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June Challenge Resin Trays + a Big Announcement!

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 07:15

Resin trays are a a great way to experiment with resin and these examples will provide beautiful inspiration!

Another month of over the top inspiring projects from our Resin Crafting Facebook group! We were so excited to see more entries this month than any previous month and as always, we were blown away by the talent and creativity of our members.

In case you’re still not in the group and are curious about our monthly challenges, here’s how they go: at the beginning of every month we have a theme that we announce and we invite any and all members in our group to participate. Previous monthly challenge themes have been jewelry, home decor, spring inspiration, projects with EasyCast, and June’s challenge theme was trays. Winners are picked at random so the more entries that are submitted, the better the odds of winning.  What does the winner get? An amazing prize package full of amazing products for resin crafting!

We’re completely switching up July’s theme… you can find all of the details at the bottom of this post.

But for now, let’s show off some our amazingly talented members’ trays!

June Resin Crafting Challenge – Trays Geode Inspired Resin Tray (plus coasters) – Maria Pitsoulakis (our June winner!)

Textured Ocean Scene Resin Tray – Ronda Orton

Sunflower Painted Metal Tray – Just Bee-U-tiful

Mirror Tray with Textured Glass and Inks – Rejina Christopher

Ocean Scene Metal Tray – Cindi-King Mahannah

Glitter and Swirl Resin Tray – Rebecca Ayers Pellerin

Keepsake Family Recipe Tray – Robin Lord

Girl on a Bike Marbled Resin Tray – Joy Adams Maguire

Leaf Mandala Tray – Amy Carroll

Sunburst Tray – Kim Bridges

Bathtub Tray with Chakra Inspired Resin Inlays – Candace Davis

Paint and Resin Pour Tray – Kristi Parker Callahan

Shades of Blue Resin Tray – Margery Bradshaw Smoke Effect Resin Tray – Mandi Decell

Gold Leaf and Gemstone Resin Tray – Vicky Harrison Luttrell

Preserved Flower Petal Tray – Eden Ryan

Outdoor Scene Resin Tray – Magickal Magoto Creations

And now for our exciting announcement!

We started our Resin Crafting with ETI Facebook group back in January and we continue to be blown away by the incredible talent of our members.

In honor of 6 months of amazing projects and to celebrate our incredibly talented members, our July challenge theme is all about highlighting YOU!

The July Challenge winner will have the opportunity to do a guest post on our blog!

Soooo here’s how it will work:

  • As far as project types, anything goes as long as you use ETI products (no competitor products). We’ll be looking for unique projects that are beautifully photographed. The winner will get the opportunity to share the tutorial for their winning project on a blog post on our blog AND will win $200 worth of your favorite ETI products!
  •  The guest post will feature photographs and a written tutorial by one of our members. In process/instruction photos are a PLUS!
You don’t have to be a blogger to enter… a passion for creating with our products is who we’re looking for and we certainly have an abundance of passion in our group! We cannot wait to see your projects…you are truly some of the most talented creators around and you inspire us everyday. If you want to participate and aren’t in our group yet, join here. Happy creating!

Glitter Resin Keychains with Power Words DIY

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 06:00

Glitter Resin Keychains with Power Words DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft showing how to make glitter resin keychains with power words. These glitter keychains are a great resin craft for beginners. Learn to make glitter resin keychains with power words using EasyCast Resin, letter beads, tassels and keychain hardware.

Supplies Needed for Glitter Keychains:

Step 1: Casting the Resin

Begin by reading the directions for the resin carefully. Resin crafting is fun and straight forward, but it must be mixed properly. Mix a 1/2 ounce of resin with a 1/2 ounce of hardener and stir for 2 full minutes with a stirring stick. Then pour the resin into a second mixing cup and stir with a second stick for 1 more full minute. Mix slowly so that excess bubbles are not formed. Scrape the sides of the cup and stick while mixing.

Then pour a little resin into the mold. Let the resin sit and “gel” for about 1 hour. Then place the letter beads in the resin.

Lift the mold carefully to make sure the word is going the right direction and the letters are facing the right way. It will look upside down and backwards from the top.

After about 1-2 more hours of setting, mix the same amount of resin again to fill up the back of the mold. Then sprinkle in the chunky glitter. Some of it will drift into the resin and give it dimension…but it won’t sink in front of the beads, because the resin holding them in has already set.

Then let the resin set completely (12 – 24 hours depending on climate).

After the resin has set completely (typically it will not even smell like resin anymore), pop the resin out of the molds. I love how they turned out!

Step 2: Attaching Keychain Hardware

Now they are ready to turn into keychains. You will need a pendant bail, keyring with chain, jumpring and tassel for each keychain.

Use the E6000 glue to attach the pendant bails to the back of the resin. Even the glitter on the back looks stunning! Let the glue dry for at least 4 hours.

Then attach the key ring chain, tassel and glitter resin casting to each other using the jump ring and some jewelry pliers.

Simply open the jump ring by pinching both sides of the wire near the opening and sliding them away from each other in a twisting motion. Do not pull them apart.

After sliding the items onto the jump ring, use the pliers to slide the wires back together, butting the ends of the jump ring wire together closely. That’s it!

Now these keychains are ready to add power to your keys, purse or zipper pulls with their stunning glitter and power word!

