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Resin Wall Hanging so Easy

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 08/24/2015 - 07:00
Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today working with EasyCast Casting Epoxy from Environmental Technology Inc. to create a wall hanging.


I came across this circular sign recently and knew it would fit perfectly in my craft room.


The letter is recessed so it made for a great base onto which to add assorted elements and then seal with EasyCast.
I combined equal parts resin and hardener then, per the directions, I mixed it for 2 minutes. 

Next, I poured the mix into a clean cup and mixed it again for another minute.

I poured a light layer of epoxy over the sign, then added an assortment of embellishments. 

Once all the elements were added, I poured on additional epoxy to seal them in place. Then I placed my piece aside to allow it time to dry.I was very surprised and happy to see that the hardening process began in less than 30 minutes.


In about 24 hours my new wall hanging was completely sealed and ready to hang, please note it does take about 72 hours to cure completely.  I love how it turned out.



Thanks for stopping by today.

Steph

Crayon Resin Jar Topper

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 08/20/2015 - 07:00
Creating Resin Jar Toppers are a great way to dress up a canning jar for storage.  After all, have you noticed all of the canning jars in craft stores lately?  They are just waiting to be decorated and with EnviroText Lite® it is so easy to do....I have been enjoying the process and seeing all of the different things I can use for these jar toppers and will be showing several over the next couple of weeks.  For the jar topper pictured above I used crayons...since it is back to school time they are extremely inexpensive right now so it is a good time to stock up.
Supplies:EnviroTex Lite®Ultra-Seal™Crayons,1 box of 24 for the jar topper Canning Jar with Lid and RingWhite Acrylic Paint ScissorsPaint BrushExacto KnifeCutting Mat
To get started I painted the jar lid and ring white, let it dry and then gave it a second coat and let it dry.  I used a small amount of resin left over from another project applied it around the lid and placed the lid inside the ring and set it aside to dry completely for a couple hours.  This step will ensure that the resin used on the top will not spill out between the lid and the ring in the next step.
I cut the tip and the end of the crayons about 1/4" from the swirly lines on the crayons as shown in the photo. above and set them aside.
 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 enough into the lid to cover the bottom and come up to the edge of the ring.
 I took the ends of the crayons I had cut off and started placing them around the outer edge of the lid, next to the ring.
 I adjusted them evenly once I had them al in place.At this point I added just a little more resin.
 Then I placed the tips of the crayons in the center.I also adjusted these so that they were evenly spaced.Set the lid aside to dry completely, about 12 hours.
Once the lid was dry...I took the center of the crayons that were remaining and removed the labels.  I then cut out the word "Crayola" from different colors and used the Ultra-Seal™ to adhere them to the ring.I then filled up the jar with new crayons and put the topper on.This would make a wonderful gift for any child in your life!!

Resin Filled TableTop

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 08/18/2015 - 07:00
Hello, Kristi here for a fun and more involved project using the wonderful products from ETI!  I love doing larger projects so this was up my right up my ally.    I started with the table top built by McGuffey Woodworking  The legs could be removed so I could work on the table surface a bit easier.Supplies:EnviroTex Lite® ResinUltra SealGraphic 45 Paper - Steampunk SpellsMisc. Embellishment
It took some time to figure out a theme but wanted to use Steampunk Spells from Graphic 45.  I started my design and used Ultra Seal, also from ETI to adhere and seal the layers of paper.  This keep the paper from discoloring.
After this is 100% dry I started the layering and dimensional part of this project.  I have used many sealers but I really like how the Ultra Seal works and covers.

Some 3D elements are added and I am ready to pour on my first layer of resin.  For this project I knew I would be using a lot of resin so I got the larger containers to mix. 

I still follow the instructions and mix in smaller portions.  This is to ensure a complete mix and better hardening results.  I pour in 4oz of resin then add 4oz of the hardener.  I mixed these for two minutes then poured them in a second cup and stir for an additional one minute. I also mixed 3 cups in total for the first layer.

