Monday, August 21

Singing a Whale Song of Summer... by Lyn Gill


Hi everyone! Lyn here with you today from LynzCraftz. It's no secret that I love Summer... the Ocean... the Beach... the sound of the waves and the salty sea air – so before Summer ends, I thought I would get in one last Summer project. I've named it "Whale Song" for obvious reasons...


I first started with a couple polymer clay whales that I sculpted from Super Sculpey (baked according to package directions). I left each whale flat on the back so I could glue them down. I glued each down into my mold box, then I poured over a batch of Amazing Mold Rubber to create the mold. CLICK HERE to view mixing/preparation.

In a few hours, the mold is cured! I removed the originals and it was time to pour some clear blue resin. For the whales I've mixed up Amazing Clear Cast Resin and Ocean Blue Alumilite Dye... aren't they cute?


Then using a wooden canvas I had purchased, I painted it with some acrylic paints. Just a basic underwater type background which will get mostly covered up.


Here comes the fun part... I mixed up some Amazing Clear Cast Resin and divided it into 5 small cups; adding Alumidust to each cup in similar colors to my painted background in 4 of them. In the fifth one, I added a bit of White Alumilite Dye.


Carefully pouring each of the four colors on their corresponding color area (kinda like a paint by number... LOL), I used a stir stick to help move the colors around. I placed the two original polymer whales along with the blue cast whales into the wet resin on the background and left it to cure for 3-4 hours before continuing.


The final step was to mix just a touch (the tip of my pallet knife) of the Alumilite Pearlescent Metallic Powder into another batch of Amazing Clear Cast Resin, then pour this mixture over the entire piece – whales and all.


After letting this cure overnight,
the results are well... AMAZING! 


You can see the sparkle from the tiny bit of Pearlescent powder that I added to the final layer of Amazing Clear Cast Resin – it's so pretty! A little bit of work but well worth it in the end.

What end of Summer projects
do you have planned?

Well that's the end for now – thank you so much for stopping by... 
Till Next Time! Lyn

As usual, you can find more of my work on my blog LynzCraftz
or on YouTube LynzCraftz, or my Facebook page LynzCraftz.

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Tuesday, August 15

#Cre8time for Bookmaking... Make it Artsy - Episode 207

Hello Amazing Makers!! Are you ready for some new Cre8time ideas using Amazing Casting Products! Today we share the latest episode of Make It Artsy: the TV show for makers and crafters – featuring tips, techniques and projects for makers, crafters and artists! In this episode artist Andrew Thornton sculpts an amazing book cover using Alumilite Dyes, Alumidust and Amazing Casting Resin.

Ready for a new episode of Make It Artsy?!


CLICK HERE to view this week's episode

Nourish your mind with a good book. Artist and writer Andrew Thornton sculpts a beautiful book cover. Julie Fei-Fan Balzer creates a whole book out of a single piece of paper. Tool expert Joe Rotella binds books inspired by ancient techniques from the Far East. Jane Dunnewold shares another artsy idea.


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Make It Artsy launched September 29, 2016 on Public Television stations across the country! Look for it on your local PBS channel – all new episodes from series 200 are now airing. If you can't find it on your local programming, you can view this episode online by clicking this link Series 200, Episode 207 - Books.


Make It Artsy is a show dedicated to the crafter, maker and artist! A series celebrates that maker spirit and enthusiasm that extends to every part of life. It’s more than crafting, more than art or scrapbooking; this is an all-encompassing show for any one that loves to make “things”. From mixed-media to metalsmithing, using tools from saws to sewing machines, and materials from paper to wood; today’s most creative “makers” join host Julie Fei Fan Balzer and unleash a new look for crafting with a touch of industrial style.


Amazing Casting Products by Alumilite Corp. is proud to be one of these fabulous group of companies partnering with Make it Artsy. Stay tuned for upcoming Series 200 episodes with projects featuring some our amazing friends using Alumilite's AMAZING products! Don't worry... we'll be sharing each new episode right here as they become available so you can tune in.

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Monday, August 14

#Cre8time Transformations... Fabulous FAUX Stained Glass by Lara Hjorthoy

Hello Fellow Artists! It's Lara here with a project I've been dreaming to make for some time – too long in fact! But finally I have managed to make it all work... and am so thrilled to share it with you all!

