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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.

  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.
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®

  • 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.

  • 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)
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.

  • 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.

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
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.

EnviroTex Lite® Marbled Votive Holder

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 07:00
Today we have designer Mylene Hillam sharing a fabulous marbled votive holder created with EnviroTex Lite®.  This would be a great accent piece for a coffee table or dinner table this fall. 

EnviroTex Lite®
Acrylic paint: Warm White, Hookers Green, Moss Green,Black
Wooden votive holderETI Mixing Cup SetMeasuring cups, 1 oz (3)Wooden stir sticks (3)Foam paint brushButane torchLatex glovesPainters drop sheet (polyethylene)Denatured Alcohol or Rubbing alcohol for clean-upPainter’s tape
Note: Before beginning, put on your gloves to avoid getting sticky while working with the resin. Protect your workspace with the painter’s drop sheet.

1.  Use the foam brush to paint all surfaces of the votive holder with Hookers Green.  Allow to dry several hours.  Mask the bottom of the votive holder with painter's tape and burnish the edges.

2.  Follow the package instructions to mix up 2 oz EnviroTex Lite®. Pour ¼ oz into each of the three small cups.  Color one with black paint, one with Moss Green and one with Warm White paint, 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 Hookers Green to make it opaque.

3. Place the votive holder on some upturned cups to elevate it from the work surface.  Pour the green resin over the surface of the votive holder.

4. Use a paintbrush from the cup set to coat the inside of the cavities.

5.   Pinch the top of the cup of Moss Green resin and pour it in a thin stream across the votive holder at an angle.  Repeat with the Warm White resin.  Dip the wooden stir stick into the black paint and drizzle it thinly across the votive holder in the opposite direction.  Use a paint brush to swirl the colors lightly.  Take care not to over mix themor they will become muddied.

6.  Hold the votive holder vertically to allow the colors to run and blend into each other.  Turn it in another direction to create some more movement.

7.  Use the stir stick to drizzle some more white resin across the votive holder and then hold it vertically until the colors mix.  Once you are satisfied with the look of your marbling, pop any bubbles with a butane torch, then allow to cure for 24 hours.

8.  Mix up 1oz of clear EnviroTex Lite® and pour it onto the votive holder. Spread it evenly over the surface and remove any excess from the cavities.  Pop the bubbles and set it aside to cure.

9.  Carefully remove the tape and touch up any spots where the paint has lifted.

FastCast® Journal Embellishments

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 07:00
Journals are can buy them already embellished or make them one of a kind and create your own embellishments.  This journal is a simple gold and white striped journal and was in need of something...with FastCast® the solution is quick and easy.  I found a mold that had a beautiful corner and straight embellishment and love how it completed this journal cover....

Materials:FastCast®Mold ReleaseMixing cupsStir sticksMakin's Clay® Floral MoldRub and Buff, goldCraft glue
Spray mold with mold release.

 Measure out equal parts of A and B and then stirs for 1 minute.  Pour into a second cup and mix for 30 seconds.
Pour into prepared mold.  Let set for 10 minutes.
Pop the pieces out of the mold.
Simply apply Rub and Buff to the embellishment until the desired color is achieved.
Here is how one of the embellishments look in the original FastCast® white color, which looks great with this journal.
I love how the gold embellishments add just the right touch to this journal cover.
A quick and simple addition to any journal.  Give it a try and let us know what you make!

FastCast® Journal Clips in Minutes

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 07:00
FastCast® sets up in 10 minutes which makes it perfect for so many projects.  Since journaling continues to be a hot trend, I thought creating some journal clips would be a great addition to this trend.  The best part is, dozens of these can be created in no time at all.

Materials:FastCast®Mold ReleaseMixing cupsStir sticksMold of choicePaintLarge paper clipsCraft glue
Instructions:Spray mold with mold release.
 Measure out equal parts of A and B and then stirs for 1 minute.  Pour into a second cup and mix for 30 seconds.
 Pour into prepared mold.  Let set for 10 minutes.
 Pop the pieces out of the mold.
 FastCast® pieces dry white, they can be left as is or painted.
Glue desired pieces onto paper clips, let dry.These can be created in any shape you have a mold you can theme them for your journals.  Give it a try!

Create a Wood Plate with Paper or Fabric and EnviroTex Lite®

Thu, 09/22/2016 - 07:00
Today we have a multi‐layer home decor project using EnviroTex Lite® Pour On Coating and assorted papers or fabric motifs created by Hillary Stephens.

