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Thursday, May 14, 2015

 Creative Rocks And Gems You Can Make Out Of 

By Lynne Suprock



Lynne Suprock here and I am so excited to share a little inspiration with you once again!  This one comes from a long standing love of rocks and geodes.  

 


When our son was small, my husband and I began a collection of rocks and minerals that we found around the yard, at the beach, or after an excursion to the gem and mineral show in our local area.  We named and displayed our finds,  but as time passed, moves happened and our child grew up.  The rocks were packed away. 

 Every once in awhile though, I Would find myself at the beach, or at an art show ... Collecting once again.  However, now The prize evolved into a few sparkly Druzy stones, which I adore. :-)
After having opportunity to experiment with Amazing Crafting Products, it donned on me to replicate the shapes of some of these stones with Amazing Mold Putty and recreate my own colors and shimmer with the ever truly amazing casting resin!  A bit of glitter or Alumidust in the mold, and voila ...Semi precious stones and Druzies take form!


I used the Dremel to make the holes for findings and attached some of the stones to pieces of copper.  

I am Excited and pleased to share these project how-to's in both this Spring issue of 












So go ahead, create your own gems and rock inspired jewels, using a little imagination and some Amazing Crafting Products.

Blooming Colors On Glass Make Amazing Flower Vases

Blooming Colors On Glass Make Amazing Flower Vases




Hello sunshines! I am anticipating dozens of brightly colored zinnia blooms from my garden this summer.  My seed packets have been waiting all winter to be planted, and it’s almost time.   Before the flower cutting begins, I decided to make a few special vases in which to soon put them.

I began by choosing three awesome Alumilite Amazing Casting Product Colorants, one for each of three vases.  I mixed the Amazing Casting Resin with those colorants and Alumilite Pearlescent Powder for a little shimmer.  Then I poured and swirled each of the color mixtures into little jars.  The results were quite AMAZING, of course!  Watch this quick little tutorial.  

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Gift Tags For The Girls Using Amazing Casting Resin

Gift Tags For The Girls Using Amazing Casting Resin




I love cameos.  I have a few nice pieces and some artsy things, all in the cameo theme.  Around the holidays and for special gatherings, its fun to make your own tags for those special gifts.  In keeping with the cameo theme, why not use some Amazing Casting Products to create several fun little tags?  Here are two from an Amazing Mold Putty mold of a plaque I had purchased.  



I filled the mold with Amazing Casting Resin.  In one group, I used clear resin.  In the other, I used Amazing Casting Product Colorant in black.  


I decorated each piece with a little acrylic and some ribbon.  To finish, I used a Dremel to drill a hole at the top and tied a bit of twine.  Happy gifting!!




Friday, March 6, 2015

Making a Plaster Cameo Using Amazing Casting Products

Making a Plaster Cameo Using 



Today I would like to share a fun tutorial using Amazing Mold Putty to create Cameo wall hangings out of Plaster of Paris.  It is my tutorial this month as a member of 2015 The Amazing Casting Products Design Team.

You will need:
  1. An item you would like to mold for a wall hanging.  I selected vintage plaques that I found at a flea market.  
  2. A non stick craft mat
  3. Amazing Mold Putty
  4. Amazing Mold Release Spray
  5. Plaster of Paris
  6. Water
  7. Wooden stir stick
  8. Large container for mixing plaster
  9. 20 gauge wire, 2" per plaque
  10. Round nose pliers to bend wire
  11. Matte gel medium
  12. Paint brush for gel application
My plaques have quite a bit of chipped, peeling paint going on. This will add to the distressed look that I am after when the mold putty conforms to the chipped texture of the pieces.


Amazing Mold Putty comes in Part A and Part B.  Mix equal amounts of each into one ball of uniform color.  Work quickly because the Amazing Mold Putty will begin to set after several minutes.  To keep mold putty from sticking to jewelry or finger nails, you can wear gloves.  However, the Amazing Mold Putty is non toxic.


Next press the Amazing Mold Putty onto the front of the piece that you wish to mold.  Make sure you cover the complete piece.




Let the piece set up, then demold to show the cameo mold.  Lay the piece, mold side up on a flat surface and mix up a little more of the Amazing Mold Putty.  This time ,shape the putty into a long noodle piece to completely surround your item.  Attach the noodle to the existing edge of the Amazing Mold Putty on the front of your plaque.  Let set.


       
Apply a light coat of Amazing Mold Release to the demolded piece.


Mix the Plaster of Paris with water according to the directions on your box.  Directions may vary by manufacturer.  Stir with a wooden stick.  Work quickly because the plaster will become warm and start to thicken in a few minutes.  Pour the plaster into the mold, filling to the edge of the mold putty. 


Bend the wire with pliers and position into the back of the poured plaster.  Let your project sit over night, and if your mold is thick, two nights in a warm, dry room.  The drying process is hastened if there is air movement over the piece, such as with a fan on low.












If you do not let the piece completely dry, it will break apart when you demold it..... which is just what happened with this one!  Uh oh! Oh no!


This one dried for two days.  Once taken out of the Amazing Mold Putty, coat with acrylic gel medium.  Let dry.  Your piece is ready to hang!


I love the white bisque look of plaster.  However, you could also paint your piece with assorted acrylic paints or add highlights with a metallic paste.  Enjoy experimenting with Amazing Casting Products, such as Amazing Mold Putty in your mixed media projects!



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wiggly, Jiggly Creature Making With Amazing Casting Product's Remelt

Wiggly, Jiggly Creature Making With Amazing Casting Product's Remelt
By Lynne Suprock


One day last summer, I seriously bought a box of old Creepy Crawler metal molds!  Let's just maybe call it reverting to my childhood days.  I really don't know what made me do it.....but I loved playing with those icky things when I was an itty bitty girl, about a hundred years or so ago.

So fast forward to now, and a box of empty metal molds and no goop, per se.  Well, while working on some of my other Amazing Crafting Product projects, the light went on.  The Amazing Remelt reminded me of those same wiggly, jiggly little creatures from my past.  Why not see if the remelt would work in the molds?  And, the most excellent part is that no baking is necessary!



So, per package directions, I melted the Remelt, added some sparkle, and poured the molds.......I was giggly.   Here are some of my sparkly, little creatures.


    
         





Sunday, February 15, 2015

Ring Of Resin Pendants

Ring Of Resin Pendants


Hello fellow crafters and art chix!  Lynne here today with a few of my favorite and fun pieces of hardware inspired jewelry using Amazing Casting Products

On any given day that I might need birdseed or plant food,  I will take some extra time to stroll through those hardware store aisles, looking for potential creative props or parts for my next project. Today, I found some of these.....



And made some of these......


Of course, I used all of these Amazing Casting Products to create the combos in these funky and colorful pendants.....





I mixed half of the pendant molds with clear resin and let dry.  Then came back and added a bit of colored resin or a few colored dots of resin and let dry.  It took a bit of dry time to achieve the layered look, but I love how it turned out.  In the end, I drilled some holes and added the beads and chain.


What can you do with your Amazing Casting Products and a few parts from the hardware store? 














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... :-)