Well, I’ve only gone and actually done it! I’ve finally played with my Melt Pot and I managed it all without the need for first aid. It seemed only fit and proper that my first project should be one for Sunday Stampers, as it is entirely due to Hels Sheridan that I was not only inspired to purchase a Melt Pot but also, after attending her workshop, became brave enough to give it a go. Having finally plucked up the courage to unpack it, I fell at the last hurdle when I discovered my very old black Stazon was not up to the job so had to wait until my visit to Art from the Heart on Wednesday. Anyway, take a look at my makes:
They are not perfect, but for a first attempt I’m quite happy. I used the Mod Podge moulds for all except the larger hearts – these were made using bezels like the one you can see in the picture.
All of the above were made using UTEE – a mixture of clear and tropic red. The purple was clear with a bit of purple mica powder.
Here’s my project for the Sunday Stamper’s Challenge which has the theme of wheels, I’ve gone for cog wheels:
This is a chunky woodblock that I’ve altered. I have absolutely no idea why I have a stack of these in my stash, but I do. I began by giving it a coat or two of acrylic paint – blues, greens and a touch of white and yellow. Then I added a patch of red front and back.
Next, I stamped my images onto single ply tissue using my brand new Stazon. The hearts I cut out, but for the top and sides I used pieces of tissue that were the same size as the wood. Then to the Melt Pot. I used a project pan to melt some beeswax granules and then applied a thin layer over the woodblock. The tissue is smoothed over the wax, which sets very quickly, and then a heat gun melts the wax so that the tissue sticks and is coated with a layer of beeswax. I then used a brush to apply extra beeswax around the sides and edges to add texture.
The beeswax has been dusted with gold mica powder.
I added a brass key charm to the top and some Chit-Chat stickers to the front.
I actually made two altered blocks but you will have to wait until Sunday, when the new Anything But A Card challenge goes live, to see that! I am hugely pleased to have finally made merry with the Melt Pot AND to have done it without injury! Soonce again, big thanks to Hels and also thanks to my blog friend Ruth Levy who shared lots of hints and tips that helped and inspired me.
Thanks for buzzing by.