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EnviroTex Lite Resin Flower Fun

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 07:00
Hello Resin Lovers!! Karen Bearse here, and today we are playing with cool mix media resin flowers. In a previous post  Resin Paper Series #1  I did tutorials on how to resin different types of paper. That is always good practice to get comfortable with applying resin. Lets get started with a new project using some of the paper!!! Here is the super cool project we are making.

The flowers have a stiff feeling and are a bit translucent. They have a vibrant color and the shimmer from the mist can be seen through the resin coating. They would be great to use on an art journal page, scrapbook page, cover of a book.  I will do some trouble shooting for you as well or how I would do this differently next time.  I am going to try keep this simple, never an easy task!

EnviroTex Lite Resin
Paper (book paper)
Die cut flowers
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (or your favorite)
Button or bead

1. Die cut shapes using your favorite system. I cut mine out of book paper using with Eileen Hull's Flower Layers die #9 by Sizzix. 

2. Mist the flowers - in this project Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist was used because of its bold color and shimmer factor. Use a heat gun or let dry completely.

3. Time to mix the resin!! I simply followed the easy directions to make the EnviroTex Lite resin - read the instructions for full info.  Measure out equal amounts of resin & hardener.  Pour into one cup & stir together for about 2 minutes. Pour into a clean 2nd cup & with a new stir stick, stir 1 minute.

Now you are ready to resin.

4. Put flower shapes on a non-stick craft sheet.  Apply a coat of resin by dripping from the stir stick onto the flowers.  Use the stick to spread the resin, push the resin toward the edge of the flower.  If you keep the stick away from the edge but let the resin flow naturally to the edges, it will maintain the flower shape.  The resin will dome naturally and you will not need to trim the edges when dry.

5. Let dry overnight.  Now you may use your flowers separately or punch a hole in the center using a cropodile tool and gather the petals with a brad.  Handle the flowers carefully as they are a bit brittle. For a stronger flower add resin to the backside of the flower first, set on craft sheet & than drip the resin on top. 6. I went one step further adding a button and wire to my flower to create a fun piece!  Eileen Hull debuted her fantastic new Twist and Style tool with Sizzix at CHA 2016.  I was lucky enough to get to play with a prototype so you get a sneak peek of the results of that play!!!

The tool is not available until May but here is a sample of just one of the many things it does.

Here is a close up of just one way you can twist wire,
which is perfect for flowers and this project! Now get out your resin & make fun flowers!!!

Sculpting with EasySculpt

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 01/28/2016 - 07:00
This past Tuesday, I shared the workshop we conducted while at the CHA Mega Show using EasySculpt.  Now I am going to share some of the sculpted creations made by the attendees after they finished the workshop project....they are so cool!First of all to prepare EasySculpt...
Start with equal parts of A and B
Thoroughly mix them together 
until there is a uniform color.
Now for some of the great sculpted projects the attendees created...
 cute little dog heads...
 some frogs, a snail and small bone...
 another snail...
 a bone and some stones...
 snowman... melting snowman...
 Candice Windham's dead bird...
 happy rock...
octopus (sorry, missed the head on this shot...but I wanted you to see the before)...
because this photo shows the octopus with a coat of gesso and then the finished piece.  Donna Braaten-Budzynski was kind enough to share her finished octopus...check out her blog post with details of how she created him...I just LOVE how he turned out!

CHA Mega Show EasySculpt Workshop

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 01/26/2016 - 07:00
EasySculpt is a 2 part resin clay that you can easily sculpt or mold however you want.  So while at the CHA Mega Show earlier this month, we conducted an EasySculpt workshop to show attendees the possibilities of this product.

Above is a photo of the workshop project.  We used our new Silicone Paste to create a mold from a ceramic frog for each attendee...
Then they got to work...
and started with equal parts of EasySculpt A and B
with gloves on, they mixed them together 
until there is a uniform color.
 Then they go started by putting the resin clay into the frog mold....
 With the extra resin clay they had mixed, they used silicone molds, one of which was a Wilton Silicone Mold, shown in the photo.
 It took about 45 minutes for the resin clay to set up.  The frog could then be removed from the mold and placed onto the clay pot...EasySculpt will adhere to the pot without the need for any glue.
 They then removed the molded items from the Wilton mold...
 and adhered them to the clay pot...
They all turned out wonderful...
Check out this Thursdays post to see some of the great sculpted pieces the attendees created with their extra resin clay...

