Favourite New Product – FastCast™

I have several favourite new products, but the one I want to share with you today is ETI’s FastCast™ 

ETI FastCast

Imagine being able to create a beautiful cast in 7-15 minutes ( depending on temperature and humidity)!

ETI (Environmental Technology, Inc) introduced and demonstrated FastCast™ at the January 2016 CHA Show in Anaheim, California. I have been experimenting with it for a few months and I’m happy to report that it will be on store shelves by the end of June!

ETI FastCast

I made molds from the metal pieces (i.e. watch, button, and dress form) using ANOTHER new ETI product – EasyMold Silicone Paste.

It is a simple 2 cup process of mixing equal parts of the two liquids (this is not necessarily what the bottles will look like). Mix for 30 seconds in first cup, transfer to second cup and mix for another 30 seconds, and pour immediately into your mold.

You will witness the liquid turning from an amber colour, to creamy white, to bright white. When it’s bright white, it’s ready. You can paint it or leave it as is. FastCast

Check out designer Tracy Moreau and how delighted she is with her results. Tracy couldn’t believe how quickly it cured, and how beautifully her flower turned out.

ETI FastCast

ETI FastCast

Which one is the original? The onion on the right or the one on the left? Again, I created the mold using EasyMold Silicone Paste.

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How to Make Upcycled Spoon Hooks

Designing for ETI was a lot of fun and gave me great creative liberty to work with resins, clays, pigments, molds, etc. Here is one of my favourite projects: How to Make Upcycled Spoon Hooks

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Envirotex Jewelry Clay is very versatile and has a long open time which makes it lovely to work with. I thought it would be a very easy way to add pizazz to my upcycled spoon hooks.

When I was setting up my new craft room and studio I discovered that I didn’t hav hooks for my aprons. What should I buy? Screw-in hooks or adhesive hooks or…..did I say BUY? Do you know how much hooks can cost? 

No, no, no! I went to my most favorite thrift store in the world ( in St. Catharines, Ontario) and grabbed some silver souvenir spoons – 10 for $1, and set out to make the prettiest hooks in the room.

jewelry clay spoon hooks Roberta Birnbaum

Materials:

Tools: craft mat, 2 brushes, wet wipes

Directions:

1. Clean and dry your spoons and lay them out in front of you on a craft mat *Good to Know* – if you are putting clay on the handle, remember to account for the bending of the spoon and how much of the spoon will actually be visible once it has been bent. 

2. Mix together equal parts of A + B jewelry clay;
resin jewelry clay spoon hooks

blend the two until they have a nice, uniform color (albeit an icky gray). Remember to close your jars once you have taken out all the compound you will need.  The amount of clay you use will depend on the size of the spoon, how much surface area you want to cover and how rounded you want it to be.  I used about 1″ round of each A+B for my project and I may have had some left over.

resin jewelry clay spoon hooks
I used ColorBox stamp ‘Picnic’ for this spoon
3. To stamp on the clay, I first sprayed my stamp with sealer, and then pressed into the clay. This works great with no bits of clay getting stuck in the stamp!
4. Once you are satisfied with the smoothness of your surface you may begin to place your gems and found objects.  Do not press too hard or you will smush the surface and possibly cause clay to develop a ‘muffin top’! *Good to Know*– to achieve the lovely rounded sides of clay, I gently rolled a pencil down and along the curve, stopping just below the line where the clay meets the spoon. 
jewelry clay spoon hooks Roberta Birnbaum
Brushing on leaf Iridescents

5. Once you have finished placing your gems, grab some Iridescents on the tip of the bristles of your brush and gently brush the powder onto the clay, sweeping back and forth. Then take a dry brush and remove the excess powder.  
6. Take a wet wipe and squeeze out excess water. Wrap the wipe around the tip of your index finger and gently rub over all your gems to remove unwanted clay or powder. Examine the rest of your spoon and do the same. Dry all wet surfaces ( this does not include the clay).
Let the clay dry.

jewelry clay spoon hooks Roberta Birnbaum

7. Bend your spoon to form a hook
8. Use Velcro to adhere your hook to a wall or shelf.

 

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TIP for PLACING GEMS:  If you don’t have one of the special pencils that has a sticky ‘lead’ tip, just place a tiny ball of mixed clay around the tip of a toothpick. You can pick up and place the tiniest of gems this way; gently touch the gem, pick it up and place it exactly where you want to! You’re welcome! 

 

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Resin Butterfly Paperweight

Roberta Birnbaum ETI resin butterfly paperweight

I created this beautiful resin butterfly paperweight with ETI resin and paint and absolutely LOVE the results!

Roberta Birnbaum ETI resin butterfly paperweight
Roberta Birnbaum ETI resin butterfly paperweight
Roberta Birnbaum ETI resin butterfly paperweight

Supplies used:

ETI Envirotex Lite
ETI opaque pigment in blue
Mica flakes
Heidi Swapp paper butterfly
Deco Art decoupage medium
ColorBox Surfacez™ brown ink

This cast involved 4 pourings to allow for the suspended effect of the items inside.I love how the blue paint is billowing inside the paperweight. This was achieved by blending opaque pigment with resin mix inside a mixing cup so it became ‘goopy’. About 1 1/2 hours after I poured the clear resin into the mold I gently introduced the goopy concoction and gave it a quick swirl.

TIP: Always seal all paper with a decoupage medium or spray sealer like ETI spray sealer.

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