 

 

Ideas for Kids Craft Camp At Home

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 07:16

Although we have more opportunity at the moment to leave our homes, many children’s activities remain cancelled. In the summertime, this can be hard on families when their children are no longer attending school and are at home more than usual. Today we’re looking to help you keep the young ones not only occupied, but entertained and learning at the same time. We’ve rounded up some of the best ideas so you can run your very own Kids Craft Camp at Home this summer. Let’s get crafting!

Which ones will your family create?

Ideas for Kids Craft Camp At Home

DIY Mermaid Shoes | Makes and Takes

DIY Yarn-Wrapped Rainbows | Red Ted Art

DIY Lemon Volcanoes | Babble Dabble Do

DIY Fizzing Mermaid Bath Salts | Lydi Out Loud

Popsicle Stick Koala Bears | Glued to My Crafts

DIY Egg Carton Flowers | I Heart Arts N Crafts

DIY Grass Heads | Red Ted Art

DIY Bird Houses | Happiness is Homemade

DIY Squirt Gun Painting | Fireflies and Mudpies

DIY Giant Bubbles | Spaceships and Laserbeams

Resin Color Shift Pigment Pop Socket DIY

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 07:00

Resin Color Shift Pigment Pop Socket DIY

Hi friends, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a fun custom POP Socket craft using color shift pigment and Envirotex Lite Pour-On High Gloss Finish. Make your pop socket shine in the sunlight with this simple resin DIY.

Supplies Needed for Color Shift Pop Socket:

This amazing pigment shifts from blue to violet in the light. It’s filled with sparkles and glistens in the sunshine.

Step 1:

Begin by twisting the top of the pop socket off the base. Place the top on a disposable work surface.

Step 2:

Mix up a small amount of High Gloss Resin in the 2 phase process. The pop socket just needs a tiny bit of resin.

Step 3:

After mixing the resin completely, add a small amount of the color shift pigment. Then stir it in to the resin.

Step 4:

Then pour some of the resin on the top of the pop socket. Pour more right in the center.

Use the stick to spread the resin around the pop socket top carefully so it does not drip off the edge.

After 20 minutes, use a straw and gently blow through it near the resin to pop the bubbles. Then set the pop socket aside to cure overnight.

That’s it!

Enjoy this especially stunning finish as the color sparkles and shifts in the sunlight.

As it shifts from violet to pink…

And from pink to blue.

Then attach the pop socket to your phone case and it’s ready to snap back onto the base and use.

This simple resin project is great for beginners and uses such a small amount of resin–it’s super cost effective. Any left over color shift resin can be painted on a rock to add luxurious shine and finish.

 

 

May Resin Crafting Challenge – Personalization Projects with Resin

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 06:47

It was another fun month of inspiring projects from our talented friends in our Facebook group last month! May’s resin crafting challenge theme was personalization… any project made with ETI products that focused around personalizing. You can see some of the amazing ideas submitted below!

We have some amazingly talented resin artists in our VIP Facebook group. Have you joined yet? If not, you’ve missed 5 amazing giveaways and infinite inspiration!

In case you’re still not in the group and are curious about our monthly challenges, here’s how they go: at the beginning of every month we have a theme that we announce and we invite any and all members in our group to participate. Winners are picked at random so the more entries that are submitted, the better the odds of winning.  And what does the winner get? An amazing prize package full of amazing products for resin crafting!

Some of our previous monthly challenge themes have been jewelry, home, spring, projects created with EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy and last month’s theme was personalization. We wanted to share some of our entries from May with all of you, we hope they will inspire you, too!

Hop over to join our group and jump into the June challenge… this month’s theme is resin trays! Even if you don’t want to participate in challenges, we’d still love to have you!

May Resin Crafting Challenge – Personalization Projects Personalized Ring Holder – Joy Adams Maguire (our May winner!)

Collected Bottle Cap Photo Family Tree – Joy Adams Maguire

Vacation Shells LOVE Sign – Joy Adams Maguire

Initial Necklace – Jennifer Mercer Stacey

Collected Sea Glass in Resin Sign – Vicky Harrison Luttrell

Personalized Resin Heart Shaker – Amber Dunow Personalized Resin Ring Dish – Robin McPherson

Personalized Coasters – Robin McPherson Encapsulated Breast Milk Pendant – Deborah Carde

Lit HOME Sign – Ronda Orton

DIY Resin Citrus Coasters

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 07:00

Create a bright and colorful set of DIY Resin Citrus Coasters, perfect for summertime entertaining!

Hello, Resin Crafters! Lindsay from Artsy-Fartsy Mama here with a “zesty” resin project for you to try! Summer is here, and nothing beats a tall glass of lemonade on a hot day. One of my favorite ways to use resin is by making coasters, and I am so excited with how this set of Citrus Coasters turned out! These are a simple resin project, and will add a pop of freshness to your summer patio set, coffee table, or desk.

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR DIY RESIN CITRUS COASTERS:

Step 1:

Download and print out the citrus slices on transparency film. I used a laser printer for mine, but make sure to check your transparency packaging for printing instructions. Carefully cut the citrus slices out with sharp scissors just inside the borderline.

