Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Easy Way for You to Paint Your Pets



We all love our fur babies and here are two easy ways you can paint your own pet....even if you can't draw a straight line!

1st way...

The Pop Art Painting



For this you need a high contrast black and white print of your pet. I opened a photo editing software and simply adjusted the contrast and printed out on white copy paper.

Next, with a black marker- go over the dark lines of the dog.
Now using graphite paper or by coloring the back side of the copy with pencil (old fashioned way), trace the image on either canvas, canvas paper or watercolor paper.


Paint the face of the dog with a bright Acrylic paint color. I chose yellow, but bright green, orange, pink, lavendar, light blue all would work well too. Remember you are painting the penciled in lines black, so the face must be in contrast (lighter) with the black. 


I have a fine line and a medium size brush for the black lines. 

Don't forget to leave little white dots in the eyes! 
Now paint in the background! This should be in contrast with the face also. Think of sport teams, their colors are often complimentary colors... Yellow and Purple, Orange and Blue, Red and Green (ok, that's Christmas) .... I painted the face yellow so a purple background would have worked perfectly, BUT I work at LSU and I am having a little bit of purple and gold (yellow) overload, so I moved one color over in the color wheel and chose blue as my background. Check out a color wheel for more ideas.

Tada, pretty easy!!!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Secret to Getting Resin OFF Your Work Space



First off when using resin you should ALWAYS have your work space covered with a Teflon sheet. I have a large sheet that I ordered from Amazon to cover the bottom of an oven. Who says you have to buy the one that say CRAFT?
It never fails, in the middle of a resin project you get a spill on your Teflon sheet. Yes, when it dries it will peel right up, but what if you are using clear and it takes 24 hours to set? I can't just avoid that section of my work space....

So you are using your Amazing Clear Cast or Amazing Casting Resin and opps... a spill...




Tada!! Enter BABY OIL!


Simply squirt an ample amount on a paper towel and wipe it off.

If it is a huge spill, you may want to squirt some directly on the resin spill and let set about 5-10 minutes. This works for Part A, Part B or after they are mixed. If you have some harder to clean areas or it is a glob, you can use your craft knife to scrape it up.



This is about 10 minutes later, it is completely free of an uncured resin spill.

It also works well on your hands!

Until next time!
Tanya



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Patriotic Scarf-lace made with Resin and Fabric



Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty


This project first came to mind after i spied some toy soldiers at the dollar store... Hmmm, what to make... So I made a mold and cast the soldiers, I painted them army green and they were adorable. I thought about just putting a jump ring on it and making a charm, but how boring is that? AND I was a day late for Memorial Day, next up, 4th of July!!

I found some flag fabric in my stash drawer (why I have fabric, I have no idea since I cant sew worth a poop) and thought to use it as a necklace base.

I had recently purchased some cool army dies from Die-Versions and thought the eagle would be an awesome centerpiece to my Patriotic Scarf-lace.  So, here is what I did...

Materials:
Eagle Die-Versions die
Amazing Mold Putty
Amazing Casting Resin
Blue Resin Dye
Pony Beads
Patriotic bandanna size piece of fabric

Steps:
Cut fabric to the shape of a bandanna
Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty

Fold in half and then cut in a triangle shape. Keep folded in half  for cutting fringe.
Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty

Cut fringe and slide pony beads on. 

One tip... Use a open paper clip to help feed the fabric through the bead.


Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty


Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty

Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty


Now mold and cast your soldiers. I found mine at the dollar store. You will need to clip off the stand of each and file and trim some of the edges.

Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty

Make your mold.

Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty


I added blue dye to the resin so I would have vivid blue pieces. The army green didn't seem to work with the bright flag pattern.

Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty

Glue a pony bead to the back of the soldier so you can slide the soldier on the fringe. The weight of the soldier may make it slide off, so I tied a knot under it. 


Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty

Now you are going to make the eagle. I used the box from a 12 pack of Sam's colas. Punch 4 or 5 eagles out and glue them together. 

Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty using Die-Versions

Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty using Die-Versions

Make a mold and cast with blue dyed resin.

Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty using Die-Versions

Glue a pony bead in the center ( i used a smaller bead) and slide in the center of the scarf-lace with the soldiers flanking. Tie a knot under each soldier and the eagle.

Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty using Die-Versions

How amazing is this?

Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty

I even went back and made a mold of the back of the soldiers. They were just as nice as the front side.

Patriotic Scarf-lace by Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty

Our finished project came out amazing!
You can tie it around your neck or add a necklace clasp to it.

Tanya
Tanyaruffin.com

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Ugly Duckling Jewelry Becomes a Swan- Molds and Casting with Found Jewelry Pieces

I love to make molds of found jewelry pieces. There is a discount jewelry store in my town and I frequent their aisles searching for the perfect piece!!
Watch this video to see how some somewhat ugly duckling jewelry can become a swan!
I Used:
Amazing Mold Putty
Amazing Casting Resin
Resin Dye
Rub n Buff®
Cheap Jewelry
Other finds

Part 1:
 

 Part 2:
 

Until Next time, 
Tanya


Tanya Ruffin
with
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Friday, May 30, 2014

3d Prints + Resin = Coolness!

3d Printing is in the infancy of coolness, but combining it with Amazing Mold Putty and Resin brings it to another level. Watch this video to see how I took a botched up 3d print and gave it new life. 3d prints do not come out perfect every time. Actually, most of the time they do not, but you can learn to work with what you get. Some printers are better than others. This print uses the Cube printer, which costs about $1200. The Da Vinci runs about $600 and seems to be a much better all round 3d printer. I also just read about a new $250 printer to soon hit the market!

Sorry to say, this one print was botched every single time to printed it, but I REALLY wanted it!!

Check it out. 

This print is not the one used in this project                                         Final Project
Resin piece made from 3d print- Tanya Ruffin.com3D printing- TanyaRuffin.com




I used:
3d Cube Printer
Amazing Mold Putty
Amazing Casting Resin
Violet Resin Dye

Until Next time, 
Tanya


Tanya Ruffin
with
Create Studios



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Going Nuts over Resin Pralines!

Resin Pralines- tanyaruffin.com

Ever had an awesome idea of something to make...or see if you could make? Then you have one obstacle after another, but you are bound and determined to see it through? Well, that is this project.

I wanted to make some resin pecans, that part was pretty easy. Then I wanted to make a praline.
In the South you see several types of pralines; creamy, chocolate, even bacon!  I wanted to make what is called "original" pralines. They are more shiny and translucent than the creamy pralines. It probably would have been easier to make creamy pralines, but I already had started on this journey.
And yes, At one point I did give totally up and mold a whole, already made, praline... The cast looked like moose poop.

What you need:
Pecans
Amazing Mold Putty
Amazing Casting Resin
Amazing Clear Cast
Dye

First thing to do is make the pecans, this was the most fun!
I made a resin mold of several pieces of pecan using Amazing Mold Putty.
Resin Pralines- tanyaruffin.com

The I used a mix of the Caucasian and African American dye to get the color for the pecans.  I also used Amazing Casting Resin (white) as the base.

Resin Pralines- tanyaruffin.com


I added a touch of red to get the perfect shade.

Resin Pralines- tanyaruffin.com

Pour the mold and wait.
After I pop out the pieces I then used a sponge to coat some watered down black acrylic paint into the crevices. I then wiped it off the top. This gave the resin pecans life! I then added some cream paint to the broken edges.

Resin Pralines- tanyaruffin.com

Can you tell which are real and which are resin? Pretty close! The resin is on the left. 

Now that my pecans are done I just need to put them in a resin praline.

... easy right? 


Sigh.... not really. I ruined about half dozen batches of my pretty pecans.

First attempt was with Clear Resin with some more Caucasian and African American dye  By this time I had tired of wasting my good pecans and tried it with a cream pecan. This batch was a little too dark. 
Resin Pralines- tanyaruffin.com

But I discovered I could use a sponge with red and African American dye to sponge on color. YAY!

Resin Pralines- tanyaruffin.com

Using a little more Caucasian dye, it came out rather creamy. 

Resin Pralines- tanyaruffin.com

Adding some more African American dye and sponging on top...I am starting to like it.

Resin Pralines- tanyaruffin.com

So now I decided to try Caucasian and African American dyed white resin and then putting some dyed clear on top to make it shiny.... 

Nailed it! NOT

Resin Pralines- tanyaruffin.com

Ok, stop being so inventive, I almost had it before!!!

So far, I think this one is my favorite!

Resin Pralines- tanyaruffin.com



So now, to made the card. I cut my paper. and glued in place. Cut a small square with a paper punch in the bottom right corner.

Resin Pralines- tanyaruffin.com

Outside of card
Resin Pralines- tanyaruffin.com
You are PRALINE wondering why I sent this....

Inside of card.

Resin Pralines- tanyaruffin.com
Just Pecans!!

What resin techniques are you NUTS for?





Until Next Time,
Tanya


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