Monday, June 8, 2015

Resin-ate Love: Cre8time Father's Day Frame


Resin~ate the Love by making this adorable "Dads and Boys, Have the Same Toys" Father's Day Picture frame.

Start with a Dollar Store frame and toy truck.

Truck frame: Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Casting Products

Because I am such a lazy crafter I decided to try to mold both sides of the truck at once. 

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Came out pretty good, if I do say so myself!

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Using Amazing Crafting Products Deep Red Alumidust I brushed the inside of the mold.

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Just about everything I cast I start by mixing in some black Alumilite Dye.

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I love how they turned out! I added some silver Rub 'n Buff for extra roughness!

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I used an Etsy purchased compass mold for another embellishment.

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I need something else that kind of represented the truck. My first attempt was to make tread marks but the wheels on this truck were smooth, so that was a bust. My next idea was to use my hubby's truck key, but that had a giant fob on it that looked rather blah... so I settled on just an ole generic key.


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Not bad! The resin key looks almost as good as the real one! I actually walked out of my craft room and asked hubby if this could turn a lock. He doubted it, but I a not so sure!

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Detail of the truck on the frame.

resin truck:Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Casting Products

Pieces being glued in place. I couldn't help to add my bestie's beautiful baby to the frame. And since we are in Louisiana, the ever present fleur de lis was added too.

Truck Frame:Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Casting Products

Now, go Craft Your Own Way...
( i'm always thinking... you can go your own way...go your own way..... you can call it another lonely day....)

Tanya




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Saturday, May 23, 2015

It all started as a thorn in my side: Resin Rose


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I had such high hopes for this project in the beginning. BUT this is a good example how a giant FAIL can help you create something even better.  So, if anything you will learn what didn't work well and maybe you can perfect my first attempt.

My first attempt was to pour colored resin on a non stick surface, let it cure and then cut out rose petals using a Sizzix and put together an awesome resin rose.

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Well, first off, resin doesn't fold or curl like paper. Second, unless you want to hold each piece in place for 20 minutes, e6000 won't work. So I attempted to hot glue the pieces. That worked but each petal slowly droops... Now all this work looks like it was constructed from red plastic spoons.  EPIC FAIL!

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So with my left over red resin sheet I cut out a spiral. Below are two sketches you can use as a guide for cutting.

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This spiral is flipped over, compared to the sketch above.

I then started to curl the spiral from the outside in. I know, you would think you would start rolling from the center out, but it is the opposite. 

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Get your hot glue gun ready before you start because you will need to glue it when you get it completely rolled AND you can't let go or it will all unravel!

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Your flower is done, add hot glue to the piece left at the end. You can now you can add leaves and punch a hole for a jump ring. I was able to slide one petal inside my Crop a Dile to punch the hole. 

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I cut green fun foam leaves and glued to the back. I like the bright red and bright green colors. It makes it look so fairy tale to me!

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Add a little glitter in the center and you are done.


Until next time..
Craft Your Own Way!

Tanya



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Friday, May 1, 2015

Mini Altoids Tin Resin Locket with Accordion Mini Album



 I love my puppies, so I thought what better way to commemorate them than to create a cairn terrier locket out of a mini Altoids tin.

Supplies:
Mini Altoid tin
Drill with Small Bit
Black Acrylic Paint
Fingernail file
2- 1 Inch Head Pins
Cameo
Cameo Frame mold
Amazing Mold Putty
Amazing Casting Resin
Rub n Buff
Sketch Paper or Card Stock
Small Photos
Optional: Black Resin Dye

Sand a mini Altoids tin with a fingernail file, to rough up the surface for paint.
Using a small bit, drill a small hole in the top and the bottom of the tin that will be used to hang from the necklace and to attach a beaded tassel later.
Paint the tin black and accent with silver rub n buff.
If you are making your own cameo, see steps below. If using a cameo you already have, cast your frame and glue pieces together.
To make accordion booklet, cut sketch paper or cardstock 2" tall and about 12" long.
Fold in an accordion manner every 1 1/2", alternating the direction of the fold....mountain, valley, mountain, valley.... etc..
Glue your images inside the booklet, fold up and place inside the tin.
The booklet will fit snug inside so there is no need to glue it inside the tin.










Attach beads or beaded tassel to the bottom. Add to a chain and enjoy!




Until next time..
Craft Your Own Way!

Tanya




This week's "Make Things!" theme is... USE PHOTOS!












Thursday, April 16, 2015

DIY Faux Leather Box Using Resin



Wouldn't Lily Munster just love getting her Mother's Day Present in this lovely faux leather coffin box? Now your mother may not like a "coffin" box, but this technique works great on any box, book cover or even mirror!

This is a fun technique that you can use with so many other projects and is adapted from Andy Skinner's technique. I have done this same technique large boxes and it looks amazing!


Supplies:
Box
Resin Pieces
Tissue Paper (any color)
Black Acrylic Paint
Burnt Umber Acrylic Paint
Raw Sienna Acrylic Paint
Decoupage Glue or Gel Medium
e6000 Glue
Brushes- 1 course bristle brush

Gather up all your left over resin pieces.... great way to recycle some pieces and parts. Then pick out some pieces you want to attach to your box. 


Then find a box. You can use any type box but I am using a coffin shaped box from the dollar store.


Put the lid on your box and draw a line around the lid. This is where you will limit your tissue paper layer. 


Start gluing your resin pieces to your box. After about 15 minutes cover the lid completely with the decoupage glue.




Crinkle up your tissue paper, straighten it out and then start pressing it into your lid. You will need to apply glue to the top as well. You do not want any air pockets, so flatted it down with a layer of glue. If it is too large of a tissue paper crinkle it won't look like leather. You are just trying to get a rough wrinkled texture. 



Use your course bristle brush to really work the tissue into the design of your resin piece.



Once the glue is dry, you can start painting. The first coat is acrylic black. Completely cover the lid and bottom, inside and out. Let dry. 


Once it dries you will dry brush the next layer. You will use Burnt Sienna for this. You can buy these colors in craft paint, so don't be alarmed!
What is dry brushing?
Dry brushing is when the paint brush has paint on it but not loaded with paint. You drip your brush in paint and then wipe it off on a paper towel. It works best with a course brush.


This is a too wet. Luckily, we can always paint over it with black or use a paper towel to wipe it off, or dab off some. 


It's starting to look really cool! You can even dry brush some back in some spots as a touch up, but always go over with the burnt sienna.. There is a reason for the layers. The darkest color is on the bottom, then lighter then lightest on top. Don't deviate from that.

Once you are satisfied, you will then move on to the lightest color, Raw Umber. Dry brush your highlights.  At this point you could substitute a metallic Rub n Buff color, but I wanted to keep it as leathery as possible, so I went with the raw umber. 


You are just lightly skimming the surface with your dry brush. Do not try to get in the grooves. You want the black to be deep in the crevices. It will dry lighter and look more realistic.



This looks like an area that would need touching up but when it dried it was hardly noticeable. 




I absolutely LOVE this technique. If you are into Steampunk, you can really do some fun things! 

This is a similar technique on a notebook and a mirror using metal tape and substituting raw sienna for silver Rub n Buff  and resin Ouija board pieces and gears from purchased molds.


Notebook and Mirror from the Dollar Store.



Craft Your Own Way!

Tanya Ruffin

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