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Open-Backed Bezel Jewelry with Colored Resin

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 07:00

Jewelry resin is perfect for sealing small embellishments inside of traditional bezels, but did you know that open-backed bezels create a whole world of new resin jewelry possibilities? You can create stunning stained glass inspired pieces when you fill open-backed bezel jewelry with colored resin. Read on to learn how simple it is to do!

Supplies:

You can find open-backed bezels like these at your local craft store or online. They provide a wealth of options when you are working with jewelry resin.

First, cut a piece of contact paper slightly larger than the bezel you will be using. Remove the paper backing and stick the contact paper to the back of the bezel. Make sure the bezel is securely stuck to the contact paper so that the resin does not leak.

Mix up a very small amount of jewelry resin according to the package’s directions. Pour a small amount of resin into the bezel.

I chose to embed a small glittery sticker in the resin of this bezel. Then, I added a second layer of resin on top of the sticker to seal it in.

I did a few experiments with the other bezels. I added transparent resin dyes to the resin I mixed up for the other bezels.

This is how I decorated the bezels, from left to right:

  1. I swirled together red and blue resin within the star shape and left the other portions of the bezel empty.
  2. For the heart bezel, I topped red resin with lots of fine red glitter.
  3. I filled the moon bezel with blue dyed resin.
  4. After filling the star bezel with yellow resin dye, I sprinkled on just a little bit of gold glitter.

Blow lightly over the surface of the resin to remove any bubbles, and allow the resin to cure for 24 hours.  When the resin has fully cured, carefully peel the contract paper off of the finished bezels. You should now have a beautiful translucent piece of jewelry!

You can use these pieces as necklace pendants, key chains, Christmas ornaments and more!

The colored resin looks like stained glass within the pendant. They look especially beautiful when the sun shines through the resin! How would you use these lovely jewelry pieces?

DIY Resin Necklaces

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 05:00

There are so many beautiful things that you can DIY, especially with Resin! Obviously we here at Resin Crafts Blog are the biggest fan of Resin projects and are always on the hunt for the best pieces. Today we have rounded up our all-time favorite DIY Resin Necklaces for you to create for yourself! Just in time for the holiday season. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

 

DIY Resin Feather Pendant

DIY Victorian Gold Resin Necklace

DIY Paper and Resin Pendants

DIY Gemstone Cluster Necklace

DIY Wood and Resin Pendant

DIY Resin Faux Crystal Necklace

Faux Sea Glass Resin Necklace

DIY Seashell Pendants

DIY Gold and Silver Leaf Resin Pendants 

DIY Lavender Flower Pendant

Marbled Resin Round Serving Tray DIY

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 07:00

Marbled Resin Round Serving Tray DIY

It’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing an especially awesome resin craft!  This uniquely colorful marbled resin tray is perfect for serving up warm cocoa on a cold day.  This fun project would make a great gift also.  Let’s get started.

Supplies needed:

Envirotex Lite High Gloss Finish

Round Wood Tray

Mixing cups, stirring sticks, disposable gloves and work surface

Variety of acrylic paints

Begin by reading the directions for the Envirotex Lite High Gloss Resin.  Mix 1 part resin and 1 part hardener and stir continuously for 2 minutes.  Then pour the resin into a second cup and use a new stick to stir for 1 more minute.  Next pour a small amount of mixed resin into smaller cups.  Add a small blob of acrylic paint to each cup.

Then stir the paint into the resin until smooth.

Pour the mixed resin all into one cup in a bulls-eye pattern as pictured below.

Then pour the entire cup of resin onto the wood serving tray.

After pouring it all around, tip and tilt the tray until the entire base is covered.

Then pour all the resin remaining in each individual cup in circles on top of the poured resin. 

Then use a stirring stick to swirl and pull the resin around.  By dragging in towards the center and out toward the edges it creates an almost floral look with the marbling.  After 20 minutes, use a mini torch or heat gun to gently pop any bubbles that have formed.  Now set it aside to cure and dry for 48 hours.

After curing; it is shiny, glossy and ready to use!  The flecks of colors, the spirals and movement are just so fun.  Marbled resin is an especially fun technique and makes a great statement.

Just add cocoa!

Wood Framed Faux Stained Glass

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 07:00

Hello resin crafters! I am excited to share this Faux Stained Glass project with you! It’s a fun method to create some pretty art!

SUPPLIES:

 

Tutorial:

Begin by cutting the balsa wood pieces with your hobby knife and creating your design.

