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Gold Jewelry Resin Tree Hanger DIY

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 07:00

Gold Jewelry Resin Tree Hanger DIY

Hi friends, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft with another fun DIY resin craft.  Turn a tree branch into a stunning and unique jewelry organizer!  Yes, this is a real tree branch that makes an amazing statement.

The tree is amazing with or without jewelry on it.  Make it a home decor piece with it’s metallic simplicity…or just add jewelry for an organized and chic hanger.

Supplies needed for Gold Jewelry Resin Tree Hanger:
  • Tree Branch with lots of forks and twigs
  • EasyCast: Clear Casting Epoxy Resin
  • Disposable: work surface, gloves, mixing cups and stirring sticks, and paintbrush
  • Gold Spray paint
  • Wood slice with hole drilled to fit tree branch
  • Some way to hang the branch over work surface (I used a lamp)
    Begin by securing the tree branch to the lamp or hanging mechanism, so the branch hangs upside down.  Place it over the disposable work surface, as pictured, and cover the base of the lamp as well to catch drips of resin.
    Mix a couple ounces of EasyCast Epoxy Resin in a mixing cup.  Just one ounce of resin and one ounce of hardener would be enough.  Mix according to package directions, stirring and mixing for the allocated time is crucial.  Start by painting the resin directly on the tree branch.  Let the resin drip and glide down each branch and twig.  This is a very fluid and natural resin craft.  Be sure to get resin on every part of the tree.  Work in a well ventilated space; my workroom is ventilated and separated from the house but kind of dark.After coating the tree, let it sit for a few minutes and then scrap the drips off the table and pour them back on the branches.Let the tree dry overnight to really firm up the branches.  Now it is ready to paint gold!Use gold spray paint to coat the tree branch lightly with metallic finish.  Let the paint dry completely.Drill a hole in a thick log slice or other board, big enough for the branch to fit inside.Secure the branch with glue if necessary…and it’s ready to use!Fill with jewelry on the vanity or use as home decor on a stack of books!  So chic and metallic!

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Top 10 Posts for Year 1 of the Resin Crafts Blog

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 07:00

Hello, Resin Crafters! In addition to April 1st being April Fool’s Day, this year it also marked the 1 Year Anniversary of the redesigned Resin Crafts Blog! We thank you so much for following along with our projects and ideas and hope you have been as inspired as we have by the amazing work of our Resin Crafts Ambassadors!

To celebrate our 1st year, we’re counting down the top 10 posts from our 1st year. Did your favorite make the top 10?

Top 10 Project Posts on Resin Crafts Blog 10. DIY Candy Sprinkles Resin Keychain

9. How to Make Dangle Earrings and Hanging Pendants with Jewelry Resin

8. DIY Colorful Poured Resin Wall Art

7. DIY Flower Paperweight – Layering Resin Tutorial

6. DIY Concrete and Resin Planter

5.  Maple Leaf Resin Paperweight

4. DIY Mason Jar Candles

3. DVD Mosaic High Gloss Resin Tray

2. DIY Lavender Flower Pendant

and drumroll please…

1! Wood and Resin Pendant

Which of these projects is your favorite? We can’t wait to continue our crafty journey with you this year and beyond. What other kinds of projects would you love to see?

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Resin Glitter Rings

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 07:00

Hey, it’s Sheri from Hazel + Gold Designs and I’m so excited to share this tutorial for making these adorable Resin Glitter Rings! My daughter is always looking for some new fun jewelry to wear and these glitter rings are cute and easy to make!

Supplies for DIY Resin Glitter Rings: Prep Mold:

Spray your mold with Castin’ Craft Mold Release/Conditioner spray. This will help when it is time to remove your resin pieces from the mold. Spray, let it dry, then spray one more time and let dry. Two coats always works better for me.

 

Mix Resin:

Now it’s time to mix the resin for your jewelry. In the small marked measuring cup that comes in the Jewelry Resin Kit, pour a small amount of part A. I used .25 oz.

Now pour an equal amount of Part B into the cup.

Mix thoroughly.

Next, pour into a second cup and mix thoroughly again. This ensures that all of the resin is mixed and will cure correctly.

Now you’ll need another clean cup if you want to make two different colors. Any clean disposable cup will do if you don’t have more than the two that came in your kit. 

Color one cup with the Blue Transparent Resin Dye. Just add a few drops and stir thoroughly.

Now add Green Transparent Resin Dye to the other cup and stir thoroughly.

Next, add the glitter!

Mix it thoroughly.

