Friday, August 26, 2016

Gumball Machine Coaster Set | DIY Project | Another Coaster Friday | Craft Klatch | How To






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This week we are tackling a gumball machine coaster set.  It's a mixed media project.  It's easy and fun!


You will need:
Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/2bLwkVn
Construction paper:  http://amzn.to/2bnPIIz
Circle punch (.75 inch):  http://amzn.to/2bllsz9
The saw I use: http://amzn.to/2bU7T6p
Silver paint:  http://amzn.to/2bF9n2R
Wood (can make with polymer clay instead)


Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Punch out a variety of colors from your construction paper, using your circle punch.  I think I did about 10 per coaster (adjust as you would like).
2.  Mix four ounces of resin and pour one ounce into your coaster molds.  If you only have one mold, you can only do three at a time, so don't mix the last ounce until you have removed the others.
3.  Pop the bubbles with your lighter.  Put the construction paper circles directly into the resin and press them down with your stir stick.  Move around as needed.
4.  Pop the bubbles with your lighter.  You may need to do this more often, while it is curing, because paper can release a lot of tiny bubbles.  (Tiny Bubbles....good song by the way! 😀) .
5.  Once they have cured, you can remove them.
6.  On a piece of paper, lay one of your coasters down and draw a gumball machine around it.  They are basic shapes, no need to get fancy.  You can do it!  Be sure to trace the shape of the coaster, so you get the right shape of the circle.
7.  Cut out the drawing and tracy it onto a piece of plywood.  Here is a tip:  If you don't wan't to use wood, you can easily use polymer clay as a substitute and it would turn out just as well!
8.  Cut out your pieces and sand as needed.
9.  Paint your pieces a bright red.  This will take at least two coats.
10.  Once dry, glue them onto one of the coasters.
11.  When the clue has dried you can stack the other coasters on top of it and now you have a full gumball machine!

I hope you like it!  

Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter! ™   

Thanks for stopping by and stay safe!

Mona

Monday, August 22, 2016

Sea Shell Resin Charm Sphere | DIY Project | Craft Klatch | How To





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I have been wanting to make some sphere charms and pendants for such a long time, but the molds I had found were quite expensive...in excess of $30.00 and I just couldn't justify it.  I finally found some that were much more affordable, so I bought them and I made some.  In the video, you will see that I had tried two different ones, but only the shell one really turned out and is the one I will be describing here.


You will need:
Sphere mold (larger):  http://amzn.to/2bthYaG
Sphere mold (smaller):  http://amzn.to/2bDZpiE
Small shells:  http://amzn.to/2bDZfI9  
(FYI: I think I found the colorful ones at the craft store.)
Dremel tool:  http://amzn.to/2bO5a0r


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Mix your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Fill the molt about 1/2 full with resin.
3.  Add small sea shells.
4.  Top off resin, as needed.
5.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.
6.  Unmold sphere and drill a small hole into the top of the sphere.
7.  Cut eye pin to fit.
8.  Add glue, eye pin and bail cap.
9.  Allow to dry.

That's it!  Now you can add a jump ring and a chain, or cord and you have an awesome necklace!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter! ™

Mona

Friday, August 19, 2016

Pokemon - DIY Project - Drink Coasters - Another Coaster Friday - Craft Klatch






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Pokemon Go has brought Pokemon back to the attention of the mainstream.  However, a couple of my 20 year old nephews gave me a lesson that it never went away.  This week we are doing Pokemon coasters!


You will need:
-  Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/2bxtpNb
-  Easy Cast Resin (clear):  http://amzn.to/2b0F9el
-  Fast Cast Resin (white):  http://amzn.to/2bxuQLf
-  White pigment (optional): http://amzn.to/2bxv3hC
-  Transparency film (laser):  http://amzn.to/2b0GbXQ
-  Transparency film (inkjet):  http://amzn.to/2b0FldF
-  Circle cutter:  http://amzn.to/2bqoy4m


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Prepare the Easy Cast, according to the package directions.  You need approximately 1/2 ounce of the resin, per coaster.
2.  Pour it into each cavity.  Pop the bubbles with your lighter and allow it cure at least 12 hours.
3.  Print Pokeballs onto your transparency film.  It will work with a laser printer, or an inkjet printer, just make sure you have the one that works with your printer.
4.  Cut them out.  You want them to be just under four inches in diameter.  
5.  Mix approximately 1/2 ounce of the Easy Cast and pour it into each cavity.  
6.  Slide the Pokeball images in and press them down with your stir stick, making sure to press out all the bubbles.  Pop bubbles with lighter.
7.  Once cured, mix one ounce of resin per coaster.  I used the Fast Cast for this one, but you can use the Easy Cast with the white pigment.  I used the Fast Cast because it cures white and is fast.
8.  Pour the resin into the molds and allow to cure.
9.  Print out your Pokemon characters onto your transparency film.  I chose Pikachu, Squirtle and Bulbasaur.
10. Cut them out to under four inches in diameter.
11.  Mix one ounce of resin, per coaster and pour it into the cavities.
12.  Slide in the images.  Press down with the stir stick and pop the bubbles.

