Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Jewelry Resin with Tissue Paper and Bezels

Today I am sharing a beautiful necklace that was created by designer Roberta Birnbaum....


this necklace is simply stunning.
Roberta used EnvirtoTex Jewelry Resin
in these bezels and if you look real close


you can see that the resin is perfectly clear....
oh so beautiful.

For complete instructions for this project visit 

Friday, February 27, 2015

How to Make Upcycled Spoon Hooks with Jewelry Clay

ColorBox® Background Basics by Ann Butler

Envirotex Jewelry Clay is very versatile and has a long open time which makes it lovely to work with. I thought it would be a very easy way to add pizazz to my upcycled spoon hooks.

I am still setting up my new craft room and studio and discovered that I didn't have handy hooks for my aprons. What should I buy? Screw-in hooks or adhesive hooks or.....did I say BUY? Do you know how much hooks can cost?  No, no, no! I went to my most favorite thrift store in the world ( in St. Catharines, Ontario) and grabbed some silver souvenir spoons - 10 for $1, and set out to make the prettiest hooks in the room.
jewelry clay spoon hooks Roberta Birnbaum
Materials:
Tools: craft mat, 2 brushes, wet wipes  

Directions:  
1. Clean and dry your spoons and lay them out in front of you on a craft mat *Good to Know* - if you are putting clay on the handle, remember to account for the bending of the spoon and how much of the spoon will actually be visible once it has been bent. 
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2. Mix together equal parts of A + B jewelry clay; blend the two until they have a nice, uniform color (albeit an icky gray). Remember to close your jars once you have taken out all the compound you will need.  The amount of clay you use will depend on the size of the spoon, how much surface area you want to cover and how rounded you want it to be.  I used about 1" round of each A+B for my project and I may have had some left over.
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I used ColorBox stamp 'Picnic' for this spoon
3. To stamp on the clay, I first sprayed my stamp with sealer, and then pressed into the clay. This works great with no bits of clay getting stuck in the stamp!

4. Once you are satisfied with the smoothness of your surface you may begin to place your gems and found objects.  Do not press too hard or you will smush the surface and possibly cause clay to develop a 'muffin top'! *Good to Know*- to achieve the lovely rounded sides of clay, I gently rolled a pencil down and along the curve, stopping just below the line where the clay meets the spoon. 
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5. Once you have finished placing your gems, grab some Iridescents on the tip of the bristles of your brush and gently brush the powder onto the clay, sweeping back and forth. Then take a dry brush and remove the excess powder.    

6. Take a wet wipe and squeeze out excess water. Wrap the wipe around the tip of your index finger and gently rub over all your gems to remove unwanted clay or powder. Examine the rest of your spoon and do the same. Dry all wet surfaces ( this does not include the clay). Let the clay dry.
jewelry clay spoon hooks Roberta Birnbaum
7. Bend your spoon to form a hook  

8. Use Velcro to adhere your hook to a wall or shelf.
ColorBox® Background Basics by Ann Butler

TIP for PLACING GEMS:  If you don't have one of the special pencils that has a sticky 'lead' tip, just place a tiny ball of mixed clay around the tip of a toothpick. You can pick up and place the tiniest of gems this way; gently touch the gem, pick it up and place it exactly where you want to! You're welcome! 

Please visit me at DecorablesArt for more great projects. 
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Resin Snow FLakes are Falling Jewelry Set

Hi, I'm Beth Watson, a creative design professional, specializing in mixed media design, three dimensional crafts and home d├ęcor.  I'm member of the CHA Designer Council and my designs have been published in numerous craft magazines and books.  I enjoy bringing a unique twist to my designs by using traditional materials in unconventional ways.  


I had not worked with resin of any kind until recently when ETI sent a generous box of their goodies.  I had a few mishaps, but along the way I have become addicted to embedding objects in the resin and I can't stop!  As I was collecting items, I came across these cute white snowflake buttons and I immediately thought - Let It Snow!  


Here's what you will need.

Materials:
ETI EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy; EasyCast Resin Jewelry Molds 8 Artistic and Fun Shapes; Castin' Craft Mold Release & Conditioner; 8 oz. Measuring Cups and Stir Sticks.
Beacon Adhesives 527 Glue.
Snowflake Buttons (3), Silver Mica Flakes, Iridescent Glitter, Silver Glue on Bales (3), Silver Chain (18"), Silver Jump Rings (3), Silver Earring Wires (2), Nail File, Wire Cutters and Needle Nose Pliers.

Here's how I made it.

Instructions:
1) Prep Resin Jewelry Mold with two coats of Mold Release & Conditioner, allow to dry.
2) Cut shanks from buttons, remove lids from mica flakes and glitter. 
Following directions explicitly, measure equal parts of Resin and Hardener from EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy kit (making sure not to mix more than 6 oz. total).  Mix according to directions, then immediately fill half of mold.  Insert snowflakes, remembering to place decorative side down and a few mica flakes.  Fill the second half of the mold then sprinkle with glitter.  

