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10 Valentine’s Day Gifts You Can Create

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 01/05/2018 - 07:00

Now that the holidays and New Year’s have passed in the blink of an eye, we’re onto thinking about Valentine’s Day already! Gift giving for this holiday is so much fun, and most importantly, it’s about telling someone you love how much you care about them. What better way to do that than create a DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for them? It doesn’t hurt of course that you’re also saving yourself a bit of money at the same time. It’s a total win-win! We here at Resin Crafts Blog hope you have a wonderful time creating these gifts and get to spend this special day with the people you care about the most. Enjoy!

DIY Lightbulb Gift | A Little Craft in Your Day

DIY ‘Things I Love About You” Chalkboard Decor | Cutesy Crafts

DIY Date in a Jar | The Gunny Sack

‘Donut Forget I Love You’ with Free Printable | The 36th Avenue

DIY ‘I’ll Tumble for You’ Game | Tried and True

DIY Decorative Beer Case | Place of My Taste

DIY Sharpie Mug | My Sister’s Suitcase

DIY Heart Jars | The 36th Avenue

DIY Valentine’s Pallet Nail Art | A Little Craft in Your Day

DIY Love Coupon Book with Free Printables | The Dating Divas

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How to Make Dangle Earrings and Hanging Pendants Jewelry with Resin

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 01/03/2018 - 07:00

Have you ever heard of Galentine’s Day (yes, that’s right, I said Galentine’s Day)? It’s relatively new but is increasingly gaining popularity amongst women of all ages. It’s a day for women to celebrate the female friendships in their life and occurs the day before Valentine’s Day.

Hello friends! Jane here from Sustain My Craft Habit, a DIY, crafts and home decor blog where my sister Sonja and I share new nature-inspired ideas each week. Ever since I made these glitter stud earrings and pendants for all my nieces this past Christmas, I wanted to make a set of jewelry for the lovely ladies in my life. And what better reason than for Galentine’s Day?  I’ll show you how to make dangle earrings and hanging pendants using resin for just about any occasion.

Using the leftover red glitter from our DIY Christmas glitter earrings and pendant, I was able to to easily make this beautiful new jewelry. All you need to do is pick up a few basic jewelry making supplies at a local craft store and get started.

Materials Needed:

How to make dangle earrings and hanging pendants: Preparing the EnviroTex Jewelry Resin:

Work in the well ventilated area and be sure to read all the instructions on the products before beginning your project.

Apply a mold release / conditioner to the jewelry molds as per the instructions in the package.

Mix exactly equal amounts of Resin and Hardener into one measuring cup. I used very little of each, only about 10 mm and it went along way as you’ll see.

Stir 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.

Once combined add a generous amount of glitter to the desired molds.

Pour the resin into your glitter filled jewelry molds and fill molds to the top with resin.

Gently blow off any air bubbles that have risen to the surface of the resin (you may need to repeat this a couple of times during the initial curing process). Cover the pieces to keep dust out and let cure overnight. 24 hours for a soft cure and up to 72 hours for fully cured jewelry.

Remove the pieces from the mold. With a sharp utility knife trimmed around any of the sharp edges on the back of the pieces if needed.

Place all the pendants on a protected work surface with the bottom side facing upward.  Repeat the previous steps to prepare another small batch of resin.  Pour a layer of resin over top of each pendant to create a dome-like  surface.

 

Ensure all the pieces are level and prop something underneath if necessary to level the pieces while they cure. Cover the pieces to keep dust out and let cure for 2 hours.

Using a side cutter, trim away the excess wire from the eye pin, leaving about 1/4″ to 1/2″ in length. Using the chain nose pliers, carefully place the eye pin onto the hardening resin as shown. Gently push eye pins into place. Cover and leave to cure for 5 hours.

After 5 hours, prepare another small batch of resin to pour a thin layer over the previous layer to fully secure the eye pin in place. Cover and leave to fully cure for 72 hours.

How to Assemble the Jewelry Pieces:

Once fully cured, begin to assemble the jewelry pieces.

For the earrings, open one jump ring and connect the second jump ring  and the earring hook.  Close the jump ring.  Open the bottom jump ring in the chain and connect the pendant. Close the jump ring.

How wonderful would it be to show your best friends how much you care and appreciate them by making them each a beautiful piece of jewelry. To make a handmade gift box like we’ve made here, check out our DIY gift box, which comes with a free printable. We also have an adorable printable Valentine’s Day card for that special someone in your life.

Additional DIY Jewelry Gift Ideas:

If you’re looking for other beautiful and creative jewelry gift ideas for the holidays be sure to check out these other DIY jewelry ideas here on the Resin Crafts Blog:

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Geometric Crystal Resin Wood Bookend DIY

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 07:00

Geometric Crystal Resin Wood Bookend DIY

Combining multiple elements is especially perfect for home decor.  This DIY goes one step further with making it a functional bookend as well.  This piece is made with resin and is sanded to have a fun geometric shape.  Make two for the perfect pair of bookends.

Then again, stack it on top of a pile of books for the perfect stunning home decor piece.

Supplies needed:

Clear Polyester Casting Resin

Rectangle Mold

Green Translucent Dye

Cedar (or other natural wood) Chunk

Belt Sander

Sand Paper (grits 120 stepping up to 3000)

Castin’ Craft Resin Spray Finish

Mold Release Spray

Disposable Gloves

Mixing cups and Stirring sticks

Work on a covered surface in a well ventilated area.  Get all your supplies ready before starting.  Find a piece of wood that fits inside the mold.

Start by spraying the mold release and conditioner spray in the rectangle mold.  Then read the directions for the resin completely and mix up a few ounces of resin.  Keep it clear and pour it in the mold.  Let the resin set about 20 minutes until it is starting to gel.  Then set the wood right in the resin.  It should be firm enough to hold the wood in place.

