Posts tagged ‘plaster castings’

2011, January 11

In a lilac phase ;)

My camera is broken, so I couldn’t take photos of my newest crafts for a tutorial this week either… However, as January is International Creativity Month I wanted to post something crafty too this month.

 

Right before I left for Sicily in November, I bought a little wooden jewelry box to safely take some jewelry with me (and not have to search for them in my suitcase for hours on end after arrival).

As I sat down to beautify it, for some reason, the lilac paint I had started kicking, screaming and demanding to be used. And so I did.

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I painted the jewelry box in four shades of lilac then decorated it with decoupaged Lilacs, a few plaster heart shaped magnets, a Yin-Yang candle holder and the frame of a wall picture decorated with a napkin I bought from Hungary this summer.

I love them all! ;)

The jewelry box and wall picture have been decorated with the decoupage technique, and the magnets, candle holders and picture frame are plaster castings. Click here to read both techniques described in this post.

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2010, March 9

Decoupage technique

Someone gave this wooden “cup” to me a few years ago and I’m sorry but I’ve never liked it.
I have lived with it in the kitchen for ages, hid it behind plants, didn’t really use it. Didn’t want to use it!

And last week while cleaning up, I “found” it again and thought ‘Okay, now you’re on your way to the dumpster!’
And then an idea formed out of nowhere and here’s how I made this awful looking thing beautiful.
And now it’s on my desk, I’m actually loving and using it!

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Decoupage technique – on wood

As a base cover the whole surface of the object with dull hobby paint (or glue) in a few layers, the edges too.
Cut the desired pattern (form), as accurately as possible.
Separate the napkin, only the top layer will be needed the pattern part, the rest of the napkin can be disposed of.
After the primer dull paint coat has dried, brush a coat of adhesive varnish on the entire surface.

Then gently place the cut napkin pattern and smooth out any wrinkles. It doesn’t have to perfectly smooth, it gives a more antique look if it’s a bit wrinkly.
Coat the entire surface so the model will be completely covered with adhesive paint.

With decoupage technique you can easily and quickly make wonderful decorative items or renew old boring things, old furniture.
Different pattern napkins can be placed on: porcelain vases, pottery, wooden boxes, trays, splash pages, on candles with candle adhesive, with textile adhesive on table linens, curtains, cushions.

The napkins have different effects on different grounds, and the variations are endless!

Here are links to some wall pictures I made with this technique:

Christmas wall pictures, and wall pictures from my plaster crafting site

2010, January 24

Announcements

First off, I’m proud to announce that I have finally finished the new blog page for my plaster crafting business. It’s been a long long week and I still have some minor maintenance to tackle but it’s done and I started advertising it as of today!

I’m so happy! :)

Here’s the link, it’s in Romanian, but you can check out all the pretty photos of the products ;) (sure you can Google translate into English if you want to.)

My Plaster Craftings
Handmade gifts to surprise your loved ones on any occasion!

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Second, I created a new page of Life’s a stage – WebBlog by the title of My Happiness Project.

I advise everyone to go check out Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Project blog and find out more about what a happiness project is, how you can have one too and generally get so so inspired by her articles.

And third, which isn’t really an announcement, but I’ll let you know anyway: I’m off to have what’s left of a relaxing afternoon reading, listening to music, building my family tree, scanning old family photos, watching movies with my fiancé, etc. without a shadow of guilt for taking the day to myself ;)

Happy Sunday everyone!

2010, January 20

Quick Hello (and Good Night)

Given that I only have ten more minutes of Wednesday left to post this and that I’m virtually sleep-typing, I’ll keep it short.

Taking a deep breath.

I’m currently working on expanding my plaster crafting business which requires me to actually make the products I’ll be selling, take photos, baptize them with codes, write posts with details about them under the photos on my upcoming plaster craftings blog (word misspelled by choice, quirky name choosing going on at this end), buy supplies and run errands, etc.

Well, due to minor interruptions here’s the ten minutes up.

I hope you’re all having a great day and week, I’ll see you on Friday!

2009, December 16

Last Christmas special: Candle holders and wall pictures

I’ve reached the last of my homemade gifts posts and I saved my personal favorites for last: a beautiful candle holder and wall pictures with specific Christmas images.

How to make – Plaster castings

Candle holder and picture castings

measuring cup
rubber bowl
spoon to mix
plaster powder (the one that dries white is best)
water
casting molds (candle holder and picture frame shaped molds)

The most important thing is you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to mix your plaster powder with water (I mixed 2 parts plaster powder with 1 part water). Place the powder to the bowl, add the water and slowly mix.

