Friday, April 24, 2015

Custom Resin Belt Buckle

Check out this wonderful Custom Belt Buckle created by Lisa Marie Jimenez using ETI Jewelry Resin


You can find complete instructions on her blog here!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Easy Resin Door Knob

I just HAD to: the idea of making my own door pulls or knobs got me so excited.  This has to be the easiest way to change your hardware. I didn't have any actual 'door knob molds' to use, so I set out to find a very plain door knob and it had to be inexpensive. I struck pay dirt at my favorite thrift store and picked up several at 49¢.

Supplies:


resin door knob Roberta Birnbaum

resin door knob Roberta Birnbaum
Instructions:
  1. Mix the modeling clay and cover the surface of the knob.
  2. Push your buttons into the clay
  3. Brush Iridescents onto the clay and gently rub them into the clay with the tips of the bristles.
  4. Brush off the excess powder with a large powder brush.
  5. Use a wet wipe to clean off any excess powder on the buttons or hardware.
  6. Set aside to dry and harden.
  7. To add a glossy finish and seal the entire surface including the buttons, mix a small amount of resin and paint a medium layer with your brush. 

resin door knob Roberta Birnbaum

resin door knob Roberta Birnbaum

 For more inspiration please visit my blog DecorablesArt 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Resin Paper Weight

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here with a fun resin project.   If you like pretty, fun items on your desk, then you will love this resin paperweight.  It's easy to make.  And you can add all kinds of things to the resin so each one you make will be unique and different.

I started with the Castin' Craft Round Mold, spraying it with Mold Release so the paperweight easily released once it set.

I mixed the EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy according to the manufacturer's directions then added ETI Blue Transparent Dye

After pouring some resin in the mold, I added assorted beads and flowers.



Because elements you add to the resin during the curing process will naturally sink to the bottom of the mold, allow some curing time before adding additional elements.  You want the elements to appear to be floating in the resin.




Die cut blue felt to fit the base of the paperweight and adhere it with Helmar Fabric Glue.   Because the glue dries clear and fast, it was the perfect adhesive to use.


 


Just think of the variety of paperweights you can create with these awesome products.

Thanks for stopping by today.



Thursday, April 16, 2015

Resin filled Crystal Bezel

Designer Roberta Birnbaum created this beautiful sparkling Bezel


using our Jewelry Resin


She stamped the background inset 
and filled the piece with the resin...
with the crystals!
This is simply a beautiful piece!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mixed Media Vintage with EasyCast® Resin

Hello my dear crafty friends, Irit Shalom here!  Welcome to my new ETI post!
This time I went totally out of my comfort zone and made something that I was not sure it becomes a finished project. But  as you can see- it was a success and I will sure make more of those " papyrus like" pieces in the future.

Here we go:
1.I took a piece of clear thick transparency (not seen, as usual) and spray it with a good layer of ETI Mold Release Conditioner.  Let it dry and add another layer (dry it please, again).



2. Take a plastic lid  around the transparency size and put the conditioned transparency over the lid.
Mix a a full small container with Easy Cast Resin according to the manufacturer's instructions and cover the transparency all over. Now let it dry at least 24 hours and remember to cover it with some fabric or paper  as we don't like all this home dust to invade to our clear casted piece.


3.Now take a 2 step crackle medium. If you don't have this one, you can use one step crackle medium. I have old jars of 2 steps and the good thing with them is that you can see this Step 1 coverage as it comes out white and dries clear; so you can see the " Papyrus shaped" casted piece over the lid.
Let the Step 1 dry and then add Step 2 (it's clear one  and not shown on my tutorial). Let the second step medium  dry and you have an " old crackled " clear piece of resin to work with.



4. Add two eyelets over the dry piece using your favorite eyelet tool (wee all have one, also we forget to use it. So it's our " eyelet time" right now.)
Find some good acrylic gold paint and cover the whole crackled piece with a think acrylic layer. Then wipe it with paper towels or even baby wipes. The paint will stay inside the crackles, but the main piece will be pretty clear after this step.


5. Stamp a scene on white tissue paper with black permanent ink. I used Rubber Dance company  Antique Botanics stamp set  with vintage flowers and butterflies here.



6. Glue the stamped tissue paper onto the back side of your piece with a small amount of ETI Easy Cast Resin and then.... OK, you know: wait till it's dry!



7. Now grab your alcohol inks and cover the tissue stamped  paper with a nice mix of them. Don't afraid to see the very intensive colors. You won't see them this way from the front of the finished piece.



8. Add some lace or ribbons as a hanger to this piece. I even added a butterfly golden charm.
Look how nice this piece is from the front: mute, vintage, really old looking. 


As my only tip here- make a few " papyrus" piece at once. The waiting time is  long and each and every  caste piece is UNIQUE!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Postage Stamp Bezel

Here is a "Postage Stamp Bezel" created by Designer Roberta Birnbaum


What makes it so unique is that she was able to used a
collectable postage stamp making this
a memory piece!

Get full instructions of how she made it on her blog!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Playing with Jewelry Resin

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here working with Envirotex Jewelry Resin and the jewelry molds from ETI.

Don't forget to use the Mold Release/Conditioner before using your molds.  It really helps the resin pieces pop easily out of the molds once they are set.

