Sunday, July 27, 2014

Amazing Butterfly Pendant

Good morning and happy Sunday to you all.

I know I haven't been here a lot lately and I'm really sorry, but sometimes life just gets in the way.  I had my grandkids for a week day and night and that takes a lot of time away from any "me" time.  They are 4, 2 and 11 months and take all my energy.  I love them dearly and had a great time with them, but I'm glad I have my "own" time back.

So today I am showing you a quick necklace I created using the Amazing Crafting Products.  You can find many tutorials on my blog on how this product can be used and today I am just showing you the mold and the finished piece.  I have no idea where all my pictures went since I only use one camera.  I know for a fact that I took multiple pictures of the process, but they are "poof" gone.

I started with a butterfly pin that I've had for a very long time.  My stepmom gave this to me many, many years ago, so it's very special to me.  I loved all the details in it and wondered what it would look like without the holes.
Here is the pin and my mold.  I usually mold multiple pieces when making my molds as to not waste any of my Amazing Mold Putty.  I'll do something with that eagle in the near future.
I dusted my  mold (not pictured) with the Alumidust powders and poured my Amazing Casting Resin ontop.
After that cured for about 10 minutes I mixed up some Amazing Clear Cast and poured that ontop and added my rhinestones for a little added bling.  This had to cure for about 24 hours but well worth the wait. 
Honestly these pictures do this piece absolutely no justice.  After drilling two holes in the corners with my dremel I added a gold chain and now I have a beautiful butterfly necklace.

I hope you've enjoyed my butterfly necklace as much as I have and make sure to stop over at the Amazing Crafting Products blog and see what all the designers over there are up to.

As always, have a great day and God Bless!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

ABAC Anything Goes Marbl-ous Crayon Creation

Good morning all

I'm so excited to show you a failed but salvaged project including a video for my Anything Goes project over at Anything But a Card.  Just because a project failed doesn't mean you have to throw in the towel.  If you remember a couple of weeks ago I had a mini challenge going on over there and you can view the post here.  The challenge didn't take off very well except Lisette at MrsBeez did an awesome project.  Go check that out over here.  Thanks for participating Lisette, I love your pendant!

Well, anyway, back to my original post...I knew I was going to have my grandkids for a week starting yesterday and I wanted to do some crafty projects with them.  I have all these crayons and thought I could melt them and make them into chunky crayons with some of my molds I have made in the past using my Amazing Mold Putty molds but alas, they were too brittle and didn't hold up well.  I might have to make some CHUNKY molds and try again sometime.  But in the process of this failed attempt, I did however find a new way to marble my resin pieces and you can see the video here.

I just love the way these resin pieces turned out and the texture you get from using the crayons melted onto them is fantastically AMAZING.  I do however recommend that you do seal any pieces you may be marbeling with either Amazing Clear Cast Resin or some other kinds of sealer as to keep them from melting.  I know I will be turning some of my pieces into jewelry and wearing them in the hot sun would just be a HOT MESS!

Here are some close up pictures of some of the resin pieces marbled with crayons.  I am in the process of sealing them with the Amazing Clear Casting Resin as you are reading this post and because I had to resin both sides it will take about 2 days to finish these up.  Therefore do not have the finished pieces available.  As soon as I have turned them into something I will post them here on my blog also.

Can you see all the texture this gives?  I cannot wait until these pieces are finished and I am able to wear some fantastic marbled crayon jewelry!  
I hope you've enjoyed my post today and I look forward to reading all your comments.
Now head on over to Anything But a Card and join in some fun!
This weeks challenge is ANYTHING GOES.
Create anything BUT A CARD
And have FUN.

As always, have a great day and God Bless.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Chocolate to Resin to Soap, Oh My

Good morning crafters,

I am here to show you what I made for Mold rubber Monday at Amazing Crafting Products.  If you haven't done so, please go over to that blog and check out ALL the cool ideas this fabulous design team comes up with.

It's been a long three weeks that I have had to keep this a secret, but yesterday was my reveal over there and I wanted to share with all my readers also.  This will be a very, very long post and picture heavy with an added bonus of a video because I am going to actually show you three projects in one.