Let the resin cure completely and pop it out of the mold.  Notice some bubbles and even some holes.  No worries.

Next mix up the same amount of resin as earlier, stirring for the proper amount of time, etc.  Then drop a couple drops of green translucent dye and mix it in.  Spray the mold with release and conditioner spray and then pour the green resin right in the mold.  Let it set for 20-30 minutes until it gels.

Then place the clear resin and wood piece right on top of the gelled green resin.  Let it cure overnight.

Oops, missed taking a picture after popping out of the mold.  I took my resin straight into the garage and started sanding down edges on the belt grinder.  This is a very rough grind to form some fun geometric shapes and angles.  Sand the base of the bookend completely even, level and smooth enough to stand on it’s own.  There is only a subtle color difference between the clear resin and the green dyed resin.

Next is the labor intensive part.  Start by sanding all the edges with varied grits of sand paper.  I started with 150 and gave each edge a thorough sanding.  Leave the flat front surface natural resin.

Then move on to the next sand paper grit, I stepped it up to 240.  Sand thoroughly again.

Dust it off with a soft cloth as you go.  Next use the 320 grit and sand the edges.

Now, gradually step it up to 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1200, 1500, 1800, 2000 and finally 3000.  This process was a bit labor intensive and took a good hour.

There are still visible sanding lines, but it feels really smooth….but I have a special trick up my sleeve.

The real magic is this Multi purpose Clear Gloss Finish Resin Spray.  It is a thick glossy spray to fill all the sanding lines with shiny resin gloss.  Spray the wood and the resin with a thin layer of gloss, repeat after 10 minutes and then let it dry completely.

After the bookend dries, it’s time to admire.  Check out that fabulous shine–no sanding marks are visible!

The sunlight catches in the resin and looks uniquely amazing.  I love my choice of worm eaten wood too…so perfect, it was just in our wood pile–score!

Finally this awesome resin bookend is ready to display and hold up stacks of books. It would make a unique gift for someone too!

Make one or two and enjoy the juxtaposition of the translucent resin and worm eaten wood.

 

 

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10 DIYs to Help You Get Organized for the New Year

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 12/29/2017 - 09:40

Can you guys believe that this weekend we’ll be ringing in the new year? Where has the time gone? We at Resin Crafts Blog hope that 2017 brought you joy, happiness and lots of crafting, of course. This time of year is always a great excuse to set goals for yourself, and start working towards them. The type of motivation that comes with a new year is always awesome for resolutions. Do you have any resolutions set for this year?

A big one that usually makes its way onto most people’s list is getting more organized in everyday life. Do you want to know the great thing about getting organized? It is a totally do-able resolution that won’t cost you a lot of money, or even take you a lot of time. We hope you enjoy some of these DIY projects that’ll help get you organized in the new year. Which ones will you create?

DIY Toothbrush Station | Clean and Scentsible

DIY Striped Mail Organizer | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Organization Jars | The Real Thing with the Coake Family

DIY Oversized Pegboard Shelves | Jen Woodhouse

DIY Dry Erase Menu Board | Polished Habitat

DIY Jewelry Organizer | Blue i Style Blog

DIY Pantry Organization | Place of My Taste

DIY Earring Organizer | Oh My Creative

DIY Metallic Rope Throw Basket | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Organization Board & Command Center | Girl Loves Glam

 

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Pink Glitter Resin Knobs DIY

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 12/27/2017 - 07:00

Pink Glitter Resin Knobs DIY

Hi resin crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft.  I love updating furniture and one of the simplest ways is to change up the knobs on a nightstand or dresser.  I have a thing for pink glitter, don’t you just love it too!?  Do you have a nightstand, dresser or even cabinet doors that need a little updating?  It’s especially easy to make a custom knob for a uniquely perfect touch.

Glitter Resin Knobs Supplies

Clear Polyester Casting Resin

Pink Glitter

Round Knob Mold

Knob Hardware

E6000 Glue

Disposable Gloves

Mixing Cups/stirring sticks

Clear polyester resin is good for projects that have more than a 1/4 inch thickness to them.  First, read all the instructions for the mixing of the resin.

The round mold is awesome because the resin magnifies, in detail, what is inside with the rounded top.  Mix the resin according to the package directions in a disposable mixing cup.  Next, pour the mixed resin into the molds to fill them about half way.  Now let them sit for about 30 minutes.

Next, add a good shaking of glitter right over the resin in the mold.  You can pick any color of glitter you like!

Finally mix up a little more resin and pour it right on top of the glitter resin knobs, filling the mold to the top.

Next, let the resin cure overnight, then pop the glittery pink resin knobs out of the molds.  If the edges of resin are sharp, sand them down smooth with a nail file.

Use the E6000 to glue the knob hardware (DIY knob pull base) on the backside of the knobs.

I rested my knobs in an egg tray to keep the hardware until it dried and cured.

Finally, after the glue dries, the knobs are ready to use.  Update that old dresser, vanity, out-dated nightstand or even those cabinets and cupboards!  Pink glitter and resin would certainly make a darling pendant necklace too.

Glitter resin knobs make an especially stunning upgrade even by just changing out a few of the knobs… it’s a great way to add a pop of interest in the room.  Do you have some furniture pieces that could surely use some updating?  New resin knobs may be precisely what it needs!

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Knobs are so fun to make and customize, check out these ultimately amazing gold leaf resin knobs too.

