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Happy New Year from ETI

Fri, 01/01/2016 - 01:00
We would like to wish everyone a
Wonderful and Happy New Year!

Resin Shell Tray

Thu, 12/31/2015 - 07:00
 EnviroTex Lite is the perfect product to use when making beautiful serving trays...I thought I should use up some shells we have collected over the years on the beach in Florida (where my parents live) to create a beautiful memory tray for my mom!


Here's how I made it:Supplies:EnviroTex LiteWooden Serving TrayEarth Safe Finishes Chalk it Up!, Blueberry 
Ann Butler Design's Iridescents, LagoonShells, assorted
Tools: Cups, Stir Stick, Paint Brush, Lighter
I painted the inside and out of the tray with Blueberry and let it dry.Then, I painted a coat of Lagoon over the Blueberry and let it dry.
I measured out equal amounts of the EnviroTex Lite resin and hardener.
I poured the together...
and stirred for 2 minutes.  Then, I poured the mixture into a new cup and stirred for an additional 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 some resin and applied it over the top and let it set for another 12 hours and repeated with a third coat.

The tray turned out beautiful and all of the shells in it were found while we were walking along the beach. so this is a beautiful memory tray...

Resin Covered Painted Mirror Tile

Tue, 12/29/2015 - 07:00
Today we have guest designer Vee James, with a wonderful project using a glass mirror she painted then applied EnviroTex Lite to protect the design and give it added strength.


I am happy to share this project with your readers today...
I started out 4" mirror and assorted colors of Ann Buter Designs Iridescents from Earth Safe Finishes.I painted different colors onto the mirrow in a sweeping motion,until I was happy with the results.I let this dry.
I placed masking tape around the edge of the mirror and placed it on a cup.  Then I mixed 1 ounce of EnviroTex Lite by measuring out 1/2 ounce of the resin and hardener, mixing them together and mixing for 2 minutes.  I then poured the mixture into a new cup and mixed for another minute, accoring tot he manufacturer's instructions.
I poured the mixture onto the mirror...
and used a brush to gently move ithe resin to the edges.  There were a few air bubbles that rose to the top so I just blew on them to remove them.
I love how it turned out and know that the mirroris protected and will remain beautiful.

Happy Holidays!!

Fri, 12/25/2015 - 07:00
From all of us to all of you...

Resin Mishap turned Awesome

Wed, 12/23/2015 - 07:00
Whenever I am working with Resin I always have extra molds out in case I mixed up to much...that way I am able to use up every late little drop...last week I had mixed up a small batch of EasyCast for a project and had some left over so I added some gold ultra fine glitter to it and poured it into some molds.... I left them to dry overnight and in the morning I realized what went wrong....They were still WET....Truth be told it is December and I live in Minnesota....While I made sure the house temperature was turned up to 70 degrees, which is required for success....My house does not heat evenly and my studio has 5 windows....it was a windy and blustery night so my studio actuality was was cooler then 70 degrees....
So my first reaction was to empty the resin out of the molds....
Now if I would have left the resin in the molds and moved the molds into my living roomwhere it was warmer they would have still set up, but I did not know that at the time....
So I removed the resin and inside my molds I had left over glittered resin in all the details of the molds.  Then it occurred to me, that if I poured another color of resin over this it might give me some great results....so...
I mixed up a small batch of EasyCast by measuring out equal amounts of the resin and hardener,mixing them together for 2 minutes and the pouring that into a second cup and mixing for another minute.  Then I added some ultra fine glitter in blue and poured that on top of the molds....I waited 24 hours to remove the pieces and the results....
Were absolutely stunning....while I know that I can put glitter right into a mold before adding resin, it is hard to get it exactly where I want it....with this mishap,  the glittered gold resin was in all the right places and after pouring the second layer...
 The results were Awesome.....
So I am thinking this can be done easily without a mishap...by pouring a small amount of one color into your molds just to go into the all the tiny spaces...letting it dry for a couple hours and then coming back with a second color....
What do you think?  I just love the results of this mishap!!

