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DIY Paint™

DIY Paint™

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DIY CLAY BASED ~ CHALK TYPE PAINT


Handcrafted in the USA using the highest quality NO VOC pigments in the industry. DIY Paint™ is velvety soft, lusciously creamy, and creates luxurious color dimension you have to see to believe. DIY Paint™ is eco-friendly containing only (9) nine total ingredients, all natural clay and chalk based paint.


  • 8 OZ SAMPLE JAR.  Perfect for a small project like a chair or small side table.
  • 16 OZ PINT.  Usually more than enough to complete a good size piece of furniture.
  • 32 OZ QUART.  Covers approximately 150 square feet will cover several pieces of furniture.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  Clean & Dry object to be painted.

2.  Remove lid & stir thoroughly. (Sometimes you don't even need to stir our paint!  It's that good)

3.  Apply one coat & allow to dry. (15 min to a few hours to dry, depending on climate)

4.  Apply second coat, if needed.

5.  Allow second coat to dry.

6.  Seal surface with any DIY Paint™ finishing product.

DO NOT FREEZE!


ONLY 9 INGREDIENTS + LOVE

INGREDIENTS: Love, water, clay, porcelain clay, chalk, alcohol, ester (as a binder), cellulose, pigments, preservative.
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Golden Ticket - Liquid Patina

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TOP COAT + SHIMMER MEDIUM


GOLD METALLIC PATINA (GOLDEN TICKET) IS FOR ADDING AN A SHIMMERY GOLD SHEEN OVER YOUR SURFACE, IT CAN BE USED AS A TRANSLUCENT ACCENT OR MADE STRONGER WITH ADDED COATS. 


INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  Allow DIY Paint to dry for 24 hours to ensure it is set before applying DIY Liquid Patina.

2.  Pour a small amount directly onto your dry surface, and use a rag, sponge, or paintbrush to apply an even coat to the entire surface.


DEBI'S TIPS:

1.  Work in small sections to avoid a patchy finish.

2.  Apply a second coat to minimize brush strokes.

3.  Watch Debi's videos on how to use Liquid Patina as a medium at www.debisdesigndiary.com

DO NOT FREEZE!


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Big Top - Top Coat

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A NEW SHOW IN TOWN! 

 

Non Yellowing hard furniture finish.

Water-based finish for interior and protected exterior wood surfaces. High bond ability and fast drying characteristics. Non-toxic and natural raw materials presenting no harm to the environment or waterways. 

The 16 oz pint covers 120-150 sq ft. Usually more than enough to complete a good size piece of furniture.

Big Top, is a water based top coat, non yellowing and high durability with a satin sheen. Big Top comes in one 16 oz size.  

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  Allow DIY Paint to dry.

2. Apply 1 - 2 coats with a fine bristle brush.

3.  Allow to dry between coats.  Dry time depending on temperature and climate.

DO NOT FREEZE!


INGREDIENTS:  water, silica, alcohol ester, surfactant, preservative.

SOLVENT FREE + NO VOC

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DIY Waxes - Clear, Black, Dark & Decrepit, & White

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FAST DRYING, LOW VOC FURNITURE WAX


INSRUCTIONS:

  1. Allow DIY Paint to dry completely before applying wax.  (15 minutes to a few hours.)
  2. Use wax brush or lint free cloth to evenly apply a thin layer of wax. (Surface may appear uneven or translucent)
  3. Allow to dry overnight. (Surface will even out)
  4. After wax has dried, buff to a beautiful hard sheen with a soft cloth.
  5. Finished surfaces should be kept free of moisture and extreme use for a week or more, to fully cure or harden.

DO NOT FREEZE!


ONLY 5 INGREDIENTS + LOVE

INGREDIENTS:  love, beeswax, carnauba wax, candelila wax, ceresin wax, isophar, pigment


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Crystal Clear Chandelier - Liquid Patina

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DIY CRYSTAL CLEAR CHANDELIER LIQUID PATINA:


FOR USE AS A TRANSFER GEL & TOP COAT + DECOUPAGE MEDIUM

A BEAUTIFUL LOW SHEEN DURABLE BRUSH ON FINISH, THE LOOK OF WAX WITHOUT ALL THE WORK.


INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  Allow DIY Paint to dry for 24 hours to ensure it is set before applying DIY Liquid Patina.

2.  Pour a small amount directly onto your dry surface, and use a rag, sponge, or paintbrush to apply an even coat to the entire surface.


DEBI'S TIPS:

1.  Work in small sections to avoid a patchy finish.

2.  Apply a second coat to minimize brush strokes.

3.  Use as glue and sealer for decoupage projects.

4.  Watch Debi's videos on how to use Liquid Patina as a medium at www.debisdesigndiary.com

DO NOT FREEZE!


Use liquid patina instead of wax for a simple, durable finish for indoors & outside!

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Dark & Decrepit - Liquid Patina

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STAIN + GLAZE


DARK LIQUID PATINA IS FOR ADDING AN AGED LOOK OVER YOUR SURFACE, A BEAUTIFUL LOW SHEEN DURABLE BRUSH ON FINISH, THE LOOK OF WAX WITHOUT ALL THE WORK!