Resin Marbled Leftovers

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 01/22/2016 - 07:00
When I created the beautiful Resin Marbled Costers this week...there was lsome EnviroTex Lite that dripped off and got scrapped off of the costers onto the plastic, I had underneath....

Then I had a bit of leftover resin in the cups...

which I added to what was on the plastic...I pulled through the resin with a stir stick to create a pattern and left it to dry...  The next day I pulled the wonderful sheet of resin off of the plastic knowing it would be perfect for oh so many things....

First I decided to die cut some letters to create the word ART and a beautiful flourish...for a future project...
I also kept the negative space from the letters because they looked so cool and could also be used in a  future project....I see something like, a journal  for these,
I also had some smaller leftover pieces that were perfect to cut and shape into some beads....remember paper beads?  Simply cut a triangle and rolled from the wide end to the point...
I then place some tape around the beads because the resin was still flexible and easy to manipulate because it had set for about 12 hours and was still soft and pliable....
Placing the tape around the beads for leaving them set aside for another 24 - 48 hours gives them time to completely set and then they will easily hold their shape and can be used in another project....What will you make with your leftover resin?

Resin Marbled Coasters

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 07:00
Marbling with EnviroTex Lite is an easy process as I shared with you in the last post.  Today I am going share the process a bit further with marbling coasters.  
I bought some inexpensive tiles from a home improvement store and thought I would try two different colors.  I choose I painted one tile with Chalk it Up! Plum Preserves and the other in Licorice and let them dry.  Then, since I wanted to add a bit of shimmer I went other with a coat of Iridescents in Amethyst and Onxy and let them dry.
 I measured out 2 1/2 ounces of the hardener...
 then, added 2 1/2 ounces of the resin and mixed together for 2 minutes.  I poured the mixture into a second cup and mixed for another minute.    Then, poured some of the mixture into 3 cups evenly (I kept some aside in case I decided that I wanted more of one color as I was working).  
 I mixed in a small amount of Iridescents each cup, in the following colors: Onyx, Amethyst and Snow,  I stirred these in until I was happy with the color.
 I started by generously pouring some of each color onto the Amethyst tile...
 then, I lifted and turned the tile in each direction...adding more colors when needed.
 Until I was happy with the result...
 I worked on top of a cup so the excess could run off and I used a stir stick to remove the drips from the bottom of the tile.
I simply love the results!
I did the same steps with the Onyx tile...
and love the results of this one also....

Amazing that these two tiles used the same colors, the only difference was the base coat...have some fun and see what color combination you like....the results are awesome and wonderfully different every time...you are going to love this technique! 

Marbleizing with EnviroTex Lite Resin

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 01/18/2016 - 07:00
One of the classes we taught while at the CHA Mega Show last week was Marbleizing with EnviroTex Lite...This is a quick and easy technique that leaves simply stunning results...I will be sharing more on this techniquc in my next post....here I am sharing the process and some of the attendees projects....they are so cool!!
 Paint your item a solid color, for the workshop we painted the wood base black, and let it dry.  Mix up 2 to 3 times more EnviroTex Lite then what would cover the surface you will be marbling.   Choose 3 to 4 colors to use in your marbling, and divide your EnviroTex Lite equally into separate cups.   Mix paint into each cup, one should be black and one should be white, for the project above the thrid color was grey....some of the studens also choose a 4th color, which was brown.
Pour each color onto the base as shown above, starting with black and ending with white, you will not need as much white as the other colors.
 Pick up the base and lift so that the resin starts to run together and drip.
 Turn it in each direction, letting the excess run off the edges.
 You can add a bit more of a color if you want and continue until you are happy with the results.
Place some small cups under the base to hold it off the work surface.  You should work on a non stick surface, you can catch the drips and save them once they are dry for other projects....if you need more around the edge, simply drip a bit more color near the edge and it will drip off and cover the edge.  You can use a craft stick around the bottom of the base to keep it clean...let set for 24 hours and finish off with a clear coat of EnviroTex Lite.