  • EnviroTex Lite® 
  • Wood plate
  • Paper or fabric of choice
  • Ultra-Seal™ or craft glue (that dries clear)
  • Scissors
  • Mixing cups 
  • Stir sticks
  • Foam or sponge craft brushes
  • Propane torch or lighter
  • Gloves and eye protection
  • Sand paper (optional)
  • Alcohol or Acetone (optional)

Project Instructions:  
  • NOTE: If project base is made of wood, stain and then seal the wood with a thin layer of Ultra-Seal™ or paint the surface and let dry.  The thin layer will seal the air pockets of the wood and prevent air from releasing bubbles in the thick layers of EnviroTex Lite®.  If you choose to use EnviroTex Lite® as the thin sealing layer, apply with a sponge brush.  Don't use the propane torch on this thin layer of EnviroTex Lite®.  DO use the propane torch on subsequent layers to remove any bubbles.

  • Mount paper or fabric patches to the surface of the table using Ultra-Seal™.  The paper must be smoothed onto the surface and all air bubbles pressed from beneath the paper.  Allow to dry.  Apply TWO layers of Ultra-Seal™ over the top of paper or fabric, allowing each layer to dry thoroughly.  The Ultra-Seal™ creates a protective layer to prevent EnviroTex Lite® from being absorbed and darkening paper.  Allow final layer of Ultra-Seal™ to dry overnight.
  • Apply first of two layers of Envirotex Lite; use recommended coverage amounts found on the instruction page.  For instance, one half gallon will cover 16 square feet 1/16th to 1/8th inch thick.  Many projects will require two layers, allow 8 hours between layers.  The coating may be sanded between layers but it's not necessary.  If the surface is sanded, wipe with alcohol or acetone and a clean rag to remove dust particles.  If the surface is sanded it must be re‐coated.

TIPS on BLENDING COATING: Always measure equal parts of resin and hardener. 

Blend  with a wood paint stick for two minutes, mixing vigorously while scraping sides and bottom of the bucket. 

Then pour coating into a new, clean mixing cup and blend for another minute.  Thorough blending is achieved by the above mixing method only!  Discard mixing stick.  Pour coating onto project immediately.  Use propane torch to remove bubbles from coating.  You may need to use propane torch several times during a forty-five minute period following each application.  Important: read all instructions included in the kit.

Enjoy the final results!

Make Embellishments with EnviroTex Lite®

Tue, 09/20/2016 - 07:00
Hi, Donna here with you today!  I'm glad you stopped by.
I have used EnviroTex Lite® to make these beautiful embellishments for my cards!
I absolutely LOVE how they turned out!


EnviroTex Lite®
Mixing Cups
Stir Stick
Colored Pencils
Paint Brush
Origins Paper by Canvas Corp
Glimmer Mist - Optional
Mat or Garbage Bag To Cover Area


1. Gather all materials and cover work area.

2. Color images with colored pencils.  Add Glimmer Mist after coloring

 3. Once finished coloring and adding Glimmer Mist, let dry.

 4. Pour equal parts of Resin and Hardener in separate cups.  Pour Resin into Hardener and mix for 2 minutes, scraping sides and bottom.  After 2 minutes pour Hardener and Resin into other cup and mix for an additional 1 minute.

5. Apply EnviroTex Lite® onto paper using a paintbrush.  I applied to all colored areas.  If air bubbles occur, use a lighter over the top to pop them.  Let dry.  I let mine sit for 24 hours.  I didn't want any finger prints on my embellishments. 

6. Cut out and enjoy your new embellishments!  They are GORGEOUS!

I used a few of them for gorgeous cards!

These leaves are so beautiful!

I hope you use this for making your own shiny embellishments!  These really are beautiful.  They would look fabulous on a gift bag, Gift candle on the Thanksgiving table!

Let me know what you think, I would love to know!

Thanks for joining me!
Donna Budzynski

Pencil Shaving Paper Weight with EnviroTex Lite®

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 07:00
Hi everyone, Beth here on the blog today to share my tutorial for a quick (except for the drying time...LOL!) and easy Pencil Shaving Paper Weight.I recently jumped in the adult coloring trend with a set of Tombow Irojiten Colored Pencils.  As I was hand sharpening the colored pencils, the shavings were curling and twirling into these beautiful "flowers" and I knew that I had to save them some how.

Materials:EnviroTex Lite®Pencil shavingsXtreme Tabs by TombowMixing cupsStir sticksWas paperLighterMeasuring cupEmory board

STEP ONE: Secure plastic half sphere mold in  a mason jar with Xtreme Tabs.  TIP: Fill mold with water, then pour into measuring cup to judge how much resin needs to be mixed.  Thoroughly dry inside of mold before the resin is poured.
STEP TWO:  Arrange pencil shavings in plastic half sphere mold, remembering that the bottom will become the top.

