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DIY Late-Summer Maple Leaf Resin Paperweight

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 07:00

Capture the natural beauty of the late summer by making a one-of-a-kind maple leaf resin paperweight.

One of the few good things about summer coming to an end is that the beautiful rainbow of autumn leaves is just around the corner. In a few short weeks the leaves will start turning colours and some of most beautiful transformations are by the maple leaves.

Hi again! It’s Jane from Sustain My Craft Habit, a DIY, craft and home decor blog where my sister Sonja and I share new nature-inspired ideas each week.

I’m fortunate to have a large variety of trees, especially maple and oak, in my neighbourhood in Southern Ontario, Canada. On a short walk the other night I quickly collected small leaves from four varieties of maple tree: the classic sugar maple, a silver maple, king maple and a Japanese maple. Putting them side-by-side they created a beautiful rainbow of colours already! I decided to capture them now and create a late-summer maple leaf paperweight with EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy for my home office. It’s actually really fascinating to look at from all the different angles.

This project does need a bit of planning ahead. Ideally collect the leaves and press them to dry for at least one week. Then you’ll want to generously coat both sides with an all-purpose sealer and let it dry fully. Also, to get the nice floating effect of the leaves in the resin, you’ll make three separate resin pours, with enough time for each layer to cure in-between. This latter part is basically a two-day project.

Supplies needed for DIY Paperweight with EasyCast Resin:

How to make a Leaf-Embedded Resin Paperweight: Preparing the Leaves

As mentioned above, you’ll want to collect the leaves a couple of weeks before you plan to cast them as they should be as dry as possible. Collect them from the tree in the afternoon when they’re the dryest. Place them flat between two sheets of paper towels (which will help to draw out the moisture). Put them between the pages of a book and then stack a couple of heavier books on top.

A little cheat: If you need the leaves to dry faster, you can speed up the process using a microwave. Again, place the leaves flat between paper towel sheets. Press the paper towels with leaves between two microwave-safe plates. These plates should press flat against each other. Microwave on high for 40 seconds. Check them and if needed repeat until the leaves feel fully dry (almost brittle). Note that the microwaved version of the leaves look a bit different than the book-pressed version (more brittle and papery).

When fully dry, lay each sheet on a non-stick surface (such as parchment or wax paper). Coat one side of each leaf generously with a multi-purpose sealer. Let dry fully then turn over and coat the second side. Let dry completely.

Pouring the first Resin Layer

Before starting the project be sure to follow all the directions in the EasyCast package. Work in a well-ventilated area using gloves.

For best results the Resin and Hardener should feel warm to the touch before mixing. To warm it up, place it in warm (not hot) water just prior to using and swirl it around.

Pour ½ oz of the Resin solution into a plastic measuring cup. Add ½ oz of Hardener to the cup. Blend the two components with a wooden craft stick for a full two minutes, scraping the sides and bottom of the cup along the way.

Pour the mixture into a second measuring cup. With a clean craft stick, continue mixing for an additional minute.

Spray the inside of the dome-shaped mold lightly with the Mold Release Conditioner. Pour the resin mixture into the bottom of the mold (should be about ¼ full).

Cover and let set for 15-20 minutes. Blow off any bubbles which rise to the surface with a kitchen torch or your breath, using a straw. Repeat this if needed over the next 45 minutes.

Let the resin cure for about 3 hours. At this point it will be firm yet tacky. Gently place the first leaf (choose the smallest or the one you’d like to showcase the most) onto the resin, with the nicest side of the leaf facing down. This will help to “stick” the first leaf in place so that it doesn’t float to the surface with the next resin layer pour.

Let cure for 6-8 hours.

Pouring the second Resin Layer

Repeat the steps above to mix together the Resin and Hardener, this time using 1 oz of each.

Slowly pour the mixed solution over the first resin layer and let the resin settle underneath the first leaf you placed. Use a toothpick to carefully release any bubbles trapped under the first leaf (or leave them there if you like the effect!).

After 15 – 20 minutes, blow off any bubbles that rise to the surface as above. At this point, start layering the next two leaves face-down. Go slowly and try not to trap air bubbles under the leaves.

I found it worked best to insert the leaves into the resin at an angle rather than simply laying them on top of each other. This gave the air a chance to escape up the surface of the leaves.

The resin will still be quite fluid at this point so you can arrange the leaves as you’d like. I tried to spread mine out. A couple of times I carefully lifted up the mold to see how everything looked from the “top” side and rearranged as needed.

After the resin cured for about 2 hours, I went back in with a toothpick and repositioned some of the leaves to separate them a bit. The resin was pretty thick by this point so I worked slowly and carefully not to damage the leaves (or introduce more air bubbles). I pushed the bottom leaf down as far as it would go as it had floated to the top of the resin.

I then placed the fourth and final leaf on the semi-cured surface of resin, smoothing it out as much as possible.

In the end my final leaf (the dark red King maple) is not that visible, but provides a nice backdrop for the other leaves. I then left it to cure for 3 more hours before pouring the final resin layer.

Pouring the final Resin Layer

Repeat the steps above to mix together the Resin and Hardener, this time using ¾ oz of each.

When the second mixing process is complete, add in 2-3 drops of Pearl Opaque Pigment and blend in completely.

Pour this final layer to fill the mold (do not overfill).

Let the leaf resin paperweight cure for at least 24 hours before attempting to remove from the mold. The piece should be fully cured after about 72 hours.

I must admit I was a little surprised at how nicely this resin paperweight turned out. It has a beautiful glossy surface which looks like glass, and the Opalescent final layer gives the piece a beautiful sparkle when the sun hits it. And most importantly: it works! These leaves were doing their darndest to fly away in the wind storm that was happening when I was taking the pictures. But they stayed put with the help of the new leaf cast resin paperweight.