Pouring Resin:

Grab your jewelry mold and pour resin slowly into each shape that you want. I did a few of each color until I had used up all the resin.

 

Once all the resin is poured, let it settle for a couple minutes so the bubbles can surface, then use your micro-butane torch to pop the bubbles. If you don’t have a torch you can also simply exhale above each shape and that will also pop the bubbles.

Let the resin cure for 24 hours.

Once they are cured, flip the mold over and pop the pieces out slowly.

Glue Up the Rings:

Alright, now you should have a bunch of beautiful, glittery pieces of resin. Grab your super glue and ring blanks and let’s finish this off.

Spread some super glue on the top of the ring blank then press the resin piece onto the ring, making sure it is centered and straight.

Find some way to let the glue set without moving the pieces on the ring. I used a square piece of wood and hung the rings on it.

Finish Resin Glitter Rings:

This step is optional, but I recommend it. Resin Spray will give your rings a perfect glossy finish.

Spray the Resin Spray over each of your rings and let dry.

Finished Resin Glitter Rings!

What do you think? I just love these Resin Glitter Rings! My daughters do too. I made a few different shapes and love them all.

I hope you liked this project! If so, please share on social media with the colored links on the left!

Also, pin this image to Pinterest so you don’t lose it!

Other projects you may like:

Easy DIY Abstract Paint and Resin Necklaces

Resin Seashell Wall Art

Resin Map Pendant using EasyCast

 

 

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DIY Map Coasters from Terra Cotta Saucers

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 07:00

I have a thing for old maps.  So adding them to some DIY map coasters was a project I was all over!  Plus they are so easy to make when you use terra cotta saucers. Hunt down an old book of maps at a thrift store near you and get started on this project.

Supplies needed to make these DIY map coasters:

Instructions:

Start by painting your terra cotta saucers with a good quality outdoor paint.  These coasters will see a ton of moisture and you don’t want the finish ruined.  I find that two coats of this paint works perfectly.

Turn over and paint the other side as well for a finished look to your final project.

Once the paint has dried, cut your maps in a circle shape that will fit in the bottom of the saucers.  You can use a circle template or cutter.  TIP:  Use a coat of the Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer / Glue on the back of each of the circle pieces and allow to dry before adding to the coasters.  This will minimize any bubbles or wrinkles in your paper.

Then use a coat of Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer / Glue to adhere the map pieces to the bottoms of the saucers.  Allow to dry completely.  Then use two coats of the sealer over the top of the maps allowing to dry in between coats.  Once dry, you can break out the EnviroTex Lite Pour-On High Gloss Finish to finish off your DIY map coasters.

Measure equal parts of the 2 part system using measuring cups.  Pour both parts into a mixing cup and stir according to the package directions.  Be sure to use the two cup mixing procedure to ensure a proper mix.

Then pour the mixture into your coasters.  Make sure you get a nice even layer on each coaster.  Pop any bubbles that may rise to the surface.  You can find instructions for popping bubbles in the package.

Allow your DIY map coasters to cure and they are ready to be used in any room of your home.

Make as many of these as you would like.  They are the perfect coasters for entertaining or daily use.

Change up the color to match your decor and pick maps of places that are meaningful to your family.

Plus everyone loves a gift of some DIY map coasters so be sure to make extras!

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10 Beautiful DIY Planters For Spring

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 07:00

There’s no better way to ring in Spring than by adding some gorgeous greenery around your home. Whether it’s inside the house or out, it’s a great way to bring some life back after a long winter season. Today we’ve rounded up some beautiful options to bring greenery into your humble abode without having to go out and spend a great deal of money. We hope you love these DIY planters as much as we do!

Which ones will you create?

DIY Two-Tiered Vertical Planter | Jen Woodhouse

DIY Cedar Wall Planter | Rogue Engineer

DIY Tall Planters | Bower Power

DIY Raised Garden Bed | Polished Habitat

DIY Mini Plant Stands | Persia Lou

DIY Copper Pipe Marble Plant Stand | A Hubby Life

DIY Wood Slice Plant Stand | Jennifer Rizzo

DIY Color Block Plant Stand | The Shabby Creek Cottage

Scrap Wood Hexagon Planter | Jen Woodhouse

Macrame Inspired Clay Pots | Lydi Out Loud

Spring Paper Mache Pots | Darice Blog

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Personalized Key Chain Bottle Opener for Father’s Day

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 07:00

This year skip the ugly ties and make your dad a Father’s Day gift he will use and appreciate!  You can make a personalized key chain bottle opener using EnviroTex Jewelry Resin to give to dad this Father’s Day.  The key chain is super practical, but he will especially appreciate the effort you put in to make his gift by hand.


