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Resin Wine Charms with EasyCast®

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 11/17/2016 - 07:00
Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today.   It's almost the New Year, so celebrate in style with some etched wine glasses decorated with ribbons and pretty resin wine charms created with EasyCast®.
Materials:
Project Instructions:

Mix equal parts EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy resin and hardener into a mixing cup.  Stir for 2 full minutes to properly mix the products.
Pour into a second cup and mix for another minute.
Die cut designs from assorted colors of Rinea Foils.   

Use Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer to glue the foils in the bezels.
  Once in place, paint another layer of Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer on the foils.  Allow to dry completely before continuing.
Apply EasyCast® into the charm.  Let dry completely.
Add the completed charm plus an assortment of beads onto memory wire.
Use the Bowdabra to create bows and tie them to the wine stems along with some decorative holiday bulbs. 
Add a charm to each glass and enjoy.  The bows and charms can be easily removed for easy clean up.
Thanks for stopping by.
Steph

Home Decor Embellishments with Fast Cast™

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 11/15/2016 - 07:00
Today we have designer Madeline Arendt creating with EasyCast™.   Being fairly new to the product called FastCast™manufactured by Enviromental Technology Inc., and only seeing it demonstrated once, I was looking forward to my own experimentation with it.  As the saying goes, “start small and build”, that is what I will share with this post. A description given of FastCast™ is that it is a two part component.  It is orderless and will sets in 10 minutes.  Pieces can be de-modeled within 10 to 15 minutes.  The cured pieces are hard yet durable.  Pieces can be drilled , sanded, carved, stained and painted. Materials: FastCast™ Silicone mold
Alcohol inks
Alcohol markers
Decorative paper
Ribbons
Craft glue Mixing Cups Stir sticks Plastic sheeting to cover work surface Instructions:

To make casts from FastCast™ use molds that are made fromSilicone, EasyMold Silicone Putty, Silicone Rubber or Silicone Paste.  Other types of molds most likely require the use of a release spray to de-mold.  ***The manufacturer suggests NOT using molds that are normally used for candy, soap or candles.

I will be honest here, I used a mold that was found in the aisle for candy making and I had great results.  I usually like to experiment and see just how far I can go with products and directions and this one paid off.

I did not want pieces that were as thick as the mold would form.  To determine how much FastCast™ I would need to mix,  I added rice to the mold, filling only as high as I wanted the pieces to go.  The rice was ten dumped into a glass measuring cup.    

 Measure out equal parts of parts A and B. Stir together for 30 seconds.   Pour into a second mixing cup and mix for another 30 seconds.  

I followed with filling the mold.  NOTE: The product becomes very warm and also can begin to thicken quickly so fill your casting molds without delay.  Excess drips can be removed after hardening.

Remove from the mold.

 

For the table decor pieces here, I added color to the FastCast™ leaves with alcohol inks and markers.   After the coloring process, an easy napkin ring was formed from strips of decorative paper and ribbons.    A placecard was created using the same decorative paper and die-cutting it along with a simple label, with a bit of burlap ribbon added.     To top off each accessory, the inked FastCast™ leaves are attached wi
th glue.     They make a lovely addition to any table setting!  Create embellishments to add to homemade decorations for any occasion, any season.  Let the holidays begin ~ Madeline.

Home Decor Embellishments with Fast Cast™

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 11/15/2016 - 07:00
Today we have designer Madeline Arendt creating with EasyCast™.  Being fairly new to the product called FastCast™manufactured by Enviromental Technology Inc., and only seeing it demonstrated once, I was looking forward to my own experimentation with it.  As the saying goes, "start small and build", that is what I will share with this post.A description given of FastCast™ is that it is a two part component.  It is orderless and will sets in 10 minutes.  Pieces can be de-modeled within 10 to 15 minutes.  The cured pieces are hard yet durable.  Pieces can be drilled , sanded, carved, stained and painted.
Materials:FastCast™Silicone mold
Alcohol inks
Alcohol markers
Decorative paper
Ribbons
Craft glueMixing CupsStir sticksPlastic sheeting to cover work surface
Instructions:To make casts from FastCast™ use molds that are made fromSilicone, EasyMold Silicone Putty, Silicone Rubber or Silicone Paste.  Other types of molds most likely require the use of a release spray to de-mold.  ***The manufacturer suggests NOT using molds that are normally used for candy, soap or candles.

I will be honest here, I used a mold that was found in the aisle for candy making and I had great results.  I usually like to experiment and see just how far I can go with products and directions and this one paid off.