Who wants to make some stained glass?! 

I have actually completed a version of this a while ago, but was mighty unsuccessful in the end. So I needed to rethink my strategy for the second round and apparently, the time to think paid off! We have amazing faux Stained Glass!


To start this project off... and in my usual fashion these days, I wanted to find a way to reuse a frame that I had acquired. So I cleaned the frame and got some plexiglass for the "glass".  I glued this into the frame itself so that I could call it a "window" of sorts!


I used a relief paint by Pebeo that was the colour of lead, so it looked just like I had leaded it myself. I actually did a couple of layers of it, so I used a lot. My first go round, I had all the resin colours bleed together – so this time I made sure I was slow and deliberate and that there would be no holes whatsoever. To make this pattern, I printed a picture of a brick wall with a pattern I liked, placed behind the glass, and just followed it with the lead!

I left this to dry, well truthfully... for a long time! But I would no matter what, for at least a week, just to be safe.  

Next up! The resin!  

 
 

I mixed up he first batch of Amazing Clear Cast Resin using Alumilite dyes, different shades of blue and purple and even added some sparkle to the resin with Alumilite Pearlescent Powder.


Using a popscicle stick, I slowly added resin to each of the squares, focusing on one colour at a time. 

  

You can use the stick to push the resin up to the edges
of each square, which helps prevent overpouring.


And I took my time. Which in the end produced a great piece, though it meant that my resin started to cure in the cups I mixed them in. I was able to get the pour done, but next time, I would only mix and apply one colour at a time. 


Which is exactly what I did for the Alumilite Silver Metallic Powder and the clear pearlescent resin I added later to complete the piece. I covered it up and let it cure overnight.


Add hanging hardware and ribbon and it now hangs lovely in our window!
I couldn't be happier with it! Can't wait to add different colours to the collection!

What type of stained glass would you make?

Hope you enjoyed this project, I have another big one coming up soon!

Stay Inspired!
~ Lara

Check out my website at www.larahjorthoy.com and YourToyCreations.etsy.com. You can follow my day to day creations on Facebook and Instagram, look for YourToy Creations!

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Wednesday, August 9

Make AMAZING #Cre8time Texture... Make it Artsy - Episode 206



Hello Amazing Makers!! Are you ready for more AMAZING ideas using Amazing Casting Products! Today we share the latest episode of Make It Artsythe TV show for makers and crafters – featuring tips, techniques and projects for makers, crafters and artists! In this episode Cat Kerr creates amazing Cre8time texture and dimension for use in your projects using Amazing Casting Resin.

Ready for a new episode of Make It Artsy?!


CLICK HERE to view this week's episode

Add artistic flair to your home. Jewelry-maker Candie Cooper makes beaded vases and luminaries. Mixed media artist Cat Kerr shows a new technique for using RESIN to create textured sheets. Artist Rae Missigman makes a small canvas to add an artful touch to any room. Back with another art tip is Jane Dunnewold.


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Make It Artsy launched September 29, 2016 on Public Television stations across the country! Look for it on your local PBS channel – all new episodes from series 200 are now airing. If you can't find it on your local programming, you can view this episode online by clicking this link Series 200, Episode 206 - Making a House a Home.


Make It Artsy is a show dedicated to the crafter, maker and artist! A series celebrates that maker spirit and enthusiasm that extends to every part of life. It’s more than crafting, more than art or scrapbooking; this is an all-encompassing show for any one that loves to make “things”. From mixed-media to metalsmithing, using tools from saws to sewing machines, and materials from paper to wood; today’s most creative “makers” join host Julie Fei Fan Balzer and unleash a new look for crafting with a touch of industrial style.


Amazing Casting Products by Alumilite Corp. is proud to be one of these fabulous group of companies partnering with Make it Artsy. Stay tuned for upcoming Series 200 episodes with projects featuring some our amazing friends using Alumilite's AMAZING products! Don't worry... we'll be sharing each new episode right here as they become available so you can tune in.

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Wednesday, August 2

Add Something New to Your #Cre8time Routine... Make it Artsy - Episode 205

Hello Amazing Crafters!! It's time for a brand new episode of Make It Artsythe TV show for makers and crafters – featuring tips, techniques and projects for makers, crafters and artists! 

