Monday, July 4

#Cre8time Celebrations... Windchime American Style by Brenda Burfeind

Happy 4th of JULY everyone! Brenda here from Creativity is a State of Mind and I'm so excited for my post today. If you have been following us here at Amazing Casting Products, you will know that I've been crafting with them for many, many years and the 4th of July has always been my day to post projects. Why? Because it's my hubby's birthday and I am super patriotic, especially on this fine day!

So let's dive right in...

I started out with a paper table cloth I bought at Walmart. It's that crepe-paper style that tears the minute you get it out of the package! This is where the creativity comes in!

You will need a plastic bag, baking/freezer paper
or a teflon sheet to lay your paper on.

I mixed up some Amazing Clear Cast Resin to make my resin paper. All you need to do is mix up the resin and you find view the easy mixing instructions HERE! Make sure you wear gloves and coat both sides of your paper evenly and leave it alone for a couple of hours. I think my paper set up in about 4 hours.

Here is a short video on how the resin
"paper" looks and feels after it's dried.

Please CLICK HERE if you are unable to view video.

Now onto step 2 ...

With my Cricut I cut three stars out of chipboard, "recycled cereal box" to be exact. With some left over Amazing Clear Cast Resin from the previous step, I covered the stars and "glued" my crepe-paper table cloth onto it and cut around the excess.

I got this "bottle dryer" at a thrift store and knew I was going to use this for my doming. This has been an amazing find for me. It's made out of a rubbery material and the resin comes right off of it. FABULOUS!!

I laid my stars on top and slowly poured my Amazing Clear Cast Resin over the top. Make sure you spread it to all the edges and tips of the stars. Also make sure you have this placed on a LEVEL table. You do not want your stars to have more resin on one side or the other. 

This set up in about 12 hours. It might have been less but I left it alone for that long.

Here the stars as they are drying.
By using the "recycled cereal box" it
gave the stars an aged look. LOVE IT!

So after my resin paper had dried I took an embroidery hoop and cut out a circle. Again mixing up a tiny bit of Amazing Clear Cast Resin, I applied that to the edge of the embroidery hoop. I could have used another glue, but I wanted to make sure it looked even. SURE – use your clear cast as glue!!!

Since the paper was already covered with resin it didn't "bleed" through and I was able to use my homemade clamps (clothespins made with my crepe-paper table cloth) to keep it taught. 

This set up in about 20 minutes. GORGEOUS!

I drilled holes into the embroidery hoop and the tips of the stars. Using fishing line I attached the stars with bells to the embroidery hoop and VIOLA, my Patriotic Wind Chime was created.

It was so hard to catch a still photo so here is a very short video on what it looks like swinging in the breeze. AMAZING!!!

Please CLICK HERE if you are unable to view video.

How do you decorate 
for the 4th of July?

Thanks for joining me today! I hope I've given you a few ideas on how to use Amazing Casting Products and that you have an Amazing 4th of July. Please leave me a comment with your ideas and also head over to Creativity is a State of Mind to see what else I am up to.

Until next time... ~ Brenda

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