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Layered Resin Marble Paper Weight

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 07:00
Mark James here with another project using EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy to create a Layered Marble Paper Weight.  It truly is amazing that you can put just about anything into the EasyCast to make a one of a kind paper weight. Here is how to make one of your own...
 Gather your supplies...I used an assortment of glass marbles and an ETI Coaster Mold
I measured out 1 ounce 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.
 Pour the mixed resin into the mold.
Place the glass marbles into the mold and let it set for 6 - 8 hours.
Mix up some more resin and pour into the mold, then add some more marbles and let set for 6 - 8 hours.
Mix a small amount of resin and add a drop of White Opaque Pigment, mix together and add to the mold.
Let set for 12 hours and remove from the mold.
The layers look great and there are so many possibilities...I am looking forward to trying!

Spooky Resin Treat Dish

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 07:00
Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here with a fun spooky treat dish.  It's almost Halloween so why not create a fun project the kids will love.I painted a wood dish with Earth Safe Finishes Chalk It Up paint in  Pear Compote and Licorice.  I also painted a bat with Licorice and adhered it to the outside of the dish.


While waiting for the paint to dry, I mixed equal amounts of EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy resin and hardener for 2 minutes.


Next, I transferred the mix into a second container and mixed for another minute.

I poured a light layer of EasyCast Clear Casting Expoxy in the bottom of my bowl then added in assorted sized wiggly eyes.  Then I poured another layer on top.

As the resin hardened, I also placed a few beads amongst the eyes. 

Wouldn't this be fun to put your Halloween candy in?  I'm sure the little one's eyes will go wild when they see the bottom of this candy dish!  I love how the eyes appear to be floating in the resin.

Thanks for stopping by today.


Steph 

Making Letter Molds with Silicone Putty

Thu, 09/10/2015 - 07:00
One of my favorite things to do is to make my own molds from EasyMold Silicone Putty!  So when I was creating a memo board of sorts to keep notes posted....I thought it would be great to make molds from the wooden letters I had bought, so that I would always have them available to make letters out of Resin or Clay whenever I needed them for a project...Here's how I started:
I got out my Silicon Putty
Measured out two equal balls of part A and B
 Mixed them together 
Until I have a uniform color.
 I pushed my 2 1/2" wooden letter into the Silicone Putty and repeated for all of the letters I was using.  I let them set up for about 20 minutes.  PLEASE NOTE: If you want to use the mold right away with resin, bake it in an oven for about 30 minutes on 350 degrees, and let cool.  Otherwise wait 48 hours for the mold to cure completely before using with resin.  
Once the molds were ready I mixed EasyCast® (get instructions here) with a couple drops of Black Opaque Pigment and poured it into the letter molds.  I waited 24 hours for them to set and be ready to use. I glued the letters onto a distressed board to say "Notes".  I then on three clothespins,centered under "Notes", and glued Resin Flowers (I created from the post on Tuesday)on top of the clothespins.  I added a couple additional flowers in the corners.

Creating Resin Flowers

Wed, 09/09/2015 - 07:00
Resin Flowers were on my mind a few weeks ago so I thought I would give it a try using EnviroTex Lite.  I love the result I got... See all of that wonderful shine? Here's How I created them...
Supplies:EnviroTex Lite
Ultra-Seal
Assortment of flower petals, paper or fabric
Brads
Surface to work on
Paintbrush


Apply a layer of Ultra-Seal onto one side of the flower petals with paintbrush.  Let Dry.Apply a second layer of Ultra-Seal onto one side of the flower petals.  Let Dry.Repeat for the back side of the petals.  
Measure out equal parts of the EnviroTex Lite resin and hardener. Then mix them together and stir for two minutes. Then pour into a new container and mix for another minute.
Brush a thin layer of  EnviroTex Lite onto the flower petals.  Let dry 4 - 6 hours.Brush on a second layer and let dry for 12 hours.Repeat for the back if desired.
Once they are dry you will have a wonderful assortment of petals to create flowers.
Layer 3 petals together and put a brad through the center.
This photo does not do the resin flowers justice as they are just so cool!

