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Tropical Leaf Resin Breakfast Tray

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 07:07

Tropical Leaf Resin Breakfast Tray

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft.  I’m sharing an amazing breakfast-in-bed tray with a fabulous tropical vibe.  The weather where I live has been cold, snowy, and gray…not to mention the Winter blues.  Obviously, a tropical escape would be the first on the remedy list, but a warm breakfast while cuddled up in bed is a close second.

A serving tray is an easy and natural choice when working with resin because it already has a raised edge, perfect for holding in resin.  There is very little prep work overall and makes this a quick and stunning DIY craft.Supplies:

Serving Tray

White paint

Paintbrush

3 shades of green paper cut into leaves

Rotary cutter and straight edge (or scissors)

Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer

EnviroTex Lite High Gloss Finish

Disposable table cloth/gloves/stirring sticks/mixing cups

Heat gun/torchIn order to have a higher contrast between the tray and the leaves, I opted to paint the inside of my serving tray a creamy white.
Cutting tropical ferns and paper leaves is essentially very simple using an electronic cutting machine.  Silk leaves or cutting shapes by hand could be used as substitution as well.  Use a straight edge and rotary cutter to cut the leaves straight.This will let them line up all the way to the edge of the serving tray easily.Decide on an overlapping arrangement of the tropical leaves.  Then lift them off the tray so you can easily put them back in place.  Coat the tray with a thin layer of Ultra Seal.  Then replace the tropical leaves on the tray.  Gently brush the ultra seal all over the tops of the leaves too.  Now, let the Ultra Seal dry completely.

Next is the High Gloss finish.  This turns a simple craft project into a surprisingly professional piece of art.  One 16 oz. package of Pour On Finish will cover a 1 foot square, it did this entire tray perfectly.Work on a disposable surface, wear gloves and read the instructions.  Mix the hardener and the resin according to the package directions in a 2 phase mixing process.  The temperature of the room will effect the resin thickness and drying time.  Work in a well ventilated area.  Once the resin is mixed properly, pour it right onto the tropical leaf tray.  Lift and tilt the tray gently to help the resin work its way to each edge and corner.  Place it on a flat surface and cover with a big piece of cardboard so no dust will land on it while drying.

After twenty minutes of drying, lift the cardboard and gently use a heat gun or torch to pop all the bubbles that have surfaced.  Then recover with cardboard and let it cure for 24-48 hours.  A good way to check if the resin is cured is to smell it, cured resin will no longer have any scent to it.  That’s it!  The breakfast tray is ready to serve up some tropical sunshine on a cold Winter morning.Make a matching pair for a darling, customized wedding gift.   Enjoy the tropical vibe all year long with this fun serving tray!
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DIY Lego Candy Mold using EasyMold Silicone Rubber

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 07:00

One thing that my kids really love are Legos, and it occurred to me that it might be fun to have a Lego candy mold around the house. I’m thinking of making a Lego cake for my son’s birthday and these will be perfect to cast chocolate or candy blocks for decorating the cake. Here’s a tutorial on how I made the Lego candy mold!

SUPPLIES:
  • Lego building blocks
  • Lego base plate
  • EasyMold Silicone Rubber
  • Large disposable containers (at least two)
  • Stir sticks
  • Vinyl gloves

 

Building the Form:

The first step is to build the Lego form that will hold the silicone rubber. To do this I just used the 2×4 blocks to build a square on the base. You will need two layers.

I staggered the second layer with the first so that the seams wouldn’t be the same. This just makes the walls stronger.

 

Next, place the blocks that you want to have molds of within the square. I knew I just wanted the basic sizes, so I placed them evenly spaced within the square frame.

Once they are all in place, press them down firmly and make sure they are all secure.

 

Pouring the EasyMold Silicone Rubber to make the mold:

I used one 1 lb. package of the EasyMold Silicone Rubber to make my mold and it was the perfect size. If you follow the instructions in the package it will tell you how to figure out the amount you need.

Put on your vinyl gloves and grab part A from your box of EasyMold Silicone Rubber.

First, pour part A into your disposable container. I used an old cottage cheese container that had been thoroughly cleaned and dried.

Next, grab part B from your box.

Pour part B into the same container.

Use your stir stick to thoroughly mix the two parts together until they are one solid blue color with no streaks. Make sure to scrape the sides and bottom and mix thoroughly.

Just to be sure it is completely mixed, use the two cup method and pour your mixture into a second container (I actually used two more because I didn’t have another large enough.) Again, mix this thoroughly, ensuring it is one solid color.

Now it’s ready to pour!

Begin pouring in the center of the mold and keep pouring in that same spot. This will ensure that most of the air bubbles will get pushed out as it spreads across your form.

Pour all of it completely into your form. Be sure not to let it go over the sides though! I didn’t have enough to need to worry about that.

Once it is all poured do a double check and make sure the outer wall is solid and secure!

