Thursday, December 1, 2016

FastCast™ Holiday Place Card Holders


Hi All, Donna here, I am going to show you how to make some beautiful Holiday Place Card Holders!  These are so easy and FAST!



Materials:
Mixing Cups
Stir Sticks
Snowflake Mold
Glitter Glass or Glitter - Optional
Glue
18 Gauge Wire

Additional Items:
Drill & Bit
Needle nose Pliers

Instructions:

Measure equal parts of Fast Cast™ into a mixing cup.

Mix thoroughly for 30 seconds, pour into a 2nd mixing cup and stir for another 30 seconds.    Then, pour into mold very quickly.  Wait approximately 10-15 minutes and remove from mold


 They are beautiful straight out of the mold. 

Look at the detail!

Using a small drill bit to fit the wire. Drill a hole in the center of the snowflake.

Using the needle nose pliers cut the wire to length desired and curl one end.
Adhere into the hole using glue. Once dry, water down some white glue and lightly brush on snowflake and wire. Dip into or pour glitter glass over it. Let dry.

While drying you could make your place cards.  I cut a 2" X 3" piece of cardstock from DCWV.



Here are a few of the ways you could use these for the holidays!


Thanks for joining me and I hope you enjoyed today's project!

I would love for you to try this fun and easy project for the holidays!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Resin Paper Weight with Alcohol Ink

Resin paper weights are amazing!  Each one is an original one-of-a-kind piece of ART.  Since I have been using alcohol inks in some projects lately, I thought I would see how they worked for a paper weight.


The results are a transparent paper weight when looking through it.

Materials:

Project Instructions: 
Spray mold with mold release.


Measure out equal parts (1 ounce each) of EasyCast resin and hardener. 

 Then, stir together for 2 minutes.  Pour mixture into a second cup and stir for another minute.

 Pour resin into mold.  

 Add a couple drops of the alcohol ink.

Gently stir the alcohol ink.

Use a lighter to remove any air bubbles that rise to the top.

Let set for 24 hours.

Remove from the mold.

I love how transparent it seems in the light,  From this photo you can see that it looks a bit layered.

From this photo you can see that it appears a bit darker.  What is cool about this paper weight is that it looks different from every angle.

Give this a try and enjoy!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Fast Cast Necklace

Hello, Resin fans! Karen here with a tutorial on making a fast & easy resin necklace.The beauty of this is you can customize it to match your outfit. This would also make great gifts for Christmas. To make this we are using a new product from ETI called Fast Cast Resin and it sets up in 10 minutes!!!


Here is my finished necklace. Love the color, love the style & especially love how easy it was to make!  This Fast Cast Resin is a game changer!

Materials:
Mixing cups
Stir sticks
Gloves
DecoArt Media -Fluid Acrylics, Metallic Lustre
Carabelle Stamp
Archival Ink
Yarn
Copper Wire

Project Instructions:

First, you need to have all your supplies ready to go.

The casting is very quick so there is no time to start pulling out things once you have begun stirring. 

Spray the mold with Mold Release & Conditioner if needed. Let it dry, this is important. I was impatient and my piece had texture from the spray embedded in it. Fortunately, it is just bonus texture for me!  If you want a smooth finish make sure the mold is dry and smooth.

As per the instructions included pour equal amounts of Fast Cast A & B into a plastic cup. 

Stir with a wood stick for 30 seconds.

Pour into a 2nd cup and with a new stick stir another 30 seconds. Immediately pour into your molds. Be careful not to over pour. You can also drip resin from a stir stick if the mold is intricate to prevent over flowing your mold. I had extra molds standing by in case I had too much resin. I managed to pour 6 molds before I ran out of time & the product would no longer pour.

Wait 10-15 minutes to set. The Easy Cast will gradually turn white as it cures.

Here is the super cool part- once the resin is released from the mold you can easily trim any excess off!!! At this stage, it is a bit pliable- so amazing!

