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Monday, February 25, 2013

Paper Bag Vase. So Cool!



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Turn a brown paper bag into a vase?  What?  That's crazy talk!  Or is it?


A while back I found a project on Environment Technology's website on how to do just that.  I put it on my mental "to do" list.  I couldn't find it again, but I remembered enough to make it something similar!

Environmental Technology is the manufacturer of Easy Cast Resin, which is the resin I use in my projects.  You should definitely check out their site because they have a bunch of free craft listings on there and they have a blogger, Carmi, who does some really fun and amazing crafts!

Also, I have had several questions from some of my readers/subscribers about where they can purchase the Easy Cast Resin, especially internationally.  Luckily, they have a list of of where it can be purchased in the U.S. and internationally!  Yay!

Alright, back to the project.  First off, couldn't you see this as the centerpiece for a bridal shower or baby shower?  Ladies lunch?  Girls night in?  Just to have around when the Spring flowers begin to bloom?  Or... because the bag becomes translucent after you apply the resin, you could put a battery operated tea light in it and line a walkway!  Fun!  Fun!  Fun!

You will need:

-  Brown paper bag
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast
-  A stand to put the bag on - I made one out of a paper towel roll and a cup (see video)
-  Cling Wrap
-  Ribbon
-  String
-  Disposable paint brush
-  Straw - optional

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Create your stand.  I glued the paper towel roll to a cup to make it tall enough, where the bag was raised off of the table top.
2.  Crumple your bag - wrinkles add character!  Remember that ladies!
3.  Uncrumple your bag - as in life, the wrinkles remain...
4.  Wrap your stand completely in Cling Wrap and put the bag on the stand.
5.  Gather the bag a little around the neck, to give it some shape.  Tie a string loosely around the neck area.
6.  Paint the outside of the bag completely with the resin - letting it soak into the fibers.  
7.  If needed, take a straw and blow on the bag to get rid of any bubbles that may have formed.
8.  If you find the bottom does not look even or flat enough to sit stable, when dry, flip over the bag after one hour and shape as needed.
9.  After 12 hours of curing, remove the stand and make sure to remove all of the Cling Wrap.
10.  Pour enough resin into the inside of the bag to cover and swirl it around.  Any excess resin can pool in the bottom of the bag, if desired.
11.  Allow to dry for 12 hours.  With the Easy Cast, full cure isn't until 72 hours, so I might not put water in until it is fully cured.
12.  Tie a pretty ribbon around it, to hide the string.

Now you have a beautiful and unique vase!!!  I makes a great decoration, or gift!  It's a fun way to give your Mom flowers for Mother's Day!!  And she can reuse the vase!

Here is the resin I used:



Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona



Friday, February 22, 2013

Tropical Fish Crafted from Aluminum Cookie Sheet

I have been planning on doing a metal embossing project for a while.  I was planning on going to the hardware store for some metal, from the heating department, but luckily I didn't have to!  In January, one of my projects was featured on Suzy's Artsy Crafty Sitcom and that's how I was lucky enough to find her.  She does metal embossing projects on disposable cookie sheets.  Brilliant!  It's an inexpensive material, easy to use and easy to find!  You can find an ample supply of them at party stores.

Suzy has wonderful projects in addition to her cookie sheet projects and you should definitely go check her out at www.suzyssitcom.com!  She did faux tin tiles and a beautiful fish!  Thank you Suzy for finding this great alternative material to work with!

Here is the tropical fish I created to hang over Spooky the Cat's food bowl:


You will need:

-  Disposable cookie sheet
-  Metal primer (spray or brush on)
-  Acrylic paint
-  Tools to emboss - be creative, you don't have to buy anything.  Use knitting needles, popsicle sticks, ballpoint pens, ends of paint brushes, etc.
-  Glitter
-  White glue
-  Pigment powder and gloss polyurethane finish (optional)
-  Resin - optional - I used Easy Cast
-  Towel
-  Scissors