Let the silicone rubber cure for 24 hours.

 

Removing the Mold from the form:

The easiest way to remove the mold from the form is to flip it over and first remove the base plate.

Next, you’ll want to begin removing the outer walls. You can see that a small amount of silicone rubber got between the blocks but this is not a problem, simply pull them off.

Next, remove all of the inner pieces from the mold. The Silicone Rubber stretches a little so this is an easy task. Just take care not to tear your mold.

 

Finished Lego Candy Mold!

And there you have it! A completed Lego candy mold. I even made some hard candies to show you how great it works! You can use this mold for other things like chocolate, ice cubes, jelly candies, etc. It could also be used for resin pieces, just be sure that if you use it to cast non-food items that you mark it because it cannot be used again for food.

Hope you liked this project! Be sure to check back for more awesome projects using ETI products!

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10 Stunning Furniture Makeovers

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 07:11

These days it seems that one can take any old piece, whether it be furniture or decor, and transform it into something new and amazing. Isn’t that awesome? Of course we are all about being hands on here at Resin Crafts Blog and want to encourage you to do the same! You can save yourself some money and create something stunning by transforming old furniture. We’ve rounded up some amazing furniture makeovers for you to help you get inspired. Enjoy!

DIY Desk Makeover | BlueiStyle Blog

Bathroom Cabinet Makeover | Artsy Chicks Rule

Farmhouse Table Makeover | The 36th Avenue

Console Table Makeover | Just A Girl And Her Blog

Kitchen Accent Table Makeover | How To Nest For Less

Vintage Desk Makeover | Southern Revivals

White Bench Makeover | The 36th Avenue

Nightstand Makeover  | Thirty Eighth Street

Antique Kidney Desk Makeover | Snazzy Little Things

Farmhouse X Base Table Makeover | Refresh Restyle

 

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Hand Print Tray for Mother’s Day

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 08:38

Make a hand print tray this year for mom.  This makes a great Mother’s Day gift and it is so easy to make.  You can add a layer of resin so mom can use this tray daily without issues.  Grab a little one or two and get started on this handmade gift idea now.

Supplies needed to make this hand print tray:
  • Wood tray
  • Grey paint
  • Various colors of craft paint
  • EnviroTex Lite®
  • Paint brushes
  • Mixing cups
  • Measuring cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Clear adhesive or caulk

Instructions:

Start by painting your entire tray one solid color.  Here we used a dark grey paint.  This may require two or more coats for complete coverage.  Be sure to dry in between coats and before continuing to the next step.

Grab the kids and start adding hand prints to the bottom of the tray.  We used one child but you can use as many as you would like.  Add the paint to their hand with a paint brush and supervise them as they apply it to the bottom of the tray.  For younger children, you will need to hold their hand and make sure they get as complete a print as possible.  Finish by painting on their names and the year with a fine point brush.

Allow the paint from the hand prints to dry completely.  Remember that you can use any colors that you would like (or mom would like) on this project.  You will also want to seal the edges of the tray.  Use a clear adhesive or caulk on the bottom to go all the way around.  This will prevent any seepage of the resin once poured.  Allow this to dry completely before continuing.

Now it is time to add a layer of protection to your project so that mom can enjoy it for many years to come.  Measure and mix up the EnviroTex Lite® according to the package directions.  Remember that proper mixing is the most important part when working with this product.  Be sure to use the two container mixing procedure and stir for the entire time indicated.  Then you are ready to pour into your tray.

Pour into the bottom of the tray and tilt it to spread the resin all over the bottom.  Continue until the bottom is covered in an even layer.  You will want to remove any bubbles by either blowing on the resin or going over it with a flame.  Again, you can refer to the product instructions for further details. Then allow to your project to cure completely in a place where it can sit level and undisturbed for about 24 hours.

Once cured, your hand print tray is ready to wrap up and give to mom for Mother’s Day.  She will love the sentiment and being able to use this tray in her kitchen for years to come.

Pick up your supplies and get started on your hand print tray today.  After all, Mother’s Day is just around the corner and you don’t want to be left empty handed.

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10 Spring Break Crafts For Kids

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 18:25

Can you guys believe that Spring is on its way? It feels like winter lasted forever, but we here at Resin Crafts are so ready to welcome Spring with open arms. If you’re somebody who has kiddos at home, I’m sure you’re thinking the same thing we are: How in the world are we going to keep them occupied throughout this time off of school? The good news is we have the answer for you…. spring break crafts, of course! You know we’re a huge fan of crafts here because it’s a great way to encourage your children to be productive while being creative. What more could you need? We hope you enjoy the crafts we’ve rounded up for you!

Which spring break crafts will you create with your littles?