Hello, resin crafters!  It’s Jessica from Mad in Crafts.  If you are unfamiliar with me and my blog, I am a huge fan of craft beer and Detroit Tigers baseball — both qualities that I inherited from my dad.  I thought for this year’s Father’s Day gift I would make him a Detroit Tigers key chain bottle opener to combine some of our favorite things into one gift.  You can easily adapt this project to personalize the gift for your dad.  Swap the sports logo out for a photo, a favorite quote, or something else that your dad loves.

Supplies needed:

  • Bottle opener key chain findings
  • Printouts of the team logo, cut to fit the bezel
  • Paper Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • ETI Jewelry Resin
  • Straw

Begin by affixing the team logo to the key chain bezel with Mod Podge.  Be sure to fully coat the paper with Mod Podge to seal it as well.  Allow the Mod Podge to dry FULLY.


Mix together 5ML of EnviroTex Jewelry Resin according to the package directions.  Be sure to stir the resin and hardener thoroughly using the two-cup process detailed in the directions.

Place the key chain on a flat surface.  Then, use a stirring stick, drop a small amount of resin into the key chain bezel.  Use less than you think you will need, as the resin will spread.

The jewelry resin will get rid of a majority of its bubbles on its own, but you may need to gently pop left over surface bubble by blowing through the straw.  Allow the resin to fully cure before handling.  You will be left with a glass clear protection over the team logo!

Complete the gift by giving the key chain along with a 6-pack of dad’s favorite beverage.  He is sure to love the time and thought you put into his Father’s Day gift this year!

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Resin Dipped Earrings

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 07:00

Resin dipped earrings are a great project for someone just “dipping” into resin projects! This project can easily be customized in the color or your choice thanks to Castin’Craft Opaque Pigments. I tried this project by both pouring the resin and by dipping and found that dipping worked really well.

Supplies Needed for Resin Dipped Earrings:

First step is to mix up the Envirotex Lite Pour On. 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.

Next, stir in a few drops of Castin’Craft Opaque Pigment so you’ll have resin dipped earrings in the color of your choice.

Now is the fun part! Wearing gloves, slowly dip the wood piece into your cup of resin. Pull out slowly and let it drip for a second or two before you move to the drying area.

I used an old cardboard box with a string strung across the top: just cut notches on either side of the box and tie knots on either side of the string to hold it in place. Then using clothespins, you’ll hang your resin dipped earrings to dry.

You’ll notice those tiny bubbles appear on your earrings: simply breathe on them with a straw and the CO2 from your breath will get rid of them!

After you’re earrings are completely dry (check package instructions for dry times) you’ll drill a small hole in the top of each of your earrings. Attach earring hooks and they’ll be ready to wear!


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10 DIY Spring Decor Ideas

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 07:00

It’s finally time to take that winter decor and pack it up in boxes in storage where it belongs! Do you ever sit after the new year, anxiously anticipating the time when you can bust out the brighter colors and relish in spring fever? Sometimes there’s a downside to swapping out decor. It can be pretty pricey to build up your decor collection for each season. We here at Resin Crafts are all about getting you a bargain for your buck and creating gorgeous things without breaking the bank. Check out these gorgeous DIY Spring Decor Ideas that we’ve rounded up for you today!

Which ones will you create?

DIY Vintage Flower Bucket | Darice Blog

Simple Stenciled Wall Canvas Art | DecoArt Blog

Wagon Wheel Farmhouse Style Wreath | Lydi Out Loud

Indoor Flower Boxes | Blue i Style Blog

DIY Doormat | Jen Woodhouse

Easy Spring Banner | Blooming Homestead

DIY Antler Decor | Crafts By Courtney

Spring Succulent Arrangement | DIY Show Off

DIY Farmhouse Mason Jar Planter | Kennary

DIY Spring Wreath | Blooming Homestead

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Sequin Knobs for Re-purposed Jar Lids

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 07:00

Hi,  Resin Crafters!  This is Kelli from the Craft shack and I’m so excited to be back again to share this fun project with you! Reusing old glass jars is something I try to do often. There are so many ways you can use them but they don’t have to be ugly or boring. I love to dress my old jars up a little by painting the lids and adding a knob to the top. You can add even more flair by filling the resin with fun sparkling sequins to create a shiny sequin resin knob. These fun Resin Sequin Knobs are simple to make and so easy to customize to fit your personal decor.

