Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Chipboard and Resin Monogram Keychains

I don't want to shock you or anything, but this is the first time I have tried this particular product. Yes I know... it's true.   I made these very cool key chains or if you prefer, bag "bling."  Want to see them?


 
 Hubba. Hubba. This new-to-me product is ETI EnvironTex Lite. I was given the opportunity to try this stuff out, and report back to you about what I did. Sweet!

It's caught my eye in the craft stores before, but has always intimidated me. That will be enough of that nonsense!

To begin, I chose various chipboard letters and punched small holes into the tops with my Crop-A-Dile.





After painting them (on both sides) with acrylic paint, I pulled out some various tiny punches and my scrap box.



Many stars, shapes, and flowers later, I coated them with Mod Podge.  And then, I added another coat of Mod Podge...and another, and....I think that was it.  I let them dry really well (which is tough for me).





Ooh, it's the scary resin.  Don't be afraid!  Follow those directions with care, and you will be fine. Promise.
 

For these letters, I used the brush on method.  I poured equal amounts of each "potion" into the measuring cup.


Dolly is at the ready with a stopwatch (thanks!)...and stir away.  Scraping the bottom and sides constantly while mixing is key. There will be many bubbles, and that is great.  My letters were spread out on wax paper, and with a paint brush, I painted the letters with the resin.

Bubbles came up to the surface after a few minutes, and I exhaled onto the letters to get rid of them.  Just don't breathe in (too much) over your project.  I would not recommend this method for much larger projects, obviously.  The directions suggest a small propane torch for those jobs.


Shiny, and sturdy too!  After day or so, I flipped them over onto new clean wax paper, and repeated the process.




I attached some jump rings and a key chain, and we are happening!

I have to admit, now that I've finally tried a project with this resin, I feel a bit silly for not trying it out sooner.  My biggest tips to you would be...


1. Have your project completely prepared before you mix and pour.

2. Follow the directions to the letter--mix accurately and thoroughly. 

3. Have fun, and don't be afraid of the resin!   


ETI sent me this product to try out. You won’t believe all that you can do with this product.  Envirotex Lite was created by Environmental Technologies Inc. (ETI), which is the home for many resin and mold making products.
The use of resin in jewelry making, mixed media and paper arts continues to grow in popularity. Today, artists are using ETI’s products in many crafty ways and they will be showcasing these works of art on their new blog "Resin Crafts".

Check them out on:
Resin Crafts Blog
ETI on Facebook
ETI on Twitter


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19 comments:

  1. Turned out so cool!!!! I was wondering about the brush on method so I'm glad I know who to come to!

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  2. Resin scares me...but I trust you. I must try this! Your monograms look amazing!

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  3. They keychains are awesome! I will have to try some since i have about a gllon of resin left. ;)

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  4. Wow! The resin and your creativity really set these apart -- you did a great job --love the colors and all the details!

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  5. That's so fun! The resin really makes them look so professional! I'm glad you said not to be scared of it, because I think I would be. :)

    Coming here from 504 Main!

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  6. These are really pretty...you did a great job on them.
    I am your 463rd follower...:)) Come by to see my sign table..I am so not crafty and this was hard for me..I cried a lot. :)))

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  7. Thanks for the tips and making this a little less scary to try myself!

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  8. This is so cute that I had to become a new follower!!! Would you please come link it up at my Delicately Constructed Fridays? I would really appreciate it!!
    Have a great weekend!!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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  9. It does look easy! Thanks for sharing this great project and fun gift idea!

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  10. Very Cool...in fact it's FONT-tastic! Thanks for the share! Oh, and by the way...i'll take a J! LOL

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  11. Woof! Woof! Very CUTE! Stopping by from "Creative Blog Party". Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  12. These are so cute!!! I've seen a lot of projects lately using Envirotex Lite resin and this project makes it seem a little less scary. Thanks for sharing

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  13. Featured these as part of my "BFF Open House" wrap up!

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  14. Yikes! Resin - lol... I must admit I try to avoid it, but your monograms look so pretty and shiny!! So glad I followed you here from the Answer is Chocolate Link Party! I'm also linking up if you'd like to drop by!
    Hugs, antonella :-)
    http://quilling.blogspot.com/2011/06/filigree-friday-free-graduation.html

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  15. I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/06/any-link-goes-party-running-now-summer.html

    Come strut your stuff.

    You can link your Etsy too!

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  16. These are so great - I love things with my letter! And polka dots. And is your cell phone named Dolly???

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  17. Christine the tags look fantastic! I have to try the EnvironTex Lite. Great idea! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party. I am a little behind commenting - but I have featured this Monday. Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

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