Hot NEW Product from ETI Silicone Paste

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 01/14/2016 - 07:00
We just returned from the CHA Mega Show (the Craft and Hobby Mega Show is a Trade Show), where we debuted a few NEW products, one of which is Silicone Paste...I love this product and want to share with you how amazing it is....
Silicone Paste is a 2 part product that will create a mold from just about anything....you simply mix part 1 and part 2 together in equal amounts...the best part is that this product is very forgiving...and once mixted it can even be applied to a vertical surface as well as a 3D object and dries in 2 hours and it ready to use....it is so cool!
I brought some to try out on a fixture that was in my hotel room and loved the results....
 Here is the light fixture on the wall of my hotel room...
 I mixed up a small batch of Silicone Paste and brushed a thin layer where I wanted it...
 and then added another thin layer onto antother area of light fixture...Once the thin layer is applied with a brush, which helps to get all of the details,then I added a thick layer and waited 2 hours...
 Once it was dried I pulled it off and 
 everything came off perfectly...
off of both pieces...
The possibilities for this product is unlimited....we will showing more ways to use the Silicone Paste right here on the blog!!

EasySculpt Devil Headband for Charity Wings

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 07:00
This week we have been at the Craft and Hobby Mega Show, which is a Trade Only show where buyers come to try new products and buy for their customers....I was asked by Elena of Charity Wings if I would be able to make her some Devil Horns to wear....which would shock people since she is always at the show wearing the Wings of an Angel...as Charity Wings is a non-profit organization that provides a place for people to come and take FREE Art Classes...Elena spreads her wings of love, giving and caring to those in need. 
I knew the perfect product to use was EasySculpt...

Start with eual parts of A and B
Thoroughly mix them together 
until there is a uniform color.
Form the horns...
Cover them with assorted small red beads, 
place them onto a headband that has been painted with Iridescents...by placing them onto the headband before they are dry, you will not need any glue.
Sprinkle the horns with ultra fine red glitter and leave in place to dry.

Here is what they look like finished and on the beautiful Elena!!

Resin and Sequin filled Bezel

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 01/05/2016 - 07:00
On Wednesday I shared how I used up some leftover beads to create a fun colorful resin filled bezel....today I reached into another bag of leftovers and created a Resin and Sequin filled Bezel for a necklace.
I gathered together Jewelry Resin, sequins, and a bezel.
Mix together equal parts of resin and hardener and stirred for 2 minutes.
Pour into a new cup and stir for another minute.
Spread sequins out thickly into the bezel.
Slowly pour resin into the bezel to fill.
Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top and set aside for 12 - 24 hours.
Place onto a gold chain for a stunning necklace!

Beads in a Bezel with Resin

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 01/05/2016 - 07:00
Today on the blog we have a simple Bezel filled with leftover beads from other projects...Do you save odds and ends that are left over from projects?  
 I have several bags like the one pictured above, filled with odds and ends from projects....things that are to good to be thrown away yet what do you do with them?  I have found a perfect way to use some of them up...in a bezel, covered with  ETI Jewelry Resin .  
Here is how I created it:
Measure out equal parts of the resin and hardener and mix together for 2 minutes.
Pour into a second cup and mix for another minute.
Pour a small amount of resin into bezel...
Add beads...
Use the stir stick to slowly add resin on top of the beads.
Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles and let set for 12 - 24 hours.
Add some ribbon and you have a necklace that will go with most any outfit!!

Resin and Rhinestone Coaster

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 01/04/2016 - 07:00
What could be better than a coaster made with Rhinestones and Resin?   EnviroTex Lite and Rhinestone Sticker Sheets make this project quick and easy with wonderful results...