Supplies needed to make Resin Sequin Knobs:

 

To prepare for this project, first, spray Mold Release and Conditioner onto your Cabinet Knob Molds.  Follow the directions on the bottle for the best result.  Since this mold is ridged this step is super important for helping to release your finished knob once it is cured.

Next, before mixing the resin, you need to create a method to hold the screws upright and in place.  If they are not held in place they will sink to the bottom and tip over.  To solve this problem I found that by securing the screw between two sticks using tape I could lay the sticks over the mold suspending the screw into the resin. I used simple bamboo skewers.  Put these together before mixing your resin to make sure your screws are hanging the height you want them to inside the mold.

Now you’re ready to mix your EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy.  Be sure to work in a well-ventilated space, and use gloves and eye protection.  Combine equal parts Resin and Hardener in a disposable cup and mix following the directions on the packaging.  Each knob cavity holds 1/2 ounce of resin.   If you want to make all six knobs you will need 1.5 oz each part for a total of 3 oz.

Make sure to use the two container mixing procedure outlined in your product instructions to ensure thorough mixing.

Once the resin is mixed according to the instructions, leave it to sit in the mixing cup for about 5 minutes before adding the sequins.  Mix the sequins into the resin.

Next, pour the sequin resin into the cabinet knob molds.  Fill each mold to the top and then position your screws over the resin, held in place by the sticks. Pop any bubbles that rise to the surface by gently blowing on them, or use a small torch.  Allow the Resin to fully cure before attempting to remove the knobs from the mold.  I left mine for a full 24 hours.

Once your resin is cured, you can remove the sticks and unmold the sequin knobs.   You can do this by gently pulling on the screws, wiggling a little if needed, to free the knobs from the mold. Having conditioned the mold before starting, the knobs should release easily.

If they are not popping out with a little force, leave them to cure for a few more hours or overnight.

You can spray paint the lids of your jars for a quick update and to hide any product logos.

Add your Sequin Knobs to the jar lids by screwing a hole in the lid.  My screws were 1/4 inch diameter so I used a 1/4 inch drill bit.  The fit will be tight but instead of forcing the screw into the hole, turn it around to screw it in and it will fit perfectly.

Now you have fun repurposed jars to fill with any little trinkets you wish!

I’ve filled these jars with my grandmothers vintage button collection.  I love the extra shine the sequin knobs add!

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10 Creative Spring Party Ideas

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 07:00

It’s FINALLY almost Spring! Isn’t this season the best? The warmer weather is finally coming, the flowers are blooming and all around it’s like coming out of hibernation. This time of year is amazing for spending time with your friends and family and ringing in the new season. Today, we’re going to make it a little bit easier for you to host a killer Spring Party for your people with these creative party options! What type of spring party will you be hosting this Spring?

Neighbor Brunch Painting Party | Lydi Out Loud

Strawberry Patch Party | Make Life Lovely

Simple DIY Party Ideas | Sustain My Craft Habit

April in Paris Spring Centerpieces | Designthusiasm

Welcome Spring Brunch Bar Cart | Pizzazzerie

Easy Spring Garden Party Ideas | Here Comes The Sun

Kids Table Spring Tablescape | Suburble

DIY Spring Chalkboard Art | Craftionary

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Kids Party | Sandy Toes and Popsicles


Outdoor Cocktail Recipe
| Satori Design for Living

 

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Trinket Spoon Jewelry Resin Necklace DIY

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 07:00

Trinket Spoon Jewelry Resin Necklace DIY

Hi friends, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing another fun jewelry resin craft.  When it comes to jewelry, I’m pretty minimal, but I absolutely love making it.  These trinket filled spoons are so much fun.  Even kids love them, they ask “how is that water holding everything in that spoon while you are wearing it?”  Think of all the fun things you could embed in resin and wear proudly around your neck.

Supplies needed:

Spoons

EnviroTex Jewelry Resin

Trinkets

E6000 Glue

Chain/Necklace findings

Mixing cups, sticks and disposable gloves

Torch/Hammer/Axe

I bought these spoons at the thrift store for 10 cents a piece…absolutely a steal, but I needed a way to bend them.  My teenage son has a complete blacksmith forge in our workshop, but he tried to curl these so they used minimal supplies and set up.  Use a torch and heat the handle of the spoon until red hot.  Hold onto the spoon tightly with pliers.
Immediately after removing from the heat, place the spoon on the edge of an axe and hammer down on it once to cut the metal in half.Heat the remaining handle up again in the torch until red hot.  Then hammer the stem around a metal rod to make it round.  

