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Monday, September 30, 2019

Pumpkin Candy Jars | Dollar Store Halloween Craft Ideas | Craft Klatch

I love dollar store crafts!  Let your creative juices flow and start crafting for Halloween.  I made pumpkins out of candy jars, for a fun Halloween decoration idea.




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Materials you will need:

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Candy jars:  http://shrsl.com/1uhcl 
Color shift paint:  https://amzn.to/2mUP8cs
Champagne Acrylic paint:  https://amzn.to/2oDnEsl
Khaki paint:  https://amzn.to/2n48ZWv
Ivory paint:  https://amzn.to/2mmxy0C
Peridot paint:  https://amzn.to/2nOq2Mq
Citron yellow:  https://amzn.to/2nXd8eP 
Gold spray paint:  https://amzn.to/2oB9FmK
Vinyl:  https://amzn.to/2mnuaCI
Plastic wrap:  https://amzn.to/2oBIbNO
Painter's tape:  https://amzn.to/2me8Pvc

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






Directions:

1.  I found these candy jars at Dollar Tree.  Love Dollar Tree!

2.  I used my vinyl to hand cut out the pumpkin faces.

3.  I stuck the vinyl on the inside of the glass jars.  You can skip this step and just put the vinyl on the outside at the end. I'll get into that more later.  My intention was to put the vinyl inside and remove it when I added the gold on the inside.

4.  Make sure you burnish the vinyl down - especially the edges.

5.  Once the faces are in place, paint the inside of the jars.  Choose any colors you want to use to match your decor.  Figure it will take at least two coats.



FYI:  I only did one coat on the beige/ivory one.

6.  When the paint dried, I tried to remove the face from inside the jars.  Unfortunately, the paint wanted to come off the glass too.  So, I nixed that part....temporarily.

7.  I used cling wrap and painters tape to cover the outside of the jars, to protect them from the next stage of painting.


8.  I used gold spray paint to paint the inside of the lids and the jars.

9.  Once dry, I cut the tape and removed the plastic wrap.

10.  What happened was originally, I wanted all of the pumpkins to have gold faces, which is why I wanted to remove the vinyl after the first paint colors.  The vinyl would not remove, without removing the paint, so I left it.  When I painted the gold, the vinyl pulled away from the green and the ivory ones.  I removed the vinyl and sprayed the insides again.  Turns out, I don't like the gold face with the green because there isn't enough of a contrast.  The solution:  put black vinyl on the outside of the jar and cover up the gold face.

However, I do like the gold face on the ivory one.  

The orange still has the vinyl inside the jar.  I like that one too.

11.  If you have a little overspray, use a razor blade to scrape it off.

That's it!  Now you have super cute pumpkin candy jars!  Super cute and super cheap!

Here is another dollar store Halloween craft you might enjoy:




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

Mona






Friday, September 27, 2019

DIY Resin Toast Coasters | Another Coaster Friday | Craft Klatch

Learn how to create resin art in the form of toast!  It's a fun and funky resin craft idea!  It's the perfect coaster to accompany your morning coffee!



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You will need:
Resin:  https://amzn.to/2mcaz8t  
Unicorn Spit:  https://amzn.to/2mpgGX0
Parchment paper:  https://amzn.to/2nOlGVl
Pigment powder:  https://amzn.to/2lMVH04
Hot glue:  https://amzn.to/2lDT4NQ
Toast mold:  https://amzn.to/2ncSFT3

The one I have is currently out of stock, but I found the set listed above, with other fun shapes!

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





I have had this egg shaper is my mold drawer for LITERALLY 7 years.......Procastinate much?  I'm taking a stroll back in time and making this like I did prior to having silicone coaster molds.  After I made my waffle coaster, it triggered my memory of buying this mold...so many years ago!  It was finally time.

1.  I used copper pigment powder and brushed it onto the inside of the mold.



2.  I tapped out any loose pigment powder and put it back into the container.


3.  I worked on parchment paper because very little wants to stick to parchment paper, with the exception of hot glue.  Works like a charm.  I ran a bead around the mold and then ran a second bead, just to make sure it is well sealed.



4.  I mixed my fast curing resin (2 ounces), which cures white.  If ever adding color, keep in mind that it cures white and will lighten any color you add.

5.  I add a squirt of Unicorn Spit and mix well.

6.  I poured the resin into the mold.

7.  I let it cure.  It cures in about 15 minutes.  I wanted some texture on the bread, so that's why I added the Unicorn Spit because it makes this resin bubble like crazy.



8.  As it was curing, I carefully ran my stir stick over the resin, to help pop some of the surface bubbles.

9.  Once cured, I removed it from the mold.  The hot glue and resin easily release from the parchment paper.



***I should have brushed the pigment powder to the top of the mold.  I wasn't thinking about how the bubbles expand the resin.  My bad.  Lesson learned.

10.  So I did it again, but this time with only two drops of Unicorn spit in the resin.  

11.  I poured it into the mold.

12.  There were minimal bubbles while curing.

13.  Once cured, I remove it from the mold.  A little bit of resin seeped under the edge of the mold.  No biggie.  I took my craft knife and tripped it off and used a file to give it a little smoothing.





That's it!  Now I have what looks like what toast and white bread.

Surprisingly, the bubbly wheat toast is still level and cups stand steady.  Yay!  

Here are a couple of related resin food projects that you might like and the crater coaster that inspired the texture:







 

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  

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

Mona

Saturday, September 21, 2019

DIY Easy Alcohol Ink Resin Coasters | Another Coaster Friday | Craft Klatch

Learn  how to make Easy Resin Coasters DIY!  It's an easy resin craft tutorial!  I was asked to do a color combo of blue, purple and green.  I was also asked to try blowing the color around with a straw.




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You will need:
Coaster mold:  https://amzn.to/2KQ9wUY
Mixing cups:  https://amzn.to/31RZ7xU
Stir sticks:  https://amzn.to/323Av59
Alcohol ink:  https://amzn.to/2KzX3Vf
Pigment powders:  https://amzn.to/2RL523A
Resin (use whatever resin brand you like):
Clear Cast:  http://amzn.to/2z4rxGw
This is the resin I used for this project:
FX Poxy:  http://amzn.to/2AF3Pkk ~ According to the manufacturer, this one is heat resistant to 500 degrees F.
Fast Cast (optional for white background):  https://amzn.to/2wTZ6wc
White pigment (optional to tint clear resin for background):  https://amzn.to/2QbPRiU

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



Directions:

1.  I brushed pigment powder in the mold.  That allows the resin to adhere to the powder and color the outer edge, while the top stays white.

2.  I mixed my fast curing resin and poured it into the mold.  You need one ounce for each coaster.

3.  Once cured, I added white alcohol ink.

4.  I then added the colors of alcohol ink.


5.  I blew around the colors.  The white did not want to move around much.  


6.  I did the second coaster with stripes of white and added colors and they started to blend.  







7.  I added some additional color to the first one.  It actually looks okay in the pictures, but didn't in person.

8.  I decided to do an additional coaster because I know I use A LOT of colors and A LOT of ink.  I wanted to try one, where I used less and keep the colors a little more isolated.  I didn't blow anything around and I didn't move anything.






9.  Here they are with the ink all dry.

10.  I mixed clear resin and poured it on each of the coasters.

11.  I used my lighter to pop the bubbles and let them cure for a minimum of 12 hours.

Here they are all cured!


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

Mona