Life By The Seat Of My Pants

Archive for June 2012

You know I love my Amazing Mold Putty and the Amazing Casting goodies and this month’s post is going to show you just how much I use these products. Rather than show you just one project, I decided to show you just how versatile and useful all of the Amazing products are.

The first project I have is something almost EVERYONE can use. I purchased those cute little red and yellow ketchup and mustard bottles for summer time cookouts and get togethers. Unfortunately, the ones I bought did not have caps and would be left open all the time. Since Amazing Mold Putty Is food safe, I mixed up a small batch and pressed it over each of the bottle tops creating custom lids for each one.  The Amazing Mold Putty fills every  space, so even the tiny hole in the top is plugged keeping my ketchup and mustard sealed and fresh all summer long. Before the putty had set, I used my fingernail to mark  the respective lids with “M” and “K” so even if they are both off at the same time, they still end up on the correct bottle for storage. This technique would work for any jar, bottle or container that needs a cover, so I will definitely be using it again.

The next project I want to share is a set of custom toys I made for my son. Christopher loves those building bricks with the little dots on top (you know the ones I’m talking about) and he has a HUGE collection. His favorite things to collect are what he calls ‘special pieces.” You know… the pieces you only get on rare occasion and you can never have enough of? Yeah, those.  I let my son pick out a few of his favorite special pieces and I molded them to see how they would turn out. After the molds were set I mixed up some Amazing Clear Cast and let it set overnight. The next day, we unmolded the cast toys and they turned out fantastic! Now he has a selection of SUPER SPECIAL PIECES and we can customize them anyway he wants. I love that the clear cast almost looks illuminated!

The final project I want to share in this post is still a work in progress, and MAN, was it a learning experience!!! While on a walk last week, I found a daisy with a broken stem and I decided I would try to preserve it using Amazing Clear cast. I spread some Vaseline on an old lid, mixed up my Clear Cast and used a medicine dropper to coat the top side of my daisy. The petals opened out too far under the weight of the Clear Cast and started to stick to the lid.  I tried using a toothpick to lift and move the petals, but that did not work out very well, so I decided to try and flip the flower over to allow the petals to fold back towards the middle.

***WARNING – DO NOT TOUCH AMAZING CLEAR CAST WITH YOUR BARE HANDS!!!!***

I normally wear gloves while working with resin, but for some reason, I just picked up my flower and flipped it over. I used the toothpick to straighten and smooth the petals as much as I could, then I let the Clear Cast set overnight. Little did I know that Amazing Clear Cast does NOT wash off with soap and water!  It is very oily and it just smears and sticks instead. After a bit of a panic, I remembered a tip about using ACETONE Nail Polish Remover to remove clear cast.  I had to pour some Acetone Polish Remover into a bowl, soak my hands for a minute, then scrub them with a cotton ball, but I finally got all of the Clear Cast off my hands. From now on I will ALWAYS use gloves when working with resin of any kind!

In my panic I didn’t notice, but my flower turned from bright white and yellow, to dull green and brown. After the Clear Cast was set, I painted my flower back to its original colors and I plan to use it on a canvas I am working on.

I hope you enjoyed these projects and I would love to know how YOU use Amazing Mold Putty and both of the Amazing Resins. You can always find great ideas and projects on the Amazing Mold Putty Blog. Use the code AMP20 at check out, and get 20% off of your order!! Offer expires – Sept 30, 2012.

Here is quick tip to keep in mind when working with Creative Paperclay® air dry modeling material…
Creative Paperclay® and Delite® are both air dry clay and will generally dry with in 24 hours, depending on thickness.  If you need to speed up the drying time for either, you can put them in an oven on 250 degrees. I lay mine on wax paper to keep it from getting any groves from the racks. Something to keep in mind – Delight® will PUFF UP like a marshmallow when placed in the oven, but Creative Paperclay will not puff.
I made this mushroom by rolling out Delight® clay then stamping the mushroom image into it then cut around the image with an Xacto. I placed it in the oven and let the clay puff up, dry completely, then painted it with acrylic paints.

Last year one of my best friends (we will call her *N*) was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and was having an extremely hard time understanding it for herself, much less explaining how she felt to other people. One night, while talking on the phone about an exceptionally emotional day she was having, I sent *N* a link to a YouTube video for Christine Miserandino’s Spoon Theory.

We sat on the phone as she watched the video and I could hear her crying even more on the other end. Even though *N* has Fibro and Christine has Lupus, the feelings and concept associated with The Spoon Theory are the same… limited Spoons.

Throughout the video *N* kept saying “Yes! That’s it!” and when it was over she felt like she had FINALLY found some understanding for herself as well as a way to explain her illness to other people. I will never forget the relief in her voice and how she said she felt after watching that video.

Every since that night, *N* has had an affinity for spoons. She notices them in the most random places and has started collecting them for her home. Knowing this and knowing that she is a believer in the power of positive thought, I decided to make her a Power Spoon.

I have wanted to create a Power Spoon for MONTHS now and although I wanted to use a real spoon, I didn’t want to have to drill or sand a real spoon to alter it. Rather than pull out the power tools, I created this Power Spoon by pressing Creative Paperclay right over the top of a vintage spoon I had been saving for the project. I followed the line of the real spoon, pulling away excess clay as I went. I pressed my clay into the well of the spoon and smoothed the edges with water. Using a toothpick I poked a hole in the tip of the handle which would allow me to add embellishments to the finished project.

Once the Creative Paperclay was completely dry, I gently removed it from the real spoon and was able to work with it as normal. The handle of my Creative Paperclay spoon is thin, so I let my clay spoon rest on the real spoon as much as possible as I worked to ensure I didn’t break it by accident. I learned to make the handles thicker in the future 🙂

With out telling her why, I asked *N* to give me a list of colors that made her feel happy and energized. I painted the entire spoon with acrylic paints in three of those colors, then used the other two power colors for the embellishments.

Next, I printed out a list of empowering feelings I wanted *N* to feel while looking at her Power Spoon, colored the paper with Mustard Seed Distress Ink and attached them to the spoon using gel medium. I also added some bling to the handle and on the very end of the spoon, then painted the entire spoon with gel medium to give it some shine.

Lastly, I added some really cool yarn though the hole for even more fun, but also to allow the Power Spoon to be hung. I wrote *N* a note explaining what the spoon represented and sent it in the mail as a surprise. She hasn’t gotten it yet, but I will be sure to let you know her reaction when she does get it I will be making more of these Power Spoons and I think I may even offer them for sale *squee!*

Since making this first Power Spoon, I have changed the process quite a bit, but you will have to wait until much later in the month to see that. I love that these Power Spoons can be customized for each individual in every way and that it may give them that extra little boost they need when they are running low on spoons ❤

You can find more great ideas on the Creative Paperclay Blog.