If you print using an inkjet printer, you will need to spray a coat of clear sealer over the printed images to prevent the ink from bleeding into the resin. Let the sealer dry completely before moving onto the next step.

Step 2:

Prepare the EnviroTex Lite Pour-On according to package directions. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area and wear disposable gloves.

Add equal parts resin and hardener to the mixing cup. Each mold cavity will need 1 ounce of resin for this step, so I mixed up 4 total ounces. Stir the resin mixture together with a stir stick for two minutes, making sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the mixing cup. Pour the resin into a clean mixing cup and stir the resin again for another minute or two with a clean stir stick.

To keep the bubbles down to a minimum, don’t stir too fast, and then give the resin a minute or two to “rest” after mixing to let any bubbles rise to the top.

Step 3:

Pour 1 ounce of resin into each of the coaster molds. Let the resin sit for a few minutes, then use a straw or heat gun to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top.

The transparency prints will have a “shiny” side and a “dull” side. The dull side is the side with the ink on it. Place the print with the shiny side down into the resin. Use a clean stir stick or a resin brush to carefully press it down into the mold until it is completely submerged. Lightly drag the stir stick from the center to the outer edge to bring any bubbles stuck underneath the transparency film to the surface.

Pop any bubbles that rise to the top using a heat gun or by blowing through a straw. Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 24 hours. You will know that the resin is completely cured when it is no longer tacky. DO NOT REMOVE THE COASTERS FROM THE MOLD.

Step 4:

To make the citrus images really pop, you need to add some white behind the images. You can do this one of two ways: mix up some EnviroTex Lite Pour-On with a little bit of white Castin’ Craft Opaque Pigment, or use some FastCast. Both will work great, but the main difference is in the curing time. EnviroTex takes 12-24 hours to cure, and FastCast takes only 10-15 minutes!

Not only is it quicker, but FastCast also turns white when completely cured. I’ve added color pigment to FastCast lots of times, but wanted to see if white Castin’ Craft Opaque Pigment would do anything to make it whiter. The difference is minimal, but the left side is FastCast without pigment, and the right is with a couple of small drops mixed in. Now you know!

Step 5:

Mix up FastCast according to package directions. The resin sets quickly, so it’s important to make sure the process is set up before starting. I highly recommend mixing enough resin for one coaster at a time, which is 1 ounce total. To do this, mix 1/2 oz of the resin with 1/2 oz of the hardener. Mix for 1 minute, and then pour into a separate cup with a drop of white opaque pigment and stir with a new stick for 30 seconds.

Immediately pour it into one of the molds over the cured clear resin. Repeat the process for all of the coasters. Because of the white pigment, you won’t be able to see the FastCast transform from clear to white to know that it’s cured. Instead, I recommend setting a timer for 15 minutes, and then gently touch the coaster. If it’s still feeling tacky and a little soft, give it a little more time. You don’t want it to still be flexible when you remove it from the mold, otherwise you could leave fingerprints, indents, or bend the coaster.

Step 6:

Carefully remove the coasters from the mold and admire your work. I love the bright pops of color and how each coaster “slice” is so realistic looking! Another bonus is that if you had any bubbles get trapped underneath the print, it won’t matter too much because citrus fruits are juicy anyway. If you have any rough edges, you can trim it away with scissors or sand then down if necessary.

I am SO excited about these coasters! They are so much fun for summer, and make me want to pour an ice cold drink to enjoy in the sun. You can make these “zesty” coasters to add some color to your desk or coffee table at home, and they would make a fun gift for someone special.

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Top 6 Tips for Reducing Bubbles in Your Resin Projects

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 09:28

Bubbles in an epoxy pour can be one of the most frustrating parts of resin crafting. Follow these 6 best tips to reduce and eliminate bubbles from your resin projects!


Hello, friends! We have loved getting to know some of you better over in our Facebook VIP group. We take notes on your feedback and questions to help us come up with the content that we share with you.

One of the most common questions/concerns we hear about is bubbles in resin pours. We agree… it’s a major bummer!

Jane from Sustain My Craft Habit did a Facebook Live in our Resin Crafting Facebook group a couple of months ago to review the top 6 tips to reduce bubbles when working with resin. Check out her video at the bottom of this post for helpful details on each step!

Top 6 Tips for Reducing Bubbles in Your Resin Projects
  1. Warm bottles of epoxy prior using. Cold resin (or even room temperature sometimes) is almost certain to form many micro bubbles throughout the entire resin pour that will form throughout the curing process which will be impossible to remove. Place the closed containers into a warm bucket of tap water for 20 minutes. The bottles should be warm to the touch before mixing.
  2. Seal surfaces of any objects prior to coating with epoxy with Ultra-Seal or any clear-drying water based glue.
  3. When mixing the resin and hardener, mix slowly making sure to scrape the sides and bottoms of the mixing container. If epoxy is stirred fast it creates more bubbles. If bubbles are visible during the mixing process use your stir stick and push the bubbles up against the side of your mixing container to pop them.
  4. When pouring your epoxy into a mold, pour very slowly and from one side of the mixing cup into one side of the mold.
  5. After resin has been poured, wait about 10 – 15 minutes and use a propane or butane torch, making sure to keep 6 to 8 inches above the surface. This helps bring the bubbles to the surface. A long arm butane lighter can also be used. Depending on the depth of the resin pour, you can repeat this a couple of times throughout the curing process.
  6. If bubbles are present in cured piece, use a razor blade to pop the bubbles and create an open cavity. Mix a small amount of epoxy to fill in those holes; let cure for 5 hours then re-flood surface.

