Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Create a Skull Mold with EasyMold® Silicone Putty

Today Artist Mark James shares how he used ETI EasyMold® Silicone Putty  to make a Skull Mold.

 Which he used to make the knobs for this cabinet he created from
Oak, Pine, Walnut and Red Wood.

Mark found these glittered skulls last fall and knew they would 
make a great addition to a lot of his projects....
however they were made if lightweight plastic.

He started by removing all of the glitter.

Then cutting the back of the head off; 
to prepare it to make a mold.

He followed the EasyMold® Silicone Putty instructions
by starting with equal parts...

and mixing them together until blended...

Then placed the skull into the EasyMold® Silicone mixture.

Once it was set, about 20 minutes, he took out the plastic skull
and had a perfect mold.


Stop by Thursday to see how Mark James
makes the knobs for this cabinet from ETI EasyCast®.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Resin Spray is the Finishing Touch

ETI Resin Spray isn't only for Resin...it is an amazing product that can be used on many surfaces..



Today Artist Mark James shares a hand crafted bench he created from found objects...


This beautiful bench started out as an old rusty metal chair and an old black painted table that was left in the alley by Mark's dumpster ready to be thrown away.

Mark took the metal chair apart and saved the pieces that could be salvaged and sanded them down to the to the original metal.


He then spray painted the metal pieces with black paint.  Once that was dry he sprayed coat of gold paint and let the pieces dry.  To give a beautiful shine to the metal he sprayed a coat of the ETI Resin 
Spray onto each piece and let them dry.  While these photos do not do the piece justice, you can almost see the shine of the Resin Spray in the above photo....

Mark took apart the old black table and sanded away all of the black paint and found beautiful oak wood.  



Mark then salvaged the best pieces of the oak, stained them and created the bench with the metal as the focus and the wood as the frame.


Once the bench was created he sprayed a coat of the ETI Resin Spray over the entire bench and let it dry.  The Resin Spray was the finishing touch to this wonderful up-cycled project.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Create a Jewelry Tray with EasyCast®

Dana Joy shows how to color ETI EasyCast® with ink from an ink pad and how to layer molds to...


create this jewerly tray.  Full instructions on her blog...click here!

Resin filled Crystal Bezel

Designer Roberta Birnbaum created this beautiful sparkling Bezel


using our Jewelry Resin


She stamped the background inset 
and filled the piece with the resin...
with the crystals!
This is simply a beautiful piece!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Beaded Resin Jewelry

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today working with some amazing products from ETI.

Jewelry making has always been a little intimidating to me, but I've been working with the wonderful products from ETI and am really enjoying creating assorted resin pieces that can be used as jewelry pieces or as embellishments in other products.

Today, I want to show you what I created using the Easy Cast Clear Casting Epoxy.  


Following the manufacture's directions, I prepared the resin mixture, then mixed in several drops of the Blue Transparent Dye.  Before pouring the resin, be sure to prepare your molds using the Mold Release/Conditioner.  This conditioner really helps the pieces pop out of the molds.  After pouring the resin into the Resin Jewelery Mold, I added some little beads I've had forever and let the resin set.


( Note to self, wait at least an hour before adding beads because they sank to the bottom of the molds way too quickly.)

After letting the resin set for approximately 48 hours, I removed the molded pieces and had my husband drill holes in the top of two pieces that I thought would look nice as necklaces.



Resin definitely is not as intimidating as I thought and I had lots of fun playing with these products.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Steph




Thursday, March 19, 2015

Painting a Bold Background with Resin

Today Designer Roberta Birnbaum shares with us how to create a bold background using EnviroTex Lite® Resin. 

Roberta Birnbaum Look for Beauty resin art
I love how the resin makes the colors POP!
Supplies:
8" x 10" canvas
EnviroTex Lite®
Castin' Craft Color Pigment Concentrate: blue, white
Castin' Craft Transparent Resin Dye: red, yellow, blue, green, pearl
Ultra-Seal™ Multi-purpose Sealer
Ann Butler's Iridescents by Earth Safe Finishes: Lilac gel medium and Onyx powder 
Image from magazine
Sentiment
DecoArt® Moldeling Paste™ Paintable Texture
DecoArt® Texture Glass™
Spare Parts® embellishments: mirror, comb
Inka Gold Metallic Rub, steel blue
Spectrum Noir™ markers: BP2, PP5, PP3
Copic Sketch, YG06 (yellowish-green)
Copic Ciao Y28 (lionet gold)
Clay face - pre-made
Tissue paper
Cardboard

Tools: palette knife, paint brushes, mixing cups, stir sticks, pipettes, cloths, craft mat

Directions:

  1. Cover your canvas with modeling paste in a 'rough fashion' - i.e. leaving lines, valleys, etc. This will create natural boundaries and contained areas into which you can pour your resin. You can also use tissue paper.  Let it dry. N.B. *Keep in mind the area you want to place your image so you can leave that area relatively flat).
    Roberta Birnbaum Look for Beauty resin art