3) Let resin set for at least 24 hours, then pop out of mold.  Sand edges (I used an Emory board).  


NOTE:  I mixed the full 6 oz. of resin, so I ended up with ALOT.  I experimented with some of the colored dyes, chunky glitter, buttons and created over 25 pieces!

4) Glue bales onto back of all three resin pieces, let dry.  


5) Cut silver chain to 18" with wire cutters. Attach clasp with needle nose pliers and jumps rings on either end of chain to form a necklace.  Attach large snowflake charm to center of chain with jump ring.


6) Thread two small snowflake charms on to earring wires.

Give as a gift to your favorite Let It Snow fan!!


Check out more tutorials over on my blog Beth Watson Design Studio!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Resin Faux Stained Glass Cross

Hi everyone! Paula DeReamer here today and I'm excited to share this project with you.

stain glass cross

 I've always seen these little wooden ornaments at craft stores, especially around holiday time. 
I knew I needed to do something more than just paint them, so when I received all the ETI products, 
the resin and transparent dyes were just what I needed!

MATERIALS used: -Wooden laser cut ornament, with opening (s) - found at most craft stores. The nice thing about these are they are very inexpensive - I think I paid maybe .20. -EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy -Castin' Craft Transparent Dyes in green and blue -Packing Tape -Colorbox Surfacez Ink in black by Clearsnap -Something to cover the project to keep dust out of your project. I use two old baking sheets. -Clearsnap Glitter in Winter Frost -ETI Resin Jewelry Molds 

Instructions:
Step 1:
Paint the wooden ornament using the Colorbox Surfacez ink. You can either apply it directly from ink pad to wood, or use a sponge. I just applied it by pressing the ink pad to the wood.

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Step 2:
Prepare the ETI Easy Cast Clear Casting Epoxy. This is a 2 part process, and instructions in the packet are wonderful. Pour equal amounts and blend, following the instructions exactly! I found out the first time I worked with this product, it is very beneficial to ensure your work area is between 70-85 degrees F, and the EasyCast® should be around 75F. I live in MN and since our temps are already at record lows, the bottles felt cool to the touch when I started to work with them. In order to bring them to temp, I placed them in a container of warm water for about 10 minutes. That works every time for me.

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Step 3: After mixing the resin, I knew I wanted multiple colors to put into the individual spaces in the cross I chose. **Sorry, I forgot to take photos of the different colors I mixed.** I used both blue and green transparent dyes, and some glitter. I poured equal amounts of the resin into 4 separate containers - the first just sprinkled some glitter, and for the colors, I dropped one drop at a time until I achieved the desired color I wanted. For the fourth, I mixed both blue and green to get more of a teal color.

Step 4: Now is the tricky part. We have an "open" hole with no backing. In order to pour resin in an object, you need something to "hold" it in place until it sets. I used packing tape. All I do is pull a piece of tape, a bit longer than the object itself and tape to the bottom side. Since packing tape is normally only 1.5-2" wide, depending on the size of your item, you may have to double up.
You want to make sure your tape is really firm on the bottom side. If not, it WILL start seeping out. I've learned the hard way. Also, the tape is pretty sticky, so I fold the edges over one another so I don't accidentally stick my hand to it while I'm working with the project.

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Step 5: Since the openings in this object is very small, I used a toothpick to pick up my resin and drop in each hole.


IF you have extra resin (and I did and did 'not' want it to go to waste), I poured into jewelry molds.

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I like playing with color, so when I pour the resin into the molds, I would add another color and swirl with the toothpick

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Step 6: Cover your project. As mentioned, I use a cookie sheet. It was already sitting on one cookie sheet while I was placing the resin in, and just top it with a second.


NOW, you must wait. These really should sit about 24 hours to get firm.

Step 7: Final projects! I really like the way the cross turned out. I originally planned to use this as an ornament and put a hook on it, but decided that I just liked it as it was and it's propped on my desk. The jewelry molds will be used for another project (coming in the near future :)

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I hope you enjoyed! Thanks for checking it out.
Paula
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Create a Resin Dragonfly for your own Mold!

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here with an awesome dragonfly embellishment created with ETI products.

I began by creating personal molds using the EasyMold Silicone Putty.  Once the Putty was the right consistency, I pushed the dragonfly into it being sure that even the tiniest of areas were embedded.


I waited approximately 30 minutes for the mold to cure, then removed the dragonfly and got this amazing result.  Look at those awesome details.



I mixed  EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy the required amount of time, mixed in 3 drops of  Yellow Castin'Craft Transparent Dye,  then poured it into the mold.  Waiting approximately 24 hours, I removed the dragonfly.  It easily popped out of the mold. 


Once I removed the dragonfly, I lightly sanded the edges, then used my fingers to add color with Ann Butler's Iridescents in Aquamarine, Limelight, and Orchid.  Using a detail brush, I blended the colors together.



