I started by taking this mound of Sculpey clay and smoothed and flattened it all out. Then started creating the leaves and petals. Sculpey is awesome because you can bake it for 15 minutes and it's done!
When the leaves were cool to the touch I grabbed my Amazing Mold Putty and created molds for each one. You take equal parts of Part "A" and Part "B" and knead together with your hands, then form around the objects you want to mold.
...and then THIS HAPPENED! I'm going to use this a lesson, yes accidents happen and they happen to me a lot but you fix it and move on...
OK – so I had just poured Part "A" of Amazing Casting Resin into that little cup you see on the left. I was attempting to drop in some yellow Alumilite dye. It wasn't coming out so I squeezed harder and the entire cap blew off the top spilling yellow die and resin all over me, the wall and my supplies. :( All that gorgeous painting of the Alumidust ruined, I had to back track and clean it all up. Parts of the molds that got stuff spilled on it were messed up so some of the finer details disappeared. I was so upset but I moved on quickly. Thank God for baby wipes!!! I showed all of this to say that you should use a pin or something to make the hole a bit bigger if you're using the dye, I wouldn't want this to happen to you. Crafting is messy!! OK... moving on.
After I cleaned up my mess, I repainted the molds with the Alumidust, I poured more resin, poked a bigger hole in the red dye and mixed up Part "A" of Amazing Casting Resin, then mixed it into Part "B". CLICK HERE to view mixing/preparation.
Taken out of the molds. It wasn't as bright as I had hoped because of the accident above, so I pulled out some acrylic craft paints and made it pop a bit more letting some of the shimmer still show from the dust.
I figured this saying was appropriate for the kind of day I'd been having. This chalkboard is about 8 ft. tall and in my foyer. See the leaves on there?
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