Friday, December 30

Happy New Year!

 Wishing everyone a very happy 2012!

These are clock works that I found out my local craft store and thought they'd be the perfect way to ring in the new year with a little fun from Amazing Mold Putty.

The first thing I did was to mix Parts A & B of the Amazing Mold Putty and pressed the clock pieces into the putty and let it harden. 

This is what it will look like once the pieces are removed from the mold.

I mixed equal parts of the White Casting Resin and poured it into the mold.  I let it sit according to the package directions (approximately 10 minutes) to harden.  Then, I removed it from the mold and allowed it to finish harding the rest of the way. 

 I used acrylic paing to paint the pieces.  After allowing it to dry completely, I added a color stone to the center of the the clock hand with a little glue.  The last thing I did was to add this fun new embellishment to the papers. 

Happy New Year Everyone! 

Tuesday, December 27

A Little Craft Room Decor

As crafters, all of us like to have special things to hang around our work area that represent our hobby such as some of our work or even some of our tools that we have altered.  Here is another fun idea to help decor your workspace!  You can mold some of your favorite tools and then make a resin cast to display around your room. 

One of my favorite things is my scissors.  I have old ones, new ones and some with fun colors and designs, but the one thing I didn't not have was one that I could decorate with so I molded a pair of my own. 

I began by creating the mold using Amazing Mold Putty and the package directions.  I chose the pair of scissors I wanted and pushed them into the Mold Putty to create the cast.  In order to have one complete piece so I didn't have to glue the second handle on, I trimmed the area of the mold to allow the resin to flow completely through the entire mold. The main key in doing this is to make sure that area is trimmed completely flat or you will end up with a rough area. 

Then, I mixed some of the Amazing Casting Resin (White) and added a little of the Alumilite Metallic Powder in the Gun Metal color and mixed it unevenly.  I didn't want a solid color.  I wanted some strong streaked areas to add a little desing to the blades. 

After allowing it to sit in the mold and harden, I unmolded the scissors and let them sit for a little longer to harden completely.  Be sure to keep your piece laying flat as it dries.  Next, I chose one of my favorite paint colors and painted the handles to match the colors of my craft space.

After the paint was completely dry, I hung them on the corkboard area of my dry erase board so that I will be able to enjoy them every time I sit and work. 

Now, it's your turn! Go find your favorite craft tool and start molding it to decorate your craft space! 

Sunday, December 25

Sprinkles Keychain with Jingle

Hello, everyone! I hope you all had a super fantastic Christmas! I know mine was overwhelmingly full of blessings! Today I am sharing a quick and super fun Amazing Mold Putty Project with you!

Sprinkles Keychain

Begin by making a cylindrical mold - I used a faux cork for mine, but you could use anything with a cylindrical shape.

Once cured, measure out your Part A and Part B of Clear Cast Resin, mix according to the directions, let sit for a moment to allow bubbles to clear. Pour a small amount of resin into the bottom of your mold. Add a small amount of sprinkles. Continue to do this in layers. Using a popsicle stick, gently move the sprinkles throughout the resin until the mold is full. You may have to add more, as the sprinkles will settle as you go.

Cylinder Mold

Once you are happy with the amount of sprinkles in the resin, allow to cure for 24 hours. De-mold. I sprayed mine with a clear coat because it had a matte finish, but if you made your mold with something 'shiny' it will have a glossy finish to it. It's up to you if you want to spray it or not.

Screw an eyehook into the top of the cylinder and then you can add the key chain or a ball chain to create a necklace! Isn't it fun?!!!

Sprinkles keychain

Jingle Out! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All!

Saturday, December 24

Mixed Media Collage... by Niki Meiners

Title: “Be yourself”
Size: 8x8


Creating mixed media has become a form of self-expression for me. This mixed media collage is a reminder to those who read it to always have the courage to “be yourself” I think it is one of the most important character traits a person can have. Remaining true to who I am is one of the most important things to me and I hope to pass that quality on to my children. I want to love them for who they are and I want them to love me for who I am. My daughter is only 17 months old but this piece is going in her room. No, she does not need the reminder yet. But, if I start early enough she may not need it at all.

This piece is created by stenciling my own background paper and using a paper punch to form the circles. Stenciling the girl ad spritzing the paper. I also added some pearl paint to the canvas before I assembled it. Then I die cut black cardstock to give it a little extra dimension. To give the piece added dimension I used a resin flower. The flower in her hair is made from Amazing Casting Resin that was poured into a mold made from Amazing Mold Putty.

~ Niki
See more of my creations at my website

Wednesday, December 21

Making Some "FUNctional" TOOLS
using Amazing Mold Putty...

Hello - Susan here with my next "AMAZING" adventure with Amazing Mold Putty. Today I am going to share something a little off the wall...definitely out of the box! For anyone that knows me knows I love PURPLE, not lavender - purple {like grape jelly} and that I love my tools. I have a gadget to do pretty much everything. My crafty friends call me if they need a tool for something they want to create.

