Saturday, December 28, 2013

New Year's Ball using Jewelry Clay

I was thinking of the beautiful ball that drops in New York for New Year's and came up with this cute little pendant!

The ball is made with Envirotex Jewelry Clay.

I'm also using these tiny rhinestones I found at Hobby Lobby.

Mix up a batch of Jewelry Clay and roll it into a ball...

Take a head pin and slide it through the center of the ball.

Press some rhinestones into the ball either at random or in your desired pattern...

Coat the ball with some Pearl Ex.
I'm using 663 Silver.

Let this set for 24 hours to harden.

Once set trim the pin down...

Use the jewelry pliers to make a coil with the pin...

Attach to a necklace with a jumpring and your ready for a rockin' New Year's Eve!!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Confetti Rinchies


These are so easy to make and can be made into jewelry or magnets or just as crafty embellishments!

These are made with confetti and scrapbooking paper in 1 inch circle mold.
A 1 inch circle paper punch makes cutting the paper out a breeze.

Seal both sides of the paper with a few coats of Mod Podge.

Mix up a batch of EasyCasy Resin and fill the mold about 3/4 full and add your confetti.
*ETI suggests wearing gloves for safety* Gloves also help keep your nails nice!

Place the paper in face down and finish filling the mold with resin.
Let this set for 24-72 hours to harden.

Now these are ready to be turned into rings or pendants. Or magnets or glued to a scrapbook layout!

As an added bonus a 1 inch resin piece can fit inside a bottle cap!
I'm thinking these could be a cute set of holiday magnets for New Year's and Valentine's Day!

Monday, December 23, 2013

India Paper Jewelry Set

This is actually a present I'm giving this Christmas!
It is made using the doming technique and some paper I found at Joann's that was made in India.

Using a paper punch I punched several ovals from the paper...

In a variety of colors!

Coat all of the ovals with Mod Podge..

About 3 coats on both sides.

Mix up a batch of EasyCast Resin and add a few drops to the center of the oval.
*ETI suggests using gloves for your safety* Glove also help keep you nails nice!

Use a toothpick to spread the resin just to the edges of the paper.

Let this set for at least 24 hours to harden.

I also wanted to share a couple of informational bits:
The oval on the left has not been coated with Mod Podge. The one on the right has been coated.

You can see how the resin discolors the paper almost instantly...

It is similar to a potato chip oil stain on paper when you don't seal the paper with Mod Podge.

I also makes the paper somewhat see through as you can see from the comparison of the back of these pieces.

Also it is easy to fix the parts where the resin overflowed the paper...

Just trim it with some scissors!

Mix another batch of resin and coat the backs too.
Let them set for 24-72 hours to harden completely.

Using a small drill bit drill holes in the top center of each oval.
Take breaks often so you don't end up with blisters!!

Add jump rings to each oval and attach to earring hooks, a bracelet chain, and a necklace chain in whatever pattern you like!

Now they just need to be packaged for gifting!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Glitter Christmas Earrings with Yaley Resin

This project will be introducing another type of resin!

Yaley Resin
Yaley Enterprises makes Resin and Deep Flex Resin Molds along with a variety of colorants.
Check out all the offer here:

I'm using Yaley Resin for this which is a type of polyester resin. It is mixed using a catalyst.
I will be adding the mixing instructions as a tab on the site for easy reference.

The first thing you need to know about this type of resin is USE IT OUTSIDE!!!
There are fumes, serious fumes, that can be harmful when inhaled. Be sure you are in a very well ventilated area when you use this. Your yard or an open garage with a fan. Do Not use this inside!

That said the mixing of this resin works very differently than EasyCast. You need to know how deep your resin will be when it's poured and how much resin you'll need. Also, it will change if you are doing multiple layers.

If you're pouring a piece that is 1/4 inch deep you will want to mix your resin using 1 oz of resin and 9 drops of catalyst. If you need more resin than 1 oz you would double the recipe: 2 oz of resin and 18 drops of catalyst and so on.