    Roberta Birnbaum Look for Beauty resin art
  2. Mix your resin according to manufacturer's instructions. Choose your pigment colors and you can mix a drop of color with resin in a small cup and have all the colors ready to work with. *If you do mix them like this you must work quickly before the resin starts hardening  OR Using a craft mat, mix some resin and pigment directly on the mat, and create more as necessary. 
    Roberta Birnbaum Look for Beauty resin art
  3. You can brush the resin on and/or fill the cavities by using a pipette (this is like a medicine dropper).
  4. Brush on the Iridescents on some of the flat surfaces.
  5. Give your cut paper image a coat of texture glass and let it dry.
  6. Glue your image to a piece of cardboard you have cut to match the shape of your image.  This adds strength and structures to the paper before you glue it to your canvas. 
  7. I used modeling paste to attach the image by smearing it onto the canvas. Let it dry.
    Roberta Birnbaum Look for Beauty resin art
  8. Glue on the head and embellishments using Ultra-Seal
  9. Color your image and clay face with markers.
    Roberta Birnbaum Look for Beauty resin art
  10. Highlight metal embellishments with Inka Gold by applying a small amount on the end of a cloth and then buffing it with a clean cloth
  11. Dry brush your sentiment with onyx Iridescents by mixing a very small amount of the powder with a lot of water and then brushing it across the paper.  This gives the sentiment a beautiful, iridescent sheen.
    Roberta Birnbaum Look for Beauty resin art
  12. Once dry, glue the paper sentiment to your canvas using Ultra-Seal.

Roberta Birnbaum signature


Roberta Birnbaum  Resin Art
For more creative inspiration visit Roberta at http://www.decorablesart.com

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Alcohol Inks and Resin A learning process...

Hello my dear crafty friends! 

This is Irit here again and this time with a story. This is a story of making mistakes and then re- making them into something nice. Kind of from " trash to treasure" thing, but it's my trash and my own treasure after all.
It's a crafty way to take your mistakes to another level and to think about them as a way of  your own creativity development.

So this how it was at the beginning: I decided to make a bunch of casts with ETI Resin jewelry mold and to add stamped images on the back. For this technique I needed the very clean and clear casts and I was sure I am going to get them. So I used Casting Crafts Mold release conditioner  spray and waited over night  for my dry mold.

Seams to be right? So I thought.


Then I  mixed the Easy Cast resin and I worked by book,so I thought...Sort of. On the way something went wrong and my casts  very so full of little bubbles that it looked white. I am still not sure  what went  wrong on the way.

 I worked  by the book. I mixed it for the right time. I made it two steps. I used a torch to heat the bubbles out.  Maybe it was cold in the room? I am not sure, but the only thing I can think about was the room temperature, as it can not be cold during the set up time and I forgot to warm the bottles in hot water. So here it was- good casted pieces in this  white bubbled color that were not good for my original idea. But  then I live in Israel and I can't get products without waiting 4 weeks for their shipping. I can't let it go to the trash bin. No way! I need Plan B.


And my plan B was to color the milky pieces and to stamp over them and then to connect them into double sided charms. And lucky me- it worked! Almost...(This is a time for the sad face icon...)
Some alcohol inks, small nice butterfly stamp with permanent black ink and my pieces were magically   reborn.


Here you still can see the milky back of one of the pieces.Bubbles- bubbles- bubbles everywhere.


Now I found this " my"  way to connect those pieces  into a wearable shape. Yes, I mixed a bit more of Easy cast to glue the wires inside. 24 hours of waiting again.


 And my finished necklace was really  pretty before I made another mistake! Huge one.
 I used Resin Spray Clear Gloss Finish over alcohol inks. And I lost the brightness and  a lot of paint in the process. BIG NO! When you use alcohol inks don't use resin sprays! But then this whole piece was a lesson .  Good one. Long one. And I am happy to share it with my readers.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Victorian Lady Resin Art

Today, designer Roberta Birnbaum is sharing this beautiful Victorian Lady resin art project featuring EnviroTex Lite™.
Roberta Birnbaum Victorian Lady Resin Art
I have been exploring the many different sizes and shapes of molds available for creating resin pieces. Most of us tend to stick to smaller molds, but it is nice to explore beyond 1 square inch sometimes; don't you agree?
I thought this rectangular mold would be a lovely size to create a wall hanging or if you pour it much thinner, a beautiful book plate!

