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Resin Covered Vinyl Sign

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 07:00

I love using vinyl to make signs on wood, but I often worry that the vinyl won’t stand up over time.  When I found an adorable pineapple shaped cutting board, I knew I wanted to make a sign that was both cute and durable.  I have found that the very best way to do that is with resin.  You can seal the vinyl of your sign under a layer of glossy vinyl for a polished, long-lasting finish.  Here is how to make your own beautiful resin-covered vinyl sign.

Supplies needed to make the pineapple sign:

  • EnviroTex Lite
  • Wooden sign or cutting board
  • Adhesive vinyl
  • Transfer tape
  • A digital cutting machine
  • Gloves
  • Two cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Paintbrushes

Begin by cutting your design out of adhesive vinyl using a digital cutting machine.  Weed out an excess vinyl and then transfer the design to the cutting board with transfer tape.

Make sure to run your finger over the entire design to ensure it is fully adhered to the cutting board.

Now it’s time for the fun part!  Carefully mix 4 ounces of EnviroTex Lite together, using the two-cup method.  Add 2 ounces each of resin and hardener to a cup, and stir it well for two minutes.  Carefully pour the mixture into a second cup, and stir for an additional minute.  While you are stirring, be sure to scrape down the sides of the cup too.

Elevate the cutting board on a block inside of a cardboard box.  There will be resin run-off, so you need to protect your work surface.  Then slowly pour the resin mixture all over the cutting board.  You can use the stir stick to guide the flow of resin, if you need to.

As the resin begins to flow over the sides of the cutting board, you can use a paintbrush to remove excess drips on the edges.

After you pour the resin, you will notice bubbles in the resin.  You can pop them by blowing on them or by applying the heat from a hand-held propane torch.  Hold the flame about 6 inches away from the resin and the bubbles will pop from the heat.  Cover the project and let it sit for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes have passed, check on your project again.  If there are remaining bubbles in the resin, repeat the same process you used earlier to pop the bubbles.  Cover and let the project cure for 6-8 hours or overnight.

When the resin has cured you will have a perfect shiny protective surface sealing your vinyl saying in place!

It was difficult for me to photograph just what an amazing shine the EnviroTex Lite gives the sign.  It’s like the wooden cutting board now has a glassy surface.  This is an incredible way to make your homemade projects look polished and professional.

Shimmering Mermaid Wall Art with Resin

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 07:00

Make a personalized name plate for any mermaid loving little girl in your life. This sparkling mermaid wall art idea could also double as a fun catch-all tray for all their sea treasures.

 DIY Mermaid Wall Art with Resin

Hi friends! It’s Jane here from Sustain My Craft Habit. Some months back we shared a mermaid-themed night light shade that I made for my daughter’s bedroom.  It apparently put me in a mermaid mood and the idea for this personalized name plate came to mind.

I quite like the versatility of EnviroTex Lite high gloss resin to create a shiny flat finish on projects, like I used for this driftwood tray and this decorative monogram letter. For this project I used sequins and gems but really any type of embellishments and small knick-knacks would do.

Materials Needed: Instructions for making the mermaid wall art: Preparing the materials:

Paint plaque in Violet, all sides. Leave it to dry fully between coats and paint it as many coats as necessary to achieve desired coverage.

Paint all sides of the MDF letters in Metallic Silver. Leave it to dry fully between coats and paint them as many coats as necessary to achieve desired coverage.

Apply one generous coat of all-purpose sealer to the inside of your serving tray. Leave it to dry.

Arrange the letters inside of the plaque and glue letters in place.

Apply a coat of clear drying  sealer to all sides of the painted letters. Put it aside to dry.

Arrange the embellishments inside as desired and glue in place. If adding any other porous materials, you’ll need to coat with a clear drying sealer. Get creative with the placement and mix a variety of different colors and shapes.

Pouring the Resin:

For best results be sure to read the instructions provided in the EnviroTex Lite Pour On packaging.  Ensure your resin and hardener are at room temperature or warmer before mixing.

Mix exactly equal amounts of Resin and Hardener into one measuring cup. The size of your piece will determine how much resin you need. In my case,  I poured 3oz of the resin and 3oz of the hardener.

Stir together continuously for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the container.

Pour the mixture into a second cup and stir for an additional minute, scraping the sides of the container and stir stick.

Using the stir stick,  dip your stick into the EnviroTex Lite mixture and then begin pouring the resin over top of your piece.

Pour evenly from one side to the next and carefully in between the letters. The resin will settle and level itself out.

