Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Vintage Map Necklace With EnviroTex Lite®

Today I would like to share with you how to make a necklace using a 
vintage map and EnviroTex Lite®


Materials:
  • EnviroTex Lite®
  • Measuring Cups
  • Stir Stick
  • Vintage Map
  • Bezel & Necklace
  • Heart Gem-Optional
  • Scissors
  • Matte Medium or Mod Podge
  • Lighter
 Instructions:
  1. Gather all materials needed.

2. Take a bezel and lay it over the area to be used.  Draw an outline of the bezel and cut out.


3. Trim until it fits nicely inside the bezel.


 4. Apply Matte Medium or Mod Podge in the bezel and add the vintage map on top.  Press down and make sure map has no air bubbles.  Apply more medium over the top to assure map is down completely with no air pockets.  Adhere a heart gem.  Set aside to dry. 


5. Pour EnviroTex Lite® Resin and hardener evenly into cups.  Pour one into the other scraping sides.  Stir for 2 minutes and pour into a new mixing cup, scraping the sides and stir for 1 additional minute.

  

6. Pour EnviroTex Lite® into the bezel. Using a lighter go over the top to take out any bubbles that may occur. Set aside till dry. 
 Enjoy!



I sure hope you give this a try! If you do, we would LOVE to see it!
Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Donna Budzynski

Thursday, August 18, 2016

DIY: Creating Knobs with FastCast™ Resin

Today I am going to share how easy it is to make "Knobs" using our newest product FastCast™ . This past Tuesday, I created knob molds using Silicone Putty...you can check out that post by clicking here.



Materials:
  • FastCast™ 
  • Molds
  • Mixing cups 
  • Stir sticks
  • Screws, for the back of the knobs
  • Cardboard
  • Pliers
Project Instructions: 

Before mixing FastCast™, cut 2 small pieces of cardboard, poke a hole into the center and place the screw for the knob through layering the cardboard.  Test it on your mold for depth.

Measure our equal parts of A and B.  Stir for 30 seconds.  Then, pour into a second mixing cup and stir for another 30 seconds.

Pour immediately into molds.

as FastCast™ sets in 10 minutes, so you want to pour as soon as you have it mixed.

Place the prepared screw into the center of the mold, using something on either side to keep it at the correct height.  Let set for 10 minutes.

Using the pliers to hold the screw in place, remove the knob.  

Attach the knob in place...

These are quick and easy to create with FastCast™.  

I left these white to show how quick and easy it is to create knobs, although FastCast™ can be painted if a color is desired.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Creating Molds for Knobs with Silicone Putty

Last week we featured our newest product FastCast™, which is a two-component clear urethane casting resin, which turns white once set.  FastCast™ sets to a hard cast in approximately 10 minutes at 70°F.   You can check out that post by clicking here.

Today I am going to show how to create a mold for knobs using Silicone Putty.  Be sure to check back on Thursday, as I will show you how to make some knobs using these molds and FastCast™.

Here is how to create a mold:

Start with Silicone Putty

Measure out two equal balls of part A and B

 Mix them together 

Until you have a uniform color.

Push desired knob into the prepared Silicone Putty...

Let set for 20 minutes.

Remove the knob from the Silicone Putty.  That is how easy it is to create a mold that you will be able to use over and over again.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

FastCast™ is now available!

We are happy to announce that our newest product FastCast™, is now available!



FastCast™ is a two-component clear urethane casting resin, which turns white once set.  It is odorless and easy to use with a 1 to 1 ratio.  It is ideal for casting, quick prototyping, miniatures, models, taxidermy and more.  FastCast™ sets to a hard cast in approximately 10 minutes at 70°F.  Once cured, FastCast™ can be drilled, sanded, shaped and painted.

Here is how easy FastCast is to work with:

Measure out equal parts of parts A and B.


Stir together for 30 seconds.
Pour into a second mixing cup and mix for another 30 seconds.  This additional step insures a complete and thorough mix.  
 Then, immediately pour into your mold.  As FastCast™ begins cure , the mixed solution with heat up and begin to turn a dull white.  Once cast (about 10 minutes) the piece will become bright white in color.

Then simply demold and your piece is ready to be used.
Check back next week as I will share how-to create some molds for drawer pulls and how-to cast them with FastCast™!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Mixed Media Canvas with EasyCast®

Today we are happy to have designer Steph Ackerman with an adventurous canvas to share. 

 Have you ever thought of using EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy to create a background for your canvas?  Well, that is just what I've done.



Materials:

Project Instructions:

To begin, mix equal parts EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy resin and hardener.  Stir for 2 full minutes to properly mix the products.


Then pour into a new container and stir for another minute.


Then I poured the resin randomly over a 4"x4" canvas, using the stir stick to move the resin around.  Allow to dry at least 12 hours before decorating.


To add color I used a baby wipe to "paint "Castin Craft Opaque Pigments in red, yellow and blue across the canvas.  I also used  Castin Craft Transparent Dye in green for a little transparent effect.  I love how the resin picked up the colors and show off it's 3 dimensional effect.


For embellishments, I used a chipboard flower that I also colored with  Castin' Craft Opaque Pigments in yellow and red.  The bird, the nest and leaves were created with Makin's Clay, assorted molds and dies.


Adventurous, was stamped onto a wood tag and all elements were adhered to the canvas with Beacon 3-in-1 Advanced Craft Glue.


What do you think?  Is this something you would try? 

Enjoy.

Steph

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Create a Spoon Bowl with EasySculpt®

Have you ever even heard of a "Spoon Bowl"? It is really rather cool...and today designer MylĂ©ne Hillam is going to share how to create one using EasySculpt® Epoxy Modeling Clay!





Materials:
  • Design Master Super Silver spray paint
  • Talcum powder
  • Firm fitting latex gloves
  • 12 cavity silicone spoon mold
  • Bowl to use as a mold
  • Stanley knife

Instructions:

Dust the bowl liberally with Talcum Powder. This will act as a release agent.

Before beginning, put on your gloves – EasySculpt will be sticky whilst you are working with it. Measure out equal quantities of EasySculpt Parts A and B, the size of large marbles.

Place the EasySculpt into a spoon cavity and push it out to the edges. Press it firmly into the bottom of the mold so that you have formed complete spoons.

To neaten the edges of the spoon, use you finger to roll the edge back into the clay. Mix more EasySculpt to fill all twelve spoons.

Lightly dust the surface of each spoon and then demold the first spoon.

Position the spoon at the 12 o’clock position in the bowl with the handle in the center of the bowl. Demold three more spoons and place them at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock.

Demold the remaining spoons and position them evenly between the first four spoons leaving an open circle in the middle of the bowl. Adjust them so that the handles abut. Continue to adjust the handles of the spoons until the clay firms up. Set the bowl aside for 24 hours to cure.

Carefully remove the spoon bowl from the dish, releasing one spoon at a time. Use the knife to trim away any rough edges. Spray the inside and the outside of the bowl with silver spray paint and allow it to dry.

Display your beautiful Spoon Bowl and enjoy!!