DIY Wood and Ribbon Necklaces | Tater Tots & Jello

DIY Craft Stick Spring Flower | Fantastic Fun and Learning

DIY Paper Crafts | The 36th Avenue

DIY Grass Heads | Red Ted Arts Blog

DIY Sock Bunny | A Pumpkin and a Princess

DIY Puppy Dog Craft | Me and My Inklings

DIY Glitter Slime | The 36th Avenue

DIY Tissue Paper Flower | Inner Child Fun

DIY Ocean Toy Soap | A Pumpkin and a Princess

DIY Fruit Fans | The Idea Room

 

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DIY Resin Peacock Feather Coasters

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 13:02

Hello Resin Crafters! This is Kelli, from the Craft Shack and I’m so excited to be sharing my first resin project with you here! Feathers are so beautiful when used in Decor and they are surprisingly easy to cast in resin and preserve forever! I think that Peacock Feathers are so gorgeous so I decided to make some Peacock Feather coasters to preserve them forever. I want to share this great technique with you today! This method works great for any feather you might want to cast in Resin so don’t worry if you don’t have any peacock feathers or you’d rather use a different one!

Supplies needed:

Before you get started there are a few preparation steps that need to be done. First, lightly spray the mold with the mold release and allow it to dry completely according to the instructions on the product.

Next, you’ll need to prepare your feathers before casting. Since feathers are so porous and often very fuzzy you’ll need to spray them with Resin spray before casting them in the coasters. Lay them out on some wax paper and lightly mist with the resin spray in a well-ventilated area. Allow them to dry completely. Repeat as needed until the feathers are coated lightly. They should be slightly stiff, but not hard.

Trim the feathers to fit inside the mold. I laid each feather over the mold to see where they needed to be cut and then trimmed with scissors.

There are two layers of resin in the coasters. Mix the first layer of resin according to the directions on the package. Resin should be mixed in a well-ventilated area, and don’t forget proper hand and eye safety!  Pour equal amounts of the Resin and the Hardener into a mixing cup and stir for two minutes to fully combine the two parts.  I used .5 oz of each part to make 1 oz. for each of the two layers.

After 2 minutes, pour the resin mix into a second, clean cup and mix again for one more minute. Pour the resin into the mold.

Use a heat tool, a butane torch, or your warm breath to pop any bubbles that rise to the surface after about 10 minutes. Allow the first layer of resin to set up a little bit for 20 or 30 minutes. It should be thick, but not hard so your feather won’t sink all the way to the bottom.

Place the peacock feather face down onto the first layer of the resin. Make sure the front of the feather is facing the bottom of the mold so that when you turn it out of the mold the feather will be facing the right way.

Mix a second batch of resin following the same method as the first. Pour over the feather slowly. The resin should cover the feather completely.  After about 10 minutes, pop any bubbles that have risen to the top again. If you see any bubbles stuck under your feather, you can use a small toothpick to poke them a little, setting them free to rise to the top.

Cover the mold and allow to cure completely. You should be able to release the coaster from the mold after roughly 24 hours.  Turn the mold upside down and press down in the center of the mold to release.  If the feather doesn’t easily come out, allow it to cure for a while longer.

Your new peacock feather coasters are good for hot or cold drinks once fully cured!  Would you put feathers in your resin coasters too?

Be sure to pin this fun project to save it for later and share with your friends!

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Four-Leaf Clover Resin Keychains

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 07:00

Four-Leaf Clover Resin Keychains

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft.  A four-leaf clover symbolizes good luck and makes the perfect keychain.  Have you ever found a four-leaf clover in nature?  Resin is a great way to preserve plant material.  My daughter found a four-leaf clover when she was 5 and I framed it, although over time it faded.  Resin encases the clovers and keeps them green for much longer.

Supplies needed:

Four-Leaf Clover (pressed clovers can be found online)

Castin’ Craft Clear Polyester Casting Resin

Jewelry Mold

Mold Conditioner and Release Spray

Disposable work surface, mixing cups, stirring sticks and gloves

Ball chain keyrings

Drill/drill bit

Jump rings

Pliers

Begin by setting up the workstation and reading the resin directions.  Every time I work with resin I read the directions so they are fresh in my mind.  Wear gloves and work in a well ventilated area.

Set the mold on the work table and gently mist with the release spray.  Mix the resin and catalyst according to directions.  Stir with the stick for the proper amount of time.  Then carefully pour a thin layer of resin in the molds.  The thinner the layer, the larger and more magnified the four-leaf clover will look.

Let the resin set and gel for about 20 minutes (this will vary with temperature).  The resin needs to be set enough that the clover will sit on top of the resin instead of sinking.  Then place a darling little shamrock over the resin in the molds.


Next, mix up some more resin, the same as earlier.  Then pour the mixed resin on the top of the shamrocks and fill to the top.  Now let them cure for a day or two.  I usually let them cure until they no longer smell like resin.

Next, get your drill and a small drill bit.  The drill bit must be big enough to fit the large jump ring.

