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Friday, January 17, 2020

Valentine's Day Coaster | Craft Ideas | Craft Klatch

Today I'm making a Valentine's Day Coaster!  It's easy and a fun home decor idea!


The links below are affiliate links.  I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Materials you will need:
Laser cut hearts:  https://amzn.to/3abnifP
Red multi-surface paint:  https://amzn.to/38cCLKu
Black multi-surface paint:  https://amzn.to/30swFTW


Directions:
1.  I scoured my craft room to come up with this project.  I knew I had hearts leftover from last years project and wanted to use some of them up.  I also had the wood disc/round.



2.  I started by painting the disc black.  I used multi-surface paints because of their durability.

3.  Then I painted the hearts red.  Remember to paint the edges and you may want to do two coats.

4.  Once everything was dry, I came up with how I wanted the hearts placed.

5.  I took glue and painted it on the backs of each of the hearts.  I wanted enough for it to stick, but I didn't want so much that it gushed out the edges.  Then, I let everything dry.

So far so good!  With the multi-surface paints, I don't think I need to do any additional sealing.

6.  I took out my cork and cut a piece larger than the coaster.

7.  I used glue around the edges.  The cork has adhesive on it, but I don't know how durable that adhesive is.  I like to give it a little extra support and strength by using a bead of glue at the edges.

8.  I removed the paper backing that covers the adhesive.  I placed the coaster on the adhesive side of the cork. 

9.  I rubbed the cork down really well.


 10.  I trimmed off the excess with my craft knife.

11.  I used a file/emery board to gently sand any rough edges on the cork.

12.  Now it's all finished!  Yay!

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

Mona

Friday, January 10, 2020

Not Your Grandma's Doily Coaster #2 | Resin Craft Ideas | Another Coaster Friday | Craft Klatch

Today I am doing the second coaster using a silicone doily mold and I'm adding glitter! It's a great craft idea for you home decor!  

Materials list: The links below are affiliate links. I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Similar Doily mold: https://amzn.to/2Qnzvpu Stamp pad: https://amzn.to/39zuCkU Blue glitter: https://amzn.to/37QnQFM 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 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.

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


Directions:

1. I pulled out the silicone doily.

2.  I used my black stamp pad to stamp on the silicone form, until I had it nice and dark.


3.  I mixed one ounce of resin.

4.  I added fine blue glitter and mixed it in.


5.  I slowly poured the resin onto the form.

6.  I used the stir stick to move the resin to the edges.


7.  I used my lighter to pop the bubbles.  I did it very quickly and for a short time, so the resin would not run over the edges.  I let it cure.

8.  I did end up having a little bit run over the edge and I ran my craft knife through it, when it was a little bit cured.  So it snapped off really easily.


9.  I peeled the resin off the form.
  
Here it is!  The mold has a matte finish, so the resin has a matte finish.  You can notice the glitter, but it's not sparkly like it would be if it was shiny.  I still love it!

Here is the backside, where it is shiny.

The edges were overall really clean, except for a couple of small pieces.  I was able to snap those off with my fingernails.  No filing necessary!

Here it is with last week's pigment version.  

Here are the backs.  You can clearly see through the pigment version, but the glitter one is obviously a little less clear.

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

Monday, January 6, 2020

Polar Bear Resin Art | Craft Ideas | Craft Klatch

Today we are making polar bear resin art! It's a great home decor idea and art project.




The links below are affiliate links. I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Materials you will need: Polar bear cut out: https://amzn.to/39GhwCz White paint: https://amzn.to/2QqxqJH Gray paint: https://amzn.to/2FnBrIE Black paint marker: https://amzn.to/2rYothl White glitter (chunky): https://amzn.to/2FkFFk4 White glitter (fine): https://amzn.to/2ZQ4zl8 Painters tape: https://amzn.to/2SSG8Sq Vaseline: https://amzn.to/2SUTvSd 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 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 and is UV resistant.

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




Directions

1. I found this polar bear cutout and thought it would be perfect for a resin art project!

2.  I used a black paint marker to distinguish the features.

3.  I used gray paint to give the back legs and back ear a shaded quality and to distinguish the stomach.


4.  Once dry, I painted the back white.

5.  Once dry, I painted the front white.  I went over everything.


6.  I painted the shaded areas and blackened the features again.


7.  Once dry, I painted it all white again.

8.  Then I blackened the features and painted the shaded areas again.

9.  I put painter's tape on the bottom edge of the back of the polar bear.  I burnished it down.

10.  I used my craft knife to trim off the excess tape.

This is what it looks like once trimmed.

11.  Here is a little tip:  I used Vaseline on the edge of the tape, so the resin drips on the bottom are easily removed once cured.

12.  I mixed six ounces of resin and mixed in fine and chunky white glitter.

13.  I poured the resin on the bear.

14.  I used my stir stick to help move the resin to the edge.  I made sure the edges also have resin on them.

15.  I used my torch to pop the bubbles.  I let it cure for a minimum of 12 hours.

16.  Once cured, I removed the painter's tape.

That's it!  Here is the close up with the sparkly resin!

The glitter over the darker areas still look great!  

This is perfect to lean on a shelf, or use the removable tabs that won't damage your wall!  Great wall art!

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

Mona