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A tip for using Silicone Rubber Molds

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 12/09/2015 - 07:00
As many of you know, I love to make Silicone Rubber Molds...it is so easy and you can make a mold quickly out of most anything....
Simply measure out two equal balls of part A and B of Silicone Putty
Mix them together
Until you have a uniform color. Place your object into the mixed silicone puttyLet it set up for about 20 minutes and,you will have a perfect mold....
 Now for a very important tip when using Resin with a mold you have created....
You can use your mold right away with a clay...but if you are going to use a resin such as EasyCastbeware of....
 a chemical reaction and bubbles.....as you can see with the resin piece above....this was poured within an hour of being made....if the bubbles are not going to matter with the look your going for,then no problem...vut if you want a nice clear resin....
 like this one pictured above....you simply have to wait 48 and there will be no chemical reaction...
it really is that simple....

Double Sided Resin Glitter Coaster

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 12/07/2015 - 07:00
Coasters are a great gift item so, with the holidays fast approaching I thought I would try to make a reversible glitter coaster...using ultra fine glitter on one side and chunky glitter on the other...I must say I loved the result and will be making a few sets of these!To get started, gather your supplies: EasyCastMold Release coaster mold, ultra fine glitter and chunky glitter.
 Measure out equal parts of the resin and hardener.
Combine the resin and hardener.Stir for 2 minutes. Pour into another cup and 
 stir for 1 more minute.
 Add ultra fine glitter.

 Pour into a coaster mold that has been sprayed with mold release.

Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles and let set for 12 hours.

Mix up more of the EasyCast for the second layer.

 Pour the resin into the mold and then add a small amount of the chunky glitter.


Mix into resin and, add more chunky glitter if desired.
Use a lighter to remove air bubbles if needed.
Let set for 24 hours and remove from the mold.

The coaster turned out very cool....here is the chunky glitter side...

and the ultra fine glitter side.

I like that it is reversible and oh so easy to make....
These will be perfect gifts for the holidays in sets of 4...
tied with a pretty ribbon.

Personalized Glittered Resin Ornament Part 2

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 12/03/2015 - 07:00
Earlier this week I shared the start of a resin ornament I was making with a mold I made with the Silicone Putty, EasyCast and glitter (you can the find the directions here).  Today I am going to show you how I personalized the ornament with a photo and EasyCast!I chose a photo and cut it into a shpae that would fit into the mold.  Then I applied two coats of Ultra-Seal to the fron and back, letting it dry in between coats.
Then I added just a bit of Iridescents Paint to the edges to help it blend into the background of the ornament and let it dry.
 I measure out equal parts of the resin and hardener.Mixed them together and stirred for 2 minutes.Then I poured them into another cup and stirred for 1 minute.
I poured some resin into the mold over the glittered piece that was set up.
 I placed the photo into the resin...
I pushed down the photo to secure and remove the air bubbles from under it.
Once it was in place where I wanted it, I used a lighter to remove the air bubbles from the top.Let this set 24 hours.
 When it was set I removed it from the mold and love how it turned out...Here is the glitter side...as you can see the mold worked perfectly to get the all of the details!
On the back side the photo is a wonderful way to personalize the ornament...These would make great gifts and one more way to personalize them even further would be to add the date...that way you could make one every year!

Personalized Glittered Resin Ornament part 1

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 12/01/2015 - 07:00
A couple weeks ago I created a silicone mold from a plaster Christmas ornament,
you can find the step by step directions hereToday I am going to share how to create a personalized glittered ornament using that mold.
 Gather your supplies: EasyCast, ultra fine glitter and the mold.
 Measure out equal parts of the resin and hardener.
 Combine the resin and hardener.
 Stir for 2 minutes.
 Pour into another cup and 
 stir for 1 more minute.
 Add ultra fine glitter.
 Pour into the mold.
Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise.I poured a thin layer as I will let this set andshare part 2 in the next post.

