As you can see above, my basket collection is really starting to grow! The only 2 baskets I’ve made that aren’t pictured there are the 2 below, the owl basket and the Southwest themed basket whom I’ve found new homes for.
I’m working on a new basket as well, It should turn out neat- it uses dyed needles! 🙂
To try out my new mold, I dusted the inside with a little bit of Alumilite metallic powders and then poured in some Amazing Clear Cast, which also took a while to completely cure. You can see my completed resin buttons and scissors below. They came out quite nicely, I think!
Overall thoughts- I think this mold is fantastic! Personally, I only most molds a few times before I get tired of that shape, so I love that I can just remelt this mold making material and shape it into a new mold whenever I feel like it. It’s completely reusable! If you like doing Resin crafts, or maybe need a chocolate or fondant mold, definitely check out the Remelt! It is…. Amazing!
Thanks, Alumilite, for sending me a free Amazing Remelt mold to review!
This project was one of the handmade stocking stuffers I created for my Sister, Taylor. I made her some custom sunglasses with seed beads on them (following this fantastic tutorial) and I wanted to create her a phone case as well!
I was afraid the phone case would get beat up, being in and out of pockets, purses, hands etc so I didn’t want to attach real seed beads. Instead, I decided to just give the case the look of a seed bead pattern using a little paint!
2. Once you figure out your color scheme, pull out the paints!
3. Now the fun part! I used a small tip paint brush for this step. But if you don’t have one small enough, just flip a paint brush upside down and use the other end for tiny dots.
Start with your first color and apply small “dots” of paint in your pattern.
4. Continue adding paint dots to look like seed beads, following your pattern and switching colors on different rows.
5. Let dry completely! I also went over it with some Mod Podge just to make sure the paint couldn’t be scratched off easily!
I gave it to Taylor for Christmas and she loved it, which makes me happy! What do you think? Do you like the look of seed beads?
I should restyle my own phone case, it’s just a solid pink and it’s begging for a restyle! 🙂
I took pictures of how I made the mold, so if you want to make your own faux gummy bears, here’s how:
Supplies: Amazing Mold Putty, Amazing Clear Cast Resin, Gummy Bears
Note- when picking out your gummy bears to use for the mold make sure not to get any defective bears! You don’t want one that’s missing a leg.
2. Next form your mold into a strip that’s about 1.5″-2″ tall and wide enough for a few gummies. Don’t spread your putty out too thin though, you want it sturdy.
3. Place however many gummy bears will fit into your mold, pressing them in firmly.Make sure the mold putty squeezes in around them.
Have you tried using resin? It definitely has a learning curve but I’ve enjoyed experimenting with it!
This DIY uses the drawing fluid technique of screen printing.
1.Start by placing whatever design you want to print underneath your screen.
2.Use a sharpie, Micron or other permanent black marker to trace your design onto your screen.
3.Things are about to get messy so now you need something to prop your screen up on incase liquid seeps through the screen.
Take 4 thumbtacks and put them in the bottom corners of your screen.
Flip your screen back over (so it’s sitting on the thumb tacks) and place it over newspaper, or inside a cardboard box.
4. Take your drawing fluid and paint the area of your design that you want to be printed. Let the drawing fluid dry completely.
5. Once the drawing fluid is dry, take Speedball’s screen filler and place a line of the filler near the top edge of your screen and use the squeegee to pull the filler over your entire screen.
6. Let the screen filler dry completely- It’s recommend that you let it dry overnight.
7. Use warm water and a sponge and wash off the drawing fluid. It should come off pretty easy, but you can lightly scrub at it with the sponge if you need to.
8. Place your screen over your cloth napkin in the area you want your design.
9. Use the squeegee to spread the fabric paint over your design on the screen, pressing firmly. Make sure to completely cover your design area.
10. Lift your screen straight up off of your cloth and you’re done!
Let your design dry!
Have you ever tried screen printing? This was my first time and I’m pretty pleased with the results! 🙂
For the colors I used a Mister Huey watercolor set by Studio Calico and then doodled through a stencil.
What do you think? Overall, I’m pretty happy with them!
Welcome to the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop!
We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year!
Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.
My gift is one made with geeks in mind! So whether you have a friend that is a trekkie, a star wars fan, a whovian or just an all around nerd, space is the final frontier! So anything galaxy themed is the perfect gift for your geeky friend!
2. Cut out swirls from your Oly*Fun material. You can sketch onto the material first to create a pattern, but I just free handed them with a pair of scissors. Remember, it’s a galaxy, it doesn’t have to be perfect.
3. Brush a liquid glue onto the back of your Oly*Fun swirls and decoupage them down onto your clock. This is where you get to be creative and create a galaxy!
4. Time to get out your gelly roll pens and further embellish your galaxy. My best tips:
- Swirls. They’re super simple (anyone can draw a swirl) and work really well with the galaxy theme.
- Dots, This could be space dust, right?
- Circles. Somewhat like dots, only larger. They’re easy and add texture to your galaxy.
- Stars. Every galaxy needs stars and it’s another simple shape to make.
At this point, I decided my galaxy needed a moon in the foreground. Here’s how to make one:
5. Cut out a 3″ circle from gray Oly*Fun material as well as a few dots and a quarter circle. Scallop one edge of the quarter circle so that it’s wavy. Glue them down onto the 3″ circle. Glue the moon onto the clock.
6. Take a black Gelly Roll pen and add doodles to your moon. I outlined my material and added a bunch of dots to look like craters,
7. Take your Quickie Glue Pen and draw some swirls, stars and dots around your galaxy. While the glue is still wet, sprinkle silver glitter over your glue doodles. Knock off the excess glitter.
Time to give it a glossy look!
8, Squirt out equal amounts of resin and hardener into a disposable cup and stir for one minute or following the directions on the package. (I used the entire amount of resin in the 1.oz kit.)
9. Pour your mixed resin onto your clock and smooth it out using a brush. Let it dry completely (I recommend overnight).
10. Follow the instructions of your clock kit to put your clock together.
11. Place your clock numbers equally around your circle, mashing them down to secure them good. It’s extremely important that they’re spaced out equally- You don’t want to be running late because your number was in the wrong place!
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Have you tried making pine needle baskets? They take a little bit of time, but I love working on them while watching movies or tv (star trek episodes!).
Also, I’m curious- Would you be interested in purchasing handmade baskets? I’m also considering posting a tutorial.