 

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10 Festive New Year’s Party Ideas

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 12/22/2017 - 07:00

In just days, it’s going to be the year 2018. Can you believe that!? Doesn’t it feel like we just figured out how to write the date correctly as the year 2017, just in time for it to change again? We here at Resin Crafts Blog hope that you had a wonderful year just as we have. There are so many wonderful things to reflect on this time of year and what better way to do that than with your friends and family? If you are hosting a New Year’s Eve party to ring in 2018, you’re going to love the ideas we have rounded up for you today. You guys already know that we’ll be ringing in the new year by doing tons of crafting, and we hope you will too! Which idea will you create?

Easy New Year’s Party Decorations | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Sparkler Toothpick Toppers | The 36th Avenue

DIY Party Crackers | Happiness is Homemade

DIY New Year’s Hats & Party Favors | The 36th Avenue

DIY Embossed New Year’s Napkins | Darice Blog

DIY New Year’s Party Photo Backdrop | Tatertots & Jello

DIY Gold Confetti Champagne Flutes | She’s Kinda Crafty

DIY Chalkboard Menu | Darice Blog

DIY New Year’s Eve Mirror Ball Decor | The Crafted Sparrow

DIY Watercolor Party Hats | Modern Parents Messy Kids

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Resin Coated Feather Necklace

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 12/20/2017 - 07:00

All year I have been experimenting with different ways to use resin, and recently I wondered if it would be possible to coat a feather in resin. Today I am going to share with you how I made this Resin Coated Feather Necklace which turned out really neat! The possibilities with resin really are endless.

Resin Coated Feather Necklace Supplies:

 

Resin Spray:

The first step is to spray the feather with Resin Spray. Remember to do this outside or somewhere that is well ventilated. I just did one good coat over the front and the back, then I laid it onto the back of one of my silicone molds I made in a previous post. This was the best non-stick surface that I had.

Let the spray dry thoroughly. Trim feather edges if needed.

Jewelry Resin: 

Now you’ll want to follow the instructions in your jewelry resin kit to mix the resin. You’ll need to wear your latex gloves. Trim the tops of the jewelry resin bottles.

To mix the resin, you’ll pour equal amounts of part A and part B into one of the small cups that come in the kit.

Mix thoroughly with the stir stick in the kit, then pour into the second cup and mix again.

After that you’ll have only 25 minutes to work with the resin, so don’t just set it down and walk away. To apply the resin to the feather, I simply used a disposable brush and essentially painted it onto the feather.

The feather was already fairly stiff from the resin spray, so this was easy to do. Again, I was working on top of a silicone surface so that any resin leaking off the feather would be easy to remove.

I came back 24 hours later and this is how it looked! Pretty cool! But a little rough on the top.

I actually wanted the feather to be glossy also, so I  mixed and applied another coat of resin.

I then waited 24 more hours for it to cure. Then trimmed any excess pieces that stuck out, and it was done! 

This is how it turned out! Totally glossy and a unique piece of feather jewelry. The cool thing is that the feather will never fall apart. Next time I want to try a fun, multicolored feather because I think it would look really neat! The feather I had purchased was actually made for jewelry making so it already had a loop on the top to add to a necklace chain.

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DIY Faux Seaglass Wall Hanging with Polyester Resin

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 12/18/2017 - 07:00

Hi friends! Sonja here from Sustain My Craft Habit. Have you ever tried drilling a hole in seaglass or any glass?  If so, you know how difficult it can be. This DIY faux seaglass project is the perfect alternative and looks really beautiful as a wall hanging.

I decided to make all the pieces in different shades of blue creating an ombre effect when all the pieces are strung together. But you can just as easily create any color you like just by changing the dye color.  Each individual piece was poured and set in an EasyCast resin jewelry mold. These jewelry molds are so versatile as you can see with some of the other DIYs we made using them, such as this  lovely lavender flower pendant and this festive glitter pendant.

This finished piece would look lovely hung inside a window sill, don’t you think? I can just picture the sunlight streaming through the hanging “seaglass”.

Materials needed to make DIY Faux Seaglass:

How to Make DIY Faux Seaglass:

Work in a well ventilated area and be sure to read all the instructions on the product packaging before beginning your project.

Apply a mold release agent to the jewelry molds and put aside to dry.

Pour the clear polyester resin into a measuring cup.

Add the catalyst to the resin. Since I started with 2oz of resin and my molds were 1/4″ thick, I added 8 drops of catalyst per ounce of resin. You’ll need to follow the instructions on the packaging for your specific project.

Stir continuously for 1 minute, scraping the sides and bottom of the container as you mix.

Since I wanted to include some clear “seaglass” to my ombre colored wall hanging,  I filled some of the jewelry molds with the clear mixture.

Next, add one drop (a very small amount) of transparent blue dye to the same clear mixture. Stir together until the dye is a uniform color.

Fill your desired jewelry molds with the light blue mixture.

To have a variety of different shades of blue,  add more transparent blue dye to the same mixture and fill in your desired jewelry molds.

Repeat this step one more time to have 3 different shades of blue charms. You can continue these steps as many times as you like to achieve the desired look and the amount of faux seaglass needed for your project.

Cover the pieces to keep dust out and let cure overnight.

After 24 hours, remove the pieces from the mold. They should easily pop out of the jewelry molds.

Preparing the Faux Seaglass for a Wall Hanging:

Roughly lay out the “seaglass” as you want them to hang on a flat and level surface.

Using a 1/16″ drill bit, drill a small hole at the top of each piece. You can stick a needle through the hole to clear  the hole and push out any of the resin shavings.

Starting at the bottom, begin to fasten the seaglass together by threading the fishing line through the drilled holes.  Space each piece as you like and add a single knot at the top to hold the faux seaglass in place.

Once each piece of faux seaglass is fastened along the fishing line, tie each strand to the wooden dowel (or driftwood in my case). Repeat for all 4 strands evenly spacing the strands apart.

