Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cheap and Easy Springy Resin Dog Collar

Dog Collar- Tanya Ruffin

Resin Dog Collar- Tanya Ruffin
Spring has sprung, but in Louisiana we usually have 2 seasons, Winter and Summer... So Spring to me means Summer is on it's way. I just returned from a cruise and beautiful tropical flowers were everywhere. This collar reminds of Jamaica and summer (and another cruise). The project was very cheap and easy to make. I think I will start on a Halloween collar too!
I used Amazing Mold Putty products and dollar store items!

Resin Dog Collar- Tanya Ruffin

Flower ice cube tray
Dog collar
Amazing Casting Resin
Violet Resin Dye
4 Brads
Hole Punch- I used a Crop-a-dile

Resin Dog Collar- Tanya Ruffin
Cheap project. Cost $2.00 cash and supplies on hand!

The first thing I did was take my collar out of the package and decide where I wanted the flowers to go. I marked the collar with a pen and punched holes using a Crop-a-dile.
Resin Dog Collar- Tanya Ruffin

I then put E6000 on a Q-tip and ran it through and around each hole so the collar wouldn't fray.
Resin Dog Collar- Tanya Ruffin
The collar was woven and would start to unravel if I skipped this step. 

Next step is to pour your resin. I mixed some Violet Resin Dye with the Amazing Casting Resin to get a light purple. Then pour the resin in the ice cube tray. As it is just about to set up I place my brads in, letting them sink in a little but not so much that they fall to the bottom of the tray. 
Resin Dog Collar- Tanya Ruffin

After the resin sets up I mix up some more Amazing Casting Resin, this time leaving it white and pour more resin in the mold. I only pour enough to cover the bottom of the brads, so they are sealed in. 
Resin Dog Collar- Tanya Ruffin
You can see the second layer curing.
When completely cured (about 20 minutes) pop out your pieces and attach to the collar.
Resin Dog Collar- Tanya Ruffin

How Stinking Adorable is This?

Quick and easy project. The hardest part was trying to get one of my dogs to sit still long enough to get a photo! Two dogs (daddy and daughter) were used to get these photos. :)
Resin Dog Collar- Tanya Ruffin

What can you make with brads?

Until next time, 

Tanya Ruffin

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Making things with Mardi Gras bead medallions.

Mardi Gras has come and gone, but one thing not just empty beer cans.....BEADS!!
Crawfish Fleur de lis- Tanya Ruffin

Tanya Ruffin

I always look for some cool beads that I can create something with. This year I found a few that you may see on some later posts! But this time I used a really cool set with a crawfish fleur de lis as a medallion and thought...hmm, since Easter is next and what goes with Easter in Louisiana? Crawfish!

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So i made of mold of the crawfish medallion using Amazing Mold Putty. Cast it with some Amazing Resin tinted with black dye. I trimmed down the top by the crawfish head so it looked less like a medallion. Embellished with silver Rub-n-Buff and came out with a rather fancy~shmanshy piece.

Now what to do with the piece? I e-6000'd (that's a verb isn't it?) it to a mason jar for a rustic silverware holder for when we are outside at a newspaper covered picnic table, chowing down on some crawfish.

The finished crawfish fleur de lis vase- Tanya Ruffin

Its amazing how a recast and some  Rub-n-Buff can turn something from cheesy to fancy-shmancy!

In the meantime it will be a vase.

What will you take from cheesy to fancy-shmancy?

Until next time!


Monday, February 24, 2014

Steampunkified Shark Brooch

Amazing Mold Putty- Tanya Ruffin
I know we still have a little ways to go, but this project would be great for Shark Week.
For those interested- this a countdown for Shark Week

I think it is a just a groovy steampunky pin. The process was easy and I love the end results.

Plastic shark
Plastic heart frame
Lace Ribbon
E-6000 glue
Pin back


I already had a heart shaped frame cast and wanted to use in a unconventional design. So I purchased a plastic shark with the idea to cast the head. Check out your discount store toy aisles and...

Let your mind go!

steampunkified shark brooch- Tanya Ruffin

I made a mold of the head, just up to the side fin and then cast the mold.
steampunkified shark brooch- Tanya Ruffin

After I removed it from the mold, I didn't like how it sat on the frame so I took out my handy dandy file and took some of the side. 

I used some copper, silver and ebony rub-n-buff on the shark and the heart frame.
I then glued the lace ribbon around the back to give it that Victorian look. 
steampunkified shark brooch- Tanya Ruffin

You can glue the pin back on now or wait until the glue sets up. I waited.