That's it!  Now you have Pokemon coasters!  It looks like a Pokeball on one side and the character on the other side.

Thanks for stopping by!

Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter! ™  Stay safe!

Mona 

 

Friday, August 12, 2016

DIY Clothespin Coasters ~ Another Coaster Friday® ~ Craft Klatch ~ How To




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It's time for some fun with clothespins!  We are going to create coasters with them that are perfect for hot or cold beverages.



You will need:
-  Clothespins
-  Glue
-  Parchment paper

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Take clothespins apart.
2.  Create a design and glue the together.
3.  Let them dry.

Yes, that's it!  Now you can use them for hot or cold beverages.  

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter! ™

Mona

Monday, August 8, 2016

Garbage to Gorgeous ® Episode #14: Paris Chair Makeovers ~ Craft Klatch ~ How To





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These two gems were great finds!  The black one was found curbside and I was ecstatic to beat the garbage man to this one!  I love the size and the shape.  It was missing the seat, but that could easily be cured.  The white one was a $5 buy on Craigslist.  It was a good deal, but that was before I found people give amazing things away for free and generally prefer to leave it outside and i don’t have to see them and they don’t have to see me.  

I thought these would be quick updates and fixes, until I cleaned the white one and a layer of paint started washing off.  Ugh…of course!


Items I used:
Black spray paint (with primer):  http://amzn.to/2ay2xuV
Quilt batting:  http://amzn.to/2b1UMm8
Heavy duty stapler and staples:  http://amzn.to/2ay3oM4
Plywood to replace the missing seat: best bet is hardware store
Paris fabric:  I bought it at Hobby Lobby, but there are a lot of great options http://amzn.to/2aKer8A
Odorless mineral spirits:  http://amzn.to/2aZwQP0


Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  I removed the seat from the chair that had the seat.  Make sure you keep the screws.
2.  I washed the chairs - that’s when the white paint started washing off.  So, I ended up stripping the whole thing…..it was like 1000 degrees in the garage.  I was not happy!
3.  Once I stripped it, I cleaned it with mineral spirits.
4.  Then, I painted everything with a paint that already had primer built in.
5.  I created a template for the chair missing the set.  I taped some pieces of paper together, and placed it on the chair and cut it to fit.
6.  I traced it on the plywood and then cut it out.
7.  I traced the seats onto the foam and cut it out.
8.  I cut quilt batting and doubled it up.
9.  I layered the fabric (face down), the quilt batting, the foam and then the wood seat.  Once you have it placed, be sure to lift up one end to see where the pattern falls and adjust accordingly.
10.  Start stapling.  I like to put one staple into each side and then go around, leaving the corners until the end.
11.  Trim off excess and reattach them to the chairs.

That’s it!  Now you have fabulous Paris chairs!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Now go make something beautiful again!

Remember, Life’s too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™

Stay safe!

Mona

Friday, August 5, 2016

DIY My Little Pony Drink Coasters ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch ~ How To




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Today's Another Coaster Friday is a My Little Pony coaster, including Pinkie Pie!  Watch the craft tutorial to see how I made them with temporary tattoos, gem rings and a puzzle.





Items I used:
Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/2anrjT6
Resin (Fast Cast):  http://amzn.to/2aNORP5
Resin (Easy Cast):  http://amzn.to/2ardcaJ
Temporary tattoos:  http://amzn.to/2b0Jvjj
Temporary tattoos:  http://amzn.to/2b0JgVk
Rings:  http://amzn.to/2aA8SZJ
Puzzle:  http://amzn.to/2aDtnVO
Ultimate glue:  http://amzn.to/2aoMB2w
Mod Podge:  http://amzn.to/2aAqDVo

Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
For the puzzle coaster:
This happened to fail for me, but it doesn't have to for you!
1.  Put your puzzle together.
2.  Paint on four layers (let it dry between layers) of the Mod Podge to seal and preserve it.  That means, four layers on the top and four on the bottom.  Allow to completely dry.
3.  Mix resin according to the package directions.  Make sure it is clear curing resin, like Easy Cast.  You will need at least 2 ounces.
4.  Dome the top of the puzzle and try not to let it run over the edges.
5.  Pop bubbles with lighter and allow to cure.

For the temporary tattoo coaster:
1.  Pour one ounce of resin into the coaster mold.  I used the Fast Cast because it is fast and I wanted a white background.  You can absolutely use the Easy Cast, but add the white pigment.
2.  Once cured, take your tattoo and remove the plastic protective piece.
3.  Place the tattoo side of the tattoo down on the cured resin and gently rub it down.
4.  Using a wet paper towel, or a wet wipe, with a little added water, dampen the paper backing of the tattoo.  The tattoo should then adhere itself onto the coaster.  
5.  We need to let it dry, so I mixed some glitter with Mod Podge and painted it around the tattoo and let everything completely dry.
6.  Once dry, add a layer of clear resin, pop bubbles and allow to cure.