Gently drill a hole in the center of the top of each 4-leaf clover resin.

Next, use jewelry pliers to loop a jump ring through the hole and close it up tight.

Now, thread the ball chain keychain through the jump ring.

Enjoy!

These are ready to hook on a zipper pull, keychain, or make the chain longer and wear as an especially unique necklace.

Great way to enjoy St. Patricks day or just to add some additional luck to your day.

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10 Festive Mardi Gras Crafts

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 07:00

When we think about something festive and fun to celebrate, Mardi Gras always comes to mind. You don’t have to be in New Orleans to celebrate the fun with good food, awesome people and festive crafts! Today we’ve rounded up some festive Mardi Gras craft options for you to get into the Mardi Gras spirit! Which ones will you create?

Printable Mardi Gras Mask Craft | Kids Activities Blog

DIY Mardi Gras Table Setting Crafts | Oh My Creative

DIY Mardi Gras Statement Necklace | Mom Dot

DIY King Cake Ornaments | Jennifer Perkins

DIY Mardi Gras Bead Onesie | Jader Bomb

DIY Mardi Gras Decorations | A Little Craft in Your Day

DIY Handprint Mardi Gras Masks | That’s What Che Said

DIY Mardi Gras Slime | Mom Dot

DIY Jambalaya Boxes | Aunt Peaches

Duct Tape Mardi Gras Beads | Crafts by Amanda

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Rolled Paper Resin Pendant DIY

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 07:00

Rolled Paper Resin Pendant DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing another fabulous pendant.  Rolled paper is such a fun technique and a great way to upcycle old papers.  This project uses brightly colored paper and some junk mail.  It’s a fun way to recycle bits of paper and mail that may hold some sentimental value too.  Let’s get started!

Supplies:

1/4 inch strips of colored paper, junk mail or magazines

Pendant Bezel and Cord

Double sided adhesive

Envirotex Jewelry Resin

Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer

Disposable work surface, stirring sticks, mixing cups, gloves

Begin by folding the strips of paper in half.  Folding the paper gives twice the thickness and a really great visual edge when completed.  This part can be a little tedious.

Next, tape strips of paper together with some double sided adhesive.  Then begin rolling the end as tightly as possible.  Tape periodically while holding the center tightly.

It will begin to take shape!  Tape on more folded paper and continue until your rolled paper is the size of the pendant bezel.

Vary the colors to make it look bright and fun.  Adding the junk mail in there is a really cool touch too, I love the texture the print gives.

When pleased with the size of the rolled paper, use the multi-purpose sealer and fill the inside of the bezel with the glue.

Give it a generous layer, the sealer will work it’s way up in the spaces between the paper.

Then coat the top of the paper with the sealer (I missed this part and I’ll show you what happens if you don’t do it later).  Let the sealer dry completely.

Now get the jewelry resin and your workspace ready.  Work on a disposable surface, wearing disposable gloves.  Read the directions for this jewelry resin before starting.

Mix up the resin according to package directions.

Now, set the bezel on something to raise it off the surface, so it is sitting level.  I used a cap from the used up resin bottle.  Pour some resin right in the center of the top.  The resin soaks into the cracks of the paper and releases bubbles.  (If the paper is coated in sealer, the bubbles will be much less).  Let the resin soak in and then add a little more resin.

After twenty minutes, check for bubbles.  Use a mini torch or heat gun to quickly pop the bubbles.  Then let the pendant dry completely, usually 24 hours.

Finally, string the cord through the bezel and wear your recycled art proudly!  The rolled paper is stunning and a great conversation piece, no one will know it’s junk mail!

The glossy shine from the resin gives it an especially professional finish!

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10 DIY Valentine’s Day Decor Options

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 07:00


The Christmas decorations are put away, but it’s a little too early to put out the Spring decorations. The house is in decor limbo! The good news is that there’s this fun little holiday in between that’s a blast to celebrate: Valentine’s Day! It’s a holiday that is all about showing the people you love how much you care about them. What’s not to love? Valentine’s Day comes and goes quickly, and we feel the Valentine’s Day decor options should be quick and easy to match that. Today, we’ve rounded up 10 DIY Valentine’s Day Decor Options for your home, so you can celebrate in an affordable and fun way!

Which one will you create?

10 DIY Valentine’s Day Decor Options

DIY Valentine’s Day Hoop Wreath | Lydi Out Loud

Valentines Scrabble Tile Coasters | Blue i Style

DIY Valentine’s Day Mailboxes | Jen Woodhouse

DIY Valentine’s Day Photo Plaque | Bower Power

DIY Pallet Valentine Art | Infarrantly Creative

Valentine’s Day “Love” Hoop Art | Happiness is Homemade

XOXO Valentine’s Day Decor | The Pinning Mama

DIY Valentine’s Light Decorations | Pillar Box Blue

DIY Valentine’s Day Garland | Love The Day

DIY Valentine’s Tree | Simple Kierste

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Pressed Flower Paperweight DIY

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 15:03

Pressed Flower Paperweight DIY

Hi Resin Crafters!  It’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing another fun resin project with you.  I love fresh flowers but, in the first place, I have major allergies to them–so beautiful bouquets for Valentine’s day are simply out of the question.  This simple pressed flower paperweight is the perfect way to enjoy the beauty of flowers, without the allergies.  Additionally, you can press your own flowers and then enjoy the loveliness of a bouquet for years to come!

