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Resin Seashell Table Top

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 07/05/2016 - 07:00
Today on the blog is a great way to display those treasures picked up at the beach this summer.  This is a multi-layered project that was created by Hilary
Stephens using EnviroTex Lite®.



Materials:
  • EnviroTex Lite®
  • Sand, shells, pebbles, etc.
  • Craft glue
  • Paint
  • Mixing buckets
  • Stir sticks
  • Propane torch or lighter
  • Craft brush
  • Craft glue
  • Acetone, optional

Project Instructions: 
  • If project base is made of wood, seal wood with a thin layer of white glue 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 bubbles.
     
  • If a sand layer is desired, either brush with white glue and sprinkle sand onto table or if thick sand layer is desired, mix one layer of epoxy and add sand directly to bucket at time of mixing. Scrape mixture onto table and spread with clean craft stick. Allow for 12‐15 hours to dry if mixing coating with sand.
     
  • Glue seashells in place with craft glue that dries clear; fill any ruffled area of seashell with glue to prevent air from escaping from underneath. Allow glue to dry overnight. Remember to seal surface of porous shells and starfish so air doesn’t form bubbles in the Envirotex Lite.
     
  • Apply first of several layers of Envirotex Lite; do not use more coating than recommended on coverage amounts found on instruction page. For instance, one half gallon will cover 16 sq. feet 1/16th to 1/8th inch thick. Most seashell projects will require several layers; allow 8 hours between layers. Coating may be sanded between layers but it's not necessary. If surface is sanded, wipe with alcohol or acetone and a clean rag to remove dust particles. If surface is sanded it must be re‐coated.
     
  • If you wish the total depth of the epoxy coating to exceed 1/2 inch, please consider special ordering our EX‐74 coating. It is more UV stable and recommended when wishing to maintain clarity on a deep project. Special order the EX‐74 coating from the following distributors:
     
TIPS on BLENDING COATING: always measure equal parts of resin and hardener. Blend in bucket with (only) a wood paint stick for two minutes, mixing vigorously while scraping sides and bottom of bucket. Then pour coating into a new, clean bucket 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 items during a forty-five minute period following application. Important: read all instructions included in kit.

Child's Room Decor with EnviroTex Lite®

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 07:00
I wanted to make a fun decor piece for my niece's room. Her room is decorated with fish and octopus and I thought this piece would fit right in.
Materials:
  • EnviroTex Lite®
  • Liquid Art Panel
  • Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics
  • Mixing cups
  • Stir stick
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil
  • Lighter
  • Straw
  • Glass Glitter 
  • White Glue that dries clear-I used Crafter's Pick-The Ultimate


First I sketched out the placement of the fish and plants.


 Blending the paint and filling the fish in.


Done and ready to add Glitter Glass. Using a thin line of glue onto the areas you would like to cover with Glitter Glass. Pour Glitter Glass over the glue lines and press down softly. Remove extra and pour back into bottle.

 Close up of Glitter Glass on plant.


I gathered all my supplies to mix the EnviroTex Lite®.


  Mix together equal amounts of the EnviroTex Lite® hardener and resin into a cup and stir for 2 minutes.  


Pour into a second cup and stir for another minute.  Pour the resin into the frame. 

 Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that may rise to the surface.  I also used a straw to blow some out.

All dry and ready to enjoy!
 

I am so thrilled how this turned out! I wish you could see the 3-D effect it has. The Glitter Glass looks fabulous under the resin, they did not lose the shine! Lesson learned...White Glitter Glass does not show up. 

Donna Budzynski

Tic-Tac-Toe Game Board with EnviroTex Lite® Part 2

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 06/28/2016 - 07:00
Last Thursday I shared part 1 of my Tic-Tac-Toe Game Board by showing you how to create the game board itself using EnviroTex Lite®.  Today I am going to show you how to create the X's and O's for the game...again using EnviroTex Lite®. 
 The first set I created I thought the color of the O's blended into the game board to much so I created a second set...

 This set you can see more clearly when playing the game...here is how I created each set...

