Friday, June 24, 2016

Take a #Cre8time Picnic with #PolymerClay...
by Tracy Alden


Hello! Tracy here with another Amazing Casting Products inspiration post! With Summer now upon us (in my area 105º Fahrenheit and above) I have been looking to keep cool indoors with crafts. One of my favorite pastimes is to create miniatures. With the help of Amazing Mold Putty I was able to create the majority the miniatures you see in the above photo (see the penny on the bottom left for scale) out of polymer clay. Amazing Mold Putty can be an indispensable tool to create textures, details, shapes and elements in miniature. One quick and simple miniature project is to create plate molds!


To create the look of the miniature plates, I look to the bottoms of small bottles. The shape and indents were perfect to be molded to create a base mold for rustic plates.


I mixed up small batches of Amazing Mold Putty to be placed on a ceramic tile and the bottles carefully pushed into the putty to create the molds. I find pushing slightly up the sides of bottles with the yet uncured putty gives a little lip to the mold that will later help retain the polymer clay.


Once the molds were fully cured I placed pea size polymer clay medallions in each mold and pushed the bottles into the clay, and back into the molds, to fill each mold completely.


With the bottles removed, I used a small rounded stylus to push the clay to the edges and to lightly indent into the clay the circular pattern of wheel thrown ceramics. I then put the tile with molds and clay into a toaster oven, per manufacturer instructions, to cure. Once the clay was cooled, the plates popped easily out of the molds. I trimmed any uneven edges on the miniature plates with emery board.


The cutting boards, veggies and plates, made from polymer clay, were all created with the help of Amazing Mold Putty molds and texture plates. With just a little imagination any number of surfaces, textures and shapes can be molded to create a miniature world of your choosing! 

What AMAZING arts and crafts can you create?

Please share them on the user GALLERY on the Amazing Crafting Products Website!

Visit my blog Art Resurrected for more craft tutorials!

Until next time, safe travels! ~ Tracy

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

#Cre8time Transformations... DIY Graduation Keepsake by Brenda Burfeind

Hi amazing crafting friends! Brenda here from Creativity is a State of Mind and I am pretty excited to show off my faux lightbulb with you today using most of the Amazing Casting Products.

My niece recently graduated from high school and I wanted to make her something special she can keep her tassel in and still be displayed. So let's get started.

I started with an ordinary light bulb that I hoarded away when hubby wasn't looking. He's been making me purge because he recently built me an amazing crafting space. Two full rooms to be exact and I will have pictures up on my blog soon. It's still a work in progress, but it's getting there. After rearranging and sorting I have found so many "new" things to play with that I am forcing myself to stay away from the craft store. Working at Michaels doesn't help one bit though – LOL!

Anyway, back to my light bulb. I carefully took it apart. There are tutorials on Pinterest on how to do this, but it's quite simple. I poked a hole in the black part and with a needlenose pliers I broke away everything around it. I did wear protective eye wear and gloves just in case. Honestly, it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be.


Now onto the fun part. I took my Amazing Clear Cast Resin and some Fluorescent "Flo" Yellow dye and mixed it up. You can view mixing instructions HERE


I then poured the mixture into my light bulb and kept swirling it around. Now the Amazing Clear Cast Resin takes hours to set up, but when you do such a thin layer it doesn't really take that long. I sat myself in front of the TV and just kept rotating my light bulb until I could see that it wasn't moving anymore. It coated the inside of the light bulb wonderfully in about 20 minutes. I then turned it upside down in a cup to let any drippings if any come out. 

Now the reason I used Amazing Clear Cast Resin is because the light bulb is made of REAL glass and I wanted to prevent it from breaking. The resin inside of the glass will hopefully help with that. It felt pretty tough when it was done setting up.


Now after I had done this, I realized I didn't have a stopper that looked realistic, so I went into the bathroom and stole another light bulb just to mold my black piece. I used Amazing Mold Putty {to mix this up and you can view those instructions HERE}. The mold set up in no time.


I mixed up some Amazing Casting Resin with the black Alumilite dye and the same mixing instructions as above and created my cap.


See how realistic this looks and it only took a few minutes to set up?


Now I didn't want to have to explain what the gift was, so instead I created a faux tassel. She may or may not keep it like this.


I attached some wire to the tassel and
threaded it through the faux cap.


For now I used some double-sided super heavy duty sticky tape and taped the cap onto the light bulb. If she puts her own tassel in it for safe keeping she may think about gluing the cap on.


And with my Cricut I cut "To a bright future" out in vinyl and applied it to the light bulb. Isn't that just fun? I love how it turned out and cannot wait to hear what she thinks of her gift.

What item in your
"trash"
would you repurpose?

I'm glad you stopped by today and as always, I hope you've enjoyed my "how to". Please leave me a comment and also head over to Creativity is a State of Mind to see what else I am up to.

Until next time, shine bright! ~ Brenda

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Make a #Cre8time Statement... Easy-Peasy Pendant Making by Aimée Wheaton


Hi all! Aimée here with an easy how to for you. I LOVE statement necklaces and pendants. These necklaces usually have an awesome focal (pendant), usually handmade and very fun. When I hit the jackpot at Tuesday Morning a week ago I got a bunch of bezels to play with. Here's a simple idea for a fun pendant using bezels.

When I make these the hardest part is choosing what to put inside, it has to be something you're willing to part with because it will be stuck forever in resin. :)

Here's a few I created last week.


Love these!! Can't wait to put them on necklaces.

Starting is the hardest part – I never know
what I want to make when I start creating.


I trimmed out the template and cut a piece of artwork from a magazine I liked. Still not quite sure what I was going to do but it was a good start. I painted the bezel with our Sky Blue Alumidust for some color and shimmer.


It stays put when you put the resin in.


Next you must seal the paper you are using with a glue, I used gel medium. If you don't seal the resin seeps through and makes your paper look darker.

 

When the paper is dry, set it inside the bezel.


This is the hard part... choosing trinkets.


Next mix equal parts of Amazing Clear Cast Resin – I added in some glitter. Click here to see how to mix it! Using the popsicle stick drop in small bits of resin over your bezel and let it slowly fill in naturally.


When it was full I dropped in some watch parts and the resin "Frozen Charlotte" I had. Let the resin cure completely. When it's done you have a very cool focal to use in your jewelry making!


Super fun, super easy!!

Do you collect trinkets and turn
them into new creations?

Feel free to stop by my FB page to see the latest with me.

To see more of my work please visit my new blog "Life Glitter Makeup"
and also at the Aimée Wheaton Art and Design website.

Till next time! Xoxo Aimée

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