Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Playing with Jewelry Clay

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 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 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 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!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Create Resin Charm Bracelet

Hi Resin fans!  Lisa Marie Jimenez here, showing you how to create this beautiful “Create” Charm Bracelet using digital collage sheets and EnviroTex® Jewelry Resin.  If you are scared of making resin bezels don’t be, using this Jewelry Resin is a snap!  In this tutorial, I will show you how to make these beautiful floral bezels and then how to turn them into a beautiful bracelet. 

Supply List:

Bezel Instructions:

Cut letters from collage sheet, making sure each letter fits inside the bezel.  Brush Ultra-Seal inside the bezel and place the letter circles inside.  Before placing paper down, make sure the letter is straight with the top ring. Smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles in the paper.  Repeat this step for all 7 bezels. Set aside to dry.

Next brush a coat of Ultra-Seal over the letter paper to seal it.   Pay close attention to the edges of the paper, you need a good seal on the edges to make sure no bleeding occurs when the resin is applied. Repeat this step for all bezels, then set aside to completely dry.  It is very important that you let the Ultra-Seal completely dry before moving on to the next step.

Mix the Jewelry Resin according to the manufacturer instructions.  Use a clean wooden stick to drizzle the resin into the bezel.  I do not pour the resin into the bezel from the plastic mixing cup, because the resin can overflow the bezel very quickly. Repeat this step for all bezels. 

If there are any bubbles that appear you can remove them by simply waving a lit lighter over the bezel.  I watch the bezels for at least an hour.  During this time, you may find bubbles re-appearing.  Just use the lighter to remove them.   Set the bezels aside for drying according to the manufacturer's instructions.

When the bezels are completely dry, they can be used to make this “Create” Charm Bracelet.   

Supplies for Bracelet:

Large Link Chain, Antique Gold, (7 Inches)
Lobster Clasp, Antique Gold
Rose Charms, Antique Gold (2)
Dragonfly Charm, Antique Gold (2)
Jumpring, Antique Gold, 4mm (21)
Jumpring, Antique Gold, 6mm (2)
Headpins, Antique Gold
Beads, Assorted Sizes and Theme Colors

Flat Nose Pliers (2 Sets)
Round Nose Pliers
Chain Nose Pliers

Assemble Bracelet:

1.  Open a 6mm jumpring and add the lobster clasp to one end of the chain.  Open a 4mm jumpring and add it to the top ring on the crown bezel.  Next open a 6mm jumpring, add it to the opposite end link on the chain.  Add the crown bezel to the jumpring before closing.

2.  Lay chain on a flat surface.  Place the “Create” bezels evenly next to links on chain.  The Crown bezel goes on the end link.  When you have the bezels spaced equally apart on the links, use a 4mm jumpring to connect the bezel to the links on the chain.  (Example: on this chain the bezels are spaced every 3 links)

3.  Now we will start adding items to the empty links on the chain.  Using 4mm jumpring, add the rose charm to an empty link.  Continue by adding the second rose to the chain, then the dragonflies.

4.  The remainder of the empty links on the chain will be filled in with bead baubles.  To make the bead bauble simple load a headpin with random beads.  Trim and make a simple loop.  Use a 4mm jumpring to connect the bauble to the chain. 

*Design Tip- To increase or decrease the overall length of the bracelet; add or subtract the amount of chain used.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hair Clips with Jewelry Clay

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here, and I've been having fun with EnviroTex Jewelry Clay

Start by mixing equal parts A and B of the Jewelry Clay
mixing until you get a uniform color.  
Jewelry Clay is easy to mix and has a long working time until it cures.

Place a portion of the clay into the hairclips.  
The clay adheres to most surfaces and will not shrink as it cures.

 Place gemstones in the clay - pushing them into the clay until they adhere.  No adhesive is necessary because the clay will cure around the gemstones acting as an adhesive.  Play around with colors and sizes to create a variety of styles.

 While they cure in approximately 5-7 hours, allow the hairclips 
to set approximately 24 hours for a total cure.

 Mix and match with your outfits or wear several at one time for unique looks.

 I had lots of fun creating these hairclips and 
know some young ladies who would enjoy wearing them.

Thanks for stopping by today.

 Steph Ackerman

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Glittered Resin Paperweight

I love glitter!
So, while testing the way different amounts of glitter 
would look with resin...I created this very cool Glittered Paperweight. 

Here is what you will need:
Ultra Fine Glitter, Bronze

Mix resin according to manufacturer's instructions, (click here for step by step instructions)
Mix in a few drops of black pigment, to achieve a rich black color.
Stir in about a teaspoon of glitter.
I loved the way the bronze glitter looked with the black resin...
Spray the mold with mold release and pour the resin in....
Remove any bubbles from the surface with a lighter, or by gently blowing.

 I let this set for a few hours and noticed that most of the glitter had fallen to the bottom of the mold.
So, after 12 hours I made another batch of resin, following the manufacturer's instructions.
This time I added the glitter until...

I was happy with the color...

