Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easy DIY Stamped Frame a Perfect Mother's Day Gift - Make Something Monday

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This is a perfect project to decorate your room, or create an original gift for Mother's Day.  Get the kids involved!


You will need:
-  An inexpensive unfinished frame
-  Blue acrylic paint
-  Yellow acrylic paint
-  Toilet paper tube

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Paint the frame using the base color of your choice, I happened to use a blue.  It will take two coats.
2.  Allow to dry.
3.  Take your other color of paint and you can put it on a paper plate or something and take your empty toilet paper roll and dip one end into the paint. 
4.  Do a test print on a scrap piece of paper.
5.  Then start to print on the frame.
6.  Allow to dry.

While it is drying, pick a picture or a drawing to put into the frame.  If you have a child making it as a gift for Mother's Day, have them draw a picture of their mom, or a picture of them with their mom.  

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

Mona




Saturday, April 19, 2014

Make Your Own Clay Bunny DIY How To

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Here is my last Easter craft of the season, though this can really be for anytime of year.




You will need:
-  Air dry clay
-  Aluminum foil
-  Wire - you can use a wire hanger, but I found some great floral wire at Dollar Tree
-  Acrylic paint (white, pink, dark gray)
-  Blue thin ribbon
-  Find sandpaper or fine sanding block
-  Fishing line
-  Plastic eyes
-  Pliers
-  Hot glue
-  Matte sealer or varnish
-  Gloss sealer or varnish


The Das is the clay I used and the Paperclay is the other clay also like working with:





Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Take your wire and bend it to the shape of a bunny.  It will look much like a bunny stick drawing.  This will give you your general form.  For the arms, take a piece (twice as long and you want one arm to be) and bend it in half.  Wrap it around the body and pinch it tight with the pliers - where you want the arms to be positioned.  Use a little hot glue to keep it in place temporarily.
2.  Take aluminum foil and begin wrapping the wire.  Roll the foil into a ball in places you want in thicker.  The aluminum foil is a great product to mold you bunny into a general shape.  Watch video to see how I did it.
3.  Once you have the wire completely covered and shaped, it's time for the clay.  But first, position the bunny the way you want.  Will he be sitting or standing?  Will his arms be up or down?  Will the ears be standing up straight or drooping?
4.  Take the clay and begin covering the foil.  To smooth the clay, have a little bit of water nearby and dip your fingers into the water and that helps smooth the clay.  Work until you have the whole piece covered.  You may want to do it in stages.  Let it completely dry.
5.  Once dry, now you want to use your sandpaper (if needed) and give it a quick sand.  Be sure to wear a mask while doing this.  
6.  Take the eyes and cut off the stem.  Hot glue them where you would like them placed.  
7.  Taking small pieces of clay, create the eyelids and the the bottoms of the eyes.  Also add eyebrows.  Remember to keep smoothing and use water to help it adhere to the dry clay.
8.  Take a small ball of clay an make a nose.  I wanted mine to be a triangle, but it doesn't have to be.  I used a skewer stick to poke in the nostrils.
9.  I took two balls of clay and put them under the nose and blended.
10.  I took a small strip and created the bottom of the mouth.
11.  Then I took two small rectangles and made the buck teeth.
12.  I added two balls of clay to both sides of his face, to create cheeks and blended them in.
13.  Let everything dry.
14.  Now it's time to paint.  Paint the entire bunny (except the eyes) white.  It took two coats.
15.  Using the pink, paint in the nose, the ears, the mouth and make dots on the hands and feet.
16.  Take the dark gray to lightly define the eyebrows and put dots where the whiskers will go.
17.  Allow to dry.
18.  If you want to seal him with the matte varnish, now would be the time.  Then go over only the teeth with a gloss varnish.
19.  Cut long pieces of fishing line and glue into place.  Once adhered, trim to the length you want.
20.  Tie a bow around his neck and you have a cute bunny!

Happy Easter everyone!  Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

  

Friday, April 18, 2014

DIY Faux Geode Coaster - Another Coaster Friday

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This week's coaster attempt was trying to make a faux amethyst geode.  I don't think I exactly accomplished it, but I still think it turned out pretty cool.


Here is a list of items I used, but keep in mind, you can use anything to give it texture.  I just dug through my beads and craft supplies and used what I had.  

-  Silicone mold
-  Easy Cast Resin (if you are looking for it internationally, go to www.eti-usa.com)
-  Violet india ink
-  Purple pigment powder
-  Purple, white and dichroic glass shards
-  White pigment powder
-  Black glitter

*I also used some clear bugle beads, micro beads and some Glamour Dust.  I would say those are all optional because I am not sure they are creating any additional texture.  Also, if you don't have or want to get dichroic glass, a great alternative would be using old CDs or DVDs.  Cut them up and use them instead!


