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Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Valentine's Day Remelt

A Valentine's Day Remelt:
Can You Taste The Difference?
by Lynne Suprock

Hi all.  Lynne Suprock here again for a February Amazing Crafting Products Design Team tutorial.  'Tis the month where chocolate is in the hearts and on the minds of most Valentine Day traditionalists.  Today I want to share a cool way to celebrate the holiday with friends, taste testing chocolate of course!

I began by opening a box from one of my favorite chocolatiers and selecting a few pieces to set aside as samples to be later eaten. Then I used the empty box inserts to make replicas of the select pieces, only using my own chocolate concoctions to do it.  Mwa-hahaha. Everyone gets to sample all of the chocolates and then see if they could guess the pieces that were the real deal.   Lot's of fun!



In the second half of the video, I combine using Remelt and Mold Putty to make a signature chocolate heart piece, as good to look at as it is to eat.  Enjoy the tutorials!




Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bling Bottle Bottoms Dipped in Amazing Casting Resin

 Amazing Inspiration for Bling Bottle Bottoms:   


Time to ring in the new year with some new jewelry inspiration. In a recent tutorial post, I demonstrated how to add a little extra bling to wine cork necklaces by dipping the pieces in Amazing Casting Resin.

See tutorial refresher at  http://amazingmoldputty.blogspot.com/2014/12/take-your-corks-for-swim-faux-wax.html

Today I would like to share a little inspiration for creating glass bottle necklaces with an encaustic waxed layered look.  Mine also hold a little bit of summer sand and a few choice, whimsical words.




Amazing Casting Resin is the perfect choice for adding a little something extra to the glass! By
adding a drop of Amazing Crafting Product Colorant when mixing, the resin can closely resemble paraffin or beeswax. However, unlike wax, the Amazing Casting Resin adheres to this bottle glass necklace very well.

This waxy effect is achieved by making a mold of the glass bottle bottom, using Amazing Mold Putty.  Once the mold is firm, submerse the bottle into a bit of colored resin that you have poured into the bottom of the cured mold.  Dip bottle into the resin several times, then suspend for several minutes to let the excess drip off.  Sit the bottle on a non-stick surface, and let the resin completely harden another several minutes.




Complete instructions for these yummy necklaces can be found in this Winter's issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine.





Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ringing In The Year
Doing More Of What Makes You Happy!
A post by Lynne Suprock




This October, Sallianne shared the heartfelt inspiration behind what will be the 2015 ART iS YOU mantra.  Many of you know that one of our treasured art sisters, Allison Stilwell, passed earlier this year, but left us with memory and the hope to live what we love....do more of what makes us happy, and to grow and blossom in kindness.

 I do often wonder why we lose sight of what is wonderful in our lives and neglect the happy.  Are we too busy, too fixated, too sad or angry about something?  Do the worries overcome us? Have we lost something, or someone, or ourselves? As many of us know, life is just too, too short for all those not being happy moments. 


 While we live and breathe, we have been blessed with the potential for doing wonderful and great things.  No one accomplishes their best or can help others to rise above, if they are sad or unhappy themselves.  What should we do to get out of that funk?

So the answer just might be to find what makes us happy and do more of it, right?  We want more of the kind of happy that is like the flame that kindles our heart, or like the rain that washes us anew.

While much can be said about being happy, what makes one person happy is not always the same as what makes another happy.  As well, doing more of what makes you happy doesn't actually mean, having more of what makes you happy.   You have to find the happy, engage the happy, and then spread it all around to other people in the hopes of making them happy too.  Doing more of that kind of happy is a good thing.


OK so maybe happy also comes with a few indicators.  Let's review.

There are various levels of smiles that can most certainly occur. On a happy scale of 1 to 10,  the grin, comes in at a 1, and the uncontrolled belly buster laugh scores a 10.

There might also be the warm, wonderful feeling of serenity, or even the explosive nature of excitement, as if a child at an amusement park, that comes over a few happy people. 

Happy makes for more productive moments, more enjoyable moments, and more special moments, that remain with us and become some of our most wonderful and precious memories.

And I think we can all agree that happy makes us feel better generally.  If we need to heal or regroup, we do better if we can find and surround ourselves with what makes us happy.

