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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Pink Marble Coasters

Today Designer Myléne Hillam share how to create Marble Coasters using EnviroTex® Lite.




Materials Required:
·       EnviroTex Lite®
·       Acrylic paints: Warm White, Spring Rose, Nimbus Grey, Cherry Royale and Red Oxide
·       16 silicone surface protectors
·       Set of wooden coasters
·       ETI Mixing Cup Set
·       Three 1oz measuring cups
·       3 wooden stir sticks
·       Foam paint brush
·       Butane torch
·       Latex gloves
·       Denatured Alcohol or rubbing alcohol
·       Q-Tip

·       Painters drop sheet (polyethylene)

Instructions:
Before beginning, put on your gloves to avoid getting sticky whilst working with the resin. Protect your work space with the painter’s drop sheet.

Use the foam brush to paint all surfaces of the coasters with Spring Rose paint. Allow them to dry several hours before continuing.

 Follow the package instructions to mix up 2oz EnviroTex Lite. Pour 1/4oz into one cup, 1/3oz into the second cup and 1/2oz into the third cup. Color the first cup with Cherry Royale and Red Oxide paint, the second with Nimbus Grey and the third with Spring Rose, using only enough paint to make the resin opaque and stirring it thoroughly until it is mixed in. Color the remaining resin with only enough Warm White paint to make it opaque.

Place each coaster on an inverted cup and pour the white resin over the surface of each one. Spread it to the edges.

Pinch the top of the cup of the pink resin and pour it in a thin stream across the white resin at an angle. Repeat with the gray resin.

Dip the wooden stir stick into the red resin and drizzle it thinly across the coasters.

Use a paint brush from the mixing cup set to swirl the colors lightly. Take care not to over mix them or they will become muddied.

Hold the coasters vertically to allow the colors to run and blend into each other and run off the edge. Turn them in another direction to create some more movement. Set them back on the cups and pop any bubbles by sweeping the butane torch across the surface. Remove any drips from the underside with a stir stick. Set the coasters aside to cure.

  Repeat Steps 2 – 6 to marble the reverse of the coasters, coating with only enough resin to go to the edges of the coasters without overflowing. If there are any drips, clean them up with denatured alcohol and a Q-Tip. Allow the coasters to cure.

Mix 1oz EnviroTex Lite, pour it across the coasters and spread it out to the edges making sure that it does not run off the edges. Pop any bubbles by sweeping the flame across the surface and set them aside to cure.

Repeat Step 9 on the reverse side of the coasters.

Attach four surface protectors to the back of each coaster.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Resin Christmas Ornaments

On Tuesday I shared how to make a mold for a Christmas ornament using Silicone Putty and today I will share the results of using the mold.

Here is the finished mold.

I decided to use FastCast™ to create an ornament,   FastCast™ is such a great product because it sets up in just 10 minutes.  Measure out equal parts of parts A and B.

Stir together for 30 seconds.  Pour into a second mixing cup and mix for another 30 seconds.  This additional step insures a complete and thorough mix. 

Then, immediately pour into your mold.  As FastCast™ begins cure, the mixed solution with heat up and begin to turn a dull white.  

Once cast (about 10 minutes) the piece will become bright white in color.

Results, a perfect resin ornament.

I painted the ornament with Sapphire Iridescents.

To finish off, I applied craft glue onto the holly, berries and cap of the ornament and covered with glitter.  Let dry and hang.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Silicone Christmas Ornament Mold

With Christmas just around the corner I thought I would made an ornament mold using Silicone Putty.  So, that I would be able to make several of the same ornaments easily,


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.

Get the ornament out...

Press it into the Silicone Putty.  Let sit for 20 minutes.

Remove the ornament to revile the mold.  

Check back Thursday to see how an ornament turns out.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Faux Marble Chess Board using EnviroTex Lite®

Today we have a beautiful Faux Marbled Chess Board Designed by Myléne Hillam.  

This would be a wonderful gift idea for anyone on your list!

