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Resin Alcohol Ink Christmas Tree Ornaments DIY

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 07:00

Resin Alcohol Ink Christmas Tree Ornaments DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft showing you how to make resin alcohol ink Christmas tree ornaments. They are stunning and especially colorful, plus they add a dream catcher/stain glass quality to the Christmas decorations. Resin alcohol ink ornaments are easy to make and are great for resin beginners to experts.

Replicate the beach on an ornament with shades of blue and brown. Oh, how I love the beach!

Or create an eye catching ornament with golds, greens and blues.

Alcohol inks suspended in resin create a scene of colorful drips frozen in time. Let’s get started!

Supplies Needed for Resin Alcohol Ink Ornaments:

EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy

Cabinet Knob Molds

Mold Release Conditioner Spray

Silicone Coaster Molds

Alcohol Inks

Mixing Cups

Stirring Sticks

Drill with Bit

Twine

Scissors

Step 1: Mixing Resin

Mix the resin according to the package directions. One part resin and one part hardener mixed for 2 full minutes. Then pour into a second cup and use a second stick to stir again for 1 full minute.

Spritz the mold with the resin conditioner spray and then pour the resin in the mold cavities.

Step Two: Alcohol Inks

Next add a drop of alcohol ink in the resin.

Then add a few more drops of different colors. Each ornament in this knob mold needs about 8-10 drops of alcohol ink. I used yellow, blue, green, rose gold and white.

From the side view, they are already beginning to take shape. Set the mold aside and let it sit for 24 hours to cure.

Step Three: Drill and Hang

Then remove the resin from the molds. Drill a hole through the top and then string them with twine to hang on the tree. The shape and colors of these ornaments makes me thing of eye balls. What do you think?

The white and metallic alcohol inks are heavier and therefore sink to the bottom of the resin. When removed from the molds, the bottom becomes the top. Each resin ornament is different and stunning.

 

For more detailed instructions on the larger ornaments, check out this post on petrified rainbow coasters. Simply drill a hole and tie with twine.

Repeat this process for as many ornaments as you want.

These would also make fun gift tags for the top of presents.

That’s it!

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Pine Needle Resin Coasters from Christmas Tree

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 07:00

Pine Needle Resin Coasters from Christmas Tree

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing a great way to preserve your Christmas tree to enjoy year after year. Pine needle coasters are easy to make with EasyCast Resin and a small branch from your Christmas tree. Make a resin coaster each year to memorialize your holidays spent together. This craft is simple and doesn’t take much time at all.

In all honesty, my husband and I have never had a live Christmas tree. This year will be our 19th Christmas together and no, never had a live tree. I’m okay with that. I like to work on handmade gifts, and they almost always involve pine–so I still get that delightful Christmas tree smell…in saw dust form. I diffuse my home with pine to make it smell amazing…but our tree has always been a fake. This craft is perfect if you get live trees each year. I’m showcasing coasters, but go ahead and add a hole, tie a string and hang it as a Christmas tree ornament. It would be fun to see the differences year after year.

Supplies Needed:

EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy

Coaster Silicone Molds

2 Mixing cups, 2 stirring sticks, disposable gloves and work surface

Pine Needles

Heat Gun, Embossing Tool or Mini Torch

Nail File

Number Beads (optional)

Step 1: Resin Mixing

Begin by reading the directions carefully for the resin. Mixing resin is simple, but needs to be done exactly for the chemical reaction to take place. It is mixed in a 2 phase process. 1 part of the resin and 1 part of the hardener, mixed for 2 minutes. Then transfer into a second mixing cup and use a second stick to mix for another full minute. This ensures complete mixing.

Then pour the resin into the silicone molds. I just filled up 2 of the cavities and used about 6 ounces of mixed resin, 3 ounces for each coaster.

Step Two: Pop Bubbles

Next, wait about 20 minutes, then use the heat gun to pop any of the bubbles that have formed and come to the surface.

Gently blow heat or use a torch to pop the bubbles on the surface. Do not apply heat to one spot for too long. Just work quickly and pop the bubbles.

Then the resin will be clear and free from bubbles.

Step Three: Add Pine Needles

Then add the pine needles right on the surface of the resin. No need to press them down, they will sink as they sit and become completely covered with resin.

Step Four: Harden Overnight

Add a good amount of pine needle pieces and then set the coaster mold aside to cure overnight.

Step Five: Remove and Enjoy!

The next day peel the resin coasters out of the mold, this part is highly satisfying. Check out the pine needle coasters! I love seeing how the needles settled in the resin to give texture and life to this fun coaster.

Another fun idea would be to add the year of the tree the pine needles came from…using these plastic number beads.

Use a nail file to lightly sand around the edges of the resin to make sure it is smooth and ready to sit on the coffee table without scratching it.

