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Faux Opal Paper Weight with EasyCast®

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 07:00
I love creating Faux Opals with EasyCast® to create beautiful jewelry pieces, that I thought I would like to try it on a larger scale.  Thus, a paper weight came to mind.
I think the result as you can see is stunning!
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. 
Stir in cut up Fantasy Film.
Pour into mold.  Move fantasy film around if needed or add more at this point.
Remove any bubbles that rise to the top with a lighter.  Let set for 12 hours.
 Measure out equal parts (1/2 ounce each) of EasyCast resin and hardener, then, stir together for 2 minutes.  Pour mixture into a second cup and stir for another minute.  Stir in a drop or two of the pigment into the mixture.
 Pour mixture into the mold...
covering the first layer completely.  Use a light to remove any air bubbles that may rise to the surface.  Let set for 12 hours.
 Remove from the mold to see a beautiful paper weight.
In this photo you can see the black layer.
 I love how it turned out and...
that you can see different colors depending upon the angle you are looking at.

Stained Glass Sun Catcher with EasyCast®

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 07:00
Usually when I have a just a bit of left over resin from a project I pour it into molds I have next to my work station.  The other day I thought I would try to something a bit different...
 I bought this butterfly sun catcher at the craft store and knew it would be perfect to try some stain glass with resin.

Materials:
Project Instructions: 
If you are not using a bit of left over EasyCast® from a project, mix 1/2 - 1 ounce according to manufacturer's instructions
 Divide resin into several mixing cups.  Add a drop or two of dye (colors of choice) into each cup.
 Use a toothpick to apply each color to the sun catcher.  TIP: If you spill any of the colored resin into an area that you do not want it in, simply use a baby wipe to remove it.
Remove any air bubbles that rise to the top with a lighter.  Let dry overnight.

Add a string and place in the window to enjoy!
This was a perfect project to use up just a bit of left over resin from a bigger project.  I will be looking for some larger sun catchers the next time I am in the craft store.

Showcase your Adult Coloring Book Art with EnviroTex Lite®

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 07:00
Adult Coloring books are all the rage right now and today designer Marty Sanchez shows how to showcase your coloring book art into Coasters, a Canvas and Keepsake Box with EnviroTex Lite®.


Materials:
  • EnviroTex Lite (8 ounce kit)
  • (4)  4.5” x 4.5” white ceramic tiles (coasters), Paper Mache box with lid, or stretched canvas
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Wax paper
  • One page of your own art
  • Ultra-Seal™ Multi-Purpose Sealer & Glue 
  • Choice of  acrylic paint color for box and canvas
  • (2) disposable foam brushes
  • (2) mixing cups and one stir stick
  • (4) medicine cups
  • Embossing gun, propane torch or straw (to remove bubbles)
  • 2 pairs form fitting latex gloves
  • 220 grit sandpaper or nail file (to sand drips off under side)
  • Protective eye wear
  • Dust mask to wear while sanding
  • Felt (for underside of coasters)
Project Instructions: 
 Cut your art to fit each of your ceramic tiles, painted box or painted canvas.
 Brush a thin layer of Ultra-Seal on the top of each surface and place cut art.  Use your fingers to smooth the art and make certain no air bubbles are between the paper and tile, box or canvas.
 Using a disposable foam brush put a thin layer of white craft glue over the entire surface of your colored art.  Let dry and repeat twice more.  Let the last coat dry overnight.
 Set medicine cups on wax paper surface and place tiles, canvas or box top & bottom on cups, so they are slightly raised from the table surface.
 Mix EnviroTex Lite® according to package instructions and pour 1.5 to 2 ounces on each tile.  8 ounces for a 9" X 12" canvas and 6 ounces for the box (3 for the top and 3 for the bottom).
 Pour EnviroTex Lite®over the surface of each piece.
 Spread the product with a clean disposable foam brush.
 Wait 10 minutes and then remove any bubbles that may appear.  Let piece completely cure (72 hours) and then sand the underside smooth.  Wear protective eye wear and dust mask while sanding.
Cut felt pieces to fit the underside of the coaster.  Brush on a thin layer of Ultra-Seal™ to the underside of the coaster and place the felt.  Let dry.

Resin Cover Address Sign

Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:00
I found several of these wood frames with a lip and knew they would be perfect for some Resin projects.  For this first project I decide to crate an address sign for my mom's house in Florida.  It will be able to hang outside under the awning of her porch out of the way of the elements.  
Materials Required:
  • EnviroTex Lite®
  • Ultra-Seal™
  • Wood frame, 6" x 18"
  • Decoative paper
  • Die cutting machine
  • Paint, yellow iridecents
  • Cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Craft brush
  • Paint brush
  • Lighter

Project Instructions: 
Paint the wood frame and let dry.  Die cut the numbers needed for the sign, if you do not have a die cutting machine, simple draw the numbers on the paper and cut them out.  Apply Ultra-Seal™ to the frame (where you will be placing the numbers) and back side of the numbers, adhere to the frame.
Apply 2 coats of Ultra-Seal™ over the numbers, drying in between each coat. 
Measure out equal amounts of EnviroTex Lite® resin and hardener.
Stir for 2 minutes, then, pour into a second cup and stir for another minute.
Pour resin onto the frame.
Use the lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top.  Let dry 12 - 24 hours,

Now the frame is ready to hang...once I get to Florida that is:0)

Resin up your Crystal Cell Phone Cover

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 07:00
There are so many beautiful cell phone covers available on the market today.  When you decide to purchase a cover you want it to last, at least for a while, because they can be pricey!   
 I purchased the cover shown above, and loved it, but it did not take long for the small crystals to start falling off as you can see on the right of the cover.  This got me to thinking of how to make the next cover I buy last longer and still be able to enjoy the sparkle of a crystal cover.  The answer was simple...Give it a coat of EnviroTex Lite®, as it would both protect the crystals and let them shine!
Materials Required:
Project Instructions: 
Tape around the cover and place up off your work surface, using a couple small cups.
 I used a marker to highlight the lines on my mixing cup, as I knew I would only need a small amount of EnviroTex Lite® for the top of the cover.  I measured out the resin to the first line and the hardener to the second line, giving me equal amounts of each.
Stir for 2 minutes, then pour into a second cup and stir for another minute.
 Pour resin onto the cover.
 Use a stir stick to move the resin to the edges.
 Be sure to move the resin around any openings of the cover.
 Use a light to remove any air bubbles.  Let set for 12 hours.
 Pull the tape away and now...
Your cover is protected and ready to use.Enjoy!!

Red, White and Blue Layered Glittered Paper Weight

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 07:00
Memorial Day is right around the corner so I thought a Red, White and Blue Paper Weight would be perfect to hold the napkins down for our family picnic. 
I love how this turned out!! Materials Required:
Project Instructions: 
Please note:  The mold holds slightly less than 3 ounces total so each layer will take just under 1 ounce each.  
Measure out equal amounts of  the EasyCast® Resin and Hardener and mix together for 2 minutes, then poured them into a new cup and mix for another minute.
Spray the inside of the mold with Mold Release.
 Pour the mixed resin into the mold, about 1/3 full.

Mix in red glitter...until thoroughly blended.

Use a lighter to remove and air bubbles that rise to the top.  Let cure for 12 hours.

Mix another batch of EasyCast® as directed above,.  Mix in a bit of iridescent glitter,  Pour into the mold on top of the first layer.  Use a lighter to remove and air bubbles that rise to the top.  Let cure for 12 hours.  Repeat with the blue glitter for the last layer.  Use a lighter to remove and air bubbles that rise to the top.  Let cure for 12 hours.  Pop out of the mold.

Here is the finished paper weight...ready to use Memorial Day!

EasySculpt® Driftwood Sunburst Mirror

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 07:00
Today we have an EasySculpt® home dec project by designer Marty Sanchez.  She created a modern mirror using EasySculpt as a putty adhesive with pieces of driftwood...very cool!
Materials Required:
  • EasySculpt® 1 lb. Kit
  • ArtMinds™ 10” wood clock surface
  • ArtMinds™ 5” round mirror
  • DecoArt® Americana® acrylic paint, Neutral Gray
  • Variety of dried driftwood pieces from river, lake or beach area. Approximately ½”-1” in diameter
  • Sawtooth picture hanger with nails
  • Paint brush
  • Toothpicks
  • Newspaper or butcher paper
  • Disposable latex gloves
  • Tablespoons, dedicated for craft use
Project Instructions: 
Step 1:  Protect work area with newspaper or butcher paper.Place wood clock blank or “base” as referred to from this point forward, on newspaper or butcher paper, then trace around the outer edge of the wood base.  Next position round mirror in the center of the same circle, and trace around the outer edge.  This template will be used to position the driftwood pieces prior to placement on the wood surface.Step 2:  Paint the wood base Neutral Gray, allow to dry.Step 3:  Trim driftwood pieces to the appropriate size.  Approximately 40 pieces measuring 4-6” are needed for the bottom layer and approximately 40 pieces measuring 2-4” for the top layer.  Quantities will vary based on driftwood that is available.Step 4:  Starting with long driftwood pieces, place the first layer of driftwood pieces on the paper template in the desired pattern.  Position trimmed end towards the mirror circle, per the above photo.