Resin Christmas Cuff Bracelet

Mon, 12/21/2015 - 07:00
HOHOHO Karen Bearse here with a new project.  With the gift giving season well on it's way & Christmas looming I thought I would do a project I have had in mind for a long time.  I made a Christmas Cuff Bracelet.  This would make a great gift anytime of year as the beauty of it is any theme can be used. Linnie Blooms makes canvas products of all types and they happen to have a canvas cuff that is perfect for this project.  The paper shown here is the new Ordre de Jour paper by 7gypsies.  It would be great for this project also-there are all sorts of cool cut-out pieces to use.


 I also used a bezel to hold my resin treasure.  When starting out, cutting the design, the trick is to ink the edges of the bezel and stamp it on the paper then cut out on the inside of the line, making your paper piece fit into the bezel. 
I used Christmas paper from the Santa's Journey paper pad.  I choose this newsprint paper as my background, then cut out Santa's picture from another piece.  Both were glued in using ultra-seal and coated on top with ultra-seal to protect the image.
I left some open spots to add my glitter and beads so they would show up.  Set aside the bezel so the glue can dry, to make the band.I spritzed the band with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and let dry.

Time to make the resin! Using the Jewelry Resin and *reading the directions carefully, mix equal parts in one cup for a full 2 minutes.  Pour contents into a clean cup, with a new stir stick, mix another minute.  Let the resin sit for a minute.  At this point add some of your bling into your bezel.  I added a 7 gypsies tree charm and a few beads.  Pick up the resin with a stir stick, drip resin into bezel, filling halfway.  Then, reposition objects, if they shift, with the tooth pick.  The resin will self-level.  Let sit for approximately 30 minutes until the resin has firmed a bit.  Any bubbles should disappear by this time but if any remain blow gently through a straw to release them.

  Add next layer of mica, glitter, a word or more beads. These objects will appear to "float" in the resin.  Be mindful not to cover your focal image.  Using a stir stick drip in more resin to the top of the bezel.  Cover the bezel with a cup to protect it from dust while the resin cures- 24 hours.

 While my bezel was curing I thought my band was too plain so I added some stenciling with acrylic paint, white paint splatters and eyelets to help hold the piece.Once cured I glued my bezel down and let dry. To finish this Christmasy project add ribbon through the eyelets. Have a very Merry Christmas and/or a Happy Holiday!!! See you in 2016!

Easy Resin Christmas Ornament

Thu, 12/17/2015 - 07:00
There is still time to grab your decorative papers and stickers and create some Easy Resin Christmas Ornaments to put on your tree or add to a package, instead of a bow, and give a s a gift!
This ornament was done with a dimensional glittered sticker, EasyCast®, ultra fine glitter, Mold Release and a small circle mold.
Here how to create this ornament:
Measure out equal amounts of the EasyCast® hardener and resin.
Mix them together.
Stir for two minutes.  Then pour back into the first cup and stir for another minute.

I added some ultra fine glitter.

Spray the mold with mold release and pour resin into the mold, about 1/8" - 1/4".

Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top and set aside for 12 hours,

Mix another small batch of EasyCast® and pour into the mold.

Place the sticker into the mold.

Move it around until you are happy with the placement.
It should be covered with the resin.
Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top and let set for 24 hours.

Pop out of the mold and add a ribbon around the edge along with a gold twine to create a hanger and place on your tree...it is that easy!

Christmas Ornaments made easy with EnviroTex

Tue, 12/15/2015 - 07:00
What fun discovering more ways to create with EnviroTex Lite Pour-On Resin for holiday decorations.  While checking out holiday craft supplies at the local Michael's, I found acrylic two piece ornaments and laser cut wooden designs.


By gluing the wooden designs into one-half of the acrylic ornament shape I was able to create interesting decorations.  A glue that is clear or will dry clear needs to be used.  Place the glue onto the wood design close to the edges that will touch the plastic ornament when place inside.  If needed, use something to add weight to the wood and hold it in place till the glue dries.  Once it is adhered to the inside of the ornament, the resin can be added.


