Thursday, February 11, 2016

How to Create a Resin Faux Opal Video

Today we want to share another video segment from our tapping for PBS's "Creative Living with Sheryl Borden".



How to make a Faux Opal with EasyCast.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

How to make a Resin Tray Video

Here is a segment  we shot last fall with Sheryl Borden for her PBS show "Creative Living with Sheryl Borden"



How-to create a tray with EnviroTex Lite

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Coloring Resin Embellishments with Metallic Cremes

One of my favorite things to do is to make my own molds from EasyMold Silicone Putty!  The plus side of creating molds is I always have them on hand to use when I have extra resin left over from a project...

Here is how to create a mold:

Start with Silicone Putty

Measure out two equal balls of part A and B

 Mix them together 

Until you have a uniform color.

 Press an item into the Silicone Putty

 Wait 20 minutes and remove

and you have created a mold...Be sure and wait 48 hours before using the mold with reisn to get perfect results...

Now the resin pieces I end up with are not always in colors I want, since I am just trying not to wast any of the resin left over from other project.  So after I have a collection of resin pieces I will take time to color them in different ways...today I am using a rub on wax to give some color to these resin frames.

It is an easy process...

just rub the color onto to the resin...

and you will have some great pieces to use in your projects in the colors you will use.

This is also a good way to test the mold, make sure it has all the detail of the original...this is one of my favorites...and once I added the green for the leaves and red for the flowers....this piece is stunning!  Be sure and spray these pieces with a light coat of Castin' Craft Resin Spray to finish off these embellishments!

Monday, February 1, 2016

EnviroTex Lite Resin Flower Fun

Hello Resin Lovers!! Karen Bearse here, and today we are playing with cool mix media resin flowers. In a previous post  Resin Paper Series #1  I did tutorials on how to resin different types of paper. That is always good practice to get comfortable with applying resin. Lets get started with a new project using some of the paper!!! Here is the super cool project we are making.


The flowers have a stiff feeling and are a bit translucent. They have a vibrant color and the shimmer from the mist can be seen through the resin coating. They would be great to use on an art journal page, scrapbook page, cover of a book.  I will do some trouble shooting for you as well or how I would do this differently next time.  I am going to try keep this simple, never an easy task!


Supplies:
EnviroTex Lite Resin
Paper (book paper)
Die cut flowers
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist (or your favorite)
Button or bead
Cropodile

1. Die cut shapes using your favorite system. I cut mine out of book paper using with Eileen Hull's Flower Layers die #9 by Sizzix. 


2. Mist the flowers - in this project Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist was used because of its bold color and shimmer factor. Use a heat gun or let dry completely.


3. Time to mix the resin!! I simply followed the easy directions to make the EnviroTex Lite resin - read the instructions for full info.  Measure out equal amounts of resin & hardener.  Pour into one cup & stir together for about 2 minutes. Pour into a clean 2nd cup & with a new stir stick, stir 1 minute.

Now you are ready to resin.


4. Put flower shapes on a non-stick craft sheet.  Apply a coat of resin by dripping from the stir stick onto the flowers.  Use the stick to spread the resin, push the resin toward the edge of the flower.  If you keep the stick away from the edge but let the resin flow naturally to the edges, it will maintain the flower shape.  The resin will dome naturally and you will not need to trim the edges when dry.


5. Let dry overnight.  Now you may use your flowers separately or punch a hole in the center using a cropodile tool and gather the petals with a brad.  Handle the flowers carefully as they are a bit brittle. For a stronger flower add resin to the backside of the flower first, set on craft sheet & than drip the resin on top. 
6. I went one step further adding a button and wire to my flower to create a fun piece!  Eileen Hull debuted her fantastic new Twist and Style tool with Sizzix at CHA 2016.  I was lucky enough to get to play with a prototype so you get a sneak peek of the results of that play!!!


The tool is not available until May but here is a sample of just one of the many things it does.

Here is a close up of just one way you can twist wire,
which is perfect for flowers and this project!
 Now get out your resin & make fun flowers!!!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sculpting with EasySculpt

This past Tuesday, I shared the workshop we conducted while at the CHA Mega Show using EasySculpt.  Now I am going to share some of the sculpted creations made by the attendees after they finished the workshop project....they are so cool!

First of all to prepare EasySculpt...

Start with equal parts of A and B

Thoroughly mix them together 

until there is a uniform color.

Now for some of the great sculpted projects the attendees created...

 cute little dog heads...

 some frogs, a snail and small bone...

 another snail...

 a bone and some stones...

 snowman...
 melting snowman...

 Candice Windham's dead bird...

 happy rock...

 penguin...

 pig...

octopus (sorry, missed the head on this shot...but I wanted you to see the before)...

because this photo shows the octopus with a coat of gesso and then the finished piece.  Donna Braaten-Budzynski was kind enough to share her finished octopus...check out her blog post with details of how she created him...I just LOVE how he turned out!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

CHA Mega Show EasySculpt Workshop

EasySculpt is a 2 part resin clay that you can easily sculpt or mold however you want.  So while at the CHA Mega Show earlier this month, we conducted an EasySculpt workshop to show attendees the possibilities of this product.



Above is a photo of the workshop project.  We used our new Silicone Paste to create a mold from a ceramic frog for each attendee...

Then they got to work...

and started with equal parts of EasySculpt A and B

with gloves on, they mixed them together 

until there is a uniform color.

 Then they go started by putting the resin clay into the frog mold....

 With the extra resin clay they had mixed, they used silicone molds, one of which was a Wilton Silicone Mold, shown in the photo.

 It took about 45 minutes for the resin clay to set up.  The frog could then be removed from the mold and placed onto the clay pot...EasySculpt will adhere to the pot without the need for any glue.

 They then removed the molded items from the Wilton mold...

 and adhered them to the clay pot...

They all turned out wonderful...

Check out this Thursdays post to see some of the great sculpted pieces the attendees created with their extra resin clay...

Friday, January 22, 2016

Resin Marbled Leftovers

When I created the beautiful Resin Marbled Costers this week...there was lsome EnviroTex Lite that dripped off and got scrapped off of the costers onto the plastic, I had underneath....



Then I had a bit of leftover resin in the cups...


which I added to what was on the plastic...I pulled through the resin with a stir stick to create a pattern and left it to dry...  The next day I pulled the wonderful sheet of resin off of the plastic knowing it would be perfect for oh so many things....


First I decided to die cut some letters to create the word ART and a beautiful flourish...for a future project...

I also kept the negative space from the letters because they looked so cool and could also be used in a  future project....I see something like, a journal  for these,

I also had some smaller leftover pieces that were perfect to cut and shape into some beads....remember paper beads?  Simply cut a triangle and rolled from the wide end to the point...

I then place some tape around the beads because the resin was still flexible and easy to manipulate because it had set for about 12 hours and was still soft and pliable....

Placing the tape around the beads for leaving them set aside for another 24 - 48 hours gives them time to completely set and then they will easily hold their shape and can be used in another project....
What will you make with your leftover resin?