Thursday, April 28, 2016

Resin Floral Bracelet

 I am always on the lookout for new molds to use with ETI products.  Last week I found one that had a several flowers that could be used for so many things.  Today, I am sharing a resin floral bracelet.

Materials List:
  • EnviroTex® Jewelry Resin 
  • Iridescent Powder
  • Bracelet, pre-made metal
  • Crystals, flat back
  • Craft brush
  • Stir sticks
  • Craft sheet or plastic for your work surface
  • Lighter

    Project Instructions: 

      Measure out equal parts of the resin and hardener, stir for two minutes.

     Pour into a second cup and stir for another minute.

     Stir in a small amount of Iridescent Powder, to color the resin.  (If you want several colors, divide the resin into a few different cups.)

     Use the stir stick to drop the resin into the mold.

     Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top.  Let dry for 12 hours..

     Remove flowers from the mold.

    Mix a small amount of Jewelry Resin, as previously shown above.  Use a stir stick to drop a small amount into the bezels on the bracelet, place a flower onto the bezel.

     Use a craft brush to apply a thin layer of resin onto each flower, placing a crystal in the center of each.  

     Let dry for 12 hours.


    Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    Resin Covered Post it Note Holder

    I like to have note pads accessible at all times and I keep them everywhere, in my purse, on my night stand, etc.  It is even better when they are pretty as well as functional.  I have a great Post it Note Holder die, that makes a nice note pad from mat board, but I thought it would be more durable if I covered the mat board with EnviroTex Lite®.  

    Materials List:
    • Envirotex Lite® 
    • Sizzix Post it Note Holder die
    • Sizzix Die Machine
    • Iridescents Paint, Lagoon
    • Mat Board
    • Craft brush
    • Paint brush
    • Post it Notes
    • Velcro® Brand Fastners
    • Resin piece (optional)
    • Stir sticks
    • Glue
    • Craft sheet or plastic for your work surface
    • Lighter

      Project Instructions: 

      Paint mat board with Lagoon, let dry.

       Measure out equal parts of the resin and hardener, stir for two minutes.

       Pour into a second cup and stir for another minute.

       Pour resin mixture onto mat board, use a craft brush to spread the resin, covering the mat board.  Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top.  Let dry for 12 hours..

       Die cut the resin covered mat board, following die cutting machine instructions.

       Fold the mad board to form the Post it Note holder.  Place Post it Notes inside the holder.

       Attach Velcro® Fastener to the holder for the closure.

      I wanted a decorative touch to the note holder, so I got out a variety of resin pieces I had already made to see what would look best.  To see how to make these resin pieces with EasyCast, check out this post.

       Glue the resin piece on as desired,

       Enjoy you note holder!

      EnviroTex Lite® is the perfect finishing touch!

      Thursday, April 21, 2016

      Monogrammed Resin Coaster with EnviroTex Lite®

      I enjoy finding new ways to make coasters as they make excellent gifts.  Today I am showing how to make a personalized monogrammed resin coaster.  

      Materials List:
      • Envirotex Lite® 
      • Ultra-Seal
      • Tile
      • Tissue paper, 8 1/2" x 11"
      • Computer
      • Printer
      • Craft brush
      • Painters tape
      • Scissors
      • Freezer paper, 8 1/2" x 11"
      • Iron
      • Mixing cups, 4
      • Stir sticks
      • Craft sheet or plastic for your work surface
      • Lighter

        Project Instructions: 

        Iron tissue paper onto the freezer paper.  Find a decorative font you like for your monogram letter, I used Duetica Mandolyn, you will have to determine the best size and print it out onto tissue paper.  Peel the tissue paper from the freezer paper and trim it to fit the tile.  Apply the tissue paper to the tile with the Ultra-Seal™, let it dry completely.  Apply a second coat of Ultra-Seal™ and then, let it dry completely.  

        Adhere, painters tape to the back side of the tile.

        Place the tile onto 2 of the cups,

        Measure out equal parts of the resin and hardener, stir for two minutes.

        Pour into a second cup and stir for another minute.

        Pour the resin slowly onto the tile...use a craft brush if needed to spread the resin out to the edges.  Use a craft stick to remove any drips around the edges if needed.  To remove any air bubbles that may rise to the surface, use a lighter.  Let dry for 24 hours,  Remove the painters tape from the back of the tile.


        Tuesday, April 19, 2016

        Walnut Hollow Memory Tray with EnviroTex Lite

        Some of our most prized possessions are our family photos.  Yet often they are stored in old shoe boxes, dresser drawers, etc.  Creating “Memory Trays” with Envirotex Lite is a great way to enjoy and show off these memorable moments. Memory trays make great gifts!  Use Envirotex lite to permanently preserve and protect your photos with a waterproof, chemical and heat resistant finish.  In addition, Envirotex Lite is acid & solvent free and can be used safely over color copies, newspaper clippings, paint and ink surfaces as well.  This project is from Environmental Technology.  

