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Monday, February 29, 2016

DIY Resin Mermaid Light ~ Craft Klatch

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I have wanted to try lighting up a resin piece for a while now and I finally figured out how to do it!  I hope you like it!




You will need:
-  Shapecrete:  http://amzn.to/1KeUCDE
-  Square silicone mold:  http://amzn.to/1o4GhiD
-  Sea life mold:  http://amzn.to/1KeUXpX
-  PearlEx purple pigment powder:  http://amzn.to/1KeV4lp
-  PearlEx pigment powder set:  http://amzn.to/1KeVb0j 
-  Glow in the dark paint:  http://amzn.to/20YFQoL
-  Book the mermaid image came from:  http://amzn.to/1QaGuHP
-  Super Gloss Mod Podge:  http://amzn.to/1QaGF5L
-  Tiny shells:  http://amzn.to/1V7EDrp
-  Glitter paint:  http://amzn.to/1o4KqDj
-  Card stock
-  Black Sharpie:  http://amzn.to/1V7Fusg
-  LED light kit:  http://amzn.to/1QaHr2K
-  Crystal Dazzlers:  http://amzn.to/1o4LwPn
-  Blue resin pigment:  http://amzn.to/20YHFBW
-  Plastic wrap

Here is the video tutorial:








Directions:  
1.  Mix three ounces of resin, according to the package directions.
2. Pour two ounces into the mold.  Take the remaining one ounce and split it into three parts.  The first part - mix a very small amount of blue transparent pigment.  The second - mix with blue PearlEx pigment powder.  The third - mix with another blue PearlEx pigment powder.  Take the colored resins and swirl them into the clear resin, with your stir stick.
3.  At the bottom, drop in a layer of the crystal dazzlers.
4.  Pop bubbles with lighter and allow to cure at least 12 hours.
5.  Take the glitter paint and lightly add to various areas, including the rocks.
6.  Take glow in the dark paint and paint jellyfish.
7.  Add glow in the dark paint to the higher parts of the rocks.  Let everything dry.
8.   Mix three more ounces of the resin.  Add a small amount of the transparent blue pigment - just enough to tint it.  Then, pour a little bit into two cups and pour the remainder into the mold.
9.  In the two cups, add the two different blue pigment powders, mix and add swirls to the resin you just added to the mold.  
10.  Pop bubbles and allow to cure at least 12 hours.
11.  Print out your mermaid and fish images.  I used a laser printer and card stock.  I printed the mermaid and fish facing one way and then I printed the same size and printed the flipped or reflection of the same images.
12.  I cut them out and them matched them up back to back and glued them together with a glue stick.  Tip:  You will not get them cut perfectly the same.  Do it as best as you can and then trim them some more and if you have areas of white, use a black permanent marker to fill in the white areas.  Also use the marker to color the edge.  Allow marker to dry.
13.  Take your Mod Podge and attach the mermaid and fish to the resin.  This will take at least two coats, but I recommend three.  Make sure the images are COMPLETELY sealed.  I also paint the Mod Podge all over the resin, so in the event it leaves a different look, it won't be noticeable.  Allow the Mod Podge to COMPLETELY dry!  Don't be impatient and skimp on the drying time.  If you do, when you pour the resin, the Mod Podge will become cloudy.  Be patient!
14.  Once dry, add a little bit of the glitter paint around the fish and the mermaid and swirls in the water.  Allow to dry.
15.  Mix three more ounces of resin.  Pour a little bit into a separate cup.
16.  Pour the remaining in the mold.
17.  In the smaller cup, add some very small seashells and mix them around.  You want them to be completely covered with the resin.  The better soaked they are in resin, the fewer bubbles you will have later.
18.  Place the shells along the top edge of the crystal dazzlers. Pour the resin they were soaking in on top of the crystal dazzlers.  Pop bubbles.  Be sure to check back several times for bubbles, especially around the shells.
19.  While the resin is still wet, add another layer of the crystal dazzlers.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours.
20.  Mix three more ounces of the resin.  Pour over everything and add some more crystal dazzlers, as needed.
21.  Pop bubbles and allow to cure at least 12 hours.
22.  Remove the piece from the mold.
23.  Clean up edges as needed.  I use old scissors for that.
24.  Mix two more ounces of resin (I think you get away with one, but you can use any extra to make the sand dollars and seashells that get adhered to the base later).
25.  Place your piece on a level surface, with parchment paper underneath.  Pour resin onto the piece.  Do this slowly, so the resin doesn't overflow the edge.  
26.  Pop the bubbles and allow to cure at least 12 hours.
27.  Trim your light kit to the length of the base of your resin piece.  Read the directions on the light kit and if you have to cut it a little longer, that is okay.  I had to do that and ended up covering it with some of the base. 
28.  Tape the light kit to the bottom of the resin piece.  Make sure it is where you want it to be when your piece is finished.
28.  Wrap your whole piece in plastic wrap and tape the end of the light kit (the plug part so dust and concrete don't get into it).
29.  Mix your Shapecrete, according to the package directions.  I used four cups of the product to one cup water.
30.  Working on a silicone mat or aluminum foil, shape your Shapecrete into a log.  Make sure it is long enough that it is bigger than your resin piece.  Press your resin piece into the concrete and make sure it stands on its own.  Then carefully remove it.  While you have your resin piece in the concrete, if you need to add onto the side for the cord, do that and sink the cord down in the concrete too.  Once removed, you can unwrap your resin piece.
31.  Gently brush purple pigment powder onto the base.  Loosely lay plastic wrap over the base and allow to cure.   Follow drying times on the product package.   
32.  Once dry, you can rinse off any excess pigment powder and allow to dry.
33.  If you haven't already, pour clear resin into the sea life mold.  I used three sand dollars, three seashells, three starfish and one seahorse.  
34.  When your resin pieces are done, place the light kit and your resin piece into the base.  Glue the sand dollars and one starfish onto the back of the base and make sure they are up against the resin piece.  You are gluing them on there to be sure the piece doesn't fall backwards.
35.  Depending on how your piece has come together, you might need to make a cap for the cord, or in my case also where there were extra lights.  Mix some more Shapecrete - you might only need a quarter of what you used before.  Wrap the portion of the base that needs the cap in plastic wrap.
36.  Shape the cap over the plastic wrap and have it somewhat blend into the main base (if you can).  
37.  Brush on the purple pigment powder, cover to cure.  
38.  Once cured, rinse off excess pigment powder.
39.  Glue on a sand dollar, starfish and seashell.
40.  Remove sticker backing on the light kit and apply to the base.  Add your resin piece and LIGHT...IT...UP!