Trim efficiently as the resin does harden further so your finished piece is good & strong. You can still go back & trim it at 1 hour set it is just harder.

Time for paint.  First wash your piece with soap & water, if it was used with Mold Release.  Let dry & you are ready to paint.  I started with a coat of gesso.  This helps give the piece tooth so the paint can adhere to it easily.  Once the gesso is dry add your paint, I did a few coats using Cobalt Turquoise & Cobalt Teal so I would get varying color.  Once this layer is dry, stamp randomly using Archival Ink.  Once the ink is dry, using a finger add Metallic Lustre in Copper Kettle to add some highlights.  I recommend painting both sides, so if your piece twists on your neck & shows the backside your jewelry has a finished look.  Spray with a varnish or paint a layer of decoupage glue to protect the surface from scratching off.


To finish, simply wrap copper wire around the jewelry piece creating a loop at the top.  Thread yarn through for the necklace chain.  I used 3 different yarns, tying a knot at the ends to hold them together.  To wear I will simply tie the yarn around my neck.  You can add a lobster closure if you wish.  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  I encourage you to make some of these necklaces, the possibilities are endless!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Resin Paper Book Page Dividers

Hello fans of the Resin! Karen here with some more fun. So I apparently am obsessed with resin paper. Today I have a simple, fun project making resin book page dividers. Very versatile, you can make them ahead of time to create a bit of a stash so when you need one they are at the ready. One of the challenges with resin is the time it takes for the resin to cure. This solves that problem. Let's go!

Materials:
  • EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy 
  • Mixing cups
  • Stir stick
  • Disposable gloves
  • pieces of dish sponge
  • craft sheet or parchment paper
  • napkins, paper, cardstock
  • Seth Apter die by Spellbinders
  • Tab punch or die
  • Cropodile or the Cinch
  • scrapbook paper

Project Instructions:
First get your supplies ready so once the resin is mixed you are ready. I have noticed that often I have more resin made than paper ready, so you may want to have a nice stash of extra's in case that happens. Gather napkins, book paper, pretty card stock whatever you want to use. Napkins are one of my favorites as the patterns are great & they are perfect for this technique. I love the transparency which is achieved by peeling apart the napkin layers so all you are left with is one layer of pattern napkin. Hand Made papers are interesting as quite often they change color slightly. 

  Pour equal parts of resin & hardener in a cup & stir for 2 minutes. 


Pour this mix into a new cup & stir with a new stick for 1 minute. For more instructions on use and trouble shooting see directions included in packaging.

Make sure to use gloves! Start with a piece of book paper or card stock to get used to the technique. Spread resin on back side of paper with the sponge, careful to fully cover paper. Cover front side and gently move to a piece of parchment paper to cure. Any bubbles should release naturally or you can pop them using a lighter carefully. Once you are used to the feel of covering the paper you are ready to move onto more delicate paper like napkins. I wanted mine to be translucent & thin enough that I could punch holes in the result so I did a medium coating. Let cure overnight. If you want a sturdier piece simply do a second coat of resin.


Here is my stash of resin paper. I have a large envelope & I keep all my resin pieces in it so if I want an embellishment or a piece to die cut I have it already on hand.


I took a few of my napkin pieces and made some book page dividers. The first was a USA napkin from July 4th. I added a thicker layer of resin so this piece has the weight of cardboard but the feel of plastic & it is translucent. I made a page for my art journal. I want to add in historic elements as I create to give my books a bit of a timeline. This can be events that impact me from the news or family events. The historic swim of Michael Phelps fills both, as my family gathered around throughout multiple Olympics to watch him shatter record after record. Truly one of the greatest athletes of all time. Taking my resin napkin I adhered my elements on top of it. The online photo of Phelps is amazing, one of my favorites & sadly I could not find the photographer to give credit as it came from a share site. I distressed the edges & adhered it to the cover. It was time for some embellishments, attached a tab & die cut colored circles and adhered them using glossy accents. After adding cork letters some resin was applied to the tab to give it that plastic strength. I love my new book page!!!