I’m pretty amazed at the amount of possibilities with this clear resin product. For more inspiration, be sure to check out these  DIY Gold Leaf Paperweights as well as this DIY Terrarium made using the same Clear Polyester Resin.

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10 Inspiring Handmade Hostess Gift Ideas

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 07:55

Happy Holidays from your friends at Resin Crafts Blog! We can’t believe how quickly the holiday season has snuck up on us. This time of year is always packed with different events, many of them including Christmas and holiday parties. It isn’t always easy to think of an appropriate gift for your host/hostess and no one likes to arrive to a party empty handed. We have a great set of handmade hostess gift idea options here for you. Nothing says that you are thankful for hospitality more than a handmade gift you spent a little extra time on. The best part? It won’t cost you a fortune either! Now, onto some of the most inspiring handmade hostess gift ideas you could make this season! Which ones will you create?

DIY Coasters & Utensil Holder | Pretty Providence

DIY Chalkboard Tray | Vader Bomb

Handmade Holiday Hand Soap and Dispenser | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Stenciled Tea Towel | A Proverbs 31 Wife

DIY Wine Bottle Stopper and Scarf | Darice Crafts

DIY Wood Cheese Tray | The Shabby Creek Cottage

DIY Bath Salts and Printable Gift Tag | Clean and Scentsible

DIY Faux Fir Wine Bags | A Night Owl Blog

DIY Gold Striped Vases | Two Twenty One

DIY Cranberry Lip Scrub | Mad in Crafts

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Gold Leaf Clear Casting Resin Paperweights DIY

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 12/13/2017 - 07:51

Gold Leaf Resin Paperweights DIY

Hey Resin Crafters, it’s Natalie from Doodlecraft with an especially amazing resin craft.  Gold leaf is so stunning, however it is very delicate also.  For this reason, encasing the gold leaf in resin is the perfect juxtaposition.  Used as a paperweight, magnet on the fridge or add a ribbon to hang on the tree as an ornament.  Makes a great handmade gift as well.

Gather Supples:

Clear Polyester Casting Resin

Gold Leaf

Black opaque pigment

Mixing cups/stirring sticks/disposable gloves

Silicone Mold

Read the instructions thoroughly on the Clear Polyester Casting Resin.  Mix it according to the directions in the mixing cups while wearing gloves.  Do not add the dye yet, keep it clear.  Pour about 1/4 inch of resin in each mold opening.  Working on a disposable table cover is great for clean up too.

Now let the resin sit and “gel” for 30 minutes.

Next, add pieces and curls of gold leaf right on top of the clear resin.  Let it sit 30 minutes again.

Next mix up more clear resin.  For a clear finish, pour directly on the gold leaf.  Conversely if you prefer the black finish, mix some of the black pigment in the resin.  Mix well and pour to the top of the mold.  Now, patiently wait for the resin to cure, at least overnight.

Finally, pop the resin paperweights out of the mold and enjoy the uniquely amazing finish!

Use some E6000 and glue a magnet on the backside for a gorgeous magnet or left as is for an especially stunning paperweight.

Pictures cannot do the gold leaf justice.  It’s like a falling leaf frozen in time!  Perfect for holding calligraphy or other hand lettering in place on the desk or fridge.

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Marbled Handle Wood Spoons

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 07:00

Looking for a unique handmade gift this holiday season?  Try making these marbled handle wood spoons for any chef on your gift giving list.  This project is easy and will hold up to the wear and tear in the kitchen.

Supplies needed to make your own marbled handle wood spoons:

Start by masking off the handle of your wood spoon with the masking tape.  TIP:  Cut the tape into “fringe” to help it bend around the spoon handle.

When completed, you will need to have masked the hole, the sides, and the end as shown below.

You will now need to make sure your spoons lay flat.  I used a few stir sticks to support the ends and make it as flat as possible.  You will also want to protect your work surface as the product will spill over the sides.

Start by mixing the EnviroTex Lite Pour-On High Gloss Finish according to the package directions.  Then pour small amounts into three different measuring cups.  NOTE:  I used more white than the other colors.  In each of these cups, add in the Castin’ Crafts Opaque Pigment and stir well.  From left to right I used, blue, a mixture of blue and green, and white.

Start by dripping on small amounts of your white onto the handle.  This project does not require much product so use very little.  TIP:  Toothpicks make it easy to lift a tiny bit of resin and drip onto your project.

Use toothpicks to drip on your colors as shown.

Use a clean toothpick to run through the resin and make a swirl.

Allow to sit and run off the sides.  NOTE:  If your’s does not run off the sides, you might have to add a bit more white.  Pop any bubbles that come up to the surface.

Repeat all of the steps above on a second spoon if desired.  Then allow to lay flat until cured.  I checked on these occasionally and used a damp rag to wipe away the excess from the sides.

Once your product is partially cured, you can remove the masking and wipe away any product that has seeped under your tape with a damp rag.  NOTE:  Use the leftover resin in your mixing cups to test to see how set up the product is before completing this step.  It should be fairly stiff.

I checked on my spoons a few more times before allowing them to sit overnight to cure.  Just make sure that no additional resin pours over the side.  If it does, wipe away before it is cured with a damp rag.

Once set, these marbled handle wood spoons are glossy and gorgeous!

I do, however, wish I would have choose an even flatter handle for my project.  The edges show through more than I would like.  Note this when picking out your own spoons.

I added mine to a dish towel with a ribbon to create a quick and easy gift for the chef.  Please note that these should be hand washed as all wood spoons are not to be placed in the dishwasher.

Give yours as a gift or make a set for your own kitchen.  Either way you are sure to love the way this projects turns out!  

