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Little Windows Resin How-to and Review – Part 2

Well hello there life! How are you doing? Oh, yea, pretty busy there, eh? Yes, I should know! You’ve been keeping me from getting the second part of this blog post up!

**My sincerest apologies for life getting in the way.**

So here is Part 2 of the Little Windows Resin How-to and Review. You can read the first part here: Little Windows Resin How-to and Review: Part 1

Now that my charms have set in the mold for 12 hours, it’s time to remove them!

**NOTE** one of the first things I like to do is give a light touch to each piece, just to make sure they are fully dry. On my last batch, I had one piece that took 18 hours to become mostly dry – I unmolded it and it was hard, but I was able to put a hole in it and sand it without any damage to the piece.

1. The molds are flexible. Take each end (the long way, and twist them away from each other. You should hear some cracking sound – it’s OK! It’s just the charm separating from the mold!

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2. Turn the mold over and begin smacking it on the table (open side down)¬†until the charms come out. Sometimes it will take a light tap, sometimes a little harder. Your pieces should be solid and have a little give to them. You do NOT want to push the charm out of the mold with your finger, or it can mess up your charm, becasue they are still soft at this point. If your pieces won’t come out of the mold, try sticking them in the freezer for a couple minutes, then twist the mold and smack it again.

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3. Put a hole in it! I used the hand drill sold by Little Windows to do this – if you have something similar, that should work (it may be best to do test pieces first – but if your ordering the resin, the hand drill really isn’t that expensive to add to your order). **NOTE** be sure you have a protective covering on your work surface! I actually have two sheets of cork board (the kind you hang on your wall) as a barrier so I don’t accidentally drill through my kitchen table ūüôā

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4. When you drill all the way through, turn the drill the opposite way to get it back out. There will be a few left over shavings on each side of the piece, but they can easily be wiped/cut away.

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5. Once the hole has been drilled, I like to give the back a light sanding to give it a nice finished edge. Some times, there can be areas of thin resin that stick up higher than the overall piece – these can usually be cut with a scissor or sanded away (I’m sorry I don’t have a picture). I used a very fine grit of sandpaper (I believe 1500 grit) and rub the piece in a circle 20-40 times. I usually keep turning the piece to get an even sanding on each side.¬† There will be a white powder all over the piece (and your fingers), but this easily wipes away with a paper towel.

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Wipe the piece gently with a paper towel to remove the sanded resin.

6. I used some ice pick bails I got on Etsy here to hold the charms. Start by opening the bail up, then attached it to the charm in front first, then close it in the back (a pair of jewelry making pliers works good for this step). As the charm is still a little soft, it will give a little and the bail may squeeze into the charm. I like to make sure that mine are secure enough so the bails don’t come out by themselves.

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There you have it! A completed charm! I also bought some wine glass hoops from this shop on Etsy to make them into wine glass charms (not shown).

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Have I mentioned that I LOVE this product?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! I do. I really do!

*~ Tips & Tricks ~*

After doing a few batches, here are a few extra tips I have that may help you out with yours:

  • Think about what you have going on for the day, or also the next day, to determine when you should start. My batch, using all 4 of the small molds, probably took about¬†3-4 hours, not including the 12 hour drying time, of course ūüôā Generally, mixing, molding, and removing bubbles took at least an hour. Once *dry*, removing from the mold, drilling, sanding, and adding bails took a couple hours. Since it’s harder for me to determine what time at night my charms will be done, I generally start them at night, and come back and do the unmolding in the morning.
  • For the 4 small molds, I ended up using 40ml of Part A and 20ml of Part B. This will *just* fit in the blue mixing cup. I also added a little time (30 seconds to a minute or more)¬†to the mixing/setting up time because I was making such a large batch – that is a suggestion from the creator, Fran (and could also be why I had that last piece not dry right away on my last batch). This amount filled the circle and square molds to the top, and filled the rectangle and oval molds almost to the top. I didn’t have to scrape the mixing cup to get enough resin – I could have, but I didn’t feel the need to.
  • When you are not working with your hardener, keep it in the fridge. If your house gets too warm, the hardener will turn yellow, and, unless you want yellow pieces, you won’t be able to use it.
  • If it’s summer time, then¬† you shouldn’t have a problem with the temperature of your house (unless it is too hot, then you may want to wait until it cools down). If it is fall, like it is here now in Michigan, our heat is turned on for the winter, but we like to keep it around 68 to save on our energy bills. Per directions of the resin, your room temperature should be above 70 degrees when working with the product. On a day that I’m going to be making charms, I will turn our heat up to 72 and keep it there until I unmold the last charms (i’ll turn it on Friday night or Saturday morning and leave it there until Sunday afternoon/evening). I really do believe this step does help, because I forgot to do this one time, and most of the charms were fine, but I did have a few that had dried completely on the outside, but never dried on the inside. Sometimes it’s just best to follow the instructions!
  • Keep checking back here for more tips and tricks – I may add more as I make more charms with this product!