I’m sure that in the middle of the gray winter it will be a welcome reminder of these last beautifully colourful days of summer. I may even make a second in a few months time when the leaves start to change into their autumn colours. These DIY paperweights would also make a thoughtful handmade gift idea for your boss, a co-worker, the kids’ teachers or any nature-loving friend.

If you enjoyed this nature-inspired project with resin, you’ll love how our fellow Resin Crafts Blog Creative Team Member Natalie created beautiful pressed-leaf pendants.

Similarly, pop on over and see how we made these lovely lavender resin pendants.

If you could, which summer flowers or leaves would you want to make a paperweight from?

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Autumn Leaf Resin Pendant DIY

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 07:00

A leaf necklace is a perfect statement for Autumn!

Autumn Leaf Resin Pendant DIY

Hi friends, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, happy to be here today!  I love natural elements for jewelry, and a leaf is the perfect piece.  Leaves are everywhere, and as the seasons change, there are wide varieties of colors.

Let’s get started with this fun DIY,  you will need:

Various leaves (pressed flat)

Hole punch to fit bezel or scissors

EnviroTex Jewelry Resin

Jewelry Bezels

Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer or other clear drying sealer or adhesive

Take a nature walk and collect a leaf or 2.  Layer them between thick pieces of paper or cardboard and cover with a heavy book overnight.  This will flatten the leaves and make them easy for cutting.

Once the leaf is pressed flat, use a hole punch to punch the perfect circle.   Or cut them with scissors.

Fit the leaf right inside the bezel–they look amazing.  Go ahead and stack smaller leaves on top for more contrast.

Use Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer to paint the bezel, add the leaf and then paint all over the leaves.

Let the sealer dry completely, then get out your Jewelry Resin.  Read the instructions thoroughly and get your table set up for resin.

Mix 1 part resin with 1 part hardener and mix in cups as directed.

After mixing, pour the perfect amount of resin in the bezel.  The resin should “dome” over the top edge of the bezel, but not pour off onto the table.  Then let them sit for about 10 minutes.

Next, use a mini torch or a heat gun to gently go over the resin and pop all the bubbles that formed from mixing.  Then let the resin harden completely overnight.  The resin will dry clear and shiny.

Amazing, stunning, wearable pieces of nature!  They are gorgeous and make quite the statement!

These would make a wonderful gift too!

 

Meet the Maker: Sheri Kimlinger

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 07:00

Hello there and happy holiday weekend to our American friends! As we start a new month we are so excited to introduce you to another one of our incredibly talented Resin Crafts Ambassadors, Sheri Kimlinger.

Sheri is a maker and DIY blogger at Hazel + Gold Designs. She is usually in the middle of multiple projects at once and finds great satisfaction and joy in creating something new. She is constantly learning new skills, putting them to the test, and sharing her experience and knowledge with others. Her favorite hobbies are crafting, painting, crocheting and basic woodworking (and recently added creating with resin!) Her goal is to inspire others to step out of their comfort zone, learn a new skill and have the confidence to make their life a little more beautiful.

Sheri has fallen in love with resin and ETI products and recently shared her thoughts with us: “I’ve really had a blast creating unique projects using many different ETI products over the last few months. The products are easy to use, the options are endless, and I can’t wait to share more ideas. Stay tuned!”

Stay tuned indeed, we cannot wait to see what Sheri has in store for us next! In the meantime, feast your eyes on some of the amazing projects that Sheri has created for Resin Crafts so far.

Wood and Resin Pendent Necklace

DIY Glossy Photo Transfer Wood Slice with Envirotex Lite

Resin Seashell Wall Art


Shiny Wood Cut Outs

Poured Resin Wall Art 

Join the Resin Crafts Influencer Program!

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 08:10

Have you been admiring the creative projects being shared by our Resin Crafts Creative Team in our Meet the Maker series and and wondering when you can join in the fun? Now is the time… we’re looking for more bloggers and influencers to join our team!

About the Resin Crafts influencer programs:

ETI/Resin Crafts values bloggers and recognizes that they provide the most authentic and organic influence on consumers. We have created the ETI Resin Crafts Influencer Programs to spark creativity for makers of all kinds and as an educational resource for our products. There are 2 levels in the program:

Resin Crafts Creative Team
  • Sponsored campaign opportunities for the Resin Crafts blog and/or your blog
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  • Social media exposure on Resin Crafts platforms
  • Potential to become a Resin Crafts Ambassador
  • Resin Crafts Creative Team badge to display on your blog
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  • Monthly sponsored posts for the Resin Crafts blog
  • ETI product to complete projects
  • Social media exposure on all of Resin Crafts platforms
  • Promotion on the Resin Crafts Blog
  • Inclusion in Resin Crafts Blog project round-up’s
  • Networking opportunities with other bloggers in the program
  • Resin Crafts Ambassador badge to display on your blog

If you’re interested in being a part of the Resin Crafts Creative Team, please fill out our online application.

We look forward to working with you! If you have any questions on the influencer programs, please feel free to email us at social {at} eti-usa.com.

Jewelry Clay Pendants with Ink Transfer

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 07:00

Thanks for stopping by! I’m excited to show you how to make these awesome jewelry clay pendants with ink transfer. It’s quite simple, totally customizable and has awesome results!

Supplies:

  • jewelry clay
  • parchment paper
  • disposable gloves
  • laser printed images to transfer
  • scissors
  • water
  • clay carving tools (optional)
  • Resin Spray
Making the clay pendants:

You’ll want to get a jewelry clay kit to start these pendants. Inside the kit is a pair of disposable gloves, full instructions, and two containers, one part A and one part B. To make the pendant you’ll take equal amounts of A and B, rolling them into a ball helps you to determine if you have an equal amount. Make sure you are using your gloves! You’ll then combine the two by kneading them together until thoroughly mixed.