Now you can enjoy the texture and look of your pine tree year round! Or pack these away with the Christmas decorations and enjoy them again next year!

 

That’s it!

Great way to preserve that Christmas tree and enjoy some hot chocolate on a cold Winter morning.

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DIY Mermaid Jewelry Dish

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 06:51

Make your own DIY Mermaid Jewelry Dish made of resin to display your favorite pieces of jewelry and hang your rings on the mermaid’s tail!

Hello, Resin Crafters! Lindsay here with a shiny new resin project! Mermaids are all the rage, and what better way to bring them into your decor than with your very own DIY Mermaid Jewelry Dish?! This piece was a lot of fun to make, and is a great way to display your favorite pieces of jewelry! It’s been wonderful to keep on my nightstand to hold my rings at night.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

STEP 1:

Prepare the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy according to package directions. Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area and wear disposable gloves! Pour in equal parts of resin and hardener to the mixing cup. Stir the resin mixture together with a stir stick for two minutes, and then pour the resin into a clean mixing cup. Stir the resin again for another minute or two with a clean stir stick.

Split the resin into two clean cups. Add a small amount of green mica powder (or pigment) to one cup, and blue to the other. Stir the resin mixtures together well until the powder has been evenly incorporated. I love how these mica powders have a pearly/metallic look!

STEP 2:

I wanted to give the mermaid tail a gradient look. To do this, pour a little bit of the blue resin at the base and then some green at the end of the tail. Keep pouring a little bit resin into each end until the mold is filled. Pop any bubbles with a lighter or by blowing through a straw.

Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 24 hours. You will know that the resin is completely cured when it is no longer tacky.

STEP 3:

After the mermaid tail has cured, remove it from the mold and set it aside. Now it’s time to work on the base of the jewelry dish, which is just a large scallop shell. Using one you find on a trip to the beach would be ideal, but I’m not so lucky. I found this one at the craft store! Lay the shell down with the inside facing up. If it is too wobbly, you can add some “feet” to the bottom using a little hot glue for more stability.

Mix about 1/2 cup of resin together following the packaging directions. Stir the resin mixture together with a stir stick for two minutes, and then pour the resin into a clean mixing cup. Stir the resin again for another minute or two with a clean stir stick. Add in some blue mica powder (or pigment) and mix well until combined.

STEP 4:

Slowly pour the resin into the scallop shell. Wait about 10 minutes and carefully set the mermaid tail base-down into the resin. It should stand it in the shell on its own, but if it doesn’t, you can use something like extra stir sticks to prop it up and hold it in place until the resin cures.

STEP 5:

If the resin starts to get close to the scalloped edges, place something underneath to hold that end up just a little bit so that the resin doesn’t run off of the shell. I used two small glass marbles.

Leave the resin to cure in an undisturbed area for 24 hours.

Now you can place the Mermaid Jewelry Dish on your nightstand, vanity, or wherever you like to add or remove your jewelry. One of my favorite things about this dish is that you can hang your rings on the mermaid’s tail! This dish would also be a clever and unique gift idea to someone who loves mermaids!

By the way, if you love mermaids, be sure to also check out these creative Resin Mermaid Projects!

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DIY Customizable Gift Ideas

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 08:44

This time of year is special for so many reasons, but most importantly, it is a time to spend time with the people you love. Whether that be family or friends, there is always so much to celebrate and be grateful for. During the holiday season, it can be a bit overwhelming to give gifts to all the people you care about. When giving a gift, you want it to be meaningful and quality. The good news is with DIY, it doesn’t have to be expensive! Today we’ve rounded up some of the best DIY Personalized Gift Ideas that will surely make those people in your life feel special. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

DIY Customizable Gift Ideas

DIY Christmas Tree Pendants | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Customized Notebook | Mod Podge Rocks

DIY Bath Bomb Ornaments | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Resin Snowflake Pendant

DIY Vintage Map Keychain | Sustain My Craft Habit

DIY Personalized Leather Coasters | Craftivity Designs

DIY Wood Slice Resin Pour Ornaments | Resin Crafts Blog

 

DIY Personalized Christmas Truck Ornament | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Personalized Wine Glasses | The Real Thing with the Coake Family

DIY Sharpie Mugs | The Thrifty Couple

DIY Resin Gemstones Clutch

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 06:48

Create DIY resin gemstones and use them to personalize a custom clutch using jewelry molds, EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy, and plain clutch!

Hey Resin Crafters! Amber Oliver here with another great resin craft. I’m always looking for ways to add a bit more color in my life! It’s fun to take something that’s simple or plain and add your own personality to it! Take these plain zip pouches I found at the craft store. I knew they could be useful: as a makeup bag, a coin purse, a pencil bag, etc. but they were just so plain. I updated a few with paint pens. but wanted to create one that was a bit more fancy. I used the ETI jewelry molds to create resin gems in two sizes and created this adorable resin gemstone clutch!

SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR DIY RESIN GEMSTONES CLUTCH:

Step 1: First, prepare the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy.  This is a multi-step process so don’t start mixing until you are ready to do the whole process from beginning to end!Start by mixing EQUAL parts of the Hardener and the Resin.

Stir for two minutes (be sure to scrape the bottoms and sides) then pour from the first cup into a second and mix with a new stir stick for another minute.

Step 2: Now, that the resin is ready, add in a few drops of acrylic paint and mix thoroughly. If you’d like multiple colors just separate into multiple cups before adding paint.

Step 3: Next, pour very slowly into the jewelry molds and allow to set. Do NOT over fill but any drips can easily be cleaned up after they set.

Step 4: After enough time has passed for the resin to cure, you can remove the gems from their molds!

Step 5: Glue the gems to your clutch bag with fabric glue!

Before you glue, you may find a little lip around the backside of your pieces. Use a piece of sandpaper to gently sand those away so the back is flat. It will be much easier to glue when they are smooth!

These cute little resin gemstones are the perfect addition to any plain purse or clutch but there are so many possible ways to use them! Add them on shoes, hats, or even Christmas decorations! I jazzed up a plain stocking with another set of these colorful gems!

I hope this project inspires you to whip up you own resin gemstones!

Christmas Tree Resin Pendants

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 06:43

It’s time to deck out our homes and wardrobes for the holidays. These adorable hand-painted Christmas tree resin pendants will be the perfect, festive accessory for your holiday outfits.

Hi crafty friend! It’s Jane from Sustain My Craft Habit. Last summer we shared this adorable seashore resin jewelry idea which has been really popular here on the Resin Crafts Blog.

I was excited to create similar pieces with a Christmas theme. Thus, the idea for these watercolor and seed bead Christmas trees were born! I love that I was able to largely use items that I already had at home. I enjoyed mixing up the bead colors such that each pendant is truly a unique little work of art.

These jewelry pieces are perfect for any holiday outfit. You could give them as gifts, or attach them to a chain and lobster clip for a pretty keychain or purse charm. They would also coordinate well with our glitter DIY Christmas earrings or jewelry made with holiday gift wrap.

Materials Needed for this Resin Jewelry Idea
  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paint and paint brush
  • Square silver jewelry bezels
  • Water-based sealer such as Mod Podge
  • Small seed beads and star-shaped charms
  • EnvirotexLite Jewelry Resin
  • Wooden craft sticks, small measuring cups, gloves
  • Straw or kitchen torch
How to make Christmas Tree Resin Pendants Preparing the Pendants

Be sure to read all the instructions prior to working with your EnvirotexLite Jewelry Resin. Work in a well-ventilated area and protect your working surface.

Trace your bezel onto watercolor paper with a pencil. Trace a small triangle in the center (this will be your Christmas tree).

Use various shades of green to create the trees in each square.

Then go from lighter to darker blue to paint the space around the tree. Let dry completely.

Cut out the watercolor paintings to fit the inside of the bezels.

Seal the cut out into the bezels using the water-based sealer. Cover the surface of the painting with the sealer as well. Let dry.

Note: the paper may curl and bubble while wet, but will mostly flatten out once dry. You can use the end of the paintbrush to push the paper down in a couple places while it’s still wet.

Paint another coat of glue over the tree area and place seed beads on the tree. Don’t they make adorable little ornaments?

If you have them, you can place a small metal start charm at the top of the tree, or gold colored beads. Let dry completely (I left mine overnight to be sure).

Pouring the Resin

If needed, prop up one end of the bezel with a bit of paper to ensure it is level for pouring.

Mix equal amounts of resin and hardener in a small mixing cup (I had a total volume of 10mm to make four pendants with leftover resin). Mix for 2 minutes then pour into a second small mixing cup. Stir for another minute.

Carefully pour the resin into the bezel wells. Be careful not to over-fill, although you do want a small dome to form on the surface of the pendant.

Let the poured resin rest for about 15 minutes and then blow off any bubbles arising to the surface with a small kitchen torch. Alternatively use your own breath through a straw.

Cover and let the resin cure 24 hours.

These Christmas tree resin pendants turned out perfectly. Our mom has already claimed one, as have my daughters so I will definitely be making more soon!

There are so many beautiful and creative ways to use the jewelry resin. Here are just a few additional ideas you’ll find on our blog Sustain My Craft Habit:

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Creative Holiday Tablescape Ideas

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 07:00

Nothing makes a holiday more exciting (and potentially a bit stressful) than hosting guests at your home! It’s such a wonderful time of year to share with your family and friends and a great opportunity to share your holiday style, too. But the truth is, these types of things shouldn’t break the bank. They should be fun and a great DIY option! Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas or any kind of holiday this winter season, you are sure to find a tablescape here that speaks to your designer soul. We hope you enjoy the best Creative Holiday Tablescape Ideas we could find out there.

