Friday, November 30, 2012

My Little Cowboy ~ AMP DT Project

Our road trip this summer took us to South Dakota where we visited Deadwood.  That was July and I am still finishing up our journal/scrapbook of that trip. This is one of the pages I wanted to make some charms to go on the page but the only ones I had were silver, plus, with all the cowboy pictures I have of my son, I knew I would use these again and again in different ways. Soooooo . . . I made my own using Amazing Mold Putty and Amazing Casting Resin and added some Alumilite Dye and Alumilite Metallic Powder to complete the look.

These were the original metal charms:

Next I mixed my Amazing Mold Putty mixing a 1:1 ratio of "A" and "B" (click on the link at the end of this post to go to their website for a tutorial).

Then I made a mold of my charms and brushed the inside with  metallic powder (link above). As I said in my last post, this stuff goes a long way - you really don't have to use much  at all to cover the entire surface of what you are molding.



After trying the dyes on my last project and liking the way it looked, I mixed a couple of drops (and I mean just drops) of the African American dye and then added a little of the metallic powder to side "A" before mixing the resin on a second set and this is what it looked like in the mold:

This is what each set looked like fresh out of the mold with nothing added on the surface.  As you can see, if you didn't want to play with them you could absolutely leave them as-is and have a great look.  Or you could take it a step further like I did and  paint, daub, brush and rub to get them the way I wanted. That's what I did with the top set.  The bottom set I left alone except to rub just a bit of the metallic powder on the raised areas to highlight it just a bit.

After playing with these products, I have found that I love the dyes and powders almost as well as the putty and the resin (not quite because I love, love, love the putty and resin). 

One tip I have for making charms or anything with a bail on it, is to pull it out of the mold before it is rock hard and use a paper piercing tool to open the bail and then put a toothpick or skewer in the hole to hold it open while it dries.  If you try to re-open the hold once the piece hardens, you will break it.  Doing this before it hardens and having it ready to go can save the major meltdown that might happen if you break it later (this would be me waiting until the last minute to make a gift and then the piece breaks when I don't have time to start over - lol).  Below is an example:

Here is one last look at my finished project:

Thanks for joining me - Make sure to leave a comment and let me know what you think!  Also, don't forget to check out the Amazing Mold Putty website for these and more Amazing products.

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