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Resin Paper Weight with Alcohol Ink

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

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

Fast Cast Necklace

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

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

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

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

Stir with a wood stick for 30 seconds.

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

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

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

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

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


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

Fast Cast Necklace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Resin Paper Book Page Dividers

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

Materials:

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

Project Instructions:

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Resin Paper Book Page Dividers

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 07:00
Hello fans of the Resin! Karen here with some more fun. So I apparently am obsessed with resin paper. Today I have a simple, fun project making resin book page dividers. Very versatile, you can make them ahead of time to create a bit of a stash so when you need one they are at the ready. One of the challenges with resin is the time it takes for the resin to cure. This solves that problem. Let's go!
Materials:
  • EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy 
  • Mixing cups
  • Stir stick
  • Disposable gloves
  • pieces of dish sponge
  • craft sheet or parchment paper
  • napkins, paper, cardstock
  • Seth Apter die by Spellbinders
  • Tab punch or die
  • Cropodile or the Cinch
  • scrapbook paper

Project Instructions:
First get your supplies ready so once the resin is mixed you are ready. I have noticed that often I have more resin made than paper ready, so you may want to have a nice stash of extra's in case that happens. Gather napkins, book paper, pretty card stock whatever you want to use. Napkins are one of my favorites as the patterns are great & they are perfect for this technique. I love the transparency which is achieved by peeling apart the napkin layers so all you are left with is one layer of pattern napkin. Hand Made papers are interesting as quite often they change color slightly. 
  Pour equal parts of resin & hardener in a cup & stir for 2 minutes. 


Pour this mix into a new cup & stir with a new stick for 1 minute. For more instructions on use and trouble shooting see directions included in packaging.
Make sure to use gloves! Start with a piece of book paper or card stock to get used to the technique. Spread resin on back side of paper with the sponge, careful to fully cover paper. Cover front side and gently move to a piece of parchment paper to cure. Any bubbles should release naturally or you can pop them using a lighter carefully. Once you are used to the feel of covering the paper you are ready to move onto more delicate paper like napkins. I wanted mine to be translucent & thin enough that I could punch holes in the result so I did a medium coating. Let cure overnight. If you want a sturdier piece simply do a second coat of resin.

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


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

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



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


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

Resin Wine Charms with EasyCast®

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 07:00
Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today.   It’s almost the New Year, so celebrate in style with some etched wine glasses decorated with ribbons and pretty resin wine charms created with EasyCast®.

Materials:

Project Instructions:

Mix equal parts EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy resin and hardener into a mixing cup.  Stir for 2 full minutes to properly mix the products.

 

Pour into a second cup and mix for another minute.   Die cut designs from assorted colors of Rinea Foils. Use Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer to glue the foils in the bezels.   Once in place, paint another layer of Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer on the foils.  Allow to dry completely before continuing.

 

Apply EasyCast® into the charm.  Let dry completely. Add the completed charm plus an assortment of beads onto memory wire. Use the Bowdabra to create bows and tie them to the wine stems along with some decorative holiday bulbs.  Add a charm to each glass and enjoy.   The bows and charms can be easily removed for easy clean up.

Thanks for stopping by.

Steph

 

Resin Wine Charms with EasyCast®

Thu, 11/17/2016 - 07:00
Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today.   It's almost the New Year, so celebrate in style with some etched wine glasses decorated with ribbons and pretty resin wine charms created with EasyCast®.
Materials:
Project Instructions:

Mix equal parts EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy resin and hardener into a mixing cup.  Stir for 2 full minutes to properly mix the products.
Pour into a second cup and mix for another minute.
Die cut designs from assorted colors of Rinea Foils.   

