Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Jewelry Resin, Staz-On Ink and Imagine Crafts - Part Two

 Isn't it amazing what a little ink, paper and metal can become when you cover it in Jewelry Resin?
 Yesterdays blog explained how I got my pieces until this point.  They were already excellent, but I wanted to show you how I work in many layers to achieve one of a kind components.
 I am using some products I discovered at The Craft and Hobby Show (CHA) from "Imagine Crafts."
This is their new metallic gold ink pad.
 I stamped randomly along the edges of my pieces.
 You can see the gold ink is drying very nicely on that cured resin layer it was stamped on.
 I know I can make that ink pop though!  I made a small batch of Jewelry Resin.
 Here are the pieces after I brushed on one final glaze layer of Jewelry Resin.  This now sealed all my layers to the metal.
 What I loved about these metal blanks from Imagine Crafts is that they have a protective plastic coating on one side.  I peeled that off and now there isn't one stain or drip on the reverse side of my pieces!

 Working in layers is so effective.  Hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial!

Layering Order
1.  Paper glued to metal. 
2.  Pod-Podge used to seal the paper.  Three layers were brushed over the image and allowed to dry.
3.  Add Staz-On inks to the edges.  Allow ink time to air dry.
4.  Brush a layer of Staz-On Glaz over the ink edges.  Allow glaze time to dry.
5.  Brush a layer of Jewelry resin over entire metal blank.  Allow this glaze layer to cure overnight.
6.  Stamp gold mettalic ink on the edges of the component and allow ink to dry.
7.  Apply final glaze coat of Jewelry Resin to seal gold ink and entire piece. 
8.  Allow peices to cure for 24 hours before turning them into a necklace!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Jewelry Resin, Staz-On Ink and Imagine Crafts - Part One

 These Parisian metal squares look fantastic sitting on my work table.  I am not done with them though.  
This two-part post is a mini tutorial about layering.
 I am using some products I discovered at The Craft and Hobby Show (CHA) from "Imagine Crafts."
 You may know them from their original name:  Tsukineko.
 This company sells a product that became a personal favorite the minute it was launched:  The Staz-on Black ink pad.  I use that ink pad almost exclusively because it was the first truly waterproof ink that allowed you to stamp on glass, metal or any non-porous surface.
 At CHA I noticed that IMAGINE has new metallic inks, Staz-On Glazes and sheet metal components.
 The metal I knew would look fabulous with these one inch digital images of Paris I had.
 I glued those paper images and sealed them with mod-podge to the metal.  The metal already has a hole punch.
 Then I took out some of my Staz-On reinkers.  (If you are not a rubber stamper, re-inkers are extra ink you can buy to keep your matching ink pads wet and full of fresh ink.)  As I mentioned, Staz-On ink was designed to work on a surface like these metal embellishments.  It will dry and become waterproof.
 So, using a brush I dropped some ink from each of the colours along the edges of the metal blanks.
 Then, to ensure my ink was not going to bleed I brushed on a layer of the Staz-On Glaze.  I let all my pieces dry.
 Then out came the Jewelry Resin!  I made a small batch in order to glaze the surface of each piece.
Now I am going to let the glaze layer cure overnight.  I am going to add a few more layers....so these are not finished!

Layering Order
1.  Paper glued to metal. 
2.  Pod-Podge used to seal the paper.  Three layers were brushed over the image and allowed to dry.
3.  Add Staz-On inks to the edges.  Allow ink time to air dry.
4.  Brush a layer of Staz-On Glaz over the ink edges.  Allow glaze time to dry.
5.  Brush a layer of Jewelry resin over entire metal blank.  Allow this glaze layer to cure overnight.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Resin Flowers

 I take a lot of pictures in my travels.  
When I get home from a trip I usually have favorites that immediately get downloaded and tweaked.  Then there are photos I completely forget about. This is one such photo.  I must have scrolled by it dozens of times until I took a closer look to see if it should be deleted.
This is why I took the photo!!  
Two resin covered dried flower brooches!  I am so glad I was able to get a closer look at these samples.  It has already given me an idea for a weekend project! 

New furniture stock this week at Vamp - 27 July 2012


Open Imbuia sideboard with red inner accents
Length – 136cm| Depth – 44.5cm| Height – 67cm


Black and cream smallish vintage pouffe
Diameter – 38cm| Height – 30cm


Retro coat stand designed by Japanese industrial designer 'Makio Hasuike' for Gedy, Italy circa 1977
Base – 30cm| Height – 152cm




Electric blue and red Imbuia sideboard made from an old radiogram
Length – 122cm| Depth – 37cm| Height – 112cm




Sapele bookshelf with Meranti base and blue grey inners.
Length – 118cm | Depth – 30cm | Height – 76cm
These bookshelves are manufactured by Vamp and the colours may be customized.




Teak and ceramic 70’s lamp base with original orange shade
Base – 31cm| Height with shade – 166cm | Height without shade – 133cm





A pair of Beech retro armchairs re-upholstered in a grey textured fabric
Height of seat – 47cm| Height of back – 82cm| Seat: 49cm x 53cm



Vintage metal fold up chair in red
Height of seat – 42cm| Height of back – 75cm| Seat: 40cm x 40cm 


Thursday, July 26, 2012

How to Avoid Cat-tastropies!

This post is dedicated to Laura Weed, the Graphics Manager/Website Administrator/Social Media Marketing Manager at Stampendous!   
It is also dedicated to any 
Resin Crafts Blog readers who have cats.
 Now, if your cats are like this, you don't need to worry.
 But if you have a cat like Mable, Claudine Hellmuth's fur baby, read on - I have a super tip for you!
 Every few weeks I get a little note like the one I received from Laura:
Hey Carmi, quick resin question... So I finished my gorgeous bezels and went to dinner... Uh... Don’t do that, btw... LOL.... Did you know that wet resin sticks to cats? And cats with resin on them run around the house... Interesting...So I’m hoping I can add more resin and fix it? Someone said something about sanding it first? Any recommendations? LOL
Laura
 Of course, you can fix a mistake by pouring a little more resin over your piece.  Happily, Laura did and saved the pendant. 
 However, you can avoid all those issues by simply placing a plastic container over your curing pieces.  If you have cats, you should do this every single time.
Laura's cat-tastrophy inspired me to create this cat themed pendant.  To cat lovers everywhere:  protect your pieces!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Elle Decoration

So pleased to have our mirror featured in the Elle Decoration SA.Their latest  Birthday Issue is jam packed with so many gorgeous things! 

Pic courtesy of Elle Decoration SA (issue 85), photographer Justin Patrick.

Dizzy Dame Necklace

 This is my "go to" necklace for the summer of 2012.  I think this gal looks like she is dealing with our heat wave with style! 
 I bought this vintage magazine because I thought the cover art was fantastic.  Henry Laurel, where ever you are, your art is still beautiful!  I scanned the cover and did some erasing in photoshop because I did not want the title in final pendant.  I do love the headline though:  Dizzy Dame Displays Good Form...which I do know is in reference to the horse race he is reading about. hehehe
This is the final necklace.
I placed and sealed my paper image in the bezel.  I added a little bit of glitter to the edges and when the glue and glitter was dry I poured in Jewelry Resin to the brim.  So simple!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Thank You Jewelry Affaire!

 I am thrilled to see that we are a "hidden gem" in the current issue of Jewelry Affaire!
Thank you Beth!