolproof.  You can generate your own wording on your computer or use words from the word collage sheet.  Birds Collage sheets are available where Nunn Design Pendants are sold.  Doming pendants with EasyCast epoxy magnifies the image, brightens colors and ads depth that only a two-component epoxy can do.  Preferred by professionals for its easy of use, fast & easy bubble release, water-clear clarity and high doming capabilities.  EasyCast is a low odor, solvent free, non-shrinking formula available at leading craft and art stores!  

Jewelry Clay Foiled Pendant and Earring Set

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 07:00
Today we have a beautiful Foiled Pendant and Oval Earring set created by Myléne Hillam using Jewelry Clay and Jewelry Resin.     Materials: ¨ EnviroTex Jewelry Clay ¨ EnviroTex Jewelry Resin ¨ Silver heart pendant ¨ Silver oval earrings ¨ Mantilla Black Piñata Alcohol Ink ¨ Silver Leaf, sheet ¨ 2 Teflon craft sheets ¨ Talcum powder ¨ Acrylic clay roller ¨ Craft Knife ¨ Latex gloves Instructions: Measure out equal parts of Part A and Part B and mix the two parts together thoroughly until no marbling remains.     Add two drops of alcohol ink and mix it into the clay.  Add two more drops of alcohol ink and work it into the clay thoroughly.  Roll into a ball.   Flatten the ball out with your fingers.  Dust the Teflon sheet liberally with talcum powder and place the clay on the talcum powder.   Place a sheet of the silver leaf onto the surface and use your fingers to press it into contact with the clay. Dust the second Teflon sheet with a light dusting of talcum powder to prevent the clay from sticking.  Roll the acrylic roller gently across the surface and watch the silver leaf crack as the clay stretches.  Magic! Remove the Teflon sheet from the top and carefully lift the clay off the Teflon sheet to make sure it doesn’t stick.  Add more talcum powder if necessary.  Continue rolling the clay until it is 1/8” thick taking care that the exposed clay doesn’t stick to the top Teflon sheet. Press the bezels lightly into the surface of the clay to give you a cutting guide. Trim the shapes with the craft knife and then check that they fit inside the bezels.  Trim until they fit the bottom of the bezels and press them down gently and evenly.  Set them aside overnight to cure. Mix 1 oz of the Jewelry Resin following the instructions on the package.  Use a wooden stir stick to scoop the resin onto the surface of each of the bezels allowing it to dome slightly above the top of the bezel.  Cure, for 24 hours, before wearing. Designer notes:
  • Wear gloves throughout this project because we’re coloring the Jewelry Clay with several drops of alcohol ink and it will be quite messy.
  • Black and silver a
    re a magical combination but why not experiment with a different resin color and use gold, copper or variegated leaf in place of the silver – you’ll be amazed at how different the result is!

Jewelry Clay Foiled Pendant and Earring Set

Thu, 12/08/2016 - 07:00

Today we have a beautiful Foiled Pendant and Oval Earring set created by Myléne Hillam using Jewelry Clay and Jewelry Resin.


Materials:¨ EnviroTex Jewelry Clay¨ EnviroTex Jewelry Resin¨ Silver heart pendant¨ Silver oval earrings¨ Mantilla Black Piñata Alcohol Ink¨ Silver Leaf, sheet¨ 2 Teflon craft sheets¨ Talcum powder¨ Acrylic clay roller¨ Craft Knife¨ Latex gloves
Instructions:Measure out equal parts of Part A and Part B and mix the two parts together thoroughly until no marbling remains.  
Add two drops of alcohol ink and mix it into the clay.  Add two more drops of alcohol ink and work it into the clay thoroughly.  Roll into a ball.
Flatten the ball out with your fingers.  Dust the Teflon sheet liberally with talcum powder and place the clay on the talcum powder.
Place a sheet of the silver leaf onto the surface and use your fingers to press it into contact with the clay.
Dust the second Teflon sheet with a light dusting of talcum powder to prevent the clay from sticking.  Roll the acrylic roller gently across the surface and watch the silver leaf crack as the clay stretches.  Magic!
Remove the Teflon sheet from the top and carefully lift the clay off the Teflon sheet to make sure it doesn’t stick.  Add more talcum powder if necessary.  Continue rolling the clay until it is 1/8” thick taking care that the exposed clay doesn’t stick to the top Teflon sheet.
Press the bezels lightly into the surface of the clay to give you a cutting guide.  
Trim the shapes with the craft knife and then check that they fit inside the bezels.  Trim until they fit the bottom of the bezels and press them down gently and evenly.  Set them aside overnight to cure.
Mix 1 oz of the Jewelry Resin following the instructions on the package.  Use a wooden stir stick to scoop the resin onto the surface of each of the bezels allowing it to dome slightly above the top of the bezel.  Cure, for 24 hours, before wearing.
Designer notes:
  • Wear gloves throughout this project because we’re coloring the Jewelry Clay with several drops of alcohol ink and it will be quite messy.
  • Black and silver are a magical combination but why not experiment with a different resin color and use gold, copper or variegated leaf in place of the silver – you’ll be amazed at how different the result is!