Today's project is catering to all my crafty STAMPING friends. If you stamp, you will appreciate today's project. I started a with this antique stamp holder I picked up at my local artist salvage center Trash 2 Treasure. It came with a couple old rubber stamp handles in varying sizes. So knowing that I wanted to have a complete set of handles for my blending foam and alcohol inks...I decided to cast my own in Amazing Mold Putty. Between the handles that came with the spindle {like T!m Holtz has}, and a couple I already had...I had six. I was off and running.

Please see accompanying image number(s) to go along with written instruction/description.

Photo 1: I gathered all of my handles of varying sizes. Photo 2: With razor blade, gently slice off old decayed rubber stamp and mounting. Photo 3: I glued my handles to my glass cutting mat with hot glue. This is so they are level and they would not move around as I put the putty around them {see Photo 4}. This was a good idea as it resulted in a nice flat surface on the open end - but I lost some control over seeing where I was leaving open areas. I ganged them this way thinking it would use less putty and make it easier when pouring resin. In hindsight, I would probably make separate molds next time - it was quite tricky getting the cured resin out.

To mix up Amazing Mold Putty, I followed the simple illustrated instructions on the packaging. If you want a more in depth how-to of mixing Amazing Mold Putty please click here. Photo 5: For this project, I needed to make a lot of putty to cover the entire piece, so I make several small sections and overlapped them due to the quick setting cure time. Photos 6, 7, 8 and 9 of following photos show the mold build-up process. Photo 10: View underneath completed mold. Photo 11: Using a spatula, I gently pried the mold and glued handles from the glass mat.

NOW FOR THE CASTING with the Amazing Clear Cast Resin:

Please see accompanying image number to go along with written instruction/description.

Photo #12: Completed Amazing Mold Putty mold prior to removing stamp handles. After about a half hour, I gently removed stamp handles from mold. It's recommended to dust the mold with some type of release agent, especially if there is a lot of fine detail. I didn't think I needed this for this resin, yet it would have greatly helped in ease of removal cured resin. Photo #13: After measuring liquid needed by filling mold with water, I mixed just one drop of Red Alumilite Dye and one drop of Blue Alumilite Dye into PART A of Amazing Clear Cast Resin. This resulted in a pretty purple color {when cured it turned a dark violet, almost cobalt blue color}. Photo #14: Mixing together part A and part B of Amazing Clear Cast Resin stirring slowly and mixing thoroughly. I let rest a few minutes to let air bubbles escape. Photo #15: Prior to pouring resin, I placed objects into the mold: purple glitter, assorted colored beads, googly eyes, dichroic beads, and misc. computer parts and screws. This was the fun part of customizing my tools. Then I gently poured the completely mixed two part resing into the molds. The googly eyes decided to float.

After much filing and sanding of rough edges, here are my completed CUSTOM tools. Ready for adhering velcro to apply blending foam or alcohol ink applicators. My stamp handles are fun and just make me giggle - they have PERSONALITY!!! I plan to make more in different colors, embedding other found objects & cleaning out those things in the craft drawer saved for a rainy day!

This photo is taken on a light table, so that the beautiful color is visable.
I hope you enjoyed this project. I encourage you to stroll around through the many AMAZING projects from the other Amazing Mold Putty Design Team members for some great tips and ideas!

If you have any questions, please leave a comment, select receive e-mail follow ups on comments and I will respond. If you would like to see more of my creations, please visit my blog sbartist : painting in the dark by clicking here.

I hope you all have a Happy Holidays & Happy Crafting. See you next year! : )

Tuesday, December 20

Molding with cutouts..

Hey everybody!! I cannot believe it's my 3rd post here @ AMP -- this stuff is so amazing and I'm having so much fun molding anything and everything in site.. it's also been so great to experiment with! One of my favorite things so far has been to mold old "embellishments" that I'm afraid to use because I don't want to run out of them...

and one of them is this gorgeous elaborate little metal frame -- and it has all these fun cutouts.. At first I was a bit intimidated but after giving it a go I now have some super easy tips to share with you!!

Start by mixing your equal parts A and B (yellow and white) of the molding putty. (I have actually found that it doesn't take very many extra seconds to measure out my putty in measuring spoons.. less wasted if my mixture seems to be off!!)

Flatten slightly (for my piece.. you may not need to do this!) and insert frame. Keep your fingers out of the way of your cutouts.. only go as far as you're comfortable... you don't want to ruin your mold.

Then grab something super small... I used a pin with a head on it.. so that I had something to press onto with out hurting my little fingers.. use this object to press your piece down into the mold nice and deep. You want the putty to ooze out of the cutouts so that there's a nice barrier for when you lay down your resin!

Allow mold to cure... then demold your original slowly -- don't pull too hard, you may pull off the parts that will create your cutouts!