Materials:
  • EnviroTex Lite®
  • Castin' Craft Opaque Pigment, White
  • Pigments, assorted colors
  • Makin's Clay Texture Sheets, assorted
  • Iridescent Powder, Snow
  • Mixing cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Toothpicks
  • Craft sheet or plastic sheeting
  • Tray
  • Lighter
  • Die cutting machine
  • 2" Alphabet die
  • Scissors
  • Craft brush
  • Craft glue
  • Ultra fine glitter, Iridescent

Project Instructions: 


Mix together equal amounts of the EnviroTex Lite® resin and hardener, stir for 2 minutes.  Pour into a second mixing cup and stir for another minute.
For the first set I chose to use the Castin" Craft Opaque Pigment in White for the X's and an Aquamarine pigment for the O's.  To do this I divided the mixed resin into 2 mixing cups.  Use a few drops of Aquamarine in one mixing cup and of White into the 2nd mixing cup.  Then, stir to blend the colors into the resin.
Add some Iridescent powder for a bit of shimmer...
Pour prepared resin onto the texture sheets.  Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that may rise to the top.  Let dry 12 hours.
Pull resin off the texture sheets and you have a great texture for the game pieces  Using the die cutting machine, lay the resin onto the die and cut out 5 of the X's and 5 of the O's.
For the second set, I mixed equal amounts of the EnviroTex Lite® resin and hardener as I did for the first set.  I mixed in a few drops of Castin' Craft Opaque White and poured it out onto 2 trays that were lined with the plastic sheet.  I dropped a few drops of pigment into the resin on each tray and used a toothpick to swirl it around.
I lifted the tray to create movement and spread the resin into a thin sheet.
I used a lighter to remove the air bubbles that rose to the top.  Let dry for 12 hours.
Peel the resin off the sheet.
Using the die cutting machine, lay the resin onto the die and cut out 5 of the X's and 5 of the O's.
These ones turned out with a marble finish look.
As I mentioned, I thought the color of the O's from the first set blended into the game board so I added just a touch of glitter to the top, using a craft brush, some glue and ultra fine glitter.  This helped to make the game pieces pop a bit more and I liked the results.
Here is a close up of the game board with the pieces again...
I actually think I like the first set the best...how about you?

Tic-Tac-Toe Game Board with EnviroTex Lite®

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 07:00
When I found these 8" x 8" wood frames at Micheal's, I knew that one of them would be perfect for a Tic-Tac-Toe Traveling Game Board.  Today I am going to share how I created the game board with EnviroTex Lite® and Ultra-Seal.  And, next week I will share a couple different ways to create the X's and O's for the game.

Materials:
  • EnviroTex Lite®
  • Ultra-Seal™
  • Wood frame, 8" x 8" opening
  • Decorative paper: 2 5/8" x 2 5/8" (5), 2 5/8" x 2 5/8" (4),
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Mixing cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Craft brush
  • Lighter

Project Instructions: 
Paint the inside and outside of the frame.  Let dry.  Begin applying the Ultra-Seal™ generously to the inside of the frame at one corner...
Place one of the paper squares on top of the Ultra-Seal, rub into place with your finger.  Then, generously apply the Ultra-Seal™ to the top side of the paper.  Continue, alternating the papers to create the tic-tac-toe board.  Let dry.  Apply another layer of the Ultra-Seal™.  Let dry.
 Mix together equal amounts of the EnviroTex Lite® hardener and resin into a cup and stir for 2 minutes.  
Pour into a second cup and stir for another minute.  Pour the resin into the frame.  Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that may rise to the surface.  
 Let dry for 24 hours.
I love how this turned out and would even use it for a piece of ART on my wall...Come back next week to see how to create the X's and O's to complete the game!!



Baby Boy Coaster with EasyCast®

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 07:00
A few weeks ago my 8th grandchild was born...a precious baby boy...I happened to have some confetti left over from a baby shower for one of the other grand-kids...and thought creating a keepsake resin coaster would be a great way to use some of them up...

Here's how to create one...

Materials:
Project Instructions: 

Spray the mold with the Mold Release and Conditioner.
Mix equal parts of the EasyCast resin and hardener together, stir for 2 minutes.  Pour into a 2nd mixing cups and stir for another minute,.

