Monday, April 30, 2012

An Unusual Paperweight Made Using Amazing Mold Putty and Amazing Casting Resin!!


Sometime ago I picked up a liquid soap dispenser in a thrift store that was shaped like a lady’s shoe. I thought it looked awesome and had the idea that it would also look good as a paperweight! Now wouldn’t that be unusual and quirky perched on your desk at work?

Rusty and Sakura 4-26-12 008And so the fun begins! First off I mixed equal amounts of Part A and Part B of the Mold Putty. After kneading the putty until it was completely blended, I molded the putty around the shoe as far as it would go. I then repeated the process with more putty and finished molding the shoe.    Rusty and Sakura 4-26-12 010Looks pretty bad at this point doesn’t it?Rusty and Sakura 4-26-12 011I then mixed up equal parts of the Amazing Resin and added some blue dye to it. Because the mold is slanted, it took several pours to get the mold completely filled. Rusty and Sakura 4-26-12 013 Once the mold was set up I popped it out of the mold and here it is:Rusty and Sakura 4-26-12 015 How cool is that???? The main reason for the blue is to give the project a colored background. I trimmed up the resin piece and then sprayed it with some Krylon Glitter Blast. Once that was dry I added a few embellishments and here’s the finished project:

Paperweight with Mold Putty and resin 002The pictures don’t even begin to show just how glittery the Krylon glitter blast is. I was really pleasantly surprised at what an easy job it was to make the mold and pour the resin. I thought I would have resin everywhere because I had to do four small pours to fill the shoe but it was a breeze because the resin sets up so quickly. Here’s some other shots:Paperweight with Mold Putty and resin 001Paperweight with Mold Putty and resin 003Paperweight with Mold Putty and resin 005This paperweight would make a sweet gift for someone but I think I’ll keep this one and now I have a mold to make others! You need to try this stuff, because I know you’ll like it!


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Want to see what project I’ve done using Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers?


I tried out the Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers on a couple of other things this time for my project. I started out with a resin butterfly.

Rusty and Sakura 4-26-12 018 I painted my butterfly with Sakura Crystal Lacquer and several colors of the mixers. So easy to do and now with a simple pin back you have a beautiful pin to wear!

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The other thing I used my Sakura Lacquer and Terri Sproul mixers on was a Plaster of Paris picture frame.

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Using my Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers I used several colors to paint it. The green that was used on this was a green that I created by mixing Tanzanite Blue and Citrine Pearl. You will get the color of green that you like by using the amounts of blue and yellow that you like.Rusty and Sakura 4-26-12 026I loved how the green turned out on my project. I also used Citrine Pearl, Tanzinite Blue, and Violet Pearl. I thought it turned out very pretty, what about you?

                                                   Rusty and Sakura 4-26-12 027These products are just wonderful and can be used on soooo many different surfaces! If you’re interested in using a paint and sealer all together then these products are just for you. The possibilities are endless. Just give them a try and see for yourself.


Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Fantastic Artsy Bloggers!


Check out all of the wonderful blogs, full of information and wonderful Arts and Crafts!

Beading Arts
The fabulous Leslie Rogalski shares her thoughts about her creative process with us! You don't want to miss this!

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
How to create a cheery no-sew spring scene wall hanging.

New Product Reviews and Making a mess - Laura Thykeson
Playing with my art supplies, or getting new ones to test

Mo(o)re Whimsies
Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers on a gourd.

Painted Glass Garden Mushrooms
Cherie uses paint and old dessert cups to make some glass garden mushrooms.


Make a visit to each of these blogs please and leave a comment letting these bloggers know whether you enjoyed their blogs or not. I’m sure you’re going to love them all.



Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Artsy Bloggers Round-Up with some great links!


Beading Arts
"Spring Fever" month on Beading Arts is off to a great start with some wonderful pieces shared by readers who were inspired by their own travels!

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Don't throw those Easter egg shells away. Here's how to make an egg shell mosaic box using them.


Mixed Media: Faith Love Hope Joy
Cherie uses a collection of papers with acrylics.


Mo(o)re Whimsies
An Easter Rabbit made with Creative Paperclay®


Taz's Corner
Radiant Rains and Existencils!


Please check out all of these links and leave these wonderful people some love. You’ll love their blogs and the posts that you can read. So much great information!


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Using Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers on a Gourd!


I’ve been working on another gourd using Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul mixers. To begin with I picked out a small Martin Gourd and a pattern of flowers that I thought would look good on it.


These flowers were on pyrography paper, so once I decided where I wanted to place them I peeled the back off and stuck it to the gourd. Once I got it situated I wood burned the flowers onto the gourd.

                                   003     Here’s a close up of the front of the gourd and also the back of the gourd (yep I decided it needed flowers on the back too) once I had finished the wood burning.



Aren’t they pretty? Both of the flower pictures were on pyrography paper. I enjoy pyrography even though it takes awhile to do. Next I got my Crystal Lacquer out and Red Shimmer Terri Sproul mixers. After mixing the two together to my satisfaction, I took a small paint brush and painted my flowers. For the leaves and stems I mixed Pearl Tanzanite Blue with Pearl Citrine to come up with a green that I liked. I used the small brush and my mixed up green to paint the leaves and stems and this is what it looked like when I finished:

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The back of the gourd wasn’t lighter, it’s just the way the light was acting. Don’t you think these colors are amazing? I love this stuff! I’m going to a Gourd Festival in Missouri in two weeks and plan on demonstrating the Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers while I’m there. I think this gourd will be traveling with me as just one example of how these wonderful products can be used. One thing that is just really soooo cooool is that once this product dries you don’t have to seal it and you don’t have to worry about it running if you seal the rest of the gourd and the sealer touches it. You really need to purchase some of the Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers and give them a try! They can be used on so many different things! If you clean up your brush while it’s still wet, you can do it with water, if you let the Crystal Lacquer dry on your brush (shame on you, lol) you can use fingernail polish remover with acetone to clean it up. Get you some and let the fun begin!!


Monday, April 9, 2012

An Easter Rabbit Trinket Box with Creative Paperclay®


One of the things you do when applying for a design team is to make something using the product you want to be on the design team for and post it on your blog to be judged. This is my audition piece. I’ve been on the Creative Paperclay ® design team for awhile now but I can tell you that I still love this air dry clay.  With Easter coming round, I wanted to make a rabbit head.  For this project I used:

Creative Paperclay®

aluminum foil

a styrofoam ball


paper ribbon

Sakura Crystal Lacquer w/Terri Sproul Mixers

Metallic acrylic paint

Brad eyes

Paper Mache’ Box

I started out by gluing  my aluminum foil rabbit ears onto the styrofoam ball and then covering the ball with Creative Paperclay®.

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I had to put the clay on the front of the rabbit and let it dry first so that I could hang onto something while I put the clay on the rest of the styrofoam ball.  I inserted the eyes too.

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I had to prop it up to keep it from rolling off while the rest of the head dried. Those ears kept making it want to fall over. LOL

While the head was drying this time, I painted the bottom of my paper mache’ box with Crystal Lacquer mixed with the Terri Sproul mixer “Tanzinite Blue” This color turns a green color when painted on a brown box. I painted the lid with Metallic Acrylic Pink. Once the head was completely dry I painted it and glued it onto the box with E6000 and tied my ribbon around that when the glue dried.



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I think it turned out terrific don’t you? Creative Paperclay ® is just so much fun to work with. This rabbit could have been made to look like the rabbit in Alice In Wonderland or maybe a Steampunk rabbit, there are many possibilities.

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