Shape the clay into the pendant shape and size that you want. I split this into two different pendants.

If you want to dye your clay, using some pigment coloring and do so. I may have used a little too much blue in mine, but I do love the color.

Adding Ink Images:

Add the laser printed images to your clay while it is still quite sticky. Press them onto the sticky clay, but don’t press too hard because you don’t want the paper IN the clay.

You can use a small tool to decorate the clay if you want to, but this is totally optional.

Leave your pendants on the parchment paper for at least 12 hours so that can get a good hard cure.

Completing Ink Transfer:

Once the pendants are cured and hard, run them under warm water and slowly rub off the printer paper. The paper will peel off and the ink will remain in the clay. That’s how to do the ink transfer!

Finished Clay Pendants with Ink Transfer:

The last step is to spray the pendants with Resin Spray. This will give it a nice shiny coat and seal up the pendants.

Let dry, then add jewelry hardware as you prefer!

All Finished!!!

If you like this project, please share through the social media buttons below!

Comments are much appreciated also! Do you like the project? Have any questions? I’d be happy to answer!

~~Sheri

 

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10 Creative DIY Pumpkins To Create This Fall

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 07:00

The Fall season is almost here and we are SO ready! This time of year is a blast for crafting and creating your own unique decor. Today we have rounded up 10 Creative DIY Pumpkins that you can affordably create to spruce up your home this season and step up your decor game. Which one will you create?

DIY Decorative Pumpkins | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Toque Pumpkins | Sustain My Craft Habit

DIY Burlap Pumpkin | The Country Chic Cottage 

DIY Shabby Pumpkins | DIY Beautify

DIY Reclaimed Wood Pumpkins | Finding Home Farms

DIY Sequined Pumpkins | Making Lemonade 

DIY Glitter Pumpkins | The Real Thing with the Coake Family


DIY Marbelized Pumpkins | Lolly Jane

DIY Watercolor Pumpkins | Lines Across

DIY Farmhouse Glam Pumpkin Centerpiece | Lydi Out Loud 

Which DIY pumpkins inspire you to get your fall craft on this season?

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Resin Heart Monogram DIY Fridge Magnets

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 07:00

All throughout the school year, the kids are regularly bringing home their works of art. Our fridges are proudly loaded with class pictures, colorful paintings and other creative school assignments. As a way of personalizing this tradition, we created these fun monogram DIY fridge magnets using each of the kid’s first letters of their name.

The kids can now come home and grab their very own personalized heart magnet to proudly display their creations on the fridge for all to admire. For those families whose kids all have the same initials, you can also easily color code the magnets for each child.

DIY Fridge Magnets with EnviroTex Lite Resin

I purchased this heart-shaped silicone mold from our local craft store around Valentine’s Day last year. We used them to make little remolded heart-shaped crayons similar to the upcycled crayon ideas in this post. We loved the rounded corners of the heart mold and wanted that to be the front side of our new fridge magnets. So, we planned two pours of resin for this project: the first (front of the magnet) would be clear and/or with a little glitter inside, and the second (back-side of the magnet, behind the letter) would be coloured and slightly opaque.

In the end we couldn’t decide which version and/or side we like better. The “J” is without any glitter, viewed with the domed side in front, the “C” is with glitter and the domed side in front and the “M” and “N” are with glitter, but the domed side in the back. Although the “M” and “N” version turned out really nicely, with the glitter in behind the letter we had missed an important step: sealing the paper letter stickers. We thought that it wouldn’t be necessary because the sticker had an adhesive coating, however the coating didn’t cover the sides of the sticker, thus the resin seeped in during the curing process. It actually looks quite beautiful, but if you don’t want the darker rim on your letter then be sure to seal it with a multi-purpose sealer.

Supplies Needed to make these Resin Heart Monogram DIY Fridge Magnets:
  • Heart shaped silicone mold tray
  • Envirotex Lite
  • Fine glitter powder
  • Alphabet sticker sheet
  • Ultra-Seal Quick Decoupage (or other multipurpose sealer/white craft glue); small paintbrush
  • Measuring cups, wooden craft sticks, straw
  • Transparent Dye, any color (we used Blue)
  • White acrylic paint, small paintbrush
  • 3/4″ round ceramic magnets
  • Hot glue gun and clear craft glue

Instructions for making these Resin Heart Monogram DIY Fridge Magnets: Pouring the first resin layer
  1. Thoroughly clean your silicone mold. Apply a mold release / conditioner to the silicone mold. Mix exactly equal amounts of Resin and Hardener into one measuring cup (we used 1 oz of each). Stir continuously for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the container. For best results be sure to read the instructions provided with the EnviroTex Lite prior to using it.

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

3. Pour the mixture into the heart molds just until the bottom is filled, approximately ¼” thickness.

4. For some added fun, sprinkle some fine white glitter into the mixture and mix together for another 10 seconds or until glitter is evenly blended. Pour the glitter mixture into the remaining empty heart molds.

5. Cover to keep dust from settling in. After about 25 minutes, remove any bubbles that have risen to the surface by gently blowing over the piece through a straw or small torch. Repeat if necessary after another 15 minutes. Leave the resin to harden for 3-4 hours.

Pouring the second resin layer

6. Place an alphabet sticker in each of the heart molds with the right side facing down (if you want the glitter layer in front) or face up(for the glitter layer behind the letter). Gently smooth it out to remove any bubbles trapped under the sticker. Leave it to cure for at least 2 more hours.

