Friday, December 19, 2014

Stamped Resin Jewelry Box

We are still Blog Hopping with Ann Butler Designs with week and wanted to share with you this BEAUTIFUL project by Vishu Reberholt....






This is such a creative idea, she used a wooden bangle to create this Jewelry Box and use EnviroTex Jewelry Clay  to create the lid...check out full instructions on Vishu's blog and while you are there check out the entire blog hop!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Monogrammed Resin Coasters on the Blog Hop

We are still blog hopping with Ann Butler Designs this week....






Pictured here is one of the Coaster's created by Ann Butler using her Faux Quilting Stamps and our EnviroTex Lite® Pour-on High Gloss Finish.    To get full step by step instructions for this project and the rest of the hop click HERE!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Resin Gift Idea just in time for Christmas!

We hare happy to have Vishu Reberholt as our guest blogger...
be sure to check out he AWESOME project!

Hello everybody! It's Vishu here again to share another resin project with you all. I am really having fun with resin. As you all know i'ts that time of the year when you are looking for ideas to make some handmade gifts for family and friends. I feel now-a-days everybody buys what they want when they want and so I find handmade gifts extra special. This what I came up with and think it will make a good gift.


I made this and love it so much that I have already poured another batch to make a set of 6 :)

Products Used:
ETI's Clear casting epoxy
Reusable MC6 mold
Transparent dyes, I used green, red and amber
Elizabeth craft design sticker
Painting brush (thin tip)



First you mix the EasyCast as per the instructions. Now I live in Buffalo, NY and its pretty cold here so I warmed the bottles by putting them in warm water to up the temperature of the epoxy and then I poured a thin layer in the mold and let it set. After 12 hours I added the sticker


I then mixed more EasyCast and divided it into 3 containers and added the dye, then using the thin brush I painted in the design. I added amber colored epoxy at the corners. I let this set for 12 hours and then added another layer of clear casting epoxy resin. I did have to use a lighter to get rid of the bubbles.


With the left over colored resin I poured some tiny pendants


I hope you can see the swirl effect I tried to create.

Hope you enjoyed this project.................



Saturday, December 13, 2014

ETI Blog Hop with Ann Butler Designs

ETI is Blog Hopping today with Ann Butler Designs

Be sure to check out the following blogs for some great inspiration...

Enter to win our Prize Package by leaving a comment on each of the blogs...you will get one entry for each blog you leave a comment on!  
The prize package....
Ann Butler Designs ETI Blog Hop
consist of products from ETI and Ann Butler Designs.
EasyCast
EnviroTex® Jewelry Resin
1 Resin Jewelry Mold
Resin Spray
2 Pigment Colors
1 of each of the following 1" Faux Quilting Stamp Sets:
Leaves All Over
Doily Picnic
Stripe. Dots. Hearts
Diamond & Plaid
(Open to US Residents only)
The WINNER of the Prize Package will be drawn on or about 11 pm CST December 20th, 2014 and will be announce after the winner has been notified the week of December 21st on the Ann Butler Designs Blog and the ETI Resin Blog.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Resin Butterfly Paperweight

Today we are happy to have Roberta Birnbaum as our guest blogger.
I love the way the blue in her paperweight seems to be floating...
check it out!

Roberta Birnbaum ETI resin butterfly paperweight

I created this butterfly paperweight with ETI resin and paint and absolutely LOVE the results!

Roberta Birnbaum ETI resin butterfly paperweight
Roberta Birnbaum ETI resin butterfly paperweight
Roberta Birnbaum ETI resin butterfly paperweight

Supplies used:

ETI Envirotex Lite ETI opaque pigment in blue Mica flakes Heidi Swapp paper butterfly Deco Art decoupage medium ColorBox Surfacez™ brown ink This cast involved 4 pourings to allow for the suspended effect of the items inside.I love how the blue paint is billowing inside the paperweight. This was achieved by blending opaque pigment with resin mix inside a mixing cup so it became 'goopy'. About 1 1/2 hours after I poured the clear resin into the mold I gently introduced the goopy concoction and gave it a quick swirl.

TIP: Always seal all paper with a decoupage medium or spray sealer like ETI spray sealer.

 
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mixed Media Altered Canvas with Resin

Today we are happy to have Irit Shalom as our 
Guest Blogger...
Check out the Awesome 
Mixed Media Altered Canvas

Hello my dear crafty friends!

My name is Irit and I am an Israeli artist who is going to inspire you a bit today with my altered canvas and ETI products.

First of all I want to say thanks. Thanks for Ann Butler who arranged us to get those gorgeous ETI products to play with. Thanks for ETI for the most generous box of goodies I ever got. Thanks for my little sister who is an American  and helped me to get those fantastic ETI goodies during my USA visit. And thanks for my my jet lag that helped me to finish this project pretty soon after I came home.

So now let's see the project.
I know that usually resin art means jewelry or something connected to the wearable art. Not this time. My project is totally Mixed Media altered canvas and it shows you the way to use products that generally are connected to one kind of projects, used on another kind of projects and it mostly showcase the versatility of ETI products.