Stir in a drop or two of the Castin' Craft white Pigment.
Pour into the bottom of the mold.
Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles.  Set aside for 12 hours to dry. 
Sort through the confetti, and... 
Place the desired pieces onto the top of the white layer of resin.  Mix together another ounce of resin and hardener, stirring for 2 minutes.  Placing into a new mixing cup and stir for another minute.  Pour the resin over the confetti...
Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that may rise to the surface.  Let dry for 12 hours,
Pop the coaster out of the coaster!Now you have a great keepsake to give or keep!

Resin Vintage Tile Coasters with EnviroTex Lite®

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 06/16/2016 - 07:00
Last week I create a Resin Trivet for my mom with some scrapbook paper I had in my stash that happened to be of the state of Florida, which is where she lives.  It was a 12" x 12" sheet and I had used an 8" x 8" piece of it....I love making coasters, as they are a functional item so, I decided to make some with tumbled marble tiles and the paper I had leftover.
Materials:
Project Instructions: Gather your supplies.
Trim your paper to 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" squares.  Apply the Ultra-Seal™ to the top of the tile and back side of the paper then, adhere the paper to the tile.  Let dry.  Apply a generous coat of Ultra-Seal™ to the top side of the paper and off the edge onto the tile.  Let dry.  Repeat and let dry overnight.
 Measure out equal amounts of the resin and hardener, stir together for 2 minutes.  Pour into a second cup and stir for another minute.  
Place the tiles an object to lift it off the surface.  Pour the resin onto the surface...
Brush the resin to the edges...
Brush over the edges, this will help to seal the tile.
Use a craft stick to remove excess resin as it drips.  Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the surface.  Let dry for 12 hours.  Cut cork sheet into 3" x 3" pieces.  Glue to the bottom of the tiles for a finished look.
These would make a perfect gift!

I love how they turned out, look at that shine from the resin!
Enjoy your tiles!!

Wall Art with EnviroTex Lite®

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 06/14/2016 - 07:00
Today we have designer Kristi Parker sharing an awesome canvas she created using EnviroTex Lite® .I have been wanting to create a large canvas using a lot of different products and finish the canvas with a great layer of EnviroTex Lite®.  I love the pour on finish for many surfaces but I really wanted to play.  Pictured below is the finished project.
Materials:
Project Instructions: 
Step One:  Using the Gel Press and Butcher Paper make MANY prints.Step Two:  Tear Prints in strips.
Step Three: Using the Ultra-Seal™ attach the paper to the Canvas.  Let Dry.
The cover with a second coat of Ultra-Seal.  Let dry.
Step Four: Paint a rough outline of a tree image.
Step Five: Fill in more of the tree and let dry.

Step Six: Add texture with 101 Heavy Artist Cement.  Let Dry.
Step Seven: Paint over the texture with browns/blacks/golden for accents.
Step Eight:  When dry set up a safe pour area and mix EnviroTex Lite®.  Measure out equal amounts of the resin and hardener, stir together for 2 minutes.  Pour into a second cup and stir for another minute.  Pour resin onto the surface. 
Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that may rise to the surface.
LET DRY 100%
Hang up your art and ENJOY!
A closer look


I really love the depth the resin gives and added dimension!Thank you for joining me with this project.Kristi

DIY Trivet with EnviroTex Lite®

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 06/09/2016 - 07:00
I am always on the look out for items to pour resin in....and use up some of the supplies I have on hand.  I found some 8" x 8" wood pieces at Michael's that would be perfect and created a decorative trivet using EnviroTex Lite®.

Here is photo with some of the supplies I used in this project.  I found this piece of scrapbook paper in my supplies with the state of Florida on it, which I knew would be perfect to use to create a trivet for my mom as she lives in Florida.