STEP THREE: Mix equal parts of EnviroTex Lite® Resin and Hardener in mixing cup.  Mix with wooden stick for 2 minutes.  Pour resin in a second mixing cup and mix with wooden stick for another minute.  Follow all DIRECTIONS for best results.
STEP FOUR: Find a level spot that is out of the way and line surface with wax paper or freezer paper.  Gently pour resin into the mold.  The pencil shavings rose out of the resin a bit, so I submerged them with a stir stick
STEP FIVE: Remove bubbles that rise to the surface with a heat source, like a lighter.  Repeating as needed until the resin is set.
After 24 hours, pop resin out of mold, sand any rough edges with an emory board then place on your desk and ENJOY!
This Pencil Shaving Paper Weight is quite easy to make and would be the perfect gift for a Teacher, a creative Friend or even dear old Dad!
What unusual items can you add to resin to create a unique gift?  Leave your ideas in the comments below.
Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Sea Horse Treasures with EasySculpt® Clay.

Tue, 09/13/2016 - 07:00
Karen Bearse here today.  I have been playing with EasySculpt® Epoxy Molding Clay!  I used a few of the molds I had made previously with Silicone Putty.

Materials:EasySculpt® Epoxy Molding ClayEasyMold™ Silicone PuttyObjects for moldGlitter glassGlitterDecoupageGessoMetallic Luster by DecoArt, Copper KettleZot by ThermowebSandpaper
EasyMold™ Silicone Putty Directions:First, start by making the mold.  Figure out how much putty you will need to create your mold.  Work on 1 mold at a time.  Read product directions for more information.
Pinch off equal parts of Silicone Putty, part A and B and then, knead the putty together for 1 minute or until you have a uniform purple color.  Shape putty to the size and shape you need so there is enough to push your piece into the putty.  Place on a craft sheet and gently push your original item into the putty.  Let set for 25 minutes and remove the original object.  To use with resin the mold must cure for 24 hours.  If you are making a mold using a word, make sure you reverse the word before pushing it into putty so your word is in reverse.i
To prep the clay, mix equal parts of A and B.  Knead until the clay is a uniform color.  The clay will be quite sticky but can be used for molds right away.  
For my seahorse, I put some glitter glass & micro beads in the mold first & then pushed the clay into the mold.

I pulled it out of the mold after 4 hours & trimmed the edges. If the clay is too hard to trim simply sand the edges. The clay will be fully set in 24 hours.

Now, what do I do with a clay seahorse?  Well first I needed some color but I didn't want to cover up the glitter and beads so I put a thin layer of decoupage glue over those areas.  Then, any paint that got on this area could be easily wiped off.  I covered the clay in gesso which creates a foundation for paint to adhere and will give me a shabby vintage look.  Again, staying clear of the beaded areas, and wiping off any gesso that got on them.  Once the gesso is dry, I use my finger to add the Metallic Luster.  Using fingers or a firm piece of foam helps keep the color from going in the depressions. Now my piece has an old relic look.  I did end up covering the glass glitter.  So in hind sight, next time I would add a lot more in a more condensed way so it would be easier to protect.

This is so cool!  I love how my piece looks like I could have found it in an ancient archeological dig except I just made it!!!  This technique would be great to use with shells, cherubs, mermaids.... the possibilities are endless.  I decided to make a quick home decor piece.  
It may end up in my bathroom as a toothbrush holder but for now, it is a pencil holder.  I had bought this $3 tin from Target in the dollar bin and it was the perfect home for my treasure.  Sometimes gluing these pieces can be difficult but I found a trick.
I started by placing a large Zot by Thermoweb or glue dot in the middle of the seahorse.  Before I placed it on the tin I covered the area around the Zot with a nice coat of Glossy Accents (a strong wet glue).  After placing the seahorse clean off excess glue with a wet paint brush.  Tie a piece of ribbon or fabric around the seahorse and the cup to hold it together strongly while the glue sets.
Here is a finished project using my new vintage treasure!  I am excited to make more pieces and adhere them to frames, mirrors, journal covers or art journal pages.

Dinosaur Magnets Using FastCast™

Thu, 09/08/2016 - 07:00
Good morning, Donna Budzynski here with you today  and I would like to share with you a really fun project using FastCast! This is a new product and you are going to LOVE it!!!
With school starting, you know those kids will have plenty of pictures to hang on the refrigerator and I am going to show you a fun way to hang them!
                             We are going to make some dinosaur magnets!
Let's get started!
Materials:Fast Cast™Mixing CupsStir StickMat or Newspaper (to cover work area)Mold-I used dinosaursMagnetsPower Tac AdhesiveAcrylic Paint - AmericanaVarnishSandpaper
1. Gather all materials and cover work area.