Step 5:  Using EasySculpt® as a putty type adhesive, mix approximately ½ tablespoon of both components A & B together per the package instructions.  Divide this mixed material into three equal pieces.  Form each piece into a small marble-like shape.Step 6:  Place the three mixed EasySculpt® pieces on the back of the mirror creating a large three point triangle like pattern then, position the mirror in the center of the wood base. Press the mirror down gently to affix to the wood base, allow the EasySculpt® to set approximately five hours.Step 7:  Again using EasySculpt® mix approximately six tablespoons (three tablespoons of both components A & B) per the package instructions.Step 8:  Adhering the driftwood pieces to your wood base - begin picking up driftwood pieces from your proposed layout, add a small amount of mixed EasySculpt to the underside of each piece where it will come into contact with the wood base, position, and press.  Repeat this process as required.  Allow the EasySculpt to set approximately five hours.Step 9:  If a second, level of driftwood pieces are desired; arrange a second layer of shorter driftwood pieces with the same paper template.  To place and adhere these pieces, repeat Steps 7 & 8.Step 10:  Use a toothpick to gently remove any excess EasySculpt® exposed between the driftwood pieces.  Allow to cure overnight.Step 11:  Fasten sawtooth picture hanger to the back of the wood base.

Resin Shell Memory Tray

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
 EnviroTex Lite is the perfect product to use when making beautiful serving trays...they are so easy to make and the results are wonderful!  I got out some shells and created a memory tray of one of our trips to Florida.


Materials Required:
·      EnviroTex Lite®·      Wooden Serving Tray·      Chalk it Up!, Licorice·      Iridescents, Onyx ·      Shells, assorted ·      Paint brushes·      Cups·      Stir Stick·      Lighter
Project Instructions: 
I painted the inside and out of the tray with Licorice and let it dry.
Then, I painted a coat of Onxy over the Licorice and let it dry.
I measured out equal amounts of the EnviroTex Lite® resin and hardener.
Mix together and stir for 2 minutes.
Pour into a second cup and stir for 1 minute.

 I poured this into the bottom of the prepared tray.  I let this set up for about 10 minutes then.
 I added the shells where I wanted them to go.  I used a lighter to remove the air bubbles that rose to the top and let this set for 12 hours. 

 Then I mixed up more resin as above and applied it over the top and let it set for another 12 hours and repeated with a third coat so that all of the shells were covered.
The tray turned out great!

DIY EasySculpt® Clay Herb Signs

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:00
Spring is in full swing & it is time to play in the herb garden.  Karen Bearse here, with a fun EasySculpt® Clay tutorial.  I was going to use the plastic herb signs as usual but the words always end up coming off & they aren't very attractive.  I have seen a number of DIY ideas including painting rocks.  In fact for years I have been meaning to do that.  As I looked at my mojito crop growing away, I thought what about making my own garden signs?
Materials Required:
·      EasySculpt® Epoxy Molding Clay·      Rubber stamps, alphabet and assorted·      Assorted beads, charms and glass glitter·      Glimmer Glam, assorted colors
·      Glimmer Glaze, assorted colors·      Gesso
·      Paint markers, assorted colors·      Paint brushes·      Cooking spray·      Latex gloves
Project Instructions: 
There are 2 ways to do this.  First-make multiple molds using store bought garden signs & EasyMold Silicone Putty.  I decided the second way which is more organic to just hand make them.  I was not concerned with my signs looking the same.  Using EasySculpt, simply start by mixing equal portions of hardener & resin kneading the clay together until it is a uniform color.

