Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Resin, resin, resin, so much fun!!!

I'm a guest designer over at http://amazingmoldputty.blogspot.com/ and have been working with all their different products.  I love everything so far, yes I have learned to make molds, to play with clear and casting resin, to use dyes and metallic powders, it has been a very amazing experience.  I love that I can use these products in many other ways, not just making molds and pouring resin to make objects.  I hate wasting, so in the process of learning how to use resin, I had some spillage here and there and once the resin was dried in the plastic cup I was using, I found it it comes right off, in the shape of the bottom of the cup, and is so easy to cut, so I've kept a few to use later on.

Well this past weekend I felt like playing around with some of the resin and some of the stuff I've done already, so I made these two images to be used as Halloween cards, but after looking at them for a bit longer, I think I might convert these into Halloween frames or plaques.

I just took materials I had on hand;
Halloween images I cut last year and papers I had inked up and stamped with Halloween images last year. The spider web, spider and owls I made using amazing mold putty and amazing cast resin, copper, gun metal and gold metallic powders
Red, black and white Plaid's paints
Crystal trim I got from Michaels, can't remember the brand name.
Black feathers I had left over from prom
Paper flowers I made using velum color papers and cut with Quick Snippers to give decorative edges to the flowers.
Black glitter lace and black wired glitter ribbon on hand
Left over resin that had started to set and could not use, so I just pour it over paper, well I was able to use some of this resin to make the moon on the pumpkin card, the purple behind the pumpkin is resin too, the word boo and the ghost on the hat were hand cut from resin left overs too.

Close up of the Witch's hat card

Close up of the pumpkin card

It was really a lot of fun creating these two items, I love crafting, but I love it even more when I don't have a plan to follow, when I create as I go along.  Is like brainstorming, just take what ever comes to mind and  play around until you like what you see.  It's fun not knowing what the final project is going to look like, until you are done!!! I still see these as part of a fun frame, or maybe a wall hanging, I think these can be more than just Halloween cards. 

What is creativity? Creativity is endless!!!..................You can make IT, if you can imagine IT!!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Jewelry Remake for Fall

This summer my sister found a way to get me to walk, she asked me if I would take her to a couple of garage sales, she was looking for yard stuff, like pots, plants, etc.  I have knee problems, and walking/standing is very painful, so I figure I would just drive her and wait in the car.  Well she was pretty smart and made me take her to sub-division's garage sales in different areas in Indiana.  Ok, so I did not wait in the car, I walked, and yes it was painful, but after weeks of doing this, not only did I get the exercise and movement I needed but some good old vitamin D, and some awesome finds.  

I looked for stuff I could use in my crafting, specially old jewelry pieces, even if they were broken, it didn't matter, if I thought I could use it, I bought it.  In one of my week end trips with my sister I found a pretty nice necklace, now I'm not a necklace person, but I liked the colors of the stones and the metal, it was a bit too heavy and too much for me to wear, I personally like simple necklaces if I'm going to wear them at all, and  the jewelry I make has to be comfortable, light to be worn all day if needed (specially earrings).

Here is the necklace, as you can see you have a two piece necklace, the metal part made it too heavy for me and not simple enough, so I took it apart.

This shows the first re-design idea, the bracelet, I liked how it looked so I put it together. 

Now you can see in the two photos below how the bracelet came out, I put it on, but didn't like how the metal parts hung, it just didn't feel right, so I took it all apart again, and played with all the metal pieces and the tiny blue beads for a bit until I found a new design I liked.

Now below is a photo of the final bracelet, this I liked, it looks a lot better when I wear it.  Now, as I mentioned I don't really care for necklaces, but I decided to take some of the extra chain and if you add to the bracelet you can ether make it a double bracelet or a necklace, so is a one piece item that you have the option to wear it in two totally different ways

 Here is a photo of the earrings I made to match both the bracelet and the ring.

Now I have a thing for rings, I had to make one for this set, but I didn't have enough of the orange/red stones, so I took my Amazing Crafting Products and made one so I could have a full set.  If you want to know how I made this ring, check out this link later on today, my post on how to make this resin ring will be up http://amazingmoldputty.blogspot.com/2013/09/from-garage-sale-find-to-fall-inspired.html maybe you have a jewelry set you like but don't have a ring to match, well this might give you an idea of how to make your own.   I worn this set once, and I had several persons, ask if I could sell it or make them their own, so I might be making some new sets based on this idea in the near future, I'm thinking of all the different colors I could make using different dyes, it is fun when you feel inspired by something you made yourself.  This ring is so light and fun to wear, the resin is very light.

Well I hope this post inspires you to get creative and have fun wearing your own creations. 

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