A few of the things I do this time of year to make me happy include quite a few right brain endeavors.....photographing winterscapes, singing those holiday carols (off key, of course), cooking something new, petting and snuggling with my cats, visiting friends and family who I don't have time to see much the rest of the year, and organizing, organizing, organizing.  (oops that is definitely left brain happy!)


one special happy snuggle kitty

What I plan to do in 2015 is a bit more art related happy.  I am going to play with my paints for a change, and seriously begin sewing again.  I will make pilgimages to see art sister friends, support new art girl businesses, and visit my grand baby.  I am going to play the piano when I cannot sleep, and I am going to throw out ALL the shoes that don't fit, and Zentangle some of the pairs that do.  I am going to make art from the heart gifts and continue to give them away to those who could use a smile.

Most times, hands down, I definitely find my happy when I teach.  That's why Art Is You, in fact, is one of my happy places. Where better to pass along your happiness than at an art retreat, either as student or teacher, embracing the moment and sharing oh, so much, with kindred spirits?  

So what are some of the things you do that make really, truly make you happy? Can you do more of it, and how do you pass it along?

Share some of what you do to make you happy and try to do MORE of it in the coming year.    








FB Designer's Challenge

Jewelry Designer's Challenge 

I don't exactly respond to all my emails or scan FB every day.  Sometimes I spend a couple hours and do a catch up with it all thing.  I have even toyed and still talk about getting off the FB wagon due to all the time it eats up.  As well, there is a dark side of FB fever too.  And I just won't get into that here.....
So last week, I did miss the initiation of one cool shout out for sharing between creatives.  uh oh.  It just so happened I arrived a couple days late on the scene after being nominated by art sister Cat Kerr.  The rules were established by Donna Greenberg.  They go something like this......
"Post one of your jewelry pieces on your FB page, one per day, for 5 days in a row (does not need to be new: can be a design you made in the past)  and nominate another artist each day to continue this challenge."
What a NICE thing to see and do on FB I thought.  Seeing everyone's creations, made me so very happy and lucky to have so many creative women as my friends....virtual or not.
OK, Easy Peasy, I thought.  Well, since 2007, I made, and sold, published and taught how to make, lots and lots of pieces that I love.  How do I choose?  Then, there is the, "My heavens,WHO do I nominate?" part.  Oh my gosh, there are dozens of artists that immediately come to mind.....all very talented indeed.  These were hard choices.
So, here I am 4 days into my challenge (and a sneak peak at Day 5 enamels) and each piece shared so far, still brings a smile to my face.
I wanted to put my choices here on the blog to share, just in case, you are practicing FB in moderation this week too.  Enjoy and grab some cocoa and seek out the others... :-)













Tuesday, January 20, 2015


Panda Bear Pendant
by Lynne Suprock

Hey guys!  Lynne Suprock, design team member here for Amazing Crafting Products.  Today I am delighted to bring you a tutorial on making a fun little Panda Bear Pendant!


Our grandson is visiting in the house this month, and so the rooms are alive with toddler fun and games..... and trains and planes........ and lots of play animals.  

I found inspiration for my tutorial from those very things.  Enter Mister Panda Bear... 


Click Below And Enjoy The video!


CLICK HERE



What crafty treasures would you
mold with Amazing Mold Rubber?


I would love if you would leave a comment below to let us know how this technique works for you! Please share what you make with Amazing Casting Products on our website in the User Gallery.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Simply Pretty Stuff Buttons and Pendant Using Amazing Remelt

Simply Pretty Stuff Buttons In A Pendant Using Amazing Remelt


Buttons, buttons... who has the buttons??? As a member of the Amazing Casting Products Creative Team, with a few of my own, just made, buttons. Watch my tutorial below on how to make these glimmer, shimmer buttons, using the new molding product, Amazing Remelt.


This stuff feels and even smells like J-E-L-L-O.
How ironic since it is food safe and it does jiggle :-)

So let's get going and see how to melt this product and use it to mold a few favorite buttons to create a bit of the extraordinary. Enjoy!

Making Buttons with Amazing Remelt



Trouble viewing the video???
Please CLICK HERE to jump and view on YouTube.

Once you have made your beautiful buttons, you can incorporate them into any number of projects. Me.... I chose to put them into a necklace using a little felt, silicone glue, and bling.


With the addition of felt, glue, scissors, ribbon, flat backed bling, jump rings...


And VOILA! 


What crafty treasures would you
mold with Amazing Remelt?


I would love if you would leave a comment to let us know how this technique works for you! Please share what you make with Amazing Casting Products on the website in the User Gallery.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Project Chandelier Crystals: A Tutorial Using Amazing Mold Rubber And Transparent Casting Resin by Lynne Suprock


Project Chandelier Crystals
by Lynne Suprock

Gosh, I love chandeliers with lots of crystals....and I do have a few of those here at the homestead.  They were once plain, old, light fixtures that were rescued from local discard piles.  
Spider webs removed, and white spray paint in hand, anyone can bring new life to thrown away light fixtures.  Additionally, adding a bit of crystal bling to any refurbished luminere, creates.....
m-o-o-d.