I started out with cleaning my dresser off and found this "yummy" chocolate rose my hubby gave me 10 years or so ago.  I was actually pleasantly surprised that the chocolate wasn't totally white when I unwrapped it.
from this
to this
Now, it turned out "nice" but it definitely had some flaws.  The nice thing about the Mold Rubber is that is picks up ALL the detail of the original item, the bad thing is that it picks up ALL the detail of the original item, LOL
  I then created this

which was pretty in itself, but still had some flaws.
I also created one layered with the Amazing Crafting Resin with Alumlite Flo Red Dye, just the resin without coloring and then with another layer with the Alumilite Blue Dye.  Pretty, right?
After making these I showed hubby what I had made.  He is my go to guy when I've created because he DOES NOT hold back in critiquing me.  Sometimes that's good, sometimes not so good.  This time he looked at the rose, turned it over and over and said "You know..." which means he isn't totally into what I just made " could improve on this a bit if you cut those lines out.  Can you cut resin?"
So back to the drawing board I went.
I then created this piece with Amazing Clear Cast Resin and Alumilite Pearlescent Powder just to see how it would turn out.
and here it is, all pretty in sparkly white 
just because this is what I do I used the Oil Pastels from Frog Dog Studio to give it some color
heat set it with my heat gun and rubbed the oil pastel in to give it an incredibly cool shiny color (and when you put heat on the resin, it also softens it a bit so that... 
you can use your exacto knife and trim away all the grooves).  How cool is that?
From that I went to create another Amazing Mold Rubber mixture.  Now when I am ready to mold something I keep all the "extra" bits and pieces of molds that either didn't turn out or the skin from the mixing cups and "bed" my original piece.  It saves on not having to use a lot of the mold rubber and pouring it onto this will actually adhere itself directly to the bits and pieces. 
If you can, always hot glue your original piece to your container.  This will keep your piece from "floating" and creates a nice hole to pull your piece out of. 
and here is my "perfect" rose mold. 
This rose was actually made by first adding a mixture of Amazing Casting Resin and swirling it around in the mold to give it an edge.  You definitely have to have some patience when doing this technique, but the outcome is fabulous.  Then when that was totally cured I added more Amazing Casting Resin with Alumilite Black Dye and filled the mold.  Once it came out of the mold, I also added a little bit of the oil pastel in black around the edges and heat set that again also.  I didn't have to do this, but since inventing this technique I feel I want to heat set everything with oil pastels.  LOL  
I created a wire piece, drilled a hole in the center of the rose and  
glued it with E6000 to make a picture holder.  Since the resin piece is so dense it's actually a solid somewhat heavy piece.

Now, while I was creating ALL these fun roses I had some time between drying, curing, setting, etc and I was looking around my craftroom and found this:
I actually remember purchasing this at Michaels on clearance last fall.  Ding, ding, ding...could you really use the Mold Rubber Molds to make soap?
Here is the proof of what I did, Enjoy
(Now keep in mind this is my first video in a very, very long time...don't judge, lol)
if you don't want to watch the video or cannot watch it, keep reading.  There is a full step by step on how I did what I did.

I melted the soap in the microwave for 20 seconds, added some fragrance and two drops of the purple colorant and poured my mold.
put it into the refrigerator for 10 minutes 
since I had no idea if this would work or not, I slowly pulled the edges from the piece away and it sorta just popped out 
Check this out... 
beautiful or what? 
here are some other pieces I made just because I had the soap all melted.  All the other pieces except the rose are Amazing Mold Putty molds.  So, the proof is that you can also pour soap into those molds. 
I got a little dish at the Dollar Store, wrapped the soaps with some fake flowers and  
Viola, a pretty accent to your bathroom.
now, I do have to say that after letting the roses set out for a day, they "dried" a bit more and kinda crystallized, but I love this look even more than the glossy look. 
If you are still reading here, thank you for sticking around to read all the way through and I hope you had a chance to watch the video also.  It was my first attempt at a video in a very long time and I think I did pretty good.  I hope you enjoyed todays post and thank you so very much for all patience with this oober long post.  Please leave me a comment below with any questions or feedback.  I love to hear what others think.  