Ultimately, that is how we shaped our spoon pendants.  There are other possible ways to do it, so don’t give up.  Use a grinder to cut the handle shorter, and then hammer the end until round.  OR, Grind the spoon handle off so it just has a 1/4 inch handle and drill a hole in it.

Next, gather all the trinkets to fill the spoons.  For instance: sprockets, cogs, filigrees, jewelry pieces, sea shells, sea stars, baby teeth, studs, wasp nest paper…basically anything small enough will work.Now, use the E6000 Glue to glue the trinkets in place inside the spoons.Let everything dry once it’s been glued in place.
Use some stirring sticks to prop the spoons up so they sit level on your work surface.

To begin the resin process, read the directions and prepare your workstation.  Wear gloves and work in a well ventilated area.  Mix the resin according to the package directions.  I only needed 6 ounces of mixed resin for these 3 spoons.
Use a stick to gently fill the spoon with resin.  The resin should fill the spoon and count on surface tension for the best look.Then be patient and let the resin dry completely–overnight should do it.Finally, hook the spoons on necklace chains or a velvet choker.Totally unique jewelry that will have everyone commenting!  It does looks like all these cute trinkets are just scooped up from a magical pool of water. Save and Pin for Later!

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Metallic Poured Resin Art on Canvas

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 07:00

I absolutely love making poured resin art, and this project was no exception! Today I’m going to show you how I experimented with acrylic paints and resin and how I created this beautiful shiny piece of metallic poured resin art on canvas.

Supplies:
  • Art Canvas
  • Envirotex Lite 
  • Metallic acrylic paints
  • Disposable Cups and Stir Sticks
  • Vinyl gloves
  • Eye protection
  • Cookie Sheet, plastic wrap and parchment paper (surface to catch excess resin, you could also use a cardboard box.)
  • Spare blocks of wood or something to elevate your canvas
  • paint brush

 

Prepare Surface:

The first step is to protect your table or floor by creating a surface to catch the excess resin after the pour. I used an old cookie sheet, covered it in plastic wrap, then added a layer of parchment paper. This worked very well and was easy to clean up when I was done. 

Next, you’ll want to elevate your canvas onto a couple of scraps of wood or something that is disposable. The excess resin may make contact with these and you will want to just throw them out. Another thought would be plastic cups or old containers that you can toss.

Mix and Color Resin:

Envirotex Lite comes with great instructions on mixing, so be sure to read those. Put on your gloves and eye protection and get ready to mix.

 

Add equal parts of A and B into a disposable measuring cup.

Next, stir this completely until it is clear and no longer cloudy. Pour various amounts of the mixed resin into three other cups for coloring.

Use stir sticks or paint brushes to add the metallic acrylic paint to your resin. Be sure to only use as much as you need for the color, the less paint the better for the resin to cure later on. Stir the paint and resin thoroughly. Use clean stir sticks to do a final stir.

Pour Resin:

Once you have each color mixed, you are going to what is often called a “dirty pour”. Pick one color to be your base, then pour different amounts of the other colors in a little at a time.

Once they are in, stir just one time to add variety to the layers.

Pour the resin onto the canvas.

Tip the canvas slightly to spread the resin across the entire thing. Then, pour any excess resin from each cup making a pattern over the base layer.

Here, I opted to use a stir stick and drag it through the resin creating a unique look, but that’s just up to the artist, you!

Use a micro-butane torch to pop any bubbles. You can also exhale over the entire thing and it will pop bubbles, the micro torch is just much faster.

Once you have fulfilled your artistic desires, let the resin set for 24 hours. It will continue to shift and change a little before it totally sets.

Finished:

And there you have it. A beautiful piece of art on canvas that can be hung anywhere you want in your home. I just love the sparkle and shine that the metallic paints added.

I hope you can see the metallic sparkle in this, it’s really very pretty and adds a lot of dimension.

Thanks so much for reading! And as always, if you have questions or ideas, please share in the comments. Pin this project on Pinterest too! 

Thanks again!

~~Sheri

 

 

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10 Fun St. Patrick’s Day DIY Ideas

Fri, 03/09/2018 - 07:00

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and we here at Resin Crafts Blog cannot contain our excitement.  Time to ring in the Spring holidays, woohoo! This holiday is obviously such a blast to celebrate in so many ways, but we think the best way is by getting your St. Patrick’s Day DIY on. From crafts to home decor, we’ve got a little something for everyone here. Which ones will you create?