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Cut off the edges of the baking sheet.  Draw a design you want to emboss onto your metal.  I drew a fish.  I drew it on paper first, so I could get it the way I wanted.
2.  Put a towel on your work surface a put the metal on top of the towel and the drawing on top of the metal.  You can tape the drawing on the metal if you want.
3.  Emboss the metal by tracing the outlines of the fish.  The towel allows for a little give when embossing.
4.  Cut out fish.
5.  On the backside of the fish, begin embossing.  Use various tools to create dimension to the once flat fish.
6.  When you are done embossing, paint the front of the fish with metal primer.  You can use a spray primer as well.  It was too cold here for me to spray paint outside, so I thought I would try and preserve my lungs a bit and used a paint on primer.
7.  When the primer is dry, choose your paints and begin painting the metal.  This will likely require two coats.
8.  When dry, I added glitter to all of the areas where the different paint colors met and around the eye.  I put the white glue where I wanted it and sprinkled with glitter.  I tapped off any excess and returned the unused portion to the container.
9.  Allow to dry.
10.  Since the material is pretty thin, I decided to add a protective coat of resin.  Mix your resin according to the package directions and use a disposable brush to paint on the resin.  Allow to dry for 12 hours and you have a fun fish!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona

Here are some of the items I used in this project:





Swirled Resin and Pigment Powder Charms

Metallic pigment powders are beautiful and you can use them for many different things.  I used them to create swirls in resin.  The picture doesn't do it justice!


You will need:

-  Resin - I use Easy Cast
-  Pigment powders
-  Resin mold
-  Toothpick or wire scrap

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Separate the resin.  One cup will have the clear resin, the other two will have less resin.
3.  Tap a little pigment powder into each of the cups with less resin and mix well.
4.  Pour clear resin into the mold, but not all the way to the top.
5.  Take your toothpick, or wire and scoop up a small glob of colored resin and drip it into the clear resin you poured into the mold.  Make several drops with each color, making sure to wipe the toothpick or wire before moving onto the next color.
6.  Wipe your wire or toothpick and swirl it through the resin, making interesting patterns and swirls.
7.  Let it sit and cure for 12 hours.
8.  Remove from mold.

That's it!  Thank you for stopping by.  Happy Crafting!

Mona

Here are some of the items I used in this project:


Saturday, February 16, 2013

Resin Preserved Photo Display Craft Tutorial

If you follow my videos or blog, you know I love making coasters.  I thought I would try something a little bit different this time.  Taking my parent's wedding photo and preserving and displaying it in a unique way is a fun twist.  Now even though I used this in a different way, you can certainly use it as a coaster!



You will need:

-  Frame - I had an old one given to me that I spray painted red
-  Coaster mold - I will attach the video on how I made my mold below
-  Ribbon
-  Mod Podge
-  Photograph

*I printed the photograph on my laser printer, on laser transparency paper.  Another option is to take your photograph to a copy store and have them copy it onto transparency paper.

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Prepare your coaster mold
2.  Prepare your resin
3.  Pour a small amount of resin into your mold and let it cure for 12 hours.
4.  Cut out your picture to fit into the mold.
5.  Paint Mod Podge onto the cured resin and carefully lay the picture on top of it, being careful not to get any fingerprints on it.
6.  Using a soft rag, or an old t-shirt, take your finger and rub the picture down, making sure to eliminate all of the bubbles underneath.  Then paint another coat on top of the picture.
7.  Allow to dry.  Make sure it dries completely.  If you do the next pour before it is dry, it will be cloudy forever.
8.  When dry, pour another thin layer of resin over the picture and allow to cure at least 12 hours.
9.  Drill a hole into the preserved resin photograph and string a ribbon through.
10.  Tie it to the frame and you are done!

Here is the video for making the mold:



Thanks for stopping by!  Happy crafting!

Mona


Photo Resin Coaster Craft Tutorial

I've been trying to do different things with the resin coasters and this latest one is decoupaging a picture onto the resin.  This picture happens to be of Spooky the Cat.  She came to me 9 years ago.  She walked in the front door and never left.  In fact, she's sleeping in her bed on my desk as I write this.


You will need:

-  Coaster mold - I will attach the video below so you can see how I made mine
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast
-  Mod Podge
-  Glitter
-  Picture - the picture can be a regular photograph, a laser print, a picture from a magazine or a print from a copy machine - I know most people use inkjet printers.  Inkjet ink is water-based and so is the Mod Podge we will be using.  Therefore, the ink will run or smear.  I have found an article on how to decoupage with inkjet prints and you can find some really interesting information that might help at this link:
How to Prevent Smudges and Bleeding When Using an Inkjet Printer


Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:

1.  Prepare your mold (see video below)
2.  Prepare your resin
3.  Pour a thin layer of resin into the mold and sprinkle in your glitter.  Let the glitter settle and let the resin cure for 12 hours.
4.  If the surface is flat enough, decoupage the picture onto the resin.  If the surface is too lumpy, do a thin pour of resin to level the surface and allow to cure.
5.  When you have decoupaged the picture onto the resin, allow the Mod Podge to dry completely.  If it does not dry completely, it will always stay white or cloudy.
6.  When dry, do another pour over the picture and allow it all to level out and allow it to cure for 12 hours.
7.  When cured, unmold it!

