Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Being brave...it's good to try new things!

I had to try these resin baubles because, well, you cheered me on!
I finally decided it is the perfectionist in me that keeps me from trying
new techniques...I just DON'T want to mess up!

I found my supplies and measured the little cavities of my candy mold ~
they were about 1" in diameter. I sized the photos I had chosen in my photo
editing software so the image area I wanted would fit.

I loved the size of the cavities in this candy mold....

I had two boxes of resin (of course) I'm always trying to gather supplies,
using them is another story :)
This is the one I used.....

Here's the other box of resin I had....and come to find out,
they are made by the same company and are the exact same stuff!!!

I filled the cavities until they were almost full, then placed the image face down.
I used a toothpick to poke it down into the resin.

Well, now the waiting begins ~
I have to wait 24 hours for the resin to set.
Can you kind of tell what I dropped inside them?
I made a bit of a mess cramming lace in one...but I figured I try.

I'm still not sure what I'm going to do with these sweeties...
but I'm sure I'll think of something!

And since I was feeling quite brave I decided to bleach a few bottle brush trees!!!
Lisa told me Hobby Lobby had these small ones
marked half price this week so I picked up a few bags ~
She also shared her bleaching technique with me......
In batches of threes, I soaked them in solid bleach for about three minutes,
pulled them out with tongs and submerged them into a big bowl of cold water.

Now to decorate them!

One last little thing ~
we have a tiny pecan grove here at the farmhouse and
have had TONS of pecans this year!!!
The boys have gathered a big ol' box full for me.
I found a wonderful pecan sheller on ebay and it arrived this past Saturday!!!
I'm gonna be shelling pecans forever!!!

Wishing you a happy Tuesday precious friends,
hugs and love,


blackenpot said...

There, I knew you could do it! I would love to try, but I don't think the resin is sold here.
The trees are beautiful, looking forward to see the finished results.

Enjoy your day.

Mitzi Curi said...

Those little resin baubles look like so much fun, I feel like trying them myself! I'm a lot like you, Dawn. I don't want to mess up, so I don't attempt new things. Perfectionism....bah!

Tina said...

Those resin pieces looks wonderful Dawn - I would love to try making some too, just don´t have the courage (yet) :o)
Have a wonderful day sweet friend
xo Tina

marga said...

Oh my gosh.............those resins look so beautifull. Ik wish i knew how that stuf you used to make them is named overhere.....i would love to try this! And those trees look yummie to. I've got to try this.
Have a wonderfull day, Marga

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

YAYY!!! I am glad that you made them! I can't wait to see how they came out and what you do with them :) I love them! I am wondering how you can hang them .... hmmmm ~
Last year I wanted to try the bleached trees and never did so I am thinking a trip to HL is on my list today ~ they are so pretty!

Vee said...

Okay, this opens up an entire world of possibilities. I thought that these sorts of things were made by gluing a picture onto the back of a clear glass thingy from the fishtank aisle. Ha! What do I know?! Nothing! I can already tell that they'll be wonderful.

art by wendy said...

they turned out awesome!!! and it doesn't look to difficult to do.. and just think of the possible things you could make!I saw a vender at a craft show that was selling drink coasters with personalized items in them...just need a bigger mold! or x-mas ornaments! hmmmmm..got to get me some resin!:)Have fun with your pecans too..wish they would grow in our area!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

I can't wait to see the finished pieces and what you do with them! I have all the supplies here, but have been equally reticent to start something new. You're always an inspiration, Dawn. Now I'm curious to try it myself. Thanks again!
Happy Tuesday.

Brenda Evans said...

Can't wait to see what you do with the trees. I love the resin buttons - cute cute cute.

Shirley Hatfield said...

I just bleached a big batch of Hobby Lobby trees to make table decorations for my daughter's wedding in Feb. I saw on Pinterest arrangements of canning jars with sugar snow and sparkling pine trees. I thought I'd do a larger jar with a vintage bride and groom in it as well. Brava on trying new things!