Use Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer to glue the foils in the bezels.
  Once in place, paint another layer of Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer on the foils.  Allow to dry completely before continuing.
Apply EasyCast® into the charm.  Let dry completely.
Add the completed charm plus an assortment of beads onto memory wire.
Use the Bowdabra to create bows and tie them to the wine stems along with some decorative holiday bulbs. 
Add a charm to each glass and enjoy.  The bows and charms can be easily removed for easy clean up.
Thanks for stopping by.
Steph

Home Decor Embellishments with Fast Cast™

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 07:00
Today we have designer Madeline Arendt creating with EasyCast™.   Being fairly new to the product called FastCast™manufactured by Enviromental Technology Inc., and only seeing it demonstrated once, I was looking forward to my own experimentation with it.  As the saying goes, “start small and build”, that is what I will share with this post. A description given of FastCast™ is that it is a two part component.  It is orderless and will sets in 10 minutes.  Pieces can be de-modeled within 10 to 15 minutes.  The cured pieces are hard yet durable.  Pieces can be drilled , sanded, carved, stained and painted. Materials: FastCast™ Silicone mold
Alcohol inks
Alcohol markers
Decorative paper
Ribbons
Craft glue Mixing Cups Stir sticks Plastic sheeting to cover work surface Instructions:

To make casts from FastCast™ use molds that are made fromSilicone, EasyMold Silicone Putty, Silicone Rubber or Silicone Paste.  Other types of molds most likely require the use of a release spray to de-mold.  ***The manufacturer suggests NOT using molds that are normally used for candy, soap or candles.

I will be honest here, I used a mold that was found in the aisle for candy making and I had great results.  I usually like to experiment and see just how far I can go with products and directions and this one paid off.

I did not want pieces that were as thick as the mold would form.  To determine how much FastCast™ I would need to mix,  I added rice to the mold, filling only as high as I wanted the pieces to go.  The rice was ten dumped into a glass measuring cup.    

 Measure out equal parts of parts A and B. Stir together for 30 seconds.   Pour into a second mixing cup and mix for another 30 seconds.  

I followed with filling the mold.  NOTE: The product becomes very warm and also can begin to thicken quickly so fill your casting molds without delay.  Excess drips can be removed after hardening.

Remove from the mold.

 

For the table decor pieces here, I added color to the FastCast™ leaves with alcohol inks and markers.   After the coloring process, an easy napkin ring was formed from strips of decorative paper and ribbons.    A placecard was created using the same decorative paper and die-cutting it along with a simple label, with a bit of burlap ribbon added.     To top off each accessory, the inked FastCast™ leaves are attached wi
th glue.     They make a lovely addition to any table setting!  Create embellishments to add to homemade decorations for any occasion, any season.  Let the holidays begin ~ Madeline.

Home Decor Embellishments with Fast Cast™

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 07:00
Today we have designer Madeline Arendt creating with EasyCast™.  Being fairly new to the product called FastCast™manufactured by Enviromental Technology Inc., and only seeing it demonstrated once, I was looking forward to my own experimentation with it.  As the saying goes, "start small and build", that is what I will share with this post.A description given of FastCast™ is that it is a two part component.  It is orderless and will sets in 10 minutes.  Pieces can be de-modeled within 10 to 15 minutes.  The cured pieces are hard yet durable.  Pieces can be drilled , sanded, carved, stained and painted.
Materials:FastCast™Silicone mold
Alcohol inks
Alcohol markers
Decorative paper
Ribbons
Craft glueMixing CupsStir sticksPlastic sheeting to cover work surface
Instructions:To make casts from FastCast™ use molds that are made fromSilicone, EasyMold Silicone Putty, Silicone Rubber or Silicone Paste.  Other types of molds most likely require the use of a release spray to de-mold.  ***The manufacturer suggests NOT using molds that are normally used for candy, soap or candles.

I will be honest here, I used a mold that was found in the aisle for candy making and I had great results.  I usually like to experiment and see just how far I can go with products and directions and this one paid off.

I did not want pieces that were as thick as the mold would form.  To determine how much FastCast™ I would need to mix,  I added rice to the mold, filling only as high as I wanted the pieces to go.  The rice was ten dumped into a glass measuring cup.    

 Measure out equal parts of parts A and B.
Stir together for 30 seconds.
Pour into a second mixing cup and mix for another 30 seconds.
I followed with filling the mold.  NOTE: The product becomes very warm and also can begin to thicken quickly so fill your casting molds without delay.  Excess drips can be removed after hardening.

Remove from the mold.