Incase you want to give it a try, here are some of the items I used:







Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Go scrounge around for things to put in your coaster.  Look through your beads, if have a broken window or mirror, use pieces from those.  Beads can create great texture.
2.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
3.  Split the resin into four different cups.
4.  In the first cup mix some black glitter.
5.  In the second, mix some purple pigment powder with some purple glass or purple beads.
6.  In the third, mix some white pigment powder, with white glass or beads.
7.  In the fourth, mix dichroic glass, or cut up CDs or DVDs, or beads.  Also add a tiny, tiny bit of white pigment powder and some very fine white glitter.
8.  Take your black glitter mixture and pour it around the outer edge.  You can use your stir stick to help move it to the edge if it all runs to the middle.
9.  Take your purple mixture and pour it in the middle of the mold.  Use your stir stick to move around the glass and beads.
10.  Take your white mixture and do the same.
11.  Take your final mixture and pour it right in the middle.  You don't need to move these pieces out, but you do want to flatten them some.
12.  Allow to cure for several hours.  If your surface is flat, let it sit for at least 12 hours before removing from the mold.  If you need to add a clear layer to even out the surface, you can do that after 3-5 hours.  Then, let it sit for at least 12 before removing from the mold.

That's it!  Now you have your faux geode coaster!  Experiment with colors and beads and different glass to see what you come up with!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!  Happy Crafting!

Mona




Thursday, April 17, 2014

Plaster Easter Eggs DIY - Great For Kids

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Sometimes it's hard to find crafts to involve the kids, but this one is PERFECT!  It's hard to compete with the creativity of children because they have great imaginations and total freedom in their thinking.  This craft can become a piece you pull out year after year on Easter and is a perfect way to exhibit their art.


I happened to make these eggs into a sign for my centerpiece, but you can just have them scattered about, or what would be super fun is if you put a wire on the back, while the plaster was setting.  Then, you could hang them on the wall!

You will need:

-  Silicone half oval mold
-  Plaster of Paris
-  Acrylic paint (whatever colors you want)
-  Satin finish

If you want to turn them into a centerpiece, you will also need:
-  Wire hanger
-  Drill with a small bit 
-  Cardstock
-  Glue stick
-  Markers
-  Pliers
-  Wire cutters

In case you want to give it a try, here is the plaster and the mold, available at Amazon:




Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Prepare your plaster according to the directions on your plaster.  I used one part water to two parts plaster.
2.  Pour into the mold.
3.  Allow to set.
4.  Remove from mold and let it dry a little longer.
5.  Choose your colors of acrylic paint and paint your eggs accordingly.  Go simple, or go wild!
6.  Allow to dry.
7.  If you want to add the wire to have a sign, drill a hole into the top of each egg.  Go in on a diagonal.  It does not need to be too deep.  See video for a demonstration.
8.  Cut your wires to the length you want.
9.  Take a pair of pliers and create a loop.
10.  Paint the wires a color to match your egg.
11.  Print out Happy Easter, or whatever message you want to convey.  Print it on card stock.  You want to print two sets.  
12.  Line them up and glue them together - this is easier, if you cut them down a little first.  Make sure you put the Happy on the back of an Easter.  Don't put Easter on the back of another Easter (that's what I did!).  That way it will read Happy Easter on both the front and the  back.  If you did it like I did, it will be Happy Easter on the front and Easter Happy on the back.  Oops!
13.  Use a satin finish to protect the eggs.  Also, you want to make sure you paint or at least put the satin finish on the bottom of the eggs, to seal them.  You can also have the kids sign and date them!


That's it!  Happy Easter and Happy Crafting!

Mona







Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DIY Faux Sea Glass Dragonfly How To

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I wanted to give my dragonfly mold another go and tried to go with a sea glass look.


You will need:
-  Dragonfly mold
-  Easy Cast Resin (for more info about where it can be found internationally go to www.eti-usa.com)
-  India ink

Here are the items on Amazon, incase you want to give it a go:




Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.  You only need a little.
2.  Mix in a small amount of blue india ink.  You don't want to make it too dark.
3.  Carefully drip or pour the blue into the dragonfly wings and body.  Some will leak out to the trim area.  You can go further and fill that up too.  It's up to you.
4.  Allow to cure for 12 hours.
5.  Make more resin and mix in some white india ink.
6.  Pour into mold.
7.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours before removing from mold.

That's it!  Hope you like it!  Thanks for stopping by!

Mona


Whatcha Been Doin' Wednesday - Resin and So Much More!


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DIY Dragonfly Embellishment

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I found this beautiful mold on Amazon.  I think it's made for soap, but I just had to try it with resin!


I haven't used a mold like that before, so I wasn't sure if it would come out shiny or matte.  It came out in a matte finish.  Originally the wings were also a matte finish, but I did a thin coat of nail polish over them to shine them right up.