EasyCast® Glittery Snowflake Ornament

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 07:00
I am always on the lookout for Silicone Molds to use with EasyCast®.  To my surprise, when visiting my mom this week, I found she had bought a great silicone mold, that would be perfect for coasters, ornaments and more...With the holidays right around the corner, for today's project, I decided to create a glittery snowflake Christmas ornament.
Materials:
  • EasyCast®
  • Silicone mold
  • Snowflakes
  • Glitter, ultra-fine
  • Mixing cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Toothpick
  • Lighter
  • Drill
  • Eye pin
  • Ribbon
  • Craft glue

Project Instructions:
Gather your supplies.
 Measure out equal amounts of part A and part B, stir together for 2 minutes.  Pour into a second mixing cup and stir for another minute.
 Add a bit of glitter.
 Pour into the mold.
Use a lighter to remove air bubbles if needed.  Set aside to dry for 8 - 12 hours.
 Mix together 1 ounce of the EasyCast®, as directed above.
 Pour a  small amount of the mixture into the mold, over the dried glittered resin.
 Use a toothpick to place the snowflakes into the resin.
 Arrange them in the mold.  Set aside to dry for 24 hours.
Drill a small hole at the top of the ornament.  Glue a piece of ribbon into the hole to create a hanger.  Enjoy!!

FastCast™ Holiday Place Card Holders

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 07:00

Hi All, Donna here, I am going to show you how to make some beautiful Holiday Place Card Holders!  These are so easy and FAST!

Materials:FastCast™Mixing CupsStir SticksSnowflake MoldGlitter Glass or Glitter - OptionalGlue18 Gauge Wire
Additional Items:Drill & BitNeedle nose Pliers
Instructions:
Measure equal parts of Fast Cast™ into a mixing cup.
Mix thoroughly for 30 seconds, pour into a 2nd mixing cup and stir for another 30 seconds.    Then, pour into mold very quickly.  Wait approximately 10-15 minutes and remove from mold

 They are beautiful straight out of the mold. 
Look at the detail!
Using a small drill bit to fit the wire. Drill a hole in the center of the snowflake.
Using the needle nose pliers cut the wire to length desired and curl one end.Adhere into the hole using glue. Once dry, water down some white glue and lightly brush on snowflake and wire. Dip into or pour glitter glass over it. Let dry.
While drying you could make your place cards.  I cut a 2" X 3" piece of cardstock from DCWV.


Here are a few of the ways you could use these for the holidays!

Thanks for joining me and I hope you enjoyed today's project!

I would love for you to try this fun and easy project for the holidays!

Donna Budzynski

Resin Paper Weight with Alcohol Ink

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 07:00
Resin paper weights are amazing!  Each one is an original one-of-a-kind piece of ART.  Since I have been using alcohol inks in some projects lately, I thought I would see how they worked for a paper weight.

 

The results are a transparent paper weight when looking through it.

 

Materials:   Project Instructions:  Spray mold with mold release. Measure out equal parts (1 ounce each) of EasyCast resin and hardener.   Then, stir together for 2 minutes.  Pour mixture into a second cup and stir for another minute.    Pour resin into mold.      Add a couple drops of the alcohol ink.   Gently stir the alcohol ink. Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top. Let set for 24 hours.

 

Remove from the mold. I love how transparent it seems in the light,  From this photo you can see that it looks a bit layered. From this photo you can see that it appears a bit darker.  What is cool about this paper weight is that it looks different from every angle. Give this a try and enjoy!

Resin Paper Weight with Alcohol Ink

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 07:00
Resin paper weights are amazing!  Each one is an original one-of-a-kind piece of ART.  Since I have been using alcohol inks in some projects lately, I thought I would see how they worked for a paper weight.
The results are a transparent paper weight when looking through it.
Materials:
Project Instructions: Spray mold with mold release.

Measure out equal parts (1 ounce each) of EasyCast resin and hardener. 
 Then, stir together for 2 minutes.  Pour mixture into a second cup and stir for another minute.
 Pour resin into mold.  
 Add a couple drops of the alcohol ink.
Gently stir the alcohol ink.
Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top.
Let set for 24 hours.
Remove from the mold.
I love how transparent it seems in the light,  From this photo you can see that it looks a bit layered.
From this photo you can see that it appears a bit darker.  What is cool about this paper weight is that it looks different from every angle.
Give this a try and enjoy!