Jewelry Clay Poinsettia Crystal Bracelet

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 00:07
I am making some gifts for the holiday and grabbed some Jewelry Clay to try in different molds....I love the results I am getting....
Here is a poinsettia that I created...and oh so simple!
 How to: Jewelry Clay comes with two containers marked A and B.
 Roll out an even amount of each A and B.
 Mix the two components together until you have a uniform color.Now it is ready to use...I put it into a poinsettia mold...
I let it set up for about 20 minutes and removed it.

I placed some crystals into the center/

Once it was dry I painted a light coat of Limelight Iridescents onto the entire front.
Then I paint the petals Orchid and Berry.  I added some leafs that I had also made from the jewelry clay, these I painted with the limelight.

I glued a pin back onto the back, so that it could be used for a pin...

and also pinned to a piece of mesh crystal and used as a bracelet.

Two looks in one....quick and easy!

These would also look great on one of a kind Christmas cards...

Resin Autumn Decor

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 07:00
 Designer Madeline Arendt shares a Resin Autumn Home Decor project with us today.

While visiting an area craft stores,  I am always on the look-out for interesting shapes and forms in a variety of materials to transform.  Recently I found a number of items to play with.

During this season of holidays,  I like decorative items that are simple.  Here is a piece that will be added to my autumn decor collection.  The base for this piece was a metal ornament shape.


Materials

Envirotex Lite Resin
ETI Ultra-Seal
Metal Ornament Shape
Fabric Scrap / Paper Scrap
Pinecones
Acorn Caps
Small Plastic Embellishments
Die-cut Letters
Beacon 3-in-1 Glue
Scissors

Instructions

NOTE: Before beginning measure to see how much resin mix will be needed to fill the shape.  Tape off any holes or opening and add water till full.  Pour off the water into a measuring cup to determine the approximate amount of resin that will be needed. 



Begin by cutting a background to fill the inside of the metal ornament shape, using either fabric or paper.  Adhere the cut background using ETI Ultra-Seal.  Apply another coat of the sealer over the top of the surface; dry well.


With scissors, trim some of the pinecone petals from one side to make placement of them easier.

Glue the pinecones and acorn caps, alternately around the outside edge of the shape.  Press if necessary to make them contact well to the surface.  Place other decorative elements onto the surface with glue and allow all to dry well before proceeding.

NOTE: If desired, brush the tops of the pinecones with some glitter glue to add some sparkle.

Place the shape to be filled onto a level, covered surface, using a piece of plastic or parchment paper.  Mix the ETI resin following the package directions.  Pour the resin into the shape, filling as close to the top as possible.  Follow directions for removing bubbles, but leave to harden without touching.

NOTE:  In my piece there were a few pinecones that extended slightly above the surface.  I was fine with the look but made sure that the tops had resin brushed on them. If the desire is to have them completely embedded, the pinecones would need more trimming

To complete the piece, tear two strips from a coordinating piece of fabric.  Glue one strip around the shape.  From a bow from the second and glue in place.

This piece can sit on a shelf, table or made to hang as wall decor.  Another version of this idea will be shared shortly for the coming Christmas season.  This will be a two-sided piece.


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Create a Christmas Ornament Mold with Silicone Putty

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 07:00
As you might know by now, one of my favorite things to do is to make my own molds from EasyMold Silicone Putty!  I am always on the lookout for new things to make molds from and I love this one.Here's how I started:
I got out my Silicon Putty and this plaster Christmas ornament I found at Michael's.
I noticed that the ornament had a slight flaw so I wanted to fix that before making the mold.

I took a file and filed it down the best I could.


I measured out two equal balls of part A and B
I mixed them together

Until I have a uniform color.
I pressed the ornament into the silicone putty.

After 20 minutes, I removed the ornament.

The mold is perfect!
I need to wait 48 hours before pouring resin into the mold...
so check back next week to see how cool the resin ornaments turn out!

