Friday, June 24, 2016

Sun Catcher Coasters DIY ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch ~ How To

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Yay!  It's Friday again!  Today we are making sun catcher coasters.  


You will need:

Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/28TibDQ
Resin:  http://amzn.to/28PB5MI
Glass:  http://amzn.to/28PgbsR
Tissue paper:  http://amzn.to/28ZhQgD
India ink: http://amzn.to/28ZhQgJ 



Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Mix four ounces of resin, according to the package directions.
2.  For the flower coaster, cut five petals out of tissue paper and a middle circle in a different color.  
3.  Pour approximately one ounce of resin into the mold.
4.  Place the petals and middle into the resin and gently press down with your stir stick.  Use your lighter to pop the bubbles.
5.  Pour one ounce of resin into a cup and add pieces of stained glass.
6.  Place the pieces into the coaster mold.  If needed, add more resin to the mold to level off the coaster.  Pop bubbles with lighter.
7.  Lastly, pour remaining resin into four small cups.  Add different colors of india ink.  I used red, yellow, blue and white.  Mix well.
8.  Pour all the colors into the mold and mix them a little, to give it a swirly pattern.  Pop bubbles with lighter.

Allow them to cure for at least 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!  Here's a tip:  Use vibrant tissue paper for the flower.  Lighter tissue paper turns almost transparent.

Thanks for stopping by!  

Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!  Stay safe!

Mona

Monday, June 20, 2016

Easy DIY Wood Fish Wall Hangings ~ Craft Klatch





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I am feeling a bit of a fish obsession, so I thought I would make some.  Be warned, I may have more in the future!


I have had my eye on a saw, for a few years, that is great for the hobbyist/crafter.  When Greg asked me what I wanted for my birthday, I thought now is the time!!  So we picked one up and I think I'm in love!  


You will need:
-  Plywood
-  Saw - this is the one I have:  http://amzn.to/1UHYTOE
-  Paint - I used acrylic in pink, purple and blue
-  Googly eyes


Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Draw a fish onto a piece of paper and cut it out as a template.  Or just freehand it on the wood.
2.  Trace the fish onto the wood.
3.  Cut it out with the saw.
4.  Sand the edges.
5.  Paint 
6.  Freehand the spots and lines, or use stencils.
7.  Glue on googly eyes.

That's it!  

I think this would be a great project to do with the kids.  Of course and adult would cut out the wood beforehand and then the kids can have a ball decorating them!

Thanks for stopping by.  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

Friday, June 17, 2016

DIY Steampunk Drink Coaster ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch ~ How To





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I finally tackled a steampunk coaster and I think I did okay!  I really struggled with it.  I understand steampunk and at the same time, I kind of don't.  After much thought, I decided on a steampunk eyeball.  




You will need:
Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/1ZUXokj
Smaller mold (looks similar):  http://amzn.to/1Q9MI13
Metal clock faces:  http://amzn.to/1Q9P2oE
Metal gears:  http://amzn.to/23faryV
Ultimate glue:  http://amzn.to/1XsBTcr
Amber pigment dye:  http://amzn.to/1XsBI0V
Map scrapbook paper:  best to try the craft store
Pigment powders (blue):  http://amzn.to/24UTvNI
Metallic light blue paint:  http://amzn.to/1OtmINK
Metallic black paint:  http://amzn.to/1Q9PG5F
Polymer clay brown:  http://amzn.to/24UTqJV
Polymer clay tan:  http://amzn.to/24UU6Pc
Aluminum foil:  http://amzn.to/1rsSXBk
Circle cutter:  http://amzn.to/1Otsmzj


Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Cut out map scrap book into a circle that will fit into the coaster mold.  
2.  Mix one ounce of resin and split into two 1/2 ounces.  In the one add a drop of the amber pigment.  In the other, add some blue pigment powder.  You can also add a darker aged gold, to give it a little aged look.
3.  Once mixed, take the amber resin and pour some of it in the coaster mold.  Pop bubbles with lighter.  Slide in the map circle.  Add the rest of the resin and let the paper soak up the resin.  Press down with your stir stick, to make sure all the bubbles are out from underneath.  Pop bubbles.
4.  Take the blue resin and pour it into the mold with the smaller circles.  Pop the bubbles with the lighter and let it cure for 12 hours.
5.  Take the metal cogs and gears and put them in the resin with the map.  You only need to do the perimeter of it and if some overlap, that's okay too.  Pop bubbles and allow to cure for at least 12 hours.
6.  Remove the blue resin from the mold.  Take the metallic blue and metallic acrylic paints and paint lines out from the middle, like you would see on an eye.  Paint the center black.  Allow to dry.
7.  Glue the metal clock face onto the middle of the blue resin and allow to dry.
8.  Mix two more ounces of resin and pour part of it into the mold with the map and gear resin.  Place the blue resin piece into the map resin, be sure to center it.  Pour remaining resin over it.
 9.  Pop bubbles with lighter and allow to cure at least 12 hours.  Once cured you can unmold it.
10.  If you want to make the eyelids, mix brown and tan polymer clay and condition it.  Run it through the pasta machine to make it flat, or use a rolling pin.
11.  Wrap the coaster in cling wrap, so you don't get polymer clay fingerprints on it.
12.  Take the sheets of polymer clay and lay them over the eye coaster.
13.  Cut into the shape of an upper lid and a lower lit and place onto the coaster, to see if it fits.
14.  Remove and stamp gears and clock faces onto the eyelids.  
15.  Using the pigment powders, I used a combination of copper, gold and an aged gold.  I brushed it on with a soft brush.
16.  I flipped over the lids and brushed pigment powder on the back.
17.  I crunched up some aluminum foil to simulate the shape and size of the coaster and placed it under the eyelids.  Then I baked it, according to the package directions.
18.  Once baked, allow to cool.

That's it!  Now you can use it as a sculpture, or a drink coaster!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™

Mona

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Humidifier Diffuser Giveaway! Craft Klatch



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It's time for a giveaway!  The fine folks at 1byone are offering a humidifier/diffuser to a lucky winner!  You can find more information on it right here:  http://amzn.to/1Uaccgx



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Monday, June 13, 2016

Garbage to Gorgeous ® Episode #12: Little Girl Rocking Chair Makeover DIY ~ Craft Klatch How To

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It's time to makeover some furniture!  Whoohoo!  I found the rocking chair at a garage sale, like two years ago.  It's been sitting in the garage, waiting to be me redone.  Some of my viewers were concerned that it was an antique, so I got it checked out.  It's a portrait chair and I was told it was not that uncommon and it was worth about $15.  However, with the condition, $15 is probably pushing it.  It was gouged, crappily repaired, the seat was split all the way through and it really was a mess.  I'm redoing it for a little girl, who will surely show it much love!

You will need:
-  A chair 
-  Stripper:  http://amzn.to/233vhkL
-  Odorless mineral spirits: http://amzn.to/1Udb2h3
-  Primer
-  Paint
-  Sandpaper
-  Stencil:  http://amzn.to/1PnyaFs
-  Multi-surface paint
    -  Gray:  http://amzn.to/1WKOvfa
    -  Pink:  

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  The first thing I did was strip the chair.
2.  Then I cleaned it with the mineral spirits.
3.  Because it was in such bad shape, I passed it onto my husband, Greg, who first glued and clamped it, did wood filler and added a wood plate to the bottom to repair and support the seat.  It was then very solid!
4.  I then sanded it, especially where there was wood filler.
5.  I primed it.
6.  I painted it white. 
7.  Once everything was dry, I painted the spindles pink, the two nubs on the front, a light gray.
8.  Then I stenciled the bird in the gray.
9.  On the back of the chair, I stenciled the flowers in gray and pink.

That's it!  

Be sure to keep your eye out for those beautiful treasures just waiting to be restored!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!TM

Mona

Friday, June 10, 2016

DIY Rapunzel Drink Coaster ~ Craft Klatch How To

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair.... or wrap it around a coaster!! 




You will need:
Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/1Ofriij
Transparency film:  http://amzn.to/25PLb48
White pigment:  http://amzn.to/21bd5nV
Hair:  I found it at Hobby Lobby
Alternative hair:  Yarn
Glue:  http://amzn.to/25PMzUr
Fine purple glitter
Circle cutter:  http://amzn.to/1UFtooc


Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Mix one ounce of resin, according to the package directions. 
2.  Mix in glitter.
3.  Pour into mold.  Pop bubbles and allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.
4.   Mix one ounce of resin and mix in white pigment.  Pour over purple glitter.  Pop bubbles.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours.
5.  Print out image on transparency film and cut out with scissors, or circle cutter.
6.  Mix one ounce of resin.  Pour into mold.  Pop bubbles.
7.  Slide transparency film into the resin and press down with the stir stick.  Make sure to press all the bubbles out.  Pop bubbles with lighter.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours.
8.  Remove the coaster from the mold.  
9.  Braid the doll hair and trim the ends.
10.  Put glue on the outer edge of the coaster.  Put doll hair around the coaster, so it sticks to the glue.  
Tips:
 - I worked on parchment paper, so it wouldn't stick to anything.)
-  I used cups an other things to put around the coaster, to keep the hair in place while the glue dried.

Once dried, that's it!!  

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you like it!  

Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!TM

Mona

Monday, June 6, 2016

How To make a Dandelion Paperweight DIY ~ Craft Klatch Crafting with Nature





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I have been asked to make a dandelion paperweight for several years.  I never did it because, to be honest, I was a little intimidated.  When asked again, I promised if I found a perfect dandelion, I would jump in and do it this year.  Turns out, it's remarkably easy!



You will need:  
Dandelions - you'll have to go outside and pick your own

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Mix three ounces of resin, according to the package directions.  
2.  Pour the resin into the molds.  Let it sit for a few minutes and then take a lighter and pop the bubbles.
3.  Take your dandelion puff and holding by the stem, slowly press it into the resin.  
4.  Take two popsicle sticks and use them to hold the stem straight.
5.  Allow to cure.
6.  Snip off the stems as close to the resin as possible.
7.  Mix a little more resin and top it off, making sure the stems are embedded.
8.  Allow to cure.
9.  Once cured, unmold them.

That's it!  No you have a beautiful paperweight!  And so easy!

Thanks for stopping by!
Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter.   Stay Safe!

Mona

Sunday, June 5, 2016

5 Of My Favorite Silicone Molds






I do a lot of resin projects and I thought I'd give you a quick overview of some of my favorite silicone molds.  I have linked them all to Amazon, incase you are interested in purchasing them.

1.  Obviously I had to start with the Coaster Mold


Project's I've made with this mold:


2.  I recently found these Ice Maker Sphere that are perfect!

Project's I have made with this or similar molds:






Project's I have made using this mold:





4.  How about this 9'" Round Pan



Project's I have made with this mold:





5.  Then you have this 8" Square Pan



Project's I have made with this mold:

I hope you can find some inspiration and fun ideas to use these molds!

Mona

Friday, June 3, 2016

DIY River Table Coaster ~ Another Coaster Friday ~ Craft Klatch How To



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This week's coaster was inspired by the popular river tables. 


You will need:

Saw (optional):  http://amzn.to/287gWrn
Wood stain:  http://amzn.to/287m8eW
Silly Putty:  http://amzn.to/1r4EeMQ
Packing tape:  http://amzn.to/22BrWsV
Dremel too (optional): http://amzn.to/1r4EBqE 
Wood burning tool (optional):  http://amzn.to/1O74Yax


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Draw an outline, of the river, on the wood.
2.  Cut out the outline.
3.  Rough up the cut edge.  I used Dremel tool, but a wood burning tool would work great too.
4.  Stain the wood and allow to dry.
5.  Using packing tape, tape the two pieces of wood to the tape (sticky side up), to create the channel.  Turn it over and rub it, to make sure the tape has made good contact with the wood.
6.  Then run the wood along the back, running the opposite direction.
7.  Add Silly Putty to the open ends of the channel.  (See video).
8.  Mix one ounce of resin and mix in the blue pigment dye.
9.  Pour it into the channel you created.
10.  Carefully pop bubbles with your lighter.  Do not set your project on fire.  Remember you are working with wood.
11.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before removing the Silly Putty and the tape.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter.TM
Stay Safe!

Mona 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

30 Father's Day Crafts and DIY Projects!





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I originally forgot to include this one, so technically 
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