Thursday, August 25, 2016

Faux Druzy Bracelet

Today we happy to showcase a project by designer MylĂ©ne Hillam 


Finished Length: 8”

Learn how to create convincing faux druzys with resin and turn them into a bracelet of glittering color to give your Fall outfits an earthy feel.

Materials:
  • Ÿ EnviroTex Jewelry Resin
  • Ÿ Jacquard Pearl Ex Pigments: Duo Blue-Green; Duo Green-Yellow; Shimmer Violet; Super Copper; Blue Russet
  • Ÿ Small gemstone chips: turquoise, peridot, amethyst, carnelian and mookaite jasper
  • Ÿ Floracraft Twinklets Diamond Dust
  • Ÿ Measuring cups – six
  • Ÿ Wooden stir sticks
  • Ÿ Toothpick
  • Gloves


For gold bracelet:
  • Ÿ 2-loop gold bezels 25mm (from loop to loop) - five
  • Ÿ Rectangle gold spacer beads 9x8mm – four
  • Ÿ Gold toggle clasp
  • Ÿ Gold eye pins (4)
  • Ÿ Gold split rings (2)

For silver bracelet:
  • Ÿ Nunn Design Patera Bracelet Large Circle – Antique Silver
  • Ÿ Foam mounting tape


Tools:
  • Ÿ Flat nose pliers
  • Ÿ Round nose pliers
  • Ÿ Flush cutters
  • Ÿ Split ring pliers



Instructions:

Note: Photos and instructions show how to make the turquoise druzy in the gold bezel.  If working with Nunn Design Patera bracelet, attach a piece of foam mounting to the back of each bezel to keep it flat whilst you are working.  One teaspoon (5ml) of mixed resin is enough to make both the gold and silver bracelets.

Pour ½ teaspoon (2.5ml) of each part of the Envirotex Jewelry Resin into a measuring cup and mix according to the package instructions.

Divide the mixed resin between 5 cups. Use a wooden stir stick to add a different color of Pearl Ex to each cup.

Stir each one until the Pearl Ex powder is completely mixed into the resin.

Using a different gemstone in each bezel, fill each one with enough chips to cover the bottom.

Tip the gemstone chips into the cup of corresponding colored resin.
Mix them into the resin to coat them completely.

Drag the bead chips up the side of the cup, allowing the resin to drain back into the bottom of the cup. Use the stir stick to spoon the chips into the bezel, one at a time, with the smallest amount of resin possible. This will help the chips keep their jagged shapes and give a more realistic look to the finished druzys.

Arrange them so that they fully cover the bottom of the bezel. If there are any gaps, cover the gap with a small amount of resin.

Using a clean stir stick, scoop the Diamond Dust out of the jar and sprinkle over the bead chips generously to create the druzy sparkle effect.

Use a toothpick to press the Diamond Dust into the resin.

Set the bezels aside to cure for 12 hours.

String the spacer beads on the eye pins. 


Bend them at a 90° angle to the spacer bead.
Trim the eye pins to 7/16”.

Turn a simple loop on each one. These need to be large enough to accommodate the bezel loops.


Lay the faux druzys out in your preferred order and place a spacer component in between each pair. Connect them together by opening the eye pin loops and hooking them onto the bezel loops.

Use the split ring pliers to open a split ring and hook on one half of the clasp and the loop of one end of the bracelet. Attach the second half of the clasp to the other end of the bracelet with the other split ring.

No assembly is required for the Nunn Design Patera Bracelet. Just remove the foam mounting tape and wear.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Vintage Map Necklace With EnviroTex Lite®

Today I would like to share with you how to make a necklace using a 
vintage map and EnviroTex Lite®


Materials:
  • EnviroTex Lite®
  • Measuring Cups
  • Stir Stick
  • Vintage Map
  • Bezel & Necklace
  • Heart Gem-Optional
  • Scissors
  • Matte Medium or Mod Podge
  • Lighter
 Instructions:
  1. Gather all materials needed.