Which ones will you create?

Creative Holiday Tablescape Ideas

DIY Gorgeous Tablescape | Something Turquoise

DIY Easy Crafty Holiday Tablescape | Pizzazzerie

DIY Coastal Thanksgiving Tablescape | H20 Bungalow

Boho Glam Tablescape | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Holiday Snowy Tablescape | Pretty Handy Girl

 

DIY Tablescape with Metallic Print Napkins | Southern Revivals

DIY Modern Rustic Tablescape | Major Hoff Takes A Wife

DIY Kids Table Tablescape | Jaime Costiglio Blog

Navy and Gold Holiday Tablescape | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Southern Rustic Holiday Table | Rogue Engineer

DIY Chartreuse and White Table | Sawdust Girl

DIY Colorful Christmas Table | All Things G&D

Snowflake Pendant FastCast Resin Necklace DIY

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 07:00

Snowflake Pendant FastCast Resin Necklace DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing the perfect snowflake pendant made with FastCast Resin. Whether it’s for hanging and decorating a Christmas tree or party favors for a Frozen Ice Princess themed birthday party, this fun Snowflake Pendant Necklace craft that takes less than 30 minutes to finish! FastCast resin is so fast, working time is under a minute and it hardens completely in about 10 minutes.

Snowflakes are especially unique. Every year around this time of year, I bust out paper and scissors and we cut paper snowflakes.  They all turn out different and look great hanging on the front window or on the Christmas tree. Snowflakes are awesome, because they can stay up all through January too! These pendants are perfect for little icy princess or fabulous ornaments for the tree.

Supplies Needed:

Step 1: FastCast Resin

FastCast works so quickly that I didn’t have time to photograph the mixing steps. Read the directions thoroughly and follow them completely. Mix 1/2 ounce resin and 1/2 ounce hardener and stir for 30 seconds. Then pour into a second cup and use a second stick to stir again for 30 seconds. Then quickly and carefully pour the resin into the molds.

Step 2: Waiting

The resin very quickly turns white and opaque. Let them sit for about 10 minutes, then pull them out of the molds. Silicone molds are the best because they can flex around the firm resin piece.

Step 3: Glitter

The resin dries a glossy white and looks fabulous on its own. I added some spray glitter, it’s actually hair glitter leftover from Halloween. Just put the snowflakes in a shallow cardboard box and spritz them outside with the glitter spray.

Step 4: Yarn

After the glitter dries, about 5 minutes, then add some blue yarn to the stars. Decide the length of the yarn according to the purpose, snowflake pendant necklaces about 26 inches and Christmas tree snowflake ornaments about 8 inches. Simply tie a larks head knot through the pendant loop, then tie off the two ends.

If using the snowflake pendants for Christmas tree ornaments, you can substitute the yarn for ornament hooks. Easy!

That’s it!

Aren’t they simple and fun! Perfect party favors for a Frozen themed party or just for ornaments hanging on the Christmas tree.

Monogram Ornaments with Jewelry Clay

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 06:58

Handmade ornaments are such a special touch to your Christmas decorations. These simple and elegant monogram ornaments can be made easily with Envirotex Jewelry clay. You can make personalized ornaments for all of your loved ones this holiday.

You will need:

  • Envirotex Jewelry Clay
  • Bezels of your choice
  • Dimensional alphabet embellishment
  • Gloves
  • Cornstarch or baby powder
  • Ribbon

Begin by mixing a small amount of Envirotex Jewelry Clay according to the package directions. Make sure you are wearing gloves when working with this jewelry clay. You will want to thoroughly mix equal amounts of both parts of the clay together until it is one solid color with no marbling. You now have about two hours of work time before the clay sets.

Lightly coat your work surface with cornstarch or baby powder. This will prevent your ornaments from sticking to your work surface if you are using open-backed bezels.  If you are using standard bezels, this is less necessary.  Press small amounts of jewelry clay into each bezel.  Make sure to push the clay into all the corners.

Next, gently push an alphabet embellishment into the surface of the jewelry clay. The goal is to have the embellishment be firmly embedded into the jewelry clay without the clay overlapping the letter. If you would like to add any other embellishments, like beads or rhinestones, now would be the time to add them. Repeat for as many ornaments as you would like to make. Allow the clay to fully cure.

Finish your ornaments by attaching the bezel to a length of pretty ribbon. Your monogram ornaments are ready to hang on the tree!

Just think of all the gorgeous ornaments you can make for your friends and family this year.  You can give them as the gift themselves or add them as gift tags to the top of a wrapped present.  So pretty!