7. To add some color to the base of the heart, repeat steps 2 and 3 above. Add 4 drops of the transparent dye and mix until the color is well blended. Alternatively, you can use an opaque dye or any acrylic paint to the resin mixture.

8. Pour the colored resin over top of the clear resin and glitter resin hearts, another ¼” thickness. This particular silicone tray is very thick and we decided to not use the entire thickness for these hearts. Cover and put aside to dry and fully cure overnight.

9. Blow off any air bubbles with a straw.

Finishing the DIY fridge magnets

10. Remove resin hearts from the molds.

11. Since we used a transparent dye in the second resin layer the resin hearts turned out transparent. To hide the magnet and accentuate the colours and glitter of the resin hearts, paint two coats of white acrylic paint onto the back side of each heart.

12. Add a small magnet to the back side of the heart using clear hot craft glue.

That’s it! Stick your new magnets on the fridge and let the kids show off all their masterpieces!

And if you’re looking for more heart shaped DIYs, check out this Easy Sculpt keepsake heart idea and this heart pendant idea using Envirotex Jewelry Clay.

What ways do you display the kid’s art work at home?

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Resin Coated Wallpapered Paper Trays

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 07:00

I have literally 17 paper trays that I used for organizing my old office and since moving to my new home, I haven’t been able to use them all. I gave many away, and use some of them in my new office, but, I’ve been getting a little bored with the look. They’re super sturdy and in great shape, so I didn’t want to get rid of them. Plus, they’re really convenient for storing and organizing paperwork that I need quick access to.

I thought about spray painting them, but honestly I’m getting kind of tired of spray paint. I remembered that I had some extra wallpaper left from a previous bedroom design project and knew it would work as a fun accent to the bottom of some of my paper trays.

Basically, you’ll just glue the paper to the bottom of the trays and then seal with EnviroTex Lite. The resin gives the tray a glossy three-dimensional finish that makes the paper trays shine with a new look.

Let’s get into this easy tutorial!

Resin Coated Wallpapered Paper Trays

What you need:
  • Sturdy paper trays
  • Fabric, wallpaper, or cardstock
  • EnviroTex Lite
  • Mixing cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Heat gun or small hand-held propane torch (optional)
What to do:

It’s so easy!

Cut your paper to fit the inside of your stackable paper trays.

Then, glue the back of the paper, making sure to glue all around the edges and middle of the paper. Place the paper onto the bottom of stackable paper trays and let the glue completely dry.

Next, you need to mix your EnviroTex Lite. (Make sure to protect your work surface with a drop cloth, plastic, or cardboard.)

  1. Measure equal amounts of the resin and hardener into a mixing cup.
  2. Mix both parts together for a full two minutes, occasionally scraping the mixture from the stir stick back into the mixture.
  3. After mixing for two minutes, pour the mixture into a second mixing cup and stir for another minute with a new stir stick.

Immediately pour the mixture onto the paper trays making sure to pour over the surface in an even pattern. Spread the resin around with a piece of cardboard or thick paper. Brush the edge of the paper tray occasionally to catch any drips. After 15 minutes, check for bubbles and exhale on them until they disappear or use a small torch or heat gun.

Allow the paper trays to cure. It could take up to 36-72 hours to completely cure depending on the temperature of the room.

That’s it! It’s so easy and you can use virtually any fabric, wallpaper, or decorative papers to customize your paper trays. Try doing a different color/pattern for each paper tray. The possibilities are endless! Use a plain white or craft paper tray to easily match pops of color. And, the EnviroTex Lite helps protect the fabric or paper, so that it lasts a long time!

So, will you be trying this project? Let me know in the comments section!

– Whitney

 

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10 DIY Football Crafts & Decor for Game Day

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 07:00

 

It’s almost Fall, y’all! One of our favorite things about fall is that football season has returned. How many of you are football fans? What’s your team of choice? We love the community that surrounds football, and the weekly opportunity to throw parties and invite your friends/family over! We’ve rounded up some awesome DIY Football Crafts & Decor to help get you ready for game day!

10 DIY Football Crafts & Decor for Game Day DIY Pom Pom Wreath | The Darice Craft Blog

DIY Game Day Decorations | LollyJane

Table Football Field Goal | Homemade Interest

DIY Football Door Hanger | 3 Little Greenwoods

Football Party Drink Station | Lydi Out Loud 

No Sew Football Onesie | Merriment Design

Mason Jar Football Centerpieces | Crafts by Amanda

Football Party Mason Jars | The Country Chic Cottage

Football Drink Tub | Mom Endeavors

Football Field Party Table | A Night Owl Blog

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Custom Cameo Resin Pins DIY

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 07:01

Custom Cameo Resin Pins DIY

Hi, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft and today I’m showing how to make custom cameo pins.  These cameo pins are perfect for bag or jacket flair.  These custom cameos would make a great handmade gift too!  This is where I let my sci-fi and fantasy geekery shine.

Supplies:

First of all, start with the Fast Cast.  Fast Cast is amazing.  It sets up in 10 minutes, making this a craft you can crank out quickly.  Read the instructions for the Fast Cast.  Follow the directions and pour the Fast Cast in the silicone cameo mold.  Pour carefully and fill the back with a thin layer of fast cast completely, then let it set.

Then pull the frame out of the mold.  With the solid back it is ready to turn into a cameo pin!  Frame molds are so much fun to use with Fast Cast.

The Fast Cast dries white and can be sanded and painted.  Sand any edges that didn’t set just perfectly or were overfilled.  Next, use spray paint to paint these frames different colors.  Silver, copper, gold and pink.  Or add some opaque pigments directly in the fast cast like I did for the blue cameo.

Next, the fun customization part.  I love sci-fi and fantasy geekery, so I made a fun combination of black and white florals and favorite icons.  I scanned the cameo, traced the center circle and made the image match.  Print them and cut them out.  Other options would be using scrapbooking paper, stickers or even photographs of the people you love!