Cover to keep dust from settling in. Ensure your tray is placed on a level surface. After about 15 minutes, remove any bubbles that have risen to the surface by gently blowing over the piece through a straw. Repeat if necessary after another 15 minutes and up to about an hour to ensure no bubbles have formed. Use a clean straw each time to avoid moisture from your breath collecting inside the straw and transferring onto the piece. Use a clean toothpick to release any larger bubbles.

Cover and allow to cure overnight (will fully cure over 72 hours). 

It’s funny that we didn’t even realize, until we were pouring the resin that it looks like water! Perfectly fitting for a mermaid. For an extra fun under-the-sea themed project idea, check out these shark painted rocks.

To mount the mermaid name plate art to the wall, attach a D-ring or sawtooth hanger to the back of the piece.

Or you could leave the hardware off and use the piece as a catch-all tray.

This pretty lady is super happy with her new  bedroom mermaid wall art!

Do you have a mermaid fan at home?

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The Best Summer Hacks You’ve Ever Seen

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 12:08

School is almost out, the weather is getting warmer and the fun festivities are about to begin! Summer is a season to spend outdoors with family and friends, enjoying life. We’re here today to share with you the different ways you can hack your way to the best summer yet! What are some summer hacks you can’t live without?

The Best Summer Hacks You’ve Ever Seen

Beverage Fountain with Plastic Pools | Smart School House

DIY Popsicle Drip Catcher | Making Lemonade

DIY Summer Flip Flop Hack | DIY Beautify

Hanging Camping Organizer | Honey Bear Lane

Pool Noodle Sail Boats | Gluesticks Blog

Painted Flower Pot Hack | Yesterday on Tuesday

Cloves and Lemon Bug Deterrent | Happy Go Lucky Blog

Cupcake Liner Hack | Mom 4 Real

DIY Mosquito Repellant Candles | The Country Chic Cottage

DIY Beach Towel Tote | Smart School House

Enjoy the holiday weekend and kick off of summer friends!

Resin Suncatcher – How to Make Beautiful Resin Suncatchers

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 07:07

Create a beautiful resin suncatcher with metallic confetti and EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy!

Hey Resin Crafters! Amber Oliver here with another great resin craft! I’m drawn to all things colorful (as you may have noticed with my last resin craft – my DIY Resin Clipboard) and this project includes lots of pretty colors as well! I mean, who doesn’t love confetti!? The beautiful spring weather has be spending a lot more time outdoors, and this project is perfect for decorating on your patio. Just hang it anywhere it can catch the light!

Supplies Needed for Resin Suncatcher:

Step 1: Prepare your mold. For this project, I used two metal lids that were the prefect size circles for me. The first thing I did was apply Mold Release & Conditioner. (I took a chance with the metal lids – plastic would be better – but the project turned out great! I do have a trick I’ll share below.)

Step 2: Next, 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: Once it’s ready, pour directly into your  lid and fill about halfway up.

Step 3: Let sit for about 20 minutes, then you can add in your embellishments! I used metallic confetti for mine. 

Step 4: After you’ve added your embellishments, mix up another batch of  EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy and pour on.

Step 5: After you’ve allowed enough time for the resin to cure, you can remove from the molds. I tried a metal mold for this project and found the trick to getting the resin suncatchers out is the FREEZER! I put them in the freezer for a few minutes and POP they came right out!

Step 6: The last step for creating resin suncatchers is to drill a small hole in the top and tie on some twine to hang them!

I hung my resin suncatchers on the fence in my backyard. The EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy creates a beautifully clear finish and the metallic confetti catches the sun and shines brillantly while twirling around near my hanging basket of flowers! 

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Ombre Resin Seashell Soap Dish DIY

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 14:11

Ombre Resin Seashell Soap Dish DIY

It’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing an especially fun resin craft DIY with you today.  Bathrooms are frequently decorated with beach decor as a fun oasis in the home.  This ombre resin seashell becomes the centerpiece of the sink, the perfect cradle for a bar of soap.  The inspiration comes from this bright blue geyser from Yellowstone. (photo source)Each particular layer creates depth and a natural ombre effect with rich, varying blues.  The natural layers are easy to recreate with EasyCast Resin and a fabulous seashell.

Supplies Needed:

EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy Resin

Green Transparent Dye

Blue Transparent Dye

Large Seashell

Disposable work surface, gloves, mixing cups, stirring sticks

Begin by reading the directions for the Easy Cast and prepare supplies.  Pour one part of the resin and one part hardener in a small mixing cup, to equal about 1 ounce.  Stir for 2 minutes, then pour into a second cup and stir with a new stick for 1 minute.  Add 3 drops of green dye and 5 drops of blue.  Stir gently to mix colors and pour in seashell.