Measure equal parts of the hardener and resin and mix together for 2 minutes, then pour into another cup and mix for another minute.

Pour into the plastic shape and set aside till the resin hardens, about 24 hours, being sure to place the forms onto a surface that will keep them level.

NOTE: To determine how much resin needs to be mixed to fill the shape, before beginning, add water into the plastic shape and pour the water into a measuring cup to see how much of the EnviroTex resin to mix.  Some glitter was sprinkled onto the first layer of resin.




Once the resin hardens decorative trims, ribbons and hangers are added.

Another find from the craft store was a metal form in the shape of a tree...

NOTE: This shape had some gaps that need to be filled so the resin will not leak. Use a clear glue along the inside edges and allow to dry well before proceeding.  Determine how much resin needs to be mixed to fill the form by using the method mentioned in the NOTE above.

Cut a decorative fabric to fit the inside of the tree shape.  Apply a coat of Ultra Seal to the metal surface and put the fabric in place.  Brush the fabric surface with another coat of the Ultra Seal and allow to dry.  Glue your choice of embellishments onto the fabric.  I used a laser wooden design and tiny decorative snowflake buttons.  If using buttons with a shaft on the backside, remove it to make placement easier.  Allow the added embellishments to dry well.



Proceed to mix the amount of EnviroTex needed to fill the form.  Place the form onto a sheet of parchment paper on a level surface.  Pour the resin to fill.  Set aside to harden, about 24 hours.


The last piece I want to share is a tray that I made as a holiday decoration several years ago and it was my first experience with EnviroTex Lite.  I painted a wooden tray with red acrylic paint and finished it with a coat of varnish.  To the inside of the tray, I glued a collection of holiday-related papers and other finds.  The final step was to add resin into the tray.  I used the 4 oz size.  If a thicker layer of resin is wanted, mix more and once the first layer is hard another one can be poured.

Glittered Resin Christmas Coaster

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 07:00
I was sorting through old Christmas cards the other day and thought some of them would be perfect to use with resin as coasters and ornaments...
For today's project I thought parts of this card would be the perfect fit to create a resin Christmas coaster....so I got out my EasyCast and coaster mold...
Measure out equal parts of the resin and hardener.
Combine them together and stirred for 2 minutes, then pour the mixture into another cup and
stir for 1 more minute.
Stir in some ultra fine gold glitter.

Pour the mixture into the coaster mold that has been prepared with some mold release .  Remove any air bubbles that rise to the top with a lighter if needed.  Then set aside for 12 hours.
Cut one of the squares from the card and add some glue around the outside edge, sprinkle with ultra fine red glitter, set aside to dry.
Cut out the other poinsettia on the card and glitter some of the leaves and the center of the poinsettia on the square the same way you did the edge.  Once dry glue together in the center of the poinsettia,this will give some dimension.
Mix up some more EasyCast (this time without glitter).  Place the poinsettia into the middle of the coaster mold and pour a layer of resin over the top, let set for 12 hours.
I love how this coaster turned out....the glitter on the poinsettia is beautiful under the resin.
A set of these would be perfect for the holidays!

A tip for using Silicone Rubber Molds

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 07:00
As many of you know, I love to make Silicone Rubber Molds...it is so easy and you can make a mold quickly out of most anything....
Simply measure out two equal balls of part A and B of Silicone Putty
Mix them together
Until you have a uniform color. Place your object into the mixed silicone puttyLet it set up for about 20 minutes and,you will have a perfect mold....
 Now for a very important tip when using Resin with a mold you have created....
You can use your mold right away with a clay...but if you are going to use a resin such as EasyCastbeware of....
 a chemical reaction and bubbles.....as you can see with the resin piece above....this was poured within an hour of being made....if the bubbles are not going to matter with the look your going for,then no problem...vut if you want a nice clear resin....
 like this one pictured above....you simply have to wait 48 and there will be no chemical reaction...
it really is that simple....