If you are using a mold push the clay into it right away. Let dry for 3-5 hours checking to see when the clay is hardened but not completely set.  Push the clay out of the mold & trim. If it is too hard to trim simply sand the edges. Clay is completely set at 24 hours.
For my technique I let the clay set for about 30 minutes. it was still a bit sticky but pliable.  I shaped it to the shape I wanted & left it to harden for about 3 hours.  Now the clay was firm but still soft enough to push stamps into without the clay lifting up.  Spritzing cooking spray into a lid, and brushing some on the stamps helped to release them from the clay.  
After adding some leaf & flower stamps it was time to add wire to create stakes.  Simply cut & push the wire into the bottom of the signs.  When the clay completely hardens the wire will be held in place.

Lastly add some charms, beads, glass glitter as desired to add some fun to the pieces.  Let cure completely over night. Once my clay was dry it was time to add color!



Glimmer Glam dries permanent, & worked great on the clay surface.  I did multiple layers using different colors for each piece.  For Thyme & Mojito a gesso wash was put on first so my pieces would have truer colors.  Basil was just the Glimmer Glam.  The colors turned out darker but still looked great.  All my pieces are glossy with lots of good shimmer.
To finish the letters were carefully painted with either Glimmer Glaze or with a paint marker.  Love how these turned out!  Now I am thinking of making more with stamped quotes on the to stick in the flower beds randomly to give me bits of inspiration around the yard.

Not bad for a first time clay play.  I hope you are having a lovely spring and getting lots of fun crafting in!

Iridescent EasySculpt® Clay Pins

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:00
Today we are sharing how to create pins with EasySculpt® Epoxy Molding Clay.  Simply add a couple rhinestones and you have a great little gift.
Materials Required:
·      EasySculpt® Epoxy Molding Clay·      Iridescents, Onyx·      Rubber stamps, assorted·      Iridescent Powders, colors of choice·      Rhinestones·      Gem Tac·      Clay roller·      Clay cutters·      Paint brushes·      Non stick craft sheet·      Latex gloves
Project Instructions: 
 Measure equal parts of A and B.
Blend together until you have a uniform color. 
Set aside for 15 - 20 minutes.
 Roll clay out to 1/4" onto non stick surface.  Press stamp into clay to give it texture.  Cut into shapes of choice.
Paint shapes with onyx and just before completely dry...
apply Iridescent Powders...
generously.  Let set to dry overnight.
Dust off excess powder.  Glue rhinestones as desired.  Attach a couple shapes together and apply pin back.

Dragonfly Napkin Rings with EasySculpt®

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:00
Today we have designer Myléne Hillam with these adorable Dragonfly Napkin Rings she created with EasySculpt®

Materials Required:
·      EasySculpt®·      Black acrylic paint·      Lumiere paint: Metallic Gold·      Pearl Ex: Super Copper·      Perfect Pearls: Forever Green, Forever Violet·      Talcum powder·      Firm fitting latex gloves·      Glad® Go-Between (plastic film)·      Packing tape tube (1.75” diameter)·      2 Teflon craft sheets·      Sheet copy paper·      GS-Hypo Cement·      Double sided tape·      Clay blade·      Paint brushes·      4 wooden stir sticks·      Cello tape·      Acrylic roller·      Ruler ·      Timer
Instructions: Before beginning, put on your gloves – EasySculpt® will be sticky while you are working with it. Powder both Teflon craft sheets.
Firmly wrap a 4” wide strip of Glad® Go-Between (plastic film) around the packing tape tube and tape in place with the double sided tape. Tape pairs of the wooden stir sticks together to create a thickness guide for rolling. Cut a lengthwise strip of copy paper 7/8” wide. Place it around the tube and mark where the two pieces overlap. Trim. This is the napkin ring template.
Measure out equal quantities of Parts A and B. To work out how much you need, scoop out about large marble of one part. Roughly flatten it out to approximately 3/16” thick and half the size of the template. Add or remove clay as necessary. Roll the clay into a ball and then measure out an equal sized ball of the other part. Mix them together following the package instructions. Set the timer for 30 minutes to allow the clay to firm up.
 Dust the Teflon craft sheets with powder. Shape the clay into a log and place on the Teflon sheet. Arrange the taped stir sticks on either side of the log. Place the second Teflon sheet over the clay and roll it out to the same thickness as the stir sticks. Keep checking as you are rolling that the clay is not sticking to either of the Teflon sheets. If it is, dust both the sheets with more powder.
Place the strip template on the clay. Use the clay blade to trim the clay to size. A ruler can help keep your edges straight.
 Wrap the EasySculpt® strip around the tube. Gently ease the ends together until they almost meet. Mix a small amount of EasySculpt® and roll it into a snake. Place it between the two ends and push them together. Trim away any excess. Set the ring aside to cure, seam side up. At this stage, EasySculpt® may stretch and it will pull away from the bottom of the tube, creating straight sides and giving the napkin ring a flat bottom.
 Measure out equal quantities of Parts A and B sufficient to fill the dragonfly mold. Push it into the mold, flatten the back and leave it to cure for at least 5 hours before demolding. Use any excess to roll into six small round balls. Press the back end of a paintbrush in the center of each ball.
 Paint the dragonfly and balls with several light coats of black paint.  Before the final coat of paint has dried, apply a light dusting of Forever Violet randomly to the body of the dragonfly. Apply Forever Green to the rest of the body. Apply Super Copper to the wings and the clay balls.
Attach dragonfly to the napkin ring.

