Monday, March 28, 2016

Beach Treasure Mother of Pearl Flower DIY ~ Craft Klatch Crafting With Nature Series

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I have some beautiful mother of pearl and I wanted to make an easy home decor piece.  I made a mother of pearl flower.


You will need:
-  Mother of pearl pieces
-  Square wood plaque
-  Background paint of your choosing

Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:  
1.  Paint the plaque with the paint.  I chose blue.  It may take two coats.
2.  Paint Triple Thick on the mother of pearl pieces.  Allow to dry and then repeat on the other side.
3.  Arrange the pieces on the wood plaque.  
4.  Use your glue to glue the pieces in place and allow to dry.
5.  Add white to the original color and paint along the edge to set it off.  Allow to dry.

That's it.  Thank you for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Friday, March 25, 2016

DIY Resin Sun Coasters ~ Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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It's snowing here as I write this....in late March....so I definitely need a little sunshine in my life!  These sun coasters brighten up my house just enough!


You will need:

Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/1XQ9CJP
Construction paper:  http://amzn.to/22y3zAk
Pigment powder:  http://amzn.to/1o8XzLn
Glitter:  http://amzn.to/1UOzDtF
Parchment paper :  http://amzn.to/1q4M3lP


Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Mix two ounces of resin, according to the package directions and separate into two cups.
2.  In one cup, mix yellow pigment powder and a little bit of red pigment powder.  You should end up with a nice orange.
3.  In the other cup, mix a bunch of fine yellow glitter.
4.  Pour them into the coaster mold cavities.
5.  Pop the bubbles with a lighter and allow to cure at least 12 hours.
6.  After 12 hours, unmold them and set them aside.
7.  Trace the coaster on a piece of paper and draw a template for the sun's rays.  They can be as long or short as you want.  Trace the template onto the a piece of yellow construction paper and orange construction paper.  Then cut them out.
8.  Mix two more ounces of resin and separate into two cups.  In the first cup add the yellow glitter.  In the second cup add the yellow and red pigments.
9.  Working on parchment paper, pour some of the yellow glitter resin onto the yellow construction paper cut out and spread it around.  Flip it over and cover with remaining resin and spread it out.  Make sure it is completely covered.
10.  Take the yellow coaster and press it onto the resin covered construction paper.  
11.  Take your lighter and carefully pop the bubbles.
12.  Repeat with the orange resin and coaster.
13.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.
14.  Peel it off the parchment paper.
15.  Using OLD scissors...not your good scissors...cut the excess resin from around the sun rays.

TIP:  At around 12 hours, the resin is still pliable.  If you wait too long, you won't be able to cut it with scissors.

That's  it!  Now you have some bright, sun shiny coasters!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona 

Monday, March 21, 2016

DIY Easy Seashell Ring Holders ~ Crafting with Nature

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I'm ready for SUMMER!  Let's skip right past spring and get onto the BEST time of year!!

I love spending any time at the beach and I love collecting treasures, from shells to beach glass to coral to driftwood to sand!

Today we are making some easy ring holders made from shells.  They have a fun beachy look and are functional!  

I will be giving away four of the ring holders through my Patreon page, so if you want to get involved you can at patreon.com/craftklatch


You will need:
-  Seashells
-  Coral or rocks
-  Triple Thick:  http://amzn.to/1UIlGgP
-  Glue:  http://amzn.to/1TZ71Pz

Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Find shells, coral and/or rocks.  Whether you found them yourself, or you bought them, they will be perfect!
2.  Make sure they are clean and dry.
3.  Paint them with Triple Thick, so they are nice and glossy.  Allow to dry and then do the other side.
4.  Glue the shells onto the coral and/or rocks and allow to dry.


That's it!  Now you have beautiful ring holders that are a perfect gift and a great reminder of your vacation!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona


Friday, March 18, 2016

Spring and Easter Coasters DIY ~ Craft Klatch Another Coaster Friday

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It's time for some cute Easter coasters!




Here are links to the items I used in this project:
Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/1MbiFUK
Images:  http://www.gumroad.com/craftklatch
Resin:  http://amzn.to/1MbiLvq
Transparency film:  http://amzn.to/1MbiRDt
White pigment:  http://amzn.to/1Rn5TEY
Circle cutter:  http://amzn.to/1R6ioz9

Here is the video tutorial:  





Directions:
1.  Mix three ounces of resin, according to the package directions.  Mix in a little white pigment and mix well.
2.  Pour into the mold - approximately one ounce into each cavity.
3.  Pop bubbles and allow to cure at least 12 hours.
4.  Mix three more ounces of the resin.  This time we are going to leave it clear.
5.  Pour into the molds - again approximately one ounce into each cavity.
6.  Print and cut your images to fit into mold.
7.  Pop bubbles and slide the transparency into to mold.
8.  Press the image down with your stir stick, making sure to press out all of the bubbles.
9.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.

That's it!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Monday, March 14, 2016

Dragonfly with Resin Wings Home Decor DIY Project

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I came across some stuff at the craft store that made me think dragonfly!!


