Saturday, July 30, 2011

new SMAC harry stock

Aftr selling out twice, we have just got in more shelves by SMAC harry and they now come in red too. Come and get yours soon, they're selling like hotcakes!

Photograph by Talya Goldberg for dbriefed website

Friday, July 29, 2011

Steampunk Bolo

 I am starting to make a little gift for my husband.  It is amazing to see what can be done with a simple mold shape.
 A few weeks ago I showed you this tray and started a week of "how to's" featuring it.
 This is what the tray looked like full of all my ideas.
 In one of the mold openings I dropped in some watch parts.  Envirotex Lite worked so beautifully for this clear glassy piece.
Luckily for me this shape is an industry standard.  I found this bolo tie component and my molded shape fit perfectly!

new mengsel stock

How gorgeous are these new cushions we have just unpacked from Mengsel? They are 45cm x 45cm and cost R340.00 each.

Bigger Boat



Thursday, July 28, 2011

new stock this week at vamp

 50’s Mahogany armchair, re-upholstered in Mint

 50’s Kiaat Armchair, re-upholstered in velvet Mulberry

Sapele Mahogany retro desk with red accents (L – 106cm, D – 60cm, H – 74cm)

 A pair of Scandi side tables (L – 51cm, D – 45cm, H – 42cm)

 Imbuia coffee table (L – 136cm, D – 56cm, H -35cm)

  Round white dining table (D – 137cm, H – 74cm) 

Imbuia nest of tables (largest table: L – 59cm, D – 35cm, H – 50cm)

Imbuia sideboard with multi-coloured drawers behind door (L – 183cm, D – 49cm, H – 84cm)

We have a selection of retro style mirrors with wooden backings, hanging on chains

4 seater Sapele Mahogany kitchen table with cutlery drawer (L – 92cm, D – 83cm, H – 74cm)

The Grandfather Clock Mold - Part Two

 My grandfather clock piece has now been renamed "Time Flies."
 Yesterday I brought you to the point where my molded clock was re-coloured.
 I wanted to add the some sort of wing so I used Apoxie Sculpt as my attachment glue.
 These pieces are now permanently attached.
 I also wanted to add the words "Time flies."  I printed this and then glued it to the clock interior.  Brass birds were also glued into place.
 I did protect the paper with three coats of Ultra Seal.
 A filled the opening with Envirotex Lite and let it cure for 24 hours.  It still needs to cure for another 24 hours but I wanted to take this picture!
I also filled this shallow area with Envirotex Lite so it would look like a glass door.
I can't wait to design my necklace next!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Grandfather Clock Mold - Part One

 I made a new mold this week with EasyMold from Environmental Technology Inc.
 I found this miniature grandfather clock at an antique market a few weeks ago.  I wanted to incorporate it into something wearable....but it is too heavy and a little too thick.
 So I made a mold and I then I made up a batch of Envirotex Lite.  I wanted my clock to be brown too, so added the Opaque Brown Pigment to my mixed batch of resin.
 My molded piece is much thinner.  Now I can use it as something wearable!
 I sanded all the edges. 
 Then I pulled out my collection of Gilders Paste.  This is a very simple but beautiful way to colour my molded piece.
As you can see there is an opening that I need to use.  
Tomorrow I'll show you part two!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Resin On Canvas - Two Techniques

 I have two sweet canvases hanging in our kitchen.  I have been learning some flower painting techniques this summer and some of my experiments have turned out really well.  Since I wanted these two sunny paintings to hang in the kitchen, coating them in resin will make them waterproof and resistant to any food or water back splash.
There are several ways to coat a canvas.  I mixed up a batch of Envirotex Lite for the first technique.  You can learn a lot more about this by watching the YouTube video ETI has on their website.
 I poured the resin on the canvas and let it drip over the sides.  Do you see the drips?  These can cure like this, so it is important to keep brushing these drips away with a pop cycle stick for the first hour.
 The second technique is a little trickier.  I tape the edges of my canvas forming what looks like a bezel.
 This holds the resin on the surface.  Resin does not drip down the sides.
 Instead, get a thick layer of resin that looks like glass when everything is cured and you remove the taped edges.
This is my favorite technique.  I did sand the edges to get this nice smooth beveled edge.

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Bakeware Surprise - Update

 Here is how I plan to wear one of the pieces I made in last week's post:  The Silicone Bakeware Surprise.  I was not expecting so many comments!  I was at the Craft and Hobby show in Chicago and was not able to see the name of the company that made the pan.
 This is the pan I worked in.
 I think it will be easier for you to see why my bauble is so interesting with this picture.  The pan has all the curves and indents.  I pre-planned my coloured resin pours to line up with each level in the pan openings.
Here is who made the pan!

Saturday, July 23, 2011


thank you visi magazine for the great write-up on your website!

hey ho, hey ho its off to work I go...

Behind the scenes at Vamp. More fun with Dreamcatcher Productions...

photo shoot with dreamcatcher productions...

We had such a great day shooting pics of the new shop with Karen and Frans of Dreamcatcher Productions on Thursday. To be honest, we were exhausted and nerves were a tad frayed due to a (severe!) lack of sleep and loads of hard work in the build up to opening the shop, but they came in, made us laugh, shot incredible photo's and helped us remember how much we LOVE doing what we do. Thanks guys, you are an amazing team!