Let’s get started!  Gather supplies:

Castin’ Craft Clear Polyester Casting Resin

Pressed Flowers (you can smash your Valentine Flowers in a flower press or between the pages of a heavy book)

Silicone Mold

Disposable work surface, gloves, cups and stirring sticks

Set up the silicone mold on a disposable work surface.  Wear gloves and read the directions when working with the casting resin.
Mix the clear  resin and catalyst in a disposable cup and stir according to package directions. Fill a few cavities in the mold with about 1/4 inch of the mixed resin.  Let it sit and gel for about twenty minutes.Next, add a few pressed flowers right on top of the clear resin.  Next, mix up more clear casting resin as done previously.  Pour the resin over the top of the flowers to encase them completely.  Let them sit for 24-48 hours to cure.  Temperature will make a difference, it needs to be fairly warm to set well.Once the resin feels firm and doesn’t smell (that’s a good indicator if it’s completely cured), then pop them out of the mold.  Use a nail file and gently file any edges that are rough, until they are smooth.Now the paperweights are ready to use and enjoy.  They are stunning and vibrant.  It looks great with an inspirational quote on the desk.  Another option would be to glue a magnet to the back and stick them up on the fridge.The layers of flowers are fun and fresh, a great bouquet for those of us that have allergies…or want to enjoy Valentine’s bouquets for years to come.If you haven’t used resin yet for crafting, now is the perfect time.  Get creative and make something beautiful!

Check out these fun paperweights too!

Resin and Wood Bookend

Gold Leaf Paperweights

Flower Paperweight

Resin Rocks

Leaf Paperweight

Clear Resin Paperweights

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10 Super Bowl Party Ideas

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 07:00

Winter can seem never ending this time of year, but you know what helps? Football season! The Super Bowl is approaching so quickly! We love football, and even though our teams may not be playing the game, we always find ourselves celebrating and watching. It’s such a great opportunity to spend quality time with friends, eat amazing food, watch the funny commercials, and all around just enjoy the game. However, if you’re hosting the Super Bowl party, that can definitely be an added stress. We’ve rounded up some fun Super Bowl party ideas for you that are not super costly and are easy to achieve so you can focus on enjoying the party with your people. Which team are you rooting for?

DIY Football Garland | The Cards We Drew

Football Helmet Drink Markers | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Ice Cream Football Sandwiches | The 36th Avenue

DIY Dip Station | A Pumpkin and a Princess

Homemade Football Party Cake | Spaceships and Laser Beams

No Sew Pennants and Pom Poms | Atta Girl Says

Easy Football Field Party Table | A Night Owl Blog

DIY Football Party Ideas | Practically Functional

Football Rice Krispies | That’s What Che Said

Dollar Store Football Crafts | Mad in Crafts

Which of these Super Bowl party ideas will you try for your party?

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Layering Resin – DIY Pencil Holder

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 07:00

Hello resin crafters! I’m happy to bring this tutorial to you on how to go about Layering Resin. I decided to make this DIY Pencil Holder with Layered Resin so that you could see how it is done and one thing you can make with it. The options really are endless though, depending on what molds you have, what colors, and what kind of item you need. I could see this working really well for jewelry too!

Layering Resin – DIY Pencil Holder Supplies:

Prep Your Mold:

Use the Mold Release and Conditioning Spray and just spray a thin layer into your mold. Let that dry, then spray a second thin layer. This will ensure your mold is ready to use and that your resin will be removable once it is cured.

Mixing Resin:

For the first layer (and each layer afterward) you’re going to mix equal amounts of Parts A and B of EasyCast. Put on your latex gloves and protective eyewear and here we go!

First, pour 1/4 oz. Part A into a marked measuring cup.

Next, pour 1/4 oz. Part B into the same cup.

Mix thoroughly, which takes about a minute or two.

Pour into a second clean cup and mix thoroughly again. This ensures that all the resin is completely mixed.

Next, you’re going to add your paint color. I did about five drops of each paint color but this will really depend on the viscosity of your paints. You want to use as little as necessary to get your desired color, so do a few drops and mix, then add more if necessary. Too much paint will result in the resin not curing properly.

Again, mix the color in thoroughly and get ready to pour!