This creates great mood lighting.  It would make a great night light!  Play with the settings on the light kit to see which you like the best!


Thank you for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and Stay Safe!


Mona


Friday, February 26, 2016

Resin and Concrete Glow in the Dark Coasters DIY ~ Another Coaster Friday

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I'm a sucker for all things glow in the dark.  I decided to do glow in the dark coasters!


You will need:
Shapecrete:  http://amzn.to/1ThU5Ci
Glow in the dark powder:  http://amzn.to/1ThUaWP
Glow in the dark paint:  http://amzn.to/1oeHwMl
Cookie cutters:  http://amzn.to/1ThUtAW


Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Mix Shapecrete, according to the package directions.  I used four parts Shapecrete to 1/2 cup water.
2.  Working on a silicone mat, or aluminum foil and put a clump onto it and flatten it out.  
3.  Cut it out with the large circle cookie cutter.  Remove the excess from outside the cookie cutter.  TIP:  I like to use a skewer stick to remove any additional excess, before removing the cookie cutter.
4.  Use the back of a paint brush and make indents.  Remove cookie cutter.
5.  Repeat with three more times.
6.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to dry.
7.  Paint the concrete with glow in the dark paint and allow to dry.
8.  Line the back of the coasters with packing tape, incase there are any cracks, or you pressed through the concrete   
9.  Mix one ounce of resin, according to the package directions.  
10.  Mix in glow in the dark powder.
11.  Drip into the indents on the coasters.
12.  Pop bubbles with lighter.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours.
13.  Remove packing tape and you have some great coasters!

Now turn off the lights!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and Stay Safe!

