Wednesday, July 30, 2014

AMAZING #Cre8time TIPS... Secret to Getting Resin OFF Your Work Space by Tanya Ruffin


First off when using resin you should ALWAYS have your work space covered with a Teflon sheet {aka non-stick craft mat}. I have a large sheet that I ordered from Amazon to cover the bottom of an oven. Who says you have to buy the one that say CRAFT?

It never fails, in the middle of a resin project you get a spill on your Teflon sheet. Yes, when it dries it will peel right up... but what if you are using Amazing Clear Cast Resin and it takes 24 hours to set? I can't just avoid that section of my work space....

So you are using your Amazing Clear Cast Resin
or Amazing Casting Resin and Oops... a spill...


Tada!! Enter BABY OIL!


Simply squirt an ample amount on a paper towel and wipe it off.

If it is a huge spill, you may want to squirt some directly on the resin spill and let set about 5-10 minutes. This works for Part "A" and Part "B" individually, or after they are mixed. If you have some harder to clean areas or it is a glob, you can use your craft knife to scrape it up.


This is about 10 minutes later, it is completely free of an uncured resin spill.

It also works well on your hands!

Until Next Time... ~ Tanya

Tanya Ruffin with Create Studios

Please visit my site to see more of my inspiring creations at www.tanyaRuffin.com


Tanya Ruffin.com for Amazing Mold Putty

Create Studios Baton Rouge

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Featured Fan Day... Meet the AMAZING Amber Spiegel of SweetAmbs!!!


Greetings Amazing Crafters! Today we are so excited to celebrate another one of our AMAZINGly Creative Fans!!! Announcing Amber Spiegel – proud fan of Amazing Crafting Products who came to our attention from a share on our Facebook page!!!


Today's featured fan is bakes up
AMAZING and beautifully embellished
cookies... almost too pretty to eat!

We hope you enjoy the work of Amber Spiegel aka SweetAmbs!


Fondant Cameos with Amazing Mold Putty

"A fondant decoration is a simple way to dress up your cookies and cakes. I made my own mold using Amazing Mold Putty to make this black and white cameo; then applied to a cookie covered in royal icing {CLICK HERE to read more}."
You also see more of Amber's work on the SweetAmbs Website... or on the SweetAmbs Facebook page HERE. You will need a glass of milk to go with all of the AMAZING confections Amber creates and shares for the world to see.

What have you made with
Amazing Crafting Products?

This is your chance to have your work showcased here... whatever you have created using Amazing Crafting Products. We WANT to FEATURE YOU – our AMAZING Fans and showcase your creations using Amazing Mold Putty, Amazing Mold Rubber, Amazing Casting Resin or Amazing Clear Cast Resin.


If you want to be one of our "Featured Fans" – please send us your BEST photo of a project made using Amazing Mold Putty, Amazing Mold RubberAmazing Casting Resin or Amazing Clear Cast Resin to { amazingcrafting at yahoo dot com }:


Please include one AMAZING photo {and a detail if needed}, your info, blog link and a brief paragraph explanation – even give a shout out to where you buy your Amazing Crafting Products, too! Get your submissions in ASAP so you can be featured on our next Featured Fan Day!!! 


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Monday, July 28, 2014

Taking a #Cre8time Nature Walk with Tracy Alden for Mold Rubber Monday


Hello! Tracy here with another Amazing Crafting Products tutorial! Often when I take walks, I pick up interesting rocks, twigs and bark to bring home as inspiration for my artwork. The textures, colors and detail always keeps my mind whirling. On my most recent walk I picked up a random collection of wood bits. Their odd shapes and sizes had me thinking of an elaborate necklace fit for a woodland spirit. Being that these pieces were brittle and crumbling, I needed a way to capture the look I had in mind while making it stable enough to wear. This is where Amazing Crafting Products came to the creative rescue! 

Supplies: 


I cleaned up and sanded my collection of random wood bits.
I was careful to remove any sharp edges and loose dirt.


I sealed all of the pieces with two coasts of Liquitex Gloss Varnish. This not only prevented the curing Amazing Mold Rubber from soaking into the wood but gave the wood a satin finish that the Mold Rubber captured.


I had deli sandwich container that I cut in half and used the bottom portion as mold box. I carefully arranged the wood pieces in the box but did NOT glue them in place. The pieces of wood were so irregular in shape it would be impossible to try to affix them to the mold box. Carefully following the instructions {CLICK HERE to view}, I mixed up the Amazing Mold Rubber and slowly poured a very thin layer of Mold Rubber around the wood pieces. This way the Mold rubber would act as glue to fix the wood pieces in place. I let that layer cure completely. 

**A quick Mold Rubber tip!** If you have a Swamp Cooler in your house, place the curing Mold Rubber under a vent. The humidity will help it cure faster!


With my second layer of Mold Rubber, I used some cut up pieces of already cured Mold Rubber as fill so I didn't have to use as much new Mold Rubber, as I did in this Blog Post. I let that layer cure completely – then poured a final third layer of Amazing Mold Rubber making sure to cover all of the wood pieces and let cure.


I carefully removed the mold from the deli container and flipped over the mold. You can see the wood pieces are very close to the surface, with only a thin layer of Amazing Mold Rubber between them.


Using a craft knife I cut slits in the Amazing Mold Rubber to remove the wood pieces. After I have extracted all of the pieces I cut and trimmed the Mold Rubber back just a bit to leave room to pour resin easily into the molds.


I used a soft bristle brush to dust the inside of a molds with Alumilite Metallic Powders (Copper, Gold and Pearlescent). I then mixed up some Amazing Casting Resin, tinting the resin with Black Alumilite Dye and carefully poured it into the molds. Once cured I removed the resin casts from the mold. As you can see in this photo the Amazing Mold Rubber captured every little crack and twist to the wood pieces.


Using a small hand drill, I drilled holes and sanded any edges of the resin pieces, now making them into beads for the planned necklace.


I mixed black acrylic paint with some water to make a color wash and applied it with a paint brush to the resin pieces. I used a paper towel to remove the excess. I painted on some Liquitex Gloss Varnish and applied more metallic powders – Alumidust in Copper, Gold, Pearl, Rust, Red Plum and Orange. I sealed them with even more Liquitex Gloss Varnish to give it a nice shine.


Depending on how I drill holes through the resin pieces, I threaded them onto jewelry eyepins, jumprings or jewelry wire. With each piece having a different connecting element it created a free-form ascetic that accented the shapes of the resin pieces.


I connected the resin pieces together with more jumprings and gold tone chain. In this photo I opened up a jumpring with the flat nose pliers and put the jumpring through one of the leaf beads and a portion of chain attached to a resin link. I added more leaf beads, linked all of the resin pieces together and added a jewelry clasp at the end to finish off the necklace.


With found bits of branches, bark and wood I was able to create a one-of-a-kind necklace! I wonder what other wonderful found objects might be molded?

What AMAZING arts and crafts can you create?

Please share them on the user GALLERY on the Amazing Mold Putty Website! 

Visit my blog Art Resurrected for more craft tutorials!
Until next time, safe travels! ~ Tracy
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