Friday, April 20

Take a #Cre8time Spring Break... Make it Artsy Series 300 Bingewatch


Hello Amazing Makers!! Are you looking for some Cre8time inspiration over Spring Break?! We have a treat for you – we have compiled a list of links to view all episodes of Series 300 of Make It Artsy for your bingewatching pleasure. While watching you will see features by TWO AMAZING Creatives, Cat Kerr and Lynne Suprock who share ideas on using Amazing Casting Products in your jewelry and mixed media creations.

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.


Episode 301 - Blueprints

Before you build, make a plan or blueprint. Julie Fei Fan Balzer creates a scheduling journal with lots of color and style. Lynn Suprock sculpts tiny books to use as journals and jewelry. Joe Rotella builds a planner from an ordinary calendar. Jane Dunnewold talks about personal alignment.

Episode 302 - Building Blocks

From basic blocks, great new art is built. Lynn Suprock uses a blender to turn recycled materials into paper. Rebekah Meier cuts, sews and paints a multi-media collage. Mary Hettsmansperger makes cold connection jewelry and Jane Dunnewald shares more ideas on alignment.

Episode 303 -Nuts and Bolts

Let’s get down to nuts and bolts. Candie Cooper weaves leather through washers to make a cool bracelet. Joe Rotella and Julie McGuffee join forces and power up their tools to create a musical wind chime from a wine bottle. Jane Dunnewold concludes her thoughts on alignment.

Episode 304 - Bricks Need Mortar

Combine materials with inspiration to make contemporary art. Julie Fei Fan Balzer sews and stamps fabric embellishments for book covers and more. Debbi Simon combines clay with uncommon materials to create unique 3-D pieces. Julie Fei Fan Balzer screen prints with stencils and Mary Hettsmansperger adds shine to metalwork with mica.

Episode 305 - A Good Foundation

Great art is built on a good foundation. Rebekah Meier cuts, paints and assembles layers of felt. Mystele Kirkeeng uses paints and pastels to craft a folk art house. Mary Hettsmansperger fabricates jewelry and art objects from copper. Jane Dunnewold discusses content.

Episode 306 -Tools of the Trade

Making art is easy with the right tools. Joe Rotella drills fine china to make a charming bird feeder. Cheryl Boglioli crafts a charming bisque face pendant. Candie Cooper makes metallic leather tassels to embellish jewelry, accessories and home dec and Mary Hettsmansperger fires up her torch and shares some tips.

  

Episode 307 - On The Surface

The surface reflects your artistic flair. Lynne Suprock transforms shot gun shells into trendy jewelry. Debbi Simon adds heat to encaustic wax to create special effects. Cat Kerr creates a beautiful pendant with cool resin techniques and Mary Hettsmansperger adds color to copper.

Episode 308 - Hard Hats Required

Grab your hard hat to make heavy-duty art. Julie Fei Fan Balzer cuts, embosses and paints metal to create home décor CLICK HERE. Make a lamp with interchangeable panels with Joe Rotella CLICK HERE. Cheryl Boglioli mixes media and crackles it on canvas for special effects CLICK HERE, and Jane Dunnewold has more ideas about the inner artist.

Episode 309 - Signage

It's all about signage and announcing your event. Julie Fei Fan Balzer makes a festive partyscape for any occasion. Julie McGuffee and Joe Rotella team up to make a shiny party banner and Julie Fei Fan Balzer makes paper tiles that look like clay tiles. Jane Dunnewold talks about collections.

Episode 310 - Finishing Touches

Add that perfect finishing touch. Joe Rotella molds and casts a one-of-a-kind gaming set. Sandra Evertson upcycles vintage bottles to make trendy Boho decor. Candie Cooper finishes off a leather cuff with colorful embroidery and Mary Hettsmansperger smooth-finishes metal edges.

Episode 311 - Below The Surface

Explore below the surface. Cheryl Boglioli adds a variety of materials to a crafted form to make a gallery-ready figurine. Rae Missigman creates a trendy artistic cuff bracelet. Rebekah Meier makes a mixed media circle abstract on canvas. Jane Dunnewold talks about planning your art.

Episode 312 - Under & Over

Look over, under and all around for creative ideas. Debbi Simon sculpts artful household hardware from clay. Candie Cooper embosses on leather and Sandra Evertson transforms candlesticks into art with clay and found objects. Jane Dunnewold talks about setting goals.