If you're pouring a piece that is 1/2 inch deep you will mix 1 oz of resin and 5 drops of catalyst.
The deeper the resin is the more heat will build up and you'll need less catalyst.

If you are making something very deep you will want to work in layers.
The first layer might be 1/4 inch deep using 1 oz of resin and 5 drops of catalyst. But when you mix the resin for the second layer, even though it might still be 1/4 inch deep, you would mix 1 oz of resin with only 4 drops of catalyst. The heat from the first layer will help the second layer set and not need so much catalyst. The third layer would only need 1 oz of resin and 3 drops of catalyst!

When mixing resin that uses a catalyst you color or add glitter to the resin before you add the catalyst.
Once the catalyst has been added your working time starts and you don't want to waste it mixing colors. So you add the resin to your cup and mix in the coloring or glitter until you get it the way you like it. Then you add the catalyst in.

You can also embed things in this type of resin. That works the same as other varieties of resin.
Be sure to seal paper items with Mod Podge!
You'll have to experiment to see which things float and sink as the viscosity (thickness) of this type of resin is different than Epoxy Resin (like EasyCast). It also "gels" quicker which means you might expect things like glitter to sink and the resin will thicken more quickly than you expect so the glitter might float instead.

This resin will need 24-72 hours to harden completely before removing from the mold. It will also need additional time for the chemical smell to fade.

As a side note: (in my opinion) the finished resin pieces seem to be lighter weight than EasyCast and when left clear the resin is much more clear and has less air bubbles than EasyCast.
The finished pieces did retain the chemical smell for a few days though and had to be left to air out making it less suitable for immediate use once set. The smell did go away after a few days (less than a week) of being left in the garage.

Start with measuring the resin...

Pour it into your mixing cup...
This is when you would add color or glitter!

Add your catalyst...
(a disposable dropper would help greatly!)

Pour into your prepared mold
(I still spray it with Castin' Crafts Mold Release)

Add you embeds just like any other resin.
Here I'm using red and green chunky glitter in the circles and a Christmas mix of microbeads in the diamonds.
Let set for 24-72 hours to harden.

Even though these are a bit large, this resin is surprisingly lightweight!!

I'm using E-6000 and some earring posts to get these wearable.

Let the E-6000 set for 24 hours to reach maximum adhesion.

Now these are ready to spread some sparkly joy!!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Snow Globe Ring

Cute snow globe for your finger!

Start by making a snowman with some polymer clay.
Roll two small balls on a bit smaller than the other...

Cut a head pin a bit shorter than the two balls...

Slide them onto the head pin and press them together to make your snowman's body.

Draw on a face and buttons with a Sharpie.
You could use different colors if you'd like that better.

Use some Glossy Accents to coat the Sharpie. This will keep the resin from blurring the marker.

This is made using a ball mold (tutorial found here:

Mix up a batch of EasyCast Resin and fill the mold about 3/4 way full...
ETI suggests wearing gloves for your safety Gloves also help keep your nails nice.

I'm adding some "snow" using white mylar flakes. Mylar stays suspended better than glitter. Just randomly position the flakes in the resin with a toothpick.
I found these mylar flakes with the nail stuff at DollarTree

Stick the snowman to some washi tape and make sure he is attached well...

Insert the snowman into the resin using the tape to keep the bottom of the snowman close to the top of the mold.
Let this set for about 24 hours to harden enough to keep the snowman stuck in the resin.

Mix up another batch of EasyCast and finish filling the mold.
Add more mylar flakes too.

Let this set for 24-72 to harden completely.

He is so adorable!!

To turn this into a ring I'm using a ring blank, some E-6000, and a dollhouse miniature plate.

These came in a pack of 4 found at Hobby Lobby.

Add some E-6000 to the bottom of the resin piece...

Attach this to the bottom of the plate to create the snowglobe base...

Add some E-6000 to the ring blank...

Attach this to the indent in the plate...

Let the E-6000 dry for 24 hours to reach maximum adhesion.

Now you have a cute little snowglobe to wear all season long!!