Dollar Store Resin Coasters

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 11/19/2015 - 07:00
While shopping at the Dollar Store one day I came across a package of round coasters that had stickers on them and thought I would try adding a coat of resin on them, since I am always looking for new things to try.For this project I used EnviroTex Lite:

I measured equal amounts of resin and hardener.
Poured them together,
Then, stirred for 2 minutes.I then poured the mixture into another cup and stirred for 1 minute.
Since the top of the coaster was a sticker I did not have to decoupage over it, it was ready to go.  I taped around the edge of the coaster with painter tape.  I did not go above the edge of the coaster as I just wanted to add a thin layer.  I then placed the coaster on an upside down cup to give it height. Then, I started to pour some of the resin mixture on the coaster.
I waited a few minutes and then simply blew on the couple bubbles that rose to the top, to remove them.  Then I let this sit to dry for 12 hours.
 This was so quick and easy to do and the RESIN layer on top of the coasters gives it extra shine and durability, so they will last for years to come....I don't know anyone who is going to be 70 anytime soon, but when I do...I have the coasters for the party!!

Resin Paper Series #2

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 11/17/2015 - 07:00
Hi all, it is Karen Bearse, back with another installment of my paper series.  Today we are going to examine using resin on glossy surfaces, handmade paper, and another napkin idea.To see how to mix the resin and best ideas on applying it to the paper check out my 

Resin Paper Series #1. 
Here is the first paper we are playing with- magazine paper:

This is a page from Entertainment Weekly advertising the show "Legends" with Sean Bean, (love him little plug-hee hee).  I applied the EasyCast® Resin with a piece of kitchen sponge as in my last post.  Interesting when dried, the resin looks like water spilled on the page and was repelled and beaded quite a bit.  Very cool!  On the backside it is actually fairly smooth.  However for a light weight paper it did not become transparent.
Next up, a photo printed on glossy paper.  I was very surprised that the photo did not bleed or smear at all.  It looks almost like a laminate only there is some texture from the sponge and a few bubbles.  Like the magazine transparency was not affected.  Next time I would use my heat gun just a little to remove bubbles and potentially smooth out the resin.  However I like the look and will try potentially putting more texture in, using a texture tool, when the resin is slightly dry-hum.  For now I would use this is in a project life or mini book and just punch holes adding the photo with no page protector.  The resin protects the photo quite nicely. 
  Here is a tag with acrylic paint on top.  This had surprisingly a bit of the same effect with the resin being repelled in places, but not beading just some empty spaces.  It does add lovely shine and texture.  If I wanted to cover the tag completely I could just spread a second coat.
Next up a playing card.  Yup you guessed it with the glossy surface the resin reacts like the magazine page.  Beading and leaving a cool texture. 
I switched gears with my next paper and covered a hand made paper with gold metallic. The resin/paper is quite transparent and the feel of the paper is roughly textured.  Very cool, I see using this with die cuts or as paper in a mini. 
Interestingly, the resin process did change the color of the paper from bright blue to a beautiful teal color.  The metallic remained almost identical to the original but as the base color is darker the metallic pops more. 
 Lastly, I went back to the napkins.  I left the napkin layers intact and applied a heavier layer of resin.  This is great & creates a strong plastic like page.  The lines in the napkin were left intact which I had hoped the resin would smooth things out.  I want to figure out how to get rid of the lines.  Can you iron paper napkins?
Now I have a nice folder full of fun resin/papers that I will be playing with.  Take some time this week to play with EasyCast® Resin!!!!

Glittered Resin Coaster

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 11/13/2015 - 07:00
I have been making a lot of coasters and trying out different molds to make them in the past few months.  I think I have found my favorite so far, is the...

 ETI 3' x 3' reusable mold...
Here is how easy it is to use:
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.
Stir in some ultra fine glitter in the color of your choice.Be sure to spray the mold with ETI Mold Release
Pour the resin mixture into the mold.  For this step you will have to determine how thick you want your coaster to be.I poured about 1/4" thick.
You can easily blow the bubbles away as they rise to the top oruse a lighter to remove them.  Let set to dry 12 - 24 hours.
I popped the coaster out of the mold andI love how it turned out...
I see lots of experimenting in the future with this mold...