Next, tilt and tip the shell around to coat the entire surface of the shell with resin.  However, the resin will eventually re-settle and pool at the lowest part of the shell.  Let the resin dry and cure overnight.Repeat the process in like manner the next day.For this second layer, make about 1 ounce of properly mixed resin and add 2 drops of green and 1 drop of blue dyes.Stir gently, as before, to mix the color.Then pour the resin into the center of the seashell.  Repeat the process by tilting and tipping the shell to coat the entire surface with resin.

Next, use a heat gun or mini torch to pop any bubbles that form in the resin.  Let the resin cure overnight similarly to before.

In the same way as before, mix up one ounce of EasyCast Resin according to package directions.  This time however, do not add any dye.  This will keep the resin clear and glossy.  Pour in the center of the shell, then tip around to coat the shell.  Then prop up the shell so the resin will remain level as it cures.  Let it cure overnight.

Once the resin has cured, it is finally ready for use in a beach themed bathroom or other tropical oasis!  This is such a fun technique and looks stunning.

It definitely looks like a unique geyser lake from Yellowstone with natural ombre layers.

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Must-Have Free Printables For Summer

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 10:51

Summer is just around the corner and that means so much fun is on the horizon! Whether it be that you have kiddos that no longer will be in school all day, you’re tackling new projects in the new season or just trying to all around get more organized in your life, we’ve got a great solution for you. Printables are such an amazing resource to use when trying to get organized, and the best part is that there are so many free options out there! We’ve looked around to find some of the best free printables that will help you tackle summer with ease. We hope you enjoy!

Printable Summer Kids Planner | Oh My Creative

Printable DIY Notepads | Happiness is Homemade

Printable Watercolor Tags | I Should Be Mopping The Floor

Printable Coloring Bookmarks | Skip to My Lou

Printable Scavenger Hunts for Kids | Buggy and Buddy

Printable Budget Binder | Freebie Finding Mom

Printable for Summer Project Organization | Just a Girl and Her Blog

Printable Chore Chart | The 36th Avenue

Printable Family Organization Planner | Blooming Homestead

Printable Home Management Binder | Laura’s Crafty Life

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Sparkling Dripped Resin Pendants

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 07:00

Hello resin crafters! It’s Sheri from Hazel + Gold Designs here again, and I’m excited to share this tutorial on how to make Sparkling Dripped Resin Pendants. These resin necklaces are quick and easy to make, and each one is completely unique because you never know exactly how the resin will settle with each drip. I hope you learn a lot and if you make one, please share photos with us!

Sparkling Dripped Resin Pendants Supplies:
  • Envirotex Jewelry Resin Kit
  • Extra Small Disposable Measuring Cups (as pictured)
  • Extra Stir Sticks
  • Disposable work surface (cardstock paper)
  • DecoArt Metallic Paints
  • Pendant Bezel Blanks
  • Micro Butane Torch

Pull the Envirotex Jewelry Resin kit out of the box. It should be as pictured here (the bezels are NOT included in the kit.) Please read through the instructions to make sure you understand all the details on working with resin and what to do and not do. It’s not difficult, but you do need to be aware of a few details.

Take the lids off the resin bottles and put these pour caps on. You’ll need to pull the tiny lids off of them and cut off the ends so the resin can pour through. Don’t forget your gloves! I did for the first pour step but remembered before I stirred and risked touching the resin.

Pour your preferred amount of part A into the cup. I used 10 ml of each part, which was enough for five pendants.

Now pour an equal amount of Part B (again I used 10ml).

Stir the mixture thoroughly until it is completely clear.

Pour your resin into three new cups. I chose three because I was going to do three colors, you can do more or fewer.

Add a couple drops of your metallic paints to your cups. You really don’t want to use a lot because it will effect the curing process, but a couple drops seemed to be enough color.

Stir all your colors into the resin thoroughly.

Begin pouring your first color into each bezel. Keep in mind that with this method, the color you pour first will end up on the outer rim. You want to pour more of this color than the other colors.

Pour the second color into the center, go slowly so you don’t overpour.

Then pour the third color into the center as well. You can really make any design you want, but this is how I chose to do it.

Use the micro-butane torch to pop the bubbles. You can always just exhale over them as well and the carbon dioxide you emit will pop the bubbles. I just happened to have my torch on hand since I work with resin frequently.

Now let your resin cure! It only took 24 hours for mine to cure, but curing time can vary depending on room temperature so check the instructions for more information.

I wanted to try another style, so I poured two more bezels and used a toothpick to make some designs. It worked well.

Finished!

Here are some closeup shots so you can see how great they look and how sparkly the metallic paints make it.

 

 

What do you think? Do you like them? What colors would you try?

