Friday, December 12, 2014

From Tchotchke to Functional

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I frequent the local dollar store and on a recent visit I saw badly painted excuse for a nativity.

From Tchotchke to Functional


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So of course I had to grab it up to see what I could make of it. Using Amazing Mold Putty I made a mold.

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The original was more cone shaped and I knew the mold would give me a flat back. This was perfect because my plan was the glue two casts back to back!
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After casting with Amazing Casting Resin, I painted both pieces with black acrylic paint and then went over them with silver Rub n Buff.

I then glued the lower half of the two pieces back to back with E6000 glue and placed a rubber band around the bottom to secure overnight.

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Once it was dry you can slide a photo or ,in this case, a card into the slot.

Now it looks nothing like the original piece!

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What do you see when you look at tchotchkes?



Good luck and
Craft Your Own Way!

Tanya

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Inspoonspiration: Spoon Charms

I created a post a few weeks ago on making an Owl Spoon charm. The link to that post is here. After making that projects I made more and more spoon charms. Check them out below. I used Amazing Clear Cast and cheap Family Dollar spoons.


Steampunked out Spoon charm. Fresh resin

NOLA Spoon Charm, Fresh resin

Beach Spoon Charm with beach sand, Fresh resin

Owl Spoon Charm, Fresh resin. This is one of my favorites!

Steampunk Owl Spoon Charm, Fresh resin

Fleur de lis Spoon Charm,
Craft Your Own Way!

Tanya

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tag You're It: Making Resin Gift Tags

Christmas is a busy time, lots of presents under the tree, people tearing through packages to get to the goodies.... that Christmas morning call, "hey, did you get my present?"
Wouldn't it be nice if people remembered your presents just by the wrapping, ribbon or the TAG?!
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Well I have your solution!

 My hubby and I have four cairn terriers. Yes, you read that right, FOUR!

A few years ago I can across some cute cairn terrier pins. I bought two knowing one day I would do something with them. At the time I thought I would give one to my mom and one for myself. The other day I came across them and thought about using them to craft a tag. When I bought the pins I only had one terrier.... 


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So I found the best arrangement of the pins so all four dogs could be seen.

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Then I taped a craft stick through the back so they wouldn't move while I was making the mold.

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I then slid the craft stick out after I place it in the Amazing Mold Putty.

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I then used the Pick set from Amazing Mold Putty to press the pins farther into the mold putty. 

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You really need to press it down so the mold putty raising up between the dogs.

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Fill your mold with Amazing Casting Resin. I even mixed some black resin dye in this mix.

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My first cast I attempted to make it the same color as my dogs. I also used some copper Rub n Buff, but it didn't have enough contrast. I ended up painting the whole thing with black acrylic paint.
Craft fail!

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I used a Marvy tag paper punch for my package tag.

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I used gold Rub n Buff on the black resin dogs and glued them to the tag.


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Some of my resin dog sets came out darker black than other, but that is ok.
Now I just need to make about 30 more tags for Christmas presents so everyone will know which packages came from me!

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Don't you forget about me....

(sorry, I had an 80's moment)

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The real deal!

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left to right: Lily, Sassy, Sweet Pea, Duncan

Instead of just making pendants and charms - turn it into a tag!



You Can Craft Your Own Way!

Tanya

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Owl Spoon You!

Owl Spoon You!

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For this project I started out with a spoon, a resin owl head, a resin clock face and watch parts.

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First thing is gather your pieces. I thought the flourishes (under the spoon) would make great wings. Well, they didn't. but the resin clock face did. I had a mold I purchased off Etsy and had a spare cast laying around. I also used a little piece of a book page as my base.

I mixed up some Amazing Clear Cast Resin and using a craft stick dripped it in the spoon. You may have to prop the spoon on another craft stick so that the resin won't run out. I actually bent my spoon handle back some. You can see that in the photo above. 

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I put the book page pieces on the bottom ( so you could see my silver watch parts) and start dropping in your watch parts.

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This is starting to look fun!

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Silverware, its not just for breakfast anymore!


Now I cut with a pair of scissors the resin watch face. It isn't exactly in half, it is more like 1/3 of the left and 1/3 of the right side. This formed the wings. The clear resin is all the way to the top of the spoon so dripping a little more over the top of the clock face pieces and smoothing out a nice top layer will work as a glue. I also dropped in a second hand. 



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While the resin is curing I painted the white resin owl head with black acrylic paint.  I molded the head from an old ring.  I have probably 100 cast resin pieces in multiple drawers and pull them out and rummage through them when I start a craft project. So no telling how long ago I made this.

After the black dries I go over it with silver Rub n Buff. I LOVE that stuff!

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After the resin has cured I can bend the spoon. Using two sets of pliers, I held the bottom of the spoon with one set (you could use your hand for this) and grabbed about 1/2 inch above the spoon part (I need to leave room for the owl head, be sure to test out where you want the head to sit) slowly bending the spoon handle back. I folded mine all the way back because I wanted the tip of the handle to represent tail feathers. 

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This is how it looks from the side.

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This was originally going to be another pendant, but the opening on it was large enough to make it a scarf pendant. With winter coming, even in south Louisiana, we need something to keep our necks warm!


You Can Craft Your Own Way!

Tanya

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Dia de Muertos Multi Use Rubber Mold

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My hand-painted mask, resin embellished fan and necklace.

This Halloween season we attended a ball called the Ghostly Gala and the theme was Dia de Muertos. I thought...WAHOO!!!

This post will show the multiple uses for the same resin piece.


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I used a dollar store skull mold to make a resin skull piece.

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Then I painted it and embellished it with some resin roses.

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a plethora of rubber molds
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Sugar skull on the left.

Then after seeing the outcome I decided to cast a mold of that skull. I used Amazing Mold Rubber to cast the finished skull and I loved the results!!! The Amazing Mold Rubber really shows the detail of the roses.

I added some black resin dye in the casting resin. If you do not have black dye or your pieces don't match, you can paint the piece with black acrylic paint.

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Using the mold above, I made some embellishments to my costume.
I, of course, had to use some Rub n Buff to my pieces. You could also brush some Alumilite Metallic Powders into the mold before you cast.

I purchased a plain black fan and added the sugar skull resin piece to the edge and a cast skeleton cameo. I also found a spider web necklace at Dirt Cheap ( for less than two bucks) and adored it with another sugar skull resin piece.

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Me and my niece at the Halloween Ball wearing my resin enhanced necklace. 

What will you bedazzle? 


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Tanya







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