Mona

Monday, February 22, 2016

DIY Resin Donut Pendant Necklaces ~ Craft Klatch



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Are you ready for a fun craft?   How about some donut necklaces?  




You will need:
~Silicone mold:  http://amzn.to/1JQIzMD
~Ultimate glue:  http://amzn.to/23B1uBu
~Pearl Ex Pigment powders:  http://amzn.to/23B1BwR
~Brown pigment:  http://amzn.to/1JQIOHz
~White pigment:  http://amzn.to/1VylL4R
~Yellow pigment:  http://amzn.to/1JQISHe
~Bugle beads:  http://amzn.to/1VylPBG
~Eye pins
~Jump ring
~Fine glitter
~Dremel tool:  http://amzn.to/1nFmIOs


Video tutorial: 






Directions:
1.  Mix one ounce of resin, according the package directions.
2.  Mix in a little bit of brown, white and yellow pigment dye.  You are trying to get a donut color.
3.  Pour the resin into the mold.  Try to fill them to equal levels - not all the way full.  You should get roughly 10 donut halves out of one ounce.
4.  Pop bubbles with a lighter and allow to cure at least 12 hours.
5.  Remove the donut halves from the mold.
6.  Glue the halves together and allow to dry.
7.  Use the glue to create a frosting on the donuts. 
8.  Add bugle beads as sprinkles.  Gently press them into the glue.
9.  Sprinkle glitter onto the glue and allow to dry.
10.  An alternative, mix pigment powder into some glue and spread it on the donut like frosting.  Press in bugle beads.
11.  When dry, drill a small hole into the donuts.
12.  Add a eye pin with glue.
13.  Add a jump ring.

When you add a cord, you have a super cute necklace!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and be safe!

Mona 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Cigar Band Coaster DIY ~ Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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Today we are making a cigar band coaster, which is the perfect coaster for a guy or cigar aficionado!  It's actually my husband's, birthday today, so I made it for him!  Happy Birthday Greg!



You will need:

Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/1KvdhLk
Pigment powder:  http://amzn.to/1RatLdc
Cigar bands


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1. Mix one ounce of resin, according to the package directions.  
2.  Add green pigment powder and mix well.
3.  Pour into mold.
4.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours.
5.  Trim cigar bands to clean them up and trim some on a cure to fit to the edge of the mold.
6.  Brush Mod Podge onto the coaster and then on the back of a cigar band.  Place onto coaster and brush more Mod Podge on top of it.  Put some Mod Podge on your finger and smooth out the cigar band.
7.  Keep adding more cigar band the same way.
8.  When all the cigar bands are in place, allow to dry.
9.  Come back and do at least two more coats.
10.  Allow to completely dry.
11.  Mix one ounce of resin and pour it onto the coaster.  
12.  Pop bubbles with lighter and allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.

Then, unmold it!!  Now you have an amazing coaster!  Thanks for stopping by!  Stay safe and Happy Crafting!  

Mona


Monday, February 15, 2016

Resin Owl DIY

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Are you ready for a super cute room decor owl?



You will need:
Easy cast resin:  http://amzn.to/23b4cNO
Pink pigment:  http://amzn.to/23b4kgt
White pigment:  http://amzn.to/23b4p3L
Green pigment:  http://amzn.to/23b4xA5
Yellow pigment:  http://amzn.to/1PCaNXT
Black pigment:  http://amzn.to/1ZIm7fL
White acrylic paint
Green acrylic paint

Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Take a tiny bit of white acrylic paint and put a highlight dot on each eye.  Let it dry.  
2.  Mix an ounce or two of resin, according to the package directions.
3.  Split it into three cups.  Mix white into one, black into another and yellow into the third.
4.  Pour the yellow into the beak, the black in the eye pupils and the white in the rings around the eyes.  
5.  Pop bubbles with your lighter and allow to cure for at least 12 hours.
6.  Mix more resin and mix in some green.  Pour it into the area around the eyes.
7.  With a paint brush or skewer stick, use green acrylic paint to put polka dots on the raised area.  Allow to dry.
8.  Mix 4-6 ounces of resin and mix in pink and white pigment.  Pour into mold, pop bubbles and allow to cure.
9.  Once cured at least 12 hours, take a piece of wire, bend it into a horse shoe and bend it so it sticks up.  
10.  Use a quick drying glue to tack it into place.
11.  Once the glue has dried, mix another 2-3 ounces and add pink and white pigment and pour into mold.  This should embed the wire hanger you just made.  Pop bubbles and allow to cure at least 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!  Pull it out and hang it up!  You can customize the colors to fit any decor!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Friday, February 12, 2016