Use super glue to adhere the pieces together quickly.

Once you have your design completely assembled, spray it with a couple coats of Resin Spray to seal the wood.

 

Flip it back over and place inside a box in case the resin leaks at all.

Next, mix your Envirotex Lite! Please put on your vinyl gloves first. As you can see I missed that in this step, but soon realized my mistake and put them on for the rest of the project. You don’t want this stuff on your hands!

Mix equal amounts of Part A and B in a large cup. Stir thoroughly then pour the resin into smaller cups for coloring.

Pour the resin into each section as you like. As you can see mine leaked a little because I didn’t have the tape pressed on well enough. When I noticed this I put something heavy on the frame to hold it down better and it prevented more leaking. Just a tip.

Once you have it all poured, let the entire thing cure for 24 hours.

Remove the tape from the back of the artwork.

The back will have a matte finish because of the tape, so you may need to spray the back again with Resin Spray to finish it off and create a glossy finish again. Once that dries, you’re done!

Finished!

I hope you like this Wood Framed Faux Stained Glass artwork. It was really fun to create and I can think of many designs I’d like to do.

Thank you for reading!

 

 

DIY Pet Gifts

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 07:00

‘Tis the season to give all the special people in our life a DIY gift from the heart. But not just the people in our life, but our pets too! There are so many great projects to create to give your furry friend some extra love. We’ve rounded up the best options to create this holiday season. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

DIY Pet Toy | My So Called Crafty Life

DIY Pet Bandanas | Skip To My Lou

Large Wood Pet Kennel | Ana White

DIY Litter Box Cover | A Beautiful Mess

DIY Cat House | Burkatron

DIY Dog Bone Wreath | Make Life Lovely

DIY Rope Ball Toy | Hands Occupied

DIY Pet Stocking | 3 Little Greenwoods

DIY Dog Treat Jar | Hello Nature

Glitter Resin Wine Charms

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 07:00

Create beautiful resin wine charms with glitter, letter stickers, and EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy! 

Hey Resin Crafters! Amber Oliver here with another great resin craft. I love to read (I mentioned this in my resin bookmarks post!) and I try to get together with my book club every few months. Inevitably, schedules don’t sync up and we all get busy so sometimes it’s hard to keep up our little group. When we do manage to arrange a time to meet, sometimes the drinks, snacks, and catching up takes priority over the books! But that’s half the fun, right? One problem when everyone is drink the same red or white wine is mixing up your wine glasses. I created beautiful, monogrammed resin wine charms to help!

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR RESIN WINE CHARMS:

Step 1: First, prepare the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy.  This is a multi-step process so don’t start mixing until you are ready to do the whole process from beginning to end! Start by mixing EQUAL parts of the Hardener and the Resin.

Stir for two minutes (be sure to scrape the bottoms and sides) then pour from the first cup into a second and mix with a new stir stick for another minute.

Step 2: Once your resin in ready, add in a bit of glitter!

Step 3: Place stickers into the molds.

Step 4: Pour resin into the mold. (Make sure the letter is covered but don’t make your charm too thick!)

 

Step 5: After you’ve allowed enough time for the resin to cure, you can remove from the molds.

Step 6: The last step for creating resin wine charms is to drill a small hole in the top and tie on the stretch cord!

Using the stretch cord makes it easy to attach around the stem of your wine glass. I used different colors for the cord for another way to tell each glass apart. As with all my resin projects – this once would be easily customized! Instead of glitter you could use Castin’Craft Opaque Pigments to do different colors! I hope this project inspires you to create your own resin wine charms!

Faux-Watercolor Resin Feather Pendants

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 07:00

Add a touch of nature to your wardrobe with pretty watercolor-inspired resin feather pendants.

DIY Resin Feather Pendants

Hello! This is Jane from Sustain My Craft Habit, a DIY, craft and home decor blog I write with my sister Sonja. Over the past couple of years I have been admiring watercolor painting and learning it myself. We have a number of watercolour printables available on our blog including a “Hugs for Free” cactus wall art, watercolor spider web Halloween art and printable Christmas place cards.

So when I spotted this great feather silicone mold I wondered if I could recreate a watercolor effect with resin. Not only did the feathers turn out beautifully, but they were so much fun to “paint”! They’ve given me the desire to try other faux-watercolor projects with resin.

Materials Needed to Make the Resin Feather Pendants

How to Make Faux Watercolour Resin Feather Pendants

Prior to starting your project be sure to read through the packaging instructions to acheive the best results. Use gloves and work in a well-ventilated area.

