Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Switch Plate ReMake!

 I have now figured out a way to decorate the most boring item in my studio.
The light switch plate.  
It is such a blank canvas I don't know how I didn't think to paint or collage it sooner.
 Colours come together by themselves in my studio.  
All summer I have been drawn to yellow and orange.  I had some fun deciding which of these might go onto the switch plate.  I didn't even need to worry if they were flat because
I was not using traditional glue.  I used Jewelry Clay to adhere everything to the plate.

 I made a good size ball of clay for this project.
 I applied a fairly thick layer on the switch plate cover.  Some of my items (like the tiny dolls) would need to be deeply pressed in order to attach permanently.  
TIP:  I was very careful to ensure that none of my embellishments were near the area the sitch would need to operate.  I also kept the screw in area clear as well.
 I added beads in any open area.  
Jewelry Clay air cures, so no oven required.
I could have left the clay as it is because the cured colour is quite nice...but that would not be fun.
 It just so happens I have this gorgeous orange Pearl-Ex!  I dusted it across the entire switch plate.  
I always allow my clay and Pearl-ex to cure together overnight.  Pearl-Ex will only cling to the clay, so there is no rush to brush it off.
 The next day I use a fairly stiff stenciling brush to sweep away the excess powders.  
Now my light switch fits in my studio.  I have it hanging next to one of my bigger painted collages.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Resin Crafts That Come and Go In Popularity

Last week I was speaking with ETI's Vice President about some ideas I had for upcoming posts.
It always surprises me when I think I have come up with something brilliant,
only to be told,
"Um, Carmi, we did that about ten years ago."

Occasionally I forget that Environmental Technology Inc. has been in business since 1969.

In the last 45 years, they sure have seen trends come and go.

In case you did not know, some of their now "vintage" how-to manuals are free to read on the website.
This 1993 guide to pouring resin on tabletop surfaces is a classic and still relevant today!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Summer 2014 Nunn Design Give-a-way NOW OVER

  Nunn Design sent me their Summer Collection to share with you.
Would you like to win the collection?
You have until Monday morning July 28 to enter.
(There is about $75 dollars worth of components in this grouping.)
 I created several posts this week to showcase some of the new collection components.  
If you want to see more I have all my
As always, thank you so much for visiting!


My rules are simple and straightforward.

1.  Leave a nice comment on this blog post.
2.  Leave your name if it isn't normally on your profile. 
(if you post as Anonymous you'll be disqualified)
3.  Check back here on Monday July 28 (mid afternoon EST) to see who won.  You'll have a week to privately message me your mailing address.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Nunn Design Copper Bezels

 I have two gorgeous resin filled copper bezels from Nunn Design to share with you today.
 I have a small 4x6 inch piece of this unusual paper in my paper collection.  I have been wanting to feature it in a special project because I doubt I will find another piece anytime soon.
 I simply glued the paper into my bezels and poured Jewelry Resin on top.  The magnification of the black and copper is just gorgeous.
 Copper is not the easiest metal to coordinate chains and components with.  I keep a copper stash sorted in one box.  
These pieces needed to be shown simply and elegantly
...which is hard for me!
I do love these chokers now though.  They do not need any additional embellishment.
  Nunn Design sent me their Summer Collection and I will be hosting a giveaway tomorrow on this blog.  (There is about $75 dollars worth of components in this grouping.)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Nunn Design Bezels and Miniature Swimmers in Jewelry Resin Part TWO

 This is the brooch I would be wearing today, if I worked in an office.
Yesterday I showed you how I made these sweet little bezels in Part One of this blog series.
 Nunn Design sent me their Summer Collection and I will be hosting a giveaway at the end of the week.  (There is about $75 dollars worth of components in this grouping.)
In order to build my brooch I gathered a few more of the Nunn Design charms and one or two other components from my own jewelry making stash.
 I love these pins.  When they already include a place to add a dangle it makes it easy to build a brooch with several components.
I can't imagine anyone taking a peek at this without smiling.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Nunn Design Bezels and Miniature Swimmers in Jewelry Resin Part ONE

These sweet new bezels are very small and a little difficult for me to photograph.
I hope you can see the super cute miniature ladies against a seaside background.
I used our favorite resin for this project.
 Nunn Design sent me their Summer Collection and I will be hosting a giveaway at the end of the week.  (There is about $75 dollars worth of components in this grouping.)
 My new silver bezels are called "Mini Link Double Loop Long Rectangles" and they arrived on the same day I unpacked my latest vintage paper postcard find.  
Somehow, they needed to be connected. 
Since I was focused on the seaside, it occurred to me I had a few summer themed women in my miniature people stash...I gathered those.
FYI:  Miniature people can be found by searching model train sites.
 I cut scenes from the postcard and used my Xyron sticker maker to place them into the bezels.
 I sealed my paper images with several coats of a clear drying decoupage medium.  This process meant I had to let my bezels completely dry overnight before pouring in my resin.
They have cured beautifully!  My resin looks glossy and now I need to focus on how to use these bezels!
See you tomorrow!