Happy Labor Day

Mon, 09/07/2015 - 07:00
We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Labor Day!!

Autumn Resin Tray

Fri, 09/04/2015 - 07:00
Hi everyone, Madeline Arendt here to share a project I created using EnviroTex Lite.  Around this time of the year, I get excited for the cooler days and the changing colors.  Being from the midwest, I love Autumn time!

All around the house, both inside and out, decorations go up to celebrate this lovely season.  This little project will be a new addition to my ever-growing collection of Autumn decor.  For now it will be used as a candle tray on my large kitchen island.  Other ideas would be to use it near the front entrance for a key holder or mail holder during the months of Autumn.

This project began with a small 12" x 8" unfinished, wooden tray.  NOTE: Any size tray will work, but the amount of the pour-on finish will have to be adjusted accordingly.

Materials

EnviroTex Lte® Pour-On High Gloss Finish - 8 oz.
Wooden Tray or Container with sides
Leaves (Real or Artificial)
Paint
Varnish
Tissue Paper (Colored)
Ultra-Seal
Brush
Ribbon (Optional)

Instructions
  1. Paint the outside, bottom and around the inner sides of the tray with brown paint.  NOTE: If desired, dry brush the painted surface with a metallic color, such as copper.
  2. Layer torn pieces of yellow tissue paper onto the bottom, inside of the tray using Ultra-Seal. Allow to dry well.
  3. Place real or artificial leaves onto the tissue paper as desired.  Use Ultra-Seal to secure the leaves in place.  Allow to dry well.  NOTE: If necessary, cover the leaves with parchment paper and weight them down till dry. 
  4. Varnish the tray and allow to dry.
  5. Prepare the EnviroTex Lite® according to the package directions (Click here for step by step instructions).  Once mixed properly, immediately pour into the tray.  Set aside to harden 24 - 72 hours.
  6. Add a decorative ribbon around the outer sides of the tray.  (OPTIONAL).

Molds with Silicone Putty and Clear Stamps

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 07:00
Hello my dear crafty friends, Irit Shalom here and welcome to my new post made for ETI.   This time it's  my own " old new" technique.  Making molds from clear acrylic stamps and casting them with ETI resins.  So here is a finished tag I made with this technique:

First find a largr Poinsettia  acrylic stamp  with leaves. The one used was from Inspired by Stamping stamp company and  it has a good thick acrylic material, I checked already and easy to mold without getting the whole stamp stained with purple from the Silicone Putty.
 Then grab your beloved  ETI Easy Mold Silicone Putty  
 Mix equal parts of A and B together 

until you have a uniform color 
I didn't have a photo of this step, but you place your clear stamp into the putty to create a mold,let it set for about 20 minutes.

You can see the finished mold above.

Always mix EasyCast according to manufacturer's instructions...
 Measure out equal parts of resin and hardener, then mix them together.Stir for two minutes, then pour into a new container and mix for another minute.
With the finished molds, first add the glitter inside the molds and then fill with a layer of mixed by the   ETI Easy Cast resin.   Let it dry for at least 24 hours.

Make your Holidays tag and add the casted Poinsettia and leaves over it as shown. Now make your tag and add your casted unique embellishment over it.
 And here is another project made using the same  mold, but this time using an air dry white clay that I painted with acrylic paints when they were dry.

11 Resin projects using ETI

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 07:00
A couple weeks ago we did a Blog Hop with the Designer Crafts Connection, where the designers used some of our products in their projects.  In case you missed any of them I have have photos here for you...to see the complete directions simply click on the link below the photo...Enjoy!!

Terry Ricioli
Marilyn Gossett
Marilyn Gossett
Julie McGuffee
Michelle Frae Cummings
Cindi Bisson Sue Eldred
Anita Scroggins
Ann Butler
Madeline Arendt
Kristi Parker

I hope you enjoyed all of these fabulous projects!!

