Saturday, September 29, 2012

Special Saturday Sequin Post!

 I have a great project to share with you today!  
Sarah from Saturday Sequins invited me to participate in her first ever blog hop.
I could not resist.  I do love sequins!
 My sequin pallet was inspired by this paint theme in Better Homes and Garden magazine 
called "Passage to India."  
Aren't these colours fab?  
AND, I had all the sequin colours to match!
 Two of my bezels feature sequins under resin.  I used Jewelry Resin, which is perfect for shallow pours.  I glued my other sequins into their bezel homes.
 Assembling my necklace was a joy.  The colours made me very happy.
 I can't decide if I like the sequins glued or under resin best.
 Each bezel is fun.
 The finished necklace is a sequin show stopper!
I am going to spend some time today checking out my fellow sequin fans!
Thank you for inviting me Sarah!




Karen W...




Dawn Marie...















Friday, September 28, 2012

Attention ETI Product Lovers!

Are you
teaching with
writing about
designing with
Environmental Technology Inc. (ETI) products?

Did you know that Environmental Technology Inc, has a DESIGNER ENDORSEMENT PROGRAM?

Did you know they supply many instructors with free product?

Did you know that ETI will reward you with $ if an article is published using ETI products?

If you would like to apply to be considered an ETI designer, contact me and I will email you a pdf explaining the program.

New furniture this week at Vamp - 28 September 2012

It's been a wonderful and busy year at Vamp so far thanks so, so much to all of you! Before the crazy season begins, Michael and I will be heading off for a little holiday towards the end of next week. It will be business as usual at Vamp including your weekly new stock updates (there are loads of upcoming fab finds in the next few weeks!) and we leave you in the capable hands of our lovely new shop manageress, Meggan. Please pop in and say hi, or for any enquiries you can contact her on 021 448 2755 or mail her on 

Au revoir and see you again in November!

WEEKDAYS:09H30 - 16H30
SATURDAY:08H30 - 15H00

Vintage Sapele / Mahogany wood stacking stools re-upholstered in textured sorbet colours: mauve, green and blue
Each stool: 43cm x 43cm| Height – 32.5cm
Stack: Height – 80cm

Polished metal vintage drawers
Length – 29cm| Depth – 38cm| Height - 74cm

A pair of Mahogany armchairs, re-upholstered in a textured strawberry coloured fabric
Height of back – 82cm| Height of seat – 46cm| Seat – 48cm x 44cm

Mid-Century teak sideboard
Length – 203cm| Depth – 43cm| Height – 71.5cm

Vintage sailing boat print
79cm x 110cm

1950’s E.E Meyer solid Japanese Oak dining table
152cm x 70cm| Height – 75cm

Vintage metal light re-sprayed white with a red inner and red flex
Diameter of shade – 37cm| Height of shade - 23cm

1950’s E.E Meyer Japanese Oak cabinet Length – 112cm| Depth – 51cm| Height – 85.5cm

A set of 6 retro Mahogany dining chairs re-upholstered in a grey textured fabric
Height of back – 81cm| Height of seat – 44cm| Seat – 47cm x 47cm

Vintage sewing box. A mixture of Kiaat and Meranti woods. 
With drawers closed: Length – 28cm| Depth – 49cm| Height incl. handle – 72cm

Late 1950’s Bakker and Steyger coffee table in Maple wood with a black glass inlay
118cm x 52.5cm| Height – 40cm

Thursday, September 27, 2012

How To Glaze a Feather With Jewelry Resin - Part Two!

I have a stunning new feather pendant!

 In yesterday's Part One post I had already painted a glaze layer on the front and then the back side of the feather.  This picture explains why I need to make time to ensure I can do three and possibly four glaze layers.  After the back was cured, I flipped it over and it was clear, the front was only super shiny in a few areas.  You won't believe how much resin a feather will absorb!
 Glaze Coat Three:
I painted a thick layer of Jewelry Resin the front.
It cured like glass!
I added a finding to the top and this feather is ready to be worn as a pendant!

How To Glaze a Feather With Jewelry Resin-Part One

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

How To Glaze a Feather With Jewelry Resin-Part One

I really like feathers and would add them to jewelry all the time if they were not so fragile.  A piece like this looks great, but over time, the feather may lose some of it's sections.
I do prefer them permanently encased in resin!  
To achieve this, I glaze the feather with three and sometime four separate applications of Jewelry Resin.

Glaze Coat One:  
Cover the feather front with a good thick layer of resin which I paint on.
24 hours later you can see that a lot of the resin was absorbed through the feather to the back.  
I like working on a non stick sheet but you can clearly see that the tiny dots on the sheet are now also on the back of the feather...this is a look I do not like.
Glaze Coat Two:  
Apply with a paint brush a goo thick layer of Jewelry Resin to the back side.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

EasyMold and Plaster!

 I bet you never thought you would see plaster of paris on this blog!  These plaster molds are another great example of what you can put in an EasyCast Mold!
 I have been using my molds all month.
 I have not used plaster in 20+ years.  I forgot how fun it was to mix and pour.  It cured in my mold in about 30 minutes.
 This month I have put candy, chocolate, EasyCast resin, soap and now plaster in my molds. 
 It really is amazing to see how perfect the copy is!  
(don't forget, food molds should be kept separate from molds used with art materials)
  • Easy to use, 3 Minute working time, 25 minute cure.
  • Ideal for small molds, excellent detail from original.
  • Strong, flexible, reuseable molds.
  • High Heat range, up to 400ยบ F.
  • No Shrinkage.
  • Self releasing, no mold release agent required for most applications.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sequins and Halloween Resin - The Do-Over

I am so happy to feature my "do-over" halloween project!  
My sequins are embedded perfectly!

Last week, for some odd reason I glued my sequins onto the first layer of resin I poured and allowed to cure in the mold.  The glue on the sequins dulled the images and made my final pieces look messy.
This time, I poured EasyCast resin into my mold.  
I allowed it to "set-up" and gel for a few hours (3) and then I simply placed my sequins onto the resin
I also shook some glitter and glass beads onto the sequins.  I let this cure overnight.
The next day I added more EasyCast and filled the molds completely.
Ta Da!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

The Best Resin Tool I Found This Year!

 I make a lot of samples.  Several end up in the "wait bucket" because they need edges sanded or corrected. They can wait in that bucket months. I don't enjoy sanding.
 Then I found this FANTASTIC battery operated manicure set!  It is perfect for sanding resin objects
I used the attachment shown to get into all the curvy edges to make this molded sample look professionally finished.  Imagine, a sander for $2 at my local dollar store! 

Remember.  It is not a good idea to breath in resin dust. 
 Not just our resin...but any resin, 
so when you sand do so with a mask on or in a well ventilated area.