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10 DIY Jewelry Gifts to Give This Season

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 07:00

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas….and we are so excited! The most beautiful part about this time of year is that we can put others before ourselves. Isn’t that what the season is all about? There are so many amazing ways to recognize your loved ones around the holidays, and one of our personal favorites is DIY-ing for one another, of course! We’ve rounded up some beautiful DIY jewelry gifts for you to create and give as a thoughtful, handmade presents.

If you want to ring in the holidays some more with Resin Crafts Blog, you can hop over to these DIY Christmas Wreaths or these unique DIY Christmas decor options. We hope you love the jewelry as much as we do!

DIY Clay Pendant | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Flower Pendant | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Jewelry Keychain | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Birth Month Flower Pendant | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Map Pendant | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Glitter DIY Earrings and Pendants | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Scrap Ribbon Bracelet | Trinkets in Bloom

DIY Hardware Jewelry | The Girl Creative

DIY Copper Ring Jewelry | Pretty Handy Girl

What DIY gifts are you working on? Tag us on social with #resincraftsblog, we’d love to see!

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Christmas Glitter DIY Resin Stud Earrings and Pendants

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 07:49

Christmas is the best time to make and give gifts. With six girly-girl nieces and three daughters, I find jewelry is always great gift option for the holidays. These DIY resin stud earrings and pendants were easy to make and are the perfect festive touch for Christmas.

Hi there! This is Jane from Sustain My Craft Habit, a DIY, crafts and home decor blog where my sister Sonja and I share new nature-inspired ideas each week. I recently saw these Kate Spade glitter stud earrings and I just had to try and DIY them! I put a Christmas spin on them using Envirotex jewelry resin.

For my Christmas crafting this year I bought some red, green and silver glitter. Glitter is not typically a medium we use a lot of, especially in these bright colors. If you stop by our blog you’ll find lots of beachy coastal colors such as teals, whites and taupes. So it’s fun to venture outside of our usual color palette and get bright, cheery and festive for the holidays.

I recently used the silver glitter to make these kids’ school photo ornament gifts as well as to make some candy cane luminaries from Mason jars. The simple earrings and pendant were about as easy to make as it gets with the jewelry resin. I just picked up a few basic jewelry making supplies at my local craft store and got started.

DIY Kate Spade-Inspired Resin Stud Earrings

I ended up experimenting and making this jewelry using a couple of different techniques. For the small stud earrings, I simply placed droplets of the resin mixture directly on the earring backings. I used jewelry molds for the larger earrings and the pendants.

Materials needed for Christmas Glitter Earrings and Pendants with EnviroTex Jewelry Resin: How to Make DIY Resin Stud Earrings and Pendants:

Work in the well ventilated area and be sure to read all the instructions on the products before beginning your project.

To make the small earrings studs directly on the earring posts, poke the flat posts into a piece of Styrofoam, cardboard or other firm foam to keep them level as possible.

Apply a mold release / conditioner to the jewelry molds as per the instructions in the package.

Mix exactly equal amounts of Resin and Hardener into one measuring cup. I used very little of each, only about 10 mm and it went along way as you’ll see.

Stir 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 with a clean stir stick.

Once combined mix in a generous amount of glitter.

Using the stir stick drop small amounts of the resin mixture onto the flat surface of the earring posts. Try to get a nice domed droplet without the resin pouring over the edges (but not to worry if it does).

Fill your desired jewelry molds as well.

Finally, gently blow off any air bubbles that have risen to the surface of the resin (you may need to repeat this a couple of times during the initial curing process).

Cover the pieces to keep dust out and let them cure overnight (24 hours for a soft cure and up to 72 hours for fully cured jewelry).

Finishing the DIY resin jewelry pieces:

The DIY resin stud earrings should be good to go!

For the other pieces, carefully remove them from the mold. With a sharp utility knife trimmed around any of the sharp edges on the back of the pieces. If needed, glue the earring posts onto the backside of the jewelry pieces using E6000 jewelry and bead glue. For the pendants, drill a small hole into the top of the resin through which you can insert a round jump ring.

I love how these pieces turned out. With very little resin I now have beautiful, handmade holiday gifts for all my nieces and daughters. These would also make lovely gifts for co-workers, your boss or a special friend.

My six-year-old saw me in process and couldn’t wait to get her DIY resin stud earrings; here she is modeling them. And she was so excited to tell everybody that her mom made these earrings for her.

Additional DIY Jewelry Gift Ideas:

If you’re looking for other beautiful and creative jewelry gift ideas for the holidays be sure to check out these other DIY jewelry ideas here on the Resin Crafts Blog:

How is your Christmas gift making coming along?

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DIY Snowflake Mold and Resin Castings

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 12/04/2017 - 07:00

Happy December! This is Sheri from Hazel + Gold Designs and I’m excited to share this project with you! The holidays are approaching fast, and I know most of you are in the midst of decorating your homes for the festivities. Today I wanted to show you how to make a snowflake mold and resin castings that can be used in many ways this holiday season and beyond! First, I’ll give step-by-step instructions on how to create the snowflake mold using Easymold Silicone Putty, then I’ll explain how to make the castings of more snowflakes using FastCast Urethane Casting Resin. I absolutely love both of these products because they are so simple to use and cure quickly. Here we go!

SUPPLIES:

Creating the Snowflake Mold

Alright, put on your gloves, then the first thing you do is take equal amounts of Part A and Part B of the EasyMold silicone putty. The way I do this is to take some from the first Part A and roll it into a ball, then take some from Part B and do the same, making sure the balls are close to the same size.

Start squeezing them together to combine them. One trick that works quickly is to put the whole thing in the palm of one hand and use the palm of the other to mash it together. Then rotate and repeat until it is throughly mixed.

You’ll know it is mixed when it is one solid purple color. Roll it into a ball.

Next, press the entire thing flat, then lay your snowflake ornament down on top of the putty.

