Thursday, October 27, 2016

Resin Journal Charm

Journaling is HOT and so are the accessories that go with them.  

Today I am sharing how easy it is to create a Resin Charm to hang off of your journal.


Gather all of your supplies.

Measure equal amounts of the Jewelry Resin and hardener into a mixing cup.  Mix for 2 minutes...

and then, pour into a second mixing cup and stir for 1 minute.  Add a drop or two of pigment.  I filled the bezels a few different ways.  Do all three or choose your favorite.

  Drop resin into bezels with a toothpick.  Work with several bezels at one time, so you will have them ready for quick projects and gifts.

Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that may rise to the top.  Set aside for 8 hours.

Add a small amount of resin to the bezel, then fill with seed beads and let dry or cover with a small amount of resin, using a toothpick.

Set these aside to dry for 8 hours.

 Add jump rings and attach to a lobster claw.

Place on your journal and enjoy.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Groovy Table Lamp using EasyCast®

Today we have designer Myléne Hillam sharing a Groovy Table Lamp using EasyCast®

  • EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy 
  • Castin’Craft® Transparent Dyes: Blue and Green
  • Silicone mini loaf pan with 1 5/8” x 3 ¼” cavities (or square mold)
  • 341 6mm silver jump rings
  • 12” high cylinder lamp shade frame – 6” diameter
  • Design Master Super Silver spray paint
  • 1oz mixing cups
  • Wooden stir sticks
  • Gloves
  • Drill with 1mm drill bit
  • Ruler
  • Permanent Marker
  • Stanley knife
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Lamp kit suitable for and LED light bulb
  • LED light bulb

Wear gloves whilst working with uncured resin.

Spray the frame inside and out with silver spray paint and set it aside  to dry.

Measure out ½ oz each of Parts A and B of EasyCast and mix according to the package instructions.

Add 8 drops of blue dye and stir until the color is evenly mixed.

Pour 1/3 oz of mixed resin into each of three cavities of the mold.  Mix another batch of resin and color it with 11 drops of green dye.  Pour equally into the three remaining cavities.  Set the resin aside to cure.  Demold the rectangles.

Repeat steps 1-3 to cast five more sets of blue and four more sets of green rectangles. Cut each rectangle into two equal squares. All up you will need 36 blue squares (18 rectangles) and 30 green squares (15 rectangles).  

 Measure 3/32” in from each corner of the squares and place a mark.  Drill a hole at each of the marks.  Insert a jump ring into each hole and close it.

Place two green and two blue squares together to form a square so that the colors alternate.  Insert a jump ring through all four jump rings and close it.  Make two more sets of four squares.  

Connect the three sets of four together to form a column.  Create four more columns in the same way. Create one column of blue squares only. Connect all the columns together where the corners of the squares meet. Leave the top and bottom rows free. These will be connected in later steps. Attach the blue column to the end.  Connect each square in the top row to the square next to it with a jump ring.

Hook a jump ring around the top wire of the lamp shade frame and hook on the jump rings that connect the top row of squares together.  Connect the jump rings of the first and last columns together to complete the cylinder. Connect the squares along the bottom row together by opening one jump ring and hooking it through the jump ring next to it.

 Screw lamp kit into the lamp shade frame and insert the bulb.  Enjoy!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Resin Marbled Coaster

The other day I showed a great way to get a marbled effect by adding Alcohol Inks to EnviroTex Lite®.   

Today my project is, again, with alcohol inks and just a bit of Iridescent Powder...I love the result!

Alcohol Ink: Denim
Iridescent Powder, Gold
Mixing cups
Stir sticks
Coaster mold
Plastic to cover work surface

 Measure equal amounts of the EasyCast® resin and hardener into mixing cup.  Mix for 2 minutes...

and then, pour into a second mixing cup and stir for 1 minute.  Add a drop or two of white pigment.  Spray mold with mold release.

Pour the resin into the mold to about 1/4".  Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that may rise to the top.  Set aside for 12 hours.

Mix EasyCast® as described above and pour into the mold.

Add a couple drops of alcohol ink...

and then, a bit of iridescent powder.