The mixture you get from that should be a bit thick but runny, liquid enough to flow off of your spoon without any additional help.
I found that the more watery the mixture is, the longer it will take to dry (which doesn’t really matter if you’re using small molds cause they dry very quickly in those), and the pieces will also be lighter in weight once dry.
It’s also easier to work with if the mixture is more watery as it won’t set as fast (and you won’t have to throw away half of it because it’s hardened).

Use the mixture immediately after and spoon it into the plastic molds for candle holders and picture frames.
If you tap the molds, it will make the air bubbles come to the backside of the pieces and they’ll look more esthetic.

Leave them sit, and after a few minutes feel the back of the castings and you can also place thread, paper clips, etc. to the back for hanging or whatever you want to use them for).

Leave them for at least 20-30 minutes, then when they are firm you can carefully remove them from the mold.

Use a craft knife to get rid of the excess plaster around the edges.

Let the pieces dry completely (I left them on the radiator overnight and by morning they were ready to use/paint).

Use acrylic paint to paint the pieces. Water color paint works well also, but the color is not as intense.
Once painted and dry, use clear acrylic sealer on them to protect them from moisture and to give them a nice glossy look.

You can also decorate with glitter glue, dried fruits, spices, etc. the limit is your imagination!

Wall pictures

After the plaster casting of your frame is completely dry, place the colored top layer of a paper napkin and trace with your fingernails the inner space of the frame so it will fit perfectly after you cut that part out.

Use liquid glue to spread it on the square frame surface, place the exactly cut top layer of the napkin of your choice and gently smooth over the napkin as much as you can while making sure the placement is right and centered. You can gently smooth over the creases by applying glue bit by bit on a cotton swab for example (make sure you use something that won’t scratch the surface!).

Don’t worry if it’s a bit creasy and not perfectly smooth, it gives a more antique look to your picture when it dries.

(You can also try this technique on wooden or cardboard boxes too, other plaster crafts, etc.)

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I hope you enjoyed my holiday special postings where I showed you how to make some cool gifts, decorations and other useful things on your own, like:

  • Winter and Christmas window decorations #1

  • Christmas tree decorations from plaster

  • Christmas flower decorations
  • Christmas gift bags

  • Advent wreath or table centerpiece

  • Winter and Christmas window decorations #2

  • Christmas present gift tags and greeting cards

and now Candle holders and wall pictures all of which you can find in my Arts, Crafts (& Recycling) category in case you missed them.

I had so much fun while making them and I’m sure I’ll miss posting about my latest creations as often as I did these past weeks, but I’ll still post any time I tried some new craft.

Like I’ve said before, a few ideas go a long way, all these gifts I posted about can very well be cute and thoughtful, yet inexpensive Christmas (and not only!) gifts for your loved ones and amazing decorations in your own home.

Happy crafting everyone! ;)

 

Later update: You can also find my post about the “Autumn window decorations” right here on Pillowchats.com

2009, November 30

Christmas tree decorations from plaster

Christmas is right around the corner so after a friend of mine gave me this wonderful idea, I decided to try my luck and make plaster thingies :P

A few ideas go a long way, these can very well be cute and thoughtful, yet inexpensive Christmas (and not only!) gifts for your loved ones.

How to make – Plaster castings

measuring cup
rubber bowl
spoon to mix
plaster powder (the one that dries white is best)
water
casting molds (or chocolate/candy/etc. molds)

The most important thing is you should follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to mix your plaster powder with water (I mixed 2 parts plaster powder with 1 part water). Place the powder to the bowl, add the water and slowly mix.

The mixture you get from that should be a bit thick but runny, liquid enough to flow off of your spoon without any additional help.
I found that the more watery the mixture is, the longer it will take to dry (which doesn’t really matter if you’re using small molds cause they dry very quickly in those), and the pieces will also be lighter in weight once dry.
It’s also easier to work with if the mixture is more watery as it won’t set as fast (and you won’t have to throw away half of it because it’s hardened).

Use the mixture immediately after and spoon it into the candy molds or plastic molds.
If you tap the molds, it will make the air bubbles come to the backside of the pieces and they’ll look more esthetic.

Leave them sit, and after a few minutes feel the back of the castings: when they are firm you can carefully remove them from the mold.
At this point you can also place magnets, thread, etc. to the back for hanging or whatever you want to use them for).

Use a craft knife to get rid of the excess plaster around the edges. Poke a hole from the front to the back so you can later hang them (on the Christmas tree, etc.).

Let the pieces dry completely (I left them on the radiator overnight and by morning they were ready to use/paint).

Use acrylic paint to paint the pieces. Water color paint works well also, but the color is not as intense.
Once painted and dry, use clear acrylic sealer on them to protect them from moisture and to give them a nice glossy look.

Here are the ones I made last week :)

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 I will be posting more ideas and examples of plaster castings, so stay tuned for next week.

Later update: You can also find my post about the “Autumn window decorations” right here on Pillowchats.com

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