Use a stir stick or some thin object to press down on your snowflake so it is deep enough into the silicone putty.  Now let it sit and cure for 30 minutes!

Come back half an hour later and you’ll be able to de-mold the ornament simply by pressing back on the silicone putty, which is now cured and will keep its form.

And there you have it, an awesome, perfect snowflake mold. Now time to make more snowflakes!

Casting Snowflakes

For this part you’ll need to grab the supplies you haven’t used; the FastCast, small measuring cups, stir sticks, and pigment dyes. Oh, and your brand new snowflake mold! I also put a sheet of clear plastic under my working area to protect the table.

FastCast has two parts. You will need equal amounts of each part for your pour. This mold didn’t need much, so for each pour I only used 1/8th of a fl. oz. You can make a lot of castings with one package of FastCast! Remember to wear your disposable gloves!

Pour Part A into your cup. Again, I only used 1/8th of a fl. oz.

The pour Part B. So, another 1/8th of a fl. oz. Making it total 1/4 fl. oz.

You need to work quickly with this product because it cures in 10 minutes! Mix thoroughly, but do so within one minute.

Once mixed, pour it slowly and carefully into your mold. If you feel the cup getting warm then you’ll know you need to pour as soon as possible.

Once it’s in the mold, just wait. Again, it cures in about 10-15 minutes. I do find that shallower pours like this take a little longer to cure than thick pours like my Seashells I’ve posted about previously. As it cures it’ll start to turn white.

After 15 minutes, de-mold your brand new snowflake! You should just be able to pop it out. If it is a little pliable, you can leave it in longer and it will harden up.

There you have it, a snowflake! This one is the natural off-white color of the FastCast. But you need more than just white on Christmas, right?

I decided to try one with glitter.

So I sprinkled some glitter into the mold. Then repeated all the steps for making the FastCast

But this time I added red pigment dye!

Again, because FastCast cures white, when you add dyes they will always turn a little more pastel looking than a clear resin would.

So I made a green one too. It is Christmas after all!

I simply looped some thread through the holes  and hung them on my tree! Note: If your hole got filled in during casting, or you original object didn’t have one, you can easily drill into these pieces to make a hole for hanging. Here’s a shot of the red ornament:

And here’s a shot with a few of them hanging around the tree. I made quite a few. Notice how the green one turned rather pastel green? It still looks festive though!

One other use that occurred to me would be to use these on packages or bags along with the gift tags. It’s like adding the gift of an ornament to each one.

Can you think of any other uses for these beautiful snowflakes? Let me know in the comments!

Pin this image if you like this project! We love all to see all of your shares! 

Thanks y’all! Happy Holidays!

~~Sheri~~

 

10 Unique DIY Christmas Decor Options

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 07:00

The holidays are right around the corner and we have a lot of decorating to do! The great thing about this time of year is there are so many opportunities to get your crafting on and create some unique DIY Christmas Decor. It’s an affordable way to get the look you want for your home without breaking the bank. If you’re in a full-on DIY frenzy like we are, you might want to also check out these amazing DIY Christmas Wreaths. We hope you enjoy these decor options as much as we do! Which ones will you create?

DIY Wood Slice Garland | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Holiday Place Card Ornaments | Darice Craft Blog

DIY Christmas Village Stocking Hanger Box | Jen Woodhouse

DIY Gold Glitter Striped Letters | The Pinning Mama

Oh Deer! DIY Christmas Sign | The 36th AVENUE

DIY Buffalo Check Stocking Holder | Lolly Jane

DIY Photo Christmas Ornaments | Resin Crafts Blog

DIY Custom Vintage Christmas Lights | My Sister’s Suitcase

DIY Decor from Concrete Planters | The Real Thing with the Coake Family

DIY Birch and Pine Cone Ornaments | An Extraordinary Day

 

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Resin Coated Holiday Wood Slice Garland

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 07:00

Last year I created a wood slice garland for my holiday mantel. I cut some branches off one of the many trees in my backyard, sliced it up into these pieces, then added letters using silver paint and a stencil. I absolutely loved it, but it occurred to me that it would look so much nicer with some Envirotex Lite coating it and giving it a beautiful shine! Today I am going to show you how to coat wooden pieces in Envirotex Lite, and how I made this beautiful Resin Coated Holiday Wood Slice Garland. You can use this coating technique with many different types of projects.

Supplies: Step One: Sealing Wood Slices

The first thing you need to do is to use an acid brush to coat the tops of the wood slices with Ultra-Seal. You want to be sure to coat it anywhere that you will be adding the resin. If you skip this step and just apply resin to the wood, it will seep into the wood and discolor it. To keep them looking exactly as they are, do this first.

Here you see that I finished all of the sealing before the first one even dried. It is an easy but crucial step. Let this dry until it is completely clear.

Step 2: Mixing Resin

Alright, so next we’re going to mix the resin. As always, you want to wear latex gloves or something to protect your hands, and you want to make sure you have a work surface that will not get ruined. Since we are not pouring the resin into these wood slices, I just used a plastic craft mat underneath my wood slices. I had a few that leaked a little off the sides, but I was able to easily remove them from my mat because it was plastic. One thing you may want to consider is elevating them and putting cardboard under them so that if you do have drips the resin will not adhere your pieces to your work surface.

First mix equal amounts of Part A and B in one of your disposable cups. I used 1.5 oz of each, making a total of 3 oz. It was plenty for this project.

Mix thoroughly for about a minute or two. Then pour the mixture into a second cup so that you can ensure ALL of the resin you put on your piece is thoroughly mixed. Mix for another minute, then you’re ready to apply the resin!

Step 3: Applying the Resin

Here I used one of the acid brushes to basically paint the resin onto the wood slices. I was careful not to get too close to the edge and not to add too much resin. The resin will pour off the sides if you do either of those things.