Materials Required:
·     EnviroTexLite®
·     Acrylic paints: Warm White, Nimbus Grey, Black
·     Two 11” square wooden boards
·     ETI Mixing Cup Set
·     4 plastic party cups
·     4 wooden stir sticks
·     3” paint brush
·     Foam paint brush
·     Butane torch
·     Cutting mat
·     Stanley knife
·     Ruler
·     Latex gloves
·     Painter’s tape
·     Painters plastic drop sheet (polyethylene)
·     Cello tape

Instructions:
Before beginning, put on your gloves to avoid getting sticky while working with the resin. Protect your workspace with the painter’s drop sheet.

 Cover both the boards with the drop sheet plastic and stretch it taut across the surface. Tape it on the back.

 Create the black marble: Follow the package instructions to mix up 8oz EnviroTex Lite. 

Pour 2oz of mixed resin into each of two cups. Color one cup Warm White and the other Nimbus Grey, using only enough paint to make the resin opaque and stirring it thoroughly until it is mixed in. Color the remaining resin with only enough black paint to make it opaque.

 Place the wooden board on inverted cups making sure it is balanced. Pour the black resin across the surface and spread it out to the edges.

 Pour the white resin in a thin stream across the black resin at an angle. Repeat with the gray resin.
 Use a paintbrush to swirl the colors lightly. Take care not to over mix them or they will become muddied. Hold the board vertically to allow the colors to run and blend into each other and run off the edge. Turn the board in another direction to create some more movement. Pop any bubbles by sweeping the butane torch across the surface. Set the board aside to cure.

 To create the white marble: Mix 8oz EnviroTex Lite and pour 1oz of mixed resin into one cup and 2oz into another. Color the first cup with black paint and the second with gray, using only enough paint to make the resin opaque and stirring it thoroughly until it is mixed in. Color the remaining resin with only enough white paint to make it opaque.

Pour the white resin across the surface of the second board and spread it out to the edges.

 Pour the gray resin across the white resin in a thin stream. Use the stir stick to drizzle thin lines of black paint across the surface.

Swirl the colors lightly with the paintbrush.

Drizzle more white resin across the surface with the stir stick.
 
 Pop any bubbles with the torch and set the resin aside to cure. Once cured, remove both the black and white marble sheets from the plastic.

 Use the foam brush to paint all surfaces of one of the square wooden boards with black paint. Allow it to dry several hours before continuing. Mask the underside edges with painter’s tape.

 Score each of the marble sheets down the center with the knife. To cut the resin apart, fold it along the score line and it should easily pull apart. If not, score it a little deeper. Cut one half of each marble sheet into 4 equal strips and then cut these strips into squares. You should have 32 black and 32 white squares. Lay out the pieces on the painted board in a checkerboard pattern and check for fit. Remove the squares to your workspace, keeping them in the same order.

 Mix up 4 oz of EnviroTex Lite. Pour it across the painted board and pop any bubbles. Working quickly, reposition the squares on the board. Push them into the resin, allowing the resin to ooze over the tiles. Spread the resin across the surface evenly and pop any bubbles. Keep checking on the board over the next two hours and realign any squares, which might move. If the chessboard surface is uneven, mix up another 4 oz of EnviroTex Lite; pour it across the surface and pop any bubbles.

Enjoy!


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Birds Collage Pendant's with EasyCast®

Looking to create some handmade Christmas gifts?  Check out these easy to create pendants designed by Marie Browning.




