Friday, February 27, 2015

Elvis Coaster DIY - Another Coaster Friday

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Happy Friday!  I'm All Shook Up!



You will need:
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast
-  Coaster mold
-  Picture of Elvis
-  Black permanent marker
-  Glitter - various blues
-  Super Gloss Mod Podge


Here are some items that might help you create your own:





Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix blue glitter into the resin - mix well and pour into coaster mold.
3.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours before moving onto the next step.
4.  Print a picture of Elvis, to fit the size of your coaster.  Cut out.  
5.  With a black permanent marker, color the edge of the cut out and allow to dry.
6.  Using Mod Podge, paint some onto the back of the head and then paint some onto the entire coaster.
7.  Carefully place the picture onto the coaster and add Mod Podge on the front of the picture and the surrounding coaster.  Make sure all of the coaster has Mod Podge on it.  Allow to completely dry and repeat two more times.
8.  Once it has COMPLETELY dried, prepare more resin and pour over coaster.  Allow to cure and then you can unmold it!!

That's it!  Don't be cruel!  Thanks for stopping by!  Stay safe and Happy Crafting!

Mona


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Snowman Silicone Mold GIVEAWAY! - Ends March 2, 2015 (12:00 am)



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To thank you for your ongoing support, I wanted to show a little appreciation and do a giveaway!  I'm giving away a snowman silicone mold, which can be used for resin, or plaster.  Here's a little inside information, I have a second one I will be giving away on Facebook later this week, so be sure to head over to the Craft Klatch Facebook page and LIKE it, so you don't miss out on that chance too!

This giveaway is open internationally and if you are under the age of 18, you must have your parent's permission to enter.  The winner will be chosen randomly.  Watch the short video and then scroll down to see the ways to enter!!  Good Luck




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Thanks for stopping by!  Good luck and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Monday, February 23, 2015

What I Did On My Vacation...

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Batman Coaster - Another Coaster Friday

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I was asked to make a Batman coaster, for one of my subscriber's birthdays, so that is what I did!



You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast because it is low odor, you can use Envirotex Lite too.
-  Chunky black glitter
-  Fine silver glitter
-  Fine dark blue glitter
-  Bat signal emblem - I printed it using a laster printer, on card stock.  If you want to use an inkjet printer, I would suggest doing a little research on how best to keep the ink from smearing.
-  Super Gloss Mod Podge

Here are some of the items available through Amazon, incase you want to give it a try.  I included the laser printer I use.  I have been asked many times about it and I am very happy with it.  I have had a Minolta and a Brother in the past and I was very unhappy with both.  I'm behind HP printers all the way (not a sponsored statement).





Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.  
2.  Add chunky black glitter and a little fine silver and a little fine dark blue glitter.  Mix well.
3.  Pour into your mold.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours.
4.  Find a Batman symbol or bat signal and print it out, or cut it out of a magazine or wherever you may find one.  I used a laser printer and card stock to create mine.  I cut it out and used a black Sharpie marker to color the edge because I don't want there to be a white edge that will be seen when you apply it to the black glitter background.
5.  Once the resin has cured, take your Mod Podge and apply it to the back of the bat signal and on the whole face of the coaster.  Place the bat signal on the coaster and apply more Mod Podge on the front of the bat signal.  
6.  When everything is covered, use your finger to smooth it down and/or reposition it.  
7.  Allow it to COMPLETELY DRY!  Do two additional coats to make sure everything is sealed.  FYI:  You want to do multiple coats so the paper is sealed and the resin won't create dark spots on the paper.  You want to make sure the Mod Podge COMPLETELY DRIES, otherwise you will have a permanent cloudy film that will never go away.
8.  Prepare more resin and pour over the coaster.
9.  Allow to cure.
10.  Unmold.

BAM!  POW! ZAP!  Another coaster for your collection!  

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona




Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Resin Soap Dish DIY - Craft Klatch


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Here is an easy and fun home decor item for your bathroom!  You can tailor it to fit your own decor!



You will need:

-  Soap dish mold
-  PearlEx pigment powders
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite would work too.)



Here is the mold, resin and pigment powders, available through Amazon:





Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Separate into three different cups.
3.  Mix different pigment powders into each cup and mix well.
4.  Pour into mold.
5.  Allow to cure.
6.  Unmold.

That's it!  If you want to embed other things into the resin, that would be fun too!  

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Sunday, February 15, 2015

Shattered Heart Pendant DIY - Craft Klatch


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Everyone goes through different things in life and sometimes love and Valentine's Day are wonderful things, and other times it's not.  This pendant is for those who are at a place where it is not.




