Thursday, January 31

Little Green Men

Okay, so not exactly the little green men you were thinking . . .

My son, who is a lego fiend (we have lego creations on every flat surface in our home - no really, EVERY flat surface) not to mention the tubs and tubs of miscellaneous lego pieces we have lying around. 

When my son decided he needed to amass an "army of lego dudes" what else could I do but break out the Amazing Mold Putty and go to work?!  Any of you with children in this age group know the cost of these mini figures.  Well I knew I couldn't buy him an army of them . . . but I could make them. 

So here's what I did:

I mixed my Amazing Mold Putty using a 1:1 ratio of "A" and "B" (click on the link at the end of this post to go to their website for a tutorial).  I made a mold of a mini figure and his hat (separately).

The mini figure I did like I would any of my other molds, but the hat was a little more difficult.  I put the hat in one-half of the putty I mixed for it and then stuffed it with the other one-half.  I made pen marks on each of the mold halves so that I would be able to line them back up when I went to pour my resin.  I then mixed my Amazing Casting Resin (use the link above for detailed instructions) - equal parts A and B. As soon as parts A and B are thoroughly mixed you can begin pouring into your mold (It will turn an opaque milky white when it is completely hardened unless you are using clear).  I poured enough so that it seeped out slightly but did not completely overflow (this seemed to be the best way to do it - after a few tries).

Above is a look at the soldier "dude" before I sanded him and painted him and below is a look after I sanded him and then after I painted him.
Here is one showing his hat in a little more detail:
This was the first one I made.  They got better as I went.  The one on the package was a fun way to accent a gift for a friend's birthday.  No matter how many times I say it, I can't emphasize enough how versatile this product is and how much fun you can have using it!  I made a bunch of mini figures and left them unpainted so I can choose how I want to paint them for a specific party gift. And . . . my son loves his army!

Thanks for checking out my project! The Amazing Mold Putty and Casting Resin  can be found at your local craft store or the  Amazing Mold Putty website . . . check out all of their products. Be sure to comment and ask questions if you have any.

~ Make Today Count


Sunday, January 27

St. Valentine's Day Embellishment

Hi there to all of you Amazing Mold Putty fans, Joyce here with a little Valentine's Day embellishment for your sweetie.  We begin as usual by taking equal parts A + B and kneading them to a uniform color.

Here is the mold finished and dried.  I used a puffy heart earring I only have one of. (see remember to use those bits and pieces you have lying around the house, they make wonderful molds.)

I used polymer clay here but either clear colored or opaque Amazing Resins would have been great too.  Notice the perfect reproduction.

Here is the embellishment, baked and trimmed.
I used Liquid Pearls, Martha Stewart's ultra-fine glitters to color the heart.

After I photographed this I realized how much it looked like a diamond and ruby broach.

Here it is, attached to the card/booklet for my sweetie.  This little heart gives the card quite a "pop".  Just think of all the items you can think to mold to add diminsion to your cards and art work!!
Hope your Valentine's Day is ever so sweet,  see you next month. 

Wednesday, January 23

Altered Resin Altoid Tin

Everyone love those little Altoid tins, but now they are embossed with the logo and can be hard to alter. I came up with an easy solution....pour a coat of resin over the top to even it out. 

Add regular scotch tape around the edges of the tin. Burnish well!

Pour resin mixture. I used the white resin.

After it sets up, remove the tape and begin to file edges to a slight curve.

Close up of thickness. Mine was a little thick but it came out just fine.
Filing edges with a giant fingernail file

Make some molds of embellishments.
These were molds I had already made of a clock and water meter cover 
Cover top, bottom and inside with scrapbook paper.
Coat with a layer of 3d Crystal Lacquer.
 Edges are painted with enamel paint

Edges are painted with enamel paint.
Cover surface with a coat of  3d Crystal Lacquer. Some metal pieces will bleed a blue tint under the 3d Crystal Lacquer so you may want to test your findings. I also used some watch parts as embellishments. 
(the New Orleans Water Meter cover is popular here)

Tanya Ruffin

Create Studios

Saturday, January 19

Bracelet Blanks with Amazing Mold Putty

I can't tell you how many times I have wanted to make a bracelet and haven't had a blank here for me to use. I have an empty cardboard tape roll that I use in my mixed media and it fits my wrist with a bit of room so I thought hmmmmmmmm....I can make as many blanks as I want out of AMAZING MOLD PUTTY!!!!!! So here is what I did. I took my AMP and mixed quite a bit of it. I then pushed my empty cardboard roll in it and let it set. It literally takes 10 minutes. You can see when I mixed my resin I used a silver colorant and poured a bunch of molds so I had a choice of what I wanted on my bracelet. Now you can wrap the bracelet with whatever you want to and as many different textures or colors but I used eyelash yarn in rust. As I wrapped it I use hot glue to tack every 10 wraps or so just for extra security. I then decided what piece I wanted to use as the main focus on the bracelet.I decided the Victorian woman would be the choice for this one. I hot glued her on and then used perfect pearls to colorize her and highlight her to match the yarn. Now you can paint the cast or whatever you want. Its hard to get the best picture with the lights on the shining face but in person it is so beautiful! I can make so many different kinds now and wear with my outfits and use whatever theme I want! Your imagination is the only thing that can stop you with this great product!