To begin, mix exactly equal amounts of Resin and Hardener into a small measuring cup.

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

Pour the mixture into a second cup and stir for an additional minute (use a new stir stick). Scrape the sides of the container as you mix.

Carefully pour the resin into the feather mold compartments. Be careful not to overfill.

Use a toothpick to guide resin into the smaller areas of the mold.

Carefully place one drop each of red, blue, green, orange and yellow (or any colours your choose) transparent resin dye onto a plastic plate.

With a toothpick, randomly place drops of different colours throughout the liquid resin.

Using the toothpick, draw out the drops of dye through the resin. Try and follow the patterns in the feather mold.

Continue adding colours and drawing them through the resin until you’re happy with the effect.

Take your time, yet don’t overwork the colours or they will all blend together.

Once finished with the dye, carefully blow off any airbubbles from the surface of the resin using a straw.

Cover the resin feathers and allow to cure for 24 hours (will fully cure after 72 hours).

To make the feathers into pretty, nature-inspired pendants, carefully drill a small hole through the stem of the feather. Add a 5mm jump ring through the hole and string on any other embellishments you’d like. Add a 10mm jump ring for hanging.

We love how these resin feather pendants turned out. They have the perfect boho-style feel to them, don’t they? They reminded us of this faux-stone bracelet we made last year and these peacock feather resin coasters made by our fellow Resin Crafts Creative team member Kelli.

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DIY Spa Gifts

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 05:00

Sometimes the best gift that you could ever give somebody in your life is the gift of relaxation. What better way than to give the gift of a stay-at-home spa day? Going to a spa can be expensive, but you can DIY your way to the perfect spa day and share it with someone you care about. We have rounded up some of the best DIY Spa Gift options for you all in one place to enjoy.

Which ones will you create?

 

DIY Lotion Bars | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Spa in a Jar | The Gunny Sack

DIY Chocolate Massage Lotion | Oh My Creative

Mint Lemon Sugar Scrub | The Idea Room

DIY Rose Bath Bombs | Hello Glow

DIY Spa Gift Basket | Mom Endeavors

Pedicure in a Jar | The Gunny Sack

DIY Sweet Orange Bath Bombs | Gluesticks

DIY Beeswax Lotion | The Country Chic Cottage

DIY Resin Chess Pieces

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 07:00

Hello resin crafters! Today I’m here with the second part of the resin chess set project; the pieces! If you missed it, be sure to check out my Upcycle Tile to Resin Coated Chess Board tutorial to find a quick and easy way to make a beautiful chess board. I don’t know about you, but my kids are not careful with anything. They constantly have me worried they’ll break our nice glass chess set, so I wanted to make them a version of their own that will be less fragile. This would also be useful if they lose any pieces! Here’s how I made them:

Supplies for the Molds:
  • EasyMold Silicone Rubber
  • Disposable Plastic Containers
  • Wooden Stir Sticks
  • Glue Gun and Glue Sticks (can also use modeling clay)
  • Chess Pieces you want to replicate
  • Vinyl Gloves
Supplies for the Castings:

Make the Mold(s):

Alright, I am going to show you how I created my mold. In hindsight, I would create a couple separate molds as it became difficult to remove the castings later on, but this process will still give you a good guideline on how to make those. This one large mold still worked for me, but I’ll explain as I go what issues I ran into.

The first thing to do is get your container that will fit your pieces inside. (Again, looking back, I’d probably find two separate containers.)

Add hot glue to the bottom of your chess pieces and glue them to the inside of your plastic container. Be sure to get the glue all around the bottom edge to seal it. This will hold them in place and prevent the Silicone Rubber from seeping underneath.

I used an old plastic container that we no longer had a lid for but I would recommend using something with thinner plastic. This was very strong and made the removal process a couple steps from now more difficult than it should have been.

Time to mix the Silicone Rubber! Put Part A into a large mixing container (I used a cleaned large yogurt container shown later.)

Then add Part B and mix thoroughly! 

As you can see I poured them both into a large mixing container and mixed thoroughly. You’ll then be using a two-cup method and mixing it again in a different container.

To do this, I poured some of the rubber into a smaller cup and made sure it was thoroughly mixed. I did the same with a second batch because I wanted to be sure I had the right amount of rubber to cover all the pieces.

Pour the Silicone Rubber onto the pieces. Pour from above and keep pouring in the same spot, this will help reduce air bubbles.

