Hi everyone! Paula DeReamer here today and I'm excited to share this project with you.
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,
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
I like playing with color, so when I pour the resin into the molds, I would add another color and swirl with the toothpick
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 :)
I hope you enjoyed! Thanks for checking it out.