Materials List: 
For All Pieces
  • EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy
  • Plastic mixing cups and mixing stick
  • Ultra Seal or Thin-bodied white glue
  • Pendants & Charms
  • Nunn Design Birds Collage sheet or decorative paper
  • Jewelry findings as listed below
Birds Collage Jewelry Soar Necklace
  • Nunn Design, raised pendant, small square single loop, antique copper
  • Nunn Design Birds Collage sheet
  • Paper word cut-out from word collage sheet
  • Jump ring, Copper
 Tweet! Hear Pendant
  • Nunn Design, Grande Pendant Heart, antique copper
  • Nunn Design Birds Collage sheet
  • Paper word cut-out from word collage sheet
  • Jump ring, copper
Home Key Ring
  • Nunn Design, Large Pendant Square, antique gold
  • Nunn Design Birds Collage sheet
  • Paper word cut-out from word collage sheet
  • Key ring, silver


Instructions: 
  1. Cut and fit paper pieces into pendant cavities.
     
  2. Apply white glue to the back of the paper pieces, then place them into the pendant’s. Allow glue to dry.
     
  3. Seal paper pieces with two coats of white glue.  Allow the glue to dry clear between coats.
     
  4. Mix two ounces of EasyCast epoxy according to manufacture’s instructions.  Fill pendant cavity full to form a slight dome.  Avoid overfilling.  Let cure per EasyCast instructions.
     
  5. Attach to your chosen chain or cord.
All images used in the following pendants were cut from Collage sheets printed by Alpha Stamps, which fit perfectly into Nunn Design pendants.  Look for craft punches that also fit the pendants exactly to make these projects super simple and foolproof.  You can generate your own wording on your computer or use words from the word collage sheet.  Birds Collage sheets are available where Nunn Design Pendants are sold.  Doming pendants with EasyCast epoxy magnifies the image, brightens colors and ads depth that only a two-component epoxy can do.  Preferred by professionals for its easy of use, fast & easy bubble release, water-clear clarity and high doming capabilities.  EasyCast is a low odor, solvent free, non-shrinking formula available at leading craft and art stores!  

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Jewelry Clay Foiled Pendant and Earring Set


Today we have a beautiful Foiled Pendant and Oval Earring set created by Myléne Hillam using Jewelry Clay and Jewelry Resin.




Materials:
¨ EnviroTex Jewelry Clay
¨ EnviroTex Jewelry Resin
¨ Silver heart pendant
¨ Silver oval earrings
¨ Mantilla Black Piñata Alcohol Ink
¨ Silver Leaf, sheet
¨ 2 Teflon craft sheets
¨ Talcum powder
¨ Acrylic clay roller
¨ Craft Knife
¨ Latex gloves

Instructions:
Measure out equal parts of Part A and Part B and mix the two parts together thoroughly until no marbling remains.  

Add two drops of alcohol ink and mix it into the clay.  Add two more drops of alcohol ink and work it into the clay thoroughly.  Roll into a ball.

Flatten the ball out with your fingers.  Dust the Teflon sheet liberally with talcum powder and place the clay on the talcum powder.

Place a sheet of the silver leaf onto the surface and use your fingers to press it into contact with the clay.

Dust the second Teflon sheet with a light dusting of talcum powder to prevent the clay from sticking.  Roll the acrylic roller gently across the surface and watch the silver leaf crack as the clay stretches.  Magic!

Remove the Teflon sheet from the top and carefully lift the clay off the Teflon sheet to make sure it doesn’t stick.  Add more talcum powder if necessary.  Continue rolling the clay until it is 1/8” thick taking care that the exposed clay doesn’t stick to the top Teflon sheet.

Press the bezels lightly into the surface of the clay to give you a cutting guide.  

Trim the shapes with the craft knife and then check that they fit inside the bezels.  Trim until they fit the bottom of the bezels and press them down gently and evenly.  Set them aside overnight to cure.

Mix 1 oz of the Jewelry Resin following the instructions on the package.  Use a wooden stir stick to scoop the resin onto the surface of each of the bezels allowing it to dome slightly above the top of the bezel.  Cure, for 24 hours, before wearing.

Designer notes:
  • Wear gloves throughout this project because we’re coloring the Jewelry Clay with several drops of alcohol ink and it will be quite messy.
  • Black and silver are a magical combination but why not experiment with a different resin color and use gold, copper or variegated leaf in place of the silver – you’ll be amazed at how different the result is!