2. Take a bezel and lay it over the area to be used.  Draw an outline of the bezel and cut out.


3. Trim until it fits nicely inside the bezel.


 4. Apply Matte Medium or Mod Podge in the bezel and add the vintage map on top.  Press down and make sure map has no air bubbles.  Apply more medium over the top to assure map is down completely with no air pockets.  Adhere a heart gem.  Set aside to dry. 


5. Pour EnviroTex Lite® Resin and hardener evenly into cups.  Pour one into the other scraping sides.  Stir for 2 minutes and pour into a new mixing cup, scraping the sides and stir for 1 additional minute.

  

6. Pour EnviroTex Lite® into the bezel. Using a lighter go over the top to take out any bubbles that may occur. Set aside till dry. 
 Enjoy!



I sure hope you give this a try! If you do, we would LOVE to see it!
Thanks for stopping by the blog today!

Donna Budzynski

Thursday, August 18, 2016

DIY: Creating Knobs with FastCast™ Resin

Today I am going to share how easy it is to make "Knobs" using our newest product FastCast™ . This past Tuesday, I created knob molds using Silicone Putty...you can check out that post by clicking here.



Materials:
  • FastCast™ 
  • Molds
  • Mixing cups 
  • Stir sticks
  • Screws, for the back of the knobs
  • Cardboard
  • Pliers
Project Instructions: 

Before mixing FastCast™, cut 2 small pieces of cardboard, poke a hole into the center and place the screw for the knob through layering the cardboard.  Test it on your mold for depth.

Measure our equal parts of A and B.  Stir for 30 seconds.  Then, pour into a second mixing cup and stir for another 30 seconds.

Pour immediately into molds.

as FastCast™ sets in 10 minutes, so you want to pour as soon as you have it mixed.

Place the prepared screw into the center of the mold, using something on either side to keep it at the correct height.  Let set for 10 minutes.

Using the pliers to hold the screw in place, remove the knob.  

Attach the knob in place...

These are quick and easy to create with FastCast™.  

I left these white to show how quick and easy it is to create knobs, although FastCast™ can be painted if a color is desired.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Creating Molds for Knobs with Silicone Putty

Last week we featured our newest product FastCast™, which is a two-component clear urethane casting resin, which turns white once set.  FastCast™ sets to a hard cast in approximately 10 minutes at 70°F.   You can check out that post by clicking here.

Today I am going to show how to create a mold for knobs using Silicone Putty.  Be sure to check back on Thursday, as I will show you how to make some knobs using these molds and FastCast™.

Here is how to create a mold:

Start with Silicone Putty

Measure out two equal balls of part A and B

 Mix them together 

Until you have a uniform color.

Push desired knob into the prepared Silicone Putty...

Let set for 20 minutes.

Remove the knob from the Silicone Putty.  That is how easy it is to create a mold that you will be able to use over and over again.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

FastCast™ is now available!

We are happy to announce that our newest product FastCast™, is now available!



FastCast™ is a two-component clear urethane casting resin, which turns white once set.  It is odorless and easy to use with a 1 to 1 ratio.  It is ideal for casting, quick prototyping, miniatures, models, taxidermy and more.  FastCast™ sets to a hard cast in approximately 10 minutes at 70°F.  Once cured, FastCast™ can be drilled, sanded, shaped and painted.

Here is how easy FastCast is to work with:

Measure out equal parts of parts A and B.


Stir together for 30 seconds.
Pour into a second mixing cup and mix for another 30 seconds.  This additional step insures a complete and thorough mix.  
 Then, immediately pour into your mold.  As FastCast™ begins cure , the mixed solution with heat up and begin to turn a dull white.  Once cast (about 10 minutes) the piece will become bright white in color.

Then simply demold and your piece is ready to be used.
Check back next week as I will share how-to create some molds for drawer pulls and how-to cast them with FastCast™!