Paint the inside of the frame with Mod Podge.  Then place the paper inside the cameo and paint the top with Mod Podge.

Let them dry completely.

Finally, it’s time for the EnviroTex Lite.

Begin by reading through all the instructions.  Next follow the directions for mixing the high gloss.  Even if you use resin frequently, it is always a good practice to read the instructions each time you work with it.

Then pour carefully into the center reservoir.  The high gloss is full of bubbles from the vigorous stirring.  Be careful not to overfill, I messed up my hot pink Gimli cameo because of that.

Let them set for about 10 minutes, then use a mini torch or a heat gun to pop the bubbles.   Then let them set completely overnight.

After they set, use the E6000 to adhere pin backs on the backside of the cameo.

Let the E6000 dry completely…at least 4 hours.

Now these custom cameo pins are ready to wear or give as a gift!  They are so much fun and make a great wearable conversation piece.  Great for flair on a bag or jacket…or even on a fancy blazer!

 

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Handmade Animal Planter

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 07:00

It is easier than you think to make a handmade animal planter.  You can use our EasySculpt Epoxy Modeling Clay to make one in any shape that you desire.  We chose a hedgehog cause well…they are adorable!  But think about turtles, frogs, elephants, and so much more.  You can make an entire planter farm!

Supplies needed to make a handmade animal planter:

The clay tools that I found helpful are shown below.  You can definitely do this project with things you have around your home.  Toothpicks, skewers, forks, and more will work with clay as well.

Start by reading all of the directions that come with the modeling clay.  It is important to follow these exactly.  You will be mixing equal portions of part A and B to make your clay.  NOTE:  I found a piece of waxed paper helped to protect my work surface.

Mix them REALLY well also be sure to use the gloves that come in the package to protect your skin.  You will want to mix the clay until it is one uniform color.  NOTE:  It will be really sticky but that is okay!

While your product is still sticky, I found it easier to work around the clay pot.  I made a very rough hedgehog shape.  NOTE:  The product will not hold shape well at this stage so don’t stress over the shape just rough out your project.

Now the hard part.  Allow your project to sit for about 90 minutes.  This will make your clay more workable and able to hold shape.  During this time, you can use talc to prevent your project from sticking to the work surface.  Once it has set for around 90 minutes from the time you mixed it, you can then start on the detail work.  I used a pinch off of the back to form two ears.  Stick them to the clay and press well to hold in place.  Watch the ears as they may sag over the next 30 minutes or so.

I then used four additional pinches to create four small feet as shown below.

I then used my clay tools to create eyes on my project.  You can also smooth out any imperfections in your surface at this point.

I also used a sharp tool to make the hedgehog “points” all the way around my project.  These are made by just pressing into the clay and making an indention.

I did not measure these at all.  Just free hand it!

Then allow your project to dry according to the package directions.  I did not touch mine for 24 hours.  You can then add the plant in of your choice.  I think a cactus is perfect for this type of planter.

Make a handmade animal planter for your home today.  You will love the results and it will go perfectly in any room in your home.

What type of animal will you make?  With our clay, you can make a planter that will last for years in just a few minutes.  Pick an afternoon and give this project a try.  A handmade animal planter would make a great gift idea as well.  Either way, you will want to be sure to add this to your must make list!

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10 Creative Back to School Crafts

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 07:00

Summer is almost over. Can you believe that? It’s already time to get our kids ready to go back to school, some have already returnedl! In these last few weeks before school, you want to get your kiddos ready, but you also still want them to enjoy the remainder of summer. (While keeping them busy at the same time, am I right?) These 10 Back to School Crafts are perfect to do together to kick the school year off to a great start!

Felt Heart Pencil Toppers | Kids Activities Blog

DIY Pencil Baubles | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Clipboard Gift for Teachers | Craft and Tell

DIY Pencil Holders | Crafts By Amanda

Apple Button Craft | Laura’s Crafty Life

Personalized Pencil Pouches | Happy Go Lucky Blog

Backpack Name Tag | Kids Activities Blog

Google Eyes Pen Craft | Typically Simple


Popsicle Stick Apple Core | Glued To My Crafts

Crayon Box Backpacks | A Pumpkin And A Princess

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DIY Colorful Poured Resin Wall Art

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 07:00

Resin is a fabulous medium to use to make art. Check out this amazing Poured Resin Wall Art tutorial to learn how you can make your own amazing art using Envirotex Lite.

Poured Resin Wall Art Supplies:
  • Envirotex Lite resin
  • Pigment dyes and/or acrylic paints
  • Canvas, I found a wooden board as the canvas works best
  • Stir sticks
  • Disposable measuring cups
  • Disposable craft brushes
  • Latex or disposable gloves
  • Paper towel
  • Box or tray larger than chosen canvas
  • Micro butane torch

Preparing the canvas:

I used large piece of scrap plywood that I had in my wood shop as the canvas. I’d highly recommend using a board rather than a stretched canvas. Both will work, but you need to be sure to support the center of the canvas, which can be tricky.

Be sure that your canvas, whatever you choose, is free from dust and debris.

Sealing canvas:

Mix a few ounces of resin (instructions below) and spread it thinly across the canvas/board to seal the surface. Use your butane torch to pop any existing bubbles. This coat will help the resin to spread across evenly and will reduce the number of bubbles that arise later on. Wood especially tends to give off a lot of air bubbles if it is not properly sealed.

Prepping workspace:

Resin is MESSY! You’ll want to use gloves for sure because it’s very hard to clean off your hands. You’ll also want to be sure you have a good box or layers and layers of newspaper, or something plastic that is bigger than your canvas in order to catch the drips that fall off the sides of your canvas. There will always be drips! Be sure to have some paper towels too just in case you spill a little.

