Friday, January 29, 2016

DIY Jellyfish Glow in the Dark Coaster ~ Another Coaster Friday

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Today we are making a jellyfish glow in the dark coaster.  The first one didn't go as planned.  The second went much smoother.



You will need:
- Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/23wX5zx
- Resin:  http://amzn.to/1SN31AK
- Pigment powders:  http://amzn.to/23wX4LY
- Jellyfish image:  http://www.gumroad.com/craftklatch
- Transparency film:  http://amzn.to/1nSleAi
- Glow in the dark paint

Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Mix one ounce of resin and mix in some blue pigment powder.  
2.  Pour into coaster mold.  Pop bubbles with lighter.
3.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours.
4.  Print image onto transparency film.
5.  Paint glow in the dark paint onto the back of the jellyfish.  Allow to dry.
6.  Mix one ounce of resin and pour it into the coaster mold.  Pop bubbles with the lighter.
7.  Slide in the transparency film and press it down with your stir stick.  Press down and make sure all the bubbles are out from under the film.
8.  Pop bubbles again and let cure.

That's it!  Now you have a spectacular coaster!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona



Monday, January 25, 2016

Inspirational Resin Artwork DIY ~ Easy Room Decor

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Are you ready for some fun, pretty and inspirational room decor?  Oh, did I mention easy?!?!?!




You will need:
Dandelion stencil:  http://amzn.to/1PiOoOU
Ocean blue paint:  http://amzn.to/1WimeJq
Lime sorbet paint:  http://amzn.to/1WimisD
White paint:  http://amzn.to/1PiOCW4
Stencil brushes:  http://amzn.to/1Pyb91L
Easy Cast resin:  http://amzn.to/1U2Vyeo 
Metal dragonfly:  I found mine at Hobby Lobby


Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Paint the canvas.  I used the green and the top and did it in streaks, with the white paint streaked to break it up.  I went about halfway down the canvas.
2.  Then, I took both the green and the blue on my brush and did a few streaks to blend them together.
3.  Then, I took the blue and white and did streaks down to the bottom.  While you are painting, remember to also paint the sides.
4.  Allow to dry.
5.  Tape the stencil to the canvas and stencil with the white paint.  Allow to dry.
6.  Once dry, mix four ounces of the resin, according to the package directions.
7.  Pour it over the canvas and use a disposable sponge brush to move it over the canvas and to the edges.  
8.  Take your lighter and pop the bubbles.
9.  Take the metal dragonfly and place it onto the wet resin.  Drip extra resin around (not on) the dragonfly.  
10.  Go back a couple of times to pop any additional bubbles.
11.  Let it cure a minimum of 12 hours before handling.

That's it!  Now you have a fresh and inspiring piece of artwork to brighten your room decor!

Be sure to check out these resin artwork pieces I have done in the past:



Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Friday, January 22, 2016

Fishbowl Coaster Art DIY ~ Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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Turn a coaster into artwork!  When you aren't using it as a coaster, display it as art!

This week I did a fishbowl coaster.  



You will need:

-  Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/1OJZb59
-  Easy Cast resin:  http://amzn.to/1OJZhd6
-  Shapecrete:  http://amzn.to/1OJZmh2
(Also available at Home Depot)
-  Orange, green and black acrylic paint
-  Aquarium rocks

Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Mix one ounce of Easy Cast and pour into the coaster mold.  
2.  Drop in aquarium rocks. 
3.  Pop the bubbles with your lighter and allow to cure at least 12 hours.
4.  Paint on the fish, the weeds and the bubbles and allow to dry.
I also added some glitter paint to the rocks.  Allow to dry.
5.  Mix another ounce of resin and pour it into the mold.  Pop bubbles as needed.  Allow to cure.  Then unmold.  
6.  Mix a small amount of Shapecrete.  Working on foil, create a shape for the stand.  
7.  Wrap the coaster in plastic wrap and press it into the Shapecrete.
8.  Remove from Shapecrete and allow it to dry.

thought about painting the base, but I liked the color of the natural  concrete, so I left it.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Monday, January 18, 2016

Easy Painted Hearts DIY ~ Craft Klatch Valentine's Day Series




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Valentine's Day is right around the corner and these painted hearts are perfect to have as decorations for the day!  However, they are also perfect in any room decor and you can personalize the colors to fit any room!


You will need:
-  Unfinished hearts (I found them at Michaels)
-  Acrylic paint (yellow, hot pink, red, purple)
-  Stamps

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Paint the inside hearts yellow and red.
2.  Paint the outer hearts pink and purple.  Painting them will take a minimum of two coats.
3.  Allow to dry.  
4.  With the back of a paint brush, or skewer stick, dip into the opposite paints and do polka dots around the edge of the hearts.
5.  Find some stamps you like and with the opposite paints, stamp them into the middle of the inner hearts.
6.  Allow to dry.

That's it!  You can put them in a bookcase, on a mantel, or on a dresser, leaning against the wall.  Or you can easily attach a picture hook and then hang them on a wall!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Friday, January 15, 2016

Concrete and Resin Heart Coasters DIY ~ Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch



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I'm trying out a new product that was sent to me.  It's called Shapecrete.  It's been sitting in my garage for a while and thought it's time to give it a try.  I thought I'd start with an easy project, Heart Coasters.  