Once all steps for mixing are complete I just pour the resin. 
 I made sure that the resin did spread and covered the entire surafce.  I also allowed it to sit for about five minutes to allow air bubbles to rise.  I use my heat gun held up about six inches from the surface to pop all bubbles.  I check back in about 30 minutes to make sure no other bubbles have formed.  If they do I just use the heat tool to pop them.   LET DRY  (I allowed at least 12 hours beween layers.)

I added more elements between each layer of resin added.  Some Gold Leaf, more gears, and other elements.  When the final layer is poured it really gives the illusion of items floating!  Here are some closer looks!




Here is the finished project.  The legs were attached.  (Made from PVC pipe and painted with spray paint in Hammered Black and Dark Bronze)  Hope you enjoyed this project, I know I did!


Happy Creating!Kristi

ETI is Blog Hopping with Designers Crafts Connections

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 08/13/2015 - 23:00
Starting today ETI is Blog Hopping with designers from the Designer Crafts Connection...so be sure and check out the hop!!

The Designer Crafts Connection is a group of professional designers and crafters that come together to share creative ideas. The first Monday of every month you will find a whole new series of fantastic craft projects and designer ideas to explore.   The throughout the month they do special hops which is what this one is...several of the designers were sent a selection of ETI products to be used to create a project to place on their blogs for the blog hop....we are excited to see what they have come up with...To get started with the hop...click on the DCC logo below:
Be sure to leave comments on the blogs and here to have a chance to win the prize pictured below:





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DIY Resin Letters

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 08/12/2015 - 07:00
I am always on the lookout for different molds to use with EasyCast® Resin.  Silicone molds are my favorite and while shopping recently I saw a great selection of molds from Plaid... called Mod Molds...pictured above is an Alphabet one that I knew would be perfect for many projects.
Simply mix equal parts of EasyCast® for two minutes, then pour into a second cup and mix for an additional minute.  At this point I added some black ultra fine glitter. I poured the EasyCast® into the mold, you could pour it into the desired letters you plan on using, or fill the entire mold so that you have choices. If there are any air bubbles that rise to the top you can simply use a lighter to remove them.  Then let the EasyCast® Resin set for 12 - 24 hours.
Remove the letters from the mold, if there is any resin that spilled over, simply trim the letters if needed.
I created two sets of letters which makes it easy to spell out several words, above it the word "SWEET".  These letters can be used in so many projects...What would you use them for?  Let me know in the comments...

No-slip Rugs with Fiber-Lok

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 08/10/2015 - 07:00
Amongst the vast product line of Environmental Technologies is Fiber-Lok™, which when applied to the bottom of a rug, prevents the rug from skidding or sliding.  I have several rugs at home that desperately need to stop skidding!  Most of my rugs are like this one with that rubber thing underneath, and they drive me crazy because the rubber 'mat' never stays put under the rug.

Not working! Supplies: Fiber-lok Brush
This couldn't have been any easier! Your rug should be 'clean' before applying the Fiber-lok ( I gave it a vacuum and a quick wipe down with a cloth).  You are applying the Fiber-lok to the bottom of the rug. I used a wide foam brush because at the time I couldn't find a regular brush of that size.  If you do use a regular brush it's good to know that it is an easy soap-and-water cleanup.  According to the instructions you need to wear protective eye gear.  I figured my glasses would give me any protection I needed.  I also worked in a large and well-ventilated room.  Simply brush a thin coat of Fiber-lok onto the back side of your carpet. 
 It goes on white but dries clear.  
When it is clear you apply one more coat of Fiber-lok.  Let it dry and you are ready to walk, and not slide, on your carpet. It's that easy!

For more great ideas and inspiration please check out my BLOG.