Fast Cast Necklace

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 07:00
Hello, Resin fans! Karen here with a tutorial on making a fast & easy resin necklace.The beauty of this is you can customize it to match your outfit. This would also make great gifts for Christmas. To make this we are using a new product from ETI called Fast Cast Resin and it sets up in 10 minutes!!! Here is my finished necklace. Love the color, love the style & especially love how easy it was to make!  This Fast Cast Resin is a game changer! Materials: Fast Cast Resin Easy Cast Jewelry Mold Mold Release & Conditioner Mixing cups Stir sticks Gloves DecoArt Media -Fluid Acrylics, Metallic Lustre Carabelle Stamp Archival Ink Yarn Copper Wire Project Instructions:   First, you need to have all your supplies ready to go.

The casting is very quick so there is no time to start pulling out things once you have begun stirring.

Spray the mold with Mold Release & Conditioner if needed. Let it dry, this is important. I was impatient and my piece had texture from the spray embedded in it. Fortunately, it is just bonus texture for me!  If you want a smooth finish make sure the mold is dry and smooth.

As per the instructions included pour equal amounts of Fast Cast A & B into a plastic cup.

Stir with a wood stick for 30 seconds.

Pour into a 2nd cup and with a new stick stir another 30 seconds. Immediately pour into your molds. Be careful not to over pour. You can also drip resin from a stir stick if the mold is intricate to prevent over flowing your mold. I had extra molds standing by in case I had too much resin. I managed to pour 6 molds before I ran out of time & the product would no longer pour.

Wait 10-15 minutes to set. The Easy Cast will gradually turn white as it cures.

Here is the super cool part- once the resin is released from the mold you can easily trim any excess off!!! At this stage, it is a bit pliable- so amazing!

Trim efficiently as the resin does harden further so your finished piece is good & strong. You can still go back & trim it at 1 hour set it is just harder.

Time for paint.  First wash your piece with soap & water, if it was used with Mold Release.  Let dry & you are ready to paint.  I started with a coat of gesso.  This helps give the piece tooth so the paint can adhere to it easily.  Once the gesso is dry add your paint, I did a few coats using Cobalt Turquoise & Cobalt Teal so I would get varying color.  Once this layer is dry, stamp randomly using Archival Ink.  Once the ink is dry, using a finger add Metallic Lustre in Copper Kettle to add some highlights.  I recommend painting both sides, so if your piece twists on your neck & shows the backside your jewelry has a finished look.  Spray with a varnish or paint a layer of decoupage glue to protect the surface from scratching off.


To finish, simply wrap copper wire around the jewelry piece creating a loop at the top.  Thread yarn through for the necklace chain.  I used 3 different yarns, tying a knot at the ends to hold them together.  To wear I will simply tie the yarn around my neck.  You can add a lobster closure if you wish.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I encourage you to make some of these necklaces, the possibilities are endless!

Fast Cast Necklace

Thu, 11/24/2016 - 07:00
Hello, Resin fans! Karen here with a tutorial on making a fast & easy resin necklace.The beauty of this is you can customize it to match your outfit. This would also make great gifts for Christmas. To make this we are using a new product from ETI called Fast Cast Resin and it sets up in 10 minutes!!!
Here is my finished necklace. Love the color, love the style & especially love how easy it was to make!  This Fast Cast Resin is a game changer!

Materials:Fast Cast ResinEasy Cast Jewelry MoldMold Release & ConditionerMixing cupsStir sticksGlovesDecoArt Media -Fluid Acrylics, Metallic LustreCarabelle StampArchival InkYarnCopper Wire
Project Instructions:
First, you need to have all your supplies ready to go.
The casting is very quick so there is no time to start pulling out things once you have begun stirring. 
Spray the mold with Mold Release & Conditioner if needed. Let it dry, this is important. I was impatient and my piece had texture from the spray embedded in it. Fortunately, it is just bonus texture for me!  If you want a smooth finish make sure the mold is dry and smooth.

As per the instructions included pour equal amounts of Fast Cast A & B into a plastic cup. 
Stir with a wood stick for 30 seconds.

Pour into a 2nd cup and with a new stick stir another 30 seconds. Immediately pour into your molds. Be careful not to over pour. You can also drip resin from a stir stick if the mold is intricate to prevent over flowing your mold. I had extra molds standing by in case I had too much resin. I managed to pour 6 molds before I ran out of time & the product would no longer pour.
Wait 10-15 minutes to set. The Easy Cast will gradually turn white as it cures.

Here is the super cool part- once the resin is released from the mold you can easily trim any excess off!!! At this stage, it is a bit pliable- so amazing!