For the table decor pieces here, I added color to the FastCast™ leaves with alcohol inks and markers.
After the coloring process, an easy napkin ring was formed from strips of decorative paper and ribbons.
 A placecard was created using the same decorative paper and die-cutting it along with a simple label, with a bit of burlap ribbon added.  
To top off each accessory, the inked FastCast™ leaves are attached with glue.  
They make a lovely addition to any table setting!  Create embellishments to add to homemade decorations for any occasion, any season. Let the holidays begin ~ Madeline.

Metallic Resin Tile

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 07:00
Today I am creating a metalic look on a 6" x 6" tile.  I added Alcohol Inks and Gold Iridescent Powder to EnviroTex Lite® to cover the tile.   I love the result!

Materials:EnviroTex Lite®Tile, 6" x 6" Alcohol Ink: DenimIridescent Powder, GoldMixing cupsStir sticksToothpickLighterCork, 6" x 6" x 1/8"Painters tapeCraft gluePlastic to cover work surface
Instructions:
Tape the back of the tile.
 Measure out 2 oz of each the EnviroTex Lite® resin and hardener.
Mix for 2 minutes and then, pour into a second mixing cup and stir for 1 minute.
Raise tile up off the work surface.  Pour the resin onto the tile.  Add several drops of the alcohol ink and some iridescent powder.  Lift the tile from side to side to blend.  Use a toothpick to blend the colors together further, if desired.  Remove any air bubbles that rise with the lighter.  Let dry for 24 hours.  Remove the painters tape from the back of the tile.
 Glue the cork to the tile.  Enjoy!

Hot Pink Heart Pendant with Jewelry Clay®

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 07:00
Today we have a beautiful pendant Designed by Myléne Hillam using Jewelry Clay®.
Materials:
  • EnviroTex Jewelry Clay®
  • Krafty Lady Art Moulds: XLge Shape Folk Heart, Rococo texture sheet
  • Senorita Magenta Piñata Alcohol Ink
  • Gold micro-beads
  • Gold Jewelry bail
  • Talcum powder
  • 5 minute-epoxy adhesive
  • Toothpick
  • Latex gloves

Instructions:Tip: Because we’re colouring the Jewelry Clay with several drops of alcohol ink, it will be much softer than usual and will not hold its shape for very long after the texture is applied. You will need to work quickly when applying the beads before the clay slumps and the design disappears.  Before you begin, put the gloves on because the Jewelry Clay is sticky and when you add the colorant, it will be quite messy.
 Measure out equal parts of Part A and Part B.
Mix the two parts together thoroughly until no marbling remains.
Dust your gloves with the talcum powder.  Add two drops of alcohol ink and mix it in thoroughly.  If the clay begins to stick to the gloves, powder them again.  Add two more drops of alcohol ink and work it into the clay until it is evenly colored.
Press the Jewelry Clay into the mold and smooth off the surface and neaten up the edges.
Place the texture sheet over the Clay and press it evenly into the surface.  Remove.
Sprinkle the micro-beads onto the pattern in the clay and use a toothpick to quickly move them into the crevices.  If the textured pattern disappears, just create scrolls and swirls in the parts where the pattern is missing.
Press the micro-beads into the surface.
After the Jewelry Clay® has cured for 24 hours, you can easily remove the cast from the mold.
 Mix the 5-minute epoxy adhesive according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Apply a small amount to the hollow of the bail and center it on the back of the heart.  Once the epoxy has cured, thread it on a chain and it’s ready to wear.
Enjoy!

Resin Coaster with Faux Quilted Gel Press Background

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 07:00
I love quilt designs and using them in projects.  Today I am going to share how to create a one of a kind Resin Coaster using a Gel Press to create the background and then, adding a quilt pattern on top.
Materials:
  • EnviroTex Lite™ 
  • Ultra Seal™
  • Gel Press
  • Iridescents: Sunshine, Berry, Limelight, Lilac
  • Crafter's Ink, Deep Woods
  • EZ-De's Stamps, assorted 1" squares
  • Marbled tile
  • Card stock: white
  • Heat gun
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Lighter
  • Disposable brush
  • Measuring cups
  • Stir sticks

Instructions:Gather all your supplies.
Apply several drops of Iridescent's to the Gel Press with a toothpick.  Use the brayer to blend the colors together.
Place a piece of cardstock over the press and rub.  Remove the cardstock.  Let dry.
Stamp out a quilt pattern onto the dried cardstock with Deep Woods then, heat set it. 
 Use a paper trimmer to cut it down to the size of the tile.
Attach the paper to the tile with Ultra-Seal™.  The, give it two generous coats on the top, letting it dry completely between coats.
Tape the back of the tile.
Measure out equal amounts of EnviroTex resin and hardener.
Mix together for 2 minutes.  Pour the mixture into a second cup and stir for another minute.
Place the tile up off your work surface and pour the resin on.
Wipe away any excess that may drip off the sides.  Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top.  Let dry 12 - 24 hours.
I love the final result!!

Keepsake Dough Art with EnviroTex Lite™

Tue, 11/01/2016 - 07:00
Create keepsake dough art pieces with the look and feel of fine porcelain.  The Environmental Technology team created 5 adorable Christmas tree ornaments with a simple dough art recipe and EnviroTex Lite™.   In these examples, inexpensive dough art is transformed into beautiful keepsakes and decorative pieces.Materials List: 
  • 1 Basic Dough Art Recipe (makes 6-7 ornaments / see below)
  • 8 oz. kit Envirotex Lite, measuring / mixing cup, stir stick.
  • ¼” Ribbon
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Wax Paper
  • Cookie Cutters and Rolling Pin (Optional)
  • 1 Cardboard Box
  • 18 gauge Wire
  • Liquid Tempera Paint or Acrylic Paint
  • Recommended Brushes: #10 Flat Red Sable for large areas.and #5-0 or #000 Thin Pointed Brush for detailed areas.
  • Paper Clips
FINISHED SIZE: Ornaments measure approximately 3-4” long.Project Instructions: BASIC DOUGH ART RECIPE:
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • ¼-½ cup Table Salt
  • ¼-½ cup Warm Water
NOTE: Keep a container with a flour and salt mixture of the same proportion as the dough near you.  This can be sprinkled onto working surfaces to avoid sticky dough.  Extra dough can be stored in the refrigerator for several days if properly wrapped in plastic or plastic bags.  (If dough becomes sticky from storage, simply knead in some of the flour and salt mixture before shaping.)  Combine flour and salt in a mixing bowl.  Add ¼ cup warm water slowly, stirring as it is added.  Add more water as needed, to make the dough resemble pie crust dough in looks and consistency.  Mix all the dough you will need at one time.










Instructions:
  1. Mix dough.  Set pieces of foil on your working surface.  You will be forming the ornaments directly onto the foil.  Form each piece by either rolling or cutting dough, or by molding by hand.  If you mold the dough by hand, each piece will be smoother if you roll it into a very smooth ball between your palms first, and then form the shape. Be sure to wash your hands very thoroughly between different colors of dough.  If using cookie cutters, roll the dough about 1/3" thick; thin ornaments may warp when cooling.
     
  2. Glue on any adornments you desire or press them into the surface of the dough.  There are many inexpensive ways to decorate ornaments.  Metal. wood, sunflower seeds, nut shells, pods, rope or twine. and straw flowers work well and can be placed before baking.  Textures can be made on the surface with a fork or by pressing dough through a garlic press.  Toothpicks can also be used for texturing.
     
  3. After completing the ornament, insert a hanger made from a paper clip.  Push the hanger in until only ¼” is left exposed.
     
  4. Place ornament and foil on a cookie sheet and bake at 300° F for approximately 45 minutes.  Test for doneness by tapping: a hollow sound will indicate it is done.  Check for any soft spots.  If necessary, bake for 15 minutes more.  Cool while still on the foil.
     
  5. Paint the ornaments as desired.  Fine features can also be drawn on with a draftsman’s pen.  Glue on any additional ornaments before glazing.
     
  6. Prepare a dust-free environment for your ornaments in the following manner.  With scissors, drill a hole on either side of a clean, deep cardboard box, halfway between top and bottom.  Attach wire to the outside and thread through the hole to the inside. After glazing with Envirotex Lite, your ornaments will be strung on the wire and the other end will be attached to the box. See Fig. 2.
     
  7. Mix Envirotex Lite per package instructions. Mix approximately 2 oz’s. for each ornament.  Mix one batch at a time.
     
  8. Suspend the ornament from a length of wire. Pour approximately 2 oz’s. of Envirotex Lite over the object, pouring one object at a time.  As you pour, direct the Envirotex Lite over detail areas with a disposable acid brush. (See Fig. 1. above) After the surface as been entirely coated, hang the ornament inside the box.  Repeat this process until all ornaments have been glazed.  Be sure to cover your work surface with several layers of newspaper.
     
  9. As soon as all ornaments have been glazed, arranged them on the wire, spacing at least 3” between ornaments.  Pick up the box with both hands and slowly turn it upside down.  This will protect the objects as they dry. (See Fig. 2.) Envirotex Lite will cure most effectively if left for 72 hours with a temperature between 70° F and 80° F. (Optional 2nd coat may be desired.)
     
  10. String ribbon through your ornament and your charming keepsake is completed.
Get started on your Christmas ornaments now to be ready for Christmas!!

Resin Journal Charm

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 07:00
Journaling is HOT and so are the accessories that go with them.  Today I am sharing how easy it is to create a Resin Charm to hang off of your journal.
Materials:
Instructions:Gather all of your supplies.
Measure equal amounts of the Jewelry Resin and hardener into a mixing cup.  Mix for 2 minutes...
and then, pour into a second mixing cup and stir for 1 minute.  Add a drop or two of pigment.  I filled the bezels a few different ways.  Do all three or choose your favorite.
  Drop resin into bezels with a toothpick.  Work with several bezels at one time, so you will have them ready for quick projects and gifts.
Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that may rise to the top.  Set aside for 8 hours.
Add a small amount of resin to the bezel, then fill with seed beads and let dry or cover with a small amount of resin, using a toothpick.
Set these aside to dry for 8 hours.
 Add jump rings and attach to a lobster claw.
Place on your journal and enjoy.

Groovy Table Lamp using EasyCast®

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 07:00
Today we have designer Myléne Hillam sharing a Groovy Table Lamp using EasyCast®

Materials:
  • EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy 
  • Castin’Craft® Transparent Dyes: Blue and Green
  • Silicone mini loaf pan with 1 5/8” x 3 ¼” cavities (or square mold)
  • 341 6mm silver jump rings
  • 12” high cylinder lamp shade frame – 6” diameter
  • Design Master Super Silver spray paint
  • 1oz mixing cups
  • Wooden stir sticks
  • Gloves
  • Drill with 1mm drill bit
  • Ruler
  • Permanent Marker
  • Stanley knife
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Lamp kit suitable for and LED light bulb
  • LED light bulb

Instructions:Wear gloves whilst working with uncured resin.
Spray the frame inside and out with silver spray paint and set it aside  to dry.
Measure out ½ oz each of Parts A and B of EasyCast and mix according to the package instructions.
Add 8 drops of blue dye and stir until the color is evenly mixed.
Pour 1/3 oz of mixed resin into each of three cavities of the mold.  Mix another batch of resin and color it with 11 drops of green dye.  Pour equally into the three remaining cavities.  Set the resin aside to cure.  Demold the rectangles.
Repeat steps 1-3 to cast five more sets of blue and four more sets of green rectangles. Cut each rectangle into two equal squares. All up you will need 36 blue squares (18 rectangles) and 30 green squares (15 rectangles).  

 Measure 3/32” in from each corner of the squares and place a mark.  Drill a hole at each of the marks.  Insert a jump ring into each hole and close it.
Place two green and two blue squares together to form a square so that the colors alternate.  Insert a jump ring through all four jump rings and close it.  Make two more sets of four squares.  
Connect the three sets of four together to form a column.  Create four more columns in the same way. Create one column of blue squares only. Connect all the columns together where the corners of the squares meet. Leave the top and bottom rows free. These will be connected in later steps. Attach the blue column to the end.  Connect each square in the top row to the square next to it with a jump ring.
Hook a jump ring around the top wire of the lamp shade frame and hook on the jump rings that connect the top row of squares together.  Connect the jump rings of the first and last columns together to complete the cylinder. Connect the squares along the bottom row together by opening one jump ring and hooking it through the jump ring next to it.
 Screw lamp kit into the lamp shade frame and insert the bulb.  Enjoy!