As always, have a great day and God Bless.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

It's Marble-ous mini challenge at ABAC

I am hosting the mini challenge over at Anything but a Card and I hope you will come over there and check it out.

As always, have a great day and God Bless.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Summer Lovin at ABAC

Good morning,

I'm so glad to be here today for our Summer Lovin over at ABAC.  I love being on the design team because it really makes me focus at least once a month on creating "anything but a card".  Not that I have been doing a lot of that either because I tell you, it's been a very hectic summer already.  I haven't had much crafting time, but when I do I am wowed by what I have made.

Today I am here to show you a simple jewelry project that was inspired by my trip to Florida.  I got to meet our fabulous leader Susan and we spent one whole day junk-ing.  I had such a great time with her and we found some awesome trinkets.  Today I will show you two of those fabulous finds.
here are a couple of buttons I found and just loved the detail
using the Alumidust I "painted" all my molds I had created with the Amazing Mold Putty.  
All of these items were found while I was in Florida.  
I decided to go with a green/blue with a bit of purple to remember my days in Florida.  The beaches and the ocean water was fabulous and here, look at the it!
Then I poured Amazing Casting Resin mixed with the Alumilite Dye in Black over the top of all my molds.  So messy, but so much fun! 
I absolutely love the colors.  Who says blue and green don't go together? 
I even added a little bit of purple  
searching through my GIANT stash of beads I found the perfect ones to go with my new recasted buttons. 

I hope you will join us at Anything but a Card and remember there are only three rules.  
1.  Make something summer - y
2.  Anything But a Card
3.  Just have fun while creating!

As always, have a great day and God Bless.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Luscious Stamped Pendant with Embossing

Good morning friends,

Today I am going to show you a technique I hope you will enjoy. Many times I use my products not like they are supposed to be used. I love to experiment and with that let's see what I have to share with you today.

I received the new Frog Dog Studio May Mixed Media Kit and wasn't quite sure how to use it. There are a lot of cool items in this kit, but for me it was a bit overwhelming. I'm not much of a artist in the sense of drawing and painting. Today I am sharing what I have done with some of the parts and pieces.

In the April Kit we received these awesome acrylic pieces. Of course I had to mold them before using them. You can go here to see a video how to make your molds using the Amazing Mold Putty. I molded this piece with the Amazing Casting Resin and Alumilite Metallic Silver Powder.

I applied the Beach Hut Paper Artsy Chalk Acrylic paint directly to my stamp and pressed my Amazing Casting Resin piece directly onto the stamp upside down and let it dry. Then I used the Pastel Peach Quick Dry Fluid Chalk onto another part of the stamp and pressed my resin piece directly onto it upside down again. The reason I did it this way is so that I could control which part of the stamp I was using, since it is a big stamp.

I just ran my stamp under some warm water soapy after I was finished stamping and it came pretty much clean. The paints do not alter your stamp in any means, just not as gray as it was brand new. You just don't want to let the acrylic paints dry and clog up the detail in the stamp.

Now before I did all this I knew I wanted my piece to have a textured, 3D effect. How was I going to create that texture of the stamp? How about embossing it? I of course did not have any colored embossing powders to match those colors that came with the kit – but last month we also received these fabulous Aumidust Powders. SO off to experimenting again... I combined regular clear embossing powder with the Orange Alumidust and mixed them together.

Eureka!!! DIY Orange Embossing Powder!

Then after I had stamped my image from above, I sprinkled the embossing powder over the resin piece IMMEDIATELY. The Pastel Peach says its quick dry and I didn't know how "quick" drying it was.

Poured the remaining embossing powder back into my container and, then I set the embossing powder with my heat gun. The result is fabulous shimmery detail.

I wanted my piece to shine so I mixed up some of the Amazing Clear Cast Resin and added a layer to dome my piece. You might be curious as to what I have my pendant suspended on... CLICK HERE to see my DIY Doming Platform for resin.

That had to set up and cure for about 24 hours...

and now I have another pendant created all while experimenting.

I hope I've given you some ideas on how to use your products – not the way they were intended... don't be afraid to experiment. Sometimes you may "fail" but I always have fun trying new and different things. I really love the dimension and layers of texture captured in the Amazing Clear Cast Resin.

Until next time, have a great day and God Bless!