With this many pieces, you do want to move fairly quickly because you only have about half an hour before the resin starts to thicken up and cure.

One step you don’t want to miss is to pop all of the bubbles you see in the resin. Since these were small pieces, it was easy to just pick one up and exhale over it to pop the bubbles. They are popped by carbon dioxide. If you would rather, you could also use a micro-butane torch, which is what I use for my larger projects.

In this picture you can see the bubbles.

I simply exhaled over it and now you can see that they are all popped. It worked perfectly.

Here are all of the pieces covered in the resin! Let them cure for about 24 hours.

Step 4: Making the garland:

As you can see, I used some green ornament hooks to hang my resin coated wood slices on twine. This worked really great, but there are many ways you can do this step to your style preference. My decor is fairly rustic so this worked for me.

Here is a closeup shot. You can see how shiny the resin makes these! It just gives is such a beautiful polished look.

I couldn’t be happier with the result.

I also took the larger snowflake pieces and hung them on the tree! Gorgeous ornaments!

So what do you think? Do you like this project? Was it helpful to you as a guide for coating small pieces with resin? Let me know! And please share via social media!

Thanks!

~~Sheri

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Disney’s Moana Inspired: Maui’s Fish Hook Necklace DIY

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 07:00

Disney’s Moana Inspired: Maui’s Fish Hook Necklace DIY

Hi Resin Crafters, It’s Natalie from Doodlecraft.  I love the movie Moana and all the fun songs.  I was inspired by Maui’s fish hook and wanted to recreate it in Easy Sculpt clay.  Easy Sculpt is an epoxy clay that dries to a smooth fabulous porcelain-like clay with a white finish.

The fish hook has a uniquely simple shape and makes a great gift for the holidays.

Gather these 3 supplies:

Easy Sculpt Clay

Leather Cord

Parchment Paper for work surface

Easy Sculpt is a 2 part epoxy clay.  Read the instructions thoroughly before beginning.

The clay has a 1 to 1 ratio, so ultimately scoop out an equal amount of each container.  Work over the parchment paper to prevent sticking to table.

Wear the included gloves, this gets very sticky.  Mix them together until well combined.

Once combined the clay is extremely tacky.  Follow the directions provided with the Easy Sculpt, but essentially let it sit on the parchment paper for about 30 minutes to an hour.  The clay becomes firmer and less sticky, but ultimately easier to mold.

Once the clay is firm enough to mold, roll it out in the shape of a hook.

Then use a hobby knife to cut a small barb at the end of the hook.

At this point the epoxy clay needs to cure, in this case, overnight.  Once cured, it becomes shiny and smooth.

In the meantime, work with the leather cording by cutting a piece about 28-32 inches.

Wrap the leather tightly around the top of the fish hook 3 times as shown below and finish it off with a tight square knot.

Tie the other end of the leather cording and it is ultimately ready to give as a gift or wear proudly.

 

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10 Stunning DIY Christmas Wreaths

Resin Crafts Blog - Sat, 11/25/2017 - 09:11

We here at Resin Crafts want to wish you a belated Happy Thanksgiving if you celebrate! We hope you’re having a great holiday so far and had some time to relax with your loved ones. We’re here to celebrate being even closer to Christmas time with some stunning DIY wreaths. Since you can finally put away the Thanksgiving decor and bust out your Christmas goodies, we want to make sure we give you the best DIY’s to ring in the holiday season. Be sure to check out our beautiful DIY Gift Ideas that we’ve rounded up for you here.

Today, we’re sharing 10 Stunning DIY Christmas Wreaths that you won’t want to miss. Stay tuned the next couple weeks for even more DIY fun. Enjoy!

DIY Embroidery Hoop Wreath with Wood Slices | Lydi Out Loud

DIY Ski Lodge Christmas Wreath | Sand and Sisal

DIY Ornament Wreath | Happiness is Homemade

DIY Giant Christmas Wreath | Homemade Ginger

DIY Gold Ribbon Wreath | The 36th Avenue

DIY Coastal Christmas Wreath | H20 Bungalow

DIY Traditional Christmas Wreath | Fynes Designs

DIY Bottle Brush Tree Wreath | Lolly Jane

DIY Holly Berry Wreath | Polka Dot Chair

DIY Easy Poinsettia Wreath | A Night Owl Blog

 

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DIY Clear Resin Terrarium

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 11/22/2017 - 07:00

Hey guys, it’s Whitney from Whitney J Décor here with another fun (and easy) tutorial. Since working with ETI’s products, I’ve become obsessed with Castin’ Craft Clear Polyester Casting Resin. And, since I have loads of air plants around my home, I’m always looking for fun ways to display them. So, I created a super fun and functional DIY clear resin terrarium.

Let me show you how to make your own!

Here’s what you need:

Here’s what you do:

I found these really cheap plastic organizers at the Dollar Tree. They were the perfect size for the sides and bottom of the terrarium. I bought five, one each for the bottom and sides of the terrarium.

I first figured out how thick I wanted my terrarium’s walls to be. I decided I wanted them to ¼” deep and marked the measurement on all my organizers. Now, I wish I had made them 1/8” deep, but they still look really great. (I also used water to measure how much resin I needed to fill the organizers to ¼” deep. I ended up needing 4oz for each organizer.)

Next, spray the insides of the organizers with Castin’ Craft Mold Release/Conditioner and let dry.

Now, let’s mix the resin! MAKE SURE YOU PUT YOUR GLOVES ON NOW! I measured 4oz of the Castin’ Craft Clear Polyester Casting Resin and added 8 drops of the catalyst (that comes with the resin) per ounce of resin. You need to mix the mixture thoroughly for about 1 minute, occasionally scraping the sides and bottom.