Episode 313 - Grand Opening - Proper Attire

Once it's built, it's time for the grand opening! Dress up with wood and clay jewelry holder from Candie Cooper. Jen Cushman stamps an on-trend metal bracelet. Rae Missigman makes a cute purse from recycled products. Mary Hettsmansperger has safety tips for working in your studio.


Make It Artsy launched September 29, 2016 on Public Television stations across the country! Look for it on your local PBS channel and all new episodes from the upcoming Series 400. If you can't find it on your local programming, stay tuned to the Make it Artsy website to catch weekly episodes online. Bookmark or PIN the Make It Artsy Website http://makeitartsy.com.

What have you created with 
Amazing Casting Products?


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 episodes with projects featuring more of our amazing friends using Alumilite's AMAZING products

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Sunday, April 1

#Cre8time Transformations... DIY Easter Gift by Brenda Burfeind


Good day and Happy Easter everyone! Brenda here and today I want to share a project I made for my Mom for Easter. I received this cross awhile back and I love it dearly, but it's a bit heavy. Of course, since the Amazing Casting Resin is so lightweight, I decided to use it to make a lighter version of the cross to use as an embellishment.

  

I started with my Amazing Mold Putty and making a mold for my cross. Since the cross is a bit larger I had to mold it in chunks. You don't want to try to mold something bigger all at once since the mold putty sets up rather quickly {CLICK HERE to view mixing/preparation}. I started with the top half and let it set up; then mixed up another batch and pressed it onto the started portion and formed around to complete the bottom half.


After I mixed up a batch of Amazing Casting Resin colored with a little bit of Bubblegum Alumidust. CLICK HERE to view mixing/preparation. I poured the resin into my mold and it sets up within 10-15 minutes. I can't wait to pull it out of the mold!


The cross has so much detail, but it's hard to see like this!


For Christmas I received some Art-C products that I have been dying to try out. They are similar to rub and buff and I knew these would bring out the beauty and detail of this cross.


The gold and silver combination is stunning!


Now here you can see how "thick" the original cross is – and I can control how "thick" or "skinny" I want to make my resin duplicate within the mold by how much or how little resin I pour into my mold.


Because the resin piece is so lightweight I was able to attach it to my paper flower heart with just some hot glue without "smashing" the roses. I put a hanger on the back and its ready for gifting!


I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial. I would love to see some of your creations using Amazing Casting Products. Please leave me a comment with a link to your project and I will be sure to check it out.

Until next time... Happy Crafting!
Brenda with Creativity is a State of Mind 

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Friday, March 30

There are no "BAD" Eggs... Amazing Inspiration by Tracy Krueger


I'm baaaack! It's Tracy here and I'm going to share a couple of "bad" eggs... ideas that were in my mind, though didn't necessarily come to fruition. Believe me when I say, I will keep on trying these until they work out just how I want them – LOL!


My first egg was trying to get Amazing Casting Resin to look like a cracked egg. First I used Amazing Mold Rubber to mold a plastic egg. Then I mixed up equal parts of Amazing Casting Resin and gently poured it into the mold. As it was curing, I "rolled" the mold back and forth to get it to coat just the sides and bottom.


Even though it didn't quite turn out like I imagined – I wanted to decorate it somehow.  So I mixed up a couple of small batches of Amazing Clear Cast Resin colored them with blue and violet Alumilite Dye. I turned the faux cracked egg upside down and drizzled the resin over the egg.


After everything cured, it created an interesting piece.


My second and third try was to create a clear egg with swirls of color. I used the same egg mold that I created, mixed equal parts of Amazing Clear Cast Resin and poured it into the mold. I then mixed up a couple of smaller batches of Amazing Clear Cast again and colored them with blue and violet Alumilite Dye.

In one of the tries: I poured a little of the colored resin on the top and took a popsicle stick and gently swirled the color around (trying not to "mix" it up).


Since this didn't give me the effect I was going for... I gave it another try – this time I mixed up Amazing Clear Cast Resin, and only filled the mold 1/2 way. Then I added and swirled in the colored resin, then filled it up with more clear resin. It still didn't give me what I was looking for, but it is pretty.

I'll keep trying! Where there is a will, there is a way....

What kind of resin projects
are you working on?

Have fun creating! ~ Tracy

You can find more of my work on my Blog:
http://tracykrueger-nine.blogspot.com/2017/

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Monday, March 26

#Cre8time Egg Decorating... AMAZING Easter Ornaments by Tracy Krueger

Hello, it's Tracy here! Being that Easter is right around the corner, I was trying to think of a quick and fun Egg decorating project. My kids are grown so we don't decorate real eggs anymore.