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  Allow DIY Paint to dry for 24 hours to ensure it is set before applying DIY Liquid Patina.

2.  Pour a small amount directly onto your dry surface, and use a rag, sponge, or paintbrush to apply an even coat to the entire surface.


DEBI'S TIPS:

1.  Work in small sections to avoid a patchy finish.

2.  Apply a second coat to minimize brush strokes.

4.  Watch Debi's videos on how to use Liquid Patina as a medium at www.debisdesigndiary.com

DO NOT FREEZE!

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IOD - Decor Stamps™

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Decor Stamps

For anyone who hasn’t used the IOD Décor Stamps, they are essentially what they sound like. A stamp. Similar to a stamp that you might’ve used as a child- but magical. The IOD Décor Stamps have the power to transform an item that you found on the side of the road to an item that you will have to convince your husband you didn’t spend your entire monthly budget on. Yeah, that good.


But wait- there’s more...


The IOD décor stamps aren’t just for furniture and home décor, you can use them to transform your food art as well! The stamps are made from a food safe material (do not use the same sets for food and paint ;)). But be warned- they are not for high heat applications. Do NOT put in dishwasher, they will melt at extreme heats. And then you will be extremely heated too.


IOD Decor Stamps™ are an essential tool for creating. Decor, fashion, sugar arts (because our high quality material is food safe, you can use it in your sweet creations too!). We design our Decor StampsTM  to be as versatile as possible, allowing all kinds of uses and configurations, all with distinctive style to meet the needs of our highly creative customer .. .YOU.

  • Use repeatedly (Just like Aunt Edna’s green bean casserole, you can count on these bad boys being there time and time again).
  • Create cherished customized gifts for weddings, baby showers, house warmings and more! 
  • Use with our Erasable Liquid Chalk for beautiful artistic chalkboard creations (Give those hand lettering show offs a run for their money! Just kidding, I’m just jealous. But seriously, now we can show off too!).
  • Use to beautify plain walls and turn them into show stoppers! (We’re not being dramatic, have you seen our European Surface Techniques? They can only be accomplished with our Decor Stamps™!).

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Preparation is key

Before removing from backing, condition your stamps with very fine sandpaper, scuff the surface in two directions. This helps the mediums stay put, and not bead (which some types, like ceramics glazes, tend to do).

Remove stamps from backing when ready to use. This takes some force, but don’t worry, the stamps are strong.

Different mounts for different surfaces

Large mounting block. This is recommended for surfaces that are perfectly flat, for example, if you are doing fabric on a perfectly flat work surface. 

Freestyle stamping. This is what we call it when you use a flexible piece of plastic, such as the clear sheet that came with the stamps, as a mounting device. Simply position the stamp on the sheet and proceed. This is great for irregular surfaces such as walls or furniture (surprisingly, many furniture surfaces that appear flat have dips- this method will conform nicely).

No mount. This is when you would use the stamp without mounting to anything, because you want it to really conform to a curved surface, or even stretch. For example, I stamped the front of my cowboy boots, and was able to stretch the stamp and conform it cleanly to the surface even though the boot is very curved. When using the bare stamp make sure that your fingers don’t stick to it, this could cause the stamp to lift from the surface and create a smudge. Nobody likes an unintentional smudge.

Whichever mounting method you use, the stamp backs must be perfectly clean, as well as the mount, in order for the stamp to cling firmly to the mount.

Different mediums

Paint: Paint works wonderfully with the Décor Stamps. When using paint we recommend creating a small puddle to roll a small dense foam roller in. Make sure you get an even load and roll onto the design side of the mounted (or if using unmounted, proceed accordingly) stamp. This part takes a little practice to get the feel of the load so that it’s enough to give you the impression you want without being sloppy. Also keep in mind variables such as the surface you are stamping, the medium you are using, as well as the look you are trying to achieve. Practice makes perfect!

Ink: Our Décor ink, and most other inks, work fabulously with the Décor Stamps as well. Ink gives finer detail and tends to be a little more translucent than paint, keep this in mind in consideration to your project. We find that we like using paint and ink equally, and they lend themselves well to different projects and surfaces. We recommend using the blank stamp pads to apply the ink (one for each color), then pat the surface of the stamp with it.

Surfaces & applications

Fabric: When stamping fabric the load of medium should be generous in order to penetrate the fibres, and the look will be different with different levels of fabric texture. Décor ink, Chalk paint and other fabric suitable mediums work well. It is our opinion that the ideal fabric for permanent washables is 100 percent cotton. However, blends and some other natural fibres can sometimes work as well. Do a small test to be sure. Allow your newly stamped fabric to dry/cure for a minimum of 24 hours, then heat set with an iron on high heat before washing.

Furniture: Both painted and stained furniture can be stamped. In fact, this is one of the most common uses of our Décor Stamps. You can use ink or paint, but I tend to use paint more for furniture.

Walls: Walls are a fabulous surface opportunity for Décor Stamps. Create all over patterns that are a level up from wallpaper, and completely custom, or use the décor stamps to create an old world border. We love using paint for wall applications!