Get your favorite Alumilite Metallic Powder --- I used BRONZE

and dust your mold :)

Then.. Mix your white quick cast resin -- equal parts A and B -- stir till clear and pour.
-I always have extra molds laying around to dump my excess mixture into.. I hate waste!!!-

Allow to cure! See it drying with the mold sticking out of it? YAY!!

Then demold!! =D

My piece got a bit thick.. but I think I may try brushing in the white casting resin and seeing if it will still cure -- will be wonderful to have TONS of these frames around!! 
See you next time! -DeeDee

Sunday, December 18

A Favorite Ornament Transformed into a Sleigh Pin

Good morning and welcome to another Amazing Mold Putty creation. Brenda here – I cannot get over how much I love using this stuff. As we were putting up our Christmas tree this year and going through boxes and boxes of ornaments I came across an ornament that I absolutely love and that's when it hit me...I can make a mold and cast it and then turn it into a pin. 

Here is the ornament. It's very heavy, I think its pewter, but I just love the detail in it...

I casted it using the Alumilite Silver Metallic Powder that I recently got from Amazing Crafting Products mixed in with the Amazing Casting Resin. This stuff is so awesome!

Here you can see the finished piece and the original piece.

Then I mixed up a bit of black acrylic paint with a little water, painted it and wiped the excess off to give it an aged look. I painted the bows with red acrylic paint, the tree with green acrylic paint and added a bit of Alumilite Pearlescent Powder to the tree while it was still wet to give it some shimmer and shine. I also snipped the "hanger" portion off of the tree and cut a bit too deep, but I still like it a lot.

See... I cut the "tree top" off :(

Then I added a pin back and let that dry overnight and 24 hours later
I have an adorable pin for my jacket.

See the little snowman? I'll be showing you these next week sometime...
so stay tuned for more inspirations.

I hope I've inspired you to create something with the Amazing Mold Putty because the possibilities are endless. If you'd like to see more of my creations, click here and I will see you again real soon.

Friday, December 16

Casted Christmas Creations

I've been busy trying out several fun projects with the Amazing Mold Putty and this is probably one of my favorites. The mold I made with ordinary hardware washers has SO many potentials. Lots of brainstorming was going on during a recent special episode of leslierahye's crafty gig. I edited the video to include only the portions about the creation of these pendants. You can see the full show here
I hope you enjoy my pendants as much as I enjoyed making them! Thank you for stopping by!

To make this project you will need:
Washers to Mold
Paint/Alcohol ink
scrapbook paper scraps
Sakura Hobby Crafts 3D Crystal Lacquer
wire and beads

Thank you for looking!

Tuesday, December 13

Christmas Decorations Galore!!

Christmas has got to be my favorite holiday!! Love all the decorations and lights. Carole here today and I have to tell you I've been having a blast molding and casting all sorts of "Christmas-y things. Amazing Mold Putty is so easy to use and the casting resin gives such great results!! You’ve got to these Amazing Crafting Products out. I’ve got several projects to share with you, so let’s get started.

Here’s my wall hanging. I love bitsy, tiny things and was thrilled to molds the little ornaments in these pigeon holes. Each opening is just shy of 2” square. I painted the unfinished wood with acrylic glitter paint and lined each opening with Christmas-themed papers.

Here are the molds I used and close ups of the finished castings with descriptions of how I finished them:

Bells and Holly – painted finished Amazing Casting Resin
casting with gold metallic acrylic paint.

Wreath – Amazing Casting Resin dyed green; 
mold dusted with Alumilite Metallic Pearlescent Powder before casting.

Reindeer – silver gilding applied to the finished Amazing Casting Resin casting.

embellished with red and gold Stickles.

And here are a few other items I’ve molded for Christmas. Both the metal Santa and the wreath with the horn were attached to groady cookie tins that I rescued from a thrift shop. Pried these pieces off the lids and chucked the tins.


I’m going to use the Santa’s as package decorations. Here are three different ways that I finished them: using Alumilite Silver Metallic Powder dusted in the mold before casting with Amazing Clear Cast Resin; Alumilite Gold Metallic Powder and Amazing Casting Resin; and Amazing Casting Resin sprayed with glitter spray after curing.

The wreath and horn were each made with Amazing Casting Resin and Alumilite Metallic Powders dusted in the molds – silver for the wreath and bronze for the horn – before pouring in the resin.

I love the fact that there are so many finish treatments that you can use on the cast pieces.

You can see more of my projects and purchase the Amazing Mold Putty and Resins to complete these ornaments at Create & Craft.  ~ Carole

Saturday, December 10

Ole St. Nick Accordion Album

Hello Mold Putty fans!  Jan here and I'm sharing an accordion album.  Santa has been molded, cast in resin and painted with acrylic paint.  I've added mist, labels, a banner and all kinds of little goodies inside :)
Here's a peek!

Ole St. Nick is ready for the album!

Mold, cast and paint Santa Key

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