Monday, September 22, 2014

Stamp, Stamp, Stamp! Three ways to make stamps with Amazing Mold Rubber by Lynne Suprock


Hello – it is Lynne Suprock again! I am loving being a part of the Amazing Crafting Products Creative Team... and getting to play with all these wonderful products, then show you what I design. 

Today I want to share with you how to make your own rubber stamps so that you may use them in your collage work, jewelry work, tag designs, or anything else you can think of. We will make these stamps three different ways… so let’s get started.

When working with Amazing Mold Rubber, I usually like to have a few projects to work on together at one time, or work on one big project. That is just my preference, but you can measure out the mold rubber base and catalyst as needed and complete at intervals if you’d like. 


For this tutorial, I personally set up all three projects before mixing and pouring my Amazing Mold Rubber. However, the tutorials, as written, will also guide you through each project individually.

**PLEASE NOTE** Amazing Mold Rubber will cure in approximately 4-24 hours depending one your climate and humidity. The more humid the environment, the faster the mold rubber will cure. I used the Alumilite Rubber to Rubber Mold Release, but you can use a thin coating of vaseline or spray oil – just be sure to spread thinly and don't leave beads/clumps of oil (that can displace the liquid silicone and leave a mark in the mold surface). The surface just needs to be lubricated so that the surface is non stick.

STAMP ONE

Things you will need:
Using the steel die letters, hammer them into the wood. Write a name, a phrase or a story.

   

Build a wall around the stamped letters with popsicle sticks and attach with Elmer's glue. Make sure you dab the glue into each corner and in the cracks where the popsicle sticks meet the wood. Let dry.


Paint letter depressions and wood surface with Mold Release.

  

Measure and mix the two parts of Amazing Mold Rubber per instructions. CLICK HERE to see a video tutorial on mixing and preparation. When you are ready, pour the Amazing Mold Rubber into the mold and let cure.


Peel away the rubber and using the ink of your choice, stamp!

    


STAMP TWO

Things you will need:
Paint the inside of either top or bottom of the embossing plate with mold release. Surround all four sides of the plate with duct tape and press to secure, leaving a wall about 1/2” high.

   

Measure and mix the two parts of Amazing Mold Rubber per instructions. CLICK HERE to see a video tutorial on mixing and preparation. When you are ready, pour the Amazing Mold Rubber, let cure and unmold.

   

Use your favorite ink and stamp! 


STAMP THREE

Materials you will need:

Begin by painting the candy mold with mold release.


Measure and mix the two parts of Amazing Mold Rubber per instructions. CLICK HERE to see a video tutorial on mixing and preparation. When you are ready, pour the Amazing Mold Rubber into the mold and let cure.


Unmold and stamp using your favorite ink!

   

I have had so much creative fun doing these stamp making projects, and I hope that you will give Amazing Mold Rubber a try... or experiment a little too!

What items would you mold to
create your own custom stamps?

Please share what you make with Amazing Crafting Products
on our website in the User Gallery.

Please visit my blog "Simply Pretty Stuff" to see more of my creations. ~ Lynne
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Friday, September 19, 2014

"Torn" at #Cre8time and all the AMAZING Possibilities... by Aimée Wheaton

Hi all!

I'm so torn lately, I have way too much going on in my life and that's my own fault but life is exciting. I started creating this piece and realized as it was evolving it was a metaphor for my life. Funny how art imitates life at times. I was thinking I'd call it "Split Personality" but "Torn" seemed like a better fit. This funky piece of art brought to life through the use of Amazing Mold Putty and a funny little doll head I bought from the amazing Cat Kerr!

Here is "Torn".




I started out with this cute doll head I bought from Cat and molded
it with Amazing Mold Putty {CLICK HERE to view mixing/preparation}.


I had to do a few trials with it, the first batch of Amazing Casting Resin didn't turn out quite right. I think I put too many drops of Alumilite Dye in... so I ditched that piece and started over again. Next time I used the Alumidust instead. I chose gold and gunmetal. Please CLICK HERE to view mixing/preparation.


You can see one of the bad ones in the background,
I may end up using it in another project.


I started out with a large wooden furniture dowel I had laying around and wrapped ripped up Sari ribbon on it as well as painted cheesecloth. I love using cheesecloth in everything!


I used some Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Ink in pink on the wood to add some extra color and then went back over that with Jet Black StazOn Ink as well to make it look worn.


Love how it brings out the texture!


Next came hammering in furniture tacks on all four
sides, alternating between black and brass.


I then coiled wire loosely around my finger
and cut 4 of them to wrap around the furniture tacks.


I then went back over the tacks with more painted cheesecloth and looped it over the tacks. Next came the embellishments and glue.

Using E6000® adhesive, I glued on the two doll heads on top and on the bottom the two resin pieces I had laying around using the Amazing Casting Resin as well as two large vintage buttons.

  

I like how worn and rough the dolls look. Not perfect at all. It adds to the character.