Caring for your stamps

We find that the easiest way to care for and clean stamps is to keep wet wipes nearby, and avoid letting the medium dry all the way on the stamp surface. Then, when you have time, wash them with mild soap and warm water. For some mediums you may find that you need a stamp cleaner. Use one that is safe for clear stamps. After thoroughly cleaned, place them back on the clear backing for storage

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IOD - Decor Moulds™

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Decor Moulds

The IOD Décor Moulds™ are made from food safe materials (do not use the same set for food and crafts), and can be used to transform and create baked goods, furniture, soaps, jewelry, and just about anything you can think up in that creative brain of yours.


IOD Decor Moulds™ are a result of collaboration between designer and sculptor. We draw inspiration from historic architecture and design and let the influence of modern use render pieces that will be a go-to for creatives in many forms . From furniture designers, to home decor, to sugar arts- there's a reason why IOD Decor Moulds™ are favoured across industries.

Now even larger, and made from high quality, food grade silicone, your moulds will bring you joy in your creations for years to come.

  • Food grade silicone (Hello baker mamas, sugar mavens, cookie crazies and those that wanna be all of the above. Ah hem…. me. These are for you, because now everyone gets to look like a pro!) 
  • Great for mixed media 
  • Jewelry makers 
  • The most beautifully detailed moulds on the market! 
  • Use with a bazillions of mediums (don’t hold me to that, I didn’t actually count, but heck just to start you off: paper clay, cast resin, clay, sugar paste, hot glue, fondant….) BE SURE TO USE SEPARATE MOULDS FOR YOUR EDIBLES AND CRAFTS! 

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Different mediums

IOD Décor Moulds can be used with many different mediums. We will cover the two most common here. Every medium has its own characteristics, challenges, and virtues.


Air dry clay, or paper clay: IOD paper clay is an air dry medium, and one of our favorites. Like most paper pulp based air dry clays, some shrinking, warping, and cracking is inherent. We like these qualities for a distressed, authentically vintage look. Our favorite way to apply moulded pieces is to remove them from the mould while still moist, and adhere to the surface with the appropriate glue so it conforms well. For vertical surfaces, use a piece of low tack tape to hold it in place so it doesn’t slide.


Casting resins: There are some great pourable resins available. These have completely different qualities than the paper clay. There is no shrinking or warping, and the castings are more consistent. Depending on the project, these qualities can be helpful. If you need to conform them to a curved surface, this can be done if removed from the mould before it’s completely hardened.


On releases: We find that most of the time a release is not necessary and the casting will come out without the use of a release, however, if you are having trouble with the material sticking (more common with clays than resins), a light dusting of simple cornstarch or arrowroot is a great choice.

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IOD - Decor Transfers™

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Decor Transfers

Our Decor Transfers™ are designed in scale and motif to be appropriate for decor. Use them to add a unique touch to your furniture projects, wall art or accessories. Pressure sensitive, you apply them by rubbing them onto the surface. Ensure a long lasting result by sealing with a quality sealer.

We've made many of our new Decor Transfers™ "buildable", by adding opacity, (so that they look good when they overlap) and making the designs themselves more versatile, so that they work visually, when used in combination. Since the designs are more opaque than previous versions, they will show up well against dark colors as well as light.

  • Distressable ( for complete customization, sand to your liking! We don’t mind.) 
  • Buildable ( more opaque so they can be layered with other transfers, as well as show up against darker colors. Because sometimes one is just not enough, and a maker needs to make it their own.) 
  • Improved backing to help prevent transfer mishaps ( and the subsequent crushed souls.) 
  • Easy to use ( These beauties transfer onto your project surface like butter. )

IOD Décor Transfers are a little delicate, need a little extra care, but are so worth it. With a little instruction, they are easy to use and add instant style to your projects. (Make sure to check out Iron Orchid Design's new White Transfers for a beautiful design on your deeper richer colors!)

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Preparation is key

Keep your transfer with its backing sheet until you are ready to apply. 

Keep free of dust or debris, which will interfere with adhesion. 

Do not allow the adhesive side of transfer to touch anything prior to application. 

When handling the transfer, avoid letting the adhesive side touch itself (don’t do in a windy environment). 

Do not store transfer in extreme temperatures or humid conditions, which can affect adhesion.

Application

Start with a clean, dry, matte surface. 

If painted, make sure it’s well cured, and if you have sanded the paint make certain there is no residual dust. All of these things will interfere with adhesion.

Carefully remove the transfer from its white backing. Slowly and carefully lower the transfer onto your intended surface, making sure that it does not touch until the placement is correct. Use small pieces of low tack tape to hold it in place.

Using the provided tool, or one of your choice, start at one end of the transfer and rub firmly to adhere the image to the surface. Do this until the entire image is transferred. You are welcome for the free arm workout as well. If any parts aren’t transferred when you lift, simply lay it back down and rub more on that portion. After it is transferred, with a clean dry hand, smooth down any bits that aren’t flatly adhered.

We recommend sealing with a water based (or not harsh solvent based) sealer (waxes created for chalk type paints also work well if they don’t contain harsh solvents).