Floral Resin Bracelet

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
 I am always on the lookout for new molds to use with ETI products.  Last week I found one that had a several flowers that could be used for so many things.  Today, I am sharing a floral resin bracelet.
Materials List:
  • EnviroTex® Jewelry Resin 
  • Iridescent Powder
  • Bracelet, pre-made metal
  • Crystals, flat back
  • Craft brush
  • Stir sticks
  • Craft sheet or plastic for your work surface
  • Lighter

    Project Instructions: 
      Measure out equal parts of the resin and hardener, stir for two minutes.
     Pour into a second cup and stir for another minute.
     Stir in a small amount of Iridescent Powder, to color the resin.  (If you want several colors, divide the resin into a few different cups.)
     Use the stir stick to drop the resin into the mold.
     Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top.  Let dry for 12 hours..
     Remove flowers from the mold.
    Mix a small amount of Jewelry Resin, as previously shown above.  Use a stir stick to drop a small amount into the bezels on the bracelet, place a flower onto the bezel.
     Use a craft brush to apply a thin layer of resin onto each flower, placing a crystal in the center of each.  
     Let dry for 12 hours.
    Enjoy!

    Resin Post it Note Holder

    Tue, 04/26/2016 - 07:00
    I like to have note pads accessible at all times and I keep them everywhere, in my purse, on my night stand, etc.  It is even better when they are pretty as well as functional.  I have a great Post it Note Holder die, that makes a nice note pad from mat board, but I thought it would be more durable if I covered the mat board with EnviroTex Lite®.  



    Materials List:
    • Envirotex Lite® 
    • Sizzix Post it Note Holder die
    • Sizzix Die Machine
    • Iridescents Paint, Lagoon
    • Mat Board
    • Craft brush
    • Paint brush
    • Post it Notes
    • Velcro® Brand Fastners
    • Resin piece (optional)
    • Stir sticks
    • Glue
    • Craft sheet or plastic for your work surface
    • Lighter

      Project Instructions: 

      Paint mat board with Lagoon, let dry.
       Measure out equal parts of the resin and hardener, stir for two minutes.
       Pour into a second cup and stir for another minute.
       Pour resin mixture onto mat board, use a craft brush to spread the resin, covering the mat board.  Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top.  Let dry for 12 hours..
       Die cut the resin covered mat board, following die cutting machine instructions.
       Fold the mad board to form the Post it Note holder.  Place Post it Notes inside the holder.
       Attach Velcro® Fastener to the holder for the closure.
      I wanted a decorative touch to the note holder, so I got out a variety of resin pieces I had already made to see what would look best.  To see how to make these resin pieces with EasyCast, check out this post.
       Glue the resin piece on as desired,
       Enjoy you note holder!
      EnviroTex Lite® is the perfect finishing touch!

      Monogrammed Resin Coaster with EnviroTex Lite®

      Thu, 04/21/2016 - 07:00
      I enjoy finding new ways to make coasters as they make excellent gifts.  Today I am showing how to make a personalized monogrammed resin coaster.  
      Materials List:
      • Envirotex Lite® 
      • Ultra-Seal
      • Tile
      • Tissue paper, 8 1/2" x 11"
      • Computer
      • Printer
      • Craft brush
      • Painters tape
      • Scissors
      • Freezer paper, 8 1/2" x 11"
      • Iron
      • Mixing cups, 4
      • Stir sticks
      • Craft sheet or plastic for your work surface
      • Lighter