2. Pour equal amounts of part A and part B of FastCast™.
3. Working fast as this starts setting in just 2 minutes.  Pour part A into part B and stir for 30 seconds scraping sides and bottom.  Now pour all back into part A cup and stir for an additional 30 seconds.4. Pour into mold

5. Wait 10 minutes.  Yes, it is that fast!  Amazing!
Take out of the mold. Lightly sand edges of the backside.

6. Paint and varnish.
7. Adhere magnets.

8. Hang them up and enjoy!

The details were picked up like magic from the mold!

Another option for this is....for children birthday parties, you could make one or two for each child to paint and bring home for there own magnets.  Prize and a project all rolled into one!

Tell me what you think, I would love to know!

Thanks for stopping by!
Donna Budzynski

Lace Monogram with EnviroTex Lite

Tue, 09/06/2016 - 07:00
Hello Resin Lovers, Beth here on the blog today sharing another great project, a Lace Monogram!  I always have an eye out for objects that I can add dimensional items and resin to, so on a recent trip to the craft store I had a major score with this monogram W!

Materials:EnviroTex Lite®Monogram letter Lace, trims, assortedButtons, assortedWhite craft gluePaintbrushScissors
Instructions:STEP ONE: I always seal the interior and exterior edges of found objects with glue before filling with resin.  This will seal any small cracks that resin could seep out of and ruin your project.
STEP TWO:  I hoard collect interesting lace and trims, so in an effort to use up all those bits and pieces that I just can't throw away, I used them to fill up the inside of my monogram.  Secure the lace and buttons to the base with a matte medium sealer.  
STEP THREE:  Then apply several heavy coats of matte medium to the top of the lace and the buttons to seal them in place.  This will prevent the resin from penetrating the lace and changing the color.
STEP FOUR:  Mix equal parts of EnviroTex Lite® Resin and Hardener in mixing cup. Stir with a wooden craft stick for 2 minutes. 
 Pour the resin into a second mixing cup and stir with a wooden craft stick for another minute.  Follow all the manufacturer's DIRECTIONS for best results.
STEP FIVE:  Find a level spot that is out of the way and line surface with waxed paper or freezer paper.  Carefully pour resin into the mold.  I always stop just shy of the top edge of my project to give the resin room to self-level and settle.
STEP SIX:  Remove any bubbles that rise to the surface with a heat source, like a lighter.  Repeating as needed until the resin is set.
Here is a detailed shot of the layers of lace and buttons!   I love how this Lace Monogram turned out and can't wait to hang it on my front door!
Take a look around the next time you are the craft store for items that can be altered with resin!  Share your resin projects on the Resin Crafts FB Page.
Thanks for stopping by!  -Beth

Re-purposed Wall Art with EnviroTex Lite® Resin

Thu, 09/01/2016 - 07:00
I posted a few weeks ago a piece of art created and then coated in Envirotex Lite®.  Today I am sharing her sister with a few changes!
Materials:EnviroTex Lite®Canvas (got this from a store changing decor)Ann Butler Designs Iridescent PaintMono Printed PapersTombow Mono GlueDreamweaver Stencil Paste (Matte Black)Acrylic Paint 

Find a piece to up-cycle.

Make a bunch of mono prints using a gelatin plate of your choice.  Tear them into strips.
Starting at the top of the canvas, layer the strips!  I used the Tombow glue to attach all paper strips.
Continue to work down the canvas.  I was going for a sunset look so I layered accordingly.
I flipped the canvas upside down and started applying greens for the landscape.
After the canvas was covered I allowed it to dry.

I then painted a rough tree outline with branches flowing more than stiff.The texture was added using the stencil paste and a palette knife.

Once dry I did the dry brush of earthy colors over the paste and let dry.  I wanted a little shimmer so I used Iridescents.
THE MAGIC HAPPENS - Enter EnviroTex Lite® Pour On Resin!!!
I mixed the resin in small batches to insure complete mixing for the best result!  Measure 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 do this in the garage with a tarp covering anything I don't want resin to get dripped on and leave a permanent spot.  I prop the art on some cups so the art does not stick to the table.

Once dry this is ready to hang in it's new home!  This one goes to Cline Dental in Springfield, MO!Not yet on the wall but in the room!
Hope you enjoyed the second installment of Wall Art with EviroTex Lite® Resin!