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Handmade Father’s Day Gifts Kids Can Make

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 07:00

You all know that here at Resin Crafts Blog we firmly believe the best gift one could ever receive is handmade and from the heart. Father’s Day gifts are certainly no exception to this! What more could a father possibly want than a gift handmade by his children themselves? Today we’re rounding up so many different gift options that your kiddos can put a hand in creating.

Which ones will you create?

Handmade Father’s Day Gifts Kids Can Make

DIY Custom Artwork Mug | Persia Lou

DIY Father-Daughter Frame | Creative Cynchronicity

DIY Tool Craft | Craftulate

DIY Handprint Yoda Father’s Day Card | I Heart Arts n Crafts

DIY Homemade Dish and DIY Keychain | Make and Takes

DIY ‘Dad Rocks’ Paperweight | Crafts by Amanda

DIY Father’s Day Gift Bags | The Country Chic Cottage

Printable Father’s Day Coloring Book | Buggy and Buddy

Father’s Day Feet Bookmarks | Red Ted Art

Nuts and Bolts Father Day Craft | B-Inspired Mama

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Resin Coated Fabric Bookmarks

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 07:00

Hello again, Resin Crafters! It’s Kelli from the Craft Shack and I’m excited to share this fun project with you! We love to read around here, and bookmarks are often in short supply.  I usually find myself just grabbing a slip of paper to mark my place.  I’ve wanted to make pretty fabric bookmarks for a long time, but sewing is not something I’m really great at, and just leaving the fabric plain doesn’t work either, it frays and falls apart eventually.   But I found the neatest trick recently to solve this problem! You can coat your favorite fabrics with Resin! I made these Resin Coated Fabric Bookmarks out of some fun fabric scraps.  They retain their flexibility somewhat, but they don’t fray or fall apart, and no sewing is needed.  Add a fun little pompom or embellishment for a little more flair and you have a super adorable, and durable bookmark!

Supplies needed to make Resin Coated Fabric Bookmarks:

First, you’ll need to decide how large you want your Resin Coated Fabric Bookmarks to be.  Cut your fabric scraps to the desired size. (Mine are 2″ x 6″) Darker fabrics work the best.  If you want to get an idea of what your fabric will look like when it’s coated with Resin, get it wet first.  The color of the wet fabric is similar to what it will look like once coated in Resin. Be sure to dry your fabric completely before using it here, however.  And don’t worry about any strings yet, those will be taken care of later.  Iron the fabric before you begin, if needed.

Next, prepare your EnviroTex Lite Pour on Epoxy.  Follow the instructions on the package carefully.  It’s important to mix it very well.  Pour equal parts of the Resin and the Hardener into a mixing cup.  Stir for 2 minutes, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the cup.  After 2 minutes, pour the mixture into a second, clean mixing cup.  Mix again for 1 additional minute.    I used 1 oz of each of the Resin and the Hardener.  The 2oz total was enough to cover 5  2″x6″ bookmarks.

Place your fabric Scraps onto a silicone mat (I use a baking mat that I’ve marked specifically for crafts only).  Pour a puddle of resin down the middle of each scrap.

Use a disposable craft brush or paint brush to spread the epoxy carefully over the entire surface of the fabric.  Don’t worry if you get some outside the fabric scrap.  Use a small butane torch or your own warm breath to remove any bubbles that rise to the surface.   Allow the Resin to cure overnight.

After the Resin has cured completely, peel the bookmarks off of the non-stick mat.  Use scissors to trim any epoxy that may have run over the edge.  The epoxy is thin enough that a good pair of scissors will work perfectly to do this.  Any strings that were loose before you started will get trimmed away here too.

Add a hole to the top of your bookmark with a hole punch.  It takes a little bit of force to make it go through but it does work!

I added fun little yarn pom poms to my bookmarks, but you could also tie a pretty ribbon, or string on some fun charms if you’d rather! The possibilities are endless!

The fabric won’t fray or fall apart now.  The bookmarks still bend a little and form nicely to the book pages and I expect they will last a very long time!

Before I could even pick my favorite my kids have snatched them up to use in their books!  How would you finish your cute fabric bookmarks?

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Geometric Resin Succulent Planters DIY

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 07:00

Geometric Resin Succulent Planters DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing another fun resin craft DIY.  Geometric planters are particularly intriguing and look great as decor and paired with succulents, they are perfection!  These geometric succulent planters are easy to make, and if using FastCast, they ultimately take less than 30 minutes to make.

These succulent planters are definitely contenders for centerpieces, Spring decor, handmade gifts and even Summer wedding decor. Customize the color of the planters to match the theme for the ultimate effect.  I will demonstrate how to make 2 varieties of succulent planters: clear, using EasyCast resin, and opaque white or colored, using FastCast and transparent dyes.