Once the pieces are covered by the Silicone Rubber, tap the entire thing on the table a few times to help release the bubbles. I also used a small needle to pop many of these bubbles you see.

Remove the Mold:

Once the Silicone Rubber mold is cured, you’ll want to remove it from the plastic container. This was difficult with mine because the plastic was so thick and did not bend at all, so again, I recommend using a container with more pliable plastic (like that old yogurt container I used.) The first step is to try to break the seals of the sides. Because my container was so strong, I used wooden sticks in all the sides to break the seal. Once that was done it became fairly easy for me to manuever it out of the container.

The chess pieces still had hot glue on the bottom of them, so I peeled that off and this is what I was left with:

So now it is time to take the glass pieces out of the mold. Again, first try to break the seal on all sides. Because I did all of this in one big mold it made it very difficult to bend the silicone rubber and I had a hard time getting the pieces and the future castings out of the mold. I did find a good solution though, as seen in the picture below, use a craft knife to cut a thin line down the edge of the piece. This gives you the ability to open it a little more and remove the pieces. I did this for most of the pieces.

All that being said, by creating two different molds I think it would be easier to remove the pieces, it’s up to you.

Cast New Pieces with FastCast

Now time to create new chess pieces! Gather your FastCast, measuring cups, mold and gloves!

First, you only have a minute or so to work with the FastCast once the two parts are together, so work quickly. Mix equal amounts of FastCast Part A and B in a measuring cup and add some black pigment. Mix thoroughly. Pour into second cup and mix again. Then pour into the mold. As you can see, there are cuts in the mold but because the Silicone Rubber holds it’s shape so well I didn’t have to worry about it at all.

Do that step a couple times until you have all the gray pieces you need. FastCast dries in an off-white color, so any color you add to it will be lighter. Therefore, adding black gives us gray pieces, which happen to match the Upcycle Tile to Resin Coated Chess Board perfectly.

Now mix just the two parts together without adding pigment for the off-white pieces. This color also matches well. If you want though, you can use a different color. It’s all personal preference. Here are a few shots to show how it looks after they cure.

Finished!

Once you have all your pieces made, add them to your chess board and admire your awesome new, much less fragile, chess set!

 

 

What do you think? Let me know in the comments. If you liked this project, please share the image below on Pinterest or with the social media buttons on the left side of the screen.

Pour on!

–Sheri

 

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DIY Faux Geode Slice

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 07:00

Hello Resin Crafters! I’m excited to share a fun new project with you today.  Have you ever seen those large geode slices? They’re so beautiful! And so unaffordable. I love the sparkle they have, and I wanted to add one to my decor but who can afford those prices?!  I’m going to share with you how I made a beautiful large faux geode slice using Envirotex Lite Pour-On Epoxy and a wood slice in just a few simple steps!  Once you’ve got the method down, you could expand this process to make giant geodes on large boards, or smaller size geodes on coasters.  The possibilities are endless!

Geode Supply list:

The first step is to prepare your wood slice.   Mix a small amount of the Easy Sculpt Epoxy Modeling clay and roll into a long rope.  Lay the rope on the wood slice to divide up the rings of your geode.   Allow the clay to air dry completely.  I left mine overnight.    This is a great video from ETI detailing how best to work with the Easy Sculpt clay.   I found the Talcum powder tip especially helpful as the clay was quite sticky to work with!  Vegetable oil also helped.  Once cured, I painted the clay rings a metallic pearl color with acrylic craft paint.

Next, paint the wood slice.  I did not want any wood color to show through the epoxy layers when it was finished, so I painted a base coat onto the wood slice using acrylic craft paint in the colors I had chosen for my geode.

When the basecoat is dry, start in the middle of the faux geode slice.   Place the larger plastic crystals in the center ring.  There was no need to glue these crystals in place before pouring the epoxy. The Epoxy clay ring you’ve put on the wood slice keeps the crystals in the center when you pour the Envirotex Lite.

Mix several ounces of clear Envirotex Lite Pour-On Epoxy following the directions on the box.  Be sure to wear gloves, and protect your work surface.   After mixing the two components together, and using the two cup method, pour the epoxy into the center of the crystals.  The first pour will flood through the crystals, and bleed over the rings and outward.  That’s ok! This is just the first layer.

Mix another few ounces of Epoxy, and add your first color to it.  I choose to use white and added Opalescent pigment to the white epoxy.  Pour the first colored epoxy into the next ring.  Allow each layer to cure several hours before adding another layer.