 

 

Beautiful DIY Holiday Home Accessories

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 07:00

Spreading holiday cheer can be done in a variety ways, but of course our all-time favorite is by DIYing just about everything we can. Today, we are focusing on some beautiful DIY projects that would make amazing holiday home accessories. We have rounded up some of the best holiday home options that the internet had to offer. No matter which holiday your family celebrates, you are sure to find something amazing for your home. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

Beautiful DIY Holiday Home Accessories

Festive DIY Wooden Spoons | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Paper Dreidel Garland | Paging Super Mom

Holiday Display Tree | Rogue Engineer

Holiday Stocking Holder | Jen Woodhouse

Colorful Woodslice Holiday Tree | Anikas DIY Life

DIY Holiday Village Cut Out Wreath | Jaime Costiglio

DIY Holiday Rustic Candle Holders | Hearth and Vine

DIY Holiday Card Display Frame | Ana White

DIY Votive Candle Menorah | Simple Designing

DIY Tin Can Snowman | Practically Fuctional

 

Wood Slice Resin Pour Ornaments

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 07:00

Wood Slice Resin Pour Ornaments

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing an awesome resin poured wood slice tutorial. Wood slice ornaments are perfect to give as neighbor gifts or to deck the tree with matching handmade ornaments. Make stunning wood slice ornaments using high gloss resin and the dirty pour technique. Resin pouring is a highly addictive craft, let’s get started!

Supplies Needed:

Step One: Set up

Begin by setting up the disposable work surface. Then place small cups on the table with the wood slices on top of the cups. Put on the disposable gloves and wear during the full process.

Step 2: Mix up the Resin

Mixing the resin properly is the most crucial part of this process. Be sure to read the directions thoroughly before starting. 

Mix one part resin with one part hardener. I used about 1/2 ounce for each wood slice, but it was a little too much. Then stir the resin together for a full 2 minutes with the stirring stick.

Next pour the resin in a second cup and use a second stirring stick to mix the resin for 1 full minute.

Now pour the resin into small paper cups.

 

Step 3: Add Color

Then add a squeeze of the pigment and stir it in completely. I used about the size of a pea in each.

Step 4: Dirty Pour

Now pour the colored resin into one large cup, alternating colors until essentially all the resin is in the cup.

Step 5: Pour!

Now pour the resin onto the wood slice pieces while resting above the table for run off. Then pick up a wood slice and move the resin around all over the top of it by tilting and tipping. Some resin will run off the edges. 

Then use the stirring sticks from the small cups and add any more resin in stripes across the wood slices.

Step 6: Blowing Heat

Now use the embossing heat gun to blow a little heat across the resin. This will spread the resin color out and add cells to the finish. This also pops any of the bubbles that have formed. Do not keep heat in one place too long or the resin will react badly. Just give each wood slice a quick pass or two of heat.

Beautiful disaster!

The amount of run off is a little much. But even the piles of run off are pretty and can be used in other crafts–like this one.

Carefully move the wood slice ornaments on their stands to a clean work surface. Then clean up and discard the mess.

Step 7: Dry Overnight

Let the resin dry and cure for at least 24 hours. Then re-drill the holes that have likely filled with resin. Add some twine and hang them on the tree!

Amazing, right!? Look at the intricate cells and swirls. Dirty pours are my favorite craft and there is no skill level requirement, they are awesome!

Hope you loved this tutorial–like, pin and share!

Cookie Cutter Resin Ornaments

Mon, 11/04/2019 - 07:00

When I saw the shapes of these metal cookie cutters, I knew I wanted to try making cookie cutter resin ornaments with real sprinkles.

These ornaments required a bit of patience as I poured 3 separate layers of resin in each one. But they are really pretty, so I think it’s worth it!

Here are the supplies you’ll need to make these resin ornaments:

Filling ornaments with resin

Cover a hard, flat surface with clear contact paper (I used a clipboard.) Spray the contact paper with mold release spray and dry completely.

Set the metal cookie cutters on the contact paper and create a seal around the bottom with hot glue to keep the resin from seeping out.

Wear gloves and eye protection. Cover your work surface to protect from spills, then mix resin according to package instructions.

Using equal parts resin and hardener, stir for 2 minutes in one cup. Pour into a clean cup and stir for an additional minute.

Pour about 1/4 inch of resin into each ornament.

After a couple of minutes, bubbles will rise to the top, mostly collecting at the sides.

Exhale or pass a heat torch over the surface to pop the bubbles.

Let cure for 24 hours. Remove the ornaments from the contact paper and peel away the hot glue. Carefully use a blade if needed.

Mix more resin and pour another 1/4 inch. Color if desired with transparent or opaque dyes. I used one drop of opaque white here.