You will need:
-  Shapecrete or concrete:  http://amzn.to/1PvdsCz
-  East Cast resin:  http://amzn.to/1mZHdUW
-  Glitter (red chunky, pink chunky and black and red fine glitter)
-  Multi-surface paint - red, pink and white
-  Heart cookie cutters:  http://amzn.to/1Pvewq4
-  Packing tape

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Mix the concrete according to the package directions.
2.  On aluminum foil, flatten some of the concrete and make it as flat as you can.  
3.  With a large cookie cutter, insert it into the concrete.
4.  Remove the excess around the outside of the cookie cutter, remove cookie cutter and allow to dry.
5.  Repeat the process and leave the large cookie cutter in place and then insert a smaller one.  
6.  Scrape out the concrete on the inside of the small cookie cutter. 
7.  Remove both cookie cutters.
8.  Repeat steps 1-4 and then with a skewer stick, remove concrete in the middle of the heart, to resemble a crack.  
9.  Remove large cookie cutter.
10.  Allow all to dry.
11.  Once dry, paint them with a mixture of watered down paint.  Mix the colors as you would like.  Allow to dry.
12.  Once dry, apply packing tape to the back sides of the ones with the cut outs.  Make sure it it well adhered, to make sure the resin doesn't leak out.
13.  Mix your resin according to the package directions.
14.  Mix in glitters as you would like and pour into the openings.
15.  Pop bubbles and allow to cure.
16.  Once cured, remove the tape - you may have to do some touch up.
That's it!  Enjoy your coasters!  Happy Valentine's Day.  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona


Monday, January 11, 2016

Golf Ball Butterfly DIY ~ Craft Klatch Recycling Series

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It's time for another golf ball critter!  Today we are making a butterfly.  I went pastel and cute because it is cold, snowy and icy here.  I needed a little spring!


You will need:
-  Golf ball
-  Yellow paint (acrylic or spray paint)
-  Wood dowel head/cap
-  Pink craft foam
-  Pink glitter
-  2 Googly eyes
-  Black permanent marker
-  Eye screw
-  Thin silver wire
-  Drill or Dremel tool:   http://amzn.to/1RCXs5X
-  Glue - hot glue and clear drying glue:  http://amzn.to/1ZULNSZ
-  Skewer stick

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Paint the golf ball and dowel head yellow.  Allow to dry.
2.  Drill a hole into the golf ball that would fit a skewer stick.
3.  Drill a hole into the dowel head to in the size to fit the eye screw.
4.  Put glue in the golf ball hole and insert a skewer stick.  Cut the skewer stick to the length that it will fit into the dowel head opening.  
5.  Add glue to the dowel head opening and put hot glue around the skewer stick.  Press together.  The hot glue will keep everything in place, while the other glue dries.
6.  Screw in eye screw.
7.  Place the golf ball and head onto the craft foam.  Draw wings.  
8.  Cut out.
9.  Using hot glue, glue the wings onto the golf ball.
10. Using the clear drying glue, trace the wings and sprinkle on glitter.  Shake off excess and allow to dry.
11.  Drill small holes in the head and cut wire to length.  
12.  Twist the ends of the antennae to make the curls. 
13.  Dip ends of the antennae into glue and insert into the head holes.
14.  Glue on eyes.
15.  Draw a smile on with a permanent marker.

That's it!  Now you can hang it up and feel like spring is coming!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay safe and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Friday, January 8, 2016

DIY Paris Themed Coasters ~ Another Coaster Friday

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This week's coasters are a Paris theme, which was suggested by CatOfTheWild.  I found some cute stickers and think the turned out pretty cute!




You will need:
Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/1Z6d7eQ
Pigment powders:  http://amzn.to/1JuH85W


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Mix two ounces of resin, according to the package directions.  Separate them into two cups.
2.  Mix in a little white pigment powder and then a little purple in one and blue in the other.  That should give you some beautiful pastel colors.
3.  Pour them into the molds.  Take your lighter to pop bubbles and let it cure a minimum of 12 hours.
4.  Take your stickers and stick them onto the coasters.
5.  Mix two more ounces of resin and pour them over the stickers.  Take your lighter and pop any bubbles and allow to cure.

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

Mona

Monday, January 4, 2016

Memorial Heart Ash Pendant ~ Craft Klatch Resin Jewelry




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I was asked if I could come up with a project that would incorporate ashes of a loved one.  So, I gave it a shot:



You will need:
-  Resin
-  Ashes (I didn't have any memorial ashes, so to create this, I used some ashes out of my fireplace.)

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Mix a little bit of resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Add some ash and some pigment powder.  I used a pink pigment powder, since I was putting it into a heart pendant bail.  Mix well.
3.  Pour it into the pendant.  Fill it up, but be careful so it doesn't overflow.
4.  Pop any bubbles with a lighter and allow it to cure.

That's it!  Now you can have your loved one with you all the time and no one needs to know, unless you want to share it!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Friday, January 1, 2016