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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Wedding Box DIY ~ Wedding Crafts ~ Craft Klatch

Learn how to make a Mr and Mrs wedding box in this DIY craft tutorial!!!

Here is the video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I made it:
This blog contains affiliate links, for which I may receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you.

I made this as part of a wedding gift, for my nephew and his bride.  It was made with their wedding color (purple) and a washed out gray, because they had gotten married on the beach and it reminded me of driftwood.

This all came about, when my purse was filled with wedding confetti.  You can find that story on the Wedding Coasters post and the Wedding Paperweights!  I needed something to put the coasters in and I thought a personalized box would be nice.  They could use it any way they like.  They could use it as a jewelry box, or a catch all home decor item, perfect in their foyer for keys and such.  



You will need:

Wood box:  http://amzn.to/2FJvOHb
Acrylic paint (be sure to use 3wedding colors):  http://amzn.to/2pmcWDa
Matte varnish:  http://amzn.to/2IA1P24
Sanding block:  http://amzn.to/2FH6Ic1
Cricut (Amazon):  http://amzn.to/2wChE2l  
Cricut (Cricut site):  http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?B=993649&U=1248544&M=51766&urllink=

Cricut vinyls:  http://amzn.to/2w4DOJj

I found a beautiful wide satin ribbon at the craft store,
to finish it off.




Directions:

1.  I bought an unfinished box that was big enough to include the coasters and paperweights I wanted to put in it.

2.  I removed the hinges.

3.  The wedding color was purple, so I selected a combination of three purples.  They are all acrylic paint and one was metallic.

4.  I put all three colors on my brush and painted the box.  I don't mix the colors together.  I like the look of different colors blended together.

5.  While the paint was drying, I used my Cricut to cut Mr and Mrs out of vinyl.  I also did smaller cutouts for the inside.

6.  I put the vinyl onto the transfer tape and centered it on the box.

7.  I burnished it down, to make sure the vinyl was stuck to the box.

8.  I removed the transfer tape.

9.  I then used the same combo of purples and painted over the vinyl lettering.  I made sure I went in all directions.  I do this so if any paint should seep under the vinyl, it will be the purple, not the next color.  If it does seep under, you will never know!  Do this wherever you want lettering.

10.  I used a combination of gray and white acrylic paint and painted over the whole box.

11.  Once dry, I pulled off the vinyl.

The lettering came out crisp and perfect!

12.  I used a sanding block to sand some of the corners and give it a worn look.

Remember to give special attention to edges and corners, where you would normally see more wear and tear.

13.  I wiped off the dust and then finish off with a clear, matte varnish.  I suggest a minimum of two coats.

14.  I reattached the hinges.

15.  I added a single piece of purple confetti, since the confetti is what started this whole thing!

You can see the additional lettering I did on the inside.  It's a great opportunity to personalize it!

I added the coasters and the paperweights and it all coordinated.  



That's it!  You could use this technique to make a larger box for the cards or other wedding decor or home decor items!


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

Mona

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Easter Eggshell Resin Coasters ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch

Learn how to create an Easter Eggshell Resin Coaster!  It's an easy DIY!  

Here is the video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I made it:


The links below help support this channel,  as I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.



You will need:

Eggshells
Resin (use whatever resin brand you like):
Clear Cast:  http://amzn.to/2z4rxGw
FX Epoxy:  http://amzn.to/2AF3Pkk ~ This one is heat resistant to 500 degrees F.



Directions:

1.  I mixed two ounces of resin.

2.  I had some eggshells on hand, from hardboiled eggs.  I crushed them.  I could be really fun, if you had colored Easter eggshells!

3.  I added the shells to the resin.

4.  I mixed it really well.

5.  I poured the mixture into the mold.

6.  I used my lighter to pop the bubbles.  Remember, that eggshells are a natural material.  Natural materials can create more bubbles in resin, so just be aware that you may need to go back more often to pop them.  

7.  Once cured, after a minimum of 12 hours, you can remove it from the mold.

That's it!  The fun thing about this coaster is that it looks different, depending on the surface it sits on!


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

Mona





DIY Bacon Resin Coasters ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch

Everyone...okay not everyone...but A LOT of people love bacon!  I thought I would try to put bacon into coasters!

Here is the video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I made them!
The links below contain affiliate links.  I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you!
You will need:

Mold:  http://amzn.to/2FcRd7J 
Alternative (I have not used):  https://amzn.to/2qvEyWP
Bacon: http://amzn.to/2GCQTjJ
Bacon bits:  http://amzn.to/2FQH1S6
Resin (use whatever resin brand you like):
Easy Cast:  http://amzn.to/2yjYmBC
Art Resin:  http://amzn.to/2yk9X3z
Clear Cast:  http://amzn.to/2z4rxGw
FX Epoxy:  http://amzn.to/2AF3Pkk ~ This one is heat resistant to 500 degrees F and the one I used.