Continue mixing small batches of Epoxy, adding color to each, and filling in each ring.  I added gold glitter to my outside rings.   You can mix in the glitter directly into the epoxy before pouring.

Add other embellishments as you go.  Before the epoxy cures, I added small glass beads, sequins, and glitter throughout my geode rings.

Once all of the rings are filled, allow them to cure fully.  Mix one larger batch of clear Pour-On Epoxy and cover the entire geode, pouring from the middle out.  I used 6oz of clear epoxy for my final covering.  Scrape any drips that form on the bottom of your wood slice before they cure, cover and allow to cure overnight.

The sparkle and depth is unbelievable, and while you can tell it’s not a real geode, the representation of the geode is beautiful artwork you can still enjoy!  What colors will you make your geode?

 

Unique DIY Holiday Ornaments

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 05:00

If you’re anything like us here at Resin Crafts Blog, then you’ve been itching to break out the Christmas tree for awhile. We are claiming that it’s officially a great time to get started on that decor, and we’re celebrating with a little DIY action. Today we’re sharing the best and most unique DIY Holiday Ornaments you can create this holiday season. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

DIY Wood Block Ornament | Bower Power

DIY Mickey Mouse Ornaments | Red Ted Art Blog

DIY Mercury Glass Ornament | The Pinning Mama

DIY Silhouette Ornament | Buggy and Buddy

DIY Glitter Ornaments | Create and Babble

DIY Farmhouse Ornaments | Lovely Etc

DIY Marbled Christmas Ornaments | Cherished Bliss

DIY Button and Felt Ornaments | Cutesy Crafts

DIY Cinnamon Ornaments | Clean and Scentsible

DIY Photo Ornament | Designer Trapped

How to Make Resin Jewelry with Gift Wrap

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 16:21

A few weeks ago I came across a small stash of little wood cut-outs. I was really keen to use them for some Christmas crafting. Then, when I spotted buffalo plaid wrapping paper in my sister’s craft room, it all came together! With just a little bit of resin I was able to create a beautiful set of Christmas jewelry that I’ll be able to gift this holiday season. And we’ll show you how to make resin jewelry with your own beautiful left over gift wrap.

Hello crafty friends. This is Jane from Sustain My Craft Habit, a DIY, craft and home decor blog I write with my sister Sonja.  Last Christmas, we made a really simple set of Christmas glitter stud earrings and necklaces which I gave to my nieces as presents. They were a huge hit all around so I wanted to make a new Christmas-inspired design this year.

As mentioned above all the pieces came together when I found this lovely buffalo plaid wrapping paper. Although I love this pattern I can’t wait to save bits of any wrapping paper we receive over Christmas to make some more jewelry with. Wrapping paper designs can be so ornate and beautiful and I always feel sad about simply throwing them away. Now I have this new way to preserve and display a bit of these miniature works of art.

If you like to gift jewelry, consider some of these lovely DIY nature inspired jewelry ideas:

Materials needed to make your own Jewelry with Gift Wrap:
  • Wood cut outs
  • Wrapping paper scraps in a buffalo plaid pattern (or any leftover gift wrap)
  • EnviroTex Jewelry Resin
  • Plastic measuring cups
  • Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer (or any clear drying craft glue)
  • Gloves, wooden craft sticks, paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint (in a coordinating color)
  • Fine tip paintbrush
  • Earring posts and pendant bail
  • Jewelry and bead glue
  • Drill with a small sized drill bit
How to make Resin Jewelry with Gift Wrap: Preparing the wood shapes

Start by selecting the shapes you’d like to use. I went with a larger teardrop and oval for the pendants and smaller teardrops for the earrings.

If you don’t want the edges to look unfinished paint them with a coordinating colour. I used black although red would have looked lovely too.

Trace the wood shape onto the wrapping paper. You can choose which parts of the design you like best: random spots, more symmetrical, mis-matched. The choice is yours!

Cut out the shapes with sharp scissors (important to keep the paper from ripping). Don’t worry about being too precise- you’ll trim the paper in a later step.

Use a water-based glue/sealer (such as Mod Podge) and apply the wrapping paper to the wood shapes. Let dry and repeat with the other side.

When the paper is completely dry, trim as close to the edge of the wood as possible using sharp scissors. If needed paint over any white edges of paper carefully with a black paint. Let dry.

Pouring the resin

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

Prop your prepared wood cutouts on a raised surface to prevent the resin from pouring over the sides and sticking to the surface.

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

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

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

Using the stir stick drop small amounts of the resin mixture onto the surfaces of all the prepared wood cuts. Try to get a nice domed droplet without the resin pouring over the edges (but not to worry if it does).

