I love trying out new things! Especially ones that I’ve wanted to try….and never dared.
Want to know what one of those things is……?
I know! A tiny bit scary, right?
I admit, I was scared.
But thanks to ETI Environmental Technologies, and their Envirotex Lite product, I was able to give it a whirl….
Wanna see what happened?
Your supply list goes like this:
- Envirotex Lite-Pour on Gloss Finish
- Sponge Brush
- Wooden Bracelet Round (found at craft store in jewelry making isle)
- Glue/Sealer. (this one is Mod Podge)
- Strip of fabric, of your choice. (enough to go around the bracelet and up over both sides)
Start by covering your bracelet in the glue, and gluing your fabric to the wood. I found it easiest to work in small sections.
Pay attention to getting enough glue to have the material round the top edges, but DON’T glue it down all the way inside.
Once your glue is dry, take a pair of scissors and snip the edges so that they are even with the top and bottom edges.
DON’T use your best scissors on this one, because they’ll probably get a little glue-ee!
I also took a bit of sandpaper to the edges to help in getting the fabric just right. It seemed to work pretty well, but isn’t necessary.
Then cover the ENTIRE thing in a sealer. I just Mod Podged over everything.
THIS STEP IS CRUCIAL!
- According to the box for the resin (and many CRAFT-FAIL stories I’ve read….) if the material isn’t completely sealed, the resin will discolor and ruin it. So do a good job on this part. I even did 2 coats just in case.
After that’s dry, you can begin to mix your resin. Here’s where I try not to scare you away from this project:
YOU MUST READ THE DIRECTIONS. COMPLETELY. AND FOLLOW THEM.
So if you’re the kind of person that just likes to “wing it” and see what happens…..
This may not be the project for you!
(or you maybe could practice a new skill)
Putting on the resin was the only really tricky part. I searched and searched for ideas of how to do it. The best one I found was to put it on a bottle and paint on the resin.
It will RUIN the bottle you use. So just be aware of that.
And in the interest of full disclosure….no, I didn’t ruin this bottle to make it….but it’s MUCH cuter this way….don’t you think?
Whatever you use, the item needs to be up off the ground, and on top of a non stick surface. I used several sheets of wax paper.
Let the resin drip off your item while it levels itself off.
You’ll need to come back and wipe drips off for the first couple of hours. You don’t want drips or pooling to dry at the bottom.
I twisted my item every 20 or 30 minutes at first to make sure I avoided any problems.
Here’s the final product!
I LOVE my big bangle bracelets that I buy at places like Forever 21. And I loved being able to design a similar one all on my own!
It’s super shiny, and super fun.
I actually think I’m going to put a 2nd coat of resin on it. But that will have to be for another day….
Here’s where I say my peace:
This stuff is tough!
I was nervous the whole time that I’d do something wrong.
(and I think I did, because mine is still just a titch tacky…hence the need for a second coat)
But I do have to say that it wasn’t AS scary as I built it up to be.
And I think had my home been a bit warmer (it was barely 70 degrees here) that it wouldn’t have taken QUITE so long to dry.
Would I do it again?
Mostly because I think I could do it better next time. And I’m not really afraid of a craft fail.
And I don’t think this one is a fail, it just needs a tweak.
So the jury says:
try it on a brave day, read the instructions, make sure it’s warm, be careful, and HAVE FUN!
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”.