I poured the resin glitter into the mold.

 Let it set for 24 hours...
 Then popped it out of the mold!

 From this angle you can see all of the glitter that settled on the bottom of the mold and a few flakes of glitter in the black resin...

Looking at it from this angle you can see the extra layer I added of the resin and glitter. 
I love the layers of it....very cool!

From the top you can see how great the glitter looks that had settled on the bottom of the mold...

Have some fun adding glitter to your resin pieces!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Working With Castin' Craft Pigments and EasySculpt®

Creating your own colors of clay is easy when you combine EasySculpt® Epoxy Clay with Castin' Craft Opaque Pigments.

working with castin craft pigments

Visually measure equal amounts of “A” and “B” components, this can be done by forming the clay into balls of equal size.

Press, fold and blend the two balls until there is a uniform color with no ribbons or marbling.

To add color: You can do this by simply adding acrylic or oil based artist paints, liquid pigments, pigment powders, metallic powders, etc.. Always mix “A” & “B” components together thoroughly before adding colors.  Add the paint or pigment sparingly until you've achieved the desired color and intensity

Working With Castin' Craft Pigments and EasySculpt®

I divided the mixed clay into 5 balls and rolled each one out.

Using my craft mat as a palette, I squeezed out pigment to mix with the EasySculpt®.
As you can see I have puddles of white, blue, yellow, blue+white, and yellow+white.

Working With Castin' Craft Pigments and EasySculpt®

I made a cane and then distributed the clay into different molds and rolled some out to use with my stamps.

Working With Castin' Craft Pigments and EasySculpt®

It's so easy to cast with these molds. 
And with these molds you don't need to use Mold Release.

Before you handle clay, and especially if you want to stamp into it, 
you need to sprinkle some talcum powder on your surface 
to prevent the stamp from sticking to the clay. It works like a charm.
Working With Castin' Craft Pigments and EasySculpt®

Look at that fantastic impression in the clay!
Did you know we have a great online FREE library full of excellent information, tips, and projects? 
Check out 'Easy Cast Resin Knobs' for a fabulous color-mixing chart.

Speaking of resin knobs, check out my blog post on resin knobs by clicking here!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

3D Resin Embellishments

Hello my dear crafty friends!  
Irit, here again and this time I am going to show you how to make your own unique embellishment using a clear stamp you may already have; along with some ETI products.

A lot of times we want to add a 3d embellishment and we may only have stamps. I am going to show you that it's possible to make a good heat embossed stamped image and even to make it like a 3d sticker.  While it's still a paper embellishment and not something like plastic or metal one.  With a few easy steps and a bit of waiting time we can create own own resin embellishments with any clear or rubber stamp we own. 

Supply list for casted piece:
Pigment Powders
Stamp- Inspired by Stamping Water Lily

Card supplies:
Cardstock, glitter cardstock: American Crafts
Stickers: Paper House Productions
Die: Spellbinders

 Step by step instructions:
1.  Make a mold with ETI Easy Mold Silicone Putty and a big clear stamp.  (For complete step by step instructions check out Monday's post here).  After you take the stamp out it stays a bit dirty (like you have purple stamp), but you can  easy clean it with dish soap and warm water.

2. Color the inside of you mold with shimmer pigments. If you ask why I decided to color it before the casting and not after the cast is done- here is the answer. Those pigments are non permanent. If we color over the dry casted piece we need to use some glaze unless we want them to leave  pigmented colors all around. With this method of casting over the pigments, the pigments are casted inside the piece and the outer surface is crystal clean.

3. Cast the piece with  ETI Easy Cast Clear Epoxy, mixing  it according to manufacturer's instructions.  (find complete step by step instructions for mxing the resin by clicking here ).  Let it dry for at least 24 hours. 

4.  Trim your casted piece with small sharp scissors (easily done, as this is a thin casted piece and it's still a bit flexible after 24 hours). The photo below shows the casted piece with the beautful pigment colors showing and before it was trimmed.

5. Make your final project with your unique resin casted piece. I made a card where the lily is the focal point for the frogs around and it's all about fairy tales and prince charming things.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Create Embellishments with Silicone Putty

I absolutely love EasyMold® Silicone can make molds in minutes, from just about anything.  Plus it is so quick and easy to use....

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).

Roll the kneaded putty into a ball and then flatten slightly. 
Press your object into putty to form mold.
Leave object in the putty and allow it to cure for 25 minutes.

Pop the object out to reveal a wonderful detailed mold of the object....

I love being able to use the molds right away....
so for this one I used some air dry clay to test it out.

By adding just a bit more air dry clay you can get a chunkier flower, or
add just enough to get an exact replica of the original flower.

I painted the white clay flowers with some 
Ann Butler Designs Iridescents to achieve the color I wanted.
I also made some clay leaves and did the same....

Then I embellished a card I created with a sentiment from Unity Stamp Company!
Oh so quick and easy....
Try making some molds with EasyMold® Silicone Putty
and you won't be able to stop looking for things to make molds from