Here is how to make one:
You will need: EnviroTex Lite, a Rhinestone Sticker Sheet from the Buckle Boutique, a tile, painter's tape, scissors, lighter, paint and paint brush (optional).

Paint around the edges of the tile with Ann Butler Design's Iridescents in Onxy.  I also painted the back side so it would match the edges.  Let dry.  This step is optional!

Cut the Rhinestone Sticker Sheet and attached it to the tile.

Measure out equal amounts of the EnviroTex Lite hardener and resin, mix together for 2 minutes.

Pour into a second cup and mix for another minute.
Tape the edges of the title to prevent drips.  Pour a small amount of resin onto the tile, I used a paint brush to bring the resin to the edges, but not over the sides.
Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top.  Let set for 24 hours.
Remove the tape and your done...the Rhinestone Sticker Sheets come in a variety of patterns and colors and the results are wonderful!

Happy New Year from ETI

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 01/01/2016 - 01:00
We would like to wish everyone a
Wonderful and Happy New Year!

Resin Shell Tray

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 12/31/2015 - 07:00
 EnviroTex Lite is the perfect product to use when making beautiful serving trays...I thought I should use up some shells we have collected over the years on the beach in Florida (where my parents live) to create a beautiful memory tray for my mom!

Here's how I made it:Supplies:EnviroTex LiteWooden Serving TrayEarth Safe Finishes Chalk it Up!, Blueberry 
Ann Butler Design's Iridescents, LagoonShells, assorted
Tools: Cups, Stir Stick, Paint Brush, Lighter
I painted the inside and out of the tray with Blueberry and let it dry.Then, I painted a coat of Lagoon over the Blueberry and let it dry.
I measured out equal amounts of the EnviroTex Lite resin and hardener.
I poured the together...
and stirred for 2 minutes.  Then, I poured the mixture into a new cup and stirred for an additional minute.  I poured this into the bottom of the prepared tray.  I let this set up for about 10 minutes then, I added the shells where I wanted them to go.  I used a lighter to remove the air bubbles that rose to the top and let this set for 12 hours.  Then I mixed up some resin and applied it over the top and let it set for another 12 hours and repeated with a third coat.

The tray turned out beautiful and all of the shells in it were found while we were walking along the beach. so this is a beautiful memory tray...

Resin Covered Painted Mirror Tile

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 12/29/2015 - 07:00
Today we have guest designer Vee James, with a wonderful project using a glass mirror she painted then applied EnviroTex Lite to protect the design and give it added strength.

I am happy to share this project with your readers today...
I started out 4" mirror and assorted colors of Ann Buter Designs Iridescents from Earth Safe Finishes.I painted different colors onto the mirrow in a sweeping motion,until I was happy with the results.I let this dry.
I placed masking tape around the edge of the mirror and placed it on a cup.  Then I mixed 1 ounce of EnviroTex Lite by measuring out 1/2 ounce of the resin and hardener, mixing them together and mixing for 2 minutes.  I then poured the mixture into a new cup and mixed for another minute, accoring tot he manufacturer's instructions.
I poured the mixture onto the mirror...
and used a brush to gently move ithe resin to the edges.  There were a few air bubbles that rose to the top so I just blew on them to remove them.
I love how it turned out and know that the mirroris protected and will remain beautiful.

Happy Holidays!!

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 12/25/2015 - 07:00
From all of us to all of you...