Estimating Resin:

Envirotex Lite comes in two parts: Part A – the resin, and Part B – the hardener. For this art you’ll be mixing a lot of resin, so you’ll need quite a few cups. I think I used six total. Actually, the amount you need depends on the size of your canvas, and the packaging tells you how much you need. I used three 8oz. boxes. You can mix all of the resin at once in a large disposable container, then pour a smaller amount into each of the cups (for as many colors as you need) OR you can mix a couple smaller cups and still separate them into different cups for different colors.

 

Mixing Resin:

When you mix the resin, you’ll need to add exactly the same amount of Part A and Part B. Mix thoroughly with a stir stick, making sure to scrape the sides as you go. Now pour into smaller amounts in different cups and add color pigment or acrylic paint to the resin to change each color. I used 6 colors, but you can use as many or as few as you’d like. I used white, blue, green, purple (mixed red and blue), white with glitter, and copper acrylic paint.

 

Pouring the Resin:

Decide on one cup to be your first pour cup. Pour a bit of each of the other colors into this resin. White was my main cup, then I added blue, green, purple, glitter white, copper then did it over again one more time until the cup was pretty full. Pour that cup into the center of your canvas. Actually, you can pour it anywhere since you’re making art, it’s just whatever you want. My first pour wasn’t enough to cover the canvas, so I did a second one using more of each color of resin. Check out all those amazing colors and patterns! After that pour I still needed a little on the edges, so I took each color cup and just poured it into the bare spots. I even poured some of the colors over the top to add a little more character. You can do whatever you want!

Popping bubbles:

Every resin project I have done has had tons of bubbles. No big deal though! All you need is a micro-butane torch to quickly run a flame across the top of the resin and it will pop all the bubbles. Sometimes it helps to wait a short time after the pour, like maybe 10 minutes, then come back and pop the bubbles. This ensures that most of the air pockets will have risen to the top.

Let resin wall art cure:

Alright, so the final thing is to make sure your artwork is in a clean place where no dust or debris will land on it. Let it cure for 24 hours.

Check out all the amazing patterns. These will continue to change slightly as the resin settles and mixes together.

All done – Colorful Poured Resin Wall Art!

Now just stand back and enjoy that amazing artwork that you made. Check out the patterns, the sparkle in the metallic paints, find hidden images or your favorite design and just appreciate how easy it was to make something so awesome! Frame it if you’d like, or just leave as is! (I added a white frame.)

If you like this project, please share via social media! Feel free to comment also and let me know what you think or if you have any questions!

~~Sheri

 

 

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DVD Mosaic High Gloss Resin Tray

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 07:00

DVD Mosaic High Gloss Resin Tray

Hi, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft!  Isn’t this mosaic tray incredible?  It’s so shiny and sparkly!  Best part is that it’s a recycled craft!  Do you have some old DVD’s laying around…like the ones that you burn yourself?  Maybe you backed up your computer years ago and haven’t tossed the old discs yet.  I bet CD’s would work too!  Get them out and make a gorgeous mosaic tray for the entry table.

You will need:
Tray
DVD’s (I used 9)
Hot Glue/gun
Envirotex Lite Pour-on High Gloss

Start by cutting your DVD’s in half with some strong scissors or clippers.
DVD’s have 2 layers with the metallic foil in between the layers. Gently pry them apart with your fingers.

Then cut the halves so they are in little tile pieces of different shapes and sizes with the shiny rainbow metallic side up.  Try not to touch the shiny metallic surface as it will leave finger prints.

Then hot glue each piece on the inside of the tray.  Cut pieces to fill spaces.  Fit them in like a mosaic tile craft.

It takes a lot more DVD’s than you think it will take.  I had my kids guess how many disks I used and they guessed 3.  I used 9 for my 18 by 8″ tray.

The empty spaces between the mosaic tiles look like grout, so try to keep a uniform spacing around all the little “tiles”.

Now, I head out to the garage, but go somewhere that will be undisturbed for 24 hours.
You will need the EnviroTex Lite High Gloss Finish. I used 8 oz.  Read the directions carefully and follow it exactly. This is a one to one ratio. It needs to be mixed in one cup for 2 minutes and then poured into a second cup with a different stirring stick and then mixed for another minute.

Then pour the high gloss in the tray.  Gently move the tray around so the resin fills the base of the tray all the way to the corners.

Instantly there are bubbles forming.  Cover with a board and wait 20 minutes.

Then use a heat gun on low heat and gently blow over the tray, it will instantly pop the bubbles.

Cover with the board again to prevent dust from settling on the surface of the resin.  Then wait 24 hours.  This is the hard part.

This mosaic tray has about a 1/4″ thick glossy resin coating all the tile pieces.  Nothing but a smooth, wonderful texture–and so shiny!  Be careful walking outside with this blinding piece!

I love the range of rainbow colors it shows.  By just moving slightly the colors change.

Isn’t it just the best?  I love it.  I find myself wondering what else I can turn into a DVD mosaic!

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Meet the Maker: Natalie Shaw

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 07:00

Happy Friday friends! It’s August and that means another edition of Meet the Maker. The summer is just flying by! Have you had a chance to meet all of our talented Resin Crafts Creative Ambassadors? Today we’re excited to introduce you to Natalie Shaw.

Natalie Shaw is a Craft/DIY blogger at Doodlecraft Blog. She loves sci-fi, fantasy and video game geekery and that comes out in many of her projects. She posts budget conscious DIY’s, crafts, jewelry, kid friendly projects, upcycled treasures and other fun on her blog 5 days a week.