Happy Crafting!

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Paper Twirlies June 2012 Challenge

So the team has posted another challenge for June! Here’s the inspiration:

It’s a Chrochet Slipper pattern from ChrochetGirl.

I’ve been looking at this picture for a week, trying to get an idea from it. I think I may have thought of something to try; kind of a combination of of the fringes on the brown slipper, and the colors of the blue. You’ll just have to check back later to see what I’ve come up with!

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Paper Twirlies Team Challenge – May 2012

The challenge has been issued. I accepted.

As posted on the Paper Twirlies Blog, a challenge to quill a project insipired by a creation from another Etsy artist.

Inspiration for this challenge is a quilt by Clothscapes, specifically this listing: http://www.etsy.com/listing/76639721/organic-quilt-modern-geometric-rainbow

We were able to use any picture as inspiration, and any aspect of the picture as inspiration.

Here is what I came up with:

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My inspiration for this piece was the white color of the quilt – I used textured cardstock to make the boxes to replicate stitching. I was also drawn to the square shape, as well as the varying colors in the quilt. I don’t have a name for¬†my yet, and I’m still debating if they¬†should be attached together as one piece, or left as individual pieces. However, this has to be one of¬†my most favorite projects¬†so far ūüôā

I started first by cutting and putting together my beveld frames using my Silhouette Cameo. I had purchased this project, made by Lori Whitlock (a VERY talented graphic designer/project creator Рseriously go check out her stuff), for another project, but inspiration struck to use it here.

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Next, I chose strips of varying colors in the same color family. Each box, with exception to orange, has 6 different colors in it. I used 1 strip of each color, tore them into 3″ lengths, and glued them back into two (very long) strips. The first strip was colored from lightest to darkest, and the second strip was also lightest to darkest, but I started in the middle of the colors to allow for more variance when I began twiling my paper. Each strip ended up being approximately 5′ long.

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I then used the beehive technique to curl my strips together.

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When I tried to put all of these curls into the frame, it just wouldn’t stay, because the bevel didn’t give the curls a high enough edge to stay in place.¬†In order to fix this, I had to make a¬†square¬†outline the same size as the hole in the frame to put the quilling in first, and then transfer it to the frame. I made mine out of white 1/4″ quilling paper, as I had that handy at the time, and yes, I did use safety pins as guides, as I was too lazy/excited to get this project done that I couldn’t go upstairs to the attic to get my pins ūüôā

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When all of the curls were put into place, and I had finished doing small adjustments, I glued all of the curls to each other, but made sure not to glue anything to the white frame.

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Once the curls had dried, I removed the white outline, spread some glue into the bottom of the frame, and placed my quilling inside the frame.

As this was my first craft challenge, I can honestly stay I am very pleased with the results! I can’t wait to do one again!

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Blue Feet, Pink Feet, Yellow Feet, Green Feet

Feet are fun! Love this treasury! Thanks for including my gift tags!

Blue Feet, Pink Feet, Yellow Feet, Green Feet by PaperBeau

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The Beehive – New Quilling Technique

So in the wonderful world of Pinterest, I came across a beautiful quilled flower, this one posted below, actually:

purple beehive brooch

What caught my eye most was the pattern within the pettals – it’s no where NEAR anything I had ever seen quilled before. I was in love instantly, and went on a mad hunt to find out what it was.

It is a new technique called “beehive”, created¬†by a creative Indonesian quiller named¬†Susan, over on her blog Susan Quilling.¬†I also realized a short while later that it was mentioned in the most recent issue of Quill America, with them listing a link to this blog: http://quillingmesoftlee.blogspot.com/

So, between doing the laundry, the dishes, making lunch, and tearing apart my entire closet so DH could get in the attic to see why the roof is leaking, I decided that i just HAD to try out this technique, and this is how I did it.