Ready for a new episode of Make It Artsy?!


CLICK HERE to view this week's episode

Add something new to your creative routine. Tool expert Joe Rotella uses today's latest cutting technology to create glitter applique. Host Julie Fei-Fan Balzer makes collages with acrylic skins and films. Studio artist Cynthia Thornton paints fashions and faces to create a charming fabric doll. Jane Dunnewold share another art tip.
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Make It Artsy launched September 29, 2016 on Public Television stations across the country! Look for it on your local PBS channel – all new episodes from series 200 are now airing. If you can't find it on your local programming, you can view this episode online by clicking this link: Series 200, Episode 205 - New To Me.


Make It Artsy is a show dedicated to the crafter, maker and artist! A series celebrates that maker spirit and enthusiasm that extends to every part of life. It’s more than crafting, more than art or scrapbooking; this is an all-encompassing show for any one that loves to make “things”. From mixed-media to metalsmithing, using tools from saws to sewing machines, and materials from paper to wood; today’s most creative “makers” join host Julie Fei Fan Balzer and unleash a new look for crafting with a touch of industrial style.


Amazing Casting Products by Alumilite Corp. is proud to be one of these fabulous group of companies partnering with Make it Artsy. Stay tuned for upcoming Series 200 episodes with projects featuring some our amazing friends using Alumilite's AMAZING products! Don't worry... we'll be sharing each new episode right here as they become available so you can tune in.

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Monday, July 31

#Cre8time Halloween Decorations... Fabulous Faux Eygyptian Scarabs by Tanya Ruffin


I wanted to make dozens of scarabs for Halloween decorations, but I didn't realize how much resin would be involved until I started. So I have devised a way to make an original in resin and then make copies of it using plaster and sand.

Things you'll need for this project:
Steps:

1.) First create your original.


I found a Transformers toy in the close-out section that came in a cool egg shape. I used the egg shape as the back of the scarab. I used air dry clay to sculpt the rest of the body. The legs are very delicate so it I had to make them thick enough so they wouldn't break when dry. The scarab is 7 inches long and 5 inches wide.

2.) Create a mold.


I then used a small cardboard box to be the base of my mold. I hot glued the scarab in the bottom of the box and mixed up the Amazing Mold Rubber and poured {CLICK HERE to view mixing/preparation}. 

The mold came out great!


3.) Make a casting in resin.

Now to pour some Amazing Casting Resin {CLICK HERE to view mixing/preparation}. I originally thought I would be making dozens of these in resin, but then realized how much resin I would end up needing. Sorry, but I have more crafty things to make with my resin! 


So I cast just one to use as as a decoration. I mixed Alumilite Black Dye with the Amazing Casting Resin and used some cool Alumidust on the shell... this Interference Green is awesome!!!

So you may be asking – why not just pour the plaster in the rubber mold? Well, to get plaster out of the mold you pull back the mold and you get this... 


Unfortunately the plaster is too fragile and the legs broke off as I removed it from the mold. 

4.) Make many from one.

So I came up with another way. I will use sand to serve as a mold and pour the plaster into that. To get the plaster out of the sand you just brush away the sand. So I ran down to the building supply store and bought a 50lb bag of playground sand for a whooping $5.00. 

**TIP** also buy your plaster at the building supply store {not at the craft store} it is way cheaper.

I had an old box that a dozen glasses came in so I put a garbage bag inside and dumped in the sand. Then add some water so that the sand will stick to itself and pat it down to make a flat surface.


Press your object {I used the piece cast from Amazing Casting Resin} into the sand and gently pull it out. If the side walls collapse, then you need to add some more water to the sand. Repeat to make as many that will fit in sand box leaving ample space between each.

Then mix up your plaster and pour into each void. Wait for plaster to harden.

And then... Tada!!!


The legs were rather fragile being cast in plaster, so I poured it thicker and that is why there are more places that need clean up. These will embellish a wall in an Egyptian haunted house, so I am not too concerned about them being perfect.

The thing I love is the sand that is embedded in the hardened plaster. It looks like an ancient relic of sorts.

What handmade decorations
will you create for Halloween?