Sewing Themed Resin Jar Topper

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 06:30
I have been sewing since I was a very young child...I actually went to school for Fashion Design so when I spotted these very cool sewing items and knew they would be the perfect things to use to create a Sewing themed resin jar topper.  Inside the jar could be antique buttons, small spools of thread, zippers....            oh the list could go and on...Along with the sewing themed items I gathered some lace, beads and glitter.
Then to get started...
 I measured 1/2 ounce of the resin and hardener from the EnviroTex Lite®.I poured them together.
and mixed for a full two minutes.
Then I poured the mixture into another cup and mixed for another minute.
I poured a small amount of the resin into a jar lid and ring that I had glued together the night before.
I placed the dress form, a couple spools of thread andsissors into the resin.Then I poured some of the micro beads on top.The dress form did not want to stand on its own,so I moved it around a bit and got some of the beads under it.
I poured some additional resin on and added another spool of thread,some buttons and a small ruler.Then I poured the last of the resin on top of the beads, and formed a good base around the base of the dress form.
Then I took a small piece of painters tape and attached it to one side of the ring,up and over the dress form and onto the opposite side of the ring...to help hold it in place until the resin set up.
Once it was set up I added a piece of lace around the rim and placed it on the jar!!
I wanted to get a photo of it right away as I just loved how it turned out...which is why there is nothing in the jar as yet....It will be fun deciding what should go in there.The resin will hold everything securly on the top...What's your hobby?  I am sure you could make a jar topperwith some of your favorite things too!

Casting with EasyMold Silicone Putty

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 07:00
This has to be the easiest and fastest way to create a mold! Not only is the EasyMold Silicone Putty easy to prepare, but it's just as easy to use.Mix equal portions and blend until you have a uniform colour.

I formed a large ball and split it into two balls because I wanted to cast 2 different objects: a lady's head and a resin rose.

I sprayed both objects with Castin' Craft™ Mold Release and Conditioner as per instructions. I wiped up excess pooling of the spray before I put the putty on.
You can see that I am able to cast while the rose is still attached to a bracelet.
Press the head into the ball of putty.
Press the rose into the ball of putty

And look at the beautiful results! 
each and every time...
All details are beautifully captured when clay is poured into the mold.
For more inspiration please visit me on my blog 

Resin Wall Hanging so Easy

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 07:00
Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today working with EasyCast Casting Epoxy from Environmental Technology Inc. to create a wall hanging.


I came across this circular sign recently and knew it would fit perfectly in my craft room.


The letter is recessed so it made for a great base onto which to add assorted elements and then seal with EasyCast.
I combined equal parts resin and hardener then, per the directions, I mixed it for 2 minutes. 

Next, I poured the mix into a clean cup and mixed it again for another minute.

I poured a light layer of epoxy over the sign, then added an assortment of embellishments. 

Once all the elements were added, I poured on additional epoxy to seal them in place. Then I placed my piece aside to allow it time to dry.I was very surprised and happy to see that the hardening process began in less than 30 minutes.


In about 24 hours my new wall hanging was completely sealed and ready to hang, please note it does take about 72 hours to cure completely.  I love how it turned out.



Thanks for stopping by today.