DIY Decor Resin Wall Hanging

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 08/06/2015 - 07:00
Since I discovered resin I find myself constantly on the lookout for items with bezels. This wooden butterfly called out to me (actually she called 3 times) and today I am sharing with you the first of my 3, DIY Decor Resin Wall Hangings. 
Supplies:
  • ETI EnviroTex Lite
  • ETI Ultra-Seal
  • Ann Butler Designs Iridescents by Earth Safe Finishes, Tangelo
  • Wood butterfly wall hanging
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Sandpaper
  • Foam brushes
  • Squeegee
  • Mica flakes
  • Recollections™ Opaque Sparkle, Vintage Blue
  • Westcott titanium scissors
Instructions:
Clean and sand rough edges of wood shape.
Cover the surface with Ultra-Seal, including the outer ridge. Let it dry.
Paint the ridge with tangelo by pouncing the brush to create texture.  Let it dry.  Make a template for your background and then cut out the shape.  Coat both sides with Ultra-Seal and place the paper into the butterfly.  Use the squeegee to smooth out the paper and ensure an even distribution of sealer and to remove air bubbles.  When it has dried, give the paper another coat and let it dry overnight. Preparing and pouring the resin:It is important that you prepare and work with resin in ideal conditions for happy results:Ideal pouring temperature should be between 70 and 80 degrees F. For proper hardness of film, humidity should be below 50%.  
I like to mark my measurements with a black marker so I don't forget how much I want to mix and to help me more accurately pour and measure the liquids.  Mixing this resin is a 2-pour-process.  It is necessary to measure and mix the resin and hardener in one cup, and then pour it into a clean cup and stir it again with a clean stick.
 Once mixed according to manufacturer's instructions I stirred in some sparkle.I poured it evenly over the surface and then gently placed some mica flakes on the surface.  I gave each flake a soft push so it would break the surface.  After 15 minutes, I did a 'bubble check' and removed any remaining air bubbles with my torch.  After 72 hours, my DIY Decor Resin Wall Hanging will be fully cured and ready to display.
Are you going to be on the lookout for bezelled objects? 
 Roberta
For more inspiration please visit my Blog!

Stunning Resin Charms

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 08/04/2015 - 07:00
Hello my dear crafty friends, Irit here.  Welcome to my new tutorial made for ETI.  This time I decided to make a bag chain/key chain/whatever chain and to combine resin charm with metal frame charm - all in one.  So here we go ! 1. Pick a nice stamp that is around 2'' size and stamp it over good stamping cardstock with Staz-On ink.  I used this Rubber Dance One Penny Post Stamp as this was just a perfect size for my charm.

2. Now pick a background stamp that you can cut , as only the small piece of it will be seen. I used Music notes Rubber Dance background for this side of the charm.  Flap the stamped image and stamp exactly over it on the backside of your cardstock with the same ink


3. Cut the image to fit the 2"x2'' acrylic piece we are going to use as our charm base.

And this is how it looks from the other side.Both sides are inked with a mix of distress Ranger inks.

4. And now for ETI STEPS: Glue the stamped piece over the acrylic fragment with a small portion of EasyCast® Resin and let it dry.  Insert the fragment into the metal frame as shown below.  Cover both stamped sides (also just one side is seen here) with ETI Ultra- Seal Multi Purpose Sealer.Let one side dry and then cover the second one and let it dry.

5. Mix  EasyCast® Resin according to the manufacturers instructions, then add a bit of Amber Transparent Dye  into the mixed resin. Glue one empty metal frame over the frame with the stamped image to make a kind of a small shadow box.  Add whatever you want into the metal frame (I picked a small glass  bottle, a sticker word Hope and a small metal key).  Cover it with your amber resin mix and let it dry for a few hours.  Fill a heart mold with the rest of your amber resin and let it dry for overnight,

6.This is how the resin heart looks when it's dry and the charm open side. Cover the back side (the one with a Penny  post stamp image) with a thin layer of EasyCast® Resin  (this part is not shown on  photos ) and  let it dry.  Make a hole with your hole punch in resin heart (pretty easy if your heart is not very thick).