Pull the colors through the resin with a toothpick...

until you get the look you want, knowing that is may move a bit while it drys.  Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that may rise to the top.  Set aside for 24 hours.

Remove from the mold.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Resin Marbled Tile Magnet

I thought it would be fun to try different effects for marbling with EnviroTex Lite®.  

Today I will share how easy it is to use Alcohol Inks with EnviroTex Lite® to create this stunning tile magnet.

Alcohol Inks: Denim, Silver
Tile, 2" x 2"
Mixing cups
Stir sticks
Painters tape
Craft glue
Plastic to cover work surface

 Gather your supplies.

 Measure equal amounts of the EnviroTex Lite® resin and hardener into mixing cup.  Mix for 2 minutes and then, pour into a second mixing cup and stir for 1 minute.

 Place the tile onto a mixing cup to lift it off the surface.  Pour resin onto the tile.

 Add a couple drops of denim on top of the resin.

 It is fun to watch how the alcohol ink drops spread...

 Add a couple drops of silver...

 Continue adding a drop at a time until...

 you are happy with the results.

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

Remove drips with a stir stick.  Let dry for 24 hours.

Glue the magnet to the back of the tile, let dry.  Now it is ready to place on your fridge or other magnetic surface.

I love how this turned out.  I will be playing more with Alcohol Inks and EnviroTex Lite® to create more projects.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Gold Marble Serving Tray with EnviroTex Lite®

Today we have designer Myléne Hillam sharing a beautiful Marbled Serving Tray.

  • EnviroTex Lite®
  • Acrylic paints: Warm White, Raw Sienna, Rich Gold, Burnt Umber, Lumiere Metallic Rust
  • Small wooden serving tray (8.5” x 5.25”)
  • 4 80mm x 35mm brass oval filigrees
  •  Beacon Quick Grip adhesive
  • ETI Mixing Cup Set
  • 3 1oz mixing cups
  • 3 wooden stir sticks
  • Foam paint brush
  • Tooth pic
  • Butane torch
  • Painter’s tape
  • Latex gloves
  • Painters drop sheet (polyethylene)

Before beginning, put on your gloves to avoid getting sticky while working with the resin. Protect your workspace with the painter’s drop sheet.

Use the foam brush to paint the bottom of the serving tray, on top and underneath with Raw Sienna paint.  Paint the sides of the tray with Rich Gold paint.  Allow it to dry several hours before continuing.  Tape the inside walls of the tray leaving a 1/8” gap from the bottom and burnish well.

Follow the package instructions to mix up 2 oz of EnviroTex Lite.  Pour 1/4oz  into one cup and 1/2oz into the other two cups.  Color the smallest one with Burnt Umber paint and the other two with Raw Sienna and Rich Gold, using only enough paint to make the resin opaque and stirring it thoroughly until it is mixed in.  Color the remaining resin with only enough Warm White paint to make it opaque.

Pour the Warm White resin over the surface of the serving tray and spread it to the edges.

Pinch the top of the cup of the Raw Sienna cup and pour the resin in a thin stream across the white resin at an angle.  Repeat with the Rich Gold resin. 

Dip the wooden stir stick into the Burnt Umber paint and drizzle it thinly across the tray.

Use a paintbrush from the mixing cup set to swirl the colors lightly.  Take care not to over mix them or they will become muddied.

Hold the serving tray vertically to allow the colors to run and blend into each other.  Turn it in another direction to create some more movement. 

Use a stir stick to scrape the excess out of the tray and onto the drop sheet.  Pop any bubbles by sweeping the butane torch across the surface.  Set the serving tray aside to cure.  Remove the tape.  Mix 1oz EnviroTex Lite, pour it into the base of the tray and spread it out to the edges.  Pop any bubbles and set aside to cure.  Tape the outside walls of the tray.

Repeat Steps 2 to 6 to cover the base of the serving tray.  Pop any bubbles with the torch. Once the resin has cured, apply a layer of clear EnviroTex Lite to the surface.  Pop the bubbles and set aside to cure.  Carefully remove the tape once the resin has cured.

Paint a light coat of Metallic Rust paint on all the painted surfaces.  Once dried, use the toothpick to apply adhesive to the back of the filigrees and place them over inside and the outside of the handle openings.