Double Sided Resin Glitter Coaster

Mon, 12/07/2015 - 07:00
Coasters are a great gift item so, with the holidays fast approaching I thought I would try to make a reversible glitter coaster...using ultra fine glitter on one side and chunky glitter on the other...I must say I loved the result and will be making a few sets of these!To get started, gather your supplies: EasyCastMold Release coaster mold, ultra fine glitter and chunky glitter.
 Measure out equal parts of the resin and hardener.
Combine the resin and hardener.Stir for 2 minutes. Pour into another cup and 
 stir for 1 more minute.
 Add ultra fine glitter.

 Pour into a coaster mold that has been sprayed with mold release.

Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles and let set for 12 hours.

Mix up more of the EasyCast for the second layer.

 Pour the resin into the mold and then add a small amount of the chunky glitter.


Mix into resin and, add more chunky glitter if desired.
Use a lighter to remove air bubbles if needed.
Let set for 24 hours and remove from the mold.

The coaster turned out very cool....here is the chunky glitter side...

and the ultra fine glitter side.

I like that it is reversible and oh so easy to make....
These will be perfect gifts for the holidays in sets of 4...
tied with a pretty ribbon.

Personalized Glittered Resin Ornament Part 2

Thu, 12/03/2015 - 07:00
Earlier this week I shared the start of a resin ornament I was making with a mold I made with the Silicone Putty, EasyCast and glitter (you can the find the directions here).  Today I am going to show you how I personalized the ornament with a photo and EasyCast!I chose a photo and cut it into a shpae that would fit into the mold.  Then I applied two coats of Ultra-Seal to the fron and back, letting it dry in between coats.
Then I added just a bit of Iridescents Paint to the edges to help it blend into the background of the ornament and let it dry.
 I measure out equal parts of the resin and hardener.Mixed them together and stirred for 2 minutes.Then I poured them into another cup and stirred for 1 minute.
I poured some resin into the mold over the glittered piece that was set up.
 I placed the photo into the resin...
I pushed down the photo to secure and remove the air bubbles from under it.
Once it was in place where I wanted it, I used a lighter to remove the air bubbles from the top.Let this set 24 hours.
 When it was set I removed it from the mold and love how it turned out...Here is the glitter side...as you can see the mold worked perfectly to get the all of the details!
On the back side the photo is a wonderful way to personalize the ornament...These would make great gifts and one more way to personalize them even further would be to add the date...that way you could make one every year!

Personalized Glittered Resin Ornament part 1

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 07:00
A couple weeks ago I created a silicone mold from a plaster Christmas ornament,
you can find the step by step directions hereToday I am going to share how to create a personalized glittered ornament using that mold.
 Gather your supplies: EasyCast, ultra fine glitter and the mold.
 Measure out equal parts of the resin and hardener.
 Combine the resin and hardener.
 Stir for 2 minutes.
 Pour into another cup and 
 stir for 1 more minute.
 Add ultra fine glitter.
 Pour into the mold.
Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise.I poured a thin layer as I will let this set andshare part 2 in the next post.

Jewelry Clay Poinsettia Crystal Bracelet

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 00:07
I am making some gifts for the holiday and grabbed some Jewelry Clay to try in different molds....I love the results I am getting....
Here is a poinsettia that I created...and oh so simple!
 How to: Jewelry Clay comes with two containers marked A and B.
 Roll out an even amount of each A and B.
 Mix the two components together until you have a uniform color.Now it is ready to use...I put it into a poinsettia mold...
I let it set up for about 20 minutes and removed it.

I placed some crystals into the center/

Once it was dry I painted a light coat of Limelight Iridescents onto the entire front.
Then I paint the petals Orchid and Berry.  I added some leafs that I had also made from the jewelry clay, these I painted with the limelight.

I glued a pin back onto the back, so that it could be used for a pin...

and also pinned to a piece of mesh crystal and used as a bracelet.

Two looks in one....quick and easy!

These would also look great on one of a kind Christmas cards...

Resin Autumn Decor

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 07:00
 Designer Madeline Arendt shares a Resin Autumn Home Decor project with us today.