Materials:

Tools: mixing cups, stir sticks, torch

Roberta Birnbaum Victorian Lady Resin Art

Directions:

  1. Cut out the image you are using and completely seal it ( front and back) with Ultra-Seal. Give it 2 coats, waiting for first layer to dry before applying second. Set aside and allow piece to completely dry.
  2. Prepare your selected mold by spraying the Mold Release into your mold, wiping away excess spray, and allow it to dry
  3. Prepare your resin according to manufacturer's instructions and pour a thin base layer in the mold and allow to dry for 3-4 hours.  This allows the resin to slightly gel and provide a solid base to begin your next layer.
  4. Take your sealed image and place it on the gelled resin, adding the earrings.
  5. Drop some beads into the gel
  6. Prepare resin and pour another layer of resin. You may also add a few small drops of dye for a marbled effect, and also some mica flakes (which will drop to the bottom of the layer)
  7. After 4-6 hours add your final pour and drop mica flakes into the mix.  By waiting this time it allows you place the flakes exactly where you want without them dropping to the bottom.  This is the same for beads.
  8. Let the piece cure for 72 hours - 1 week.
  9. Pop the casting out of the mold and apply gold tape around the frame.
    Roberta Birnbaum Victorian Lady Resin Art
    Placing gold tape around the edges. This beautifully completes the piece by adding the faux-soldered look and hiding any rough edges!
  10. Add a ribbon to hang your creation.

 Roberta Birnbaum Victorian Lady Resin Art

Roberta Birnbaum Victorian Lady Resin Art

Roberta Birnbaum Victorian Lady Resin Art

Important Tip:

Even though they 'look' clean, don't forget to wash out your molds after EVERY use! 


Roberta Birnbaum signature   


Roberta Birnbaum Victorian Lady Resin Art
For more creative inspiration visit Roberta at http://www.decorablesart.com

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The look of Metal with Resin



 Hello my dear crafty friends and welcome to my new Steampunk adventure
Last year I entered this fancy and non real Steampunk art world and since then I try to make a piece or two of Steampunk art when it's a right time and right mood. So when I got this  " Little things that make life Big"  stamp from Two Paper Divas Life's Little Sayings set I thought that it can perfectly 
fit  a new Steampunk project and this is how this piece was born (from the stamp).
I was looking for little things that I cherish in my life and that make it bigger and the first one was a bit of Wisdom. And who is the ultimate symbol of wisdom if not an Owl? So I looked for a big size owl in my craft stash and the only one I had was this metal old vintage mobile piece and I didn't want to waste it for a single project. That's how I grabbed my ETI products and from here everything was easy. I know         it took me a couple of days to finish this project, but who said that art is as instant as my cup of coffee?
First I made the mold of my owl with ETI Easy Mold Silicone putty and left it to dry, as directed on the manufacturer's instructions.



Then I took the metal piece of my mold and you can see how detailed and perfect this mold is.



Then I made a try to add Ann Butler's Iridescents in Copper inside the mold and to add resin over the pigment.



Then I casted the owl with Easy Cast Clear casting epoxy over the Iridescents and let it dry for about 24 hours. The pigment worked fantastic with resin casting and I got this copper translucent owl to use over my piece.



Now I was looking for other life's little symbols and I thought I need wings. For me wings are an ultimate symbol of adventure (remember Icarus?), of freedom and of courage. When you spread your wings and fly nothing can stop you and even stars are not the limit. So do I have any wings to add to my piece? Again, the only wings I had were those metal Tim Holtz ones and I decided to repeat the previous step and to mold and to cast me the new ones. Those steps are not shown as this is exactly the same technique as the owl one. This time I added a mix of Ann Butler's Iridescents by Earth Safe Finishes and to make my wings kind of blue- silver ones.
So here is my finished project and I am going to explain much more about all other symbols and my work process.



Now it was a time to think about all other little things of a life. And I can even say that those parts were even "little" in cost: I found this kids' store where you can buy dozen of toy pieces for maybe $1 cost and used the foam cube as my art piece base. Let's say that black chalkboard DecoArt paint made it possible together with a couple of hours waiting time and my very black fingers.
The next one was to find a stand for my stamped over transparency sentiment. Remember? This is what this piece is all about. So I stamped it with black Surfacez Clearsnap ink and cut it to fit this kids' store magnifying glass. This glass (heat embossed with a mix of embossing powders and glitters) is another symbol of life's little things. We should pay attention to the very small things in our life and a bunch of them connected make this life a real thing.



The background Steampunk chipboard piece from Creative Embellishments was painted into black and then heat embossed all over.
I still had pieces and pieces and nothing was connected to a whole project. Then I thought about luck. Luck is another little thing you should have in your life to make it complete. So I added this plastic "silver" spoon and filled it with precious stones using another small mix of ETI Easy Cast Clear Casting Epoxy. I think we all know that to be born with a silver spoon is a kind of luck; not that I was born with it, but at least girl can dream…



I used a bit of Easy Cast to glue my stamped transparency over the magnifying glass too.
Some more $1 store things were added, such as pearls on the cube and I added a bunch of Prima flowers to add another little thing that makes our life big: flowers. As I already had some Easy Cast Resin mixed I worked fast and glued every single piece with this already mixed resin. It's just perfect clear glue with a long drying time )
As you can see on the final project I changed a color of my casted pieces by adding some paints and pigments and maybe it looks like a metal, but it is all ETI resin.





I hope you like my art piece as much as I do and will try to make similar frugal pieces with ETI products use.