You will need:
-  Silicone dragonfly mold
-  Easy Cast (for more information from manufacturer, or where you can find it internationally, go to www.eti-usa.com)
-  Green pigment powder
-  Metallic purple nail polish
-  Black nail polish
-  Light metallic blue nail polish
-  Mold release (optional)

Incase you are looking for them, here are the items listed on Amazon:





Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  This mold is very detailed.  I used the purple nail polish and painted in the wings.  I used black nail polish, with a skewer stick and a toothpick to color in the body.  I used a toothpick and the light metallic blue for the eyes.  Allow to dry.
2.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
3.  Mix in the green pigment powder.  Mix well.
4.  Pour into your mold.
5.  Allow to sit for at least 12 hours before unmolding.
6.  My may need to touch up the wings with the nail polish.

That's it!  Now I don't know what I am going to use it for, but until I figure it out, I can use it as a paperweight.  You could have added wire to the back, while the resin was uncured and created a wall hanging.  You could glue it to a frame, or the top of a box for an embellishment.

Possibilities are endless!!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Monday, April 14, 2014

DIY Eggshell Mosaics - Make Something Monday

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You will need:

-  Eggshells cleaned and dried
-  Wood shapes - can be found at craft stores
-  India ink 
-  Triple Thick
-  Acrylic paint
-  Thick, clear drying glue
-  Sanding block or old nail file
-  Eyedroppers - can be found at drugstores


Here are links to the ink, Triple Thick and a few of the glues that would work :





Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Clean and dry your eggshells.  I soaked them in hot water and dish soap.  Rinsed them and soaked them again.  I would say soak them at least overnight.  You can remove the membrane or leave it.  
2.  Paint your wood shapes with acrylic paint or stain them with the ink.  Allow to dry.
3.  Paint the one side with the glue.  You want it to be somewhat thick.
4.  Take an eggshell and press it down into the glue.  You can have a lot of small pieces or larger pieces, whichever you prefer.  Just make sure the eggshells are making contact with the glue.
5.  Allow to fully dry.  It does not matter if the shells are hanging over the edges.
6.  Break any of the shells that are hanging over the edges.
7.  Use the sanding block or an old nail file to clean up the edges.
8.  Take an eyedropper and take some ink (whichever color you want) and drip it onto the eggshells.  Move it around with a paintbrush or a gloved finger.  Let it sit for a while.  You can use one color or multiple colors.
9.  Take a paper towel and dab off any excess.  The longer it sits, the darker it will get.
10.  Allow to dry.
11.  Using a paintbrush, brush your pieces with Triple Thick and allow to dry.

Now you have some fun eggshell mosaics!  You can use them as ornaments (drill a hole and add a wire or ribbon), gift tags, pendants, add it to a coater, etc.!  So many possibilities!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona



Thursday, April 10, 2014

How I Made a Leftovers Coaster - Another Coaster Friday Bonus





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Sometimes and by sometimes I mean usually, I make more resin than I need.  I don't like wasting it, so I've begun just putting my leftovers in the coaster mold.  Here is what happened:



You will need:

-  Resin (I use Easy Cast - if you are looking for it internationally, go to their website at www.eti-usa.com)
-  Coaster mold

Both of these items are available through Amazon:


I am not going to write out the directions for this one because it was whatever I had on hand.  There was no planning involved.  However, the video does show you what I did:






Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

DIY Ink Blended Resin Coaster - Another Coaster Friday

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I wanted to do a little more experimenting with the ink and here is what happened:


You will need:

-  Ink
-  Coaster mold
-  Resin (If you are looking for Easy Cast internationally, go to www.eti-usa.com)
-  Mold Release (optional)


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.
2.  Split the resin into three separate cups.
3.  Add a small amount of ink into each of the cups (red, yellow and blue).
4.  Pour the resin into the coaster mold.
5.  Using a toothpick, swirl the colors into one another, until you get the desired effect.
6.  Allow to sit for at least 12 hours.
7.  Unmold.
**You can always add a second layer, if you think the coaster is going to be too thin, but do it before unmolding it.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!

Mona



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Resin Charms Color Blending DIY

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I wanted to try a little more experimenting with the inks and the resin and thought I'd add vellum to the mix.


You will need:
-  Resin mold
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast - find out more about it or where to find it internationally at www.eti-usa.com)
-  Vellum - butterfly and musical notes
-  India ink

Below are links to some of the products I used, available through Amazon:




Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Cut your vellum to the desired size.
3.  Pour a small amount into the mold cavities that you are planning on using.  Do not fill them to the top.  You need to leave room for the colored resin.
4.  Slide your vellum into the resin.
5.  Using your stir stick, press down the vellum.  Continue to press down until you press out all the bubbles.
6.  Allow to sit a minimum of a couple of hours.
7.  Prepare more resin.  Take a clean stir stick and dip it into your ink.  You only need a little and mix it in with your resin.
8.  Follow with the other colors, with fresh stir sticks.
9.  Take the two colors you want to use together and pour them into the mold at the same time.  The colors will blend on their own.
10.  Allow to sit for at least 12 hours.
11.  When I am using these plastic molds, I like to put them in the freezer for about 10 minutes before I unmold it.  Then, they pop right out!

Hope you give it a try!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona