More Layered Wood Ornaments

layered wood ornaments

Just a quick update on the layered wood ornaments I’ve been making.  12 days of Christmas?  No, it’s not the 166th day of Christmas in my craft room.  I’ve knocked out a few more ornaments designs and this was the last one.   I plan on making one more before figuring out little hangers, packaging, and where to sell them.

I can’t wait for it to be done.  Honestly, I don’t want to see any Christmas stuff for a very long time.

Making Ceramic Silkscreens with Cricut

some of the supplies for this project

If you have ever made your own traditional silkscreens then you know it’s a huge pain in the butt.  Framing your fabrics, photo emulsions, transparencies, cleaners, solutions, lamps, etc.  It takes quite a bit of material and equipment to get started.

I’ve made silkscreens in the past and was moderately successful even with my small home setup.  I mostly made silkscreens for ceramics but that was back before it was really popular.   Now, companies like Mayco produce a large line of pre-made screens you can buy.

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Testing 3D Printed Stamps, Part 2

After my initial post, Testing 3D Printed Stamps, I decided to taking my findings and actually give it another shot.   One of the things I had found was that flexible resin outperformed the other filaments and resins I tried.  However, it was far too flexible and fragile.  One of the recommendations for using flexible resin was to mix it with standard resin to make it more durable.  I didn’t have the recommended resin at the time but I did order some to try.

Monoprice’s rapid resin does come in clear, but the yellow was $10 cheaper at the time I was ordering.  Also, I’m still testing, so the transparency of the stamp material really wasn’t a concern.

use a 80/20 mixture of resin to print a stamp

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Experimenting with Cloning a Stamp

After a couple of posts on making stamps, I started to wonder how you would clone a stamp?  Do mass producers of stamps really go through this process for each stamp?  After seeing some of the stamps on the shelves I would guess that they would make a mold and fill it with photopolymers and then zap it with UV light.  Some photopolymer stamps have two colors of resin in them (black and clear) and you could do that if you had a mold.

I decided to try and make a mold of my last stamp, the panda from my post, Testing 3D Printed Stamps.   There are many methods and products that can make molds and I’m going to start by trying one of the least expensive methods: silicone caulk molds.

silicone mold making supplies

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Trying Cricut Infusible Ink Products

I play with a lot of Cricut products even when it’s not necessarily something I’m into at the moment.  I never really had a desire to make shirts or customize fabrics but at the same time, I like knowing what I am capable of making with the tools I have.  When the “Shaylee” pack of infusible papers popped up for sale on my Amazon recommended page, I figured it was time to give Infusible Inks a try.

infusible ink products

Over the course of a week, I hit several other stores and slowly picked up supplies.   When I was at Target, I grabbed some white t-shirts.   When I was taking a leisurely stroll around Joann Fabrics, I also grabbed the infusible ink markers.

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