Here are some of Natalie’s most popular posts on Resin Crafts Blog:

Resin and Gold Leaf Canvas Painting

Resin Paperweights

Steampunk Resin Necklace Pendant

Emerald Gold Leaf Resin Cabinet Knobs

DIY Lavender Flower Pendant with EnviroTex Jewelry Resin

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 07:00

What comes to mind when you think of lavender? For us, it’s the beautiful lavender blooms and the sweet soothing lavender scents. We wanted to capture the beauty of lavender plant inside a flower pendant that we could enjoy all year long.

Keep in mind, these same instructions apply with any dried blooms you wish to use in a flower pendant. So if you’re looking for jewelry making ideas, this one has a lot of possibilities! And what’s more is how quickly and simply they are to create, making them the perfect gift idea for the lovely ladies in your life.

Supplies Needed for this DIY Flower Pendant:

Preparing Materials to Make this DIY Lavender Flower Pendant:

Cut the dried lavender stem to a length that will fit inside the jewelry mold.

Pre-seal the dried lavender with two thin coats of white glue. Be gentle when brushing on the glue to avoid breaking off the lavender blooms. Allow glue to dry clear between coats and before inserting into the jewelry mold.

Instructions to Make this DIY Lavender Flower Pendant:

Apply a mold release / conditioner to the jewelry molds.

For best results be sure to read the instructions provided in the EnviroTex Jewelry Resin packaging. Mix exactly equal amounts of Resin and Hardener into one measuring cup. Stir continuously for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the container.

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

Add one small drop of blue transparent dye and one small drop of red transparent dye. Mix together using a toothpick to form purple. Continue to stir until the color is well blended. The more dye you add, the darker the resin will be so start with less dye for a light purple appearance.

Pour a small amount of resin into the jewelry mold. Place and arrange the sealed lavender. Be sure to check for bubbles around the base of the lavender and dislodge with a toothpick of necessary.

Pour more of the mixture into the mold until you reach the top.

Cover to keep dust from settling in. After about 25 minutes, remove any bubbles that have risen to the surface by gently blowing over the piece through a straw. Repeat if necessary after another 15 minutes.  Cover and allow to cure overnight.

Remove from jewelry mold. Sand edges if necessary and drill a small hole (no larger than 3/16” diameter) at the top of the pendant to fasten pendant bail onto.

 

If you are looking for more beautiful resin jewelry making ideas, you’ll love this DIY marbled resin jewelry box idea as well as this other DIY Birth Flower Jewelry Pendant idea.

We absolutely love how these lavender jewelry pendants turned out! Who in your life would you share them with?

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Resin Seashell Wall Art using FastCast

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 07:00

There is something so refreshing to me about seashells. Do you feel that way? This resin seashell wall art looks just perfect in my daughter’s room and I’m here to share the details with you on how I created it!

Supplies:

TUTORIAL:

You’ll be so surprised at how quickly this project can be completed!

If your molds are made using the silicone putty or other silicone material, then you’ll be absolutely fine without the mold conditioning spray.  If you’re using harder plastic molds then be sure the coat the entire thing in conditioning spray and let it dry. I actually do two coats, it always works better, just be aware as it takes a little more prep time.

FastCast Urethane Casting Resin:

For this project we just move right into mixing the resin. I used small cups and mixed one color at a time. Pour Resin Part A into a cup. I think I measured 2 oz.

Then pour the exact same amount (measure carefully) of Hardener Part B into the cup.

Add a few drops of color if you want. FastCast cures white, so any color added will end up being a pastel version of whatever you added.

Now mix throughly but quickly. With the FastCast you have a  maximum of 2 minutes from the time you combine A and B, so stir quickly during these steps.

Pour the mixture into a second cup and stir again.

I usually stir each cup for 20 seconds, then pour into my molds.

It’s that easy! The other awesome thing about FastCast is that it cures in just 10 minutes!!! If it accidentally spills over like you can see here, just leave it and after it’s cured you can cut off the excess with scissors.

Empty then repeat:

After about 15 minutes (I like to give it a little extra time to cure in case I mixed too quickly), take the shell casting out of the mold. Go slowly and be careful of damaging either piece. To be honest, I didn’t have ANY issues with any of them breaking. This resin is strong! But, I always figure it pays off to be a bit careful and not damage anything.

Alright, now repeat the Resin casting steps above, adding a different pigment color to your resin, or just leaving it clear so it’ll end up being white.

Create Wall Art:

As you can see I made a bunch of colors in different shell shapes. My kids were watching the process and we were discussing how studying science makes products like this possible. I tried a few different layouts for the shells, but ultimately decided I liked them nice and neat. Luckily I found a shadowbox frame at a garage sale for 50 cents and spray painted it silver inside and out. I glued some scrapbook paper to the backing for a nice background, and then used mounting tape to tape the shells in place.

What do you think?

I keep thinking of other things I could create molds of using Silicone Putty then cast using FastCast. The options truly are endless once you know this product and method!

Thanks for reading and let me know if you give this product a try. Feel free to ask questions in the comments!

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~~Sheri~~

DIY Outdoor Games You Have To Try This Summer

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 07:00

Can you  believe how fast summer is flying by? I know we can’t! Because of how fast time is flying, I want to make sure I get outside and enjoy the weather as much as I can. Summer is the time of year to kick the kiddos outside to get some play time in, host parties with your friends, and all around just stay active outdoors. We’ve rounded up 8 Amazing DIY Outdoor Games that will surely be a hit at your house the rest of the summer. Share with us in the comments which one you decide to create!