Supplies needed for Geometric Resin Succulent Planters:

Geometric Silicone Molds

EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy

FastCast Urethane Casting Resin

Drill with 1/2 inch bit

Transparent Dye

Disposable work surface, mixing cups, stirring sticks, gloves

Begin with the EasyCast clear planter. Set up your workspace with the resin, mixing cups and molds.

Read the EasyCast directions and mix accordingly with the 2 phase mixing process. Wear protective eye wear and gloves when mixing/handling.

Pour the EasyCast Resin in each mold up to the top.  Let the resin dry and cure over 24-48 hours.

For a nearly immediate result, use an identical process with FastCast Urethane Casting Resin.

FastCast mixes in a 2 phase process as well, but the mixing time is much shorter.  It sets up completely in 10 minutes, so this project is incredibly fast.  The FastCast resin dries opaque white, but adding a few drops of transparent dyes during the mixing process can give it a wonderful opaque color.  I used 5 drops of blue and 3 drops of green.

After the resin is dry and cured completely, remove them from the molds.  Next, use a drill and bore a 1/2 inch hole in the top that goes down about 1 inch.

Finally, the geometric planters are complete and ready to fill with flowers.  Simply hot glue some faux succulents right in the drilled hole and they are ready to display.

For those with a green thumb, add some peat moss and hot glue a live succulent inside.  Mist with a spray bottle to water.

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Showstopping Tops: The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 07:00

You may remember a couple of months back that ETI hosted the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest with the theme of Showstopping Tops finished with our Envirotex Lite. We were blown away with all of the creative submissions and are so excited to share them with you, along with the Winning design!

Our Resin Crafts Ambassador Sheri created our host showpiece and if you didn’t see her Refinished Coffee Table you must! It is, indeed showstopping!

The Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest Entries:

Epoxy Desk Top Makeover | 100 Things To Do

Mid Century Table | Centsably Creative

Glitter Tabletop | Luscious and Lively

Retro DIY Coffee Table | Semi Gloss Design

High Gloss Resin Table Top | Shop at Blue

Bathroom Vanity Makeover | By The Stand

Funky Poured Paint Resin Table | Just A Little Creativity

DIY Entryway Table | Shoppe No 5

Bar Cart Makeover | Delicious and DIY

Resin Finished Wood Desktop | Shine Your Light

DIY Mermaid Tray | Ritzy Parties

Resin Tulip Table Makeover | Delightful Designs

Resin Penny Table | Saved By Scottie

Resin Bar Top Transformation | Ms. Mom Fix It

Resin Train Table Makeover | Happiest Camper

Resin Step Stool Makeover | DIY Envy

Sheet Music Side Table | Recreated Designs

Resin Side Table Makeover | Modern on Monticello

Resin Gold Cabinet Makeover | Hashtag Blessed

And the Grand Prize Winner was….

This beautiful bar cart by Delicious and DIY! Isn’t it a stunner?

We loved participating in the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest! Which piece is your favorite? Have a great weekend!

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Clay Pot Cupcake Stand

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 07:00

Make a clay pot cupcake stand in minutes!  This project is perfect for parties and can be customized to match any decor.  The marbled resin effect on the top looks similar to granite when complete and will really wow your guests!

Supplies needed to make a clay pot cupcake stand:

Start by painting both the pot and saucer with a few coats of outdoor paint.  Allow to dry in between coats as well before continuing with this project.  Once dry, measure and mix some EnviroTex Lite Pour-On High Gloss Finish.  Be sure to use the two cup method for mixing as indicated in the instructions and wear gloves when working with resin.  Divide this mixture up into some small measuring cups.

Add your colors to the mixture and stir well. I am using white and black then leaving one of the cups clear.  I started by pouring my clear into the clay saucer.  If you don’t leave one clear, start with the color that you have the most of.

Then just randomly add your colors to the clay saucer.

Use toothpicks and additional stir sticks to marble the resin and get the look desired.  Just drag through to mix and mingle the colors until you are happy with the results.  Allow the bubbles to rise to the top and pop according to the package directions.

You can see the detail in my final pour below!  I love all of the marbling and details that you get with this resin pouring method.

Allow to cure completely then use some adhesive to put the clay pot on the bottom of the saucer.

Add your cupcakes to the top and you are ready for any party!

I love the granite like look of the colors that I used but you can literally use any colors that you desire.  Mix and match to create a clay pot cupcake stand for every party and event that you are hosting.

There are so many possibilities and with a project this easy it is simple to add a bunch of these to your party essentials!  You might even make one to match your kitchen colors and leave it out on the counter all the time.  I could also see this project in a bathroom as a catch all for jewelry and more.  So many possibilities!  So, pick up some supplies and get started!