Steph

Crayon Resin Jar Topper

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:00
Creating Resin Jar Toppers are a great way to dress up a canning jar for storage.  After all, have you noticed all of the canning jars in craft stores lately?  They are just waiting to be decorated and with EnviroText Lite® it is so easy to do....I have been enjoying the process and seeing all of the different things I can use for these jar toppers and will be showing several over the next couple of weeks.  For the jar topper pictured above I used crayons...since it is back to school time they are extremely inexpensive right now so it is a good time to stock up.
Supplies:EnviroTex Lite®Ultra-Seal™Crayons,1 box of 24 for the jar topper Canning Jar with Lid and RingWhite Acrylic Paint ScissorsPaint BrushExacto KnifeCutting Mat
To get started I painted the jar lid and ring white, let it dry and then gave it a second coat and let it dry.  I used a small amount of resin left over from another project applied it around the lid and placed the lid inside the ring and set it aside to dry completely for a couple hours.  This step will ensure that the resin used on the top will not spill out between the lid and the ring in the next step.
I cut the tip and the end of the crayons about 1/4" from the swirly lines on the crayons as shown in the photo. above and set them aside.
 I measured 1/2 ounce of the resin and hardener from the EnviroTex Lite®.I poured them together.
and mixed for a full two minutes.
Then I poured the mixture into another cup and mixed for another minute.
 I poured enough into the lid to cover the bottom and come up to the edge of the ring.
 I took the ends of the crayons I had cut off and started placing them around the outer edge of the lid, next to the ring.
 I adjusted them evenly once I had them al in place.At this point I added just a little more resin.
 Then I placed the tips of the crayons in the center.I also adjusted these so that they were evenly spaced.Set the lid aside to dry completely, about 12 hours.
Once the lid was dry...I took the center of the crayons that were remaining and removed the labels.  I then cut out the word "Crayola" from different colors and used the Ultra-Seal™ to adhere them to the ring.I then filled up the jar with new crayons and put the topper on.This would make a wonderful gift for any child in your life!!

Resin Filled TableTop

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 07:00
Hello, Kristi here for a fun and more involved project using the wonderful products from ETI!  I love doing larger projects so this was up my right up my ally.    I started with the table top built by McGuffey Woodworking  The legs could be removed so I could work on the table surface a bit easier.Supplies:EnviroTex Lite® ResinUltra SealGraphic 45 Paper - Steampunk SpellsMisc. Embellishment
It took some time to figure out a theme but wanted to use Steampunk Spells from Graphic 45.  I started my design and used Ultra Seal, also from ETI to adhere and seal the layers of paper.  This keep the paper from discoloring.
After this is 100% dry I started the layering and dimensional part of this project.  I have used many sealers but I really like how the Ultra Seal works and covers.

Some 3D elements are added and I am ready to pour on my first layer of resin.  For this project I knew I would be using a lot of resin so I got the larger containers to mix. 

I still follow the instructions and mix in smaller portions.  This is to ensure a complete mix and better hardening results.  I pour in 4oz of resin then add 4oz of the hardener.  I mixed these for two minutes then poured them in a second cup and stir for an additional one minute. I also mixed 3 cups in total for the first layer.

Once all steps for mixing are complete I just pour the resin. 
 I made sure that the resin did spread and covered the entire surafce.  I also allowed it to sit for about five minutes to allow air bubbles to rise.  I use my heat gun held up about six inches from the surface to pop all bubbles.  I check back in about 30 minutes to make sure no other bubbles have formed.  If they do I just use the heat tool to pop them.   LET DRY  (I allowed at least 12 hours beween layers.)

I added more elements between each layer of resin added.  Some Gold Leaf, more gears, and other elements.  When the final layer is poured it really gives the illusion of items floating!  Here are some closer looks!




Here is the finished project.  The legs were attached.  (Made from PVC pipe and painted with spray paint in Hammered Black and Dark Bronze)  Hope you enjoyed this project, I know I did!


Happy Creating!Kristi

ETI is Blog Hopping with Designers Crafts Connections

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 23:00
Starting today ETI is Blog Hopping with designers from the Designer Crafts Connection...so be sure and check out the hop!!