You will need:
-  Heart shaped bezel
-  Jewelry clay
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast)
-  Pigment powder
-  Red glass - small shards


Here are some items available through Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:






Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Mix the jewelry clay, according to the package directions.  You only need a little to cover the inside of the bezel.
2.  Take tweezers and place the small pieces of glass into the jewelry clay and press down with the other side of the tweezers.  TIP:  You will get residue on your gloves, from handling the clay.  Make sure you don't get those fingerprints on the glass.  If you get fingerprints on the sides of the bezel, use a paper towel and rubbing alcohol to gently wipe the fingerprints away, before the clay cures.
3.  Take pigment powder and apply to clay, with a soft brush.
4.  Allow clay to cure.
5.  Once cured, take a soft brush and brush any loose pigment powder off the piece.
6.  Prepare a small amount of resin, according to the package directions.
7.  Gently drip the resin onto the piece.  Be careful and go slow, you don't want the resin to overflow the bezel.
8.  Allow to cure.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona




Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mermaid Coaster - Another Coaster Friday

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We are going under the sea with today's coaster!  



You will need:
-  Coaster mold
-  Vellum
-  Mermaid clipart
-  Glitter
-  Super Gloss Mod Podge
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast


Here are some items available through Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:


(affiliate links)


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix in blue transparent dye and some clear iridescent glitter.
3.  Pour into mold.  Pop bubbles as needed.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours.
4.  Print out your mermaid clip art, on vellum.  and cut the circle similar to the size of the coaster cavity.  I used a laser printer.  If you are thinking of doing it with an inkjet printer, do a little research on how to prevent your image from smearing.
5.  Once the resin has cured, prepare some more and this time leave it clear.  Pour into mold and immediately insert the vellum into the resin and with your gloved fingers, press it down.  You want to remove the bubbles from underneath the paper.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours and remove bubbles as needed.
6.  You will have an edge where the vellum ends.  To cover that up, I used a mixture of glitter and Mod Podge.  Using a skewer stick I put it all along the edge of the coaster.  An alternative would be to use some glitter glue, but I didn't have any on hand.
7.  Once the glitter and Mod Podge mixture has dried, add one more later of resin and allow to cure.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona




Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Golf Ball Goldfish Recycling Craft DIY

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It's time for another golf ball recycling craft!  This time we are making a goldfish!



You will need:

-  Golf ball
-  Orange acrylic paint
-  Orange puffy paint
-  Orange craft foam
-  Red craft foam
-  Black permanent marker
-  Two googly eyes
-  Eye screw
-  Fishing line
-  Hole punch
-  Hot glue or tacky glue


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:

1.  Paint the golf ball orange - that will take at least two coats.
2.  Cut fins out of the orange foam.  You will need two top fins, one bottom fin, two side fins and one tail fin.
3.  Cut lips out of the red craft foam.
4.  Drill a hole into the top of the golf ball, for the eye screw.  Screw in the eye screw.
5.  Punch a hole into each of the top fins, making sure they line up.
6.  Glue on fins.
7.  String the fishing line through the fins and eyescrew.  
8.  Glue on eyes.
9.  Use a permanent marker to draw on eyelashes.
10.  Use the puffy paint to paint the fins and cover up any glue or seams.
11.  Allow to dry.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Sunday, February 8, 2015

Dichroic Glass Pendant DIY

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I love the look of dichroic glass and have loved working with it in a kiln.  I thought it might look nice embedded in resin as well!



You will need:

-  Bezel
-  Jewelry clay
-  Dichroic glass 
-  Pigment powder
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast



Here are some items available from Amazon, that might help you create your own:



(affiliate links)


Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Prepare your jewelry clay, according to the package directions.  The jewelry clay acts as an adhesive and cures rock hard.  It will stick to the pendant without any additional adhesives.
2.  Put your jewelry clay into the bezel and spread it around.
3.  With tweezers, take your shards of dichroic glass and press them into the clay.
4.  With a paint brush, take pigment powder and brush it all over your piece.  
5.  Allow to cure.  Once cured, brush off the excess pigment powder.
6.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
7.  With your stir stick, drip resin onto the piece.  Make sure it is all covered.  You want to do this slowly because you do not want the bezel to overflow.
8. Take a lighter and run it over the resin, to pop any bubbles.
9.  Allow to cure.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Thursday, February 5, 2015

Gnome Coaster - Another Coaster Friday


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It may be January, but I am soooo ready for Spring!  So here is my garden gnome coaster.  I actually have one in my garden, if you want to see him, he's at the end of the video.


You will need:

-  Coaster mold
-  Gnome stickers
-  Pigment powder
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast

Here are some items available from Amazon, that might help you make something similar and if you want a pooping gnome like mine, I linked him too:





Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Prepare your coaster, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix in the pigment powder.
3.  Pour into mold.
4.  Allow to cure - I waited 12 hours.
5.  Add stickers.
6.  Prepare more resin and pour over stickers.
7.  Allow to cure.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Resin Button Pendant

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I love the vintage look of this pendant.  All those buttons I bought at the garage/estate sale last summer have been coming in handy!