I did not want pieces that were as thick as the mold would form.  To determine how much FastCast™ I would need to mix,  I added rice to the mold, filling only as high as I wanted the pieces to go.  The rice was ten dumped into a glass measuring cup.    

 Measure out equal parts of parts A and B.
Stir together for 30 seconds.
Pour into a second mixing cup and mix for another 30 seconds.
I followed with filling the mold.  NOTE: The product becomes very warm and also can begin to thicken quickly so fill your casting molds without delay.  Excess drips can be removed after hardening.

Remove from the mold.

For the table decor pieces here, I added color to the FastCast™ leaves with alcohol inks and markers.
After the coloring process, an easy napkin ring was formed from strips of decorative paper and ribbons.
 A placecard was created using the same decorative paper and die-cutting it along with a simple label, with a bit of burlap ribbon added.  
To top off each accessory, the inked FastCast™ leaves are attached with glue.  
They make a lovely addition to any table setting!  Create embellishments to add to homemade decorations for any occasion, any season. Let the holidays begin ~ Madeline.

Metallic Resin Tile

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 11/10/2016 - 07:00
Today I am creating a metalic look on a 6" x 6" tile.  I added Alcohol Inks and Gold Iridescent Powder to EnviroTex Lite® to cover the tile.   I love the result!

Materials:EnviroTex Lite®Tile, 6" x 6" Alcohol Ink: DenimIridescent Powder, GoldMixing cupsStir sticksToothpickLighterCork, 6" x 6" x 1/8"Painters tapeCraft gluePlastic to cover work surface
Instructions:
Tape the back of the tile.
 Measure out 2 oz of each the EnviroTex Lite® resin and hardener.
Mix for 2 minutes and then, pour into a second mixing cup and stir for 1 minute.
Raise tile up off the work surface.  Pour the resin onto the tile.  Add several drops of the alcohol ink and some iridescent powder.  Lift the tile from side to side to blend.  Use a toothpick to blend the colors together further, if desired.  Remove any air bubbles that rise with the lighter.  Let dry for 24 hours.  Remove the painters tape from the back of the tile.
 Glue the cork to the tile.  Enjoy!

Hot Pink Heart Pendant with Jewelry Clay®

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 11/08/2016 - 07:00
Today we have a beautiful pendant Designed by Myléne Hillam using Jewelry Clay®.
Materials:
  • EnviroTex Jewelry Clay®
  • Krafty Lady Art Moulds: XLge Shape Folk Heart, Rococo texture sheet
  • Senorita Magenta Piñata Alcohol Ink
  • Gold micro-beads
  • Gold Jewelry bail
  • Talcum powder
  • 5 minute-epoxy adhesive
  • Toothpick
  • Latex gloves

Instructions:Tip: Because we’re colouring the Jewelry Clay with several drops of alcohol ink, it will be much softer than usual and will not hold its shape for very long after the texture is applied. You will need to work quickly when applying the beads before the clay slumps and the design disappears.  Before you begin, put the gloves on because the Jewelry Clay is sticky and when you add the colorant, it will be quite messy.
 Measure out equal parts of Part A and Part B.
Mix the two parts together thoroughly until no marbling remains.
Dust your gloves with the talcum powder.  Add two drops of alcohol ink and mix it in thoroughly.  If the clay begins to stick to the gloves, powder them again.  Add two more drops of alcohol ink and work it into the clay until it is evenly colored.
Press the Jewelry Clay into the mold and smooth off the surface and neaten up the edges.
Place the texture sheet over the Clay and press it evenly into the surface.  Remove.
Sprinkle the micro-beads onto the pattern in the clay and use a toothpick to quickly move them into the crevices.  If the textured pattern disappears, just create scrolls and swirls in the parts where the pattern is missing.
Press the micro-beads into the surface.
After the Jewelry Clay® has cured for 24 hours, you can easily remove the cast from the mold.
 Mix the 5-minute epoxy adhesive according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Apply a small amount to the hollow of the bail and center it on the back of the heart.  Once the epoxy has cured, thread it on a chain and it’s ready to wear.
Enjoy!