Catchall Tray with EasyCast®

Tue, 08/30/2016 - 07:00
Good morning everyone.  Steph Ackerman here today and I want to share how I created this tray for my husband.  He has no spot for his left-over coins so I thought I'd create a tray just for him.  I wanted to include some gears and washers that I found (to give it a more masculine feel), so I used EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy  to seal them into the tray.


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 a new mixing cup and stir for another minute.

Prepare a wood tray by painting it 2 - 3 times it with FolkArt Ultra Dye in Turquoise, allowing to dry between each layer.   Once the final layer has completely dried, pour the resin mixture into the tray.  Tilt the tray to coat the entire tray.  Check for bubbles and pop any you might find. 

Place assorted gears and washers into the resin, being sure to pop any bubbles for a smooth finish.  Allow to cure overnight.  This will ensure that the gears and washers are embedded in the resin before moving to the next step.
Mix another batch of resin as described above and pour into the tray.  Again, tilt the tray so the resin covers the entire tray.  Pop any bubbles you might see. 

Since the gears and washers have been allowed to sit overnight, the resin has hardened around them and they do not move when you tilt the tray adding the next layer of resin. 

What do you think?  This is a fun project that would be perfect for anyone on your gift list this year.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Faux Druzy Bracelet

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 07:00
Today we happy to showcase a project by designer Myléne Hillam 
“As seen in Craft Ideas magazine”
Finished Length: 8”
Learn how to create convincing faux druzys with resin and turn them into a bracelet of glittering color to give your Fall outfits an earthy feel.
  • ŸEnviroTex Jewelry Resin
  • ŸJacquard Pearl Ex Pigments: Duo Blue-Green; Duo Green-Yellow; Shimmer Violet; Super Copper; Blue Russet
  • ŸSmall gemstone chips: turquoise, peridot, amethyst, carnelian and mookaite jasper
  • ŸFloracraft Twinklets Diamond Dust
  • ŸMeasuring cups – six
  • ŸWooden stir sticks
  • ŸToothpick
  • Gloves

For gold bracelet:
  • Ÿ2-loop gold bezels 25mm (from loop to loop) - five
  • ŸRectangle gold spacer beads 9x8mm – four
  • ŸGold toggle clasp
  • ŸGold eye pins (4)
  • ŸGold split rings (2)

For silver bracelet:
  • ŸNunn Design Patera Bracelet Large Circle – Antique Silver
  • ŸFoam mounting tape

  • ŸFlat nose pliers
  • ŸRound nose pliers
  • ŸFlush cutters
  • ŸSplit ring pliers

Note: Photos and instructions show how to make the turquoise druzy in the gold bezel.  If working with Nunn Design Patera bracelet, attach a piece of foam mounting to the back of each bezel to keep it flat whilst you are working.  One teaspoon (5ml) of mixed resin is enough to make both the gold and silver bracelets.
Pour ½ teaspoon (2.5ml) of each part of the Envirotex Jewelry Resin into a measuring cup and mix according to the package instructions.
Divide the mixed resin between 5 cups. Use a wooden stir stick to add a different color of Pearl Ex to each cup.
Stir each one until the Pearl Ex powder is completely mixed into the resin.
Using a different gemstone in each bezel, fill each one with enough chips to cover the bottom.
Tip the gemstone chips into the cup of corresponding colored resin.Mix them into the resin to coat them completely.
Drag the bead chips up the side of the cup, allowing the resin to drain back into the bottom of the cup. Use the stir stick to spoon the chips into the bezel, one at a time, with the smallest amount of resin possible. This will help the chips keep their jagged shapes and give a more realistic look to the finished druzys.
Arrange them so that they fully cover the bottom of the bezel. If there are any gaps, cover the gap with a small amount of resin.
Using a clean stir stick, scoop the Diamond Dust out of the jar and sprinkle over the bead chips generously to create the druzy sparkle effect.
Use a toothpick to press the Diamond Dust into the resin.
Set the bezels aside to cure for 12 hours.
String the spacer beads on the eye pins. 

Bend them at a 90° angle to the spacer bead.Trim the eye pins to 7/16”.
Turn a simple loop on each one. These need to be large enough to accommodate the bezel loops.

Lay the faux druzys out in your preferred order and place a spacer component in between each pair. Connect them together by opening the eye pin loops and hooking them onto the bezel loops.
Use the split ring pliers to open a split ring and hook on one half of the clasp and the loop of one end of the bracelet. Attach the second half of the clasp to the other end of the bracelet with the other split ring.
No assembly is required for the Nunn Design Patera Bracelet. Just remove the foam mounting tape and wear.