 

Outdoor Games That Can Be Played From A Distance

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 06:38

The world is enduring a very strange time currently. In a time where it feels like many things are out of our hands and our control, it can be nice to find things that you can control. We here at Resin Crafts Blog are all about taking a difficult time and turning it into a positive experience the best way we can. One of the things we’ve noticed is that it can be helpful to still get outdoors and spend some time outside of the house. This can be done while still abiding by distancing recommendations and keeping everyone safe simultaneously. Today we’re going to share with you some of the most fun outdoor games that can help keep you entertained while still being played from a distance. Enjoy!

Which ones will you play?

Outdoor Games That Can Be Played From A Distance

DIY Outdoor Dice Game | DIY Show Off

Life-Size Angry Bird Game | My 4 Misters and Their Sister

DIY Large Outdoor Game Mat | Kojo Designs

DIY Three Hole Washers Game | My Crazy Good Life

Life-Size Bananagram Game | Constantly Lovestruck

Washer Bucket Toss Game | Happiness is Homemade

Coke Bottle Bowling | Polka Dot Chair

DIY Cornhole Game | Rogue Engineer

Tic Tac Toe Frisbee | A Turtle’s Life For Me

DIY Giant Jenga | The Idea Room

 

April Resin Crafting Challenge Projects with EasyCast

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 06:55

Another month, more amazing resin crafting challenge projects! Check out a sampling of our April challenge projects all made with EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy! We can’t wait to see the May entries!

Have you joined our VIP Facebook group yet? If not, you’ve missed 5 amazing giveaways and infinite inspiration! We’re convinced our members are the most talented resin artists around.

In case you’re still not in the group and are curious about our monthly challenges, here’s how they go: at the beginning of every month we have a theme that we announce and we invite any and all members in our group to participate. Winners are picked at random so the more entries that are submitted, the better the odds of winning.  And what does the winner get? An amazing prize package full of amazing products for resin crafting.

Some of our previous monthly challenge themes have been jewelry, home, spring and the April challenge was anything goes using our EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy. We wanted to share some of our entries from April with all of you, we hope they will inspire you, too!

Hop over to join our group in and jump into the May challenge… it’s all about personalization!

April Resin Crafting Challenge – Projects Made with EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy Freeform Bowl – Kelly Gallo

Mermaid Jewelry Dish – Joy Adams Maguire

Jellyfish Lamp – Margery Bradshaw

Love Sign – Quilling Fun

Geode – Paula Davis Marquis

Jewelry Box – Ronda Orton

School Supplies Coasters – Jennifer Calagna Warhoftig

Layered Pyramid – Joy Adams Maguire

Flower Trinket Dish -Margery Bradshaw

Ocean Elements Initial Keychains – Kelly Gallo

 

Garden Marker Rocks with Envirotex Spray Gloss Finish

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 06:41

Garden Marker Rocks with Envirotex Spray Gloss Finish

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from @doodlecraft. Do you plant a garden? I’ve just got some simple herbs planted but needed a way to mark them so I would know what was there as they’re coming up. I decided to give my garden some personality with these cute garden markers. Paint garden marker rocks and coat them with Envirotex Spray Clear High Gloss for long lasting shine.

Supplies Needed for Garden Maker Rocks:
  • Rocks (washed clean and dried completely)
  • Acrylic Craft Paint
  • Envirotex Spray High Gloss Spray
  • Paint Brushes (wide and detailed)
  • Cardboard box (or surface for spraying on)

Step 1 for Garden Marker Rocks:

Begin by painting the rocks a solid color. Let the first coat dry and then paint them with a second coat. After that dries, then turn them over and paint the backside with 2 luscious coats of paint as well.

Step 2 Painting the Herb Names:

Now use a small detail paint brush and write the names of the various plants and herbs planted on the rock face. Add leaves, flowers or any fun details you desire. If you aren’t comfortable writing with a paintbrush, you could use a paint marker for better control.

Then let the paint dry completely.

Step 3 Envirotex Spray Time:

Now set the rocks in a cardboard box and set it outside. Use the spray according to the package instructions. Spray a thin coat of spray on the rocks from about 6-8 inches away. Wait 10 minutes and then repeat the spray process. Repeat the high gloss spray process about 4-5 times.

The Envirotex Spray is the best way to keep the paint in place and keep it from chipping all Summer long. Give your garden some personality with these amazing garden marker stones! Another fun idea is to paint a bunch of bright rocks and hide them around the city for others to find. The Envirotex Spray will guarantee that the paint finish will last.

That’s it!

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CLICK HERE FOR PROJECT SUPPLIES

DIY Resin Jewelry Holder

Wed, 04/29/2020 - 17:07

Create a DIY resin jewelry holder using knob molds, acrylic paint, and EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy.

Hey Resin Crafters! Amber Oliver here with another great resin craft. Jewelry crafts are some of my favorites. I recently made some pretty amazing resin confetti earrings and last month I showed you how to layer resin to create a neat little ring holder. This month, let’s use EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy to create some colorful knobs for a DIY resin jewelry holder!

