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Saturday, August 31, 2013

How to Make a Rainbow Glitter Charm Craft Tutorial

Since posting a picture of Charlotte's rainbow resin charm, on a recent Whatcha Been Doin' Wednesday, I have had several requests to make one.  So I did.


I'm not sure they turned out as well as Charlotte's.  If you want to see Charlotte's, here is the Whatcha Been Doin' Wednesday episode I was talking about:

You will need:

-  Charm mold - see my Products I Use page for links to where they are available.
-  Glitter - in rainbow colors
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast (www.eti-usa.com)

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.
2.  Fill some into your mold, but don't fill it all the way up.  Maybe go 1/2 way.  You can always do a final fill after, if it's not enough.
3.  I made a mess at this next step.  You need to fill each color into the resin - trying to be neat, but you won't be.  You should watch the video.  If you have a little scoop or something, that might help, but realistically, it might not.  
4.  Allow the colors to sink before filling in more.  It's a judgement call on which you do or don't need more of.  Let it all sink and settle and let it cure for 12 hours.
5.  If your mold isn't full, or the back side is scratchy, fill a little more into the mold, after it has cured.  Allow to cure again.
6.  Pop it out of the mold.
7.  It will be matte, so you will want to either brush a layer of resin onto the front and allow to cure, or you could use clear nail polish, or a Triple Thick.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

How to Make an Oreo Cookie Necklace and Earrings Craft Tutorial

If you watched my tutorial on How to Make and Oreo Cookie Silicone Mold,


 this is what I am doing with those molds.


You will need:

-  Silicone Oreo Mold - see video above on how to make that.
-  Polymer clay is black and white
-  Eye pins
-  Earring findings
-  Jump ring
-  Cord to hang pendant to make necklace
-  Liquid polymer clay (optional)
-  Glue (optional)

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Condition your black clay by just kneading it and getting it warm in your hand.
2.  Take a piece and roll it into a ball and press it into the mold.
3.  Carefully remove from mold - continue until you have four small and two large.
4.  Place in oven and bake according to the package directions.
5.  Allow to cool.
6.  Create your filling by conditioning the white clay.  Roll a piece into a ball and squeeze it between the two dark cookie pieces.
7.  If you have liquid polymer clay, put some between the dark and light pieces.  You don't need too much.  This will act as the glue to keep the pieces together.  If you don't have the liquid polymer clay, you can glue everything together after all the pieces have cooled.
8.  At this time, you want to add the eye pins.  You do that by pushing the eye pins into the white clay.
8.  Place in oven and bake according to the package directions.
9.  Let it cool.
10.  Now you can add the earring findings to the smaller Oreos.  You can add a jump ring to the larger Oreo and then add a cord to wear it as a necklace.

Options:  You can make keychains instead.  You can make clip on earrings instead.  If you make the clip ons, do not add the eye pins.  You will just glue them onto the clip on earring findings when it has all cooled.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Mona

Shark Week Sticker Glitter Coasters!

I know Shark Week is over, but I'm late posting this.  The video was up on time, but I ran out of time to  keep updated here.

I found the shark stickers at Walmart and they seemed perfect for a Shark Week themed coaster, or two.



You will need:

-  Coaster mold - you can find a link to the one I used under Products I Use
-  Glitter - blue, silver, white
-  Shark stickers
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast (www.eti-usa.com)

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin
2.  Pour a thin layer into your mold and add your glitter.  It will sink to the bottom and leave a flat surface.
3.  Allow to sit and cure for 12 hours.
4.  Apply stickers directly to the resin.  Apply Mod Podge to the top of the stickers if they are paper rather than plastic.  This prevents any dark spots from forming on the stickers.  Allow Mod Podge to completely dry.  If you don't let it dry before adding your next layer of resin, it will stay white and cloudy.
5.  Apply another thin coat of resin to finish it off and imbed the stickers!
6.  Allow to cure for 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by, Happy Crafting and Happy Belated Shark Week!

Mona

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Shark Week! Shark Pen Craft Tutorial with Duct Tape!

I know I'm late posting this, but it was up on time on my YouTube Channel!

Having recently discovered that I can use regular plastic molds with resin and having one of my subscribers suggest I make pens, this is what I came up with.  Now, for the record I used mineral oil on my molds, at the suggestion of one of my subscribers, but I have to be honest with you, I much prefer Vaseline.


