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”.