Decorate resin ornaments

Let this layer cure for 6-7 hours. Decorate with different types of sprinkles. Since the resin will be a bit tacky, it will hold these sprinkles in place.

Use tweezers if needed to make sure you don’t touch the resin with your fingers.

Let cure at least two more hours and finish with a top layer of resin – just enough to cover all the sprinkles.

(A note about the red hots. They seemed to pass the tiniest bit of color to the white dye, so if I were doing this again, I would seal the red hots with Resin Spray Finish first.)

Wrap wire or tie string around the tops of the ornaments to hang. Or drill a hole in the top of the resin. Thread a thin cord through and tie in a knot. Then use a sturdy ornament hook to hang it.

And with all the shapes of cookie cutters and types of sprinkles, the design possibilities are endless! Which resin sprinkles ornament is your favorite?

Festive DIY Ornaments

Fri, 11/01/2019 - 08:52

Christmas is just one of those holidays that is such a blast to celebrate, but it creeps on you so quickly. For many of us, decorating for Christmas (no matter how early!) brings a lot of happiness into our home. Whether you’re celebrating with family or friends, there are plenty of things you can do together to enjoy the holiday season. Of course crafting something great is one of those things! Today we are going to share with you some amazing Festive DIY Ornaments that are sure to spruce up your tree this winter as well as warm your heart with christmas cheer! Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

Festive DIY Ornaments

DIY Charlie Brown Felt Christmas Ornaments | The Spruce Crafts

DIY Toilet Paper Roll Owl Ornaments | Pams Party and Practical Tips

DIY Wood Bead Snowflake Ornament | Alice and Lois

DIY Baby Sock Christmas Ornament | Cutesy Crafts

DIY Pom Pom Ornaments | At Charlotte’s House

DIY Rudolph Ornaments | Studio DIY DIY Melted Snowman Ornament | My Creative Days

DIY Mini Gift Bow Ornament | All Things G & D

DIY Paint Swirled Ornaments | Persia Lou

DIY Paper Candle Ornament | The House That Lars Built

Fruit Puns Enamel Pins with Jewelry Resin DIY

Mon, 10/28/2019 - 06:43

Fruit Puns Enamel Pins with Jewelry Resin DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing fruity pun enamel pins, perfect for every denim jacket or backpack.  Enamel pins are all the rage and making some witty fruit pun pins is a piece of cake! Just a few supplies needed for these faux enamel pins. When I was in Elementary school, having pins all over your jacket or backpack was especially cool. Honestly, I don’t think that trend has ever gone out of style. My kids love enamel pins and buttons too–and they make great gifts!

Right click to save this fruity image and make some enamel pins too!

Supplies Needed for DIY Enamel Pins:
  • Jewelry Resin
  • Ink Jet Shrink Film
  • Printer
  • E6000 Glue
  • Pin backs
  • Embossing Heat Gun
  • Mixing cups, stirring sticks, disposable gloves

Get Started:

Begin by printing out the fruity image on the shrink plastic. Unfortunately, my colored ink was nearly out, so the background did not print as vibrantly as desired. Next, use scissors to cut the images out. Use the yellow background as a guide. 

Shrink:

Next, shrink the plastic. Use the embossing heat gun or place them on a baking sheet in the oven set to 350*F for 2-5 minutes. Watch the plastic curl up like a bowl, then flatten out. Let them cool completely.

After they are melted, the plastic is thick and condensed.

Time for Resin:

Now place the fruit shapes on a piece of cardboard and mix up 1 teaspoon of jewelry resin according to the package directions. It’s super critical to follow the directions and mix for the full time in the 2 phase process.

After mixing the resin for 2 minutes, transfer to a second mixing cup and stir with a new stick for another full minute.

Then get a little resin on the end of the mixing stick and coat the surface of the shrink plastic. Resin has amazing surface tension and forms a beautiful dome over the top of the project.

Once the resin is coating the fruit enamel pins, let them sit overnight, undisturbed on a level surface. Check the resin after 20 minutes and pop any bubbles that have surfaced with the heat gun or a mini torch.

Glue Pinbacks:

The next day, turn the resined pieces over and use the E6000 glue to adhere a pinback on the backside of each piece. 

Let the glue dry for at least 4 hours. Then pin them on the nearest jacket, backpack or lapel! Hook them to a gift tag for a personal touch on a gift.

That’s it!

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Creative DIY’s Using FastCast

Fri, 10/25/2019 - 07:00

You might be surprised if we told you that you can create just about anything from FastCast Resin. It’s true! As always, it’s our mission here at Resin Crafts Blog to come up with as many useful and fun ways as possible to use Resin. Not only because it’s a great craft opportunity, but it is always a more affordable option to create your own things! FastCast Resin makes it incredibly simple. Today we’ve rounded up the most Creative DIY’s Using FastCast Casting Resin. Enjoy!