Pouring Resin:

Pour the resin slowly and in one spot in the center of your mold. The resin will spread evenly across the bottom. If for some reason it doesn’t reach a corner, feel free to slightly tip the mold until it coats the bottom of the mold.

Let the resin settle for a few minutes, then use your micro-butane torch, or exhale over your piece, to remove the bubbles.

Now let this layer cure for at least 24 hours. Cover it with something large so it remains dust free.

Pouring Second Through Sixth Layers:

You will follow the exact same instructions for the second through sixth layers, just changing the colors added as you prefer. Be sure to wait at least 24 hours between each layer. You will find that the mixing and pouring goes quickly, so while this project takes many days, it is not very time consuming.

Here are some images of the resin layers being poured. Remember to pop the bubbles after each layer is poured!

For my final layer I decided to make a little more resin so it would be thicker, that is completely personal preference. I filled my mold completely, you may not want to do so as it does make it slightly more difficult to remove from the mold once cured.

Now that you have the final layer poured, again pop all of the bubbles and let it also cure for at least 24 hours. I did 48 just to be sure the entire piece was completely cured. If you have trouble releasing the piece from the mold at 24 hours, it may mean that it just needs some more curing time. I got a good image of the bubbles being popped on the middle section of this last layer, so I wanted to add that here.

Drilling Holes for the Pencil Holder:

Remove your piece from the mold. This can be a little difficult with large pieces in a full mold like this, but just take your time pulling the sides away from the resin. Once the air seal is broken it will release pretty easily. One on side I did have to slide a thin knife blade in just to break the seal and then it popped right out.

Now you have a fully cure resin block with layered colors!

Time to turn it into a pencil holder. Grab your drill and a drill bit the size you want, and let’s get to it!

Begin drilling slowly into the resin where you want the holes to be.

As you drill, you’ll notice the colors of the resin layers appearing in the resin dust.

Drill until you get to your second to last layer color, which for me was purple.

Then drill the other holes. I made four. Now brush off all the resindust (rather than sawdust, ha!) and spray with one thin coat of Resin Spray.

And there you have it! A shiny and colorful pencil holder!


Looking down into the holes you can see the resin colors perfectly. It’s really cool!

I just love all the colors sandwiched in between the blue.

Oh, one more thing: it holds more than just pencils!

What do you think? Do you like this project? What would you change?

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DIY: Gold Silver Leaf Resin Pendants

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 07:00

DIY Gold Silver Leaf Resin Pendants

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing another especially fun resin craft.  Making pendants out of resin couldn’t be simpler!  These stunning pendants are made with clear resin and shimmery thin gold and silver paper.  Necklaces and jewelry never go out of style.

Supplies Needed:

Clear Casting Polyester resin

Jewelry Mold

Silver and Gold Leaf

Pendant Bail

Chain

E6000 glue

Begin by mixing up the resin according to package instructions.  Wear disposable gloves when working with resin and use disposable cups, stirring sticks, and a protected work surface.  Place the mold on the working surface and pour a small amount of resin in the desired molds.  Let the resin gel for about 20 minutes.

Next, take pieces of gold and silver leaf paper and put them on the resin until you are satisfied.  Press them down gently with a stirring stick.  Gold leaf can be finicky and sticky.

Then mix up a little more resin just like earlier, and fill the resin mold to the top edge.  Let the resin cure and dry overnight, then pop them out of the molds.

Use some E6000 glue to adhere the pendant bails on the backside of the resin pendants.

Let the glue dry completely, at least 4 hours…or overnight.

Finally, add some gold or silver chain to the pendants and hook a jump ring to connect the chain.  Or use a ready-made chain and slide the pendant on with ease.

They are stunning and ready to wear!  Necklaces are great gifts and one can never have too many of them.

Get some resin and make some fancy jewelry!

 

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10 DIY Galentine’s Day Jewelry Ideas

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 08:24

Of course everyone has Valentine’s Day on the brain, but what about Galentine’s Day!? Have you heard of it? It’s a great holiday where you can get together with your girls and celebrate the gift of friendship! What better thing to make for your girlfriends for Valentine’s Day than some awesome jewelry? You all already know how we feel about all things DIY, but jewelry has to be one of our favorite things to create! If you’re ready to celebrate your awesome friendships with some crafting, check out these awesome DIY jewelry options we’ve rounded up for you. Which ones will you create?

DIY Abstract Paint Necklaces

Valentine’s Day Necklace with Letter Beads

DIY Dangle Earrings and Pendants

DIY Personalized Keychains

DIY Resin Coated Feather Necklace 

DIY Flower Jewelry 

DIY Lavender Flower Pendant

DIY Wood and Resin Pendant DIY Map Pendant 

DIY Steampunk Resin Pendant

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How to Make Personalized Keychains with EnviroTex Jewelry Resin

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:00

Hi friends!  What are some of your most favorite places you’ve ever been?  Is it a memorable vacation spot you visited with your family? Or a place you used to live? Or the first place you ever traveled to on your own?