        Materials List:
        • Envirotex Lite – 8 oz. kit
        • Walnut Hollow Basswood Tray or Plate
        • Photographs (Color Copies recommended for photographs).
        • White Glue
        • Craft or foam brush
        • Wood Stain or paint for wood surface
        • Newspaper clippings (optional)

        Project Instructions: 

        1. Protect your work surface with newspapers.  Stain or paint tray with one or more coats.  Allow to dry thoroughly.
        2. Trim your photos and arrange them on your tray.  When working with irreplaceable photos, use color copies in place of the originals.  Add any lettering on separate paper, cut to size ready to glue.
        3. Apply glue over entire wood tray surface with foam brush, immediately position pictures.  To remove trapped air bubbles and excess glue from under your photos, place a plastic bottle or roller in the center of your photo.  Gently roll to the outer edges.  Allow glue to dry thoroughly.
        4. Seal the entire tray surface with three coats of white glue; let dry between coats.  Once thoroughly dry, coat with Envirotex Lite per the package instructions (also, see photo steps below).  If there are any air bubbles that rise to the top, simply huff on them to remove.

        Measure out equal parts of  EnviroTex Lite resin and hardener.

        Mix together for 2 minutes.  

        Pour into a second cup and mix for another minute.

        Thursday, April 14, 2016

        Cactus Ring Holder with EasySculpt

        Today we have designer MylĂ©ne Hillam with this cute Cactus Ring Holder she created with EasySculpt®

        Materials Required:

        ·   EasySculpt®
        ·   20g copper wire – 20”
        ·   Green acrylic paint
        ·   Lumiere Metallic Rust
        ·   Folk Art Lime Green
        ·   Pearl Ex powder Aztec Gold
        ·   Firm fitting latex gloves
        ·   Acrylic roller
        ·   Small shallow dish for shaping/forming the base
        ·   2 Teflon craft sheets
        ·   Talcum powder
        ·   Craft knife
        ·   Paint brush
        ·   220 grit sandpaper
        ·   Dust mask
        ·   Block of polystyrene packing foam – this will support the cactus whilst it is curing
        ·   Timer

        Instructions:  Before beginning, put on your gloves – EasySculpt will be sticky while you are working with it.  Dust the Teflon sheets with Talcum Powder.

         Bend the wire 8” from one end and twist together for the first 2”.

         Create a 2 ¼” arm to one side of center, twisting the wire back onto itself. Create a curve close to the main stem.

         Create another arm on the other side of center to match. Twist the rest of the wire down the main stem.

         Scoop out a marble sized piece of each of Parts A and B. Mix together according to the package instructions. Form it into a log.

         Place one of the arms on top and form the EasySculpt around the wire.

         Mix more EasySculpt and wrap it around the other two arms. Remove any excess clay and form it around the main stem. You’ll notice that EasySculpt will become firmer whilst you are working with it. If it is too soft and sticky to begin with, set it aside for 10-15 minutes and try again.

         You will be able to continue refining the shape of the arms for approximately 2 hours or more after you mixed the clay. Once you are happy with the shape, support the cactus upright by inserting the wire into a thick piece of polystyrene.

         Scoop out a ¾” ball of each of Parts A and B and mix together. Set the timer for 20-25 minutes before proceeding.

         Flatten the ball and place it between the two Teflon sheets. Roll it slightly larger than the size of the small bowl.

         Cut around the dish with the craft knife. Place the circle gently inside the dish (do not push it against the sides of the dish or it may stick permanently). Allow the clay to cure overnight. 
         Use the craft knife to carefully release the clay away from the dish. Put on the dust mask and trim any jagged edges with the knife and finish with the sandpaper to smooth the edge.

         Mix up a marble sized piece of EasySculpt and form it into a ball. Trim the wire close to the bottom of the cactus. Center the EasySculpt on the dish and press the base of the cactus into the clay.

        Mix some more EasySculpt and divide it into two balls. Color one ball with Pearl Ex powder and the other with Metallic Rust paint. Break off small pieces and form them into odd shaped pebbles. Attach them to the base of the cactus.

        Tuesday, April 12, 2016

        Mosaic Tile Tray with EasySculpt®

        Create a quick and easy mosaic tile tray using EasySculpt®.

        Here's how:

         Gather your supplies: 
         EasySculpt®,  mosaic tiles, small dish, rolling pin, Iridescent Powder, non stick surface, non stick scissors, paint brush.

         Measure equal parts of A and B.

         Blend together until you have a uniform color.  Set aside for 15 - 20 minutes.

         Roll clay out onto non stick surface.  Then, place onto the dish, trim as needed. 

         Press tiles into clay,

         Apply the powder using a paint brush.  Be generous with the powder.  Let set overnight.  Remove excess powder and place back into container.

        Now your tray is ready to use!