First I began with preparing ETI pieces as no one can shorten those products drying time.

1.  Molding and casting exciting shapes
Make molds for some wooden cogs with Easy Mold Silicone Putty. This is the fast, no- toxic kind of molds and you don't need to use gloves (as most of them don't fit the mold components, containing Sulfur and will delay the chemical process). You do need two equal parts of both colors of the mold. Don't have any measure device? Here is my tip: use chip plastic tube; mark the line so even if you don't have an equal level of both products you will fill the tube with the equal amount of component.

Look how easy it is! I made two loads of each component as I made some bigger molds with this mixture.


And from the top- just  to show how it works. Keep two tubes and mark them for white and purple component. Don't use the same tube for both!


Try to keep your room at like 21C/70F to get the best working time. Work fast! Mix  both components and  press your object into the putty. Leave it there for half an hour.If you use plaster or acrylic you can use it right away. If you are going to use resins, wait for 24 hours.

For this particular project I made molds for wooden lower left corner cogs. (Sorry, I didn't take photos of this stage as this is very easy step and I didn't want this post to be  too long).

2. Casting EnviroTex Jewelry Clay into shop made mold is an easy part. Be sure  to mix the equal amount of both clay component USING GLOVES . If you  want you clay to be colored add some pigments or paints.  My photos here are showing the general casting of Jewelry clay and just one single piece from here will be added to my finished project (the round amber piece on the lower left corner; all other pieces were made for another project). To get this amber color I added a few drops of Amber Transparent Resin Dye into a mixed clay, but you sure can use the raw clay and paint it later with different paints and mediums.


The metal piece on the bottom of the photo above is a polymer clay knife.  I used it to trim off the excess at the top of casted  clay. You can use any craft knife, but those special ones are not expensive and made for this very matter.


3. Using High Gloss Finish  for embedding a chipboard shape
This is the most tricky part of this post: how to  make a simple chipboard shape durable and even wearable (we didn't need it for this project, but I was on a roll...)
First cover the bare chipboard with pigment ink (I used Clearsnap Bark); then cover it with Clearsnap Clear Embossing Powder and heat emboss . Make it from the both sides if you are going to use it as a part of something  wearable. For this project single side was sufficient.


Now  for the part I am not sure about: I sealed the heat embossed piece with Ultra Sealer and I made it twice. I was not sure how much heat embossed surface is really sealed, so I made this step after all.

The next - adding resin step- was not photographed as I was very busy to keep this filled with liquid resin piece on its place. So just the explanation:
Use Enviro Tes Lite High Gloss Finish and mix according to instructions. Add a few drops of the same Amber pigment to the mixed material. Arrange the embossed chipboard over a  non sick craft sheet and try to keep it on its place during the pouring process. As this piece is very low I had a lot of left overs flow around. Leave them for a few hours and then trim the adhesive piece around the chipboard and cut the leftovers. Do this about 12 hours after the pouring. Don't touch the piece of the adhesive for 12 more hours and then just peel it off and your piece is embedded into the light amber "glass".


4. Make your altered canvas with masks, gesso, embossing powders, mists and whatever you  want. Add your casted  and glossed pieces as shown. Cover the chipboard title and numbers with a thin layer of High Gloss Finish (make a small amount of it to add a glossy finish to the metal pieces and chipboards). For the Mixed Media project don't worry about " bleeding  colors" ; don't  use sealer over the chipboard title and numbers as we love this non perfect result.

5. And now for the fun part: use the used ETI brush as a part of you project. This is one of the brushes that comes with measurement glasses and they are disposable.  After you use it  once its just a trash.So let's use it as a part of our project! This is all about Create- use the brush to underline the title. (I changed the metal handle color with a drop of alcohol ink). Add some  paint splashes and enjoy you creation!


 And this is my final project:


I really hope you got some ETI inspiration from my canvas and see you again soon with another ETI project.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Abstract Resin ART!

We are excited to welcome Vishu Reberholt as our guest designer today.  
She has an amazing project that you are going to love!

A frosty hello blog friends! (since its snowing here) its Vishu Reberholt here and I am so excited to be the guest designer on the blog today. This is my first time working with Environmental Technologies Inc.  resin and boy I had fun making this project so here is a look at my abstract art.


Can you imagine the possibilities and the best part ................ every piece is unique.

here are the products I used:
Envirotex Lite.......... (LOVE this product)
Acrylic Paints I used red, yellow and black
poster board
gloves (a must)
toothpicks



The Envirotex Lite comes with very detailed instructions my advice here would be to follow them to the T and you will have a perfect pour every time.

So first I cut my poster board to the desired size and laid it on my work surface, then I mixed my envirotex lite as per instructions, since its really cold here I did keep the resin in hot water for 15 mins to get the temperature up and avoid bubbles, once my resin was mixed I added the red color first and poured some of it on the poster board, then I tilted my board to spread the colored resin, I did the same by adding the other two colors. There was a lot of tilting and adding color to get a look I liked. Once my board was fully covered with resin using the toothpick I made some curvy lines to mix the colors. Here are some more close up looks.