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR DIY RESIN JEWELRY HOLDER:

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 the resin is ready, pour a small amount (enough for each knob) into seperate small cups.

Step 3: Carefully add in a small drop of acrylic paint.  Mix thoroughly.

 

Step 4: Once your colors are ready, pour into the mold and  allow enough time for the resin to cure. Then you can remove from their molds!

 

Step 5: Glue your resin pieces onto a piece of wood and use the colorful knobs to hang your necklaces!

I had a piece of scrap wood in my garage that was the perfect size for this project. With a quick coat of white paint, my resin knobs really popped! I hung my DIY Resin Jewelry Holder with some command strips, but you could also add hooks on the back if you’re concerned it will fall.

 

This project can easily be customized in any colors or size you wish. I hope this project inspires you to took at resin knobs in a new light and hope you’ll try this project for yourself!

 

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Faux Jade Easy Sculpt Resin Stick Barrette DIY

Mon, 04/27/2020 - 06:41

Faux Jade Resin Stick Barrette DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft showing how to make a stick barrette with a faux jade resin stick. Make a fashionable stick barrette for hair with Easy Sculpt epoxy and scrap tooling leather. Perfect for Summertime hairstyles!

Supplies Needed for Faux Jade Leather Stick Barrette:

Step 1: Mixing the Easy Sculpt Clay

Begin by mixing one part of the resin clay with one part of the resin hardener together. Mix them until there is no marbling.

Then put a little green color pigment in the clay and mix thoroughly. Add more color as needed. I used the green and some brown to make a faux jade effect.

Use the cornstarch to keep the clay from getting too sticky while mixing.

Step 2: Forming the Epoxy Clay

The Easy Sculpt Clay is very soft and workable for a couple hours. Let it sit on the non stick surface for about 30 minutes.

Then split up the Easy Sculpt into smaller balls and let them sit on the non stick surface for another 30 minutes. I made 4 sticks.

Now form the Easy Sculpt resin into long sticks about 6 inches long. Then again, let them sit for another 30 minutes.

After they start to feel more firm, roll them out smoothly, with a point on one end. Then let them sit on the non stick surface, rotating them every 10 minutes so they don’t get flat on one side, for the next hour or so. Then let them sit overnight to harden.

Use some thick scrap leather and cut out some ovals. I just cut, I didn’t make a template or anything fancy.

Then use the hobby knife to pierce holes on both sides of the leather oval. Pierce the blade through the leather in a hexagon shape to make a circle about the size of the sticks.

The sticks should be a little snug to hold it firmly in the hair. Push a stick through the leather barrette and back through the other side.

That’s it! These fun leather stick barrettes will look fabulous around a ponytail. The two separate sticks I made are perfect for sticking in the top of a bun.

Enjoy! Like, Pin and Share!

 

 

Beautiful DIY Jewelry Ideas for Mother’s Day

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 11:19

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. It’s one of those holidays that always seems to sneak up on us so quickly, don’t you thin?! With current circumstances keeping us at home more, there’s never been a better opportunity to create a truly special handmade gift for the mother in your life. You know we never turn down an opportunity to craft, especially jewelry! Who doesn’t love handmade jewelry? Today we’ve rounded up some of the most beautiful DIY Jewelry ideas that are perfect for Mother’s Day. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

Beautiful DIY Jewelry Ideas for Mother’s Day

DIY Wood Slice Flower Pendant

Lavender Pendants

DIY Jewelry Clay Gold Leaf Necklace

DIY Resin Confetti Earrings

DIY Sequined Pendant 

DIY Alcohol Ink Resin Heart Jewelry

DIY Resin Bangle Bracelets

DIY Resin and Wood Pendants

DIY Glittery Hair Clips

DIY Resin Skeleton Key Necklace 

DIY Resin Flower Cabochon Jewelry

 

Wood Slice Flower Pendants

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 06:22

These one-of-a-kind, rustic Wood Slice Flower Pendants are made of a natural wood slices with pressed flowers suspended in the center using resin!

Hello, amazing Resin Crafters! Lindsay here to share a nature-themed resin project with you! Did you know that one of the best ways to preserve natural items is with resin? These eye-catching pendants are made using wood slices with colorful, pressed flowers suspended in the center using resin. They are surprisingly simple to make, and would make gorgeous jewelry and keychains for your own collection or to give as a gift!

Supplies needed to make your own Wood Slice Flower Pendants:

Prep Work:

To keep your flowers looking bright and beautiful, spray them with Envirotex Spray Clear Sealer and let the sealer dry completely. It will seal the flower’s surface and also makes the flower sturdy enough to handle when you add it to the resin.

Prep Work:

Lightly sand the faces of the wood slices. You want them as smooth as possible. Be careful not to sand the edges – the bark is beautiful and adds character to the finished piece!

Step 1:

Use a drill bit or a Dremel tool to cut a circle out of the middle of the wood slices. The holes I cut measured about an inch. Sand the inside edges well. Spray the wood slices with a thin coat of Envirotex Spray Clear Sealer to help prevent bubbles later.