Materials:
  • EnviroTex Lite®
  • Ultra-Seal™
  • Paint, black
  • Wood frame, 8" x 8" 
  • Wood knobs, 3/4" (4)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Mixing cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Craft glue
  • Craft brush
  • Paint brush
  • Lighter
  • Highlighter (optional)
Please note:  I used the highlighter to highlight where my mom lives on the map.
Project Instructions: 
Paint the knobs along with the back side and edges of the wood piece.  Let dry.  Glue the knobs onto the bottom of the wood , about 1/2 inch away from the corners.  Trim the paper to fit into the bottom of the wood.  Apply the Ultra-Seal™ to the bottom of the wood and back side of the paper then, adhere the paper to the wood.  Let dry.
Apply a generous coat of Ultra-Seal™ to the top side of the paper.  Let dry.  Repeat and let dry overnight.
 Measure out equal amounts of the resin and hardener, stir together for 2 minutes.
 Pour into a second cup and stir for another minute.
Pour resin onto the surface.
 Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the surface.  Let dry for 12 hours.  I did a thin layer and repeated with two more layers of resin. 
 From this angle you can see the knobs work perfectly for feet on the trivet.
I will set this aside for 72 hours to cure completely.  While it is decorative, it can be used for a tea pot, or with something warm.  I would not use it to put a pan that comes directly out of the oven.
This is a quick and easy project that would make a great gift as you can personalize it for the person you would be giving it to, just like I did!  Enjoy!!

Faux Opal Paper Weight with EasyCast®

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 06/07/2016 - 07:00
I love creating Faux Opals with EasyCast® to create beautiful jewelry pieces, that I thought I would like to try it on a larger scale.  Thus, a paper weight came to mind.
I think the result as you can see is stunning!
Materials:
Project Instructions: 
Spray mold with mold release.
Measure out equal parts (1 ounce each) of EasyCast resin and hardener, then, stir together for 2 minutes.  Pour mixture into a second cup and stir for another minute. 
Stir in cut up Fantasy Film.
Pour into mold.  Move fantasy film around if needed or add more at this point.
Remove any bubbles that rise to the top with a lighter.  Let set for 12 hours.
 Measure out equal parts (1/2 ounce each) of EasyCast resin and hardener, then, stir together for 2 minutes.  Pour mixture into a second cup and stir for another minute.  Stir in a drop or two of the pigment into the mixture.
 Pour mixture into the mold...
covering the first layer completely.  Use a light to remove any air bubbles that may rise to the surface.  Let set for 12 hours.
 Remove from the mold to see a beautiful paper weight.
In this photo you can see the black layer.
 I love how it turned out and...
that you can see different colors depending upon the angle you are looking at.

Stained Glass Sun Catcher with EasyCast®

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 06/02/2016 - 07:00
Usually when I have a just a bit of left over resin from a project I pour it into molds I have next to my work station.  The other day I thought I would try to something a bit different...
 I bought this butterfly sun catcher at the craft store and knew it would be perfect to try some stain glass with resin.

Materials:
Project Instructions: 
If you are not using a bit of left over EasyCast® from a project, mix 1/2 - 1 ounce according to manufacturer's instructions
 Divide resin into several mixing cups.  Add a drop or two of dye (colors of choice) into each cup.
 Use a toothpick to apply each color to the sun catcher.  TIP: If you spill any of the colored resin into an area that you do not want it in, simply use a baby wipe to remove it.
Remove any air bubbles that rise to the top with a lighter.  Let dry overnight.

Add a string and place in the window to enjoy!
This was a perfect project to use up just a bit of left over resin from a bigger project.  I will be looking for some larger sun catchers the next time I am in the craft store.

Showcase your Adult Coloring Book Art with EnviroTex Lite®

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 05/31/2016 - 07:00
Adult Coloring books are all the rage right now and today designer Marty Sanchez shows how to showcase your coloring book art into Coasters, a Canvas and Keepsake Box with EnviroTex Lite®.


