Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Christmas in July Necklace

I have never taken a big interest in the whole "Christmas in July" concept before this year but with school being as hectic as it is and Christmas break being so brief I began to understand why making Christmas presents during the summer is really a great idea!


Before I get into the tutorial, I want to introduce you to a couple of my sponsors:

First up is Cats-Purrfect
She makes molds for resin. She sculpts the original pieces and casts the molds herself and sells them for a great price at her site! She has a lot of different molds available and she even has a YouTube channel display her molds!
You can get your own molds here: http://www.cats-purrfect.com/
And check out videos of them here: http://www.youtube.com/user/catspurrfect

She has graciously provided me with some molds to use including this wonderful Gingerbread Man!


Next on my list of sponsors is Aanraku Glass Studios
They have some wonderful pieces that work great with resin.
You can check their products out here: http://store.abasg.com/mm5/merchant.mvc

For this project I'm using their Large Silver Plated Pattern Bails. They come in a package of 10 with 2 each of 5 different patterns!


Another great thing about the large size is that they can slid over the necklace without using a jump ring!



I'm using EasyCast Resin, Cats-Purrfect Gingerbread Man Mold, Castin' Crafts Opaque Pigment in Red, Green, Black, Brown, Yellow, and Pearl, a Castin'Crafts Jewelry Mold, and some glitter!


I'm going to fill in the deepest areas of the mold first which are the face, bow tie, and buttons.
I'm using black, red, green, and some glitter- you could really use any colors here but I'm going traditional!


Spray both the Gingerbread Man Mold and Jewelry Mold with some Castin' Crafts Mold Release!Mix up a batch of EasyCast Resin!
*Here's a neat tip* Since I only need small amounts of each color and don't want to waste a bunch of cups, pour some resin into the small cavities of the jewelry mold and use them as mixing cups!


Mix the colors and glitter as desired directly in the jewelry mold cavities using toothpicks. Be carefully not to add too much dye because it can affect the resin hardening. When your left overs have set they should pop out just like normal leaving you with a clean mold and no wasted cups!



Use some toothpicks to carefully fill in the little gingerbread man's features and let these set for at least an hour or two before continuing.


Mix up another batch of EasyCast and color this one brown for his body. I used a mixture of Pearl, Brown, and a touch of Yellow to try and get a real "gingerbread" look.


Fill in the body with the brown. Try not to pour directly on the previous resin to avoid disrupting it!


Let the resin set for 24-72 hours to harden completely.



Look how cute he is!!


To turn this guy into a necklace I used a red necklace (from Hobby Lobby), some E-6000, and a Aanraku Bail (I'm using a design that reminds me of snowflakes!)


Apply some E-6000 to the bail...



Firmly press it to the back of the gingerbread man. Let this sit for 24 hours to get maximum adhesion.


Now we have an adorable necklace to spread some holiday cheer! Or to put away for stocking stuffers!


6 comments:

  1. Well, hello there Mr. Gingerbread Man! I wanna eat him but I won't because he looks too cute! Lol! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! You make it look so easy and I really want to try out crafting with resin, soon! :)

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    1. Thanks so much! If you try some out let me know! I'd love to see what you make!

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  2. adorable gingerbread man. I love Cat's Purrfects molds. I really want to get some. Expecially some of her horror film ones. :)

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  3. Awww thanks again doll for the AWESOME review =]--You did an AMAZEING job---MEOW!! Enjoy your NEW molds=]

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    1. You're very welcome!! And thanks so much!!

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