I prepared the Envirotex Jewelry Resin according to the manufacturer's directions.  Once the resin was ready, I filled a number of molds about half way.  Next, I proceeded to add assorted colors of Transparent Dyes into the molds.  The Transparent Dyes are really translucent and create some beautiful pieces.

I placed 2 drops of Green Transparent Dye into 2 molds and waited to see what would happen.  The Dye actually moved around the resin - it was fun watching it spread out.


Next, I added a drop of Yellow Transparent Dye into one mold and watched it blend with the Green.  Into the other mold, I added some Robin's Nest Dew Drops.


Next, I poured more clear resin on top to fill the molds.  This step allowed the colors to move around some more and blend creating some really fun effects.



Into other molds, I also poured clear resin, then added a drop of Amber Transparent Dye.  After adding more clear resin, the color appears to be floating in the resin.



These next designs were created by adding a drop of Amber Transparent Dye into the clear resin.  After waiting a few minutes I added a drop of Blue Transparent Dye and waited a few minutes more.  Then I added more clear resin to top off the molds.  I love the look of these pieces, they are my favorites so far.


After waiting for the molds to set, I popped out all these fun pieces.





Now, I just need to decide how to use them.

Thanks for stopping by today. 



Monday, April 6, 2015

Up-Cycle an Old Box with Resin

Hello my dear crafty friends, Irit here, and welcome to my easy to make new ETI post.

This time I decided to make something easy and to show how ETI products can be used with your old and hoarded stash.

So I took one of my black and white old painted wooden boxes (I used them for embellishments before I found that I can't find anything inside and moved to flat ones) and decided to recycle it to this lovely Spring box using old molds I have for maybe a year and never used and even older micro beads.

As a first step I mixed a small portion of ETI Easy cast resin  with just a bit of fine green glitter added to the mix made by manufacturer recipe. Please remember my previous mistakes and heat the bottles a bit in a warm water container before the mix!


Here you can see the casted leaves after like 24 hours and there are some residuals over the cast. Take good sharp scissors and just cut  all extras away. As it was  only 24 hours since the casting, the extras were pretty much flexible and easy to cut.

 Now I casted blue glittered flowers using two roses molds from my stash. Those silicone flexible molds do not need any conditioner- just cast, wait 24 hours and pull! Clean the molds after the casting even if they look pretty clean! 


Now to the final stage- arranging the casted pieces and adding my micro beads.

I made another small portion of Easy Cast and used it to glue the leaves and flowers over the glass lid. Perfection! It's invisible and will be glued forever over night. 


Now I made a good spread of the remaining resin mix with the ETI brush from Mixing cup set and filled it over with a mix of blue and green micro beads.


I really love how those small beads look over the glossy surface.






I hope you like my easy to make  resin project and will try to recycle your old boxes in a similar way.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Resin Skull Knobs

Artist Mark James shows his process of creating Resin Skulls to get the look he wants....

Here is a cabinet Mark made using resin skulls for the knobs, you can get step out directions for creating the molds using ETI EasyMold® Silcone Putty in this earlier post by clicking here.

Here is a closeup of the resin skulls on the cabinet....

Here is how these were created:

 Mix ETI EasyCast® as directed by the manufacturer and pour into mold.  The only thing I do differently then what is recommended,is that I do not bother to remove the air bubbles for the skulls,  I would in other projects, but for the skulls, the bubbles add more character. 

 Wait 12 to 24 hours before removing the skulls from the molds.

Here are 5 skulls in the process.  If you look closely, you can see some of the skulls look a bit different.  The reason for this is, I have created several molds and when I am pouring, I do different levels of pours...So that some of the skulls seem narrower then the others, which makes each skull unique.

So...start with a Resin Skull... 

Paint the skull with a metallic silver paint and let it dry. 

 In this photo, you can really see the detail that you get from making your own molds with ETI EasyMold® Silcone Putty.  It is identical to the original piece I used to make the mold...I love that!

 Paint over the silver with black paint and let that dry.

 It is at this point, I sand away some of the black paint, to expose the silver underneath.  Once I am happy with the look, I dust it and give it a light coast of ETI Resin Spray, to give the skull just a bit of extra shine.

Then I glue in some crystal eyes...you can see the glue here, but it dries clear.

Then simply attach the skulls to your project.  The Resin knobs are durable and perfect for this cabinet.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Create a Skull Mold with EasyMold® Silicone Putty

Today Artist Mark James shares how he used ETI EasyMold® Silicone Putty  to make a Skull Mold.

 Which he used to make the knobs for this cabinet he created from
Oak, Pine, Walnut and Red Wood.

Mark found these glittered skulls last fall and knew they would 
make a great addition to a lot of his projects....
however they were made if lightweight plastic.

He started by removing all of the glitter.

Then cutting the back of the head off; 
to prepare it to make a mold.

He followed the EasyMold® Silicone Putty instructions
by starting with equal parts...

and mixing them together until blended...

Then placed the skull into the EasyMold® Silicone mixture.

Once it was set, about 20 minutes, he took out the plastic skull
and had a perfect mold.


Stop by Thursday to see how Mark James
makes the knobs for this cabinet from ETI EasyCast®.