While visiting an area craft stores,  I am always on the look-out for interesting shapes and forms in a variety of materials to transform.  Recently I found a number of items to play with.

During this season of holidays,  I like decorative items that are simple.  Here is a piece that will be added to my autumn decor collection.  The base for this piece was a metal ornament shape.


Materials

Envirotex Lite Resin
ETI Ultra-Seal
Metal Ornament Shape
Fabric Scrap / Paper Scrap
Pinecones
Acorn Caps
Small Plastic Embellishments
Die-cut Letters
Beacon 3-in-1 Glue
Scissors

Instructions

NOTE: Before beginning measure to see how much resin mix will be needed to fill the shape.  Tape off any holes or opening and add water till full.  Pour off the water into a measuring cup to determine the approximate amount of resin that will be needed. 



Begin by cutting a background to fill the inside of the metal ornament shape, using either fabric or paper.  Adhere the cut background using ETI Ultra-Seal.  Apply another coat of the sealer over the top of the surface; dry well.


With scissors, trim some of the pinecone petals from one side to make placement of them easier.

Glue the pinecones and acorn caps, alternately around the outside edge of the shape.  Press if necessary to make them contact well to the surface.  Place other decorative elements onto the surface with glue and allow all to dry well before proceeding.

NOTE: If desired, brush the tops of the pinecones with some glitter glue to add some sparkle.

Place the shape to be filled onto a level, covered surface, using a piece of plastic or parchment paper.  Mix the ETI resin following the package directions.  Pour the resin into the shape, filling as close to the top as possible.  Follow directions for removing bubbles, but leave to harden without touching.

NOTE:  In my piece there were a few pinecones that extended slightly above the surface.  I was fine with the look but made sure that the tops had resin brushed on them. If the desire is to have them completely embedded, the pinecones would need more trimming

To complete the piece, tear two strips from a coordinating piece of fabric.  Glue one strip around the shape.  From a bow from the second and glue in place.

This piece can sit on a shelf, table or made to hang as wall decor.  Another version of this idea will be shared shortly for the coming Christmas season.  This will be a two-sided piece.


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Create a Christmas Ornament Mold with Silicone Putty

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 07:00
As you might know by now, one of my favorite things to do is to make my own molds from EasyMold Silicone Putty!  I am always on the lookout for new things to make molds from and I love this one.Here's how I started:
I got out my Silicon Putty and this plaster Christmas ornament I found at Michael's.
I noticed that the ornament had a slight flaw so I wanted to fix that before making the mold.

I took a file and filed it down the best I could.


I measured out two equal balls of part A and B
I mixed them together

Until I have a uniform color.
I pressed the ornament into the silicone putty.

After 20 minutes, I removed the ornament.

The mold is perfect!
I need to wait 48 hours before pouring resin into the mold...
so check back next week to see how cool the resin ornaments turn out!

Dollar Store Resin Coasters

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 07:00
While shopping at the Dollar Store one day I came across a package of round coasters that had stickers on them and thought I would try adding a coat of resin on them, since I am always looking for new things to try.For this project I used EnviroTex Lite:

I measured equal amounts of resin and hardener.
Poured them together,
Then, stirred for 2 minutes.I then poured the mixture into another cup and stirred for 1 minute.
Since the top of the coaster was a sticker I did not have to decoupage over it, it was ready to go.  I taped around the edge of the coaster with painter tape.  I did not go above the edge of the coaster as I just wanted to add a thin layer.  I then placed the coaster on an upside down cup to give it height. Then, I started to pour some of the resin mixture on the coaster.
I waited a few minutes and then simply blew on the couple bubbles that rose to the top, to remove them.  Then I let this sit to dry for 12 hours.
 This was so quick and easy to do and the RESIN layer on top of the coasters gives it extra shine and durability, so they will last for years to come....I don't know anyone who is going to be 70 anytime soon, but when I do...I have the coasters for the party!!