Materials:
  • EnviroTex Lite (8 ounce kit)
  • (4)  4.5” x 4.5” white ceramic tiles (coasters), Paper Mache box with lid, or stretched canvas
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Wax paper
  • One page of your own art
  • Ultra-Seal™ Multi-Purpose Sealer & Glue 
  • Choice of  acrylic paint color for box and canvas
  • (2) disposable foam brushes
  • (2) mixing cups and one stir stick
  • (4) medicine cups
  • Embossing gun, propane torch or straw (to remove bubbles)
  • 2 pairs form fitting latex gloves
  • 220 grit sandpaper or nail file (to sand drips off under side)
  • Protective eye wear
  • Dust mask to wear while sanding
  • Felt (for underside of coasters)
Project Instructions: 
 Cut your art to fit each of your ceramic tiles, painted box or painted canvas.
 Brush a thin layer of Ultra-Seal on the top of each surface and place cut art.  Use your fingers to smooth the art and make certain no air bubbles are between the paper and tile, box or canvas.
 Using a disposable foam brush put a thin layer of white craft glue over the entire surface of your colored art.  Let dry and repeat twice more.  Let the last coat dry overnight.
 Set medicine cups on wax paper surface and place tiles, canvas or box top & bottom on cups, so they are slightly raised from the table surface.
 Mix EnviroTex Lite® according to package instructions and pour 1.5 to 2 ounces on each tile.  8 ounces for a 9" X 12" canvas and 6 ounces for the box (3 for the top and 3 for the bottom).
 Pour EnviroTex Lite®over the surface of each piece.
 Spread the product with a clean disposable foam brush.
 Wait 10 minutes and then remove any bubbles that may appear.  Let piece completely cure (72 hours) and then sand the underside smooth.  Wear protective eye wear and dust mask while sanding.
Cut felt pieces to fit the underside of the coaster.  Brush on a thin layer of Ultra-Seal™ to the underside of the coaster and place the felt.  Let dry.

Resin Cover Address Sign

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 07:00
I found several of these wood frames with a lip and knew they would be perfect for some Resin projects.  For this first project I decide to crate an address sign for my mom's house in Florida.  It will be able to hang outside under the awning of her porch out of the way of the elements.  
Materials Required:
  • EnviroTex Lite®
  • Ultra-Seal™
  • Wood frame, 6" x 18"
  • Decoative paper
  • Die cutting machine
  • Paint, yellow iridecents
  • Cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Craft brush
  • Paint brush
  • Lighter

Project Instructions: 
Paint the wood frame and let dry.  Die cut the numbers needed for the sign, if you do not have a die cutting machine, simple draw the numbers on the paper and cut them out.  Apply Ultra-Seal™ to the frame (where you will be placing the numbers) and back side of the numbers, adhere to the frame.
Apply 2 coats of Ultra-Seal™ over the numbers, drying in between each coat. 
Measure out equal amounts of EnviroTex Lite® resin and hardener.
Stir for 2 minutes, then, pour into a second cup and stir for another minute.
Pour resin onto the frame.
Use the lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top.  Let dry 12 - 24 hours,

Now the frame is ready to hang...once I get to Florida that is:0)

Resin up your Crystal Cell Phone Cover

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 07:00
There are so many beautiful cell phone covers available on the market today.  When you decide to purchase a cover you want it to last, at least for a while, because they can be pricey!   
 I purchased the cover shown above, and loved it, but it did not take long for the small crystals to start falling off as you can see on the right of the cover.  This got me to thinking of how to make the next cover I buy last longer and still be able to enjoy the sparkle of a crystal cover.  The answer was simple...Give it a coat of EnviroTex Lite®, as it would both protect the crystals and let them shine!
Materials Required:
Project Instructions: 
Tape around the cover and place up off your work surface, using a couple small cups.
 I used a marker to highlight the lines on my mixing cup, as I knew I would only need a small amount of EnviroTex Lite® for the top of the cover.  I measured out the resin to the first line and the hardener to the second line, giving me equal amounts of each.
Stir for 2 minutes, then pour into a second cup and stir for another minute.
 Pour resin onto the cover.
 Use a stir stick to move the resin to the edges.
 Be sure to move the resin around any openings of the cover.
 Use a light to remove any air bubbles.  Let set for 12 hours.
 Pull the tape away and now...
Your cover is protected and ready to use.Enjoy!!

Red, White and Blue Layered Glittered Paper Weight

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 05/19/2016 - 07:00
Memorial Day is right around the corner so I thought a Red, White and Blue Paper Weight would be perfect to hold the napkins down for our family picnic. 
I love how this turned out!! Materials Required:
Project Instructions: 
Please note:  The mold holds slightly less than 3 ounces total so each layer will take just under 1 ounce each.  
Measure out equal amounts of  the EasyCast® Resin and Hardener and mix together for 2 minutes, then poured them into a new cup and mix for another minute.
Spray the inside of the mold with Mold Release.
 Pour the mixed resin into the mold, about 1/3 full.

