Baby blanket

I finished the baby blanket that I have been working on off and on for awhile now. It will be for my brothers baby who is due at the end of this month. They want the gender to be a surprise, so I figured that cream was a nice  neutral color. This blanket is loom knit and just uses the basic stitch, nothing fancy.

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Last weekend I played with a new kind of resin. I found some bottle caps to test it out with to see how it worked. You can’t really tell there is resin in these, but there is. Only two of them messed up. The powder floated to the top a bit. The hart still needs to be polished. It has silver dust through it, those are not air bubbles. 

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I currently am working on knitting a hat to go towards the 500 Hats charity I posted about the other day. They are collected hats up until the end of this month. I will post a picture closer to the end of the month to show what I made. Hopefully I won’t get distracted and will have more than this one to show off!

Busy Weekend

Now that November has come and gone and I am no longer writing frantically for NaNoWriMo, I am able to get to other things. I finally got to crafting up some things I had thought of while writing and was happy I could get to it. I had ordered some molds for resin casting on cyber Monday through Joanns and they arrived on Saturday. Saturday night I threw some things together and waited for the resin to set. The pieces are still very flexible but they turned out better than I thought.

Waiting for resin to set. The green piece is something I made a few months ago for my first attempt at resin. I coated the sticky part with some glaze.  The resin I am using is Easy Cast by Castin’ Craft that you can find in most craft stores. I got mine from Michaels. It is very easy to use as long as you measure correctly. It is 1:1 but I did not measure quite right this time.

waiting for resin to cure

The finished pieces are clear and very smooth, the opposite of attempt number one. They are very very flexible though so I don’t think I added in quite enough of the hardener. I added in a small amount of embossing powder to give the pieces some color as well as some seed beads.
Resin bangle and pendents

While waiting for the resin to cure (which took two days) I pulled out some clay and made up some bases for pendants. I stuck some fancy stickers on them and coated with a product called Glossy Accents that I really like.
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I need to coat the backs and add a loop so I can use them. I may add a second coating to the top but have not decided yet. I have a few ideas with these pendants for Christmas gifts, maybe use them as tags and have them be key chains. I realized after I used the gloss that I should have made holes in the clay first. If I tried now, the gloss would crack and ruin the piece. I already cracked one (one of the ones with the paper on it), but I’ll find something to use it with.

Once the holiday is over, I plan on trying out a lot more ideas that I have with the resin. There is one thing I have  had in mind for ages so I hope I can get around to trying it.

Saturday’s projects

I didn’t get too much done this weekend. Yesterday it rained all day (like it’s been doing today) and I lost any motivation I had.
This is my first painting. It’s really simple but I wanted something for my walls. The sun and stars are rub-ons that I’ve had for ages and there are some blue stick-on crystals as well as two little curled up pieces of wool.
My first painting

I have been wanting to try making things out of resin for a really long time now. This weekend I finally bought the stuff for it (Easy Cast I think it’s called). I also picked up a silicone mini brownie pan to use for molds. I’ll also be on the lookout for random and fun things to cast in resin.
First time with resin
First resin!

I do not know what I’m going to do with these yet, but I already have plans for a few other projects using the resin. Looking forwards to another nice day to get my crafting mojo back. Rainy days like today and yesterday just make me want to be lazy and sleep.