Step 2:

Cut a 6-7 inch piece of packaging tape. If you cut it too long (like I did), just fold the end over to make it easier to grab onto without getting stuck to it! Stick the wood slices to the tape and use a brayer tool or your hands to press them down well.

Turn the tape/wood slices over and use something like a credit card, a scraper tool, or even your fingernail to really get the tape stuck to the underside of the wood. This will keep any resin from seeping out.

Step 3:

Prepare the EnviroTex Lite Pour-On. according to package directions. You only need a little bit of resin to start with! Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area and wear disposable gloves. Pour in equal parts resin and hardener to the mixing cup. Stir the resin mixture together with a stir stick for two minutes, making sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the mixing cup. Pour the resin into a clean mixing cup and stir the resin again for another minute or two with a clean stir stick.

Step 4:

Carefully pour resin into the center of each wood slice using a stir stick. Try your best not to overfill! Let the resin sit for a minute, and then use a straw, lighter, or a toothpick to remove any air bubbles that come to the top.

Step 5:

Time to add the flowers! To reduce the amount of bubbles, dip the flowers into the resin before adding them to your project. Since they are so delicate, I recommend using tweezers to hold an edge of the flower when you dip it into the resin.

Step 6:

Add the flowers to resin in the center of the wood slices. Get creative with multiple flowers and leaves, and arrange as necessary to get the look you want. Fill the wood slices the rest of the way with resin and pop any bubbles that rise to the surface.

Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 12-24 hours.

Step 7:

Mix up another small amount of resin and cover the entire top of the wood slice. This will give the piece an even, domed top with a glossy finish. Just be careful to not go over the edges!

Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 12-24 hours.

Step 8:

Carefully peel the wood slices away from the tape. If there is any sticky residue left behind, you can lightly sand it away. Attach a bail to the back of the wood slice with a strong adhesive. Let it dry completely, and then attach a jump ring to the pendant.

Step 9:

Attach a keychain to the jump ring, and use jewelry pliers to close it. Not sure how to do that? The tutorial for these DIY Resin Flower Keychains will show you how!

Attach your keys to these keychains, or use them as zipper pulls. Another great option is to attach a chain to the pendants to create a one-of-a-kind necklace. Because of all the different variations of flower and wood slices, no Wood Slice Flower Pendant will be the same!

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Easy Mold Silicone Putty Chocolate Key Molds!

Mon, 04/20/2020 - 06:59

Easy Mold Silicone Putty Chocolate Key Molds!

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing DIY key molds. Easy Mold Silicone Putty is so much fun. This is the first resin product I ever used, it’s so easy to use and perfect for a beginner. Make Key Molds using EasyMold Silicone Putty. Easy Mold is food safe, so it’s great for making chocolates and customizing for all occasions. We celebrated my daughter’s 16th birthday with chocolate keys on cupcakes in family isolation style.

Supplies Needed:

Step 1: Mix the EasyMold

Take one portion of each tub, the white and the purple.

Then mix the together until they are thoroughly mixed. There’s just a few minutes of time for mixing so don’t over work it. Smooth it out into a pancake that is slightly larger than the key.

Step 2: Press the Key into the Putty

Then press the key into the mixed putty and press it down so all the edges are encased in the silicone putty.

Repeat the process for all the keys desired, I made 3.

Let the silicone putty set up, about 20 minutes. Then remove the keys from the molds.

Then wash the molds with hot soapy water and let them dry completely.

Step 3: Set the Chocolate

Now melt some chocolate (this is not a specialty of mine) and pour it into the new molds. Let the chocolate harden and then remove them from the molds.

Place the chocolates on the top of a cake or cupcake! What other things would you make molds of with silicone putty?

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Spectacular Resin Paperweights

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 07:15

Do you get as excited about resin paperweights as we do?! With a few affordable supplies and some epoxy resin, you can create a beautiful paperweight that’s completely customized to your liking. Whether it be for your home office, your desk at work or for a gift for someone else, you’re sure to find great use for it! Today we’ve rounded up our all-time favorite Spectacular Resin Paperweights to share with you so you can enjoy them, too.

Which ones will you create?

Spectacular Resin Paperweights DIY Heart Paperweight 

DIY Diamond Paperweight 

DIY Pistachio Flower Paperweight 

DIY Pressed Flower Paperweight 

DIY Golf Leaf Paperweight 

DIY Maple Leaf Paperweight

DIY Fossil Paperweight 

DIY Resin Butterfly Paperweight 

DIY Glittered Resin Paperweight 

DIY Colorful Skull Paperweight 

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Glittered Resin Pencil Cup

Wed, 04/15/2020 - 06:46

Make a Glittered Resin Pencil Cup to keep your pens, pencils, and markers organized in your workspace!

Hello, Resin Crafters! Lindsay here with a sparkling new resin project to share with you! I’m always looking for ways to organize my workspace, and a Glittered Resin Pencil Cup like these are the perfect size to hold all of those pens, markers, and pencils I have lying around. All you need is some resin and your favorite glitter to create a one-of-a-kind pencil cup for your own desk or to give as a gift!

SUPPLIES NEEDED TO MAKE A PENCIL CUP:

STEP 1:

Prepare the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy according to package directions. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area and wear disposable gloves. Pour in equal parts resin and hardener to the mixing cup.

