Do you want experimenting with totally different craft methods? We positive do. They don’t all the time work out as deliberate, however I’m completely satisfied to report that this polystyrene casting mildew, utilizing a takeaway dish, positive did. And that is the outcome, a beautiful Celtic cross stuffed with texture and curiosity.
Each the hubby and I’ve Scottish blood flowing via our veins. Mine’s diluted with a little bit of Germanic blood, whereas he’s a 50/50 mixture of skirt-wearing ruggedness and little inexperienced leprechauns—one of many many causes I like him a lot.
Anyhoos, this bloody marvellous combination of Celtic blood has crept into our décor, and also you’ll discover Pictish artwork and Leprechaun-inspired crafts scattered all through our residence. So this do-it-yourself cross suits proper in.
It is a tremendous straightforward craft thought, and you should utilize just about any stencil to make a murals. Plus, you get to make use of one thing most individuals toss within the bin. Speaking about throwing stuff out, our Worldwide Blogger’s Membership (IBC) problem this month is “Don’t Scrap It.” I feel the Celtic cross qualifies 😉 If you wish to see extra “saved from the scrap heap” concepts, I’ll share what my IBC associates did in the direction of the tip of the submit.
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What you want
You’ll want a big polystyrene takeaway dish/plate for this craft. I’m not an enormous fan of polystyrene or Styrofoam, because it’s recognized in some nations. However we get numerous load shedding right here in South Africa, and when there’s no energy, we order takeaways. And takeaways are normally served in a polystyrene dish. So as a substitute of chucking them out, we save them for cool crafts like this one. Wash the takeout dish in heat soapy water earlier than utilizing.
You’ll additionally want the next:
Should you don’t need to hassle with reducing machines or a craft knife, it’s also possible to use a store-bought stencil for the polystyrene casting mildew.
Polystyrene mildew casting – how one can
Making the mildew
Lower the Celtic cross sample utilizing your reducing machine or sharp craft knife. Should you’ve by no means used a reducing machine, this superior useful resource will assist quite a bit. Switch the vinyl cross to the clear polystyrene takeaway dish.
Ensure to clean the vinyl down and take away any bubbles. They’ll trigger havoc later. Should you’re utilizing a stencil, use spray adhesive to stay it down.
Spray paint the vinyl……
……And watch it begin consuming away on the uncovered polystyrene.
Depart to dry fully.
Rigorously take away the vinyl.
And that’s it. You’ll be left with a polystyrene casting mildew that can be utilized time and again.
If you need the mildew to be deeper, you may scour it with the again finish of a paintbrush.
Casting the mildew
We poured casting stone into ours. Plaster of Paris and concrete will work too. The mildew will not be appropriate for resin. Resin heats up because it cures and can soften the polystyrene.
The polystyrene mildew is inflexible sufficient to face up to the load of freshly poured concrete or casting stone…..
…..and versatile sufficient to simply take away after the concrete or casting stone has set.
The polystyrene mildew is reusable. Right here’s the primary Celtic cross I made after staining it a fantastically wealthy, golden brown.
It virtually seems like leather-based.
And that is the second, utilizing the identical mildew.
I used brown, inexperienced, and blue craft paint to focus on the peaks.
The completed piece has been mounted on Yakisugi scrap wooden.
Doesn’t it look so cool?
It kinda jogs my memory of a fossil.
Or maybe an artifact that’s tarnished over time.
What do you assume? Will you be saving your takeout dishes to experiment with polystyrene mildew casting?
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Extra “Don’t Scrap It” concepts
Whether or not it’s upcycling furnishings, repurposing glass jars for storage, or reworking scraps into crafts, reusing throw-away stuff fosters a way of sustainability and conscious consumption. One thing all of us on the Worldwide Bloggers Membership are keen about. Click on the hyperlinks beneath to see what else could be saved from the scrap heap.
- Rachel gave scrap plywood an entire makeover that’s each practical and curvaceously attractive.
- Kristin took all types of scraps to create an eye catching show of issues that make her completely satisfied.
- Sara and her hubby rescue outdated stitching machines and provides them a brand new lease on life, even after they can’t be mounted.
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Superior stencils if you happen to don’t need to make your personal Celtic cross.
And if you happen to favor to purchase fairly than DIY, then possibly these beauties will enchantment.
And as all the time, wishing you a beautiful, artful week full of numerous love. Thanks for popping in for a go to.