Mix in red glitter...until thoroughly blended.

Use a lighter to remove and air bubbles that rise to the top.  Let cure for 12 hours.

Mix another batch of EasyCast® as directed above,.  Mix in a bit of iridescent glitter,  Pour into the mold on top of the first layer.  Use a lighter to remove and air bubbles that rise to the top.  Let cure for 12 hours.  Repeat with the blue glitter for the last layer.  Use a lighter to remove and air bubbles that rise to the top.  Let cure for 12 hours.  Pop out of the mold.

Here is the finished paper weight...ready to use Memorial Day!

EasySculpt® Driftwood Sunburst Mirror

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 05/17/2016 - 07:00
Today we have an EasySculpt® home dec project by designer Marty Sanchez.  She created a modern mirror using EasySculpt as a putty adhesive with pieces of driftwood...very cool!
Materials Required:
  • EasySculpt® 1 lb. Kit
  • ArtMinds™ 10” wood clock surface
  • ArtMinds™ 5” round mirror
  • DecoArt® Americana® acrylic paint, Neutral Gray
  • Variety of dried driftwood pieces from river, lake or beach area. Approximately ½”-1” in diameter
  • Sawtooth picture hanger with nails
  • Paint brush
  • Toothpicks
  • Newspaper or butcher paper
  • Disposable latex gloves
  • Tablespoons, dedicated for craft use
Project Instructions: 
Step 1:  Protect work area with newspaper or butcher paper.Place wood clock blank or “base” as referred to from this point forward, on newspaper or butcher paper, then trace around the outer edge of the wood base.  Next position round mirror in the center of the same circle, and trace around the outer edge.  This template will be used to position the driftwood pieces prior to placement on the wood surface.Step 2:  Paint the wood base Neutral Gray, allow to dry.Step 3:  Trim driftwood pieces to the appropriate size.  Approximately 40 pieces measuring 4-6” are needed for the bottom layer and approximately 40 pieces measuring 2-4” for the top layer.  Quantities will vary based on driftwood that is available.Step 4:  Starting with long driftwood pieces, place the first layer of driftwood pieces on the paper template in the desired pattern.  Position trimmed end towards the mirror circle, per the above photo.

Step 5:  Using EasySculpt® as a putty type adhesive, mix approximately ½ tablespoon of both components A & B together per the package instructions.  Divide this mixed material into three equal pieces.  Form each piece into a small marble-like shape.Step 6:  Place the three mixed EasySculpt® pieces on the back of the mirror creating a large three point triangle like pattern then, position the mirror in the center of the wood base. Press the mirror down gently to affix to the wood base, allow the EasySculpt® to set approximately five hours.Step 7:  Again using EasySculpt® mix approximately six tablespoons (three tablespoons of both components A & B) per the package instructions.Step 8:  Adhering the driftwood pieces to your wood base - begin picking up driftwood pieces from your proposed layout, add a small amount of mixed EasySculpt to the underside of each piece where it will come into contact with the wood base, position, and press.  Repeat this process as required.  Allow the EasySculpt to set approximately five hours.Step 9:  If a second, level of driftwood pieces are desired; arrange a second layer of shorter driftwood pieces with the same paper template.  To place and adhere these pieces, repeat Steps 7 & 8.Step 10:  Use a toothpick to gently remove any excess EasySculpt® exposed between the driftwood pieces.  Allow to cure overnight.Step 11:  Fasten sawtooth picture hanger to the back of the wood base.

Resin Shell Memory Tray

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
 EnviroTex Lite is the perfect product to use when making beautiful serving trays...they are so easy to make and the results are wonderful!  I got out some shells and created a memory tray of one of our trips to Florida.