Now you have a great coaster that is personal to you!  

Here is the video on how to prepare the coaster mold:


Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Sunday, February 10, 2013

Best Friends Jar Craft Tutorial


Create a keepsake that will stay with friends throughout the years.  All you need is a mason jar and some creativity!

I was asked by a few of my YouTube subscribers to create something for best friends.  I came up the the Best Friends Jar.  You can call it a friendship jar, a sisters jar, or personalize it to your needs.

The jar is to be given as a gift and you include the poem (see below) and the jar is to be exchanged back and forth between friends.  It can be filled with a gift, a momento, an old photo, just a note.


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You will need:

-  Mason jar
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast
-  Acrylic paint
-  Ribbon
-  Mod Podge
-  Glue

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:

1.  Mix resin and acrylic paint and pour it into the mason jar.  Swirl it around until the inside is covered and drain any excess.  Allow to dry for 12 hours.  You might need to do this twice.
2.  Print out a picture, words, a drawing, anything that you might like to use to decorate the top of the lid. Decoupage with Mod Podge onto the inner portion of the lid.  The lid comes apart - remove the inner part from the ring before decoupaging.
3.  Do two to three coats of Mod Podge and allow it to dry completely.
4.  When dry, glue the inner portion of the lid to the outer ring and allow the glue to dry.
5.  When dry, prepare your resin, according to the package directions, and pour it over the Mod Podged lid and allow it to dry for 12 hours.
6.  When the lid and jar are dry, tie a ribbon around the neck - tack it on with hot glue if necessary.
7.  Print out the poem - adjusting as you need - and roll it up, tie a ribbon around it and put it in the jar.
8.  You can add a gift or other momento before presenting it to your friend.

**If you don't want to put resin on the side of the jar, you can try spray painting instead.

Here is the poem:


Best Friends Jar

Best friends forever
Friends throughout the years
If you ever need to talk
You’ll always have my ear

No matter where we are
No matter how far we go
You’ll always be my friend
This you’ll always know

This jar is for encouragement
Filled with a kind word or a gift
It’s to be sent back and forth
For when one of us needs a lift

Life will be filled with ups and downs
And sometimes we’ll drift apart
This jar will help keep us together
You’ll always be in my heart

Take this jar now
Keep it in your care
There’s no timeline to return it
The exchange can be frequent or rare

I give this to you today
The message I hope to send
I want you to always know
You are my dear friend


Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you try it!  Happy Crafting!

Mona

Swirled Resin Coaster Craft Tutorial

I have been experimenting with swirling acrylic paint in resin.  Here are two coasters I have completed:



I think they turned out okay, but I think I can do better!

I made the first one by mixing metallic acrylic paint into resin I had separated into small cups and then I poured it into the mold and swirled it.  Three things that would have made it better:

1.  I would have skipped the silver.  It ended up just looking gray.

2.  My red got really thick, really fast.  I have no explanation as to why that happened.

3.  I found parchment paper's Kryptonite!  Parchment paper can withstand hot glue and resin, but like the Wicked Witch of the West, water will kill it!  I dripped water into the center of my mold and parchment paper wrinkled.  (Took me a while to figure out what I did wrong!)  The wrinkles must have broken the seal and some of the resin leaked out.  Lesson learned!

To make the second, I poured the resin into the mold and let it sit for awhile.  But I let it sit too long and it was too thick, so it didn't swirl very smoothly.  The reason I let the resin harden is because when I have tried to do this before, I put the resin in the mold and immediately poured in the paint.  The resin was still too thin and the paint sank to the bottom.  My logic was to let the resin thicken and then put in the paint, but I guess timing is everything and mine was a little off.  Oh well.