Resin Mishap turned Awesome

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 12/23/2015 - 07:00
Whenever I am working with Resin I always have extra molds out in case I mixed up to much...that way I am able to use up every late little drop...last week I had mixed up a small batch of EasyCast for a project and had some left over so I added some gold ultra fine glitter to it and poured it into some molds.... I left them to dry overnight and in the morning I realized what went wrong....They were still WET....Truth be told it is December and I live in Minnesota....While I made sure the house temperature was turned up to 70 degrees, which is required for success....My house does not heat evenly and my studio has 5 windows....it was a windy and blustery night so my studio actuality was was cooler then 70 degrees....
So my first reaction was to empty the resin out of the molds....
Now if I would have left the resin in the molds and moved the molds into my living roomwhere it was warmer they would have still set up, but I did not know that at the time....
So I removed the resin and inside my molds I had left over glittered resin in all the details of the molds.  Then it occurred to me, that if I poured another color of resin over this it might give me some great results....so...
I mixed up a small batch of EasyCast by measuring out equal amounts of the resin and hardener,mixing them together for 2 minutes and the pouring that into a second cup and mixing for another minute.  Then I added some ultra fine glitter in blue and poured that on top of the molds....I waited 24 hours to remove the pieces and the results....
Were absolutely stunning....while I know that I can put glitter right into a mold before adding resin, it is hard to get it exactly where I want it....with this mishap,  the glittered gold resin was in all the right places and after pouring the second layer...
 The results were Awesome.....
So I am thinking this can be done easily without a mishap...by pouring a small amount of one color into your molds just to go into the all the tiny spaces...letting it dry for a couple hours and then coming back with a second color....
What do you think?  I just love the results of this mishap!!

Resin Christmas Cuff Bracelet

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 12/21/2015 - 07:00
HOHOHO Karen Bearse here with a new project.  With the gift giving season well on it's way & Christmas looming I thought I would do a project I have had in mind for a long time.  I made a Christmas Cuff Bracelet.  This would make a great gift anytime of year as the beauty of it is any theme can be used. Linnie Blooms makes canvas products of all types and they happen to have a canvas cuff that is perfect for this project.  The paper shown here is the new Ordre de Jour paper by 7gypsies.  It would be great for this project also-there are all sorts of cool cut-out pieces to use.

 I also used a bezel to hold my resin treasure.  When starting out, cutting the design, the trick is to ink the edges of the bezel and stamp it on the paper then cut out on the inside of the line, making your paper piece fit into the bezel. 
I used Christmas paper from the Santa's Journey paper pad.  I choose this newsprint paper as my background, then cut out Santa's picture from another piece.  Both were glued in using ultra-seal and coated on top with ultra-seal to protect the image.
I left some open spots to add my glitter and beads so they would show up.  Set aside the bezel so the glue can dry, to make the band.I spritzed the band with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist and let dry.

Time to make the resin! Using the Jewelry Resin and *reading the directions carefully, mix equal parts in one cup for a full 2 minutes.  Pour contents into a clean cup, with a new stir stick, mix another minute.  Let the resin sit for a minute.  At this point add some of your bling into your bezel.  I added a 7 gypsies tree charm and a few beads.  Pick up the resin with a stir stick, drip resin into bezel, filling halfway.  Then, reposition objects, if they shift, with the tooth pick.  The resin will self-level.  Let sit for approximately 30 minutes until the resin has firmed a bit.  Any bubbles should disappear by this time but if any remain blow gently through a straw to release them.

  Add next layer of mica, glitter, a word or more beads. These objects will appear to "float" in the resin.  Be mindful not to cover your focal image.  Using a stir stick drip in more resin to the top of the bezel.  Cover the bezel with a cup to protect it from dust while the resin cures- 24 hours.

 While my bezel was curing I thought my band was too plain so I added some stenciling with acrylic paint, white paint splatters and eyelets to help hold the piece.Once cured I glued my bezel down and let dry. To finish this Christmasy project add ribbon through the eyelets. Have a very Merry Christmas and/or a Happy Holiday!!! See you in 2016!

Easy Resin Christmas Ornament

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 12/17/2015 - 07:00
There is still time to grab your decorative papers and stickers and create some Easy Resin Christmas Ornaments to put on your tree or add to a package, instead of a bow, and give a s a gift!
This ornament was done with a dimensional glittered sticker, EasyCast®, ultra fine glitter, Mold Release and a small circle mold.
Here how to create this ornament:
Measure out equal amounts of the EasyCast® hardener and resin.
Mix them together.
Stir for two minutes.  Then pour back into the first cup and stir for another minute.

I added some ultra fine glitter.

Spray the mold with mold release and pour resin into the mold, about 1/8" - 1/4".

Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top and set aside for 12 hours,

Mix another small batch of EasyCast® and pour into the mold.