You will need:

-  Resin - I use Easy Cast Resin - It's available at craft stores, online and if you are looking for it internationally, go to www.eti-usa.com

-  Candy mold for lollipops - shark and sea creatures
-  Pigment powder, eyeshadow, acrylic paint or food color to color your resin - I used pigment powder on the sharkI used glitter on the turtle and the starfish
-  Pens with removable ends
-  Lollipop sticks, or skewers would work
-  Hot glue
-  Vaseline
-  Duct tape
-  Acrylic paint for painting on accents after the fact


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

Not having done this project before, I learned some ways to make it easier and I will be sharing them in the directions below.

1.  Prepare your resin with a think layer of Vaseline - making sure to get into all the nooks and crannies.  I also suggest you go beyond the actual cavity, on the the flat part of the mold, in the event you over fill or drip.
2.  Take your hot glue and where the mold is cut out for the lollipop stick, put some hot glue to create a dam, so resin won't flow out of your mold.  Put your lollipop stick into the glue, while still soft.  Add additional hot glue if needed.
3.  Prepare your resin, according to package directions.  Add pigment powder, or your colorant of choice to the resin and mix well.
4.  Pour resin into the mold.
5.  Allow to cure for 12 hours before unmolding.
6.  Take your pen and remove the end cap.
7.  Unmold your shark.  Take a pair of scissors, or wire cutter and cut any excess hot glue, or resin from the stick and also shorten the stick.  The stick needs to be short enough to fit into the end of the pen.
8.  Put some hot glue into the pen and stick the lollipop stick in and hold it until cool.
9.  Take decorative duct tape and cover as close to the shark as possible.
10.  Take acrylic paint and paint in the details.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy crafting!

Mona

Monday, August 19, 2013

Cat and Dog Pet Photo Transfer Clay Charm




You will need:

-  Jewelry Clay - from the makers of Easy Cast - you can find more information on their website at www.eti-usa.com and it's available online and you can ask at your craft stores.  
-  Inkjet printer
-  Pigment powder
-  Stamps and ink pad

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:  

1.  Prepare your Jewelry Clay, according to the package directions.  It's really easy!
2.  Lay your printed photo on a flat surface.  
3.  Roll the clay into a ball and place it onto the printed photo.  Tip:  Make your print a little larger because you don't want the clay running off the edge of the picture and they having a white line.  
4.  Press the clay down on the printed photo.  Take a needle tool or a pen and poke a hole into the top.
5.  Brush pigment power onto the back and sides of the clay.  The pigment powder will become part of the clay when it has finished curing.  
6.  Take a rubber stamp and a dye ink pad and stamp on the back (the freshly pigmented side that is currently face up) and stamp words or symbols or anything you like.
7.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours.
8.  Peel the clay from the printed photo.  
9.  You can leave it that way, or you can put a layer of resin over the transferred photo for additional protection.  

It will be rock solid and you can use it as a keychain, or hang it from your rearview mirror, or 
Christmas ornaments, or bookmarks, etc.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

How to Make an Oreo Cookie Coaster - Another Coaster Friday


I had a lot of my subscribers asking me to do an Oreo Cookie coaster, so here it is.  Unfortunately, it involved me eating more Oreos (double stuff of course) then anyone should in one sitting.

This coaster is thicker than it really needed to be because I used the double stuffed.  If you use the regular ones, you can use less resin.  Also, the Oreo writing on the cookie gets lost when the resin is poured on it.  If you remember the flower jewel coaster, they lost their beveled cuts also.  



You will need:

-  Oreo cookies - I used a regular sized one and the snack sized ones around it.
-  Coaster mold (click here to see how to make one using an egg ring, or you can purchase one - I linked the one I have in the Products I Use section).
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast - It's available at Michaels and Hobby Lobby as well as online, or if you are looking for it internationally, go to their website at www.eti-usa.com and they have a listing of where it is sold.


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.  
2.  Pour a thin layer in the bottom of your mold and place the Oreos into the resin.  
3.  Allow to cure for 12 hours.  
4.  Pour your next layer of resin over the cookies.  I will warn you, this coaster will have many bubbles coming up because the cookies are so porous.  You will have to be vigilant with your lighter to straw to keep popping the bubbles for the first hour or so.
5.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours before unfolding.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

Owl Glitter Sticker Coaster - Another Coaster Friday


I found these cute dimensional owl stickers at Hobby Lobby and they cried out to become a coaster!!