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DIY Wood and Resin Clock

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 07:00

Hello resin crafters! It’s Sheri again from Hazel + Gold Designs and I am so excited to share this new project with you. While walking through the craft store the other day I found this wooden clock face for just a couple dollars and knew I just had to throw some resin on it! It’s funny how once you find a medium you love the ideas just come to you. Here’s how I made this DIY Wood and Resin Clock!

SUPPLIES:
  • Wooden Clock Face
  • Clock mechanism and hand kit
  • Resin Spray Sealer
  • Envirotex Lite Pour-On Resin 
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Disposable Measuring Cups (at least 4)
  • Stir Sticks
  • Disposable Paint Brushes
  • White, Silver and Black Acrylic Paint
  • Masking Tape
  • Micro-butane torch

Prep the Clock Face:

The first step is to spray your clock face with Resin Spray. This will seal the wood and prepare it for the resin coating. 

Let the Resin Spray dry completely before moving onto the next step.

Next, use masking tape to cover the edges of the wood. If you want the resin to coat the edges then you can skip this step, but I wanted to still see the wooden edge. 

Be sure you have a disposable work surface of some sort underneath your project (I used a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper). Place the clock on a disposable cup (or other disposable item) to elevate it above your work surface.

Resin: 

Follow the instructions in the Envirotex Lite Pour-On Resin package to be sure that you are aware of all the details on how resin works. Be sure to use your vinyl gloves. Mix equal amounts of Part A Resin and Part B Hardener in one of your cups.

Mix thoroughly. Then pour the mixture into a second cup to ensure a clean and complete mixture.

Pour a little amount of resin into two more cups. You’ll be making three colors. In the first cup, with the largest amount of resin, add some white paint and a little silver paint. This will make a very light gray color. In another cup with just a little resin, add some silver. And in the third cup with the smallest amount of resin add some black paint.

Stir the paint in thoroughly to get the desired colors.

Pour Resin:

Starting near the center, begin to pour the light gray resin onto the wooden clock face. If you need, use a stir stick to spread the resin where you need. Cover the clock completely with the gray resin.

Use the silver stir stick and let the resin drip off the end while you drag it above the clock. The silver resin will make lines. Do as many as you’d like.

Use a disposable paint brush to break up the solid lines and give it a more realistic marbling effect.

Once you have your lines in the resin, use a toothpick or something small to define the numbers by making sure the resin doesn’t cover it.

Let the resin sit for about 10 minutes, then use your micro butane torch to pop any bubbles on the surface.

Let the resin cure for about two hours. Then come back and very carefully remove the masking tape from around the edges. Be sure not to touch the top of the clock face because the resin will still be very liquid and touching it will ruin it at this point. If the tape is stuck under resin, you can soften the resin a little with your micro-torch and then peel the tape off. Just don’t burn anything.

Let the resin cure for 24 hours!

Now time to assemble the clock. Grab your kit and instructions and put your clock together.

Set the time and hang up your beautiful clock!

Finished!

I hope you like this DIY Wood and Resin Clock tutorial! Have a great day and feel free to share this project on social media! Pin this image to Pinterest:

 

 

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10 Graduation Party Ideas

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 07:00

It’s that time of year, friends! In no time at all, that special someone in your life has reached graduation. Whether it be from high school or college, it’s a day that has been anticipated greatly and something to be celebrated. Planning a party for this occasion can sometimes feel incredibly overwhelming with all the details that go into it. We’re here today to make the process a bit easier with these 10 Graduation Party Ideas. Enjoy!

Graduation Hat Straws | Today’s Creative Life

Graduate Advice Jar | The Country Chic Cottage

“Donut You Forget About Me” Party | Bloom Designs featured on Pizzazzerie

Easy Pirouette Graduation Treats | Tater Tots and Jello

“Taco ‘Bout a Future” Party | Happy Hour Projects

“One Smart Cookie” Party | Polka Dot Chair

Printable Graduation Signs | Oh My Creative

Italian Soda Bar | Tidy Mom

                                                  

Mason Jar Graduation Hat | The Cards We Drew

Graduation Memory Board | Homemade Interest

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Keepsake Lace Resin Pendant Necklace DIY

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 07:00

Keepsake Lace Resin Pendant Necklace DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft!  Lace is beautiful and delicate and makes a uniquely stunning pendant.   Do you have some vintage lace, like from an old dress or doily that has seen better days?  This is an especially great craft to use those pieces, and would make a great gift for others attached to the memories of the keepsake lace–like grandma’s blouse.  If not, then simply buy a little snip of some floral lace and you are ready to create.