        Project Instructions: 
        Iron tissue paper onto the freezer paper.  Find a decorative font you like for your monogram letter, I used Duetica Mandolyn, you will have to determine the best size and print it out onto tissue paper.  Peel the tissue paper from the freezer paper and trim it to fit the tile.  Apply the tissue paper to the tile with the Ultra-Seal™, let it dry completely.  Apply a second coat of Ultra-Seal™ and then, let it dry completely.  
        Adhere, painters tape to the back side of the tile.
        Place the tile onto 2 of the cups,
        Measure out equal parts of the resin and hardener, stir for two minutes.
        Pour into a second cup and stir for another minute.
        Pour the resin slowly onto the tile...use a craft brush if needed to spread the resin out to the edges.  Use a craft stick to remove any drips around the edges if needed.  To remove any air bubbles that may rise to the surface, use a lighter.  Let dry for 24 hours,  Remove the painters tape from the back of the tile.
        Enjoy!!

        Walnut Hollow Memory Tray with EnviroTex Lite

        Tue, 04/19/2016 - 07:00
        Some of our most prized possessions are our family photos.  Yet often they are stored in old shoe boxes, dresser drawers, etc.  Creating “Memory Trays” with Envirotex Lite is a great way to enjoy and show off these memorable moments. Memory trays make great gifts!  Use Envirotex lite to permanently preserve and protect your photos with a waterproof, chemical and heat resistant finish.  In addition, Envirotex Lite is acid & solvent free and can be used safely over color copies, newspaper clippings, paint and ink surfaces as well.  This project is from Environmental Technology.  
        Materials List:
        • Envirotex Lite – 8 oz. kit
        • Walnut Hollow Basswood Tray or Plate
        • Photographs (Color Copies recommended for photographs).
        • White Glue
        • Craft or foam brush
        • Wood Stain or paint for wood surface
        • Newspaper clippings (optional)

          Project Instructions: 
          1. Protect your work surface with newspapers.  Stain or paint tray with one or more coats.  Allow to dry thoroughly.
             
          2. Trim your photos and arrange them on your tray.  When working with irreplaceable photos, use color copies in place of the originals.  Add any lettering on separate paper, cut to size ready to glue.
             
          3. Apply glue over entire wood tray surface with foam brush, immediately position pictures.  To remove trapped air bubbles and excess glue from under your photos, place a plastic bottle or roller in the center of your photo.  Gently roll to the outer edges.  Allow glue to dry thoroughly.
             
          4. Seal the entire tray surface with three coats of white glue; let dry between coats.  Once thoroughly dry, coat with Envirotex Lite per the package instructions (also, see photo steps below).  If there are any air bubbles that rise to the top, simply huff on them to remove.

          Measure out equal parts of  EnviroTex Lite resin and hardener.
          Mix together for 2 minutes.  
          Pour into a second cup and mix for another minute.

          Cactus Ring Holder with EasySculpt

          Thu, 04/14/2016 - 07:00
          Today we have designer Myléne Hillam with this cute Cactus Ring Holder she created with EasySculpt®


          Materials Required:
          ·   EasySculpt®·   20g copper wire – 20”·   Green acrylic paint·   Lumiere Metallic Rust·   Folk Art Lime Green·   Pearl Ex powder Aztec Gold·   Firm fitting latex gloves·   Acrylic roller·   Small shallow dish for shaping/forming the base·   2 Teflon craft sheets·   Talcum powder·   Craft knife·   Paint brush·   220 grit sandpaper·   Dust mask·   Block of polystyrene packing foam – this will support the cactus whilst it is curing·   Timer
          Instructions:  Before beginning, put on your gloves – EasySculpt will be sticky while you are working with it.  Dust the Teflon sheets with Talcum Powder.
           Bend the wire 8” from one end and twist together for the first 2”.

           Create a 2 ¼” arm to one side of center, twisting the wire back onto itself. Create a curve close to the main stem.

           Create another arm on the other side of center to match. Twist the rest of the wire down the main stem.

           Scoop out a marble sized piece of each of Parts A and B. Mix together according to the package instructions. Form it into a log.

           Place one of the arms on top and form the EasySculpt around the wire.

           Mix more EasySculpt and wrap it around the other two arms. Remove any excess clay and form it around the main stem. You’ll notice that EasySculpt will become firmer whilst you are working with it. If it is too soft and sticky to begin with, set it aside for 10-15 minutes and try again.

           You will be able to continue refining the shape of the arms for approximately 2 hours or more after you mixed the clay. Once you are happy with the shape, support the cactus upright by inserting the wire into a thick piece of polystyrene.