Wednesday, January 16

Textured Heart Pin

Hi Everyone!
     Michelle here with a fun idea you can make for Valentines Day or just because you love hearts!
I started with a vintage church votive candle holder because I liked the texture on the outside. Then I mixed equal amounts of white and yellow Amazing Mold Putty until one uniform color of yellow.
I wrapped the putty around the glass until I was sure all the bumps were covered.
After about 15 minutes the putty was ready to be removed.
Next I used a black pen to draw a heart outline. Instead of cutting out the heart on the pen line, I cut around it. More Amazing Mold Putty was used to make a coil that I formed on that pen line. I pressed the putty on the outside and used my fingers to keep the putty true to the heart shape. Before it had a chance to set, I used a small embossing tool to pull the  putty out of the textured parts of the mold where I wanted a clean look.
I pored equal amounts of the Amazing Casting Resin into the measuring cups provided.
Before mixing, I added 4 drops of Red Alumilite Dye to resin "A".
I used a small dry paint brush to add a little bit of Silver Alumilite Metallic Powder to the inside walls of the set mold. Next I mixed the resin together and poured it carefully into the mold. Some of the silver powder rose to the top, but this was OK. I saved just a bit of the resin in the cup. When the resin was almost completely hard (about 10 minutes), I added a bit of the leftover resin to the back of the heart with a tooth pick. Then I placed a pin backing in that resin and added some more with the toothpick, almost making a 'built in adhesive'!
After the resin finished curing, I popped it out and trimmed any rough edges with non stick scissors. I used a baby wipe to remove some stray powder from the face of the heart and sealed the whole heart with a glaze medium.
Thanks for coming by, I hope you liked my Textured Heart Pin!

Sunday, January 13

Circle Of Color! DIY Pendant tutorial by Lee Brehon

This is my first 2013 post and I wanted to make it a good one! I experiment with my Amazing Crafting Products almost daily and from one of my "experiments" came this creation.

"Circle Of Color"

Circles of resin with resin inserts, WOW! 

I made this necklace and now I can't stop making these fun little bead like resin pieces. I am sure once you see just how easy these are to make, that you will find lots of ways to make your own resin bobbles and beads. Here's how you can make these.


- 5 minute Casting Resin Amazing Casting Resin

- Mold Putty Amazing Mold Putty

- 3D Crystal Lacquer 3D Crystal Lacquer

- marker & pen

- jewelery findings

- packing tape

- utility blade


1. Combine equal parts of the Amazing Mold Putty into a ball large enough to wrap around a large marker.

2. Wrap the mold putty around a large marker and let this set up. Do not remove the marker until the mold putty is firm. About 10-15 minutes.

3. Mix equal parts of the 5 minute Amazing Casting Resin and pour into the mold you just made, only pour the resin about half way up the mold.

4. Insert and pen inside the mold directly in the center and hold this until your resin sets up (about 3-5 minutes). You'll feel the pen will stand on its own. 

5. Once the resin is firm but NOT completely hard (5-7 minutes in the mold total time) remove the resin and the pen. It should look like the photo below and still be warm to the touch.

6. Cut your resin into bead sized shapes, while the resin is still warm.

7. Stick your resin beads to some kind of packing tape so that they are firmly stuck stuck to the tape.

8. Pour equal parts of the Amazing Clear Cast Resin (parts "A" & "B") into separate containers. 

9. Mix a drop of Alumilite Blue Dye into the Amazing Clear Cast Resin, Part "A" and stir well.

10. Mix parts "A" & "B" of the Amazing Clear Cast Resin together and pour into your beads.

11. Once your beads are harden (overnight) you can sand and drill them with ease. Here I did red and blue colored resin.

I formed my pieces into a triangle shape and poured 3D Crystal lacquer on them & over them, The 3D Crystal Lacquer supplied an incredible bond for this application.

Once everything was dry, I added my jewelery pieces to form the necklace. 

Here is another look at this piece, I love how the piece has some depth and color to it.

This product has truly opened up many more creative opportunities for me. Imagine making your very own jewelery pieces using this method. Have fun!!

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