Supplies needed for Keepsake Lace Resin Pendant Necklace:

I created 2 different looks with the same lace and the same technique; however, the second one has a piece of black paper on the bezel with the lace on top of it.  For example, check the pictures above, the black paper is on the pendant on the right side…it’s got higher contrast with the lace.  Begin by cutting out a piece of lace and black paper (optional) the same size as the inside of the bezel.
Paint Ultra Seal inside the bezel and remove the excess glue.  Add the black paper and paint more Ultra Seal over the paper.Next place the lace inside the bezel and paint Ultra Seal over the top of the lace.  Let the pendant dry completely.Next mix up the Jewelry Resin according to the package directions.  Wear gloves and work on a disposable surface.  Set the bezel on a stirring stick to make it level while setting the resin.Then pour the resin slowly in the bezel, right on top of the lace.Next, fill the bezel until a shiny dome forms over the bezel.  Then let it sit and cure overnight.After the resin has set completely, add a chain the bezels and enjoy this stunning keepsake necklace!

All things considered, this is a super simple craft and a great way to experience using resin.

 

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10 DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 08:37

If you can even believe it, Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Mother’s Day is an amazing opportunity to celebrate the special mothers in our lives and all they’ve done for us. So of course, what better way to do that than with some DIY projects? We’ve rounded up some of the best DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for you!

Which ones will you create?

DIY Hand Print Tray | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Lotion Bars | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Gift Basket | The Real Thing With The Coake Family

DIY Mason Jar | Christina’s Adventures

DIY Planked Picture Frame | The Pinning Mama

DIY Spa Bath Salts | Making Lemonade

DIY Watercolor Canvas | Lolly Jane

DIY Tiered Chocolate Stand | The Cards We Drew

DIY Scrabble Picture Frame | Buggy and Buddy

DIY Manicure or Pedicure in a Jar | The Real Thing With The Coake Family

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Marbled Resin Wood Coasters

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 07:08

Hello, again resin crafters! It’s Kelli, from the Craft Shack and I’m back to share another super fun resin project with you! Have you tried paint pouring and marbling yet? It’s so much fun! Did you know that you can make beautiful poured marble art with resin too?  I love using resin to pour even more than paint because the finished product has all kinds of dimension that paint doesn’t achieve and it is so gorgeous! And you won’t even believe how easy it is.   I used these beautiful bark edge basswood coasters and EnviroTex Lite pour-on epoxy to create lovely, and durable marbled resin wood coasters to match my kitchen.

Supplies used to make these marbled coasters:

To prepare for this project, cover your workspace completely to avoid getting the epoxy on everything.  I used sheets of wax paper.  Also make sure to work in a well-ventilated area, and use proper safety precautions like gloves and eye protection.

Mix 4-6 ounces of Resin by adding equal amounts of the resin and the hardener.  I made 6 ounces so I mixed 3 oz of resin with 3oz of hardener.  Follow the instructions included in the product exactly.  Mix the two parts together for 2 minutes, and then pour into a new cup and mix again for 1 more minute to ensure the two parts are combined well.

After the epoxy has been mixed according to the package instructions, divide it into several smaller cups for dying.  I divided my resin into 7 parts using 6 smaller cups and the mixing cup.

Add 1 drop of pigment to each cup of resin.  You can mix colors, so I added a small drop of white and a small drop of color to some cups, or just 1 color in others.

Be sure not to add too much pigment, it may affect how your resin will cure.    You can also add some fun elements to your colors if you wish.  I added blue glitter to the pearl pigment.  Stir the pigment into the resin until it is incorporated completely.

Next, place your wood coasters on old or disposable cups to lift them off the work surface (I used old plastic cups I wouldn’t mind throwing away) and pour each resin color over the coasters.

The colors will run together and drip off the edge of your coasters.  Keep adding until you’ve used all of your colors.

Pick up each coaster and tip it back and forth slightly to help the colors run together and blend to achieve that marbled look.  You can help them run together more by dragging a stir stick through the colors from one side to the other.

Use a small kitchen torch, lighter or blow on them lightly with your warm breath to remove any bubbles that rise to the surface.   After about 20 minutes,  scrape off any drips that have formed on the bottom side of the coasters with a stir stick.

Allow the coasters to cure for at least 24 hours before use.

The amount of detail on the finished marbled coasters is so beautiful!  Some of the dyes are more transparent than others so you can still see the wood grains under parts of the marbling, and it truly looks 3D.

It’s a gorgeous marbled effect you just can’t duplicate with paint.  The high gloss finish is beautiful as well, and there is no need to seal it.

After you make some coasters, duplicate the look in your kitchen serving trays, the handles of wooden spoons, or cutting boards… the possibilities are endless! What will you marble first?

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DIY Resin Clipboard

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 07:00

Customize a plain clipboard with scrapbook paper and EnviroTex Lite Pour On High Gloss Finish to make your own resin clipboard!

Hey Resin Crafters! Amber Oliver here with another great resin craft! For my first project, I started small with these resin dipped earrings, and this time I’ve moved to a slightly larger project. I got to work with pouring resin on this project and I have to say it was a lot of fun!

Supplies Needed for Resin Clipboard:

Step 1: Trace the clipboard onto the scrapbook paper and cut it out. Mine was just barely long enough, so if your paper isn’t quite big enough, you can always use two sheets. Just line it up like you would wallpaper!

Step 2: Coat the back of the clipboard with a thin layer of Ultra Seal. Then apply your scrapbook paper, pressing out any bubbles that appear. Next, brush the ultra seal over the top then let dry completely.

Step 3: Now you are ready for the Envirotex Lite Pour On. (You’ll want to setup in a cardboard box for easy disposal.) 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. Once it’s ready, pour directly onto your clipboard back! I placed a piece of cardboard under one end to keep it level.

Step 4: After you’ve poured the resin, there will be drips! Use a brush to smooth those over the sides. Be extra careful around the clip at the top.

Step 5: After about 20 minutes you’ll see bubbles appear on the surface of the resin – you can use a butane torch to pop these or simply breathe on it like I did! It’s the CO2 in your breath that releases the bubbles – not the heat!

After your Resin Clipboard has had time to cure, it’ll be ready for your next meeting! You can get really creative with this project and use any design scrapbook paper that suits your style!

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10 Nature Inspired DIY Projects

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:42

Spring is in full swing, the weather is warming up, Earth Day is approaching and hopefully you all are able to take some extra time out of your day to spend time outdoors. Sometimes, one of the best things ever after a long Winter is to enjoy the outdoors and all it has to offer us. A great way we love to take full advantage here at Resin Crafts Blog is to create gorgeous DIY projects from the essence of nature! Have you ever tried it? Today’s the day. We’ve rounded up 10 amazing DIY nature projects for you to enjoy. Which ones will you create?

DIY Faux Stone Jewelry | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Twig Flower Vase | My Thrifty House

DIY Birch Bark Candle Holder | H20 Bungalow

DIY Painted Woodland Animal Rocks | Sustain My Craft Habit

DIY Nature Bookmarks | Buggy and Buddy

DIY Grass Heads | Red Ted Art

DIY Shell Decor | Bower Power

DIY Driftwood Blanket Ladder | Sustain My Craft Habit

DIY Fake Rock Key Holder | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Painted Wood Slice Coasters | UnOriginal Mom

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DIY Rubber Ducky Jelly Soap

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 07:00

Who makes bath time lots of fun? This adorable DIY Rubber Ducky Jelly Soap!  Your kids will love baths even more with a squishy, wobbly soap shaped like their favorite bath toy.


Hello, resin crafters!  It’s Jessica from Mad in Crafts.  I am a big fan of DIY spa products, and jelly soaps are some of my very favorites.  If you aren’t familiar with jelly soaps, they are fully functional soaps that have the consistency of jello.  My kids get so excited whenever I make a new batch of these fun soaps.

Supplies needed to make the mold:

  • EasyMold® Silicone Paste
  • Small plastic or ceramic ducky (mine was from the dollar store)
  • Paper cups
  • Paintbrush
  • Stir sticks
  • Gloves

Begin by mixing together equal amounts of the two parts of the Easy Mold Silicone Paste.  Mix them until the paste is a uniform blue color.  Paint a bit of the silicone paste all over your ducky.

Scoop most of the mixture into a paper cup that is larger than your ducky.  Push the ducky into the paste.  Scoop the remaining silicone paste around the duck.  Allow the silicone to cure for 3 hours.

Peel the paper cup off of the silicone and discard.  Carefully cut partway down two sides of the silicone to release the ducky from the mold.

Supplies needed to make the jelly soap:

  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • One 1/4 oz. packet of unflavored gelatin
  • 1/3 cup liquid soap
  • Yellow soap colorant (if your liquid soap is not already yellow)

Stir the gelatin into the boiling water until it fully dissolves.  Add in the liquid soap and soap colorant.  Mix until well combined.

Place the silicone mold in a paper cup that is the same size as paper cup you used to make the mold.  Pour the soap into the mold filling it up just to the top.

Allow the soap to harden.  This usually takes a few hours at room temperature or about one hour in the freezer.

Carefully remove the jelly soap from the mold.  Keep it in an airtight container when not in use.

Now that you have the mold made, you can reuse it to make as many ducky soaps as your heart desires!  I think these soaps would be absolutely adorable party favors for a baby shower, don’t you?

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