Friday, April 29, 2016

How to Make Faux Egyptian Glass Perfume Bottles from Resin

Over the past month I've shared a few of my resin jewellery-making ideas with you as the Featured Artist on the Amazing Casting Products blog. But resin doesn't have to be reserved only for jewellery - it is equally suitable for creating home decorator items. The starting point for my final project, the  "Inspiration Post",  is a beautiful Egyptian Perfume bottle that I'll be recreating in resin. You can read about the backstory that inspired these beautiful bottles on the  Amazing Casting Products blog . Whilst you're there, take a look through the archives for some other wonderful inspiration. I was a bit nervous undertaking this project because I had no idea if I’d be able to remove my precious bottle from the Mold Putty once it had cured. But I took a deep breath and proceeded anyway! Here’s what you’ll need to create the mould for the central bead: Amazing Mold Putty Egyptian perfume bottle   To cast the bead, you’ll need: Alum...
Saturday, April 16, 2016

Steampunk Resin Jewellery with a Bright and Modern Twist

Did you know that I'm the featured artist over at the Amazing Casting Products blog this month? Each Friday/Saturday, one of my resin projects will be featured or there will be a little article where you can learn some fun facts about me as I have fun playing with resin. Today I share a tutorial on how to make this bright and bold "Steampunk-esque" necklace. I had so much fun with these resin cogs and wheels that I couldn't stop at just one piece. Here's a piece I glammed up with Swarovski crystals. And another variation. Steampunk never looked so bright and fresh! These pieces are not for the faint-hearted - they are big and bold and really make a statement! So if you've got an afternoon free, why not give this project a go - you can re-create this catwalk-worthy piece in just a few hours. 'Til next time..... If you can't get enough of My Tutorials and you want even more inspiration,  click here to find my books and ...
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Marbled and Textured Resin Bracelet

I'm the guest artist over at Amazing Crafts this month and I've been sharing tutorials and inspiration on their blog each week. But this bonus project is just for you! Today, I'm going to share how I made this really cool Marbled and Textured resin bracelet made with quick curing polyurethane resin. This resin cures white. How to Make a Textured Resin Bracelet You'll need to gather a few things: Alumilite Amazing Casting Resin Alumilite Red dye Alumilite Violet Dye Alumilite silver metallic powder Silicone texture mould - I used Kraft Lady AMKT 4 Rococo (edited - mould is no longer available. Try searching for silicone texture mats) Soft bristled brush Open back silver oval bracelet blank Teflon Craft Sheet Permanent marker Scrap of paper Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Scissors  - they cut through resin like butter! Stanley knife 5-minute Araldite or strong adhesive like E6000 Measuring cups and wooden stir sticks Brush the surface of the texture mou...
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Jewellery Display Frame

Today's post is a little different to recent posts in that I don't have a free tutorial for you but I really wanted to share with you this fabulous jewellery display. No doubt you've seen plenty of these around on the internet but this one was made especially for me by my father and he's done such a fabulous job on it - I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. My brief was that it needed to have mesh for hanging earrings, a rail for bracelets and hooks to hang necklaces from (I still need to screw those in along the bottom of the frame). The only other thing I specified was that it be black and white. You can clearly see the white frame. And that lovely white scallop in the background is actually curtain lace placed against black cardstock, so he fulfilled the brief perfectly. But what I love about the overall look of the display is how the white-on-black has become a shade of grey - it's the perfect foil to show off my jewellery without taking anyt...