Linda said...

Can't wait to see how they look! I have never had good luck with the resin photo charms. If yours work maybe I will try again! Linda

Unknown said...

Dawn, I love your sense of style and you are truly an inspiration to me! Please keep trying new things and I will, too! Dee

Unknown said...

oooh...they're going to be lovely! just lovely! can't wait to see the finished product! LOVE the bleached bottle brush trees!

Unknown said...

Can't wait to see what you do with them.
Thanks so much for sharing the tree bleaching tip!
I'm going to have to give it a try.

Cyn said...

Dawn I have never tried resin..but now you have my head twirling with ideas! Also DUH with the bottle brushes. That is why I never bought them! Oh you have opened my eyes!

Jann said...

It's fun to try new things . . . I remember using Envirotex back in the 70s, when it was a huge crafting rage . . . can't wait to see how these turn out! The bottle brush trees look great--I'll have to try that sometime. They just opened a Hobby Lobby about 35 miles from my home last week! I couldn't believe it--Hob Lobs in California now--woo hoo! And good luck with your new pecan sheller--hope it works great for you . . .

Raspberries and Rose Petals said...

I have wanted to try the resin baubles for soooo long! Three cheers for you for trying something new! Can't wait to see what creative goodies you will make with them. And I love the trees! I will need to get some of those!


Darla said...

Love how these are turning out...I too am curious as to what you will do with them. Never considered bleaching the trees....wonderful!

Barbara Jean said...

Love them.
after your post, and talking to Lisa, I want to run right out and get 'stuff' to do it.

Of course our Vintage Marketplace at the store is in 2 weeks, and I am already in the middle of 40 lace flowers, and little lacy gift bags. Think I should wait???? Probably. =(
But I want to do it NOW!!!!

hugs and blessings my brave and successful friend.

barbara jean

PS do you have a source for good pics? I keep looking and cannot find any that have several on one sheet. thanks

Dorthe said...

They looks wonderful all, dear Dawn.I love you tryed with dried flowers, the clock face-and even buttons :)
I know they will become parts of something beautiful.
And love the trees dear friend.
Hugs and love,Dorthe

Karen B. said...

Sweet Dawn,
I am glad you are brave ~ it's looks great so far! I am going be brave as well and try to bleach some trees and I already know what I am going to do with them!! I am sure you will make something beautiful with your bobbles, you always do, and I can't wait to see the result.
hugs to you my dear friend,
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

NanaDiana said...

I sooo need to do some of these trees. They are the cutest things ever! It will be interesting to see how your little "forms" turn out! xo Diana

Kathy said...

Oh, I can hardly wait to see how the cabachons come out. I have that same resin. Did you print the pictures with ink jet or take them to the copy shop? It doesn't look like the resin affected the printing at all so I was wondering.

Sonya Badgley said...

Dear Dawn,
I think the resin baubles would make cute magnets for your fridge or metal memo board? Don't you think?
I love the images you used. I would love to try the resin too! But I would have a hard time staying away from them until they are completely dry! :)
love and hugs,

lifespassion said...

They look wonderful! I would love to make them too - maybe in my spare time!! busy time right now for me! The bleached trees are awesome too. Blogging is so fun and I love to read all the creative things you do!

Tora´s Vintage Dream said...

YOU DID IT :) I knew you would, I wish I could do this too, but not sure I can get all the right stuff here in Iceland :(

lifespassion said...

I happened to see resin jewelry molds while at Hobby Lobby tonight and thought of you! They were larger but would probably pop out better. I bought trees at Big Lots and those didn't bleach well, but the ones from Hobby Lobby did. I'll have to head back there for more as I only bought a tiny package. So fun to see what you do!

Laurie said...

Oh - love pecans, yummy! Lucky you! I can't wait so see how your resin baubles come out! I have never tried either?!


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