Ombre Fringe St. Patrick’s Day DIY Wreath | Lydi Out Loud

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Pot Of Gold | The 36th Avenue

DIY Four-Leaf Clover Resin Keychains | Resin Crafts Blog

St. Patrick’s Day DIY Shadow Box | Oh My Creative

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Hat | Red Ted Art’s Blog

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Ribbons | Persia Lou

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Scrappy Pillowcases | Rae Gun Ramblings

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Shirts | Cutesy Crafts

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Wine Bottles | Green With Decor

Easy DIY St. Patrick’s Day Wreath | Anika’s DIY Life

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Mermaid Tail Glitter Resin Keychain Charms

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 07:00

Mermaid Tail Glitter Resin Keychain Charms Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft, sharing another fun resin craft.  Mermaids and glitter are truly so much fun–are you into the mermaid craze?  These uniquely simple mermaid tail charms are perfect for zipper pulls, keeping track of keys, party favors and more.  Supplies:

EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy

Silicone Mermaid Tail Molds

Green and Blue Transparent Dyes

Ultrafine Glitter

Keychain hardware

Drill and drill bits

Disposable work surface/gloves/cups/stirring sticks

 

Silicone molds are so flexible, so mold release spray is not necessary, but can be used if desired.

Read the directions for the EasyCast resin thoroughly and prepare your work station.  I worked right inside a shallow box.  Mix the EasyCast according to the package directions, be sure to wear gloves and work in a well ventilated area. Begin by mixing up 3 ounces of hardener with 3 ounces of resin, then added one drop of blue dye and 3 drops of green dye.  Then mix constantly for 2 full minutes.  Pour into a different mixing cup and mix again for 1 full minute.
Now pour the resin in the mermaid tail molds.The resin is just colored enough to be fun, but clear enough to see through.

For a ombre effect, just fill the mermaid tail till mostly full, but not the fin.  Mix up another 2 ounces of resin and leave it clear and then pour it in to fill the tail.Next, sprinkle some ultra fine glitter right on top of the resin.  Let them sit for about 20 minutes, then pop any bubbles that have surfaced with a light heat gun or torch.Now let the resin cure overnight, or about 24-48 hours, then pop the resin tails out of the molds.The resin looks shiny and amazing, the glitter settles amid the resin for the perfect effect!

Now get the drill and a bit to drill a hole in the top of the mermaid tails.  Start with a small bit and then step up to bigger bits until the hole is big enough to thread the keychain through.Thread a chain through the hole and hook a clip through it.These fabulous mermaid tail keychains are ultimately ready to clip on zippers, bags, keys and party favors.
Resin is such a fun, and altogether, versatile crafting medium.  If you haven’t given it a try, now is the perfect time.
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Marbled Monogram: Adding Marbling with Resin

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 07:00

Make a marbled monogram for any room in your home.  Adding marbling to any surface with resin is actually really simple.  Mix up the colors of your choice then just pour and swirl!  After you learn this technique, you will be marbling all the things!

Supplies needed to make a marbled monogram:

Start by sealing your canvas monogram on the front and sides with the Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer / Glue.  I have had issues with canvas material creating bubbles in my final finish so this step will prevent that.  Allow to dry completely before continuing.

Mix up a batch of EnviroTex Lite® Pour On High Gloss Finish according to the package directions.  Pour into small measuring cups.  Use the Castin’Craft Opaque Pigments to tint these any color that you would like.  I did white, yellow, and one with equal parts green and blue.

Lay the monogram in a box or protect your work surface with something else disposable.  I also used a few corks to raise my monogram up off of the cardboard slightly.  I then started my marbled monogram by drizzling on the white resin with a stir stick.

Then drizzle on the blue green resin.

Then drizzle on the yellow resin.

Now it is time for the fun part!  I used the flat end of a stir stick to begin to swirl and mix the resin right on the monogram.  Create patterns and have fun with it!

Continue until the entire monogram is covered with resin and marbled.  I chose not to have the resin pour over the edges of the monogram.  If you love that look, just use enough resin so that the excess will pour over all of your edges.

Then just pop any bubbles that come to the surface according to the package directions.  Allow to cure overnight and then you have a gorgeous marbled monogram that is ready for hanging in any room of your home.

I love the glossy shine to this one and all of the really cool patterns I was able to achieve.  I can’t wait to use this marbling technique for so many more things around my home!

Be sure to get started on your own marbled monogram today or just use this technique to marble just about anything!  Can you imagine everything you can do with this?