You will need:
-  Bezel
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast
-  Buttons


Here are some similar items available through Amazon, incase you want to give it a try:






Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.  You will only need a very small amount of resin for this project.  I made more than I needed and used the remaining in another project.
2.  Dip your buttons, one by one in the resin and let them drain a little.  I used tweezers to do this.  Once I was finished with the tweezers, I immediately cleaned them off with rubbing alcohol.
3.  Place the buttons in the bezel.  After the first layer, I used my lighter to remove any bubbles, then I repeated the process with the second layer.  
4.  Allow to cure.  Within the first hour or so of curing, make sure you go back several times to see if any bubbles are rising to the surface.

That's it!  Add a cord and you have a nice new necklace!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Sunday, February 1, 2015

Valentine's Day Hairbands DIY - Dollar Store Craft

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If you want to dress up your Valentine outfit, with some fun accessories, this project is for you!  With the exception of the glue, everything was purchased at the dollar store.  Inexpensive and fun!  What could be better?



You will need:
-  Hairbands 
-  Plastic heart gems or table scatter
-  Red fake rosed
-  White fake flowers or berries
-  Glittered hearts
-  Glue - I used a combo of hot glue and Weldbond



Here are some items available through Amazon (affiliate links):





Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Take your hairband and your plastic heart gems.  Attach each one to the hairband, using glue.  I used a combination of hot glue and Weldbond, realizing the Weldbond with work better longterm, but the hot glue would hold it in place, while the Weldbond dried.
2.  Repeat gluing the gems and alternating each one, all the way down the hairband, or maybe to an inch above the end.  Allow to completely dry.
3.  For the second hairband I used hot glue to glue on the flower, the white berries and the glittered hearts.
4.  Then, I glued on the heart gems, alternating each one.  The gems I glued on with both the hot glue and the Weldbond.
5.  Turn the hairband over and with wire cutters, snip off any part that are sticking through.  Nobody was something poking in their heads.
6.  Now, with the hairband upside down, add Weldbond to the back to hold the grouping in place.  Allow to dry.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Mona



Friday, January 30, 2015

Football Confetti Coaster - Another Coaster Friday

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These coasters are sure to be a hit at your Super Bowl party!



You will need:
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite would work just as well
-  Coaster mold
-  Foil football confetti

Here are some items available through Amazon (affiliate links) that will help you, incase you want to give it a try:




Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  Make enough to cover the amount of confetti you are planning on using.  We are going to do a two pour process because sometimes the confetti will float.  So don't worry about the coaster having a smooth surface just yet.
2.  Allow to cure.  I let it cure overnight before doing the second pour.
3.  Prepare more resin and pour it over the previously poured coaster. 
4.  Allow to cure again.  

That's it!  These are as simple as they get!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Buttered Beer Brats and Bacon Sauerkraut! Super Bowl Crowd Pleaser!





Are you looking for a crowd pleaser for your Super Bowl party?  This is it!!  These are the best damn brats and sauerkraut you will ever have!

The recipe for the brats is from my husband and the sauerkraut is from my mom.  

This is party and comfort food.  It tastes good, but I'm not going to pretend it's healthy....but then who wants healthy food for the Super Bowl?!??!?!?!

You can make these the day before and just heat them up and have them be ready for people to eat.  No need for anyone be stuck manning the grill all day!!


This recipe is for 12 brats, but you can easily expand this recipe to make as many as you need!

You will need:
-  12 Brats 
-  Sauerkraut - I used a 24 oz can and a 14 oz can
-  Bacon - How much bacon your use is at your discretion.
-  Onions - five large - any kind you want
-  Butter - a stick and a quarter
-  1 Apple - any kind
-  Beer - feel free to use cans of inexpensive beer


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:

1.  Peel and cut four of your onions.  Cut them into thick slices and put them in a large pot.
2.  Add a full stick of butter.
3.  Add beer.  You need enough beer to cover the onions and the brats you will adding later.  Put it on the stove, over a medium heat, and let it start to heat up and cook, while you prepare the brats.
4.  Take your brats and brown them on the grill.  You don't need to cook them all the way through, but you do want them browned.
5.  Add to the onions, beer and butter.  Allow to come to a boil and then lower to a simmer.  Feel free to let it simmer for two to five hours.  

While the brats are cooking, you can start on the sauerkraut.  This too can be made the day before.  If you are making either dish the day before, be sure to refrigerate it overnight and then heat it up just before the party.

Directions:
1.  Put your sauerkraut into a strainer.  Rinse the sauerkraut well with cold water and let it drain.
2.  While the sauerkraut is draining, cut up an onion and put it into a pot.  The onions should be chopped pretty small.
3.  Add a quarter stick of butter.
4.  Add bacon.  The bacon should also be cut small.
5.  Have the bacon, onion and butter heating up on a medium heat, until the bacon starts to brown.
6.  Add sauerkraut.
7.  Peel and chop and apple and add half of or the whole apple to the sauerkraut.
8.  Heat until the apples are soft.  

That's it!  Serve it up any way you like!  Be sure to have buns, mustards and ketchup on hand!  People can use the sauerkraut as a side dish, or to put on top of the brat as a condiment!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Eating!

Mona