To create the tag, I stamped 2 images with black ink.  Using Ann Butler's Stars Art Screen from Clearsnap, I added color with Amethyst and Aquamarine Iridescents with the Wavy Art Screen.   I added additional color to the tag using Ann Butler's Crafter's Ink in Tangelo and Limelight.
  


 I adhered the dragonfly in the upper portion of the card and as a finisher, I added stickers. 




I wanted to keep my tags safe, so I created a pouch for them.  Then I used Orchid, Limelight and Sheer Copper Iridescents along with Stars Art Screen to create the front panel of my pouch.


Stop by my blog for more details on how I created this pouch.


What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by today.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mixed Media Collage with Resin Accent

NEVER GIVE UP….    


I love the new line of papers from Ken Oliver’s Hometown Collection - they are a wonderful collage of vintage & historical photographic images from his actual home town - and they truly appeal to my vintage loving side!   The background paper I used to create this decorative wall plaque has so many interesting elements - I wanted to pull from those elements themselves when creating and choosing embellishments for the finished piece.  Which lead to me making a casted resin piece from an actual piece of iron fence finial (to mimic the iron fence in the paper), satin roses with Makin’s Clay® leaves to accent the flowers in the bicycle basket, and the round decorative brads almost perfectly match the embellishments in the corners of the clock on the paper.   The ADORNit!® Art Play Wood Shaped Surface and Family Rules print paper were the perfect companion pieces for the project. 

Materials:
ETI Castin’ Craft® - Easy Mold® 
              - Easy Cast® Clear Casting Epoxy
Ken Oliver Hometown Collection - Main Street 12" x 12" paper
ADORNit!® - Art Play Wood Shaped Surface
           - Family Rules Print 12” x 12" paper 
Ranger® Tim Holtz Distress Ink™ - Vintage Photo
DecoArt® - Metallic Lustre™ - Iced Expresso 
        - Amercana® Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint - Carbon 
Makin’s Clay® - Olive Green, Leaves Push Mold 
ART Mechanique™ 2" Satin Ribbons - copper, dark brown, bronze 
Beacon® Adhesives Tacky Glue 
Westcott Brand® Titanium Bonded Non-Stick Scissors
Bronze jewelry chain 
Decorative brads 
Metal fence finial 
Foam tape 
Sanding block, craft sponge, pen/pencil, paintbrush  

Instructions: 

Trace Shaped Surface on to Main Street patterned paper.  Cut out. 

Cut 3 verse strips from Family Rules paper.  Distress edges and ink with Distress Ink. 

Cover entire surface of Shaped Surface with Tacky Glue.  Mount Main Street paper, let dry.  

Use sanding block to sand off edges of paper around Shaped Surface.  






Sponge edges with Distress Ink.   

Mix Easy Mold® according to manufacturer instructions.  Place iron fence finial in molding compound and let set. 

Mix Easy Cast® resin according to manufacturer instructions.  Fill mold and let cure.  

Paint resin finial with black Americana® Decor™ chalky finish paint. 

Use foam tape to mount two verses near top left, and one near bottom right. 




Open Makin’s Clay®, use leaf push mold to make 5 leaves.  Place unused clay in zip lock bag with damp paper towel or
baby wipe.  Let leaves dry.  

Apply Metallic Lustre™ to dry clay leaves. 

Use satin ribbons to make coiled ribbon roses.  Arrange roses, leaves, resin finial and decorative brad around top left edge.  Mount with Tacky Glue. 

Apply Metallic Lustre™ to entire outside edge. 





Arrange bronze chain accents as desired and mount with Tacky Glue.    

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Mixed Media Canvas

Good morning friends. Larissa here with you today and I am super excited to be back. I have a Valentine Mixed Media Canvas to share with you today. I started off making a key mold using I used


EasyMold-Silicone-Putty

to make a mold of a key. Once the mold was set I mixed the EasyCast Resin with some Red die.

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I poured the resin in the mold.

Designed by Larissa Pittman of Muffins and Lace using ETI Easy Cast Resin  and EasyMold Silicon Putty

I also poured resin in the heart molds I had. 

Designed by Larissa Pittman of Muffins and Lace using ETI Easy Cast Resin

After letting the resin molds dry for about 30 hours I popped them out. 
I then took some modeling paste mixed with
Ann Butler Design's Iridescent's in Berry by Earth Safe Finishes
I applied it to different areas of the canvas. 
I also mixed a little silver paint as with the paste as well.

Designed by Larissa Pittman of Muffins and Lace using ETI products for Mixed Media Canvas

I adhered the pieces of resin to the canvas using hot glue. 
I added a few embellishments to finish it off. 
When I was completely done and the glue was dry I sprayed a couple of coats of 



Designed by Larissa Pittman of Muffins and Lace Mixed Media Valentine Canvas using ETI Products

I hope you enjoyed my post today. Have a wonderful day friends.

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