Ring coaster:
1.  Mix one ounce of resin.  I used the Fast Cast, but you could easily use the Easy Cast, with added white pigment.
2.  Pour it into the mold.
3.  Sprinkle glitter onto it, while it is still wet.  I swirled it around, since I accidentally poured too much on it.  Let it cure.
4.  Cut the backs of the rings off and glue them onto the cured resin.
5.  Using a clear drying glue and a skewer stick, add glue to the inside edges of the rings, so the resin won't discolor .  Allow everything to dry.
6.  Mix at least two more ounces of resin (it might need more)
 and pour it over the coaster.  
7.  Pop bubbles with your lighter.

That's it!  Now you have some adorable coasters!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember, Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

Monday, August 1, 2016

Garbage to Gorgeous ® Episode #14: Kids Table and Chair Makeover ~ Craft Klatch How To ~ Craigslis



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I found a plastic table and chair for kids, on Craigslist.  FREE!  FREE!  FREE!  Whoohoo!  It was makeover time!

You will need:

Paint I used:

Green apple:  http://amzn.to/2aHIpMl


Old used furniture





Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Clean the furniture.  I used bleach water to really clean it up.
2.  Once dry, you can start to paint.  On the legs, I put painter's tape on to protect the area that gets inserted into the table top.  
3.  Paint everything.  Be sure to read the directions on your paint, to see when you can add additional coats.
4.  Once painted and dry, put it back together.

That's it!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™   Stay safe!

Mona

Friday, July 29, 2016

DIY Watermelon Drink Coasters ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch ~ How To





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Summer = Watermelon
So summer watermelon coasters make perfect sense!



Items I used for resin coaster:
Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/2atsuA0
Green polymer clay:  http://amzn.to/2aP0K6a
White polymer clay:  http://amzn.to/2aie3dD
Fast Cast Resin:  http://amzn.to/2alDWNj
Easy Cast Resin:  http://amzn.to/2ah6gCX
Pigments (any one or a combination of them will work):  
Black acrylic paint: http://amzn.to/2a4nJNz

Items I used for wood coaster:
Plywood
Multi-Surface paint:  http://amzn.to/2aD9flt
-Regular acrylic paint would be fine too, but you then want to use a sealer, such as a Triple Thick or something similar:  http://amzn.to/2aP1xnC


Here is the video tutorial:



Resin Coaster Directions:
1.  Use green clay.  Knead it in your hands until it is soft and you can work with it.  
2.  Roll it into a snake and put it in the mold, pressing it along the edges.  I didn't in the video, but I would suggest baking it.
3.  Once the green has cooled, repeat with the white clay and bake.
4.  Once cool, mix your resin.  I used the Fast Cast for this part, but you can just as easily use the Easy Cast.  Mix one and a half ounces, add the pigment color of your choice and pour into the mold.
5.  Pop bubbles with your lighter and allow to cure.  All resins are different, so be sure to follow the directions on the package.
6.  Once cured, remove from mold and sand it flat.
7.  Use acrylic paint to paint on the seeds.
8.  Once the paint has dried, mix an ounce of Easy Cast and dome the piece, which means carefully add a layer of resin, so it doesn't run over the sides.
9.  Allow to cure and that's it.

Wood Watermelon Coaster Directions:
1.  Cut out the watermelon shape from a piece of paper.
2.  Trace it onto a piece of plywood.
3.  Cut it out with a saw,
4.  Sand the edges.
5.  Paint the whole thing white - twice.
6.  Paint green edge for the rind.
7.  Paint reddish color for the watermelon part.
8.  Once dry, paint on the seeds.
9.  If you used the multi-surface paint, you are done.  If you used regular acrylic paint, you will want to use a seller to protect it.

That's it!  Now you have two amazing coasters, perfect for summer!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

Monday, July 25, 2016

DIY Cupcake Phone Charging Station ~ Back To School Crafts ~ Craft Klatch ~ How To





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Are you ready for a fun back to school craft?  Perfect for a dorm room or just because you like cupcakes, I will show you how to make a cupcake phone charging station.  You can customize it to fit your decor!



Some of the items I used:
Saw (which I LOVE):  http://amzn.to/2agvr59
Extra blades (incase you get the saw):  http://amzn.to/2a81kxp
Plywood
Acrylic paint (great set to get started!): http://amzn.to/2albpWU
Dremel tool:  http://amzn.to/2a81qFz
Triple thick:  http://amzn.to/2akK1eY


Here is the video tutorial: 





Directions:
1.  Draw a cupcake, a half moon and two tall triangles.  Make them any size you want, but make sure they fit the size of the phone.
2.  Cut out the drawings and trace them onto some plywood.
3.  Use a saw to cut out the pieces and drill a hole in the middle of the half moon piece.
4.  Sand the edges and wipe clean.
5.  Paint the pieces.  Choose colors to fit your decor, or just your favorite colors.
6.  Seal the pieces with Triple Thick or any sealer that works for you.
7.  Glue on the dowel caps.
8.  Using your Dremel tool, notch in the two pieces for the stands.
9.  Use glitter and glue to keep it together.
10.  Assemble and glue together.  

That's it!  Now you have a unique, one of a kind, phone charger to decorate your room!

Thanks for stopping by.  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter.™   Stay safe!

Mona