7.Arrange your charms on a  ball chain and enjoy it as a key chain/bag chain or "whatever you need it for "chain.


And this is the other side of your metal charm.

Adding Color to Resin

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 07/31/2015 - 07:00
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.

Multi-Glittered Resin Coaster

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 07:00
On Monday of this week, I shared how I created a 3" x 3" Coaster Mold from EasyMold® Silicone Putty using an acrylic block, you can check it out by clicking here...So today I am going to share the Multi-Glittered Coaster I made with the mold...It turned out great...
Here's how to make it...
First mix EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy according to manufacturer's instructions.  Then I added a small amount of ultra fine gold and purple glitter.
and some ultra fine copper glitter...
and just a bit of red ultra fine glitter. you can use any colors you like, the results will always be great...
Mix until well blended.
Pour into the mold.Use a lighter to remove the air bubbles that may rise to the top.
Let dry 24 hours.
Remove from the mold.
This 3" coaster is a bit thicker than the 4" one I created a few weeks ago, but in reality I like both the molds and will be making a variety of coasters with them.  There are so many possibilities here and it will be fun to explore them and share the results.

Another Silicone Coaster Mold

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 07/27/2015 - 07:00

 So a couple weeks ago I shared a Silicone Coaster Mold  that I created which is almost perfect....
It is 4" x 4" and I thought it might be a bit larger than I wanted so, I thought I would try and create another one a bit smaller...this way I would actually have two sizes to choose from.
For this coaster, I decided to try a 3" x 3" piece of acrylic to create a mold
with the EasyMold® Silicone Putty.


Measure out equal amounts by weight or volume of components A & B.

Knead together quickly, until you achieve a uniform color (about 1 minute).
Roll out the putty quickly and press the acrylic into it...
Now simply wait about 20 minutes and the mold will be complete...
On Wednesday I will share a Resin Coaster made with this mold!

Detailed Molds with Silicone Putty

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 07/23/2015 - 06:00
I absolutely love EasyMold® Silicone Putty...you can make a mold out of just about anything...so look around and find something you would love to have just a few more of.  Today I am making a mold out ofthis miniature metal heart frame, it can be used for so many things once I create a mold...
Here's how:
EasyMold® Silicone Putty comes with two jars, components A and B.
   Measure out equal amounts by weight or volume of components A & B.
 Quickly knead together...
 until you achieve a uniform color (about 1 minute).
 I placed the frame into my prepared putty and waited  about 20 minutes.
 I took the frame out and
Look at that wonderful detail....now the exciting part come when you get to make things with your mold.
 I put a piece of Air Dry Clay into the mold so you could quickly see how great it works!I will be making some out of ETI Resin and sharing soon...Oh the possibilities!

EasyCast® Resin Jewelry Tray

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 07/21/2015 - 07:00


Hello my dear crafty friends, Irit here...welcome to my new altered /home dec blog post.  This time I decided to make something really pretty, but useful.  Let's think about the very first second after you are back home.  First you  put your handbag on the table.  Check it- you sure do it.  Then you begin to undress yourself from all your jewelry and you do it even before you change to slippers/flip- flops/whatever.  In the meantime, you don't even remember where your fancy necklace, rings, watch or earrings are.  Maybe on the way to the bedroom.  Maybe in between your bedroom and the bathroom.  Maybe...So, to make my jewelry mess organised I made this lovely, fancy and even a bit of Modern Vintage style wooden tray organiser.  Here is a small tutorial to show you how you can make it in almost no time (unless 24 hours of waiting for the ETI  resin finish to be dry counts).So here we go!

1. Paint the white wooden tray with teal/jade paint. This Tattered Angels DIY has a perfect coverage and you don't need any primer. This is just one single coat of the paint over the tray here.