Upon doing some research on youtube of some video tutorials, I figured that the outide shape size that I wanted to use would be a strip around 22-24″ long, and was wrapped around a ruler 2″ wide.

I started out by choosing the colors I wanted to use. I chose 5 colors of my Lake City colors: Fuchsia, Sunset Red, Melon, Yellow, and Spring Green. I wanted the outine shape to fade from one color to the next, so I divided 22″ by 5 for the colors I was using, and tore a 4 1/2″ strip of each color.

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I then glued them together in the order I chose to make one long strip.

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Next, I used my quilling comb to wrap the paper for the outline shape. I wapped around pegs 1 and 12. Note: If you are using multiple colors like I did, it may be best to keep the last strip at a longer length so you can end it at the top to help hide the seam. I didn’t think of that :o)

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Once I had wrapped my shape around the quilling comb, I took it off and formed it into the shape I wanted, a teardrop.

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For the inside shape, I wanted to have fun with colors, so I started by tearing up the rest of my strip of paper into 2″ strips. I ended up with 9 pieces in each color.

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I then glued the pieces together to form a long strip, approximately 39″. To pump up to color fun for my filling, I made 2 strips like this, each around 39″, and decided to curl them together.

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I lined both piece together, and started quilling about an inch down from the end of the strips, until the end was in the curl. I then moved down again about another inch and curled again, until I had one long strip of curls! I decided to end my strip when I had used about 20″ of my original 39″ strip.

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I then stuffed all of my curls into my outline shape. Note: stuff your shape on a flat surface and don’t pick it up while stuffing, or your quills will fall out.

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Lastly, I glued between where any of the curls touched the outline piece or another curl: This helps to keep everything in place.

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Ta Da! I used the other half of my 39″ strip to fill another piece. I think I’ll seal these and make them into earrings to sell in my Etsy shop.

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What do you think about this new technique? Are you going to try it?

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Autism – Hope for a cure

Loving all of these autism awareness treasuries! I think I may be inspired to run a contest!

Autism – Hope for a cure by Rarefinds4u

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At the end of the day look back and smile

A wonderful mix of items! Wonderful treasury!

At the end of the day look back and smile, by Nanny Cheryl

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The Who’s Who of Puzzles

So many creative products here! Thanks for putting in my puzzle pin!

The Who’s Who of Puzzles by Upcycling Britain

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A Break from Insanity

First off, kudos to WordPress for having an iPhone app with the ability to update my blog while in bed :o)

Secondly, I’m so thankful tonight for the ability to come home from work and not have to think about anything! This past Friday night, the hubby came home from work with a fever, aka the same crud I’ve been fighting with for the last 2 weeks. I’ve pretty much been running at full speed since then: taking care of/worrying about him (my mom implanted motherly instinct at a young age), cleaning up the house, trying to get myself better, and other miscellaneous extra house and work duties. I needed a break.

It was so wonderful to come home to a quiet and empty house that would continue to be that way for a few more hours. ::insert sigh of relief::

I started the night out with a need to mess with my silhouette cameo cutting machine. I have been messing with it on and off for a couple of months trying to get it to cut my rose templates out. Hail to the victor, because I got it figures out!

By the time I figured out the how to cut the flowers and the proper sizes for each of them, my hubby had returned home from work again, quickly finding his way to the couch next to me and dozing off immediately. The cutting on the machine didn’t even wake him. Since I know he needs to rest, I made the decision not to cut flowers out tonight, but rather go up to my studio in the attic to finish up my daisy treasure pots.

I started making these pots a few days ago when I really needed a break from all the circles for for my flower earrings. I really wanted to get some quilling done in my studio. Since most all of the equipment to make these pots is in my studio, it wasn’t a bad idea.

Tonight mostly consisted of shaping the pot bases and lids, sealing them, and gluing on petals.

They go nice with my sunflower treasure pots. I think I probably will put leaves on these pots as well.

One thing I do know for sure is that my mom will love them!

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Orange you glad?

I didn’t say banana! Oh the jokes of childhood. Love this treasury!

Orange you glad? by Jae Yost from Sisters Artisans

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