Stir the resin mixture together SLOWLY with a stir stick for two minutes, and then pour the resin into a clean mixing cup. Stir the resin again for another minute or two with a clean stir stick. Add in a generous amount of glitter and stir again until combined. Let the resin sit for a minute or two to let the air bubbles rise to the top, and then pop them using a heat gun or by blowing through a straw.

STEP 2:

Make sure the pencil cup mold is clean, dry, and doesn’t have any lint or dust hiding in the folds. You can also use Mold Release and Conditioner to clean, condition, and extend the life of your molds.

Pour the resin into the mold. Because this is a deeper mold, you are more likely to get bubbles in your project. Here are my best tips for preventing bubbles:

  1. Warm your resin and the mold. Dip the resin bottles in warm (not hot) water, and work in a warmer room.
  2. I already mentioned this in the previous step, but stir the resin mixture slowly. The faster you mix, the more air you are incorporating into the resin, which means more bubbles! After mixing, use your stir stick to move bubbles towards the sides and you can pop them that way. I also recommend letting the resin sit for a few minutes. This gives the resin some time to “de-gas”… the bubbles will come to the top where you can easily get rid of them.
  3. When pouring the resin into the mold, pour slowly from higher up. I also poured onto the center part of the mold and let the resin slowly drip down into the mold. When the mold is about 1/4 full, stop pouring and slowly tip the mold and rotate it around to let the resin fill in any empty spaces created by bubbles. Repeat this at both the 1/2 and 3/4 mark.
  4. When the mold is full, use a butane torch, lighter, or blow through a straw to remove bubbles that come to the surface. Check the mold again after about 10 minutes to remove any other bubbles that appear.

STEP 3:

Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for at least 24 hours. You will know that the resin is completely cured when the surface is no longer tacky.

STEP 4:

Carefully remove the pencil cup from the mold. This can be a little bit tricky, but be patient and work slowly. You could also add a tiny bit of baby oil to the inside of the mold while removing the resin if you are having trouble getting it to slide out.

Use scissors to cut away any over-poured resin and sand down any rough edges.

STEP 5:

Fill the Glittered Resin Pencil Cup with your favorite pens, pencils, markers, or other office supplies.

I love how you can get such a different look just by using different glitter! There are so many fun options out there, this is such a simple project to brighten up your workspace! I think these pencil cups would also be a cool teacher gift idea!  Who would you make this project for?

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How to Make a Resin Mold

Mon, 04/13/2020 - 06:55

If you’ve ever wondered how to make a resin mold, then you’ve come to the right place! Here you’ll find a full list of different DIY mold options with links to tutorials for creating them along with examples of various DIY projects from resin to food and all things in between.

The type of mold can really make all the difference with a resin project.  And knowing which type of mold to use will ensure your end project turns out just as you imagine.

Take these driftwood buttons as an example.  One of my favourite things to do with my family is to go beach-combing for treasures to make decorative wood buttons. The texture of the weathered wood and irregular shaped pieces make very interesting buttons. The only down-side is that they are more decorative than functional. The solution: create driftwood shaped buttons using resin instead. But in order to do so, we need to make a mold. Based on the characteristics of each, we chose to make a mold out of EasyMold Silicone Putty which you can find the instructions for below.

Different Types of Resin Molds EasyMold Silicone Paste
  • Ideal for a wide range of impression type mold applications from large to small where you need excellent detail
  • Flexible and reusable
  • Working time is 15 minutes with mold fully cured after 3 hours
EasyMold Silicone Putty
  • Perfect for small impression type molds
  • Easiest type of mold to make: is mess-free, quick and versatile
  • For use with Castin’Craft Clear Casting Resin, EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy, wax, baking, chocolates, ice cubes, soap, plaster, air dry clay, concrete and low melt metals
  • Odorless, Non Toxic. FDA Compliant, Food Grade
  • Reusable
  • Working time is 3 minutes with mold fully cured in 25 minutes
EasyMold Silicone Rubber (Liquid)
  • Creates a blanket, glove or block mold that captures extremely fine details
  • For use with Castin’Craft Clear Casting Resin, EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy, wax, baking, chocolates, ice cubes, soap, plaster, air dry clay, concrete and low melt metal
  • Odorless, Non Toxic. FDA Compliant, Food Grade
  • Reusable
  • Working time is 45 minutes with mold fully cured after 24 hours

Mold Builder Liquid Latex Rubber

  • Used to duplicate figurines, sculptures and other items
  • Finished molds used to cast paper, plaster, candle wax, soap, casting resin or casting epoxy
  • Flexible and reusable
  • Applied with a brush over multiple layers requiring a longer working time
How to Make a Resin Mold using EasyMold Silicone Paste: DIY Rubber Ducky Soap

Use EasyMold Silicone Paste to create a flexible and reusable small mold for creating adorable rubber ducky jelly soaps.

Creating a Pattern Mold out of  a Light Fixture

The EasyMold Silicone Paste is great for 3D objects but most importantly, it’s ideal for surfaces that are fixed and large sized, such as this detailed light fixture.

How to Make a Resin Mold using EasyMold Silicone Putty: Creating a Skull Mold

This skull mold is perfect for creating spooky Halloween decor or gothic-inspired accessories, such as the painted gun metal skull napkin rings shown here.

