Monday, August 31, 2015

11 Resin projects using ETI

A couple weeks ago we did a Blog Hop with the Designer Crafts Connection, where the designers used some of our products in their projects.  In case you missed any of them I have have photos here for you...to see the complete directions simply click on the link below the photo...Enjoy!!






 






I hope you enjoyed all of these fabulous projects!!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Sewing Themed Resin Jar Topper

I have been sewing since I was a very young child...I actually went to school for Fashion Design so when I spotted these very cool sewing items and knew they would be the perfect things to use to create a Sewing themed resin jar topper.  Inside the jar could be antique buttons, small spools of thread, zippers....            oh the list could go and on...

Along with the sewing themed items I gathered some lace, beads and glitter.

Then to get started...

 I measured 1/2 ounce of the resin and hardener from the EnviroTex Lite®.
I poured them together.

and mixed for a full two minutes.

Then I poured the mixture into another cup and mixed for another minute.

I poured a small amount of the resin into a jar lid and ring that I had glued together the night before.

I placed the dress form, a couple spools of thread andsissors into the resin.
Then I poured some of the micro beads on top.
The dress form did not want to stand on its own,
so I moved it around a bit and got some of the beads under it.

I poured some additional resin on and added another spool of thread,
some buttons and a small ruler.
Then I poured the last of the resin on top of the beads, 
and formed a good base around the base of the dress form.

Then I took a small piece of painters tape and attached it to one side of the ring,
up and over the dress form and onto the opposite side of the ring...
to help hold it in place until the resin set up.

Once it was set up I added a piece of lace around the rim and placed it on the jar!!

I wanted to get a photo of it right away as I just loved how it turned out...
which is why there is nothing in the jar as yet....
It will be fun deciding what should go in there.
The resin will hold everything securly on the top...
What's your hobby?  I am sure you could make a jar topper
with some of your favorite things too!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Casting with EasyMold Silicone Putty

This has to be the easiest and fastest way to create a mold! Not only is the EasyMold Silicone Putty easy to prepare, but it's just as easy to use.

Casting with EasyMold Silicone Putty
Mix equal portions and blend until you have a uniform colour.

I formed a large ball and split it into two balls because I wanted to cast 2 different objects: a lady's head and a resin rose.

I sprayed both objects with Castin' Craft™ Mold Release and Conditioner as per instructions. I wiped up excess pooling of the spray before I put the putty on.
Casting with EasyMold Silicone Putty
You can see that I am able to cast while the rose is still attached to a bracelet.

Casting with EasyMold Silicone Putty
Press the head into the ball of putty.

Casting with EasyMold Silicone Putty
Press the rose into the ball of putty

Casting with EasyMold Silicone Putty
And look at the beautiful results! 

Casting with EasyMold Silicone Putty
each and every time...

Casting with EasyMold Silicone Putty
All details are beautifully captured when clay is poured into the mold.

For more inspiration please visit me on my blog 

Monday, August 24, 2015

Resin Wall Hanging so Easy

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today working with EasyCast Casting Epoxy from Environmental Technology Inc. to create a wall hanging.


I came across this circular sign recently and knew it would fit perfectly in my craft room.



The letter is recessed so it made for a great base onto which to add assorted elements and then seal with EasyCast.

I combined equal parts resin and hardener then, per the directions, I mixed it for 2 minutes. 


Next, I poured the mix into a clean cup and mixed it again for another minute.


I poured a light layer of epoxy over the sign, then added an assortment of embellishments. 


Once all the elements were added, I poured on additional epoxy to seal them in place. 
Then I placed my piece aside to allow it time to dry.
I was very surprised and happy to see that the hardening process began in less than 30 minutes.



In about 24 hours my new wall hanging was completely sealed and ready to hang, please note it does take about 72 hours to cure completely.  I love how it turned out.



Thanks for stopping by today.

Steph

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Crayon Resin Jar Topper

Creating Resin Jar Toppers are a great way to dress up a canning jar for storage.  After all, have you noticed all of the canning jars in craft stores lately?  They are just waiting to be decorated and with EnviroText Lite® it is so easy to do....

I have been enjoying the process and seeing all of the different things I can use for these jar toppers and will be showing several over the next couple of weeks.

 For the jar topper pictured above I used crayons...since it is back to school time they are extremely inexpensive right now so it is a good time to stock up.

Supplies:
Crayons,1 box of 24 for the jar topper 
Canning Jar with Lid and Ring
White Acrylic Paint
Scissors
Paint Brush
Exacto Knife
Cutting Mat

To get started I painted the jar lid and ring white, let it dry and then gave it a second coat and let it dry.  I used a small amount of resin left over from another project applied it around the lid and placed the lid inside the ring and set it aside to dry completely for a couple hours.  This step will ensure that the resin used on the top will not spill out between the lid and the ring in the next step.

I cut the tip and the end of the crayons about 1/4" from the swirly lines on the crayons as shown in the photo. above and set them aside.

 I measured 1/2 ounce of the resin and hardener from the EnviroTex Lite®.
I poured them together.

and mixed for a full two minutes.

Then I poured the mixture into another cup and mixed for another minute.

 I poured enough into the lid to cover the bottom and come up to the edge of the ring.

 I took the ends of the crayons I had cut off and started placing them around the outer edge of the lid, next to the ring.

 I adjusted them evenly once I had them al in place.
At this point I added just a little more resin.

 Then I placed the tips of the crayons in the center.
I also adjusted these so that they were evenly spaced.
Set the lid aside to dry completely, about 12 hours.

Once the lid was dry...I took the center of the crayons that were remaining and removed the labels.  I then cut out the word "Crayola" from different colors and used the Ultra-Seal™ to adhere them to the ring.
I then filled up the jar with new crayons and put the topper on.
This would make a wonderful gift for any child in your life!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Resin Filled TableTop

Hello, Kristi here for a fun and more involved project using the wonderful products from ETI!  I love doing larger projects so this was up my right up my ally.    I started with the table top built by McGuffey Woodworking  The legs could be removed so I could work on the table surface a bit easier.

Supplies:
Misc. Embellishment

It took some time to figure out a theme but wanted to use Steampunk Spells from Graphic 45.  I started my design and used Ultra Seal, also from ETI to adhere and seal the layers of paper.  This keep the paper from discoloring.

After this is 100% dry I started the layering and dimensional part of this project.  I have used many sealers but I really like how the Ultra Seal works and covers.


Some 3D elements are added and I am ready to pour on my first layer of resin.  For this project I knew I would be using a lot of resin so I got the larger containers to mix. 


I still follow the instructions and mix in smaller portions.  This is to ensure a complete mix and better hardening results.  I pour in 4oz of resin then add 4oz of the hardener.  I mixed these for two minutes then poured them in a second cup and stir for an additional one minute. I also mixed 3 cups in total for the first layer.


Once all steps for mixing are complete I just pour the resin.
 

 I made sure that the resin did spread and covered the entire surafce.  I also allowed it to sit for about five minutes to allow air bubbles to rise.  I use my heat gun held up about six inches from the surface to pop all bubbles.  I check back in about 30 minutes to make sure no other bubbles have formed.  If they do I just use the heat tool to pop them.   LET DRY  (I allowed at least 12 hours beween layers.)


I added more elements between each layer of resin added.  Some Gold Leaf, more gears, and other elements.  When the final layer is poured it really gives the illusion of items floating!  Here are some closer looks!





Here is the finished project.  The legs were attached.  (Made from PVC pipe and painted with spray paint in Hammered Black and Dark Bronze)  Hope you enjoyed this project, I know I did!


Happy Creating!
Kristi