Now you have your very own steampunkified shark brooch, perfect for your Shark Week formal gathering or anywhere else this cool pin would go!
steampunkified shark brooch- Tanya Ruffin

What is your crazy spin?

Until next time,


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Faux Stained Glass Sun Catcher

Create Studios- Tanya Ruffin

You can make a faux stain glass sun catcher, using clear cast resin as a faux gallery glass!

8 x 10 picture frame
Clear cast resin
Resin Dye
Puff Paint

Create Studios- Tanya Ruffin

Print out of the computer an 8 x 10 design.
Take the glass out of the frame and place on top of print out.

Create Studios- Tanya Ruffin

Using puff paint, trace over your design. Make the lines thick because these will be a wall to hold the resin. The resin is much thinner than gallery glass so your walls much be thick and tall or your resin will bleed.

Create Studios- Tanya Ruffin

Allow your puff paint to dry and start to fill the inside of the design with resin. Do NOT fill to the top, when the resin starts to cure it sometimes expands and will overflow.

Create Studios- Tanya Ruffin

Create Studios- Tanya Ruffin

You can see in the image above that I had a little spillage. SO I ended up marbleizing the yellow area.

Create Studios- Tanya Ruffin

There ya go. Now go off and be creative!


Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Vintage Resin Tablescape Tanya Ruffin

When I needed something to decorate a plan white tabletop for a display so I thought about making some die cut flowers and leaves. Of course no simple flower and leaves would do. Using vintage postcard images and photos of classic movies stars, I printed out some LASER prints. They must be laser or they will tend to bleed when you cover with resin. Tanya Ruffin

With my prints in hand, I then mixed a batch of Amazing Clear Cast. Using a foam brush, I brush a thin layer of resin on the paper. Place your resin coated paper on a sheet of wax paper. Repeat a few coats of resin and let sit over night. When your sheets are cured, you can then use your die cutter to cut out shapes.

The results are translucent and quite becoming. Tanya Ruffin
Some areas with thick black toner take more resin to make smooth coat.
On some of the leaves, I left the resin pooling up on the surface because it looked like dew. 

I like the mistakes that you end up loving! Tanya Ruffin Tanya Ruffin Tanya Ruffin

What Can You Do with Resin Sheets? Tanya Ruffin

Until next time, 

Tanya Ruffin

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Altered John Wayne Whiskey Bottle

I was recently looking for a unique was to display some original art of John Wayne I had created. After our New Years Eve gathering I was looking at a plastic 5th of whiskey and thought... Hey, I can make a John Wayne label for the whiskey bottle! Well that morphed into the final project. Create

I printed out a high resolution laser image of my painting and decoupaged it to the whiskey bottle ( no whiskey was harmed or lost during the making of this craft). Create

Using some washi tape I picked up one day at Office Depot (of all places), I covered up the traces of the whiskey label around the neck of the bottle.
A few more embellishments here and there and I am done.... but it looks so blah!
I know, I need a badge!

Sticking to the True Grit theme, I needed a Marshal's badge. Of course the first thing I thought of was to buy a toy badge and make a mold. Easy enough, right? Except I couldn't find a Marshal's badge anywhere (for a reasonable price). Ok, so I only went to the dollar store, but that is beside the point!
So I decided to buy some kids plastic badges to cast. Create
Then I noticed the blister pack, which many of us (I am sure) have used in the past. The blister pack was a perfect mold! No need to remake a mold when I have a free one right here! So I used the blister pack mold. I could probably use it only a couple of time before it would fall apart, but I only needed one! Create

So what molds will you find in blister packs?

I used the Sheriff mold and Amazing Casting Resin with a little black dye to get a gray. I wish I knew this would come out so cool or I would have used some of the gun metal powder with it.

Rooster Cogburn in True Grit was a Marshal not a Sheriff, so whats a girl to do?
Well, using an old brush I painted resin over the debossed letters in SHERIFF until it was almost flat. Then I hand-painted MARSHAL over it. I also added DEPUTY and U.S. to the badge to make it at least correct terminology. It doesn't look exactly the same but at least it doesn't say SHERIFF! Create

Added some copper and silver rub-n-buff  accents and it was ready to embellish my piece. Create

Opps, I dropped it and broke the corner of the badge taking this picture. 
But you can see it the corner is clearly there in my display at CHA. Create Create

How can you use Amazing Mold Putty Products with your original art?

Til next time!


Tanya Ruffin