Which ones will you create?

Creative DIY’s Using FastCast

DIY Acorn Napkin Rings 

DIY Fairy Garden Pumpkin House 

DIY Resin Flower Cabochon Jewelry

DIY Mini Fairy Garden 

DIY Metallic Place-Card Photo Holders

DIY Victorian Gold Necklace 

DIY Jewelry Organizer 

DIY Junk Food Magnets

DIY Resin Chess Pieces

DIY Autumn Leaf Napkin Ring 

Resin and Wood Pendants

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 07:00

Creating custom jewelry with resin is always a fun way to make personalized gifts. Try combining resin with natural wood pieces for these resin and wood pendants – no mold tray required!

Supplies and tools for making resin pendants

Prepping wood and resin for necklaces

Use a band saw or scroll saw to cut wood into pendant size pieces. Sand lightly.

Use packing tape to wrap a mold around the top of the wood piece.

Be sure to read all the instructions and work in a well-ventilated area prior to using the EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy. Mix equal parts resin and hardener and stir for 2 minutes.

Pour into a clean cup and stir an additional minute.

Mix resin with glitter or translucent dye if desired.

Pour into tape molds and place on a flat surface.

As bubble rise to the top, exhale across the resin to pop them. Leave to cure for 24 hours. (Sometimes wood will release more air bubbles that will get stuck in the resin. You can try coating the wood with Envirotex Clear High Gloss Spray first.)

Finishing wood and resin pendants

Peel away the tape. Use a palm sander to smooth down the top of the resin, and the edges to be even with the wood. Start with 100 grit, then 220, moving to 320 and 400.


Use a drill press and a 5/64 drill bit to put a hole through either the resin or wood part of the pendant.


To bring the shine back to the resin, wet sand with a micromesh sanding pad set and work from grits 1500 to 12000.


To finish the pendants, spray with a few light coats of Envirotex Clear High Gloss Spray to add the final shine and enhance the color of the wood.


Thread some jewelry cording through the drilled hole and tie ends in a knot.

Experiment with different types of wood, the amount of resin, and resin additives to achieve unique and beautiful pendants.

 

DIY Junk Food Magnets

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 06:57

Give your locker or refrigerator a personal touch with custom DIY Junk Food Magnets made out of resin!

Hello, Resin Crafters! Lindsay here with a new resin project that is cute enough to eat! These miniature food-shaped magnets are a lot of fun to make, and are a great way to add some personality to your locker or refrigerator. The magnets set in just 10 minutes, and kids and adults alike will enjoy customizing them using acrylic paints!

Supplies needed to make your own Junk Food Magnets:

Step 1:

Be sure to wear protective gloves and read through the FastCast resin package directions. Mix 1 part resin and 1 part hardener for 2 minutes, then pour the resin in a new cup and mix for an additional minute.

Step 2:

Carefully pour the resin into the silicone junk food mold, being careful not to overfill the molds.

Step 3:

Let the resin sit in an even area to cure. The difference between FastCast and regular resin is that FastCast cures in just 10-15 minutes instead of overnight. As the resin cures, you will see it change from clear to white right before your eyes!

Step 4:

The resin is done curing when it is no longer tacky to the touch, and you can pull the sides of the mold away from the resin without it sticking. Carefully remove the resin pieces from the mold. Trim away any excess with scissors, if necessary.

Step 5:

Get creative using acrylic paints and a small detail paint brush to color the resin food pieces. Some colors may need 2-3 coats for full coverage.

Step 6:

Let the paint dry completely, then spray the food pieces with Castin’ Craft Resin Spray Finish to seal the paint.

Step 7:

Use some strong craft glue to attach the magnets to the back of the resin food pieces. Let the glue dry completely before using.

Step 8:

Have fun sticking your magnets to your refrigerator, locker, or anywhere you keep your magnets! Depending on the colors of paint you use, the possibilities are endless. I hope you have a great time making some DIY Junk Food Magnets for yourself!

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Stay Warm with these Cozy DIY’s

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 07:04

The temperature is finally cooling down and you know what that means. It’s time to get cozy! With it being cooler outside, it’s even more of an incentive to hunker down inside, get out your crafting supplies out and start creating. Today we’ve rounded up some amazing DIY’s that will support your need for cozy things around your home. Whether that be lighting a few candles, grabbing your favorite blanket or sitting with a hot cup of coffee or hot cocoa, these DIY’s will surely make your cozy dreams come true.  Let’s get crafting!

Which ones will you create?

