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Tiny Resin Collage Craft (using just an old ice tray)

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You know that old ditty “when in doubt, get the resin out”? I adhere to that in a big way.

I might have a little tiny trinket, a word from an old book, an image from a retro children’s book, or even a scrap of fabric, that I just love and want to show the world –  for me the solution is nearly always encasing it in resin.

It takes almost no skill and can be done on one of those days when you are completely lacking in creativity and nearly always turns out with a pro-looking sheen.

At the moment I am using up my Gedeo Crystal Resin, but soon will be moving on to try out a more eco version.

The key thing is to follow your instructions carefully and MIX IT TOGETHER REALLY WELL – UNTIL IT IS CLEAR AGAIN. (This is in caps because it is so critical, the only thing that will ruin it really, as it won’t set,  and then you’ll probably cry.)

I use the flexible ice tray, and fill them up to the level that I want my thing to be. I used a star mold last time, and made a scrabble letter pencil end and a tiny deer necklace.

This time I kept it plain, and filled every compartment in the tray with little papery experiments. I had someone in mind for every single one.

I popped them out after 24 hours – it is easier to get them out the quicker you do it. A couple I left in for a week and they were tough cookies, determined to stay in the tray.

Once out I drilled little holes into them, using the tiniest drill bit I have. I still need to sand the edges of them- I was kind of hoping these snaps would be a little more forgiving, mwhaha!

Some of them I made into key rings.

Some into a necklace.

I used a variety of papers- an old cowboy comic and a little piece from an old book.

I used some scraps of sewing fabric and cut up a few segments of a photo I’d taken of a million flying seagulls.

Easy Resin Craft

I couldn’t resist putting a bit of lace in, and I love how it came out, and then this little kids book image. These are my faves.

Others I have not quite made up my mind what to make them into, even though I know exactly who they are for.

What do you think? Any ideas for these tiny little collages?

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Bottletop Magnets – a quick craft

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A friend sent me some gorgeous magnets a few months ago and I instantly thought “Ooh, making these would be super easy.” (This is a pretty standard reaction from me- I have an engorged sense of self efficacy when it comes to art and craft – I’ll look at a Henry Moore sculpture and say “Baah, give me half an hour and a couple a quid and I’ll carve me own.”)

I forgot about the magnets until I saw a picture of some similar ones and Pinned them (Mum, it’s this new internet thing called Pinterest) onto my “Going to make” board. And you know what? I only went and did it.

I am a massive fan of varnishing things – it gives crafted things their mojo– but I have to say, RESIN is now where it is AT. It is the new varnish. (Which was the new laminating machine – remember those days of laminating everything?) It is like a beautiful, thick, non yellowing varnish.

These magnets were incredibly easy to make and gives me another way to use up all the tiny little images I find in vintage books and mags and things.

I am really happy with them although next time I make them I will be a little less stingy with the resin and fill them right up to the edge. I think my favourite is the cowboy on the polkda dots, or the super simple swallow, or the circus monkey saying HOORAY.

Linking up with the Pinaddicts Challenge – the awesome idea of each month taking one thing you have fallen in love with on Pinterest and whipping it up.  Are you a Pinterest fan? You should tooootally get involved 🙂

Vintage Collage – a quick craft

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I have posted before about the utter delights of vintage childrens books– for slashing (Shock! Horror!)  describing them as a “bottomless treasure trove of vintage craftiness”. And indeed, here is another way to showcase their charms. This is a different take on a collage- instead of gluing fun little items onto paper you glue fun little items on to sticks and watch them pop out at you!

I have done this a couple of times, the one shown here was done using cocktail sticks pushed into a bit of candle that I taped up with masking tape (ha, the things you use eh?) but the first time I did it was loads less effort and worked to greater effect so I recommend ze folloving vay…

Take a slim rubber (say, 2cm x 2 cm but .5 cm thick, ish) and a load of pins with big heads. (Gosh, I wish I knew the real names of things sometimes. Surely these have a real name? They are pins but with big coloured balls on the end?)

Take some glue – prickstick or glue gun, something with instant stick.

Take a whole load of teeny tiny papery things you have cut up. Words, birds, numbers, mushrooms. Those tiny photos they give you from the photo shop to preview your pack of pictures.

Bash! Thump! Wham!

Glue the paper things onto the big pin heads.

When they are dry stick them into the rubber.

You are aiming to make the pins invisible so have them sticking out in ways that disguise the other pins.

Working from a central point and out in a kind of sphere works quite well.

Put it in a box frame. This one was £2 from a Mind charity shop.

Bam!

Cut much up recently? Do share 🙂