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10 DIY Farmhouse Decor Ideas

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 08:47

We can’t be the only ones who occasionally (okay, more than occasionally) hop on over to Pinterest to drool over some of the beautiful homes people share. Something great about the current movement in home decor is that there are a lot of affordable ways to get the look you’re trying to achieve. A style we’ve been totally crushing on? Farmhouse! It’s everywhere we turn, and we’re absolutely loving that you can DIY your way to any look you’d like. We’ve rounded up some gorgeous DIY Farmhouse Decor Ideas that you’ve just gotta try! Let’s get creating.

Free Farmhouse Printable | The 36th Avenue

DIY Painted Baskets | One More Time Events

DIY Farmhouse Produce Rack | Addicted 2 DIY

DIY Open Kitchen Shelving | Place Of My Taste

IKEA Norden Sideboard Makeover | Lolly Jane

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Tropical Leaf Resin Breakfast Tray

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 07:07

Tropical Leaf Resin Breakfast Tray

Hi Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft.  I’m sharing an amazing breakfast-in-bed tray with a fabulous tropical vibe.  The weather where I live has been cold, snowy, and gray…not to mention the Winter blues.  Obviously, a tropical escape would be the first on the remedy list, but a warm breakfast while cuddled up in bed is a close second.

A serving tray is an easy and natural choice when working with resin because it already has a raised edge, perfect for holding in resin.  There is very little prep work overall and makes this a quick and stunning DIY craft.Supplies:

Serving Tray

White paint

Paintbrush

3 shades of green paper cut into leaves

Rotary cutter and straight edge (or scissors)

Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer

EnviroTex Lite High Gloss Finish

Disposable table cloth/gloves/stirring sticks/mixing cups

Heat gun/torchIn order to have a higher contrast between the tray and the leaves, I opted to paint the inside of my serving tray a creamy white.
Cutting tropical ferns and paper leaves is essentially very simple using an electronic cutting machine.  Silk leaves or cutting shapes by hand could be used as substitution as well.  Use a straight edge and rotary cutter to cut the leaves straight.This will let them line up all the way to the edge of the serving tray easily.Decide on an overlapping arrangement of the tropical leaves.  Then lift them off the tray so you can easily put them back in place.  Coat the tray with a thin layer of Ultra Seal.  Then replace the tropical leaves on the tray.  Gently brush the ultra seal all over the tops of the leaves too.  Now, let the Ultra Seal dry completely.

Next is the High Gloss finish.  This turns a simple craft project into a surprisingly professional piece of art.  One 16 oz. package of Pour On Finish will cover a 1 foot square, it did this entire tray perfectly.Work on a disposable surface, wear gloves and read the instructions.  Mix the hardener and the resin according to the package directions in a 2 phase mixing process.  The temperature of the room will effect the resin thickness and drying time.  Work in a well ventilated area.  Once the resin is mixed properly, pour it right onto the tropical leaf tray.  Lift and tilt the tray gently to help the resin work its way to each edge and corner.  Place it on a flat surface and cover with a big piece of cardboard so no dust will land on it while drying.

After twenty minutes of drying, lift the cardboard and gently use a heat gun or torch to pop all the bubbles that have surfaced.  Then recover with cardboard and let it cure for 24-48 hours.  A good way to check if the resin is cured is to smell it, cured resin will no longer have any scent to it.  That’s it!  The breakfast tray is ready to serve up some tropical sunshine on a cold Winter morning.Make a matching pair for a darling, customized wedding gift.   Enjoy the tropical vibe all year long with this fun serving tray!
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DIY Lego Candy Mold using EasyMold Silicone Rubber

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 07:00

One thing that my kids really love are Legos, and it occurred to me that it might be fun to have a Lego candy mold around the house. I’m thinking of making a Lego cake for my son’s birthday and these will be perfect to cast chocolate or candy blocks for decorating the cake. Here’s a tutorial on how I made the Lego candy mold!

SUPPLIES:
  • Lego building blocks
  • Lego base plate
  • EasyMold Silicone Rubber
  • Large disposable containers (at least two)
  • Stir sticks
  • Vinyl gloves

 

Building the Form:

The first step is to build the Lego form that will hold the silicone rubber. To do this I just used the 2×4 blocks to build a square on the base. You will need two layers.

I staggered the second layer with the first so that the seams wouldn’t be the same. This just makes the walls stronger.

 

Next, place the blocks that you want to have molds of within the square. I knew I just wanted the basic sizes, so I placed them evenly spaced within the square frame.

Once they are all in place, press them down firmly and make sure they are all secure.

 

Pouring the EasyMold Silicone Rubber to make the mold:

I used one 1 lb. package of the EasyMold Silicone Rubber to make my mold and it was the perfect size. If you follow the instructions in the package it will tell you how to figure out the amount you need.