 2. Cut some vintage looking cardstock pieces  to fit into all 4 spots inside the tray.  As I decided not to add more colors, but neutrals only, I picked Canvas Corps Paris line cardstock and just used one with ivory and one with black backgrounds. Glue the cutout cardstock pieces inside the tray.


3. The next step is resin coverage of the  entire tray inside. I decided not to use a paper sealer and maybe it was a mistake as my cardstock colors were slightly changed  under resin coverage. But I still like the final result. If you really want your cardstock to stay in the very same shade- be sure to



apply 2 coats of Ultra-Seal™ over the paper, letting dry it between coats, and before you add liquid resin over it.

So this was the stage that I didn't take any photos, as I wanted to cover the bottom with a thin layer of resin, to add all golden trinkets and to cover them with the thick resin layer. The working time of resin is not too long and as I needed to take the whole construction out to the balcony for good lighting, I decided that it's not really necessary to show you how to fill the tray with a thin resin layer.



I used 50 ml  from each bottle of EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy and mixed them together in the big mixing glass according to manufacturer's instructions.  Then I added a very thin layer of mixed epoxy to each compartment and moved the whole tray to sides to get the equal coverage inside the compartments.

I used a heat gun to diminish the small bubbles and waited about 5-7 minutes as I wanted to add all trinkets over the first layer and it had to set up a bit.  A mix of golden buttons and trinkets was added- not so randomly- into each section and then I covered them with the rest of my mixed Clear Casting Epoxy.  FYI: you don't need to use any sealer over  metal pieces while working with ETI resins!



You can see the resin coverage from this particular photo angle. I also added 2 small bottles in one compartment on the top (you will see why later). I didn't need any glue, but just inserted them into  resin  layer.




After 24 hours of waiting time  this is my finished organiser and I am very happy with the result.


And now that's how it looks " in action"!

You also understand now why I added those two bottles: they are used to hang the earrings inside.
 And by the way: each single piece of jewelry here is my own hand-craft work!


I hope you will give a project like this a try, it is so functional and EasyCast® makes it so easy to do!I hope you like this project and will something like this a try, ETI EasyCast

Resin is the Crowning touch for a Card

Resin Crafts Blog - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 07:00
Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today working with Envirotex Jewelry Resin.   I had just created this card focusing on the sentiment from So Suzy Stamps but felt my card needed a little "something".  So off I went to create some resin pieces.


I came across this fun mold of assorted designs.  So I mixed the Jewelry Resin according to the manufacturer's instructions, then added several drops of Amber Transparent Dye to the resin.  I  mixed it until a uniform color was achieved.  Using the mold, I poured the resin into as many designs as possible so as not to waste any of the resin.  Then I put it aside to cure approximately 1-3 days.  (I find the humidity really affects my curing time.)

Once the pieces cured, I easily popped them out of the mold.  I used detail scissors to remove excess resin around my designs.  The crown was the perfect embellishment to finish off my card.  And I was able to create the exact color I wanted.  There are so many Dyes available so creating the perfect color embellishment is easy and fun.


I created a card from brown cardstock and cut pattern paper to fit.Stamping the sentiment, I matted it with cardstock and added it to the card.Then I adhered the resin crown to the corner.

What will you create with resin today?  Let me know in the comments...
Thanks for stopping by today.

Glittered Resin Coaster

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 07:00
This past Monday on the blog I showed how I created a Coaster Mold from Silicone Putty.  Today I will show how I made a glittered coaster using the mold...

Here's how easy it is to do:

Mix up a 2 ounce batch of EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy following the manufacturer's instructions,
Stir in some Micro Fine Glitter in the color of your choice.
Pour into the mold.
Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that may arise to the surface.
Let sit for 12 - 24 hours.
Remove from the mold.
Trim away any excess resin if needed, this can be done easily with a scissor.
The coaster is ready to use...oh so simple!

