Monday, July 27, 2020

Resin Charms (or gems, as my girls call it)

Hi! I have something a little different from the norm to share today and it's perfect for lots of extra time at home!

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We recently moved and are missing our friends. It took a while to find our place there but it really feels like moving away from family. One of Ansley's best friends dropped off a letter with some dried flowers in it. Ansley really wanted to find a way to preserve them so we put them in a snack sized zippered bag until we could figure out what to do with them. Her same friend also gave her flowers at her dance recital and we tried to save those too, along with a flower from one of her amazing coaches! I also slightly pestered Tyrone to bring us some bleeding heart flowers from the beautiful plant outside our old front door. Lisbon used to pick them and bring me one every day they were in bloom.

A few Google Image searches later and we found resin charms! I may (obsessively) sew but I'm not really crafty so this was a whole new thing for us! The instructions in the kits/molds/charms were a little vague or missing altogether so I thought it would be helpful to document what worked for us and what didn't.

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Safety:
It's highly recommended that you use gloves. Happily I didn't find it very fumy but ventilation is another consideration.

Supplies used:
Clear Epoxy Resin Kit
Resin Casting Molds
4 Set Silicone Casting Molds
Open Bezel Pendants Charms
baby wipes (I had some Target ones on hand)
paper plates (my preferred work surface haha)
paper towels
parchment paper or packing tape
Goo Gone (if using packing tape)
dried flowers
glitter
toothpicks

(these are the glitters I used. They are from Target)
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Process for the molds:

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1. Wipe all molds with a baby wipe so it is easier to release the finished items. There was one very narrow tube that I was unable to wipe and the resin is still stuck in the mold weeks later.
2. Mix the resin in a 1:1 ratio according to the instructions. (one part resin, one part hardener). The directions with the kit stated to mix for three minutes. It looks mixed enough after about 30 seconds but I made sure to mix thoroughly for the full three minutes. Scrape the sides and bottoms and don't stir too vigorously so there aren't extra bubbles.
3. Fill the molds about 1/3 or 1/2 full. Add glitter or dried flowers. Note- the flowers and glitter may float around a little. The flowers will not be completely submerged. I used a toothpick to gently move items around a little or to pop any tiny bubbles or to encourage the resin to fill the smaller parts of the mold.
4. Let it cure about 24 hours (or overnight at minimum). The kit I used said the cure time is 72 hours but a Google search also said 24 hours.
5. Mix a new batch of resin and resin hardener.
6. Fill to the top and let it cure for 72 hours before removing.
7. Remove and enjoy!

Top row left and top row right show how much the flowers float/drift when the resin is curing. Before I cleaned up for the night I had used a toothpick to gently nudge them into the more centered position I was hoping for.

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A side view of the petal placed at about 1/3 of the mold filled.

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Process for open charms:

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1. Place charm on a piece of parchment paper or packing tape (sticky side up). If the charm does not lay flat, prop it up with cardboard so it can lay completely flat.
2. Mix the resin in a 1:1 ratio according to the instructions. (one part resin, one part hardener). The directions with the kit stated to mix for three minutes. It looks mixed enough after about 30 seconds but I made sure to mix thoroughly for the full three minutes. Scrape the sides and bottoms and don't stir too vigorously so there aren't extra bubbles.
3. Fill the bottom of the charm completely, about 1/3 full.
4. Add flowers or glitter OR let it dry overnight. The flowers will not be completely submerged. I used a toothpick to gently move items around a little or to pop any tiny bubbles or to encourage the resin to fill the corners/edges of the charms.
5. Mix a new batch of resin and resin hardener.
6. Add flowers or glitter if you haven't already and fill to the top.
7. Let it cure for 72 hours.
8. Remove from parchment paper (trim the edges of the charm if any resin seeped out if desired) OR remove from the tape. I was afraid to use Goo Gone on the sticky residue because I wasn't sure how the Goo Gone would interact with the resin so I picked my least favorite piece and tried it. The Goo Gone worked well and I haven't noticed any longer term adverse effects. (longer term= a month or so)

What happened when I wasn't paying attention. I didn't use the toothpick to coax the resin into the top left and top right corners. The next day I thought I could just add a drop (by letting a drop fall from the popsicle stir stick but it was too much!) but didn't spread it out well.

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The difference between using parchment paper and packing tape. I found packing tape easier and I like that the results are more transparent. (pentagonal is parchment paper, square is packing tape)
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resin charms by replicate then deviate

resin charms by replicate then deviate



Flower Drying Tips:
The flowers that started it all were already dried, so those were easy to work with. The internet said to place the fresh flowers between pieces of paper or paper towels and press them under a book. Paper towels did not work for us because the texture transferred to the petals themselves. Tyrone used an old insurance card paper and placed the bleeding hearts under his portable toolbox and they dried quickly. The fresh flowers took a few weeks under stacks of piano music and the Harry Potter series and The Keeper of the Lost Cities series. Lisbon also procured a dried flower from her bedroom in perfect condition! She claims it was already dry when I gave it to her (it wasn't) and she placed it in a plastic Easter egg. I don't know if it was sheer luck but it turned out so pretty even though it's a lighter color (some of the whites just turned brown) and it survived a 200 mile move in some box somewhere.