Glittered Resin Paper Weight

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 07:00
I loved the Resin Paper Weight Mark James created a couple months ago, that I wanted to give it a try with some glitter added
I gathered some glass marbles, a coaster mold, and EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy.
I measured out equal amounts of  the EasyCast Resin and Hardener
I mixed them together for 2 minutes, then poured them into a new cup and mixed for another minute.
I sprayed the inside of the mold with Castin Craft Mold Release.

I added some Iridescent Ultra Fine Glitter.

I filled the mold half way with the resin mixture.

I decided to only add green marbles and I places them into the bottom and along the sides of the mold, then I put it aside for 12 hours.
I then mixed more EasyCast, this time adding a couple drops of translucent...

and I added a bit more glitter...

and poured the resin mixture into the mold.
I let this dry for 24 hours and removed it from the mold.

I love how the paper weight turned out!

Simple Resin Box

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 11/09/2015 - 07:00
I am constantly looking for items with recessed areas that will hold resin.  I found this simple wooden box for a few dollars at Michael's and thought I would give it a try.  
The recessed area was embossed and only about 1/8 deep, but I thought it would look beautiful painted....
I started out by painting the entire box with Bronze Iridescents.
Then I highlighted the embossed area with Sheer Gold Iridescents, thus letting the Bronze show through.
Then I measured out equal amounts of EnviroTex Lite hardener and resin.(there is more than I need here for the project, but I was working on several things at once)
I mixed the resin and hardener together and stirred gently for 2 minutes,
I then poured the mixture into the first cup and stirred for another minute.
Then I poured enough resin to cover the recessed area.
I used a lighter to remove the air bubbles that came to the top.I repeated this again after 15 minutes.
I let it dry for 24 hours and the results are stunning.

Resin Penny Tray

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 11/05/2015 - 07:00
In September I shared a Resin Coffee Bean Tray that I created with EnviroTex Lite...I loved the concept of that tray so much that I am making more resin trays.  With the holidays coming up, I think these would make perfect gifts!Today I am sharing with you a Resin Penny Tray.  This would make a great gift for a coin collector, don't you think?

Here's how I made it:Supplies:EnviroTex LiteWooden Serving TrayAmericana Satin, black tieBrand new pennies
Tools: Cups, Stir Stick, Paint Brush, Sandpaper, butane lighter
Paint the entire tray inside and out and letting it dry.
 Measure equal amounts of resin and hardener, mix together for two minutes.Pour mixture into new cup and mix for one minute.
Fill the bottom of the tray with the pennies,  I did not mind some showing heads and some tails:0)Then pour the EnviroTex Lite over the pennies.Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise up, I did this every 15 minutes for an hour.
Mix some more EnviroTex Lite.


 Pour into the tray.  Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles, let dry 12 - 24  hours. 

The tray turned out perfect...

Casted Resin for Jewelry and more

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 11/03/2015 - 07:00
Hello, my dear crafty friends, Irit Shalom here today!  I am going to share a set of accessories that is totally hand made.  This set includes a necklace, a ring, a pin and a hair  clips and all are made from  bits and pieces and some- a lot- of ETI casted flowers and leaves and a lot of  paints over.


So here is what I did:

First- the resin pieces casted in molds. I used a lot of old molds I own and mixed up 4 oz of Easy Cast Resin- that's 4 oz  of resin and 4 oz of hardener (mixed according to manufacturer's advice) and it made a total of 8 oz that was a lot! of liquid resin to make all different colors  for casting., as you never want to waste even a drop of resin.

 I used ETI TRANSPARENT resin dye in green, amber, red and yellow and added a small drop of the dye into 4 different small plastic glasses where the mixed resin was already added before. Then I casted the molds and let them dry for a few long hours.