I also did another slight variation when mixing the yellow color, I did not completely blend the paint with the resin which gave me a floating yellow pigment look which I absolutely love and the high gloss finish gives this such an elegant look.

I used up the unused resin to make another smaller piece.



I thoroughly enjoyed playing with resin so want to give a shout out and thank Environmental Technologies Inc. I can see myself starting to get addicted as my brain is flowing with so many ideas I want to see come to life. I hope you try this technique and make some unique pieces of your own.

Thanks again for this opportunity.



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Colorful Cast Resin Window Charms

Today we are excited to have Carmen Flores Tanis
as our guest blogger...

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Hi it's Carmen today! Although I have been working with resin for about 10 years, I had never used any ETI products before so I was delighted for the opportunity to create a project using EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy Resin. I thought I'd do a take on a stained glass window by creating a series of translucent charms which can be hung wherever you want a splash of color.
 
I started by spraying my molds with Mold Release.  Follow the directions on the bottle.  (I didn't and I'll show you what happened in a bit.)
 
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Following the directions on the package, I measured equal amounts of resin and hardener into a cup and then stirred for two minutes. Then I poured the liquid into a fresh cup and stirred another two minutes with a new stir stick. This double cup system is a great way to make sure that the resin is mixed really well.
 
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I knew I wanted to work with different colors so I poured the resin into little one ounce cups then added Transparent Dye for each different color and stirred.
 
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Have you ever used one of those little wooden honey tools to serve honey out of a little pot? You dribble the honey from the tool onto your toast. That's how I filled the molds. The shapes were too small and too close together to try to pour the resin straight out of the cups so I used the stir sticks to dribble the resin into each mold cavity.
 
Once the molds were filled, I stacked baking sheets over them with little cups as spacers and covered the entire stack with a clean lint-free cloth to keep the dust out.
 
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After 24 hours, I popped the cured pieces out of the molds. Rather I should say "I tried to pop" because here's an example of what happens when you don't follow the directions on the mold release bottle. I failed to do a nice even coat on the alphabet mold and most of the letters stuck. My crafty heart was sad but only for a minute because the other mold released easily and it was time to sand! (The instructions also say that candy molds are generally not usable even with a good coat of mold release.)
 
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I took a piece of Wet/Dry 400 grit sandpaper and put it on one of my indispensable baking sheets. Then with a little bit of water I sanded each shape to flatten out the backs. ****Tip for easy cleanup: Wipe all the ground resin from the sandpaper with a wet paper towel and then toss the towel in the trash. Nice and clean!
 
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 It was so easy to drill holes in the EasyCast pieces! I used a 2mm drill bit on my high speed drill and was done in minutes.
 
The last step was to string the pieces together with clear fishing line.
 
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That's it! I love how the resin looks like thick pieces of glass. The EasyCast has such clarity and I didn't have to fight away bubbles which has always been a problem for me with other brands. No bubbles here!
 
Try your own spin on this project by casting different shapes in your favorite colors. It's such a fun way to bring splashes of color into your home. Enjoy!!!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Awesome Resin

We are excited to have Roberta Birnbaum as our guest blogger today!
She shares in detail how easy it is to work with our Resin!


resin from chocolate mold

Half the fun about working with resin is finding the most unique molds to use and items to imbed!

I saw these adorable shapes and at $2.99 for the mold, I couldn't resist! 

What I love about working with molds like this is that you don't have to condition your mold before pouring your resin; just pour, let harden, and pop out!
As you can see, the main ingredients for this project are:
Chocolate mold
measuring cup
stir stick
marker or pastel
protective gloves
optional: pigments to add colour to your piece

First of all, I am going to start with some important tips!


resin from chocolate mold

 1. I like to mark my cup ahead of time. I usually use a black marker, but couldn't find it right away, so I grabbed a pastel stick. I knew I was going to pour 10cc each of the liquids. I find it is much easier to read, control the pour line and also keep me focused (when my mind wanders) on how much I want to pour.

resin from chocolate mold

 2; Try to pour and mix your liquids slowly. It is really important to stir for at least 2 minutes, then pour into a second cup and stir for 1 minute, if not longer to ensure a perfect mix. I prefer to use a fat wood stick (as opposed to popsicle-type sticks) because it moves the liquids along nicely and actually covers more territory in the measuring cup. Remember to scrape down the sides of your cup as you stir. 
 
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 3. Bubbles will form on the surface. If you have imbedded any items they, too, will cause air bubbles. I like to wait at least 5 minutes for bubbles to rise to the surface.
 
resin from chocolate mold

 4. Heat removes the air bubbles. Breathing hot air directly onto the surface can work ( like when you go, 'Haaaa'); do not blow because that is cool air. But I prefer to use a torch or lighter. Sweep the flame across the surface and the bubbles instantly disappear.

resin from chocolate mold

I added red and green pigments. Notice the green purse has an image imbedded;you must seal all porous materials and make sure they are completely dry before pouring resin over them, or they will fade.
resin from chocolate mold

This purse has a metal charm in it.
resin from chocolate mold

Aren't they sweet?