Resin Marbled Coaster

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 07:00


The other day I showed a great way to get a marbled effect by adding Alcohol Inks to EnviroTex Lite®.   
Today my project is, again, with alcohol inks and just a bit of Iridescent Powder...I love the result!

Materials:EasyCast®Alcohol Ink: DenimIridescent Powder, GoldCastin" Craft Opaque Pigment, WhiteCastin' Craft Mold ReleaseMixing cupsStir sticksCoaster moldToothpickLighterPlastic to cover work surface
Instructions: Measure equal amounts of the EasyCast® resin and hardener into mixing cup.  Mix for 2 minutes...
and then, pour into a second mixing cup and stir for 1 minute.  Add a drop or two of white pigment.  Spray mold with mold release.
Pour the resin into the mold to about 1/4".  Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that may rise to the top.  Set aside for 12 hours.
Mix EasyCast® as described above and pour into the mold.
Add a couple drops of alcohol ink...
and then, a bit of iridescent powder.
Pull the colors through the resin with a toothpick...
until you get the look you want, knowing that is may move a bit while it drys.  Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that may rise to the top.  Set aside for 24 hours.
Remove from the mold.

Resin Marbled Tile Magnet

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 07:00
I thought it would be fun to try different effects for marbling with EnviroTex Lite®.  Today I will share how easy it is to use Alcohol Inks with EnviroTex Lite® to create this stunning tile magnet.
Materials:EnviroTex Lite®Alcohol Inks: Denim, SilverTile, 2" x 2"Mixing cupsStir sticksMagnetLighterPainters tapeCraft gluePlastic to cover work surface
Instructions: Gather your supplies.
 Measure equal amounts of the EnviroTex Lite® resin and hardener into mixing cup.  Mix for 2 minutes and then, pour into a second mixing cup and stir for 1 minute.
 Place tile onto a mixing cup to lift off the surface.  Pour resin onto tile.
 Add a couple drops of denim on top of the resin.
 It is fun to watch how the alcohol ink drops spread...
 Add a couple drops of silver...
 Continue adding a drop at a time until...
 you are happy with the results.
 Use a light to remove any air bubbles, if needed.
Remove drips with a stir stick.  Let dry for 24 hours.
Glue the magnet to the back of the tile, let dry.  Now it is ready to place on your fridge.
I love how this turned out.  I will be playing more with Alcohol Inks and EnviroTex Lite® to create more projects.

Gold Marble Serving Tray with EnviroTex Lite®

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 07:00
Today we have designer Myléne Hillam sharing a beautiful Marbled Serving Tray.

Materials:
  • EnviroTex Lite®
  • Acrylic paints: Warm White, Raw Sienna, Rich Gold, Burnt Umber, Lumiere Metallic Rust
  • Small wooden serving tray (8.5” x 5.25”)
  • 4 80mm x 35mm brass oval filigrees
  •  Beacon Quick Grip adhesive
  • ETI Mixing Cup Set
  • 3 1oz mixing cups
  • 3 wooden stir sticks
  • Foam paint brush
  • Tooth pic
  • Butane torch
  • Painter’s tape
  • Latex gloves
  • Painters drop sheet (polyethylene)
Instructions:
Before beginning, put on your gloves to avoid getting sticky while working with the resin. Protect your workspace with the painter’s drop sheet.
Use the foam brush to paint the bottom of the serving tray, on top and underneath with Raw Sienna paint.  Paint the sides of the tray with Rich Gold paint.  Allow it to dry several hours before continuing.  Tape the inside walls of the tray leaving a 1/8” gap from the bottom and burnish well.