Now that's what they look before painting over: nice casted transparent pieces in 4 colors.

I wanted to add more color to them so, I grabbed some old acrylics in fall colors and colored the casted piece over to make them shine. Then I made all my  finished projects. Here you can see the hair clips the ring and the  outfit pin.



And this is the necklace made with a painted chipboard and all big casted pieces glued with hot glue to stay in place. I covered the back side of the chipboard with a thin layer of ETI resin to make it water proof and wearable.





I love how they turned out...
Happy fall and Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends!


Resin Day of the Dead Necklace

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 10/30/2015 - 07:00
Hello friends! Larissa here today showing you how I made this Resin Day of the Dead necklace. 



First I mixed ETI EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy adding a tiny bit of Ann Butler Design's Onyx Iridescent Powder and mixed it according to the instructions.  I wanted this Day of the Day necklace to have lots of  shimmer . I sprayed this mold I found at the dollar store with Mold Release/Conditioner and then poured the



  Clear Casting Epoxy into the mold,  I let it sit to the side for about 24 hours while I worked on other projects.  The skulls popped right out.  Then I started decorating him by adding rhinestones for his eyes and then made a crown of flowers for the top of his head.

   By adding a few beads and a ribbon chain I was able to create a fun necklace to wear to celebrate the Day of the Dead.  I think you could wear this necklace any day though since sugar skulls are very popular.

   You could really made these any fun color too.  I hope you enjoyed my post today. Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to check back to see more fun tutorials using ETI.USA products.   Have a wonderful day friends.

To see more of my work you can visit me at Muffins and Lace.

Glittered EasySculpt Pumpkin

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 10/28/2015 - 07:00

I am always looking for new molds to use in my projects...while at Michael's this week I found a couple

one was this pumpkin silcone mold for candy...it came packaged with two of them, so the first thing I did was mark the back of them, one with Craft Room, the other I marked Food Safe.  This is so that I would have one to use in the kitchen if I ever wanted to, as once you use molds with resins and clay, they would no longer be food safe, so this is an important step.
I thought I would make some resin pumpkins for thanksgiving but first I wanted to try the molds with EasySculpt® Self Hardening Epoxy Molding Clay.  
I started by spraying the mold with Mold Release and gathered my supplies. 
I measured out equal amounts of of A and B.
I mixed them together until I had a uniform color.
I placed the mixture into the mold.  I pushed the clay in firmly.
I wanted to use the back side of the mold, as I did not want the faces, I only wanted the pumpkin shape.I applied glitter to the back side.
I used orange for the pumpkin and green for the stems...I rubbed the glitter in a bit with a paint brush.I let the pumpkins set up for about 30 minutes...which made it easier to remove them from the mold.
I like how they turned out...this was a quick and easy project!

Resin Fleur-de-Lis Bezel Charm

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 10/26/2015 - 07:00
Hello ETI resin fans, Lisa Marie Jimenez here today, to show you how to make this Fleur-de-Lis  Bezel Charm. 
This charm is one of my favorite charms to make and I use this style charm in my own jewelry designs.   Making this charm is easy using ETI Jewelry Resin along with seed beads, a charm and a bezel.   

Let’s get started: 
First mix the ETI Jewelry Resin according to the manufacturer’s instructions.  Use a clean wooden stick to add a thin layer of resin into the bezel.  

Next, add the seed beads slowly into the bezel.  Dumping the beads all at once into the bezel will cause the resin to “splash” up onto the sides of the bezel.  As you can see, I have not removed the bubbles from the resin prior to adding the beads.  I have found that when adding the beads, this will cause more bubbles and release some, so I wait until I am finished adding the beads to remove them.

Use a toothpick move the beads around in the bezel to cover the entire bezel and to flatten them down.   Add more beads as necessary to fill the bezel.  

Once again flatten the beads down, so you have a smooth layer.  Now you may remove the bubbles from the resin using a lighter.  Wave the lighter over the bezel a few times.