Cover the pieces to keep dust out and let cure overnight. 24 hours for a soft cure and up to 72 hours for fully cured jewelry.

Turn pieces right side down and repeat the resin pouring process.

When completely dry, attach the earring posts to the back side with jewelry and bead glue and attach the pendant bails after drilling a small hole close to the top of the pendant.

And there you go, beautiful jewelry to gift or keep for yourself. The skies really the limit with this technique. You could also use decorative napkins, scrapbook paper, newspaper or really any kind of design.

For more Christmas inspired resin crafting ideas check out these creative projects:

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Jewelry Clay Jewel Christmas Tree Ornaments DIY

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 07:00


Jewelry Clay Jewel Christmas Tree Ornaments DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft.  Making jewel encrusted holiday tree ornaments is a fun way to amp up a simple ornament.  I love making new ornaments each year for the tree and combining them with the old.  It’s a fun way to see years of history hanging on the Christmas tree.  They are easy to make, let’s get started!

Supplies needed:

Begin by mixing one part of the white clay and one part of the tan clay.  Definitely wear disposable gloves while working.  The clay becomes very sticky.Start by mixing the equal parts together so they are combined completely, without marbling.Next, use the mixed clay to cover the entire ornament with a thin layer of resin clay. Then press jewels gently into the clay.  When the Jewelry Clay dries it will keep those jewels in place securely.

Now get creative!  Cover the ornament with jewels completely…using varying sizes of jewels too.  Jewelry clay has a working time of up to 2 hours, so place jewels on the ornaments without delay. On the other hand, you can just add rows of clay filled with jewels.Now let the Jewelry Clay dry completely for about 4 hours and they are ready to add ribbon to and hang on the tree.This craft is particularly fun to do with older kids.  Let them add little charms, steampunk cogs and watch parts, jewels or other little treasures.  This is an especially fun way to decorate a Christmas tree ornament.

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DIY Gifts Everyone Will Love

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 13:29

Some of the best gifts that you can give to the people you love this holiday season are DIY Gifts. The great news about that is that they are meaningful gifts, and usually are way more affordable as well! Today we are sharing with you some of the best DIY Gift options out there for the upcoming holidays.

Which ones will you create?

DIY Gifts Everyone Will Love

DIY Ombre Kitchen Utensils | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Stamped Tribal Clutch | Delineate Your Dwelling

DIY Succulent Key Holder | Lolly Jane

DIY Felt Necklace | Polka Dot Chair

DIY Tie Rack | Craftaholics Anonymous

DIY Hanging Grill Tool Display | The Rustic Willow

DIY Christmas Potpourri Jar | Yellow Bliss Road

DIY Peppermint Soap | Happiness is Homemade

DIY Wine Stopper | Lydi Out Loud

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Jar | The Happier Homemaker

 

Resin Cactus Ornaments

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 07:00

Use EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy to create festive cactus ornaments in an unconventional design for your Christmas tree!

Hey Resin Crafters! Amber Oliver here with another great resin craft. The holidays are coming and I’m so excited to pull out the Christmas tree! I usually opt for a more colorful style and steer clear of the traditional reds and greens. Since I usually do things a bit differently, my ornaments are no exception! This year I’ve added some darling resin cactus ornaments to the colorful orange tree in my home office.

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR RESIN CACTUS ORNAMENTS:

Step 1: First, prepare the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy.  This is a multi-step process so don’t start mixing until you are ready to do the whole process from beginning to end!

Start by mixing EQUAL parts of the Hardener and the Resin.

Stir for two minutes (be sure to scrape the bottoms and sides) then pour from the first cup into a second and mix with a new stir stick for another minute.Step 2: Once your resin in ready, pour a small amount into another cup.

Step 3: Add a tiny amount of red to the cup with the smaller amount of resin, then add a few drops of green to the larger cup.

Step 4: Next, add a drop of white to both cups. This will make your colors more pastel and turn the red into pink!

Step 5: Use a stir stick to drop a tiny amount of pink into the holes for the cactus flowers.

Step 6: After a few minutes, pour in the green to fill the mold!

Step 7: When you’ve allowed enough time for the resin to cure, you can remove from the molds.

Step 8: Use glue to attach string to the back of your ornament so you can hang them on your tree!

Because there are so many silicon molds out there, the possibilities are endless. With this mold, I was also able to create adorable pink flamingo ornaments out of resin! Wishing you a holiday season full of fun!

