Wednesday, April 10, 2019

glue geode redone in resin

a while back I tried doing a YouTube video where the lady showed you how to use white glue instead of resin.  I was not pleased with the end result.

here is the result of that experiment


I had the frame in my stash from garage sales and storage unit clean outs
my husband cut a board to fit the frame
I glued the board into the frame
then used caulk to seal the edges

I added lots and lots of stones to the top of the board
also added several piles of gold and silver beads
then poured resin
added glitter
used alcohol inks
and silicone oil


fiddling with it by using the heat gun to push the resin around
adding glitter where I thought it needed it
or more stones







Tuesday, April 9, 2019

3 horse mosaic - phase 2

my glitter stash
more than one grown woman should own.......


rummaged thru the glitter stash and found several containers


poured some of each into a bowl, mixed it and added more until I came up with this mix


got out my Mod Podge and a foam brush


put a thick coat of Mod Podge on the board
sprinkled with glitter
mashing and smoothing it in to the Mod Podge


After this layer of glitter dried
I added another thick coat of Mod Podge over it to make sure it was all glued down

I dug out the green glass pieces


and sprinkled some on top of the glitter




all ready for a layer of resin


3 horse mosaic - phase 1

I'm always looking for mosaic ideas.  I look at stained glass and applique patterns a lot.  I found this 3 horse stained glass pattern.  This is printed on a 8 1/2 x 14 inch sheet of paper.


using carbon paper, I traced the pattern onto a board
then started to fill in the horses with lots of small things from my craft room hoard

the manes are bugle beads
ear is a decorative chain with small discs
the head of the horse is B.B's
the eye is a black bead with a silver seed bead glued on the hole
there is more chain on several places of the face
large links of chain were cut to form the area around the nostril and mouth
silver seed beads under the neck and at the bottom of the chest
silver glass pebble rock and silver plastic beads in the body
a piece of chain on the chest
and more B.B.'s for the leg

this horse is using the same materials as above, except in gold or copper B.B.'s
the ears are petals from a flower pin with some chain links glue to the outer edge of the ear shape

same materials as the other silver horse except this one has one ear formed from a different type of chain
and the second ear is formed from cutting up links on a large chain
where is some ball bead chain on this one around the nose and that runs up the front of the face



red dot in this one and one above is to remind me not to fill the area in........
they are suppose to be blank............
yes, I need reminders like that sometimes!

Raven on his hoard - not grouted

this is a picture of some junk metal stuff that was found when a family member was metal detecting in Florida
I told him to keep his junk finds and I would use them in a mosaic

You don't have to go on a scavenger find to locate the above.  I used a lot of his stuff in the nest for the Raven.

I was having a hard time free form drawing the Raven.  So my sweet hubby drew him from a image I had printed out months ago.

The tree is tile that looks like wood flooring.  I used several colors of green stained glass, beads and some leaves off of some costume jewelry for the leaves and limbs in the tree.

The Raven is mainly beads.

The sky around the Raven is several colors of blue stained glass and some blue glass aquarium gravel.


The nest has resin poured over it.  I knew gluing down that much stuff into the nest would be a nightmare.  


This is the same technique used to do a free form geode - EXCEPT - for the geode, you need to form it on plastic, so you can peel it off.  Also, a geode would be continuous in a circle or wonky oblong circle.  I'm waiting for the silicone to dry before putting the rest of the tape at the bottom.


After the silicone caulk dried, I finished adding tape around the edges and made sure all seams were closed up.  I only applied a thin layer of resin over everything.  But, I did try to at least make sure it I streamed a thin line of resin as I poured over the top of the nest.  I wanted the things in the next to have up and down texture, but be smooth to the touch.

Once resin was poured over the nest and it dried..........nothing moved.  

Now waiting to be grouted.  The nest WILL NOT BE grouted.  Only the parts around the nest.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Giant multi-colored geode

I had my husband cut this out a while back.  One thing I should have done was made the inner circle smaller so I could add the jewels into a smaller opening.  I decided not to try and fill this opening up because it would have cost a small fortune.
















p.s.:  remember because of the gloss of the resin.........some of the marks in the photo's are glare

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Old Cabinet Door Resin Pour

My husband brought home this cabinet door.  He said, I thought you might could use it in one of your crafts.  So, I did.