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Happy Mistake Resin Project

 This new resin filled bezel has the most unique colours.  In a million years I could not replicate this happy accident with paint.
 I say "accident" because in a package of paper I found this piece where the paper clearly had a few issues while being created.  The tiny flowers and leaves are gorgeous throughout accept in two areas.  

I found this area fascinating!

 I decided to cut the damaged section out and permanently embed it in Jewelry Resin.
 The moment I poured in the resin, the blacks became deeper and the colours just popped.
I hope you like this "mistake" as much as I do!

Friday, July 18, 2014

A Mold in 25 Minutes

 I have posted many times about our amazing Silicone Putty named EasyMold.  It is easy to use, has a 3 minute working time and a 25 minute cure.
 My plan is to create a special project featuring molded jewel shapes.  I have a vintage plastic jewel I need to make make a mold of.  
"Roll the kneaded components into a ball and then flatten slightly. Press object into putty to form mold or apply putty to piece. Leave object in putty and allow it to cure for 25 minutes."  Full instructions here.

 My mold is ready in 25 minutes.  However, if I want to pour resin into it I need to let is set for an additional 24 hours.

EasyMold Silicone Putty is ideal for a wide range of impression type mold applications, including:
Envirotex Lite and Envirotex Lite Jewelry Resin (shallow pours)
Castin’Craft Clear Casting Resin, 
EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy, 
ice cubes, 
air dry clay, 
concrete and 
low melt metals! 

EasyMold is a easy to use, Odor Free, Non-Toxic, FDA compliant – Food Grade, two component silicone putty.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

How To Pour Resin Into an Open Space - Part Three A Glaze Layer

This pendant should look familiar to you.
In my first two posts I showed you my tips to work in an open back bezel.
I have added one more layer of resin which I call the "GLAZE LAYER."
The pendant was already very pretty.
 In my step-by-step posts I showed you how to get to this point.
 I often go back to my pieces to add just a few more accents.  In this case, some dots and highlights with markers and gel pens.
With a paint brush I apply a final top coat of Jewelry Resin just like I would a varnish coat....the difference is a glaze layer of our resin is equal to 50 coats of varnish in just one painted application!
I think my pendant is perfect now!

How To Pour Resin Into an Open Space - Part ONE

How To Pour Resin Into an Open Space - Part Two

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Taxi Cab Tiles - Into Art Beads

This post has such an odd title.  I will explain.
I do hope the resin covered beads caught your eye!
 For this project I am using two of my favorite ETI products; Resin Spray and Jewelry Resin.
 On Facebook I posted these images in the hopes that someone had a great name for them.  These are bamboo tile beads.  I call them taxicab tiles because I originally noticed that many taxi cab drivers in hot countries sit against them.  They are installed on their seat back and normally look like the image below.
I think they help circulate air and keep the driver cooler.
 Cut up, you have many many tiles to work with.
They are better than dominos...because they are already pre-drilled!
So, today I will show you how I use them, but of course, the same techniques can be used on dominos or scrabble tiles.
 First, you need some interesting imagery to apply to your tile.  My table looks like this as I try and see what will work best as an image.
 When my paper images are cut, I usually use a Xyron sticker maker to apply adhesive to the back.  This is very helpful in the summer with all the humidity.  Starting with a dry adhesive means my tiles will be ready for a resin application quicker.
TIP:  I sprayed two coats of our Resin Spray to the surface.
This does something very important.  It seals my paper imagery and the bamboo red colour.  
My designs will not bleed with the application of a wet decoupage medium.  Also, on a nice warm day, this dries quickly.  
 Here are the tiles after allowing the Resin Spray to dry all day.  
They are quite nice....but will be even nicer shortly!
Applying resin to a flat surface can be tricky.  You do not want an over pour.
Here is how I do it.  
I drop a small amount of resin into the middle of my tile.
Then, with my paint brush, I push the resin to cover the entire paper image.
This I let cure 24 hours.
 Aren't they fantastic?
I wanted you to see up close.  
Sometimes the resin pulls away from the edge.  
I will probably apply another layer of resin.  I might even do the other side.
Linda Russio showed me how she finishes her tiles.  I LOVE THIS!!  I have a wire wrapping wizard friend who I think I will give these tiles to next.