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Glitter Drink Tumbler with Resin DIY

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 15:57

Glitter Drink Tumbler with Resin DIY

It’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing an amazing tumbler DIY, especially perfect for a handmade gift! I love making handmade gifts for the holidays.  This tumbler is a great way to create a uniquely custom gift.  With loads of sparkly glitter and glossy resin, this is sure to please any recipient.  This project takes a couple days to complete, so get started early for the perfect holiday gift.

Supplies Needed:
  • Envirotex Lite Pour-On High Gloss Finish
  • Stainless Steel Drink Tumbler
  • Painters Tape
  • Glitter Craft Paint
  • Chunky Glitter
  • Dishwasher Safe Mod-Podge
  • Cricut Machine or Adhesive Vinyl Cutout
  • Mixing Cups, Stirring Sticks, Disposable gloves and work surface for resin mixing
  • 5 Foot Dowel, Portion of a Pool Noodle, Cardboard Box, Dishcloth, and hobby knife for the tumbler turner station

Begin by taping off the top and the bottom edges of the stainless steel cup with painters tape.  Press the edges of the tape down securely and fold the excess tape inside the cup.

Second, paint the glitter craft paint all over the tumbler between the painters tape.  Then let it dry completely.

Now, while the paint dries, cut some adhesive vinyl on a cutting machine.  I chose “Be Happy”…what will you pick?

After the glitter paint is dry, apply the vinyl right on top of the thick glitter.

Tumbler turning station

Cut a hole through the cardboard box on both sides and stick the dowel through it.  Shove the pool noodle section on the end of the dowel.  Wrap the pool noodle with a dishcloth to make up the difference in diameter for the inside of the cup.

Now fit the tumbler on the wrapped end of the dowel.  If it is too heavy, fill the box with books to help keep it sturdy.  Then tape a disposable work surface underneath the tumbler.

Glossy Resin Time

High gloss resin is amazing, self leveling and dries smooth.

Read the resin directions thoroughly.  Mix 1/2 ounce of resin with 1/2 ounce of hardener in a disposable mixing cup and stir with a stick for 2 minutes.  Pour all the resin into a second cup and stir it with a new stick for 2 more minutes.

Begin by using the stirring stick to spread resin all over the cup.

Once the resin is on the cup, rotate the dowel slowly to keep the resin moving around the cup.  Then transition to rotating the cup 1/4 turn every 2-3 minutes for the first hour.

After about 20 minutes, pop any bubbles that have formed by gently blowing through a straw.  Continue rotating the tumbler every 5 minutes for the second hour.  For the 3rd-4th hours, turn every half hour.

After 4 hours of turning the tumbler, gently remove the painters tape without touching the resin, it will still be tacky.  Rotate another couple hours…then take off the tumbler and stand up to dry and cure for 24-48 hours.

It is particularly sparkly and shiny!  Everything is coated with a thick layer of glossy resin to keep the tumbler smooth and amazing–surprisingly because there is so much texture under it!

Put this fun resin craft on your holiday to-do list!

 

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DIY Holiday Games to Play This Holiday Season

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 07:00

There’s really nothing better than the holiday season. We here at Resin Crafts Blog like to take full advantage of this time of year as an opportunity to do all the crafting. It’s also a great time to take advantage of spending time with your loved ones. Whether it be family or friends, we’ve got some great DIY Holiday Games rounded up for you that you’re going to love this holiday season.

Which ones will you play?

DIY Holiday Games to Play This Holiday Season

DIY Lottery Wreath | Spot Of Tea Designs

DIY Naughty or Nice Christmas Game | The Crafty Blog Stalker


Christmas Bingo | Fun Squared

Christmas Song Pictionary | Creations by Kara

DIY Jingle Bell Toss | Playground Park Bench

DIY Bottle Opener Game | Lolly Jane

Minute To Win It Christmas Games | Happiness is Homemade


DIY Santa Ring Toss | Make and Takes

Snowblower Game | Thinking IQ

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Resin-Coated Coffee Filter Snowflakes

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 07:00

Cutting out paper snowflakes is a cherished tradition for children. I wondered if there was a way to preserve delicate paper snowflakes so they could be saved from year to year. After some experimentation, I discovered a way to make resin-coated coffee filter snowflakes that are a beautiful addition to any Christmas tree or winter decor. The resin makes the cut paper snowflakes nearly transparent giving them a stunning, crystal quality.