Some of the whites just brown when they dry. Maybe if I had a freeze drier they'd stay more white?
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Top right is the flowers from Ansley's dance coach. These were the least brown of them after sitting under stacks of books.

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Made with the dried flowers (that were dried when Ansley got them) (you can see some of the drifting in the bottom row I didn't know about until the second round).

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The perfectly 3 dimensionally preserved flower that Lisbon had in a plastic Easter egg. (if you look closely I didn't get enough of the baby wipe in the very apex of the pyramid but it's still one of my favorite pieces.

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resin charms by replicate then deviate


Glitter Tips:
You likely already know that glitter is the gift that keeps on giving. I preferred the chunkier glitter pieces but it was fun to try the fine glitter too. It's pretty difficult to clean every last glittery speck off the silicone molds. I would do the glitter round last next time and make sure to not have my hand over any of the molds/pieces with different colors that I didn't want to use. I like to pour a small amount of glitter onto a piece of paper and pick up the glitter from there (versus directly from the container).

The glitter sinks to the bottom! For the diamond mold I tried the half fill+glitter+curing and a small fill+glitter+curing repeated too many times to remember. I also tried adding glitter to the bottom first in the tiny molds and then pouring the resin and mixing with a toothpick but sometimes that resulted in bubbles at the bottom/loose glitter.

(multi fill on the left, half fill on the right)

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If you zoom in closely you can see a little hole in the center top of the purple heart from placing the glitter in first.
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Overall Tips:
The resin+hardener start to harden after about 40ish minutes. I usually plan to be able to pour and use it for about 25 minutes.

I did not find any specific clean up instructions. I ended up wiping out the plastic cup and wiping the stir stick with paper towels and washing my hands for a really long time. I could do more research in this area.

You'll want to be working in an area that isn't dusty/windy so nothing float into your resin as it's drying.

The charms and the molds with the little holes are great for necklaces or hanging in a window or on thin key rings. I picked up some key rings at a Big Box store that were too big so I ended up ordering these on Amazon and they are the perfect width.

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resin charms by replicate then deviate

resin charms by replicate then deviate

resin charms by replicate then deviate

resin charms by replicate then deviate

resin charms by replicate then deviate

resin charms by replicate then deviate

resin charms by replicate then deviate

resin charms by replicate then deviate

Thanks for reading and happy creating!

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Raspberry Creek Fabrics Favorite Things Tour

Hi friends!

I'm delighted to participate in the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Favorite Things Tour! Be sure to check out the daily giveaways in the Raspberry Creek Fabric Group on Facebook and the beautiful inspiration, photos and tips on each blog!

Head to all the stops on this week's tour:


Monday: Sewjourns, Sewing and Things, and Sew Mary Mac


Tuesday: Life Sew Savory, Made By Kates, and SewSophieLynn


Wednesday: Sweet Mama Life, Replicate Then Deviate, and Stitching and Making


Thursday: Handcrafted By RED, My Sew Bliss, and Kainara Stitches


Friday: It's Liesel, Tessa Does for Love Notions, and Margarita on the Ross


The promo team was given the opportunity to pick the fabric we wanted to share. It was really hard to choose because I love their swim and french terry and cotton lycra. I've also been crushing on their chambrays. I chose this light blue and white stripe french terry because I love the quality of their cotton french terry and how it feels to sew and wear. I also love that it has four way stretch and is a comfortable weight. I'm sure I was subliminally influenced by my girls' french terry Bing Shirtigans since they were always wearing them in the spring. I think I was also drawn to this fabric because of the blog tour title (Favorite Things) and "girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes." (name that musical!) Thank you, RCF, for the beautiful fabric!!

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French terry generally equals cooler weather wear in my brain so most of my french terry sews have been hoodies and joggers and the fabric has been perfect for those makes! I live in dresses and skirts in the summer though and realized french terry would be the perfect weight for a summer dress too. The weight of the french terry is perfect to not have to wear a slip with the dress (sorry, Mom!) and to not worry about a little breeze. Plus it feels soft and breathable since it's cotton. :)

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I sewed the Stay + Stitch Legends Dress. Terri just released an updated version but if you already own the pattern it's in your account. I stuck with the original version for a few reasons- I already had the pattern pieces cut out, I love the clean finish of the bodice and the burrito method (the updated version has a facing instead of the lining but I think you can still clean finish it? I haven't sewn it yet), and because I wanted the front bodice to be lined because I wanted to play with the stripes and it fit on my fabric better. The updated version also has a more fitted silhouette version and a swing version but omits the gathers at the waist. The swingier view includes pockets, which I definitely had to use.

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I have made this pattern once before a few years ago (I actually used one of the early Club french terrys from Raspberry Creek Fabrics!) and didn't love the gathers on me. It was likely a combo of my rectangular shape and the thicker fabric. A friend suggested pleats instead so I pleated it similar to the Made by Rae Geranium dresses I'd made my girls but with inverted pleats (which I'm calling a design choice, not a mistake).