Trim efficiently as the resin does harden further so your finished piece is good & strong. You can still go back & trim it at 1 hour set it is just harder.
Time for paint.  First wash your piece with soap & water, if it was used with Mold Release.  Let dry & you are ready to paint.  I started with a coat of gesso.  This helps give the piece tooth so the paint can adhere to it easily.  Once the gesso is dry add your paint, I did a few coats using Cobalt Turquoise & Cobalt Teal so I would get varying color.  Once this layer is dry, stamp randomly using Archival Ink.  Once the ink is dry, using a finger add Metallic Lustre in Copper Kettle to add some highlights.  I recommend painting both sides, so if your piece twists on your neck & shows the backside your jewelry has a finished look.  Spray with a varnish or paint a layer of decoupage glue to protect the surface from scratching off.

To finish, simply wrap copper wire around the jewelry piece creating a loop at the top.  Thread yarn through for the necklace chain.  I used 3 different yarns, tying a knot at the ends to hold them together.  To wear I will simply tie the yarn around my neck.  You can add a lobster closure if you wish.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I encourage you to make some of these necklaces, the possibilities are endless!

Resin Paper Book Page Dividers

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 07:00
Hello fans of the Resin! Karen here with some more fun. So I apparently am obsessed with resin paper. Today I have a simple, fun project making resin book page dividers. Very versatile, you can make them ahead of time to create a bit of a stash so when you need one they are at the ready. One of the challenges with resin is the time it takes for the resin to cure. This solves that problem. Let’s go!  

Materials:

  • EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy 
  • Mixing cups
  • Stir stick
  • Disposable gloves
  • pieces of dish sponge
  • craft sheet or parchment paper
  • napkins, paper, cardstock
  • Seth Apter die by Spellbinders
  • Tab punch or die
  • Cropodile or the Cinch
  • scrapbook paper
 

Project Instructions:

First get your supplies ready so once the resin is mixed you are ready. I have noticed that often I have more resin made than paper ready, so you may want to have a nice stash of extra’s in case that happens. Gather napkins, book paper, pretty card stock whatever you want to use. Napkins are one of my favorites as the patterns are great & they are perfect for this technique. I love the transparency which is achieved by peeling apart the napkin layers so all you are left with is one layer of pattern napkin. Hand Made papers are interesting as quite often they change color slightly. 

  Pour equal parts of resin & hardener in a cup & stir for 2 minutes. 

Pour this mix into a new cup & stir with a new stick for 1 minute. For more instructions on use and trouble shooting see directions included in packaging.

 

Make sure to use gloves! Start with a piece of book paper or card stock to get used to the technique. Spread resin on back side of paper with the sponge, careful to fully cover paper. Cover front side and gently move to a piece of parchment paper to cure. Any bubbles should release naturally or you can pop them using a lighter carefully. Once you are used to the feel of covering the paper you are ready to move onto more delicate paper like napkins. I wanted mine to be translucent & thin enough that I could punch holes in the result so I did a medium coating. Let cure overnight. If you want a sturdier piece simply do a second coat of resin.

 

 

Here is my stash of resin paper. I have a large envelope & I keep all my resin pieces in it so if I want an embellishment or a piece to die cut I have it already on hand.

 

I took a few of my napkin pieces and made some book page dividers. The first was a USA napkin from July 4th. I added a thicker layer of resin so this piece has the weight of cardboard but the feel of plastic & it is translucent. I made a page for my art journal. I want to add in historic elements as I create to give my books a bit of a timeline. This can be events that impact me from the news or family events. The historic swim of Michael Phelps fills both, as my family gathered around throughout multiple Olympics to watch him shatter record after record. Truly one of the greatest athletes of all time. Taking my resin napkin I adhered my elements on top of it. The online photo of Phelps is amazing, one of my favorites & sadly I could not find the photographer to give credit as it came from a share site. I distressed the edges & adhered it to the cover. It was time for some embellishments, attached a tab & die cut colored circles and adhered them using glossy accents. After adding cork letters some resin was applied to the tab to give it that plastic strength. I love my new book page!!!

The page is transparent therefore the back must have the same embellishments. I added a Sports Illustrated cover photo in the same spot as my photo on the front. The rings still show through. 

 

My 2nd napkin page is from a super cool wine napkin. After adding the resin it was too beautiful to add much so I simply added a tag with the date & a tab. This divider will go in my project life book. I added a wine bottle label on the back.

Here is my USA napkin on top of a few other art journal pages so you can see the transparency of it. I love this technique!! I can make cool napkin dividers for my planner, notebooks, or anything I need a divider. Makes a great gift for my crafty friends. I hope you try this technique as the results are so much fun!!

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