Resin Paper Series #2

Tue, 11/17/2015 - 07:00
Hi all, it is Karen Bearse, back with another installment of my paper series.  Today we are going to examine using resin on glossy surfaces, handmade paper, and another napkin idea.To see how to mix the resin and best ideas on applying it to the paper check out my 

Resin Paper Series #1. 
Here is the first paper we are playing with- magazine paper:

This is a page from Entertainment Weekly advertising the show "Legends" with Sean Bean, (love him little plug-hee hee).  I applied the EasyCast® Resin with a piece of kitchen sponge as in my last post.  Interesting when dried, the resin looks like water spilled on the page and was repelled and beaded quite a bit.  Very cool!  On the backside it is actually fairly smooth.  However for a light weight paper it did not become transparent.
Next up, a photo printed on glossy paper.  I was very surprised that the photo did not bleed or smear at all.  It looks almost like a laminate only there is some texture from the sponge and a few bubbles.  Like the magazine transparency was not affected.  Next time I would use my heat gun just a little to remove bubbles and potentially smooth out the resin.  However I like the look and will try potentially putting more texture in, using a texture tool, when the resin is slightly dry-hum.  For now I would use this is in a project life or mini book and just punch holes adding the photo with no page protector.  The resin protects the photo quite nicely. 
  Here is a tag with acrylic paint on top.  This had surprisingly a bit of the same effect with the resin being repelled in places, but not beading just some empty spaces.  It does add lovely shine and texture.  If I wanted to cover the tag completely I could just spread a second coat.
Next up a playing card.  Yup you guessed it with the glossy surface the resin reacts like the magazine page.  Beading and leaving a cool texture. 
I switched gears with my next paper and covered a hand made paper with gold metallic. The resin/paper is quite transparent and the feel of the paper is roughly textured.  Very cool, I see using this with die cuts or as paper in a mini. 
Interestingly, the resin process did change the color of the paper from bright blue to a beautiful teal color.  The metallic remained almost identical to the original but as the base color is darker the metallic pops more. 
 Lastly, I went back to the napkins.  I left the napkin layers intact and applied a heavier layer of resin.  This is great & creates a strong plastic like page.  The lines in the napkin were left intact which I had hoped the resin would smooth things out.  I want to figure out how to get rid of the lines.  Can you iron paper napkins?
Now I have a nice folder full of fun resin/papers that I will be playing with.  Take some time this week to play with EasyCast® Resin!!!!

Glittered Resin Coaster

Fri, 11/13/2015 - 07:00
I have been making a lot of coasters and trying out different molds to make them in the past few months.  I think I have found my favorite so far, is the...

 ETI 3' x 3' reusable mold...
Here is how easy it is to use:
Measure out equal amounts of the EasyCast® hardener and resin.
Mix them together.
Stir for two minutes.  Then pour back into the first cup and stir for another minute.
Stir in some ultra fine glitter in the color of your choice.Be sure to spray the mold with ETI Mold Release
Pour the resin mixture into the mold.  For this step you will have to determine how thick you want your coaster to be.I poured about 1/4" thick.
You can easily blow the bubbles away as they rise to the top oruse a lighter to remove them.  Let set to dry 12 - 24 hours.
I popped the coaster out of the mold andI love how it turned out...
I see lots of experimenting in the future with this mold...

Glittered Resin Paper Weight

Wed, 11/11/2015 - 07:00
I loved the Resin Paper Weight Mark James created a couple months ago, that I wanted to give it a try with some glitter added
I gathered some glass marbles, a coaster mold, and EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy.
I measured out equal amounts of  the EasyCast Resin and Hardener
I mixed them together for 2 minutes, then poured them into a new cup and mixed for another minute.
I sprayed the inside of the mold with Castin Craft Mold Release.

I added some Iridescent Ultra Fine Glitter.

I filled the mold half way with the resin mixture.

I decided to only add green marbles and I places them into the bottom and along the sides of the mold, then I put it aside for 12 hours.
I then mixed more EasyCast, this time adding a couple drops of translucent...

and I added a bit more glitter...

and poured the resin mixture into the mold.
I let this dry for 24 hours and removed it from the mold.

I love how the paper weight turned out!

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