I don’t normally like to cross post my blog entries between my two blogs but I felt compelled to share this on both blogs since it had to do with both jewelry makers and scrapbookers. You might not know or you may, but I also make jewelry using resin, lampwork beads, and polymer clay. In January, I started making molds to be used with resin and shortly after I released them in January, I had my first question regarding UTEE and the molds and whether UTEE (or ultra thick embossing enamel) would work in the molds. I had plenty of UTEE but no way to melt it and pour as I did not own a melting pot used with UTEE. I was going to purchase one but right about that time, Ranger discontinued it to come out with a new style which was eventually released. I purchased it last month and finally arrived a few days ago.
I am glad to report, that UTEE does indeed work in my plastic molds that I have available for sale. The pieces you are seeing were made with clear embossing enamel and antique copper Pearl Ex mica powder using my rose cabochon and hard candy mold. The rose mold was made with my thickest plastic and the candy mold was made with a slightly thinner plastic and both worked out perfect.
UTEE with molds is a perfect way to create quick embellishments for jewelry, scrapbook projects, or any altered art. One of the best things about it, unlike resin, is if you don’t like your pour, pop it back into the melting pot, remelt it, and pour again. I created a video that I am embedding below but as you will see in the video, I did not mix the powder as thoroughly as needed and also the camera impeded my pouring a bit. Off camera, I threw the pieces back in and remade them. This time, the powders mixed all the way and I filled the cavities fully creating the pieces you see. They harden quickly and are really light weight.
A tip or two –
When you start pouring, don’t stop. The UTEE hardens quite quickly and will cause crease lines in your piece which I show below. Its better to over pour a bit and trim than to stop and get an ugly crease line.
Do not use any colorants that will react with heat. You will see in my video that I tried some white ink which reacted with heat and caused it to cook. Avoid these as it leave a residue.
After your finished or if you need to change colors, let your pan cool and any UTEE left in the pan will harden and you can remove it to keep for another time.
Below you can see the video to see the process. Super easy!
About once a year my husband and I make handmade paper. We save all our mail all year round and just throw it in a basket and wait. I save it partially because I think what if I am going to need it and partly because I don’t like putting private mail in the trash, but around the time the basket (and it’s a large basket) overflows, we decide its time to make paper. For someone that does not make it that often and doesn’t have a studio dedicated to this, it can be a messy job but it is really gratifying to repurpose what would otherwise go into the landfill.
Really the only essentials that are needed are a blender, water, sponge, and some type of screen apparatus. We use Arnold Grummer’s Papermill handmolds and also what they call couch sheets to help in the drying process (although you can use felt or just a longer dry time). Our sink is large enough that we don’t need a basin or plastic tub but that is also helpful. There are a lot of great papermaking videos on youtube.
Anyway, the paper normally sits around for a while but I decided to put it to good use and cut some into half sheets and spiral bound them to make myself an art journal. The pages are incredibly sturdy (although they don’t look it). I decorated the front with some of our stamps and some corrugated cardboard and flower.
I put together a video to show you and some pictures.. I really love it and hope you will to.