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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Salvaged Mixed Media Canvas

This month I am sharing a Salvaged Recycled mixed media canvas. Recycled? Yes, because it is from a class that I taught.

salvaged mixed media canvasWhen I teach certain technique classes, I make samples: I use one canvas to demonstrate different techniques. I am not creating a canvas, just using the canvas to demonstrate different things. I come home with a canvas, covered in whatever, and put it in a box in the hopes that SOMEDAY I will do something with it. TODAY IS THE DAY for this sad little canvas!

salvaged mixed media canvasAs you can see, it started out with many layers of paint, tissue paper, cardboard, texture paste, and it’s primarily yellow and red. Ick.

Supplies:

Pre-layered canvas
Earth Safe Finishes Chalk It Up, Milk Chocolate
Earth Safe Finishes Iridescents by Ann Butler, Orchid
Earth Safe Finishes Texture Paste
Earth Safe Finishes Gesso
Envirotex Lite pour-on High Gloss Finish resin
Clearsnap Ann Butler Art Screen, Lattice
DecoArt Media Mister, Yellow Green
Thermo web glue runner
Maya Road embellishments
Ranger embellishments

How did I do it?

I want to tone down the colour and add some tooth to surfaces that might be shiny. So first, cover the surface with Milk Chocolate paint and let dry. Chalk It Up paint dries VERY quickly ( yay), so you don’t have to wait long.salvaged mixed media canvas 

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Cover most of the surface with gesso, including the sides of the canvas. Let it dry. salvaged mixed media canvas
Place the art screen down and spray with Yellow Green Mister. Let it dry.salvaged mixed media canvas
Mix up a small amount of texture paste and orchid Iridescents and apply over a small portion of the Art Screen. Also paint the wood button with the Orchid. salvaged mixed media canvas
Once everything is completely dry, mix up 20 cc of the Envirotex Lite ( 10 + 10) and spread it over the canvas. I then placed the pink resin flower and ruler piece right into the wet resin. Let dry.
To finish, I added the remaining embellishments with the glue runner. I LOVE how you can see through the crystal petals 🙂

What is lurking in your closet/cupboard/on a shelf that you can breathe new life into?salvaged mixed media canvas
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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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