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!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

EasyCast® Glittery Snowflake Ornament

I am always on the lookout for Silicone Molds to use with EasyCast®.  To my surprise, when visiting my mom this week, I found she had bought a great silicone mold, that would be perfect for coasters, ornaments and more...

With the holidays right around the corner, for today's project, I decided to create a glittery snowflake Christmas ornament.

Materials:
  • EasyCast®
  • Silicone mold
  • Snowflakes
  • Glitter, ultra-fine
  • Mixing cups
  • Stir sticks
  • Toothpick
  • Lighter
  • Drill
  • Eye pin
  • Ribbon
  • Craft glue

Project Instructions:

Gather your supplies.

 Measure out equal amounts of part A and part B, stir together for 2 minutes.  Pour into a second mixing cup and stir for another minute.

 Add a bit of glitter.

 Pour into the mold.

Use a lighter to remove air bubbles if needed.  Set aside to dry for 8 - 12 hours.

 Mix together 1 ounce of the EasyCast®, as directed above.

 Pour a  small amount of the mixture into the mold, over the dried glittered resin.

 Use a toothpick to place the snowflakes into the resin.

 Arrange them in the mold.  Set aside to dry for 24 hours.

Drill a small hole at the top of the ornament.  Glue a piece of ribbon into the hole to create a hanger.  Enjoy!!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

FastCast™ Holiday Place Card Holders


Hi All, Donna here, I am going to show you how to make some beautiful Holiday Place Card Holders!  These are so easy and FAST!



Materials:
Mixing Cups
Stir Sticks
Snowflake Mold
Glitter Glass or Glitter - Optional
Glue
18 Gauge Wire

Additional Items:
Drill & Bit
Needle nose Pliers

Instructions:

Measure equal parts of Fast Cast™ into a mixing cup.

Mix thoroughly for 30 seconds, pour into a 2nd mixing cup and stir for another 30 seconds.    Then, pour into mold very quickly.  Wait approximately 10-15 minutes and remove from mold


 They are beautiful straight out of the mold. 

Look at the detail!

Using a small drill bit to fit the wire. Drill a hole in the center of the snowflake.

Using the needle nose pliers cut the wire to length desired and curl one end.
Adhere into the hole using glue. Once dry, water down some white glue and lightly brush on snowflake and wire. Dip into or pour glitter glass over it. Let dry.

While drying you could make your place cards.  I cut a 2" X 3" piece of cardstock from DCWV.



Here are a few of the ways you could use these for the holidays!


Thanks for joining me and I hope you enjoyed today's project!

I would love for you to try this fun and easy project for the holidays!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Resin Paper Weight with Alcohol Ink

Resin paper weights are amazing!  Each one is an original one-of-a-kind piece of ART.  Since I have been using alcohol inks in some projects lately, I thought I would see how they worked for a paper weight.


The results are a transparent paper weight when looking through it.

Materials:

Project Instructions: 
Spray mold with mold release.


Measure out equal parts (1 ounce each) of EasyCast resin and hardener. 

 Then, stir together for 2 minutes.  Pour mixture into a second cup and stir for another minute.

 Pour resin into mold.  

 Add a couple drops of the alcohol ink.

Gently stir the alcohol ink.

Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top.

Let set for 24 hours.

Remove from the mold.

I love how transparent it seems in the light,  From this photo you can see that it looks a bit layered.

From this photo you can see that it appears a bit darker.  What is cool about this paper weight is that it looks different from every angle.

Give this a try and enjoy!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Fast Cast Necklace

Hello, Resin fans! Karen here with a tutorial on making a fast & easy resin necklace.The beauty of this is you can customize it to match your outfit. This would also make great gifts for Christmas. To make this we are using a new product from ETI called Fast Cast Resin and it sets up in 10 minutes!!!


Here is my finished necklace. Love the color, love the style & especially love how easy it was to make!  This Fast Cast Resin is a game changer!

Materials:
Mixing cups
Stir sticks
Gloves
DecoArt Media -Fluid Acrylics, Metallic Lustre
Carabelle Stamp
Archival Ink
Yarn
Copper Wire

Project Instructions:

First, you need to have all your supplies ready to go.

The casting is very quick so there is no time to start pulling out things once you have begun stirring. 

Spray the mold with Mold Release & Conditioner if needed. Let it dry, this is important. I was impatient and my piece had texture from the spray embedded in it. Fortunately, it is just bonus texture for me!  If you want a smooth finish make sure the mold is dry and smooth.

As per the instructions included pour equal amounts of Fast Cast A & B into a plastic cup. 

Stir with a wood stick for 30 seconds.

Pour into a 2nd cup and with a new stick stir another 30 seconds. Immediately pour into your molds. Be careful not to over pour. You can also drip resin from a stir stick if the mold is intricate to prevent over flowing your mold. I had extra molds standing by in case I had too much resin. I managed to pour 6 molds before I ran out of time & the product would no longer pour.

Wait 10-15 minutes to set. The Easy Cast will gradually turn white as it cures.

Here is the super cool part- once the resin is released from the mold you can easily trim any excess off!!! At this stage, it is a bit pliable- so amazing!

Trim efficiently as the resin does harden further so your finished piece is good & strong. You can still go back & trim it at 1 hour set it is just harder.

Time for paint.  First wash your piece with soap & water, if it was used with Mold Release.  Let dry & you are ready to paint.  I started with a coat of gesso.  This helps give the piece tooth so the paint can adhere to it easily.  Once the gesso is dry add your paint, I did a few coats using Cobalt Turquoise & Cobalt Teal so I would get varying color.  Once this layer is dry, stamp randomly using Archival Ink.  Once the ink is dry, using a finger add Metallic Lustre in Copper Kettle to add some highlights.  I recommend painting both sides, so if your piece twists on your neck & shows the backside your jewelry has a finished look.  Spray with a varnish or paint a layer of decoupage glue to protect the surface from scratching off.


To finish, simply wrap copper wire around the jewelry piece creating a loop at the top.  Thread yarn through for the necklace chain.  I used 3 different yarns, tying a knot at the ends to hold them together.  To wear I will simply tie the yarn around my neck.  You can add a lobster closure if you wish.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I encourage you to make some of these necklaces, the possibilities are endless!