What I used:
Triple Thick:  http://amzn.to/1RA2uRK
White tissue paper:  http://amzn.to/1mz9CRc
Ultimate glue:  http://amzn.to/1mz9JMT
Weldbond glue:  http://amzn.to/20Sz8nB
Fine purple glitter:  http://amzn.to/1RA34Pf
Eyes (different, but might work):  http://amzn.to/20SzJpj
Dragonfly body and head - I found them at Michaels
Metallic black acrylic paint
Dremel tool:  http://amzn.to/1mzbxFD
Purple pigment powder:  http://amzn.to/1mzbzgB
Green pigment powder:  http://amzn.to/1mzbDwS  

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Paint the dragonfly body and head black - it will take at least two coats.  Allow to dry.
2.  One the body portion mix the Triple Thick with a metallic green pigment powder and paint it on the body and allow to dry.  Allow to dry.
3.  Drill a hole into the body and use stick a skewer stick into the both holes and add glue.  Allow to dry.
4.  Shape wire into the shape of wings and twist to clue them.
5.  Mix resin, according to the package directions and add a little purple pigment powder.  
6.  Paint the resin onto the tissue paper and wrap and stick to the wire wings.  Do this while working on parchment paper.  Allow to cure.
7.  Once cured, use old scissors to trim off excess.
8.  Drill hole into the back of the dragonfly and add glue (hot glue and Ultimate Glue) and allow to dry.  
9.  Use the Ultimate Glue to line the edges of the wings and add fine purple glitter.  Add glitter anywhere you want to cover up glue.
10.  Glue on eye beads.
11.  You can drill a hole in the back to hang it.  
12.  I added a little clear resin piece on the top of the wings to add a little detail.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Friday, March 11, 2016

Mickey Mouse Coasters ~ Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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Who doesn't love Mickey Mouse and of course Minnie Mouse?!?!  It's time to honor these classics with their own coasters!


You will need:
Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/1VigAGa
Easy Cast Resin:  http://amzn.to/1PenWdB
Mickey mouse stickers:  http://amzn.to/1nhm60E
Blue pigment:  http://amzn.to/1nHzZFL
Magenta pigment:  http://amzn.to/1nhruki
Black acrylic paint

Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Mix two ounces of resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Divide into two cups.  In one add a little bit of Magenta  pigment and mix well.  In the second add a little blue and mix well.
3.  Pour into two separate cavities of the coaster mold.
4.  Use a lighter to pop the bubbles.  Let it cure a minimum of 12 hours before moving on.
5.  Dip the back of a paint brush into some black acrylic paint.  Use it to make dots around the border of the coasters.  Allow to dry.
6.  Apply stickers to the coasters.
7.  Mix two ounces of resin.
8.  Pour one ounce over each coaster.  Pop bubbles.  Allow to cure.

That's it!  Now you have some adorable coasters!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Monday, March 7, 2016

Easy Beachy Glow in the Dark Resin Jewelry ~ Craft Klatch

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I love all things beach related!  Add resin to the mix and I love it even more!   Make it glow in the dark and I am over the moon!  I decided to an easy craft that is perfect for beginners.  



You will need:
Glow in the dark powder:  http://amzn.to/1LlLyYs
Glow in the dark glitter:  http://amzn.to/1SMii5j


Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1. Mix resin according to the package directions.  One ounce should be fine.  When I am working on other projects, if I have excess resin, I like to pour it into little molds like the one I used in this craft.  You'd be surprised how often a little resin piece may come in handy!
2.  Mix in either the glow in the dark glitter, or the glow in the dark powder.  The glow in the dark powder as more glow and a longer glow, but it is pricier.  
3.  Pour into the mold.
4.  Pop bubbles with lighter.
5.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours before removing from mold.

These pieces and be used for a lot of things.  You could use them as keychains, glue them to photo frames or mirrors....all sorts of things.  For this particular craft, I thought pendants would be fun.

6.  Take jewelry bail and glue it to the back of the resin pieces and allow to dry.  Add a chain or a cord and you have a simple, yet fun necklace!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and Stay Safe!

Mona

Friday, March 4, 2016

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Coasters TMNT ~ Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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Are you ready to make some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Coasters!  



You will need:
Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/1nRXPyz
Resin:  http://amzn.to/1SY1XZB
Oval google eyes
Red, orange, blue, black and purple craft foam
Glue:  http://amzn.to/1nRYa44
Green pigment:  http://amzn.to/1SY2sTv

Black pigment:  http://amzn.to/1SY2ue7


Here is the video tutorial (I'll show you what went wrong!):


Directions:
1.  Mix four ounces or resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix in a small amount of green pigment and a tiny bit of black pigment to get the perfect turtle color!
3.  Pour into molds.  Take lighter and pop bubbles.
4.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours.
5.  Cut out mask shapes and mouths (see below).
6.  Put glue onto the backs of the masks and mouths and place onto coasters.
7.  Glue eyes onto masks.
8.  Allow glue to completely dry.
9.  Mix six ounces and pour them over the the coasters and the masks.  Tip:  Some craft foam is very prone to bubbles, which is what happened to the blue coaster.  So, I'm saying that one is under water.  You have to be very on top popping the bubbles, or you can try felt instead.
10.  Allow to cure.

That's it!  Happy Crafting and Stay Safe!

Mona