Supplies:

 

Resin-Coated Coffee Filter Snowflakes

First, you will need to break out your grade school paper snowflake skills. Fold the coffee filters into fourths, sixths, or eighths.  Then cut shapes out of the folded filters before unfolding them to reveal your finished snowflakes. The first few snowflakes you create will probably look a little janky until you remember how the process works.  Don’t worry about it! Coffee filters are cheap, so make several. You can choose your favorite finished snowflakes to turn into translucent ornaments.

Next, mix up a small amount of EnviroTex Lite resin. You will probably need less than an ounce of mixed resin total, so don’t mix up too much! Begin by putting on a pair of gloves to protect your hands. Remember to mix together equal parts of resin and hardener in one cup for two minutes, then transfer the mixture to another cup and stir for another minute. If you would like, you can add a tiny amount of pearl resin pigment to the mixture as well.

Lay one snowflake on your first silicone mat. Paint the resin onto the coffee filter snowflake until it is fully covered. The snowflake will turn from white to clear wherever it has absorbed the resin. After you coat the snowflake, carefully move it to the second silicone mat to cure. Repeat this process for all of your snowflakes.

It is important to transfer the snowflakes from one silicone mat to the other so that the open spaces within the snowflakes do not fill up with resin. Once the snowflakes are on the second mat, LEAVE THEM ALONE until they fully cure. The uncured snowflakes are very thin and very sticky. Once they are fully cured, you will be able to easily peel them off of the silicone mat. Do not try to mess with them before they are cured or you risk them ripping or doubling over on themselves. If you have removed the cured resin snowflakes from the mat, you can peel or scrape any residual resin off of the mats and discard it.

These crystal clear snowflakes look icy and delicate but are actually quite durable. The resin-coated paper should last quite a while, so these are ornaments you can enjoy from year to year.

I suggest using a bit of monofilament to hang the snowflakes to add to the illusion of transparency.

These snowflakes are so fun to make that you may find yourself making dozens of them. This is also a great way to preserve snowflakes that your children have created!

I created a few snowflakes with the pearl pigment and a few without it. I made the snowflake on the left without the pigment, and the one on the right with the pigment. You can just barely see the extra sparkle that the pigment adds to that snowflake.

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Copper Tree Christmas Ornaments for Your Holiday Tree

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 07:00

These copper tree Christmas ornaments will look great on your tree this holiday season.  I love the metallic trend and the addition of silver flake to the resin in these really sets them off!  I used a tree shape wood ornament but you can think of using this same technique on any wood ornaments that you are painting for your own tree.  Don’t you love the copper?  Change it up with the paint color of your choice.  These should be customized to fit any theme you are going with on your Christmas tree this year.

Supplies needed to make these copper tree Christmas ornaments:

Instructions:

Start by painting the wood ornaments with the color paint of your choice.  Paint all sides to give them a finished appearance.  Allow to dry completely before continuing.

Then measure and mix your EnviroTex Lite Pour On High Gloss Finish according to the package directions.  Be sure to wear protective gloves and follow all mixing procedures that are included in the package.  This includes a 2 cup mixing procedure that should be adhered to for all resin projects.

Then pour a thin coat of the mixed resin into your wood ornament as shown below.  You can use your stir stick to push the resin into the corners.

Sprinkle on silver flakes immediately.  You can use as much or as little as you would like.  Then pour on the additional resin to cover the flakes.  Just be sure that your resin does not pour over the lip on the ornament.

Allow your copper tree Christmas ornaments to cure overnight and then they are ready for you to hang on your Christmas tree.

I love the details of the metallic flakes set in resin!  I can’t wait to put these on my tree with the twinkling lights.  They will be spectacular!

Will you be adding some copper to your tree this year?

Then be sure to make these copper tree Christmas ornaments as they are sure to look great on your tree!

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Glamorous DIY Resin Earrings

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 07:00

 

If there’s one thing that we are experts in here at Resin Crafts Blog, it’s how to create beautiful things from Resin! One of the best things to create, whether it be for yourself or to give as a gift, are DIY Resin Earrings. You can create just about anything that suits your fancy and it allows you to be super creative. To help get you inspired, we’re sharing our favorite DIY Resin Earring projects.

Which ones will you create?

Glamorous DIY Resin Earrings

DIY Resin Statement Earrings

DIY Resin Dangle Earrings

DIY Resin Stud Earrings

DIY Resin and Clay Foiled Earring Set

DIY Resin Dipped Earrings

DIY Resin Fragment Earrings

DIY Resin Wire Earrings

 

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