Put on your vinyl gloves and grab part A from your box of EasyMold Silicone Rubber.

First, pour part A into your disposable container. I used an old cottage cheese container that had been thoroughly cleaned and dried.

Next, grab part B from your box.

Pour part B into the same container.

Use your stir stick to thoroughly mix the two parts together until they are one solid blue color with no streaks. Make sure to scrape the sides and bottom and mix thoroughly.

Just to be sure it is completely mixed, use the two cup method and pour your mixture into a second container (I actually used two more because I didn’t have another large enough.) Again, mix this thoroughly, ensuring it is one solid color.

Now it’s ready to pour!

Begin pouring in the center of the mold and keep pouring in that same spot. This will ensure that most of the air bubbles will get pushed out as it spreads across your form.

Pour all of it completely into your form. Be sure not to let it go over the sides though! I didn’t have enough to need to worry about that.

Once it is all poured do a double check and make sure the outer wall is solid and secure!

Let the silicone rubber cure for 24 hours.

 

Removing the Mold from the form:

The easiest way to remove the mold from the form is to flip it over and first remove the base plate.

Next, you’ll want to begin removing the outer walls. You can see that a small amount of silicone rubber got between the blocks but this is not a problem, simply pull them off.

Next, remove all of the inner pieces from the mold. The Silicone Rubber stretches a little so this is an easy task. Just take care not to tear your mold.

 

Finished Lego Candy Mold!

And there you have it! A completed Lego candy mold. I even made some hard candies to show you how great it works! You can use this mold for other things like chocolate, ice cubes, jelly candies, etc. It could also be used for resin pieces, just be sure that if you use it to cast non-food items that you mark it because it cannot be used again for food.

Hope you liked this project! Be sure to check back for more awesome projects using ETI products!

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10 Stunning Furniture Makeovers

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 07:11

These days it seems that one can take any old piece, whether it be furniture or decor, and transform it into something new and amazing. Isn’t that awesome? Of course we are all about being hands on here at Resin Crafts Blog and want to encourage you to do the same! You can save yourself some money and create something stunning by transforming old furniture. We’ve rounded up some amazing furniture makeovers for you to help you get inspired. Enjoy!

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Hand Print Tray for Mother’s Day

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 08:38

Make a hand print tray this year for mom.  This makes a great Mother’s Day gift and it is so easy to make.  You can add a layer of resin so mom can use this tray daily without issues.  Grab a little one or two and get started on this handmade gift idea now.

Supplies needed to make this hand print tray:
  • Wood tray
  • Grey paint
  • Various colors of craft paint
  • EnviroTex Lite®
  • Paint brushes
  • Mixing cups
  • Measuring cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Clear adhesive or caulk

Instructions:

Start by painting your entire tray one solid color.  Here we used a dark grey paint.  This may require two or more coats for complete coverage.  Be sure to dry in between coats and before continuing to the next step.

Grab the kids and start adding hand prints to the bottom of the tray.  We used one child but you can use as many as you would like.  Add the paint to their hand with a paint brush and supervise them as they apply it to the bottom of the tray.  For younger children, you will need to hold their hand and make sure they get as complete a print as possible.  Finish by painting on their names and the year with a fine point brush.

Allow the paint from the hand prints to dry completely.  Remember that you can use any colors that you would like (or mom would like) on this project.  You will also want to seal the edges of the tray.  Use a clear adhesive or caulk on the bottom to go all the way around.  This will prevent any seepage of the resin once poured.  Allow this to dry completely before continuing.

Now it is time to add a layer of protection to your project so that mom can enjoy it for many years to come.  Measure and mix up the EnviroTex Lite® according to the package directions.  Remember that proper mixing is the most important part when working with this product.  Be sure to use the two container mixing procedure and stir for the entire time indicated.  Then you are ready to pour into your tray.

Pour into the bottom of the tray and tilt it to spread the resin all over the bottom.  Continue until the bottom is covered in an even layer.  You will want to remove any bubbles by either blowing on the resin or going over it with a flame.  Again, you can refer to the product instructions for further details. Then allow to your project to cure completely in a place where it can sit level and undisturbed for about 24 hours.

Once cured, your hand print tray is ready to wrap up and give to mom for Mother’s Day.  She will love the sentiment and being able to use this tray in her kitchen for years to come.

Pick up your supplies and get started on your hand print tray today.  After all, Mother’s Day is just around the corner and you don’t want to be left empty handed.

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