Sweet As Steels new etsy shop will launch Monday, Feb. 14th! In honor of the new shop we now have a Facebook Fan Page. Each new fan we get on the page between now and Monday, Feb. 21st will be entered into a drawing. One person will win a custom Sweet As Steel prize pack! Check out the page and get yourself into the drawing! Good luck everyone!
:) I entered my two girlie's into a model search for an amazing web store. I am hoping that I can get as many of my lovely virtual friends as possible to vote for them. So I am going to post it here and beg all of my readers to do the same. All you have to do is visit the Your Sparkle Box Boutique facebook page, like the page, and then like my daughter's pictures. PLEASE! LOL Also while you are there check out her amazing handmade products! She sells things for infants to adults. Her stuff is gorgeous! Thanks everyone!
So about a year ago I decided I would try hooping as a way to get more in shape and in all honesty just to have a little fun. I got all my supplies and made myself and 2 of my kids hoops. Last year was full of so much craziness I never really got into hooping. But recently i got a fire under my butt and decided I am going to dedicate 30 minutes a day to my hoop. Well after a couple day I realized that my hoop I made last year was just too big for me. it wasn't spinning as fast as i wanted. So this week I made myself two new hoops. And I LOVE them! This is turning into a bit of an obsession for me hehe. I haven't started learning any tricks, right now I am working on the basics and trying to just get a feel for the movements and gain some muscle memory. It is my hope that over the next year I will improve and begin to nail a trick one at a time. Anyway I wanted to share my two new hoops.
This one is so fun. The white under layer is actually glow in the dark tape. I love it!
This one is my zebra hoop. The zebra print is actually ribbon, rather then tape. Just something different. I think it turned out pretty cute!
Supplies: 2 part resin, I use Envirotex Lite (Got it at Michaels) A container to mix the resin in (it will not be usable for anything else afterwards) Something to stir with, I like popcicle sticks because they are cheap. Sprinkles Molds (I use silicon ice cube trays) Glue such as e600 A necklace bail a necklace of sorts An empty box a straw
Most importantly a warm work area!
First mix your resin according to the directions. Mine takes two equal parts mixed well. I like to mix small amount at a time to be sure it doesn't set up too quickly on me.
Don't worry about the tiny bubbles we'll get rid of them later.
Pour a small amount of resin into your mold. Just enough to cover the bottom.
Let it sit for 5-10 minutes or so just to thicken up a bit.
Next pour sprinkles into your mold.
This is what it looked like once the tray was filled with sprinkles
Pour resin over the top of the sprinkles. You don't need to totally fill the mold. but you want to be sure they sprinkles are covered.
Cover the mold with a box for 5-10 minutes. The box keeps the wet resin protected from dust, little fingers, etc.
Come back to your molds and check them, many times bubbles form on the surface. Take your straw and lightly blow on the surface of the resin. The bubbles should start to pop. If you have larger ones that wont pop with the straw, use a pin to pop them.
Now set the mold back under the box and leave it alone until tomorrow! Now be sure your work area is warm. If it it so cool the resin will not set clear, it will be foggy. My resin instructions recommend the temperature being between 70 and 80 degrees.
Day 2! We are going to first pop the resin from the molds.
They should look something like this.
If you have some jagged edges or some wispy edges, just take a low grit sand paper to those areas.
I'm a 34 yr old, wife, home schooling, stay at home mom to three. I love to do everything crafty. I love to do paper crafts, sewing, and just about anything else that gets my creative juices flowing. Most recently crafting has lead to my business. I now sell what I create on Etys. I make jewelry, hair accessories, and more!