Resin Coaster with Faux Quilted Gel Press Background

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 11/03/2016 - 07:00
I love quilt designs and using them in projects.  Today I am going to share how to create a one of a kind Resin Coaster using a Gel Press to create the background and then, adding a quilt pattern on top.
Materials:
  • EnviroTex Lite™ 
  • Ultra Seal™
  • Gel Press
  • Iridescents: Sunshine, Berry, Limelight, Lilac
  • Crafter's Ink, Deep Woods
  • EZ-De's Stamps, assorted 1" squares
  • Marbled tile
  • Card stock: white
  • Heat gun
  • Paper trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Lighter
  • Disposable brush
  • Measuring cups
  • Stir sticks

Instructions:Gather all your supplies.
Apply several drops of Iridescent's to the Gel Press with a toothpick.  Use the brayer to blend the colors together.
Place a piece of cardstock over the press and rub.  Remove the cardstock.  Let dry.
Stamp out a quilt pattern onto the dried cardstock with Deep Woods then, heat set it. 
 Use a paper trimmer to cut it down to the size of the tile.
Attach the paper to the tile with Ultra-Seal™.  The, give it two generous coats on the top, letting it dry completely between coats.
Tape the back of the tile.
Measure out equal amounts of EnviroTex resin and hardener.
Mix together for 2 minutes.  Pour the mixture into a second cup and stir for another minute.
Place the tile up off your work surface and pour the resin on.
Wipe away any excess that may drip off the sides.  Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top.  Let dry 12 - 24 hours.
I love the final result!!

Keepsake Dough Art with EnviroTex Lite™

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 11/01/2016 - 07:00
Create keepsake dough art pieces with the look and feel of fine porcelain.  The Environmental Technology team created 5 adorable Christmas tree ornaments with a simple dough art recipe and EnviroTex Lite™.   In these examples, inexpensive dough art is transformed into beautiful keepsakes and decorative pieces.Materials List: 
  • 1 Basic Dough Art Recipe (makes 6-7 ornaments / see below)
  • 8 oz. kit Envirotex Lite, measuring / mixing cup, stir stick.
  • ¼” Ribbon
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Wax Paper
  • Cookie Cutters and Rolling Pin (Optional)
  • 1 Cardboard Box
  • 18 gauge Wire
  • Liquid Tempera Paint or Acrylic Paint
  • Recommended Brushes: #10 Flat Red Sable for large areas.and #5-0 or #000 Thin Pointed Brush for detailed areas.
  • Paper Clips
FINISHED SIZE: Ornaments measure approximately 3-4” long.Project Instructions: BASIC DOUGH ART RECIPE:
  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • ¼-½ cup Table Salt
  • ¼-½ cup Warm Water
NOTE: Keep a container with a flour and salt mixture of the same proportion as the dough near you.  This can be sprinkled onto working surfaces to avoid sticky dough.  Extra dough can be stored in the refrigerator for several days if properly wrapped in plastic or plastic bags.  (If dough becomes sticky from storage, simply knead in some of the flour and salt mixture before shaping.)  Combine flour and salt in a mixing bowl.  Add ¼ cup warm water slowly, stirring as it is added.  Add more water as needed, to make the dough resemble pie crust dough in looks and consistency.  Mix all the dough you will need at one time.










Instructions:
  1. Mix dough.  Set pieces of foil on your working surface.  You will be forming the ornaments directly onto the foil.  Form each piece by either rolling or cutting dough, or by molding by hand.  If you mold the dough by hand, each piece will be smoother if you roll it into a very smooth ball between your palms first, and then form the shape. Be sure to wash your hands very thoroughly between different colors of dough.  If using cookie cutters, roll the dough about 1/3" thick; thin ornaments may warp when cooling.
     
  2. Glue on any adornments you desire or press them into the surface of the dough.  There are many inexpensive ways to decorate ornaments.  Metal. wood, sunflower seeds, nut shells, pods, rope or twine. and straw flowers work well and can be placed before baking.  Textures can be made on the surface with a fork or by pressing dough through a garlic press.  Toothpicks can also be used for texturing.
     
  3. After completing the ornament, insert a hanger made from a paper clip.  Push the hanger in until only ¼” is left exposed.
     
  4. Place ornament and foil on a cookie sheet and bake at 300° F for approximately 45 minutes.  Test for doneness by tapping: a hollow sound will indicate it is done.  Check for any soft spots.  If necessary, bake for 15 minutes more.  Cool while still on the foil.
     
  5. Paint the ornaments as desired.  Fine features can also be drawn on with a draftsman’s pen.  Glue on any additional ornaments before glazing.
     
  6. Prepare a dust-free environment for your ornaments in the following manner.  With scissors, drill a hole on either side of a clean, deep cardboard box, halfway between top and bottom.  Attach wire to the outside and thread through the hole to the inside. After glazing with Envirotex Lite, your ornaments will be strung on the wire and the other end will be attached to the box. See Fig. 2.
     
  7. Mix Envirotex Lite per package instructions. Mix approximately 2 oz’s. for each ornament.  Mix one batch at a time.
     
  8. Suspend the ornament from a length of wire. Pour approximately 2 oz’s. of Envirotex Lite over the object, pouring one object at a time.  As you pour, direct the Envirotex Lite over detail areas with a disposable acid brush. (See Fig. 1. above) After the surface as been entirely coated, hang the ornament inside the box.  Repeat this process until all ornaments have been glazed.  Be sure to cover your work surface with several layers of newspaper.
     
  9. As soon as all ornaments have been glazed, arranged them on the wire, spacing at least 3” between ornaments.  Pick up the box with both hands and slowly turn it upside down.  This will protect the objects as they dry. (See Fig. 2.) Envirotex Lite will cure most effectively if left for 72 hours with a temperature between 70° F and 80° F. (Optional 2nd coat may be desired.)
     
  10. String ribbon through your ornament and your charming keepsake is completed.
Get started on your Christmas ornaments now to be ready for Christmas!!

Resin Journal Charm

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 10/27/2016 - 07:00
Journaling is HOT and so are the accessories that go with them.  Today I am sharing how easy it is to create a Resin Charm to hang off of your journal.
Materials:
Instructions:Gather all of your supplies.
Measure equal amounts of the Jewelry Resin and hardener into a mixing cup.  Mix for 2 minutes...
and then, pour into a second mixing cup and stir for 1 minute.  Add a drop or two of pigment.  I filled the bezels a few different ways.  Do all three or choose your favorite.
  Drop resin into bezels with a toothpick.  Work with several bezels at one time, so you will have them ready for quick projects and gifts.
Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that may rise to the top.  Set aside for 8 hours.
Add a small amount of resin to the bezel, then fill with seed beads and let dry or cover with a small amount of resin, using a toothpick.
Set these aside to dry for 8 hours.
 Add jump rings and attach to a lobster claw.
Place on your journal and enjoy.

Groovy Table Lamp using EasyCast®

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 10/25/2016 - 07:00
Today we have designer Myléne Hillam sharing a Groovy Table Lamp using EasyCast®

Materials:
  • EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy 
  • Castin’Craft® Transparent Dyes: Blue and Green
  • Silicone mini loaf pan with 1 5/8” x 3 ¼” cavities (or square mold)
  • 341 6mm silver jump rings
  • 12” high cylinder lamp shade frame – 6” diameter
  • Design Master Super Silver spray paint
  • 1oz mixing cups
  • Wooden stir sticks
  • Gloves
  • Drill with 1mm drill bit
  • Ruler
  • Permanent Marker
  • Stanley knife
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Lamp kit suitable for and LED light bulb
  • LED light bulb

Instructions:Wear gloves whilst working with uncured resin.
Spray the frame inside and out with silver spray paint and set it aside  to dry.
Measure out ½ oz each of Parts A and B of EasyCast and mix according to the package instructions.
Add 8 drops of blue dye and stir until the color is evenly mixed.
Pour 1/3 oz of mixed resin into each of three cavities of the mold.  Mix another batch of resin and color it with 11 drops of green dye.  Pour equally into the three remaining cavities.  Set the resin aside to cure.  Demold the rectangles.
Repeat steps 1-3 to cast five more sets of blue and four more sets of green rectangles. Cut each rectangle into two equal squares. All up you will need 36 blue squares (18 rectangles) and 30 green squares (15 rectangles).  

 Measure 3/32” in from each corner of the squares and place a mark.  Drill a hole at each of the marks.  Insert a jump ring into each hole and close it.
Place two green and two blue squares together to form a square so that the colors alternate.  Insert a jump ring through all four jump rings and close it.  Make two more sets of four squares.  
Connect the three sets of four together to form a column.  Create four more columns in the same way. Create one column of blue squares only. Connect all the columns together where the corners of the squares meet. Leave the top and bottom rows free. These will be connected in later steps. Attach the blue column to the end.  Connect each square in the top row to the square next to it with a jump ring.
Hook a jump ring around the top wire of the lamp shade frame and hook on the jump rings that connect the top row of squares together.  Connect the jump rings of the first and last columns together to complete the cylinder. Connect the squares along the bottom row together by opening one jump ring and hooking it through the jump ring next to it.
 Screw lamp kit into the lamp shade frame and insert the bulb.  Enjoy!