Now go and Craft Your Own Way! ~ Tanya


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

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Monday, July 24

Make your #Cre8time Sparkle and Shine... Make it Artsy - Episode 204

Hello Amazing Crafters!! Grab a cuppa and have your EYES glued to your screen! Today we share the latest episode of Make It Artsythe TV show for makers and crafters – featuring tips, techniques and projects for makers, crafters and artists! In this episode Cat Kerr has her Cre8time eyes on Amazing Mold Putty and Amazing Clear Cast Resin.

Ready for a new episode of Make It Artsy?!


CLICK HERE to view this week's episode

Make your art sparkle. Artist Jen Cushman wraps wire and stamps words to create a metallic flower. Host Julie Fei-Fan Balzer crafts a variety of projects with decorative foils. Artist and teacher Cat Kerr molds shining eyes to use in lots of different projects. Learn a new tip from Jane Dunnewold.

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Make It Artsy launched September 29, 2016 on Public Television stations across the country! Look for it on your local PBS channel – all new episodes from series 200 are now airing. If you can't find it on your local programming, you can view this episode online by clicking this link Series 200, Episode 204 - Shine.


Make It Artsy is a show dedicated to the crafter, maker and artist! A series celebrates that maker spirit and enthusiasm that extends to every part of life. It’s more than crafting, more than art or scrapbooking; this is an all-encompassing show for any one that loves to make “things”. From mixed-media to metalsmithing, using tools from saws to sewing machines, and materials from paper to wood; today’s most creative “makers” join host Julie Fei Fan Balzer and unleash a new look for crafting with a touch of industrial style.


Amazing Casting Products by Alumilite Corp. is proud to be one of these fabulous group of companies partnering with Make it Artsy. Stay tuned for upcoming Series 200 episodes with projects featuring some our amazing friends using Alumilite's AMAZING products! Don't worry... we'll be sharing each new episode right here as they become available so you can tune in.

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Friday, July 21

Happy Bird-day!! An Amazing #Cre8time Transformation by Maria Soto


Hi there! Happy BIRD-day! Maria here today to start off the weekend with a fun Cre8time project! You never know when or where inspiration will strike – this project was hatched from Easter!

Some time ago after Easter, I went shopping and noticed these cute tin bird containers that were on clearance. They were filled with some type of hard candy, but all I could think about is how I wanted to make a mold out of the container!!! So I bought two and went home with lots of tasty Easter candy.


I used Amazing Mold Putty for making a mold of my fun bird tin.
CLICK HERE to view instructions for making a mold.


In about 10-15 minutes, my mold is ready to use! Amazing Mold Putty is truly amazing – it works fast and it captures lots of detail, too!


I plan on hand-painting this birdie, so I decided to use Amazing Casting Resin to make my first piece. Follow the easy 1:1 instructions for mixing this resin -AND- keep in mind that it begins to cure very quickly {CLICK HERE to view mixing/preparation}.

**A TIP** This is a fairly large mold, and with larger volumes you will feel it getting hot faster... so make sure your mold is ready for it. Larger pours of Amazing Casting Resin cure quicker than smaller ones will. Keep an extra mold on hand in case you mixed too much resin – you don't want to waste this product.


I used a pencil to draw some patterns to get an idea of what designs I wanted. I could just ink these lines in with a black, gold or silver permanent pen and this would make a lovely ornament. But I plan to add some color!


I always like to paint my pieces with white acrylic first. I find it allows me to use any type of paints I want on top afterward.


For this project, I used an assortment of DecoArt Patio Paints;
simply because I love the bright colors.


Now the fun starts – I get to paint, paint, paint! First I painted the base coat, all green. I just had too much fun painting this little birdie! Once I got started I got carried away, then suddenly all the painting was done {sorry I don't have any photos to share}. 


Then I added some little clear acrylic drops to add more dimension, then used pens to add detail to the bird – giving a bit more color, illusion of dimension to the piece.

  

Here's a close-up of the head and tail to show the transparency
of the drops – they make the colors underneath POP.


I felt this little bird needed something else, so I glued some green ribbon to the back for hanging. Since I had all these small pieces of foil paper from Rinea, I thought, "why not give this pretty bird a fun party hat"... and here I give you the finished piece!

You are a little party animal,
you little birdie!


I hope I have inspired you to have "FUN" with these amazing products. I always do, they allow me to get really creative, they allow me to imagine and create!

What would you reimagine using
these Amazing products? 

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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