Jane here from Sustain My Craft Habit, one part of a sister duo where we create nature inspired DIYs and crafts.   I am so excited to show you how to make personalized keychains that will capture a fond memory of a place you love.  For me, that place is New York City, specifically Manhattan, where my husband used to live and where I happily went to visit. And since it has meaning for my husband as well, I plan to give him one of these personalized keychains as an unexpected gift.

And be sure to pop by our blog where you’ll find a free printable template for our DIY miniature gift boxes which are perfectly sized for these personalized keychains.

Materials needed to make your own personalized keychains:
  • EnviroTex Jewelry Resin kit
  • Paper Road Map (any destination of your choosing) [TIP: if you don’t want to destroy your original map, make a photocopy to use for the keychain, or head online and print an image of your map]
  • Jewelry Bezel
  • Ultra Seal multi-purpose sealer / glue (or any clear craft glue)
  • Scissors, small paint brush
  • Gloves, wooden craft sticks, paper towels, straw

How to make personalized keychains: Preparing your Keychain Bezel:

Trace the bezel onto a piece of scrap paper to determine the size of the map you’ll need. Cut the paper and trim away at the edges so it fits inside the bezel.

Once you have the right size template, trace it over top of your road map. Cut the map out accordingly.

Using a small paint brush, apply a good amount of clear glue to the inside and inner edges of the bezel.

Also, apply clear glue to the back side of the map cut out and place it inside the bezel. Gently push it down to squeeze out the excess glue.

Apply a coat of glue to the top side of the map. Put it aside to dry fully before moving on to the next step.

Applying the resin to your personalized keychains:

Work in the well ventilated area and be sure to read all the instructions on the products before beginning your project. Ensure that your resin bottles are warm to the touch before starting for best results.

Mix exactly equal amounts of Resin and Hardener into one measuring cup. Just a small amount is needed to fill one bezel.

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.

Pour the resin into the prepared bezel and fill to just over the brim to create a dome like appearance. Ensure the bezel is level.

Gently blow off any air bubbles that have risen to the surface of the resin (you may need to repeat this a couple of times during the initial curing process). Cover the pieces to keep dust out and let cure overnight. 24 hours for a soft cure and up to 72 hours for full cure.

Attach to your keychain and enjoy the sweet memories of your earlier travels. Make a pair of them and gift one to your partner and keep one for yourself (as I did).

With any great DIY, I love the versatility of this project. The EnviroTex jewelry resin kit and other required supplies are very similar to what is needed for making jewelry, even the bezels can be used as pendants instead of keychains!  For more projects using similar materials, check out these posts:

If you’re still looking for more project ideas, you’ll really love these resin map necklace pendants made using Easy Cast Clear Casting Epoxy Resin.

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Easy DIY Abstract Paint and Resin Necklaces

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:00

Making customized jewelry is so much fun. Today I’d like to share this technique with you so that you can see how quick and easy it is to create jewelry that looks great and is customized to be exactly what you want. The options are endless, so unleash your creativity and follow this tutorial to create your own!

Easy DIY Abstract Paint and Resin Necklaces Supplies:
  • Envirotex Jewelry Resin Kit (includes resin, hardener, mixing cups, stir sticks, plastic glove, instructions.)
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Jewelry Bezels
  • Toothpicks
  • Micro butane torch (optional)
Applying Paint:

Drop random drops of paint using a few different colors into your bezels.

Add enough paint that you’ll be able to cover the bottom of the bezel completely. 

Use toothpicks to drag the colors around, covering the bottom, and making designs in the paint. Be sure not to over mix the colors or they will turn brown. I did very little mixing, just pulled the toothpick from one color to the next in a couple different patterns. 

For this I just pulled color from the middle outward.

For this one I swirled the colors, but was careful not to swirl too many times.

Finally on this one I pulled from one side upward.

Now let the paint dry completely. I gave them overnight to dry. As you can see, the paint shrinks and turns into a plain matte finish. 

Adding Resin:

Time to make those necklaces beautiful! Resin gives it a very polished and finished look. 

First, you’ll put on your gloves and mix equal amounts of part A and part B of the resin in the small mixing cups that come in your kit. For these three necklaces I used 1/4 oz. of each and had plenty. 

Mix them thoroughly together until it is no longer cloudy. 

Now pour the mixture into a second cup and stir again. This ensures that ALL of the resin is thoroughly mixed and you will have no soft spots.

Now pour the resin into the bezels with care. Be sure not to over pour. Go slowly. You have about 20 minutes of working time with this resin so there is no reason to rush and spill. 

I used some spare toothpicks to make the bezels level since the loop where the necklace goes through protrudes a little on the back.

 

Either exhale over the pendants to pop the bubbles or use a micro butane torch. The carbon dioxide is what pops the bubbles.

Let cure for 24 hours.