Once you’re done mixing the resin, pour the mixture into the container immediately. Repeat for the other 4 containers. Then, cover with newspaper to protect your mixture from dust.

After your resin is completely cured (I let mine cure for 24 hours), remove them from the containers by turning the containers upside down and hitting it against a firm surface. The resin should pop right out.

Now, just use hot glue to put the terrarium together.

I used some liquid gold paint to paint the glue around the sides of the terrarium, but this was totally not necessary. I had the idea that it would look like the leaded sides of the real terrariums, but it really didn’t. LOL. I still like the look, but it’s so unnoticeable that it’s unnecessary.

Once your glue and paint is dry, you can style your terrarium with your air plants, moss, and rocks.

I had intentions of displaying the terrarium with the open end up, but ended up putting it on its side, because I liked the look better.

Either way, this is a fun way to display air plants and small tchotchkes. I love that this project is so easy to replicate and customize. You can use larger containers to make larger terrariums and you can decorate the sides with paint and stencils.

So, what ideas do you have for customizing your OWN terrarium?

 

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Resin Photo Christmas Ornaments with EasyCast

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 11/20/2017 - 16:14

Make the perfect gift for grandma and grandma, and use up your child’s class photos at the same time with these glittering photo Christmas ornaments.

Hello! It’s Jane from Sustain My Craft Habit, a DIY, craft and home decor blog where my sister Sonja and I share new nature-inspired ideas each week.

Even though we don’t need them, every year I end up ordering the full package of class photos for my kids. The photo studio knows how to get me: the basic package has pretty much all we need, yet for just a few dollars more we can order the deluxe one! I fall for it each year and then end up with dozens of the same photo of the kids that I don’t know what to do with.

Sure I pass on to their grandparents and aunts, but there’s only so much wall and fridge space to hang them all. It was actually our mom who, after seeing our wood slice garland project, said “I want these as Christmas ornaments with the kids’ pictures”! Although we didn’t end up using wood slices for this resin craft, I think they turned out beautifully. I made the ornaments with two resin pourings, the first to create a glittered background and the second for the lovely glossy coating.

I ended up making one with a beautiful decorative Christmas paper I picked up at our local craft store last year. It’s just to show you that that truly the sky’s the limit with this technique. So grab your molds, EasyCast clear casting resin and some fun photos for this lovely personalized Christmas ornament gift idea!

Materials Needed for this Photo Christmas Ornaments Project with EasyCast Resin:

Instructions for Making DIY Resin Photo Ornaments:

Read all the instructions in the EasyCast resin packaging completely. Use gloves and work in a well-ventilated area.

Sealing the Images
  1. Start by sealing all of the images you will use with a multi-purpose sealer or glue. I wanted to add a date to my ornaments. So I printed out a bunch of “2017”s on regular paper on my home printer. I used Courier font of several sizes so I’d have a selection to choose from depending on the size of the ornaments. Be sure to coat both sides and let them dry completely.

Similarly, I sealed both sides of the decorative paper and kids’ school photos. Prior to this I had measured and cut them down to fit nicely inside the molds, leaving a 1/4″ border all around the images.

Also, at this time, condition your casting molds with the release agent and let them dry prior to using.

Pouring the first resin layer

Follow the packaging instructions and mix up the first layer of resin. Mix exactly equal amounts of Resin and Hardener into one measuring cup. The volume will depend on how many ornaments you plan to make at one time. I mixed up 1oz each of the Resin and Hardener to make 3 ornaments. Stir continuously for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the container. Pour the mixture into a second cup and stir for an additional minute (use a new stir stick). Scrape the sides of the container as you mix.

Pour some silver craft glitter into the resin mixture and combine thoroughly.

Distribute the glittering resin mixture evenly between the molds, to about 1/8″ thick.

Set the pieces on a level surface and cover to prevent dust from falling in. After about 15 minutes, remove any bubbles that have risen to the surface by gently blowing over the ornaments through a straw or using a small kitchen torch. Repeat if necessary after another 15 minutes and up to about an hour all the bubbles are popped. Use a clean straw each time to avoid moisture from your breath collecting inside the straw and transferring onto the piece.

After about 3 hours test the firmness of the resin by gently touching the center. You want the resin to be firm, yet still tacky so that you can layer on your sealer images. If the resin is too soft, the photos may sink to the bottom. Yet you want it a bit tacky in order for the image to adhere in place. Center the image in the mold and let cure for a couple more hours.

At this point you can lay on any other embellishments, such as the date. Use a multipurpose sealer to seal it in place.

Pouring the Second Resin Layer

Once the glue has dried from the previous step, repeat the process above for mixing up another batch of resin. Leave out the glitter this time though! You’ll also need about half the volume of resin for this second layer, just enough to coat the images.

As above, set on a level surface and cover to keep the dust off. Blow off any air bubbles using a straw or small flame occasionally.

Let your ornaments cure for about 24 hours before attempting to remove them from the molds. At this point you can drill a small pilot hole into the top of the Christmas ornaments and then screw in the small eyelets for hanging. The pieces should be fully cured after about 72 hours.

And there you go! Your own gorgeous resin photo Christmas ornaments that grandma and grandpa are sure to go crazy over! And stop by our blog to pick up some free printable Christmas gift tags and floral holiday greeting cards which you can give alongside the ornaments.

Note: I’d love to show you how beautifully the kids photos turned out but we have an agreement not to show their faces in blog posts. But trust me, they look amazing! Moreover, the backsides of the ornaments are all glittery and gorgeous as well.

I love how these turned out so much that I’m planning to make ornaments of all four kids each year to have for our family! I think it’ll be so fun to take them out each year and see how they grow and change.

Do you have any similar traditions at Christmas?

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