Then the simplest idea came to me! I have a mold that I had made out of a cut piece of brass (to make a Christmas ornament) and it has an Egg shape. I first mixed two equal parts of Amazing Casting Resin and poured it into my mold to give it a "egg base". I just love watching the Casting Resin cure... don't you :-)


After this base egg cured (I gave it about 15 minutes), I gathered three of my Alumilite Dyes that would be good for Easter – Blue, Purple and Yellow. I poured out very small equal portions of Amazing Casting Resin and squeezed out a tiny drop of each color into part "A" of the resin, then stirred color completely before adding part "B". CLICK HERE to view mixing/preparation.


The first color I mixed up was the yellow, and poured
random lines on top of my white cured resin.


As the yellow was curing, I was thinking "there has to be a better way to have more control over the colored resin". Awhile back I bought a bunch of disposable pipettes, so after the yellow cured, I mixed up the blue dyed resin and used the pipette to draw where I wanted my colored resin to go. It worked beautifully! I just love how I got some green where the blue was over the yellow.


Now I just had purple left. I mixed it up and used another pipette to squeeze the purple where I wanted. As always I kept a spare mold around to pour the extra resin in.


Once I was done applying the three resin colors, I let the whole thing cure for a couple of hours to make sure everything was set totally.


I took it out of the mold and trimmed the back a little, then drilled a hole in the top. I grabbed my sari ribbons and cut a small piece of a greenish/blue colored one.


I really like how this turned out.
It has kind of a watercolor look about it.


Isn't it fun that you can mix up your Holidays and make decorations for both?! I had quite a few more ideas, but have had a hard time getting them to come to fruition. I'll be back soon to share a few of my bad EGGS. 

How are you decorating for Easter?

Have fun! ~ Tracy

You can find more of my work on my Blog:
http://tracykrueger-nine.blogspot.com/2017/

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Friday, March 23

VIVA LA VIDA... #Cre8time Inspired by Frida Kahlo with Maria Soto


Hi there! Maria here with a project I've been wanting to share with everyone. I love the artist Frida Kahlo, and after looking up some of her many quotes, I was inspired to create with these in mind. 

I created this piece inpspired by a short but very strong phrase, "Viva la Vida" which means "Live Life". I feel that we need to embrace life, live to the fullest, try to overlook all the negativity we see around us and just scream these words out to remind ourselves that life matters, that we should do our best to make the most of it today, to leave the past behind us and live life now. 

During one of my many visits at Michaels, I purchased several wood pieces and these cute little frames already have a cute cut-outs on the corners. I noticed they also have a small frame that fits over them, so I also purchased several of those too.


I sketched an image of Frida, then took out my Walnut Hollow burning tool from and began to trace around the image.


I love burning images on wood. For this piece, I decided to add shading too. Whenever I draw or paint I have to add shading and details, though this is the first time I tried it on wood – and it will not be the last because I really loved how this turned out.


I used Plaid acrylic paints to add color to the piece, then I stamped the quote using black ink. As you can see the hair was left alone, as I didn't want to cover all the shading I had done. I used wood glue to put together the two pieces.


I used gold paint to paint the sides and the back of the finished frame.


Then I coiled some colored wire over a paintbrush, added some beads and wrapped it around the cut outs on the top corners. I also added beads to make her earring, and finished with some swarovski clear crystals. 

To finish off this piece I decided to add a layer of Amazing Clear Cast Resin. Not only would this resin give it a glass-like finish, but the colors would be brighter too.

I gathered these supplies in preparation: parchment paper, wipes, measuring cups, a mixing stick, and Amazing Clear Cast Resin.


Using Amazing Clear Cast Resin is pretty easy. First you measure out equal amounts of parts "A" and "B" {please CLICK HERE to view mixing instructions}. 

   

Add part "A" to part "B" and mix the resin slowly. When completely mixed, let it sit for a few minutes for the bubbles to go away. Now the resin is ready to apply to the piece. I gently spread a thin layer of resin around using the mixing stick.


She looks AMAZING and love it!

I think I will do a collection of "Frida" inspired frames like this one.



The photos don't do this piece justice at all –
photographing the clear resin is not easy. 


I hope you like my piece – please feel free to leave a comment.

A simple quote inspired me to create this piece...
What inspires you to create?

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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