Stay Warm with these Cozy DIY’s

DIY Brushstroke Candles | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Cozy Flannel Scarves | Delia Creates

DIY Cashmere Cup Cozy | Setting for Four

DIY Cozy Pom Pom Wreath | Making It In The Mountains

DIY Sweater Basket | Lydi Out Loud

DIY 15 Minute Blanket Ladder | Shanty 2 Chic

DIY Throw Blanket | Making Lemonade

DIY Cozy Pillow | Two Purple Couches

DIY Cozy Pet Sling | My So Called Crafty Life

DIY Sweater Pillows | Mom in Music City

DIY Tassel Blanket | Tell Love and Party

 

DIY Resin Mermaid Figurine

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 07:00

Today, we are going to play with two resin marbling techniques to create a beautiful resin mermaid figurine that looks like a mermaid just dove into the ocean! Read on if you would like to learn more about this fun project.

What You Will Need:

Begin by mixing up a small amount of resin according to the package directions.  Divide the properly mixed resin into 3 small cups and add a few drops of resin pigment to each cup. I mixed up blue, dark purple, and teal resin, but you can create whatever colors you would like to use for your mermaid tail! I also added a drop of pearl pigment into each cup and mixed that in as well.  This is completely optional, but it will give your finished mermaid tail a bit of magical shimmer.

Drizzle very small amounts of each of the colors of resin into the silicone mold. This bottom layer will be the most visible in your finished pieces, so place the resin carefully.

Continue to drizzle in the colored resin until the mold is full.  Place the mold on a level surface and allow the resin to cure according to the directions that came with your resin.

After the resin has fully cured, pop the mermaid tail out of the mold! I love the way the marbled, opaque resin looks in the scaly portion of the tail especially.

Now, mix up another VERY small batch of resin according to package directions.  Divide the resin into three small cups as follows: half into one cup, and one quarter into each of the following two cups.  Add transparent blue resin dye into the cup with the most resin and stir until it is an even color.  Add blue opaque pigment to one of the remaining cups, and white opaque pigment to the other.  Stir these two cups until the pigment is evenly distributed.

Spray the knob mold with mold release spray and let the spray dry. Then pour the resin dyed with transparent blue dye into one mold cavity.  Carefully center the mermaid tail into the cavity as well.  My mold left my mermaid tail with a flat bottom, so it stood up by itself.  If your tail does not stand up, you will need to support the tail in the center of the mold with craft sticks or pencils.

Drizzle a tiny amount of the pigmented blue resin into the mold.  You can see my aim was less than perfect for this step!  Do NOT cover the entire mold with the opaque blue resin.  You are not layering colors for this project; you want to create small swirls within the final piece.

Let the resin cure until it has slightly set up.  You can test this by stirring the white resin (still in the mixing cup) to determine its consistency.  Once it has a gel-like consistency, pick up a small amount of the white resin with a stir stick or toothpick.  Drag the white resin through the surface of the blue resin in the mold.  This will create foamy resin swirls at the very top of the mold. Allow the resin to fully cure.

Unmold the figurine by pressing in the center of the underside of the knob mold until the piece releases. Now you can admire all the swirls created by the opaque resin in the transparent resin.

This technique creates beautiful watery patterns within the resin base.  Because the majority of the base was made with the transparent blue resin, you can still see the scales of the mermaid tail through the “water.”

Your beautiful resin mermaid figurine is done. Decorate your desk, bedside table or bookshelf with this pretty piece or give it to a mermaid enthusiast in your life!

Hair Clips DIY with Glittery Resin!

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 07:00

Hair Clips DIY with Glittery Resin!

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft sharing this fun hair clip resin craft. Make gold and sparkly hair clips with jewelry resin to match an outfit or for a handmade gift. This unique resin craft takes just a few supplies and about 10 minutes of working time, then overnight to dry. These cute clips should be made in every color, perfect for every outfit or dress in the closet. One can never have too many hair clips!

Supplies Needed:
  • Envirotex Jewelry Resin
  • Gold Alligator Hair clips
  • Small Vials of Glitter (Color and Shape of your choice)
  • Disposable Gloves and Work surface

Begin by mixing up about a teaspoon of jewelry resin according to the package directions. Be sure to use the two phase mixing process as outlined. After mixing for the full time, dump the glitter into the resin and stir in.

Stir in the glitter so that it feels like there is very little resin and lots of glitter. This is the best way to work with glitter, because it won’t get everywhere.

Next use a disposable stirring stick to drip small amounts of resin on the top of the alligator clip. The resin is amazing and self-levels, but use the stick to spread the glittery resin around the surface. 

Then set the clip on a stack of stirring sticks so that the surface of the hair clip is level with the table.

Repeat the process for all additional clips, and then let them sit overnight for the resin to cure.  They look like a party of confetti and sparkle! The gold hair clip is luxurious enough to wear alone, but the colored glitter adds an especially fun finish.

That’s it! These hair clips are ready to wear or give as a gift…even clipped on the top of a gift like a bow! Don’t forget to Like, Pin and Share!

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