 

Flying Donut Disc Golf | DecoArt Blog

 

Giant Yahtzee Game | Make Life Lovely

 

DIY Outdoor Bowling Game | Polka Dot Chair

 

Outdoor Classic Board Game Mat | Kojo Designs

 

Outdoor Boggle Game | Infarrantly Creative

 

Colorful Outdoor Jenga | Pet Scribbles

 

Ladder Golf | Here Comes the Sun


Giant Kerplunk Game | A Little Craft In Your Day

DIY Coffee Mug Planter

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 07:00

Hey, it’s Whitney, from Whitney J Décor, again with another fun tutorial. Today, I’m showing you how to make this simple, cute coffee mug planter that’s really easy to customize.

You basically grab an old pot (plastic, preferably) that’s about the shape and size you want your new pot to be and you use it as a form to sculpt a new pot from.

Make one or more to place anywhere around your home. This would also be fun as an oversized planter for outdoors!

Since I’m a coffee fiend and used to use all my old, cracked mugs for planting tiny succulents, I decided to make my own coffee mug inspired planter to hold larger plants.

Here’s what you need:

Supplies

Making the Pot

To create the shape of your new pot, you need to mix a batch of the Easy Sculpt Self-Hardening Modeling Clay and use your plastic pot as a template for the new pot.

  1. First, you need to mix equal parts of part A & part B of the Easy Sculpt. Eyeball two equal sized balls of each mixture and mix thoroughly, until the mixture is a solid color.
  2. Let your mixture sit for a few minutes and KEEP CHECKING ON IT. You only want your mixture to harden slightly to make it easier to sculpt the new pot.
  3. Then, once your mixture has hardened slightly, but is still pliable, turn your plastic pot upside down and form your new pot by spreading the Easy Sculpt mixture around the sides and bottom of the plastic pot. I used the lip of the plastic pot as a guide for how deep I wanted my new pot to be, but depending on the look you’re going for, you can spread your Easy Sculpt mixture along the entire bottom and sides of the plastic pot.
  4. You’ll need to keep checking on your mixture every couple of minutes or so, because depending on how pliable your Easy Sculpt mixture is, gravity will cause your mixture to slide down the length of the plastic pot. You’re going to have to keep shaping and pushing the Easy Sculpt mixture in place until it hardens enough not to move. I did this for about 17 minutes while I watched videos on YouTube.

 

Shaping the “Mug” Handle

Mix another (much smaller) batch of the Easy Sculpt just as you did in step 1 above and shape into the shape of a handle. I actually split the mixture into two and created a rope like design in the handle by twisting the two pieces together. You’ll need to keep checking on and reshaping the handle as it starts to harden, because it’ll start to flatten out while it’s still pliable.

Completing the “Mug”

Once your new pot shape (and handle) has fully cured, remove the plastic pot and drill holes at the bottom.

Glue your handle onto the new pot with e6000. Let the glue dry completely before adding your plant(s) into the new pot.

What I love most about this project is how customizable it is. Since my new pot is going in my office, I wanted it to have a copper finish to blend well with my colorful office. So, I just spray painted it copper and used a Q-Tip to paint gray and navy dots at the upper part of the mug planter for a bit of interest. I primed it before adding the copper spray paint, but that part is optional. I used the Envirotex Spray Clear Sealer to seal the finish.

Then, you’ll just add your plant(s) and put your new coffee mug planter in place. I LOVE it in my office, but it would also look great on a windowsill or outside on a patio!

 

DIY Jewelry Organizer: Faux-Marble Ring Cone with FastCast

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 07:00

Hi, Sonja here from Sustain My Craft Habit!  I am very excited to show you how to make your own trendy and stylish faux-marble DIY jewelry organizer, specifically a ring cone!

Is it just me or have you ever misplaced your rings? I recall that feeling of instant panic, and then memory searching to retrace my steps to relocate the ring. With these pretty ring cones, you will have a place to store your rings whenever you’re not wearing them.

And the icing on the cake here is how quickly this project came together.  I made my own cone-shaped silicone mold using EasyMold Silicone Putty. I used the mold then to create the cones. Now that I have the mold, I think I’ll make a bunch to give as gifts for birthdays, a wedding and Christmas. Since you can use the EasyMold to replicate any shape that inspires you, the possibilities are endless. So let’s get right to it!

Supplies Needed to Make this DIY Jewelry Organizer

How to make a Faux-Marble Ring Cone

Before starting your project be sure to cover your work surface and completely read through the instructions provided on the FastCast Urethane Casting Resin box for the best results. Ensure your work area is free of dust and dirt and well-ventilated.

A helpful tip before starting: To determine how much FastCast to mix, you can fill mold with rice, then pour the rice into a measuring cup. This will give you a good indication of how much product will be required.

1. Measure equal amounts of components A & B by volume into a straight sided, flat bottom, wax free container.

2. Working quickly (FastCast has a working time of 2 minutes at regular room temperature), mix components A & B together for 30 seconds, scraping sides and bottom of container.

3. Pour the contents into a second container and mix again for another 30 seconds.

4. Add 3 or more drops of the pigment dye and mix again for 3 seconds. Don’t over mix the dye, since we are looking for a marbled effect.

5. Immediately pour this solution into your mold, do not hesitate!

6. Allow 10-15 minutes for your casting to set and cure.

7. Gently remove from the cone mold (you’ll be able to use it again!).

5. Allow pieces to cool and completely cure before sanding any uneven or rough edges off of your new DIY jewelry organizer.


There you go! I made two of the ring cones: one to keep in the bedroom and one in the bathroom where I sometimes take off my rings. I have no doubt that my husband’s ring will also find it’s way onto these cones!

Thank you so much for the opportunity to share this DIY idea with you! If you’re interested in more jewelry craft ideas, pop over and see our tutorial on how to make your own birth-month flower pendants, or see how we made faux-stone bracelet beads using EasySculpt modeling clay.

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