Silicone Putty Coaster Mold

Resin Crafts Blog - Mon, 07/13/2015 - 07:00
When creating things with Silicone Putty...you will find that the possibilities are endless.  I bought a set of 4 wooden coasters with a box to hold them and before I decorated them I thought it would be great to make a mold, so I would have it to create resin coasters easily....Here's is how easy it is to do:

Grab your supplies, all you need is EasyMold® Silicone Putty and a coaster.  EasyMold® Silicone Putty comes with two jars, components A and B.
Measure out equal amounts by weight or volume of components A & B.
Knead together quickly, until you achieve a uniform color.
Roll the kneaded putty into a ball and then flatten slightly being sure that it is larger than the wooden coaster. Press the coaster into putty to form mold.
Leave it in the putty and allow to cure for 25 minutes.
Then remove the coaster to reveal your mold.  Check back this Wednesday to see how easy it is to make a resin coaster with the new mold.

Shine & Gloss Beads with Resin

Resin Crafts Blog - Thu, 07/09/2015 - 06:00
Want to have a little gloss and shine added to a project?  Simply paint on some Jewelry Resin and you will get simply awesome results that you are going to love!
Pictured above are some Beads I created and added some gloss and shine to, with ETI Jewelry Resin...it is quick and easy...here's how I created them...
Extrude white air dry clay with clay core adapter to make the start of beads.
Give the clay some color with assorted inks and heat set.
Over stamp with black ink and word stamps.
Mix Jewelry Resin according to manufacturer's instructions.
Be sure to stir completely.
Use a paint brush and paint a thin layer of resin onto the clay.
Place the clay onto skewers and put into a piece of styrofoam to dryRepeat with a second layer of resin if desired and dry.
Cut the clay into assorted lengths to create beads!
These beads are ready to be strung into beautiful projects!!

Resin Topped Paper Embellishments

Resin Crafts Blog - Tue, 07/07/2015 - 07:00
Some paper embellishments can become very pricey so why not create your own?  It is easy to create one of a kind embellishments with EnviroTex Lite and some card stock, stamps and ink!These tags are ready to use on a card, scrapbook page or attached to a package and were so quick and easy to make...here's how:
 Stamp a pattern and saying onto card stock, then cut into tag shape.
Apply two coats of Ultra-Seal to the front and back of each tag, let dry in between coats. 
Mix EnviroTex Lite  according to the manufacturer's instructions....
being sure to mix thoroughly.
Slowly pour a thin layer over each tag...(for more control, this can be done with a paint brush).
If air bubbles are present simply blow on them using a straw.  Let dry completely.
That's how easy it is to create your own paper embellishments topped with resin...Have some fun and give it a try!

Happy 4th of July

Resin Crafts Blog - Sat, 07/04/2015 - 06:00



Happy 4th of July!

Playing with Jewelry Clay

Resin Crafts Blog - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:00
ETI Jewelry Clay is such an amazing product.  I love the fact that you can imbed beads, stone, crystals, etc without any glue...simply press them in and after it cures they are permanently in place.  You can also apply metallic powders or glitter and once the clay is cured it is also permanent....so cool no fuss!  Have you played with Jewelry Clay yet? Here's the basic steps to get started:   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...you can mold it, shape it, roll it out,put it into a bezel...the list goes on and on...it is only limited by your imagination....so give it a try!
Here is a simple way to add texture to the Jewelry Clay! Spray a stamp with Castin Craft® Mold Release, then place the jewelry clay on top....simply roll it ou, to desired thickness.
 Use a cutter of choice to create a shape, or simply cut a shape with a craft tool.
 Embed some crystals, simply by lightly pressing them into the clay.
 Add some metallic powder, you want to be sure and do the sides, it is ok to have excess powder...I leave it until the piece has cured and them wipe it away and put it back into my container.
 Brush away the excess powder and you are left with stunning clay pieces to use for jewelry or embellishments in a variety of crafts!

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