Cat and Dog Coasters DIY ~ Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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Think about the coasters as a fun way to preserve artwork.   Your artwork, kids' artwork, grandchildren's artwork, etc.  I used images from my Image Store as an example to just think outside the box.  




You will need:
Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/20Q624E
White pigment:  http://amzn.to/1SXUUjt
Circle cutter:  http://amzn.to/1nRVDam  
Transparency film:  http://amzn.to/1nRVrrx
(Be sure to buy the film that works with your printer!)


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Mix two ounces of resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix in a little white pigment and pour into molds.
3.  Take your lighter and pop the bubbles.
4.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours.
5.  Print images onto transparency film and cut out.
6.  Mix two more ounces of resin and pour into molds.  Pop bubbles with lighter.
7.  Slide into the resin and press down with your stir stick.  Be sure to press all the bubbles out from under the film.
8.  Pop bubbles with the lighter and allow to cure for at least 12 hours.
9.  Unmold.

That's it!  Now you have some cute coasters!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Monday, February 8, 2016

Resin Metal Glitter Heart DIY ~ Craft Klatch Valentine's Day Series



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I found a metal glitter ornament and like the Christmas Ornament I made, I wanted to make a pretty heart with resin and glitter.


You will need:
-  Metal heart form (I found mine at Michaels)
-  Interesting things to put in it - I had a wood wish, metal heart and a metal Love.
-  Glue


Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Take your Ultimate glue and run it along the inside seams of the ornament and the hole where the string comes through.  Do it on the front and back side.  This prevents the resin from running through.  Allow to dry.
2.  Mix 3-4 ounces of resin and mix in a bunch of chunky red glitter.  
3.  Pour into mold, pop bubbles with the lighter and allow to cure at least 12 hours.
4.  Now it's time to add your embellishments.  I glued on the half pearls and painted and glued on the wood wish.  Allow the glue to completely dry.
5.  Mix another 3-4 ounces of resin and pour over the  embellishments.  Pop bubbles with your lighter and allow to cure.
6.  Now you want to repeat on the other side.  

Here are a couple of tips:
1.  Allow the first side to completely cure.  In the case of the Easy Cast, that is 72 hours.  You don't want to leave any dents in the finished side by flipping it over too soon.
2.  When you flip it over, it is unlikely that it will lay level.  I put water bottle caps under the edges to raise it up and used a level to make sure it laid level.

Now decorate the second side as you would like.

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

Mona


Friday, February 5, 2016

Starbucks Coaster DIY ~ Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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You will need:

Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/1QIAtoK
Resin:  http://amzn.to/1QIAxF5
White Pigment:  http://amzn.to/1nPQ4tD
Super Gloss Mod Podge:  http://amzn.to/1nPQ9gL


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Mix one  ounce of resin, according to the package directions and mix in a little bit of the white pigment.  Be sure it is mixed well.
2.  Pour into the coaster mold.
3.  Take your lighter an pop the bubbles.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.
4.  Print out the Starbucks logo on to cardstock.  I use a laser printer.  If you use an inkjet, do some research about using Mod Podge on inkjet prints.
5.  Apply Mod Podge to the coaster and to the back of the logo.
6.  Place the logo into the coaster mold.
7.  Add Mod Podge to the top of the coaster.
8.  Put some Mod Podge on your finger and rub the logo down onto the resin.  
9.  Make sure you have applied everywhere and then let it dry.  Apply two more coats of the Mod Podge and let it dry COMPLETELY before moving on.  If you don't let it dry completely, you will forever have a cloudy film.
10.  Mix one ounce of resin and pour over the logo.
11.  Pop bubbles with your lighter and allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!  Now you have a great coffee coaster!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!  

Mona