           Scoop out a ¾” ball of each of Parts A and B and mix together. Set the timer for 20-25 minutes before proceeding.

           Flatten the ball and place it between the two Teflon sheets. Roll it slightly larger than the size of the small bowl.

           Cut around the dish with the craft knife. Place the circle gently inside the dish (do not push it against the sides of the dish or it may stick permanently). Allow the clay to cure overnight. 
           Use the craft knife to carefully release the clay away from the dish. Put on the dust mask and trim any jagged edges with the knife and finish with the sandpaper to smooth the edge.

           Mix up a marble sized piece of EasySculpt and form it into a ball. Trim the wire close to the bottom of the cactus. Center the EasySculpt on the dish and press the base of the cactus into the clay.

          Mix some more EasySculpt and divide it into two balls. Color one ball with Pearl Ex powder and the other with Metallic Rust paint. Break off small pieces and form them into odd shaped pebbles. Attach them to the base of the cactus.

          Mosaic Tile Tray with EasySculpt®

          Tue, 04/12/2016 - 07:00
          Create a quick and easy mosaic tile tray using EasySculpt®.
          Here's how:
           Gather your supplies:  EasySculpt®,  mosaic tiles, small dish, rolling pin, Iridescent Powder, non stick surface, non stick scissors, paint brush.
           Measure equal parts of A and B.
           Blend together until you have a uniform color.  Set aside for 15 - 20 minutes.
           Roll clay out onto non stick surface.  Then, place onto the dish, trim as needed. 
           Press tiles into clay,
           Apply the powder using a paint brush.  Be generous with the powder.  Let set overnight.  Remove excess powder and place back into container.
          Now your tray is ready to use!

          Decorative Light Switch Cover with EasySculpt®

          Thu, 04/07/2016 - 07:00
          EasySculpt® is a Self-hardening Epoxy Molding Clay that is so versatile and easy to use.  The best part is that you do not have to know how to sculpt it have great results.Here is how I created this decorative light switch cover...
          Measure out equal parts of A and B EasySculpt®.  Then, mix together until blended with a uniform color.  Set aside for about 20 minutes.  Lightly spray two pieces of freezer paper with Mold Release.
           Place the EasySculpt® between the freezer paper and roll out thinly and large enough to cover the light switch.
           Place the EasySculpt® onto the light switch (Note: EasySculpt® will adhere to the light switch while it is drying, without the use of glue).  Cut away the opening.  Use a tooth pick to make the holes for the screws.  
           Use rubber stamps to create a design and texture.
           Use Iridescent Powders to add color and shimmer. 
          Be generous and be sure to cover the edges all the way around.  Let this set for 12 hours.  Shake off the excess powder and place it back into it's container.  
          Now the light switch cover is ready to be used.  So quick and easy!




          Amber Encased with EasyCast

          Tue, 04/05/2016 - 07:00
          Hi everyone!  Today, we have artist Mark James sharing how he encased a piece of Amber using EasyCast.
          I make a lot of wood crafts, canes, in particular.  In the cane pictured above, I had glued a piece of Amber at the top of the open hole I created.  I did not like that it seemed to move around as I thought it might come loose.
          So I sanded down one side of the opening to make it as flat as possible.  Then, I placed packing tape over the opening, being sure to burnish the tape to the cane.
           Begin by measuring out equal parts of EasyCast resin and hardener and stirring together for 2 minutes. 
          Pour into a second cup and stir for another minute.

          I removed the Amber from the cane and poured a small amount of EasyCast into the opening.  Then, I placed the amber into the center of the opening.  I let this set up for 8 hours.  Mix together another small batch of the EasyCast, as before.  This time, fill to cover the Amber completely.  Let dry 24 hours.  Pull the tape away from the back side. 
          This turned out perfect with the Amber encased with the EasyCast.
          I may have to make more wood canes with openings as this looks great!!

          We are Resin Blog Hopping with Ann Butler Designs

          Thu, 03/31/2016 - 00:40
          Welcome to our ETI / Ann Butler Designs Blog Hop...
          Check out all of these great projects created by the Ann Butler Designs Creative Team using products by ETI and Ann Butler Designs!
          To get instructions for each of the projects simply click on the names under the photos.
          Ann Butler


          Beth Watson

          Einat Kessler

          Irit Shalom

          Larissa Pittman

          Madeline Arendt

          Paula DeReamer

          Steph Ackerman

          Tammy Santana

          Vishu Reberholt
          Enjoy!!

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