Add a charm (ring cut off) on top of the beads.  Use a toothpick to arrange the charm so that it is centered.  Next, add another layer of resin on top of the beads, going around the charm.  I found it best to use a toothpick to add the resin for this step. Remove any bubbles with a lighter. Allow the resin to cure. 

Your Fleur-de-Lis Charm is finished. This charm is ready to be used on a bracelet or necklace.  The possibilities are endless, as you can use different bead colors and charms.
What will you fill your next bezel with?
Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my blog post.  To see more of my jewelry and craft tutorials please visit my blog

Resin Jar Topper with Pony Beads

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 10/22/2015 - 07:00

Today I am sharing another Jar Topper, this one is with Pony Bead.
The process to create this is so easy...and the cool part is you can put just about anything on the top of the jar topper, for example: buttons, screws, bolts, bobbins...to give you a few more ideas.  This is a great project to make to get a bit organized...
Here is how to do the project:
 I measured 1/2 ounce of the resin and hardener from the EnviroTex Lite®.I poured them together.
and mixed for a full two minutes.
Then I poured the mixture into another cup and mixed for another minute.

I poured some of the resin mixture out onto the jar topper.

I placed some pony beads on top and

Then I added more resin and let it dry for 12 hours.

Then I mixed up some more resin and repeated the above steps...3 more times.
To get the height I wanted...I could have gone higher as the resin is solid.What would you put on top of a jar topper?Let me know in the comments below.

Easily Paint Colored Resin

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 10/20/2015 - 07:00
A couple months ago I shared how to add pigment to resin to give it color.. Adding color to resin is easy to do...ETI has Transparent and Opaque Dyes that make it easy...here's how:
Mix your resin according to manufacturers instructions and pick the color you would like to use.
Simply add a small amount and mix into the resin.
Pour into molds...
of choice.
Use a lighter to remove any bubbles that rise to the top.  Let dry 24 hours...
Now you have wonderful resin pieces to use in projects. While these items are white, and you may have wondered, what in the world would you do with them...first of all I was testing how the white pigment would look in a completed resin piece knowing that white would be a good base color to go over once I decided what to do with these pieces.  I thought I would share what we did with the cameo when my mom was visiting last month... First we used Iridescents Sheer Silver to add some color.  This is a very sheer medium and a touch of the white shows through which is perfect.
Once dry we added just a touch of Rub and Buff to some of the raised areas.
Now this is ready for a pin back for a pin, a jewelry bail and beautiful chain for a necklace, it could be the focal point of a mixed media project, or oh so many things...

Resin Compact filled with Memories

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 10/16/2015 - 07:00
I love to preserve memories in items that can be seen and used.  I found some inexpensive beaded compacts recently while shopping and knew they would be perfect for a memory project. I got out a tweezers and started by removing all of the micro beads.There was also adhesive that had to be removed.I then cleaned the surface.
 I printed out my parents wedding photo and applied a layer of Ultra-Seal to the back and let it dry.I then applied two layers of Ultra-Seal to the front of the photo, letting it dry in between coats.I  I cut the photo into the correct size circle for the compact.
 Then I glued it into the compact with some of the Ultra-Seal.
 I measured out equal parts of the resin and hardener of Envirotex Lite into two cups.  I mixed them together for two minutes.  I then poured the mixture into another cup and mixed thoroughly for one minute. 
 I poured the resin onto the photo, being sure not to go over the lip of the compact.There were a coupld air bubbles that come to the the top, so I used lighter to remove them.
 I placed some crystal trim around the outside edge of the compact.I should have waited for the resin to set up a bit before doing this step...as I had to adjust the trim several times to keep it in place, but once3 dried the resin acts like a glue and the crystals stay perfectly.
Although this photo does not do it justice, I love how this project turned out.  A bonus to this project was that my mom was here visiting (as she lives in Florida) and able to see the process and help with this project which made it even more special and a perfect gift for her to have as a keepsake.

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