All in all this was a fun piece to make – except
the issues I had with the dye at the beginning. 


What do you think of her?

Let's see what you can create
with your variety of items,

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

To see more of my work please visit my blog "Creative Flutters"
and also at the Aimée Wheaton Art and Design website.

Till next time! Xoxo Aimée

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sweet Baby Dolls... to Creepy Jewelry! An AMAZING Jewelry Tutorial by Maria Soto


Hi there, this is Maria and today I want to share something new for me... my daughter called them "creepy babies". A year ago, I went to a sidewalk sale at an antique store near my home in Indiana. I noticed a little plastic bag that had two tiny dolls – they were all taken apart and thought about getting it; but then I said what for, so I left. Well later on that day I realized I could have made molds out of the doll parts and make something creepy... something to used in my mixed media or jewelry.

This year I went to the sidewalk sale again, and started to look for the bag... and well, there it was on the shelf – one year later as if it was waiting for me! With Halloween almost here, I find myself in the mood for creepy crafting. Sadly I just ran out of Amazing Mold Putty – but I had enough left to make one last mold; and brought back a mold I made last Halloween to finish my project.



First I thought it would be fun to make a creepy baby face necklace – so I got my doll, and prepared some Amazing Mold Putty (CLICK HERE for mixing instructions) to create my mold. I also need a few other materials to create this fun set, including Alumilite Metallic Powders and Amazing Casting Resin to color and cast the resin pieces for this jewelry set.

 

Here you can see the face mold in process and that I had to use something to support the body of the doll to keep it level. You can also see the arm mold I made last year. The photo on right shows the completed molds all ready for the Alumilite Metallic Powders and the Amazing Casting Resin to create some fun, new resin pieces. 


Since I only made one face mold, I used the Amazing Casting Resin – this product sets fast and it allows me to make several castings in a short amount of time. For the first castings I made, I brushed some Bronze and Copper Alumilite Metallic Powder directly into the molds. I also added the powders into the resin part "A" (CLICK HERE for mixing instructions) – this way the back of the mold would be colored as well. I applied the prepared Amazing Casting Resin to the molds using the stir stick, since the mold is small and I didn't want to overfill by pouring straight from the mixing cup. 

Once I poured the resin into my Amazing Mold Putty molds, I cut small pieces of wire and placed into the resin right away. These wires will be used to make my pendent heads and the arm earrings; making sure they are long enough to hold one skull bead and be able to wire wrap to secure them to the necklace and the earring wires.

At first the Amazing Casting Resin is clear, then as it is curing it changes to an opaque white as you can see in the photo above. Once the resin starts to cure, it turns completely white in about 10 minutes. This all depends on the temperature/climate of where you are. Since we are in the 60's right now – it took 10 minutes to cure. Where it's hot and humid it takes less time, regardless of the size of the mold. 

I ended up making six castings of the face and the arms, to make sure I had enough for my project. It's always best to have more than needed.


Once all my resin molds were set, note most of them had the metallic powders added to the resin, but despite the metallic colors I felt these needed something else, since I had some black Jacquard air brush color, I thought adding some with a brush and wiping it off right away, would add the finishing touch I was looking for, since they are meant to be used for Halloween, I felt they needed to look creepy and adding the black did the trick.


I did make a few molds with no color added to the resin. You can see the face on left I only added the black air brush color; in the center is the plain white Amazing Casting Resin face; and the face on the right was made using resin colored with Alumilite Metallic Powder and then some black was added – this is what I was looking for, it adds a bit of creepiness to the piece.


The doll arms I used to mold/cast the bronzed resin arms.


I had some yellow skull beads and thought they were perfect for this project – so I added the bead to the wire, then wire wrapped them as I added them to a chord necklace I had on hand. I felt that I needed to add something else. As I looked around, I found some round wooden beads {and of course, the necklace was already assembled – that's how I purchased it}, so I had to figure out how to string the beads between the resin faces. I strung them on a piece of black organza ribbon and then just tied them in between the resin faces, and my necklace was done.


The earrings were easy, I added one of the yellow skull beads on the wire, then wire wrapped and added an ear ring wire, and I'm done. I am wearing the earrings right now, and I totally forgot I had them on – they are as light as feathers. This set is going to be part of my Halloween costume.


Now here is my finished set, all ready for Halloween! I can't wait to use my new mold for other fun projects. I've come to notice that from all the holidays – I enjoy creating for Halloween the most. This is surprising to me, but it must be these Amazing Crafting Products, that let me imagine and get creative in ways I never thought I would.

I hope that I have inspired you to find some creative time and start crafting for the upcoming Holidays over the next couple of months.  Please make sure to share what you make on the user GALLERY on the Amazing Mold Putty Website!


What kind of creepy jewels
will you create for Halloween?

Thanks for visiting! I invite you to stop over to my blog "What is Creativity"
at http://chuy-creativity.blogspot.com to see more of my creations. Maria Soto

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