Okay.  Here are pictures of one of my pieces, seriously in need of more bling, of course.  ;-)






Let's get started on.... Project Crystals.

What you will need:
crystals
transparent casting resin
amazing mold rubber
small gauge wire
skewer
razor knife
plastic container
stir stick
small medicine or measuring cup

Choose a few nice glass crystals that you want to replicate.


Place some 24 gauge wire through each and suspend over a recycled plastic on a wooden stick or skewer.




                                                

If you have any unwanted mold rubber pieces around, cut them up and throw them into the container first.  Then fill the remaining space with Amazing Mold Rubber.  






Check out the online tutorial on how to mix the mold rubber at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIXo6Pvytrc

Once the mold rubber hardens, remove the crystals.  If yours are too long or too wide at the bottom, make a slit with a razor knife, vertically along the piece.  Use an elastic band to secure the mold rubber back together, before pouring the transparent casting resin.

Since the opening for the pour will be small diameter, bubbles will not easily surface and release.  I decided to let the resin sit for 10 or 12 minutes to allow the bubbles to break before pouring into the crystal molds.


lots of bubbles

less bubbles after sitting

The resin will only be poured to the top of the mold rubber.  This will mean slightly shorter crystals than the originals which had been above the mold rubber, suspended with wires, in the previous step.



In 24 hours this is what the crystals looked like.  They were shiny for sure, like the originals.  However, they were not glass clear.  The ones I made with the transparent casting resin were also shorter. You could still see some of the bubbles in the resin.  I was still pretty AMAZED  ;-)






Here is my Chandelier before the extra bling and after.





Try making crystals to add to your jewelry or mixed media designs.  I cannot wait till you all give this a try!!  










Monday, November 3, 2014

Milk Glass And Mercury Glass FAUX Bud Vases Using Amazing Casting Resin!

Milk Glass And Mercury Glass Bud Vases:
A Faux Effect Using Amazing Casting Resin


 I am sharing another one of my Amazing Crafting Products tutorials here on  the blog.  This tutorial can also be seen on the www.amazingmoldputty.blogspot.com site along with tutorials from all the other wonderfully creative design team members.  

Whether you are a flower gatherer or a floral arranger, you will love trying out this little project! 

So... lots of my friends know that I love flowers and love setting little vases around the house holding bits of garden greenery or fresh clipped flower buds. I have one favorite crystal vase that I thought would make the a perfect piece to use in an Amazing Mold Rubber and Amazing Casting Resin experiment. I wanted to create milk glass and mercury glass look-a-like vases, and I was quite pleased with the final results.

   

 Fabulous Faux Milk Glass side-by-side with Faux Mercury Glass

Find a container tall enough to cover your vase to be a mold box (I used a yogurt container). Add a little hot glue, and position the vase in the bottom.


My original crystal mounted inside container.


If you have old leftover pieces Amazing Mold Rubber from past projects, cut it up and throw into the container – which reduces the amount of mold rubber that you will have to mix for the project.


Mix the Amazing Mold Rubber (see video instructions by clicking HERE) and pour it into the mold box containing the vase.


     

Once cured, remove the glass by making a clean cut
down the side of the Amazing Mold Rubber mold.


Secure the empty mold with rubber bands and also secure the bottom of the mold to a large piece of packing tape. This will keep any Amazing Casting Resin from leaking out the side or bottom until it cures.

     

     

Prepare and pour an inch of Amazing Casting Resin into the vase mold so that it fills the bottom (see video instructions by clicking HERE). Quickly position a length of 5/8” diameter of vinyl tubing into the center of the vase mold, and partially down into the Amazing Casting Resin which was just poured.


 Hold the tube into position for about 5 minutes, or until
the Amazing Casting Resin changes to an opaque white.


Now mix and pour additional Amazing Casting Resin to fill up the remainder of the space in the mold so that it is level with the top of the vinyl tubing. Let cure.


Remove the packing tape as shown from bottom. 

    


Remove the packing tape and the rubber bands and demold the white vase.


File down any rough edges with a metal file. 


Fill this milk glass look-a-like with water and add some flowers.

    

If you would like to create a mirrored, or mercury glass finish, spray the vase with a chrome paint. Be sure to do this in an area that is well ventilated, then let dry. 


Fill with water and flowers. Cool!

What would you create a fabulous faux

Please share what you make with Amazing Crafting Products
on the website in the User Gallery.