You will need:

-  Coaster mold - You can either make one from an egg shaper (click here to see how), or I purchased a silicone mold and you can find a link where to buy it in the Products I Use tab.
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast Resin - you can find it at Michaels and Hobby Lobby, as well as online.  If you are needing to find it internationally, go to www.eti-usa.com and they have a list of where it is available.
-  Owl stickers
-  Glitter

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin according to package directions.
2.  Pour a thin layer into the bottom of the mold and sprinkle in the glitter.  The glitter will sink to the bottom and leave you with a flat surface.
3.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours.
4.  Place your stickers onto the the resin.  If they are paper stickers, you might want to seal them with Mod Podge.  If they have a coating on them, or are plastic, you don't need to seal them.  If you don't seal paper stickers, they will get dark spots.  The way to seal a sticker is to put it on the resin and then brush the Mod Podge over it.  You must allow it to completely dry before pouring the next layer of resin, or else it won't ever dry and you will have white or cloudy spots.  If you let it completely dry, it will become invisible with the next layer of resin.
5.  Pour enough resin to cover the stickers and again allow to cure for at least 12 hours.
6.  Unmold and you have a great coaster!!

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona

Resin Pigment Powder Heart Craft Tutorial





I always wanted to use my plastic candy molds for resin projects, but I couldn't…..or could I?
Turns out I could, but didn't know it!  A world of possibilities just opened up for me!  With a little Vaseline, I could use any mold I wanted!  Wooohooo!

You will need:

-  Plastic mold - I bought this mold at Michaels in the chocolate/candy section
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast Resin
-  Vaseline
-  Pigment powder

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin according to package directions.
2.  Prepare your mold by rubbing a thin layer of Vaseline inside the cavity and I like to go over the edges to the flat part, in the event I drip or overfill.
3.  Pour in resin.
4.  Take different pigment powders and drop them into the resin in globs.  Taking a toothpick or skewer, start to move the pigment powders around.  Keep doing that until you get the look you want.
5.  Allow to sit for at least 12 hours.
6.  Remove from mold.  Wipe off any excess Vaseline and then either brush on a thin layer or resin, or  clear nail polish/topcoat.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Gummy Bear Resin Charm Craft Tutorial

I had been asked to do some gummy bear crafts and I did the coaster and decided to put one in a charm to see how it would turn out.  Here it is:

I'll be honest with you, I don't love it.  It kind of loses it's definition in the resin.   It's not bad, but it's not great.

You will need:

- Resin - I like to use Easy Cast because it's low odor (www.eti-usa.com)
- Star mold - I used a silicone ice cube tray
-  A gummy bear


Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.
2.  Pour resin into the star mold and add gummy bear.
3.  Let it sit for at least 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Mona

Thursday, August 15, 2013

How to Make an Oreo Cookie Mold

There's a really fun product available, called Easy Mold.





















You can buy it online and your craft store may or may not carry it.  It's a silicone putty and it's by the same makers as Easy Cast.  This is so simple to use to make molds, it's not even funny!  It opens up a world of possibilities!

I made this silicone mold of an Oreo Cookie!!




You will need:

-  An Oreo (you might need a package in the event you break one or eat them all!!)
-  Easy Mold  - for more info. on Easy Mold go to www.eti-usa.com
-  Wax paper or parchment paper

Here is the video tutorial:

Directions:

1.  Take an Oreo Cookie and separate the wafer from the filling (feel free to eat the filling!!).  Stick the wafer/cookie part into the freezer for 10+ minutes. 
2.  Prepare the Easy Mold per package directions.
3.  Roll Easy Mold into a ball - working on wax paper - and squish it down flat.
4.  Firmly, but gently, press the cookie into the Easy Mold - making sure not to break the cookie.
5.  Allow to sit in the mold for the amount stated on the package (30-35 minutes).
6.  When fully cured, take the cookie out of the mold and brush out any crumbs left behind by the cookie.

You are now ready to make Oreo cookies out of all kinds of materials!!

It's is that easy!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Gummy Bear Coaster Craft Tutorial

Do you love Gummy Bears?  I know a lot of my subscribers do and they wanted me to do a Gummy Bear Coaster, so how could I say no?


You will need:
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast Resin
-  Gummy Bears
-  Coaster mold*

*  I want to tell you about my coaster mold.  I searched far and wide for a good coaster mold, that was deep enough for me to put stuff in.  I ended up creating my own, with an egg shaper and it worked pretty well.  Recently, I found a silicone pan, online, and it was the perfect size and silicone and had made my life sooooo much easier!!  If you want to know which mold I bought, go to the tab Products I Use.  I have it linked there.

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:
1.  Prepare you resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Pour a thin layer of resin in the bottom of the mold
3.  Add your Gummy Bears
4.  Add additional resin until they are all covered
5.  Allow to sit for at least 12 hours before unmolding

That's it!  Now you have a fun new accessory!  The Gummy Bears do lose some of their features in the resin, so just a warning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona