Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mardi Gras Shot Glasses with Resin


If you know anything about Mardi Gras, two things come to mind.... Beads and drinking.
Now I'm not advocating drinking, but if you want to get in the Mardi Gras mood this will definitely help you!  
Lemonhead vodka tutorial below. 

Did you know Amazing Clear Cast is actually food safe?  That means I can put a layer of resin in the bottom of a glass and it still be safe to drink out of!

Start with some tall shot glasses. I found mine in a three pack at the Dollar store.

I took a few beads of green, purple and gold (you know, the colors of Mardi Gras) and placed in the bottom 1/3 of the glass. I wanted to leave enough space in the glass to actually have a shot! Mix a small amount of clear resin according to directions and let resin sit about 15 minutes for the bubbles rise to the top. Then slowly pour over my beads. 

Let cure and you are ready to laissez les bon temps rouler! 
That is "let the good time roll" for all you non- Louisianians! 

Other ideas...Charms, dried flowers, candied hearts, shells, etc...


A tutorial on making a Souvenir Glasses.

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Lemonhead Vodka Tutorial
This depends on how sweet you want your vodka. I like mine sweet!
Ingredients

  • 2 C of vodka - tip- use a good grade vodka
  • 1/4 cup  to 1 cup of Lemonheads (depends on how sweet you want your vodka)
Instructions

  1. Put vodka into a mason jar or a jar that closes tightly
  2. Add Lemonheads
  3. Let sit for at least 3 days.
  4. Shake it up and then strain through a fine strainer
  5. ENJOY!
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A tutorial on making a Souvenir Glasses.

Craft Your Own Way!

Tanya



Friday, January 2, 2015

Resin Altered Cothespins

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 Starting out with another trip to the dollar store, I spied with my little eye some clothes pins.
my mind was all a flutter with some ideas on quick and easy gifts! So I picked up a pack or two.

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I traced the shape of the clothes pin onto a sheet of  Decopatch Tissue Paper left over from my April Frog Dog Studio kit. After cutting out the shape I put a thin layer of Amazing Clear Cast on the flat side of the clothes pin, using a disposable paint brush.


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I then smoothed the paper down with another very thin layer of resin

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If the paper was a little to wide, I simply attached it down the side of the clothes pin with more clear resin.


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 This is a pretty quick project except for the curing time of the clear resin!

I dug through my previously cast resin pieces and found three red flowers that I attached with more clear resin. I probably should have used glue, but it seems to be holding up so far!

Simple, but Sassy!


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You could leave them as they are or glue a magnet to the back. I am giving these as chip clips.
I have a few more sets I am working on! 

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How adorable are these?





Good luck and
Craft Your Own Way!

Tanya

Tanya Ruffin.com

Create Studios Baton Rouge, LA

Monday, December 29, 2014

Easy Di-faux-roic glass hair tie.


This was so easy. I used some Stampendous Pearlized Mica Fragments left over from a Frog Dog studios swap, black resin dye and Amazing Mold Putty Clear Cast. It was so much fun that I made several other style hair ties which I will also explain.

 But first, the di-faux-roic piece...

I used a silicone pan with 2 inch discs (found on Amazon) and poured a small layer of Amazing Clear Cast resin.


I then sprinkled with some Pearlized Mica Fragments, 


Another small layer of Amazing Clear Cast will seal the fragments. This is to keep the black layer from seeping under the fragments. It must be a very thin layer or the illusion of dochroic glass is lost.

When that cured I filled the rest of the reservoir with more Amazing Clear Cast and a few drops of black resin dye. Mix a small amount of dye with part A of the Clear Cast, then add part B and pour into on top. I have premixed the resin with black dye and have poured clear and then mixed in the black dye. Both methods seem to work pretty well. 


E6000 works best to glue on the hair band.



Allow the E6000 ample time to cure. 

Other hair tie ideas.


Small doilies found in the $1 section at Micheal's, 6 on a sheet, I always put a layer of Clear Cast first, let sure, then place the items in the circle mold.





Mardi Gras is coming soon, so here is one with beads.


If your top layer gets scuffed, a q-tip and some Clear Cast will fix it right up!






Friday, December 26, 2014

Remelt Crawfish Ornament

Start off with Amazing Remelt, Sculpey, cookie cutter, Amazing Clear Cast, and decorative tissue or napkin.
Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty-- remelt crawfish

I have an awesome crawfish cookie cutter that I wanted to use to make some Christmas ornaments.

Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty-- remelt crawfish


I conditioned and then rolled out some Sculpey clay and pressed the cookie cutter in the clay.

I then punched a hole in the top of the clay crawfish with a straw. Then baked following the Sculpey directions.

I cut the Amazing Remelt in small pieces and melted in the microwave in 30 second intervals. I have discovered that if you stir the remelt, the heat from the melted pieces will help melt some of the unmelted pieces. Just like when melting chocolate.

Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty-- remelt crawfish

A plastic sandwich storage container was the perfect size for my clay ornament.
I double stick taped the ornament to the bottom of the container and started to pour the remelt over the ornament. I left overnight.

Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty-- remelt crawfish


After the remelt cured I could easily take out the ornament and the pop the remelt out of the container.

I mixed a batch of Amazing Clear Cast and pour a thin layer in the bottom of the remelt mold. I know you are supposed to spray the mold release in first but I forgot, but amazingly I had no issues. After about 6 hours I poured another thin layer of Amazing Clear Cast. I repeated about 4 times.

After all the layers were made, I easily pulled the cast out of the mold with no damage to the mold

Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty-- remelt crawfish
look how smooth the inside of the mold is!
Not only that, there was no pitting from the melting of the mold by the curing. The secret is thin layers. While this is time consuming, Rome wasn't built in a day.

Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty-- remelt crawfish
The top of the crawfish looks frosted but in the end it will look great.
I had some chili pepper napkins that I thought would look great on the crawfish. So I separated the layers of napkin until I had just the printed layer.

Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty-- remelt crawfish

I attached the napkin design side down to the back side of the resin crawfish. I want to paper to be attached to the back side and you look through the clear resin to see the design.

I mixed a little Amazing Clear Cast and used a qtip to glue the paper to the back of the crawfish.

Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty-- remelt crawfish


After the backside cured, I used a qtip to apply clear resin to the front of the crawfish to bring the frosty look to shiny.

Tanya Ruffin for Amazing Mold Putty-- remelt crawfish
you can even layer the napkin for a cool effect

How awesomely cool is this? 

I had one little corner that I didn't get the resin even and didn't realize until I had taken the cast out of the mold. Regardless, the crawfish came out amazing!

Craft Your Own Way!
Tanya



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

Tanya Ruffin,com

Create Studios Baton Rouge, LA



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