The Designer Crafts Connection is a group of professional designers and crafters that come together to share creative ideas. The first Monday of every month you will find a whole new series of fantastic craft projects and designer ideas to explore.   The throughout the month they do special hops which is what this one is...several of the designers were sent a selection of ETI products to be used to create a project to place on their blogs for the blog hop....we are excited to see what they have come up with...To get started with the hop...click on the DCC logo below:
Be sure to leave comments on the blogs and here to have a chance to win the prize pictured below:





a Rafflecopter giveaway

DIY Resin Letters

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 07:00
I am always on the lookout for different molds to use with EasyCast® Resin.  Silicone molds are my favorite and while shopping recently I saw a great selection of molds from Plaid... called Mod Molds...pictured above is an Alphabet one that I knew would be perfect for many projects.
Simply mix equal parts of EasyCast® for two minutes, then pour into a second cup and mix for an additional minute.  At this point I added some black ultra fine glitter. I poured the EasyCast® into the mold, you could pour it into the desired letters you plan on using, or fill the entire mold so that you have choices. If there are any air bubbles that rise to the top you can simply use a lighter to remove them.  Then let the EasyCast® Resin set for 12 - 24 hours.
Remove the letters from the mold, if there is any resin that spilled over, simply trim the letters if needed.
I created two sets of letters which makes it easy to spell out several words, above it the word "SWEET".  These letters can be used in so many projects...What would you use them for?  Let me know in the comments...

No-slip Rugs with Fiber-Lok

Mon, 08/10/2015 - 07:00
Amongst the vast product line of Environmental Technologies is Fiber-Lok™, which when applied to the bottom of a rug, prevents the rug from skidding or sliding.  I have several rugs at home that desperately need to stop skidding!  Most of my rugs are like this one with that rubber thing underneath, and they drive me crazy because the rubber 'mat' never stays put under the rug.

Not working! Supplies: Fiber-lok Brush
This couldn't have been any easier! Your rug should be 'clean' before applying the Fiber-lok ( I gave it a vacuum and a quick wipe down with a cloth).  You are applying the Fiber-lok to the bottom of the rug. I used a wide foam brush because at the time I couldn't find a regular brush of that size.  If you do use a regular brush it's good to know that it is an easy soap-and-water cleanup.  According to the instructions you need to wear protective eye gear.  I figured my glasses would give me any protection I needed.  I also worked in a large and well-ventilated room.  Simply brush a thin coat of Fiber-lok onto the back side of your carpet. 
 It goes on white but dries clear.  
When it is clear you apply one more coat of Fiber-lok.  Let it dry and you are ready to walk, and not slide, on your carpet. It's that easy!

For more great ideas and inspiration please check out my BLOG.

DIY Decor Resin Wall Hanging

Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
Since I discovered resin I find myself constantly on the lookout for items with bezels. This wooden butterfly called out to me (actually she called 3 times) and today I am sharing with you the first of my 3, DIY Decor Resin Wall Hangings. 
Supplies:
  • ETI EnviroTex Lite
  • ETI Ultra-Seal
  • Ann Butler Designs Iridescents by Earth Safe Finishes, Tangelo
  • Wood butterfly wall hanging
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Sandpaper
  • Foam brushes
  • Squeegee
  • Mica flakes
  • Recollections™ Opaque Sparkle, Vintage Blue
  • Westcott titanium scissors
Instructions:
Clean and sand rough edges of wood shape.
Cover the surface with Ultra-Seal, including the outer ridge. Let it dry.
Paint the ridge with tangelo by pouncing the brush to create texture.  Let it dry.  Make a template for your background and then cut out the shape.  Coat both sides with Ultra-Seal and place the paper into the butterfly.  Use the squeegee to smooth out the paper and ensure an even distribution of sealer and to remove air bubbles.  When it has dried, give the paper another coat and let it dry overnight. Preparing and pouring the resin:It is important that you prepare and work with resin in ideal conditions for happy results:Ideal pouring temperature should be between 70 and 80 degrees F. For proper hardness of film, humidity should be below 50%.  
I like to mark my measurements with a black marker so I don't forget how much I want to mix and to help me more accurately pour and measure the liquids.  Mixing this resin is a 2-pour-process.  It is necessary to measure and mix the resin and hardener in one cup, and then pour it into a clean cup and stir it again with a clean stick.
 Once mixed according to manufacturer's instructions I stirred in some sparkle.I poured it evenly over the surface and then gently placed some mica flakes on the surface.  I gave each flake a soft push so it would break the surface.  After 15 minutes, I did a 'bubble check' and removed any remaining air bubbles with my torch.  After 72 hours, my DIY Decor Resin Wall Hanging will be fully cured and ready to display.
Are you going to be on the lookout for bezelled objects? 
 Roberta
For more inspiration please visit my Blog!