Creating a Seashell Mold

This project combines two of our favourite things: the beach and chocolate!  Create beautiful shaped seashell chocolates as cupcake toppers or simply to enjoy!

Making a Ring Cone Mold:

Create a beautiful faux-marble ring cone by making a simple cone shaped mold with paper and EasyMold Silicone Putty.

How to Make a Resin Mold using EasyMold Silicone Rubber (Liquid): DIY Candles 

If you have a favorite trinket or figurine, you can use EasyMold Silicone Rubber to capture the fine details in a block mold such as this one for making owl shaped candles.

DIY Lego Candy Mold

Have any Lego pieces lying around? Then make your own fun Lego mold by simply pouring the liquid silicone rubber over top. This mold can be used to make lego candy, chocolates or even more resin lego pieces!

Creating a Mold using Mold Builder Liquid Latex Rubber:

Considered one of the more cost effective ways of making a mold, refer to this video to see how this Mold Builder Liquid Latex Rubber is created to make a fish-shaped candle votive.

Making a Driftwood Button Mold with EasyMold Silicone Putty:

Our preferred product for making molds is the EasyMold Silicone Putty, mostly because it is quick and mess-free, which leaves us with more time to create! Keep reading to see how quickly the driftwood button mold comes together!

Materials Needed: Instructions for making a mold with EasyMold Silicone Putty: Preparing the surface

Since the surface of these wood buttons are rough and porous, we coated them with a sealer. Using a paintbrush, apply a coat of liquid glue over the surface of the wood button.

If the glue settles at the top of the buttonhole, poke it with a toothpick.

Take time ensuring all crevices are coated and then when the glue is dry, turn buttons over and seal the other side. Allow glue to dry fully before proceeding with the silicone putty.

Creating the Mold

EasyMold Silicone Putty has 3 minutes of working time at regular room temperature, which means you need to work quickly. Read the instructions on the packaging prior to starting any resin project.

Mix only enough to make one mold at a time. Measure equal sized amounts of components A & B.

For these 3″ long driftwood buttons, my components were each about two tablespoons each.

Quickly knead together the components until it is a uniform color, free of any swirls. This process takes about a minute.

Roll the kneaded components into a ball and then flatten so you have enough to wrap fully around the sides of the driftwood button.

Press putty firmly around the button.

Leave the button inside the mold for about 25 minutes while it cures. Remove the button and the mold is ready to be used!

We’re looking forward to making our beautiful coastal-inspired resin buttons.

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Check out Some of Our March Resin Crafting Challenge Entries!

Fri, 04/10/2020 - 07:12

Have you entered any of our monthly Resin challenges over in our VIP Facebook group yet? Month after month we are seeing more and more entries and we continue to be in complete awe of the talent and creativity being shared in our amazing community.

In case you’re not in the group and are curious about our monthly challenges, here’s how they go: at the beginning of every month we have a theme that we announce and we invite any and all members in our group to participate. Winners are picked at random so the more entries that are submitted, the better the odds of winning.  And what does the winner get? An amazing prize package full of amazing products for resin crafting (see the pic with our most recent prize below!)

Some of our previous monthly challenge themes have been jewelry, home and the March challenge theme was spring. Wow! Our March challenge entries gave us all the spring feels! We saw everything from sun catchers, to stepping stones, to coasters, to signs and so, so much more. We wanted to share some of our entries from March with all of you, we hope they will inspire you, too!

Spring Inspired Resin Crafting Challenge Entries By Margery Bradshaw (our March winner!)

By Cathy Burghardt

By Megan Sponaugle Neugebauer

By Ronda Orton

By Deanna’s Creations

By Gina Mothy Luthy

By Amber Dunow

By Joy Adams Maguire

By Valerie James

By Garry Griff

By Mandi Decell

By Manal Sayed

Head over to the group to join and enter our April challenge, you could win all of this!

Satisfying Resin Demolding Video

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 06:12

One of the most satisfying parts of the resin crafting process is the demolding. This is the part when you get to remove the resin from the silicone mold once the project is complete. There’s always that sense of excitement and mystery about how your new resin piece is going to look once it comes out.

Hi creative friends! I’m Jane from Sustain My Craft Habit, a DIY craft and home decor website I write with my sister Sonja. We’ve been fortunate to work with resin over the past three years and have been able to share many of those projects here on the Resin Crafts Blog in that time as well as over on our own blog sustainmycrafthabit.com.

About a year and a half ago I just happened to come across some fun videos of resin projects being taken out of their molds. I was completely hooked! There’s just something so enjoyable about seeing the pieces coming out of the mold. Each resin piece is truly one-of-a-kind.

Since then I’ve tried whenever possible to video record my own resin projects as I take them out of the mold. Recently I collated the videos and put them in a compilation video over on our YouTube channel. We’d love for you to subscribe as more and more we are posting resin videos and tutorials such as seashore resin handled serving boards and DIY watercolor Christmas tree resin pendant.

I hope you enjoy this resin demolding video as much as I enjoy watching them.

Here are the links to the tutorials for all of the projects shown in the video:

As I mentioned in the video, there are different types of molds that can be used. You can even create your DIY resin molds!

So which of these have been your favorite resin demolding projects? Should we record more of these videos in the future?

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Happy resin demolding, friends!

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