The page is transparent therefore the back must have the same embellishments. I added a Sports Illustrated cover photo in the same spot as my photo on the front. The rings still show through. 



My 2nd napkin page is from a super cool wine napkin. After adding the resin it was too beautiful to add much so I simply added a tag with the date & a tab. This divider will go in my project life book. I added a wine bottle label on the back.


Here is my USA napkin on top of a few other art journal pages so you can see the transparency of it. I love this technique!! I can make cool napkin dividers for my planner, notebooks, or anything I need a divider. Makes a great gift for my crafty friends. I hope you try this technique as the results are so much fun!!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Resin Wine Charms with EasyCast®

Hi everyone, Steph Ackerman here today.   It's almost the New Year, so celebrate in style with some etched wine glasses decorated with ribbons and pretty resin wine charms created with EasyCast®.


Materials:
Project Instructions:

Mix equal parts EasyCast® Clear Casting Epoxy resin and hardener into a mixing cup.  Stir for 2 full minutes to properly mix the products.

Pour into a second cup and mix for another minute.

Die cut designs from assorted colors of Rinea Foils.   


Use Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer to glue the foils in the bezels.

  Once in place, paint another layer of Ultra Seal Multi-Purpose Sealer on the foils.  Allow to dry completely before continuing.

Apply EasyCast® into the charm.  Let dry completely.

Add the completed charm plus an assortment of beads onto memory wire.

Use the Bowdabra to create bows and tie them to the wine stems along with some decorative holiday bulbs. 

Add a charm to each glass and enjoy.  
The bows and charms can be easily removed for easy clean up.

Thanks for stopping by.
Steph

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Home Decor Embellishments with Fast Cast™

Today we have designer Madeline Arendt creating with EasyCast™.  

Being fairly new to the product called FastCast™manufactured by Enviromental Technology Inc., and only seeing it demonstrated once, I was looking forward to my own experimentation with it.  As the saying goes, "start small and build", that is what I will share with this post.

A description given of FastCast™ is that it is a two part component.  It is orderless and will sets in 10 minutes.  Pieces can be de-modeled within 10 to 15 minutes.  The cured pieces are hard yet durable.  Pieces can be drilled , sanded, carved, stained and painted.

Materials:
Silicone mold
Alcohol inks
Alcohol markers
Decorative paper
Ribbons
Craft glue
Mixing Cups
Stir sticks
Plastic sheeting to cover work surface

Instructions:
To make casts from FastCast™ use molds that are made fromSilicone, EasyMold Silicone Putty, Silicone Rubber or Silicone Paste.  Other types of molds most likely require the use of a release spray to de-mold.  ***The manufacturer suggests NOT using molds that are normally used for candy, soap or candles.

I will be honest here, I used a mold that was found in the aisle for candy making and I had great results.  I usually like to experiment and see just how far I can go with products and directions and this one paid off.

I did not want pieces that were as thick as the mold would form.  To determine how much FastCast™ I would need to mix,  I added rice to the mold, filling only as high as I wanted the pieces to go.  The rice was ten dumped into a glass measuring cup.    

 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.

I followed with filling the mold.  NOTE: The product becomes very warm and also can begin to thicken quickly so fill your casting molds without delay.  Excess drips can be removed after hardening.

Remove from the mold.

For the table decor pieces here, I added color to the FastCast™ leaves with alcohol inks and markers.

After the coloring process, an easy napkin ring was formed from strips of decorative paper and ribbons.

 A placecard was created using the same decorative paper and die-cutting it along with a simple label, with a bit of burlap ribbon added.  

To top off each accessory, the inked FastCast™ leaves are attached with glue.  

They make a lovely addition to any table setting!  Create embellishments to add to homemade decorations for any occasion, any season.
 Let the holidays begin ~ Madeline.