Directions:

1.  I broke out my coaster mold.

2.  I mixed four ounces of resin.

3.  I separated the resin into two cups.

4.  I poured one ounce into the mold.

5.  I popped the bubbles with my lighter.

6.  I put the bacon into the resin.

7.  I poured the additional ounce on top of the bacon.

8.  Then, I used the second cup of resin to add dry bacon pieces.  

9.  I mixed it really well and made sure everything was covered.

10.  I poured it all into the mold.

11.  I popped the bubbles and let them sit a minimum of 12 hours.
  
They both look cool.  The bacon pieces actually as a texture to it.  However, it is level and a glass or cup can stand stable on it.

The bacon one actually had grease rise up through the resin.  I could actually wipe it up.  In the future, I would either dry it more, wipe it with a wet wipe, or dehydrate it.  I suspect the heat of the resin, while curing, might have made some of the grease work itself out of the bacon.

All and all, I think they look pretty cool.

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

Mona


Friday, October 5, 2018

Paris Mixed Media Resin Coaster ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch

Learn how to make a Paris Mixed Media Resin Coaster!  Great resin DIY project!  

Here is a video tutorial, so you can see exactly how I made it:


I was inspired by Carmi Cimcatta's I Love Resin blog.  Here is a link to the project that inspired me.  She made a beautiful resin pendant.
http://iloveresin.blogspot.ca/2012/06/bezel-wire-and-resin-tutorial-for.html  

Be sure to check out her post!!

Now let's get started on the Paris Mixed Media Coaster!



The links below contain affiliate links, for your convenience.  I may receive a small commission, at no additional cost to you.

You will need:
Flat wire:  http://amzn.to/2piIcnk
Paper:  http://amzn.to/2FGqg04
Microbeads:  http://amzn.to/2pmKlNM
Mod Podge:  http://amzn.to/2tT2j0b
Pigment powders:  http://amzn.to/2piK6V0
Glue:  http://amzn.to/2piFkGX
Charms:  http://amzn.to/2pk7hxs
Dremel:  http://amzn.to/2tUDVLv
Resin (use whatever resin brand you like):
Easy Cast:  http://amzn.to/2yjYmBC
Art Resin:  http://amzn.to/2yk9X3z
Clear Cast:  http://amzn.to/2z4rxGw

FX Epoxy:  http://amzn.to/2AF3Pkk ~ This one is heat resistant to 500 degrees F. 

Directions:

1.  I found some flat wire and cut enough to make a coaster sized shape.  I went roundish, but it does not have to be.  It can be any shape you like.



2.  I shaped it and added a swirl.

3.  Then I used some clear drying glue and put glue at every seam, or where it is attached.  Make sure to run the glue from the top to the bottom of the wire.  The glue will stop the resin running out, when we pour it.



4.  Once the glue dried, I used packing tape and put it on the back of the wire form.  Be sure to rub the tape onto the wire.



5.  I then took Silly Putty and put it on the tape, around the outside of the wire form.  This will help keep the resin in the form as well.

6.  I mixed my resin - roughly one ounce - and separated it into three cups.  I added different pigment powders into each.


7.  I began adding the different resin colors into the form.



8.  Once full, I took my lighter and popped the bubbles.  Then, I let it cure for a minimum of 12 hours.

9.  Once cured, I removed the Silly Putty.

10.  I selected images that I wanted to include in the coaster and cut them to size.


11.  I laid them into the coaster to get an idea of the layout.

12.  I took Mod Podge and brushed it on the coaster and on the backs of the images.


 13.  I made sure to paint the Mod Podge over the images.  I did this two to three times to make sure they were fully sealed.  

14.  I like to wander through the clearance sections at the craft stores.  I found beads, charms and other items.



 15.  I added more Mod Podge and some microbeads and bugle beads, for additional texture and interest.


16.  The most important thing to remember is to leave the coaster to dry overnight.  Don't skimp on this step!  If the Mod Podge is not 100% dry, it will become cloudy when you add your next layer of resin.

17.  I mixed some more resin and began dripping it into the coaster.

18.  Once full, I used a lighter to pop the bubbles and let it cure a minimum of 12 hours.

19.  Once cured, I peeled off the tape.

20.  Despite taking precautions, some resin seeped under the wire.  I broke out my Dremel and cut it right off!


21.  I used a little Rub and Buff wax on the edge to cover any scratches.

That's it!  Now you have a one-of-a-kind work of art that functions as a coaster!


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

Mona