Place the sticker into the mold.

Move it around until you are happy with the placement.
It should be covered with the resin.
Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top and let set for 24 hours.

Pop out of the mold and add a ribbon around the edge along with a gold twine to create a hanger and place on your tree...it is that easy!

Christmas Ornaments made easy with EnviroTex

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 12/15/2015 - 07:00
What fun discovering more ways to create with EnviroTex Lite Pour-On Resin for holiday decorations.  While checking out holiday craft supplies at the local Michael's, I found acrylic two piece ornaments and laser cut wooden designs.

By gluing the wooden designs into one-half of the acrylic ornament shape I was able to create interesting decorations.  A glue that is clear or will dry clear needs to be used.  Place the glue onto the wood design close to the edges that will touch the plastic ornament when place inside.  If needed, use something to add weight to the wood and hold it in place till the glue dries.  Once it is adhered to the inside of the ornament, the resin can be added.

Measure equal parts of the hardener and resin and mix together for 2 minutes, then pour into another cup and mix for another minute.

Pour into the plastic shape and set aside till the resin hardens, about 24 hours, being sure to place the forms onto a surface that will keep them level.

NOTE: To determine how much resin needs to be mixed to fill the shape, before beginning, add water into the plastic shape and pour the water into a measuring cup to see how much of the EnviroTex resin to mix.  Some glitter was sprinkled onto the first layer of resin.

Once the resin hardens decorative trims, ribbons and hangers are added.

Another find from the craft store was a metal form in the shape of a tree...

NOTE: This shape had some gaps that need to be filled so the resin will not leak. Use a clear glue along the inside edges and allow to dry well before proceeding.  Determine how much resin needs to be mixed to fill the form by using the method mentioned in the NOTE above.

Cut a decorative fabric to fit the inside of the tree shape.  Apply a coat of Ultra Seal to the metal surface and put the fabric in place.  Brush the fabric surface with another coat of the Ultra Seal and allow to dry.  Glue your choice of embellishments onto the fabric.  I used a laser wooden design and tiny decorative snowflake buttons.  If using buttons with a shaft on the backside, remove it to make placement easier.  Allow the added embellishments to dry well.

Proceed to mix the amount of EnviroTex needed to fill the form.  Place the form onto a sheet of parchment paper on a level surface.  Pour the resin to fill.  Set aside to harden, about 24 hours.

The last piece I want to share is a tray that I made as a holiday decoration several years ago and it was my first experience with EnviroTex Lite.  I painted a wooden tray with red acrylic paint and finished it with a coat of varnish.  To the inside of the tray, I glued a collection of holiday-related papers and other finds.  The final step was to add resin into the tray.  I used the 4 oz size.  If a thicker layer of resin is wanted, mix more and once the first layer is hard another one can be poured.

Glittered Resin Christmas Coaster

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 12/11/2015 - 07:00
I was sorting through old Christmas cards the other day and thought some of them would be perfect to use with resin as coasters and ornaments...
For today's project I thought parts of this card would be the perfect fit to create a resin Christmas coaster....so I got out my EasyCast and coaster mold...
Measure out equal parts of the resin and hardener.
Combine them together and stirred for 2 minutes, then pour the mixture into another cup and
stir for 1 more minute.
Stir in some ultra fine gold glitter.

Pour the mixture into the coaster mold that has been prepared with some mold release .  Remove any air bubbles that rise to the top with a lighter if needed.  Then set aside for 12 hours.
Cut one of the squares from the card and add some glue around the outside edge, sprinkle with ultra fine red glitter, set aside to dry.
Cut out the other poinsettia on the card and glitter some of the leaves and the center of the poinsettia on the square the same way you did the edge.  Once dry glue together in the center of the poinsettia,this will give some dimension.
Mix up some more EasyCast (this time without glitter).  Place the poinsettia into the middle of the coaster mold and pour a layer of resin over the top, let set for 12 hours.
I love how this coaster turned out....the glitter on the poinsettia is beautiful under the resin.
A set of these would be perfect for the holidays!


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