Wednesday, March 20, 2019

DIY Marbled Resin Cross

The cross is a powerful symbol in Christian life and its importance in many Christian celebrations is significant. Whether you're celebrating Easter or a Baptism, this beautiful marbled resin cross is a DIY project you can make and personalise as a centre piece for your Easter celebrations or to give as a special memento to mark the occasion of a Baptism of a special child. 
Marbled blue resin cross with filigree and acrylic pearls for decoration

Here's are the materials you'll need to make one:

Castin'Craft Opaque Pigment - white;
Transparent blue resin dye
Castin'Craft Opaque Pigment - white;
FolkArt Acrylic Paints: Parisian Pink; Baby Pink; Color Shift Orchid Flash

Apply the painter's tape to the front of the cross.
Taping the back of the wooden cross with painter's tape.

Trim away the excess tape around the outside of the cross with scissors and the inside with a craft knife.
Using a craft knife to trim the tape to the shape of the wood.

It should look something like this.
The back of the cross taped and trimmed.

N.B. Before measuring out the resin, put on the gloves as the resin will get sticky.

Measure the resin and mix it according to the manufacturer's instructions. You'll need approximately 30mls (1oz) in total for the first side.
Mixing the epoxy resin with a wooden stir stick.

Divide half the resin between three shot glasses. Colour the original mixing cup with white pigment. Colour one shot glass with transparent dye, one drop at a time so it doesn't get too dark. Colour another with the powder and the last one with acrylic paint.

N.B. When colouring resin with acrylic paint, add only a drop at a time and stir it through. Keep adding drops until the resin is opaque. If you add too much acrylic paint, the resin may not cure properly.
Adding mica powder to the mixed resin.

Pour the white resin in a puddle in the middle of the cross. Spread it across the entire cross.
Pouring white resin onto the centre of the cross.

Drizzle the three blue resins across the cross at an angle.
Drizzling the blue resin diagonally across the cross.

Use the heat tool to feather the stripes a little.
Feathering the resin using a heat gun.

Cover the inner and outer walls of the cross with resin too for a more professional finish. The flat side of the stir stick will help with this. Leave the resin to cure overnight.
Using the stir stick to apply resin to the inner and outer walls of the cross.

Working in small sections at a time, use the heat tool to soften the resin drips on the taped side of the cross. Here's a quick video showing you how to do it.
Applying heat to the resin overpour on the back of the cross to help remove it.

Remove the tape.
Pulling the tape off the back of the cross

If you're going to hang your cross on the wall, then you've finished with the resin part. You can skip down to the decorating.

But if you'd like to use your cross as a centre piece where it will be viewed from both sides (or you just want to give it a more professional finish), then continue on.

To Make the Cross a Centre Piece

Tape the first side of the cross with painter's tape and trim away the overhang. This is really fiddly but take your time and do the best you can. The better you tape, the better your finished cross will be.
Taping the resined side of the cross so you can apply resin to the other side.

Mix 30mls (1oz) resin and divide it into 3 disposable shot glasses. Colour each one and apply the resin as you did on the other side of the cross. Make sure you apply resin to all the sides as well. Feather the resin with the heat tool.
Graphic showing the steps for applying resin to the other side of the cross

Use a BBQ torch or gas lighter to pop the bubbles and leave to cure overnight.
Using a BBQ torch to pop the bubbles in the resin

Remove the tape.

Decorating your Marbled Resin Cross

Play with the arrangement of the filigrees and acrylic pearls. Once you're happy with how your piece looks, mix the 5-minute epoxy and attach the pieces one by one.
Applying 5-minute epoxy adhesive to the back of the filigree

Create a cross with the two filigrees in the centre of the piece. Curve the top piece slightly so that it makes contact with the resin on either end.
Positioning a second filigree at right angles to the first one to create a cross.

Mix additional batches of adhesive to attach the half pearls as required. Leave the adhesive to dry before hanging.
Gluing the acrylic pearl halves to the marbled resin

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Marbled Resin Baptismal Cross for boys or girls inspiration sheet

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Friday, March 1, 2019

Lucky Shamrock Bracelet

Lucky four leaf clover bracelet

When it comes to luck, the Irish have it all down "Pat", if you'll excuse the pun: Pots of gold, lucky pennies and the most famous of all, lucky shamrocks. So what would St Patrick's Day be without a four leaf clover! This Lucky Shamrock Bracelet is made using leaf beads strung together in a circle to create a clover shape.

Here's what you'll need:
4 emerald top-drilled leaf or petal beads
36 x 3mm light green fire polished Czech glass faceted beads
20 x 6mm faceted vitrail mirror beads
6” textured silver 6x8mm oval chain
10x13mm silver celtic square spacers
4 x 6mm silver jump rings
26 gauge silver wire
Beadalon Silver 0.015 19 strand Beading Wire
8 silver wire guardians
8 Size #2 silver crimp tubes
Silver ball and hitch clasp

Tools: Chain nose pliers, Round nose pliers, Flush cutters, Crimping pliers

Cut a 24” length of wire. String the leaf beads and move them to the centre of the wire, form them in a circle and then thread one of the wires through a bead to secure them in a circle. Position the shamrock so the two wires are at the top.

Take the wire on the right and cross it over the centre of the circle, wrap it around the back of the bottom bead, and back up across the front diagonally. Both wires will now be between the top and the left bead.

Repeat with the second wire, crossing over the centre of the circle, around the back of the right hand leaf and back up across the front diagonally. This wire is now at the bottom on the left hand side. Continue wrapping the wires around the beads making sure that each bead is wrapped with wire at least twice on the front and twice on the back (some will be wrapped 3 or 4 times). Finish with the wires pointing up.

Place one of the silver spacers over the both wires and position it on the front of the beads. Bend the wires around to the back and pull them firmly. Place the other spacer on the wires and bend the wires back towards the front.

Cut an 8” length of wire and feed it through the back of the shamrock, between the beads and the spacer. You may have to wiggle it to get it through. Pinch the two wires together near the beads and twist them until you have a tightly twisted wire. Repeat with the other end of the wire.

Create a wrapped loop at each end and trim away the excess twisted wire. You can see how to do that in this post.

Make a wrapped loop on the other side of the clover leaf as well.

Cut four 8” lengths of beading wire. On each wire, string a crimp and a wire guardian. Thread the beading wire back through the crimp and crimp in place. See this tutorial on how to crimp beading wire.

String eighteen 3mm beads on one and ten 6mm beads on another, string a crimp tube and a wire guardian on each and crimp in place to secure.  Repeat with the remaining beads.

Cut the chain in half, open a jump ring and hook on the chain, a strand of 3mm beads and a strand of 6mm beads. Attach it to the twisted loop of the shamrock and then close it. Repeat with the remaining strands on the other side of the shamrock.

Open another jump ring and attach the loose ends of the chain and bead strands. Before closing the jump ring, attach one end of the clasp. Repeat on the other side with the second half of the clasp.

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Four leaf clover bracelet inspiration sheet

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