Materials Required:
·      EnviroTex Lite®·      Wooden Serving Tray·      Chalk it Up!, Licorice·      Iridescents, Onyx ·      Shells, assorted ·      Paint brushes·      Cups·      Stir Stick·      Lighter
Project Instructions: 
I painted the inside and out of the tray with Licorice and let it dry.
Then, I painted a coat of Onxy over the Licorice and let it dry.
I measured out equal amounts of the EnviroTex Lite® resin and hardener.
Mix together and stir for 2 minutes.
Pour into a second cup and stir for 1 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 more resin as above and applied it over the top and let it set for another 12 hours and repeated with a third coat so that all of the shells were covered.
The tray turned out great!

DIY EasySculpt® Clay Herb Signs

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 05/10/2016 - 07:00
Spring is in full swing & it is time to play in the herb garden.  Karen Bearse here, with a fun EasySculpt® Clay tutorial.  I was going to use the plastic herb signs as usual but the words always end up coming off & they aren't very attractive.  I have seen a number of DIY ideas including painting rocks.  In fact for years I have been meaning to do that.  As I looked at my mojito crop growing away, I thought what about making my own garden signs?
Materials Required:
·      EasySculpt® Epoxy Molding Clay·      Rubber stamps, alphabet and assorted·      Assorted beads, charms and glass glitter·      Glimmer Glam, assorted colors
·      Glimmer Glaze, assorted colors·      Gesso
·      Paint markers, assorted colors·      Paint brushes·      Cooking spray·      Latex gloves
Project Instructions: 
There are 2 ways to do this.  First-make multiple molds using store bought garden signs & EasyMold Silicone Putty.  I decided the second way which is more organic to just hand make them.  I was not concerned with my signs looking the same.  Using EasySculpt, simply start by mixing equal portions of hardener & resin kneading the clay together until it is a uniform color.

If you are using a mold push the clay into it right away. Let dry for 3-5 hours checking to see when the clay is hardened but not completely set.  Push the clay out of the mold & trim. If it is too hard to trim simply sand the edges. Clay is completely set at 24 hours.
For my technique I let the clay set for about 30 minutes. it was still a bit sticky but pliable.  I shaped it to the shape I wanted & left it to harden for about 3 hours.  Now the clay was firm but still soft enough to push stamps into without the clay lifting up.  Spritzing cooking spray into a lid, and brushing some on the stamps helped to release them from the clay.  
After adding some leaf & flower stamps it was time to add wire to create stakes.  Simply cut & push the wire into the bottom of the signs.  When the clay completely hardens the wire will be held in place.

Lastly add some charms, beads, glass glitter as desired to add some fun to the pieces.  Let cure completely over night. Once my clay was dry it was time to add color!



Glimmer Glam dries permanent, & worked great on the clay surface.  I did multiple layers using different colors for each piece.  For Thyme & Mojito a gesso wash was put on first so my pieces would have truer colors.  Basil was just the Glimmer Glam.  The colors turned out darker but still looked great.  All my pieces are glossy with lots of good shimmer.
To finish the letters were carefully painted with either Glimmer Glaze or with a paint marker.  Love how these turned out!  Now I am thinking of making more with stamped quotes on the to stick in the flower beds randomly to give me bits of inspiration around the yard.

Not bad for a first time clay play.  I hope you are having a lovely spring and getting lots of fun crafting in!

Iridescent EasySculpt® Clay Pins

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:00
Today we are sharing how to create pins with EasySculpt® Epoxy Molding Clay.  Simply add a couple rhinestones and you have a great little gift.
Materials Required:
·      EasySculpt® Epoxy Molding Clay·      Iridescents, Onyx·      Rubber stamps, assorted·      Iridescent Powders, colors of choice·      Rhinestones·      Gem Tac·      Clay roller·      Clay cutters·      Paint brushes·      Non stick craft sheet·      Latex gloves
Project Instructions: 
 Measure equal parts of A and B.
Blend together until you have a uniform color. 
Set aside for 15 - 20 minutes.
 Roll clay out to 1/4" onto non stick surface.  Press stamp into clay to give it texture.  Cut into shapes of choice.
Paint shapes with onyx and just before completely dry...
apply Iridescent Powders...
generously.  Let set to dry overnight.
Dust off excess powder.  Glue rhinestones as desired.  Attach a couple shapes together and apply pin back.