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I ended up narrowing the Legends Dress skirt a tiny bit so I could get it to fit on the width of fabric. Somehow in my pocket excitement I forgot to add interfacing to the skirt where the pockets are attached but I did remember to understitch the pockets. :) I also added clear elastic to the waistband to help support the skirt.

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TIP- when lining up stripes, make sure to line them up at the seam allowance (not at the edges of the fabric). I also find using (an overabundance) of wonder clips is better than pins for me because my fabric often shifts ever so slightly when pinning.

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RCF Favorite Things french terry Stay + Stitch Legends by replicate then deviate

What are a few of your favorite sewing things? Mine are when a project works just the way I hoped, being able to make clothes that fit, and pockets. Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Jalie Elizabeth and Jalie Coco

Hi! I'm so excited to finally share the secret sewing I've been hinting at on Instagram! I was lucky enough to be able to sew up two of the newest patterns by Jalie. There are so many great pieces in the newest collection! I have my eye on the Renee ponte pants and Jeanne knit pjs and the Stella Leggings.

My girls and I chose to sew up the Elizabeth Dress with Waterfall Skirt and Coco Sport Bra. Lisbon picked the Elizabeth and Ansley picked the Coco, which is what I also picked for myself.

The Elizabeth Dress with Waterfall Skirt is a leo with cap sleeves and an optional waterfall skirt. The skirt doesn't fully close in the center front so it doesn't match the "dress" definition in my head, if that makes sense? Lisbon has been wearing it for online dance and online tumbling classes and loves it! The top looks like it has raglan seams and has an optional sweetheart insert. There are so many different possibilities for colorblocking and mesh and various looks! Ansley is a little bit jealous of the sleeves because they are the perfect proportions to her. The little keyhole in the back is my favorite detail. I'd never sewn one before and it looks so sweet. I was unable to find the recommended clasp in time (I actually ordered it pre quarantine so more than 45 days ago and it hasn't arrived yet) so I substituted a nursing bra clasp that I was able to find. It works just fine and Lisbon can get it on and off by herself. I will reevaluate swapping it out once the other clasps arrive. :) Lisbon designed the color scheme for her Elizabeth. We talked about how the wrong side of the silver skirt fabric may show and she picked other colors that wouldn't contrast as much. I think she did a good job with the color scheme!

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Jalie Elizabeth by replicate then deviate

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Jalie Elizabeth by replicate then deviate

Jalie Elizabeth by replicate then deviate

Jalie Elizabeth by replicate then deviate

Jalie Elizabeth by replicate then deviate

Jalie Elizabeth by replicate then deviate

The Coco Sport Bra immediately caught my eye with the different color block options and the two different strap styles! The Coco is fully lined and has instructions for optional cups in the larger sizes. View A has a crossover back option and View B is the traditional racer back. I thoroughly enjoyed the construction of both views!

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Ansley picked View B, which uses the burrito technique. It still feels like magic every time when the garment is turned right side out! She chose this swim fabric (from Raspberry Creek Fabric last summer) and I also opted to line it in thinner swim fabric (from Joann). I used clear elastic for the neckline and racer back, as instructed.

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Jalie Coco by replicate then deviate

The next one I sewed was also in swim fabric (fuschia and yellow and navy, leftover from these Raspberry Creek Fabrics suits) and for fun I used swim elastic instead of clear elastic so I have the option of wearing it under a rashguard whenever life gets more back to normal! I chose View A and it was fun to sew the elastic in the straps and follow the instructions to make it fully lined. I gave myself the option for removable cups. I didn't think I'd actually take the cups out but it turns out I don't have enough extra cups laying around to not swap them out. It is the most comfortable bra I own. The straps are actually wide enough that I can wear it with most of my scoop neck tees!

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Jalie Coco by replicate then deviate

After admiring Ansley's View B I decided I wanted to try it too. It was time to cut the precious Katie Kortman fabric I'd picked up from Spoonflower (probably in a fat quarter sale) and leftover scraps from the unblogged Mary Poppins costumes' circle skirts; this royal solid nylon tricot from Fabric Fairy. I was delighted the fabrics coordinated well enough! I was supposed to use the blue and pink fabric for Lisbon but there are still a few tiny scraps left. I'm trying to figure out what I should make her! What do you think? I used the blue tricot to line this Coco Sport Bra and I used swim elastic again. I had a scrap barely big enough for the 1 inch band (without piecing scraps together) so this is the only 1 inch band I made for myself. (both of my View As have the 1.5 inch band)

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Jalie Coco by replicate then deviate

When I was looking for fabrics I found this grey supplex I think I got from Imagine Gnats. I sewed this one up using actual swim lining (as recommended in the pattern) and using clear elastic (as recommended in the pattern). It is the most supportive/compressive of the ones I've made and I'm guessing it's the fabric. I am not a runner but this grey Coco is enough support for High Fitness and Body Combat for me. The others are great for Body Combat and daily wear (and High Fitness if it doesn't have a lot of tracks with jumps).

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Jalie Coco by replicate then deviate

I thoroughly enjoyed sewing the Elizabeth and Coco. These makes are getting so much wear in our home and make me happy every time I see them! Which new pattern is your favorite?