Resin Marbled Coaster

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 07:00


The other day I showed a great way to get a marbled effect by adding Alcohol Inks to EnviroTex Lite®.   
Today my project is, again, with alcohol inks and just a bit of Iridescent Powder...I love the result!

Materials:EasyCast®Alcohol Ink: DenimIridescent Powder, GoldCastin" Craft Opaque Pigment, WhiteCastin' Craft Mold ReleaseMixing cupsStir sticksCoaster moldToothpickLighterPlastic to cover work surface
Instructions: Measure equal amounts of the EasyCast® resin and hardener into mixing cup.  Mix for 2 minutes...
and then, pour into a second mixing cup and stir for 1 minute.  Add a drop or two of white pigment.  Spray mold with mold release.
Pour the resin into the mold to about 1/4".  Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that may rise to the top.  Set aside for 12 hours.
Mix EasyCast® as described above and pour into the mold.
Add a couple drops of alcohol ink...
and then, a bit of iridescent powder.
Pull the colors through the resin with a toothpick...
until you get the look you want, knowing that is may move a bit while it drys.  Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that may rise to the top.  Set aside for 24 hours.
Remove from the mold.

Resin Marbled Tile Magnet

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 10/18/2016 - 07:00
I thought it would be fun to try different effects for marbling with EnviroTex Lite®.  Today I will share how easy it is to use Alcohol Inks with EnviroTex Lite® to create this stunning tile magnet.
Materials:EnviroTex Lite®Alcohol Inks: Denim, SilverTile, 2" x 2"Mixing cupsStir sticksMagnetLighterPainters tapeCraft gluePlastic to cover work surface
Instructions: Gather your supplies.
 Measure equal amounts of the EnviroTex Lite® resin and hardener into mixing cup.  Mix for 2 minutes and then, pour into a second mixing cup and stir for 1 minute.
 Place tile onto a mixing cup to lift off the surface.  Pour resin onto tile.
 Add a couple drops of denim on top of the resin.
 It is fun to watch how the alcohol ink drops spread...
 Add a couple drops of silver...
 Continue adding a drop at a time until...
 you are happy with the results.
 Use a light to remove any air bubbles, if needed.
Remove drips with a stir stick.  Let dry for 24 hours.
Glue the magnet to the back of the tile, let dry.  Now it is ready to place on your fridge.
I love how this turned out.  I will be playing more with Alcohol Inks and EnviroTex Lite® to create more projects.

Gold Marble Serving Tray with EnviroTex Lite®

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 07:00
Today we have designer Myléne Hillam sharing a beautiful Marbled Serving Tray.

Materials:
  • EnviroTex Lite®
  • Acrylic paints: Warm White, Raw Sienna, Rich Gold, Burnt Umber, Lumiere Metallic Rust
  • Small wooden serving tray (8.5” x 5.25”)
  • 4 80mm x 35mm brass oval filigrees
  •  Beacon Quick Grip adhesive
  • ETI Mixing Cup Set
  • 3 1oz mixing cups
  • 3 wooden stir sticks
  • Foam paint brush
  • Tooth pic
  • Butane torch
  • Painter’s tape
  • Latex gloves
  • Painters drop sheet (polyethylene)
Instructions:
Before beginning, put on your gloves to avoid getting sticky while working with the resin. Protect your workspace with the painter’s drop sheet.
Use the foam brush to paint the bottom of the serving tray, on top and underneath with Raw Sienna paint.  Paint the sides of the tray with Rich Gold paint.  Allow it to dry several hours before continuing.  Tape the inside walls of the tray leaving a 1/8” gap from the bottom and burnish well.

Follow the package instructions to mix up 2 oz of EnviroTex Lite.  Pour 1/4oz  into one cup and 1/2oz into the other two cups.  Color the smallest one with Burnt Umber paint and the other two with Raw Sienna and Rich Gold, using only enough paint to make the resin opaque and stirring it thoroughly until it is mixed in.  Color the remaining resin with only enough Warm White paint to make it opaque.
Pour the Warm White resin over the surface of the serving tray and spread it to the edges.
Pinch the top of the cup of the Raw Sienna cup and pour the resin in a thin stream across the white resin at an angle.  Repeat with the Rich Gold resin. 
Dip the wooden stir stick into the Burnt Umber paint and drizzle it thinly across the tray.
Use a paintbrush from the mixing cup set to swirl the colors lightly.  Take care not to over mix them or they will become muddied.
Hold the serving tray vertically to allow the colors to run and blend into each other.  Turn it in another direction to create some more movement. 
Use a stir stick to scrape the excess out of the tray and onto the drop sheet.  Pop any bubbles by sweeping the butane torch across the surface.  Set the serving tray aside to cure.  Remove the tape.  Mix 1oz EnviroTex Lite, pour it into the base of the tray and spread it out to the edges.  Pop any bubbles and set aside to cure.  Tape the outside walls of the tray.
Repeat Steps 2 to 6 to cover the base of the serving tray.  Pop any bubbles with the torch. Once the resin has cured, apply a layer of clear EnviroTex Lite to the surface.  Pop the bubbles and set aside to cure.  Carefully remove the tape once the resin has cured.
Paint a light coat of Metallic Rust paint on all the painted surfaces.  Once dried, use the toothpick to apply adhesive to the back of the filigrees and place them over inside and the outside of the handle openings.