Dragonfly Napkin Rings with EasySculpt®

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 07:00
Today we have designer Myléne Hillam with these adorable Dragonfly Napkin Rings she created with EasySculpt®

Materials Required:
·      EasySculpt®·      Black acrylic paint·      Lumiere paint: Metallic Gold·      Pearl Ex: Super Copper·      Perfect Pearls: Forever Green, Forever Violet·      Talcum powder·      Firm fitting latex gloves·      Glad® Go-Between (plastic film)·      Packing tape tube (1.75” diameter)·      2 Teflon craft sheets·      Sheet copy paper·      GS-Hypo Cement·      Double sided tape·      Clay blade·      Paint brushes·      4 wooden stir sticks·      Cello tape·      Acrylic roller·      Ruler ·      Timer
Instructions: Before beginning, put on your gloves – EasySculpt® will be sticky while you are working with it. Powder both Teflon craft sheets.
Firmly wrap a 4” wide strip of Glad® Go-Between (plastic film) around the packing tape tube and tape in place with the double sided tape. Tape pairs of the wooden stir sticks together to create a thickness guide for rolling. Cut a lengthwise strip of copy paper 7/8” wide. Place it around the tube and mark where the two pieces overlap. Trim. This is the napkin ring template.
Measure out equal quantities of Parts A and B. To work out how much you need, scoop out about large marble of one part. Roughly flatten it out to approximately 3/16” thick and half the size of the template. Add or remove clay as necessary. Roll the clay into a ball and then measure out an equal sized ball of the other part. Mix them together following the package instructions. Set the timer for 30 minutes to allow the clay to firm up.
 Dust the Teflon craft sheets with powder. Shape the clay into a log and place on the Teflon sheet. Arrange the taped stir sticks on either side of the log. Place the second Teflon sheet over the clay and roll it out to the same thickness as the stir sticks. Keep checking as you are rolling that the clay is not sticking to either of the Teflon sheets. If it is, dust both the sheets with more powder.
Place the strip template on the clay. Use the clay blade to trim the clay to size. A ruler can help keep your edges straight.
 Wrap the EasySculpt® strip around the tube. Gently ease the ends together until they almost meet. Mix a small amount of EasySculpt® and roll it into a snake. Place it between the two ends and push them together. Trim away any excess. Set the ring aside to cure, seam side up. At this stage, EasySculpt® may stretch and it will pull away from the bottom of the tube, creating straight sides and giving the napkin ring a flat bottom.
 Measure out equal quantities of Parts A and B sufficient to fill the dragonfly mold. Push it into the mold, flatten the back and leave it to cure for at least 5 hours before demolding. Use any excess to roll into six small round balls. Press the back end of a paintbrush in the center of each ball.
 Paint the dragonfly and balls with several light coats of black paint.  Before the final coat of paint has dried, apply a light dusting of Forever Violet randomly to the body of the dragonfly. Apply Forever Green to the rest of the body. Apply Super Copper to the wings and the clay balls.
Attach dragonfly to the napkin ring.

Floral Resin Bracelet

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:00
 I am always on the lookout for new molds to use with ETI products.  Last week I found one that had a several flowers that could be used for so many things.  Today, I am sharing a floral resin bracelet.
Materials List:
  • EnviroTex® Jewelry Resin 
  • Iridescent Powder
  • Bracelet, pre-made metal
  • Crystals, flat back
  • Craft brush
  • Stir sticks
  • Craft sheet or plastic for your work surface
  • Lighter

    Project Instructions: 
      Measure out equal parts of the resin and hardener, stir for two minutes.
     Pour into a second cup and stir for another minute.
     Stir in a small amount of Iridescent Powder, to color the resin.  (If you want several colors, divide the resin into a few different cups.)
     Use the stir stick to drop the resin into the mold.
     Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top.  Let dry for 12 hours..
     Remove flowers from the mold.
    Mix a small amount of Jewelry Resin, as previously shown above.  Use a stir stick to drop a small amount into the bezels on the bracelet, place a flower onto the bezel.
     Use a craft brush to apply a thin layer of resin onto each flower, placing a crystal in the center of each.  
     Let dry for 12 hours.
    Enjoy!

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