Monday, October 31, 2011

Refresh and Research

I am taking a short break to refresh and do a little research.
We'll be back in a week!
There is so much to look forward to on Resin Crafts Blog!
See you shortly!
Carmi

Thursday, October 27, 2011

new furniture at Vamp this week...

Mesh locker re-sprayed in bright orange 
(L – 90cm, D – 47cm, H – 169cm)

Tall metal cabinet re-sprayed in bright turquoise 
L – 45cm, D – 62cm, H – 132cm)


Sapele Mahogany desk with grey accents
L – 106cm, D – 61cm, H – 77cm) 


Kiaat extendable rectangular table, 8 – 10 seater 
(Extended: L –242cm, D – 91cm, H – 74cm/ Not extended: L – 182 cm)

Coca-Cola radio 
(L – 30cm, D – 20cm, H – 24cm)


Kiaat extendable oval table, 4 – 6 seater
(Extended: L – 195cm , D – 90cm, H – 74cm / Not extended: L – 154cm)

Retro camping chair with wooden arm rests 

Sapele Mahogany side table
(L – 61cm, D – 38cm, H – 41cm)


6 Imbuia chairs sprayed white with seats  re-upholstered in green textured Hertex fabric and a round solid Imbuia table sprayed white
(D – 136cm, H – 73cm)

Woodland Goddess print by JH Lynch
(68cm x 88cm) 

Balinese dancer print by Tretchikoff 
(68cm x 85cm)

Lenka print by Tretchikoff 
(44cm x 55cm)

Large Fighting Zebras print by Tretchikoff 
(95cm x 119cm)

Horse print @ R625.00 (85cm x 47cm) 

Skull and Bone EasyCast Necklace

 I get a lot of emails asking me what I do with the finished pieces I show on this blog.  This week I thought I would show you why I use EasyCast to make molded items which I can then quickly and easily incorporate into something wearable.  I hope you liked the skull and bones I made earlier this week!  On their own they would be fun to use as game pieces.  I drilled some holes into the cast items and connected them.  I also added some crystals to make them a little more edgy.
 Now I have a very cool necklace for Halloween!
This really is a sager and spice type idea!  I know I won't bump into anyone who has a necklace like it.
EasyCast made it possible to make these items simply and in the colours of my choosing.  
They cured in 48 hours and are ready to wear!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Skull and Bone EasyCast Brooch

 Here is the first jewelery item I made with the skulls and bones I made with EasyCast this week.  I even used the skull with the imperfection because it made the skull look a little angry.
I glued on rhinestone embellishments and attached the two pieces with a large jump ring.
 I also glued a "pin back" to the skull so I can wear the brooch.  Pin backs and jump rings are sold in most hobby and craft stores.
I think this is my best Halloween brooch to date!  It was so easy to make and I know it will make a lot of people smile on Monday.

The steps to make the skull and bones were posted here and here.

new kitchenalia and collectables at Vamp...

Beautiful 3 tier enamel lunch box , made in Sweden by Kockums @ R295.00

Lovely blue enamel stove top kettle @ R145.00

Heavy cast iron casserole dish @ R295.00

Deco teapot made in England by Heatmaster @ R145.00

Exquisite heavy Danish glass ashtray in Indigo @ R560.00

Coffee pot, milk jug and sugar bowl set made in Finland by Arabia @ R365.00 for the set

Collectors item Rooster jug made in Czechoslovakia @ R485.00

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

EasyCast Resin For Halloween Results

 Ta Da!
This is why I love EasyCast!  I mixed a small batch, added a pigment colour and voila!
 Yesterday I showed you how I bought this new ice cube tray and used it as a resin mold.
 I like ice cube trays because once the resin has cured you can push the finished piece out of the mold by stretching the sides.
 I have all these wonderful pieces!  I did notice a scratch mark on this one skull.  I was worried I might have scratched it when I pulled it out of the mold.
But I went back to the ice cube tray and I see that it is a slight imperfection in the tray itself.  EasyCast resin is phenomenal to work with....it picks up every teeny detail in any mold you pour it in to.
Tomorrow I'll start showing you what I am doing with my skulls and bones.

Monday, October 24, 2011

EasyCast Resin For Halloween!

 This is the time of year you will be able to find some interesting ice cube trays.  I love this one!  You might be surprised that you can use them as a mold to cast wonderful resin pieces.  Once you do however, do not use them for ice or food making.
 I whipped up two batches of EasyCast resin for this ice cube tray experiment.  To one batch I added white pigment and to the second black pigment.  These pigments are opaque, so the molded item will be  solid colour.
I'll show you how they look after they cure for the next 24 hours!

New hand pulled silk screen prints from Mengsel at Vamp...

Mini Moka express, white on tangerine. 
Limited edition of only 20 hand pulled silkscreen prints with crisp white ink on 220gsm tangerine coloured Canson paper.
Unframed @ R410.00, Framed R700.00.



Mini Moka Express, white on Delft Blue. 
Limited edition of only 20 hand pulled silkscreen prints with crisp white ink on 220gsm delft blue coloured Canson paper.
Unframed @ R410.00, Framed R700.00.


Mini Moka Express, white on dove grey. 
Limited edition of only 20 hand pulled silkscreen prints with crisp white ink on 220gsm dove grey coloured Canson paper.
Unframed @ R410.00, Framed R700.00


Mini Moka Express, white on red.
Limited edition of only 20 hand pulled silkscreen prints with crisp white ink on 220gsm red coloured Canson paper.
Unframed @ R410.00, Framed R700.00


Mini Moka Express, white on seafoam. 
Limited edition of only 20 hand pulled silkscreen prints with crisp white ink on 220gsm seafoam coloured Canson paper.
Unframed @ R410.00, Framed R700.00


Whale print, delft blue and black. 
Limited edition of 45 hand pulled silk screen prints on heavyweight 220g Acid Free Daler Rowney paper.
Unframed R490.00 , framed R750.00


Bigger Boats, turquoise green.
Limited edition of 50 hand pulled silk screen prints on heavyweight 220g Acid Free Daler Rowney paper.
Unframed R490.00 , framed R750.00

Friday, October 21, 2011

Faux Stained Glass With Envirotex Lite - Part Three

 I thought I would give you one more demonstration of my stained glass technique idea.  Notice the weather has not changed in my world....still gray and drizzly, but my new sample brightens up the window!
 This time I thought I would do two things.
1.  See if I could use a serviette instead of tissue or paper.  Serviettes are very fragile.
2.  See if I could do this in only one step by placing the serviette section into the tiny wood hoop first.
(You need to have read parts one and two of this series to know what I am referring to.)
 I would not be lying when I said this was hard to do.  I ripped the serviette more than once trying to get it into the hoop perfectly.  This was my fourth attempt.  I admitted that applying resin to the serviette - before it goes into the hoop is the better way.
 Here is my hoop and serviette all ready and I carefully painted a layer of Envirotex Lite to the surface.
I was starting to think "perhaps this is a better faster way."
 But, and isn't there always a but, when the resin cured I spotted these little indents.  These are part of the serviette and I thought they would smooth out with a layer of resin....for the most part they did, but in this area they just seemed to be more exaggerated. 
 So I did do a second pour after all.  And since the indents were not going away I added some glass beads in that area to hide them!
Isn't it pretty?  This hoop is only 3 1/4 inches wide so it would be perfect for a Christmas tree ornament.  My Christmas themed serviettes are now out on my work table......