Follow the package instructions to mix up 2 oz of EnviroTex Lite.  Pour 1/4oz  into one cup and 1/2oz into the other two cups.  Color the smallest one with Burnt Umber paint and the other two with Raw Sienna and Rich Gold, using only enough paint to make the resin opaque and stirring it thoroughly until it is mixed in.  Color the remaining resin with only enough Warm White paint to make it opaque.
Pour the Warm White resin over the surface of the serving tray and spread it to the edges.
Pinch the top of the cup of the Raw Sienna cup and pour the resin in a thin stream across the white resin at an angle.  Repeat with the Rich Gold resin. 
Dip the wooden stir stick into the Burnt Umber paint and drizzle it thinly across the tray.
Use a paintbrush from the mixing cup set to swirl the colors lightly.  Take care not to over mix them or they will become muddied.
Hold the serving tray vertically to allow the colors to run and blend into each other.  Turn it in another direction to create some more movement. 
Use a stir stick to scrape the excess out of the tray and onto the drop sheet.  Pop any bubbles by sweeping the butane torch across the surface.  Set the serving tray aside to cure.  Remove the tape.  Mix 1oz EnviroTex Lite, pour it into the base of the tray and spread it out to the edges.  Pop any bubbles and set aside to cure.  Tape the outside walls of the tray.
Repeat Steps 2 to 6 to cover the base of the serving tray.  Pop any bubbles with the torch. Once the resin has cured, apply a layer of clear EnviroTex Lite to the surface.  Pop the bubbles and set aside to cure.  Carefully remove the tape once the resin has cured.
Paint a light coat of Metallic Rust paint on all the painted surfaces.  Once dried, use the toothpick to apply adhesive to the back of the filigrees and place them over inside and the outside of the handle openings.

Resin Elements for Cards

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 07:00
Hi everyone Steph Ackerman here today with a fun card using resin elements.



Materials:
  • EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy 
  • Mixing Cups
  • Stir Sticks
  • Silicone Mold
  • Gloves
  • ColorBox Crafter's® Ink - Sunshine
  • ColorBox® Embossing Powder - Clear
  • Beacon Adhesive - 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue
  • Rubber Dance Art Stamps - Sarcastic Superpower

Project Instructions:
To begin, mix equal parts EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy resin and hardener into a mixing cup.  Stir for 2 full minutes to properly mix the products.


 Pour into another cup and mix for 1 minute.

I found this silicone ice cube mold and thought it would be fun to use so I poured the resin into several cavities.  Filling the cavities about half-way with resin,  I let the resin sit overnight.  The pieces easily popped out the next day.



I used one of the whole resin lemons as a stamp, inking it with white ink and stamping it on black cardstock.  It made a fun background for my card.  And it is reusable as either a stamp or an embellishment for another project.


I used Sunshine Ink to color 2 resin lemon slices. 

A stamp from Rubber Dance Art Stamps worked really well with the lemons, so I inked it with Sunshine Ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.


I adhered the resin elements to the card.




What do you think?  I love how light the resin elements are. 
Thanks for stopping by.
Steph


Marbled Trivet with EnviroTex Lite®

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 07:00
I love marbling with resin,  The results are always unexpected and wonderful.
Materials:EnviroTex Lite®Iridescents: Aquamarine, Onxy, Snow, Sheer SilverTile, 6" x 6"Mixing cupsStir sticksCraft brushesCork, 6" x 6" x 1/8"LighterPainters tapeCraft gluePlastic to cover work surface
Instructions:
Tape the back of the tile.
 Paint the tile Aquamarine and let dry.
 Measure out 3 oz of each the resin and hardener,  Mix for 2 minutes and then, pour into a second mixing cup and stir for 1 minute.
 Pour resin into 4 mixing cups and add just enough Iridescents to color.
 Pour colors onto the tile as shown.
 Tip the tile each way to let the resin run together, adding more colors if needed.
 Place the tile onto some mixing cups.  Wipe edges as needed to remove the drips.  Let dry for 24 hours.  
 Measure out 1 1/2 ounces of the hardener and resin to equal 3 ounces.  Mix for 2 minutes and then, pour into a second mixing cup and stir for 1 minute.
 Pour onto the tile.  Remove any air bubbles that rise with the lighter.  Let dry for 24 hours.  Remove the painters tape from the back of the tile.
 Glue the cork to the tile.
 It turned out beautiful.  
You can try this marbling technique in other colors and always get wonderful results.

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