Voila! Now you have beautiful, unique and easily made Paint and Resin Necklaces! Make one for every outfit!

If you like these necklaces, please SHARE by pinning this image to Pinterest!

 

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Beautiful Post-Holiday Winter Home Decor Ideas

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 07:00


Has anybody else experienced that after holiday sadness when you’re taking down all the decorations you worked so hard to put up? It comes and goes so fast, and sometimes your house can feel so bare afterwards! The good news is that we’ve discovered that it doesn’t have to be the holidays to be inspired to decorate your house with beautiful decor. There are plenty of winter home decor options that are perfect for revamping your home’s style that you can keep up all winter long. If you’re looking to be inspired again, check out the 10 Beautiful Post-Holiday Winter Home Decor Ideas we have below. There’s something here for everybody!

DIY Black & White Striped Bells | Whipper Berry

DIY Icicle Candle Holders | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Snowflake Winter Decor | The Crafted Sparrow

DIY Upcycling Winter Ideas | One More Time Event

DIY Winter Woodland Sign | Blooming Homestead

DIY ‘Hello Winter’ Sign | Happiness is Homemade

DIY Oversized Snowflakes | Making Home Base

DIY Iced Branches | The Happier Homemaker

Winter Gallery Wall | Polished Habitat

Cozy Living Room Winter Decor | The Everyday Home

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Valentine’s Day Necklace with Letter Beads

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 07:00

You can make a Valentine’s Day necklace for yourself or for someone you love with this technique.  Add letter beads to customize your necklace with any short word or phase.  We chose “I love you” but let your imagination run wild with this one!  Sort of like a conversation heart on a chain.

Supplies needed to make your own Valentine’s Day necklace:

Spray the heart holes in your jewelry mold with Castin’Craft Mold Release/Conditioner and allow to dry completely.  In the meantime, mix up a small portion of EnviroTex Jewelry Resin according to the package directions.  Add Castin’Craft Opaque Pigment in Red until the desired color is reached.

Pour the mixed resin into your molds until they are close to the top of the mold.  Wait 20 to 30 minutes until the resin has set up slightly and is the consistency of thick cream.  TIP:  Leave a little resin in your mixing cup so that you can test it without bothering your molds.  Once your resin has set slightly, drop your letter beads into the desired locations.  They will sink slightly but float some so that you have a pendant where you can see the letters but not the beads themselves.

Allow to set according to the package instructions then remove from your mold.  Add a necklace bail on the back with a little bit of jewelry glue.  Allow this to set up completely before touching.

Then add your Valentine’s Day necklace to the chain of your choice.  You can then give it away or keep it for yourself.

An adorable necklace that anyone will love!  And to think it was handmade from the heart!

Will you be making a Valentine’s Day necklace this year?  What will you spell with your letter beads?

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Fabric Resin Serving Tray DIY

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 07:00

Fabric Resin Serving Tray DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft.  I love serving trays.  They are functional and can make especially unique decorations.  Make them for specific seasons and holidays, or ultimately, just to brighten your day.

Gather supplies:

White lacquered serving tray (or other fun thrift store find)

Colorful fabric

Spray adhesive

Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer

Envirotex Lite High Gloss Finish

2 Mixing Cups, 2 Stirring Sticks

Cover for tray

Begin by cutting a piece of fabric to fit the inside of the tray.  Next, use the adhesive spray to lightly coat the backside of the fabric, then smooth it down inside the tray.  Then paint the surface of the fabric with Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer and let it dry completely.

Next, move the serving tray onto a covered working surface.  Prepare the EnviroTex Lite for glossing the tray.

Read the instructions explicitly and get the mixing cups set up for the mixing of resin.

After mixing the resin thoroughly, pour the resin in the center of the serving tray.  Tip the tray from side to side until it gets a thin layer of resin all over the base of the tray.  This large tray took 16 oz. of resin to finish.  After about 20 minutes, blow over the resin with a heat gun gently to remove any bubbles that have formed.

Cover the top of the tray with something for protection to keep the dust and debris off it while it is curing.

Let the serving tray dry and cure overnight (in 70*F-90*F temperature).  The tray is perfection, ready to serve a breakfast in bed!

During the cold winters, I love curling up on the couch or in bed and writing in my journal.  A serving tray like this is perfect for those moments of cuddling up and having a sturdy, adorable, surface to work on.

I love the vivid fabric in shades of navy, pink, yellow and red.  Better than the fabric is the thick layer of glossy resin.  Easy to clean and durable for years to come.

Do you have a tray you could spruce up?  Get some colorful fabric and high gloss resin and make a stunning serving tray to enjoy any time of year.

Check out these other amazing tray makeovers too:

Gold Glitter Tray

DVD Mosaic Tray

Driftwood Resin Tray

Wood and Resin Tray

 

Gold Marbled Tray

 

Resin Penny Tray

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