Stunning Resin Charms

Tue, 08/04/2015 - 07:00
Hello my dear crafty friends, Irit here.  Welcome to my new tutorial made for ETI.  This time I decided to make a bag chain/key chain/whatever chain and to combine resin charm with metal frame charm - all in one.  So here we go ! 1. Pick a nice stamp that is around 2'' size and stamp it over good stamping cardstock with Staz-On ink.  I used this Rubber Dance One Penny Post Stamp as this was just a perfect size for my charm.

2. Now pick a background stamp that you can cut , as only the small piece of it will be seen. I used Music notes Rubber Dance background for this side of the charm.  Flap the stamped image and stamp exactly over it on the backside of your cardstock with the same ink


3. Cut the image to fit the 2"x2'' acrylic piece we are going to use as our charm base.

And this is how it looks from the other side.Both sides are inked with a mix of distress Ranger inks.

4. And now for ETI STEPS: Glue the stamped piece over the acrylic fragment with a small portion of EasyCast® Resin and let it dry.  Insert the fragment into the metal frame as shown below.  Cover both stamped sides (also just one side is seen here) with ETI Ultra- Seal Multi Purpose Sealer.Let one side dry and then cover the second one and let it dry.

5. Mix  EasyCast® Resin according to the manufacturers instructions, then add a bit of Amber Transparent Dye  into the mixed resin. Glue one empty metal frame over the frame with the stamped image to make a kind of a small shadow box.  Add whatever you want into the metal frame (I picked a small glass  bottle, a sticker word Hope and a small metal key).  Cover it with your amber resin mix and let it dry for a few hours.  Fill a heart mold with the rest of your amber resin and let it dry for overnight,

6.This is how the resin heart looks when it's dry and the charm open side. Cover the back side (the one with a Penny  post stamp image) with a thin layer of EasyCast® Resin  (this part is not shown on  photos ) and  let it dry.  Make a hole with your hole punch in resin heart (pretty easy if your heart is not very thick).

7.Arrange your charms on a  ball chain and enjoy it as a key chain/bag chain or "whatever you need it for "chain.


And this is the other side of your metal charm.

Adding Color to Resin

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:00
Adding color to resin is easy to do...ETI has Transparent and Opaque Dyes that make it easy...here's how:
Mix your resin according to manufacturers instructions and pick the color you would like to use.
Simply add a small amount and mix into the resin.
Pour into molds...
of choice.
Use a lighter to remove any bubbles that rise to the top.  Let dry 24 hours...
Now you have wonderful resin pieces to use in projects.

Multi-Glittered Resin Coaster

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 07:00
On Monday of this week, I shared how I created a 3" x 3" Coaster Mold from EasyMold® Silicone Putty using an acrylic block, you can check it out by clicking here...So today I am going to share the Multi-Glittered Coaster I made with the mold...It turned out great...
Here's how to make it...
First mix EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy according to manufacturer's instructions.  Then I added a small amount of ultra fine gold and purple glitter.
and some ultra fine copper glitter...
and just a bit of red ultra fine glitter. you can use any colors you like, the results will always be great...
Mix until well blended.
Pour into the mold.Use a lighter to remove the air bubbles that may rise to the top.
Let dry 24 hours.
Remove from the mold.
This 3" coaster is a bit thicker than the 4" one I created a few weeks ago, but in reality I like both the molds and will be making a variety of coasters with them.  There are so many possibilities here and it will be fun to explore them and share the results.

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