Resin Elements for Cards

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 07:00
Hi everyone Steph Ackerman here today with a fun card using resin elements.



Materials:
  • EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy 
  • Mixing Cups
  • Stir Sticks
  • Silicone Mold
  • Gloves
  • ColorBox Crafter's® Ink - Sunshine
  • ColorBox® Embossing Powder - Clear
  • Beacon Adhesive - 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue
  • Rubber Dance Art Stamps - Sarcastic Superpower

Project Instructions:
To begin, mix equal parts EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy resin and hardener into a mixing cup.  Stir for 2 full minutes to properly mix the products.


 Pour into another cup and mix for 1 minute.

I found this silicone ice cube mold and thought it would be fun to use so I poured the resin into several cavities.  Filling the cavities about half-way with resin,  I let the resin sit overnight.  The pieces easily popped out the next day.



I used one of the whole resin lemons as a stamp, inking it with white ink and stamping it on black cardstock.  It made a fun background for my card.  And it is reusable as either a stamp or an embellishment for another project.


I used Sunshine Ink to color 2 resin lemon slices. 

A stamp from Rubber Dance Art Stamps worked really well with the lemons, so I inked it with Sunshine Ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.


I adhered the resin elements to the card.




What do you think?  I love how light the resin elements are. 
Thanks for stopping by.
Steph


Marbled Trivet with EnviroTex Lite®

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 10/06/2016 - 07:00
I love marbling with resin,  The results are always unexpected and wonderful.
Materials:EnviroTex Lite®Iridescents: Aquamarine, Onxy, Snow, Sheer SilverTile, 6" x 6"Mixing cupsStir sticksCraft brushesCork, 6" x 6" x 1/8"LighterPainters tapeCraft gluePlastic to cover work surface
Instructions:
Tape the back of the tile.
 Paint the tile Aquamarine and let dry.
 Measure out 3 oz of each the resin and hardener,  Mix for 2 minutes and then, pour into a second mixing cup and stir for 1 minute.
 Pour resin into 4 mixing cups and add just enough Iridescents to color.
 Pour colors onto the tile as shown.
 Tip the tile each way to let the resin run together, adding more colors if needed.
 Place the tile onto some mixing cups.  Wipe edges as needed to remove the drips.  Let dry for 24 hours.  
 Measure out 1 1/2 ounces of the hardener and resin to equal 3 ounces.  Mix for 2 minutes and then, pour into a second mixing cup and stir for 1 minute.
 Pour onto the tile.  Remove any air bubbles that rise with the lighter.  Let dry for 24 hours.  Remove the painters tape from the back of the tile.
 Glue the cork to the tile.
 It turned out beautiful.  
You can try this marbling technique in other colors and always get wonderful results.

EnviroTex Lite® Marbled Votive Holder

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

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

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

2.  Follow the package instructions to mix up 2 oz EnviroTex Lite®. Pour ¼ oz into each of the three small cups.  Color one with black paint, one with Moss Green and one with Warm White paint, using only enough paint to make the resin opaque and stirring it thoroughly until it is mixed in.  Color the remaining resin with only enough Hookers Green to make it opaque.

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

FastCast® Journal Embellishments

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

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

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

FastCast® Journal Clips in Minutes

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

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

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

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



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

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

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



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



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



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

Enjoy the final results!

Make Embellishments with EnviroTex Lite®

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

Materials:

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

Instructions:


1. Gather all materials and cover work area.

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


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


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


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

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



I used a few of them for gorgeous cards!


These leaves are so beautiful!




























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

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

Thanks for joining me!
Donna Budzynski

Pencil Shaving Paper Weight with EnviroTex Lite®

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

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

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


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

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