I sealed the interior edges so that my resin would not leak out........  because believe me........resin will find a pin hole and be all over the place.  Ask me how I know!

I used several colors of mica powders.  And several colors of glitters.  Mixing up small cups of the colors.  I poured them onto the cabinet door.

Of course I sprinkled on extra glitter to the larger color areas to break up the big color splotches.

Before the resin had time to set, I went around some of the color edges and used some gold and silver beads.

After this layer dried, I used my silver and gold paint pens to paint lines.  Then a final coat of resin was poured on.




And finished.  Painted the edges in a metallic gold paint.



Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Silver Free Form Geode Resin Pour

It's so hard to get pictures of these resin pours.  

The big white blob toward the bottom right corner is glare........

This was also a free form geode.  We both thought that the one that I did for my niece turned out good.  So my husband made me another frame for this one.  

The silver free form geode stopped at the dark gray stones.  

The dark gray stones where pushed up next to the silver free form geode.  Then 3 different colors of broken glass after that.  I put some of the large glitter in a couple of areas.  Formed another smaller looking geode out of stones in the bottom left corner.  Mixed resin with some mica powders and filled in the other areas.

Did basically the same thing on this one by adding more glitter, spritzing with alcohol inks and dribbling with silicone.




this picture has a shadow of my arms up in the air along with 2 glare spots


On this frame my husband made, I used white chalk paint and dry brushed some dark gray and moss green.

I ended up adding 2 more layers of resin to this one to be able to coat the top of the stones.


One thing about resin............You never know how your final picture is going to end up.  I have hated several of the ones I worked on.  I poured the resin, then messed with them until they started to get too tacky.

Using the silicone and alcohol inks - plus a heat gun has changed them into pictures that I ended up liking.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Pink Free Form Geode Resin Pour Picture

The free form part is from the fushia pink glitter ring toward the stones in the middle.

I used silicone caulk and to make a design on a piece of plastic.  Then I poured the resin over the center stones and poured the rings with resin mixed with color and glitter.

After I took it loose from the silicone it was a thin geode disc of sparkly, glittery resin.

I decided to frame the free form geode.   My husband built the awesome frame.  I used Ballet Pink Chalk Paint and smudged it with a little white.  My husband also suggested smudging a little green on it too.

I then mixed up some more resin and added mica powders to several cups and pour resin around the free form geode.  After I had the colors poured, I sprinkled on some extra glitter in some places.  I also dotted the resin with some colored alcohol inks and finally with some silicone oil.

The silicone oil creates feathering and whirls in the resin.



The oil will work it's way to the top of the resin.  Before pouring more resin, I clean the surface of all oil or the next layer of resin won't flow correctly.

So once it was dried and cleaned, I applied a final clear coat of resin to seal in the glitter I sprinkled on top.  This also gives the lower layer more depth.



outside in the light so you can see more of the color and texture in the resin

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Friday, August 24, 2018

Red Resin Pour

I think this one is 16 x 16

I like the feathering of the colors


there is red and gold glitter suspended in the resin



lol..........  this one had some inclusions in it that were not deliberately put in there
some lint or something that looked like a hair, probably cat hair

any way using the dremmel, I drilled out the unwanted extra's which of course left scuffed spots and messed up spots on the piece

but, the beauty of resin is that if you pour another layer it will cover up the places that you fix


Thursday, August 23, 2018

2 small resin pours

These are small 
approx size is 6 in. x 8 in.

It was hard for me to get a flow going trying to do a small board with stones

it might have been easier doing a small board if you are only doing colored resin
or resin mixed with glitter




Wednesday, August 22, 2018

A different pour experiment

this one was done using clear glue.  The lady doing the youtube video claimed this was a way to get a resin pour without the high cost of buying resin.  Not even close to me.


I mixed gold, green and silver glitter in the glue
Also used were stones, broken 1/2 gem marbles in different colors and mother of pearl pieces

I made this one on a piece of luan wood.  It soaked up the glue and started to separate into layers around a couple of places on the edge of the wood.  Probably would have worked better on birch.  But the luan was too thin.

I don't like that the glue flattened out so much.  I like how resin stands up and your inclusions can be seen thru the resin.

this picture with no flash



picture with flash