If you want to give it a try... and I will try again.... here are the directions for the first coaster:

You will need:

-  Coaster mold (I will attach the video and how I made mine..... sans water...)
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast
-  Acrylic paint in varying colors
-  Skewer stick to swirl

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Prepare your mold
2.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions
3.  Split your resin into small cups - the number of colors you plan on using determines how many cups you will need
4.  Mix in your acrylic paint colors
5.  Pour the different colors into your mold and use a skewer stick to swirl them together
6.  Let sit for 12 hours
7.  Pour a thin clear layer of resin over the swirled resin and let sit for 12 hours before unmolding

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

Mona

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Painted Bud Vases Craft Tutorial




I came across this super cute tutorial on dipped bud vases.  It was by Whipperberry and I LOVED it.  I printed it out and always meant to try it.  When I ran across the same bud vases that she had used, I took it as a sign.

Here is the picture that inspired me:

http://whipperberry.com/2012/04/paint-dipped-bud-vases.html

How could you not love those?

Here is my version for Valentine's Day:



You will need:

-  Bud vases - I purchased mine at Walmart for around 97 cents each
-  Martha Stewart acrylic paint in the color of your choice in satin
-  Martha Stewart acrylic paint in a coordinating color in pearl
-  Martha Stewart glaze medium
-  Paper or plastic cup

Here is the video tutorial:


 Directions:

1.  Mix the satin paint and the glaze medium, in a ratio of 3 parts paint to 1 part glaze
2.  Paint your bud vases about halfway up and allow to fully dry
3.  Mix the pearl paint in the same 3 to 1 ratio and paint over the initial satin paint, but leave a small border at the top
4.  Allow to fully dry

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

Mona


Glitter and Mirrored Hearts Coaster Craft Tutorial



With Valentine's Day drawing nearer, I have yet another heart coaster craft!



You will need:

-  Coaster mold - see below for the video on how I created mine
-  Red glitter
-  Heart mirrors
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast
-  Glue that dries clear

Here is the video tutorial:



How I created my coaster mold:


Directions:

1.  Set up your coaster mold.  See the directions above if you would like to see how I created the one I used.
2.  Prepare your resin, according to package directions.  
3.  Pour resin into your mold - it does not need to be a thick layer.  This will serve as the background for your hearts.  Right after pouring your resin, sprinkle in your glitter.
4.  Allow to cure for 12 hours.
5.  Glue your mirrored hearts into place, using a glue that will dry clear.  Allow it to fully dry!  If you don't, the glue will never dry clear.  
6.  Pour your next layer of resin, making sure that the hearts are fully covered.
7.  Remove bubbles as necessary - use a straw to blow on them, or carefully run a lighter over the surface.
8.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!

Here are some of the products I used in this project:



Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Hello Kitty Sticker Resin Coaster Craft Tutorial



You will need:

-  Egg ring/shaper 
-  Parchment paper
-  Stickers
-  Glitter
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast
-  Mod Podge

Here is the video tutorial:


Directions:

1.  Prepare your mold - see below to see video on how I make my mold
2.  Prepare your resin according to the directions on the package
3.  Pour some resin into the bottom of the mold
4.  Sprinkle in varying colors of glitter and let it sink to the bottom and let it all level out.
5.  Wait 12 hours for it to cure.  If the surface did not level and become smooth, pour a thin coat over it - enough to cover - and let it cure for 12 hours
6.  When you have a smooth surface, stick your stickers onto the hardened resin.
7.  Brush 2-3 coats of Mod Podge over the stickers, making sure they are completely covered and let it fully dry.  If the Mod Podge does not fully dry before the next resin pour, it will become cloudy and it will not clear.
8.  When Mod Podge is dry, pour a layer of resin over the stickers.
9.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours before removing from mold.

That's it!  It's super cute and super fun!  You will probably have enough stickers left over to make a full set!

Here is the video of how I make my mold:



Here are some of the products I used in making this coaster:




Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

Monday, February 4, 2013

Nerds Candy Coaster Craft Tutorial

We have another coaster!  I was asked by one of my YouTube subscribers to create a coaster using Nerds candy.  Here it is!


You will need:

-  Nerds candy
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast
-  Silicone egg shaper/ring
-  Parchment paper
-  Hot glue

Here is the video tutorial:


Here is the video on how to make the mold:


Directions:

1.  Prepare your mold
2.  Prepare your resin according to package directions
3.  Pour your resin into the mold and sprinkle Nerds candy into the resin.  Give the candy time to sink to the bottom and add a little more resin if you need.
4.  Allow it to cure for at least 12 hours before unmolding

That's it!  Now you have a fun and colorful coaster!

Here are some of the products I used in this project:


Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona