Posted on | July 29, 2015 | No Comments
When I read the challenge for this month I was a little intimidated I must admit. I thought for a long time about what to created based on my favourite piece of writing. I don’t really like classics, I don’t really like the Po, Orwell, and other tortured souls that would make a really good inspiration for a piece of jewellery. Living where the Bronte sisters grew up and just round the corner actually from the Law Hill gothic school that Emily Bronte worked at, and was the inspiration for the house that Cathy was held captive in by her husband (the description in the book and the actual building is uncanny) you would have thought that would be the logical choice for me to create something based off Wuthering Heights (anyone else singing Kate Bush right now?) But no, didn’t even cross my mind until I started writing this intro….. My guilty reading pleasure is young adult Steampunk fiction, I love small novellas, like the Steampunk Chronicles by Kady Cross, but I absolutely adore Cassandra Clare’s young adult Shadowhunter world, even the movie The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones that got slated…. My secret is I went to the cinema to see it 5 times….. but that’s just between you and me! I am especially looking forward to the new TV show coming in 2016 ”Shadowhunters” which is based on the 2nd set of books, the same as the movie, The Mortal Instruments which is set in the present day. My favourite set of books is The Infernal Devices, which is the first set of books she wrote and set in the Victorian Era which has a little Steampunk twist to it I feel. The basis of the ”Shadowhunters” is power and protection from runes, the main rune is the Angelic rune which every Shadowhunter is given as their first rune. It just so happens this is a really pretty symbol and being one of the few solid ones without a break made for a fantastic casting piece. I love resin casting if you haven’t noticed! and decided to use the casting technique created by Baerbel from the 2014 Creative Team, find out how I created it below.
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Iced Enamels™: Shattered Fire Opal
Mixing cup and stick.
Printed rune image.
Marabu Fixo-gum or gum based flexible glue.
Fun Foam standard thin sheet and 6mm thick sheet.
Westcott Titanium knife, cutting mat.
Sandpaper and files.
Chain and clasp.
Throw away brush, paint brush and vaseline.
Face mask, protective gloves.
1: Print off an image of the rune from the web and cut it out.
2: Draw around the rune image onto the 6mm foam.
3: Cut the image from the foam using a knife
4: Glue the thick foam to the thin foam and seal all edges with the glue.
5: Weight the piece with something heavy to dry flat.
6: Brush vaseline all over the inside of the mold.
7: Mix ICE Resin to manufacturers instructions.
8: Add Shattered Fire Opal to the mixed resin until desired effect is achieved.
9: Gently pour resin mixture into the mold.
10: Balance or tape down a jump ring or loop to attach to your chain.
11: Carefully de mould once set after 8 to 12 hours.
!!!!!!!!USE A FACE MASK HERE!!!!!!!!!
12: Sand the edges smooth to achieve desired effect, attach chain.
Posted on | July 28, 2015 | 2 Comments
Posted on | July 22, 2015 | No Comments
We were tasked with making a project based on our favorite poem or work of literature. This one was tough for me. With so many great books, I did not know what direction to go. I Love The brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Emile Zola’s letter j’accuse is a great piece of writing, The Road Not Taken by Frost is another favorite, but I just could not make them work. One of my favorite authors is Kurt Vonnegut. Maybe not as poetic as Frost or as passionate as Zola, but always insightful, humorous, and thought provoking. I browsed my collection of Vonnegut books, of which there are many and I came across Cats Cradle. I read this book as a young girl and it left an impression on me. For those of you who have read it, Ice 9 is the perfect inspiration for the ICE Resin® products. For those of you who have not read it, get to it! Its a quick, easy and entertaining read. (and look, its only 95 cents!)
The story is based on a fictitious substance called Ice 9. Ice 9 is a polymorph of water. Any liquid that comes in contact with Ice 9 will become crystallized and create more Ice 9. It has the ability to kill instantly by turning human tissue into Ice 9, as well as freezing entire bodies of water. You can see where the story goes…. I thought it would be cool to be able to wear a piece of Ice 9 without the threat of having your insides freeze and crystallize!
disposable mixing cup and stir stick
2 part molding putty
Shattered Opal inclusions
2 small eye hooks
Crystal/Rock with interesting shape
White pain/nail polish
Golden interference blue paint/paint brush
I started with a crystal I liked. You can use any rock with interesting shapes. Don’t worry about the color, we can fix that! Casting with ICE Resin® allows you to keep the original item and make multiples. The original was too heavy to use as a pendant.
Mix equal parts casting putty until color is uniform. Place on flat surface and impress crystal into putty. Allow putty to set for 10 minuets.
Here is a video Susan M Walls did on Casting.
Once putty is set (test with thumbnail. If nail does not leave an impression, its set.) Remove crystal. Your mold will look something like this.
Drop a few pieces of rock salt in the bottom of your mold. Mix equal parts ICE Resin® in mixing cup and add a very small amount (about a pinch) of Shattered Opal inclusions and about a tablespoon of rock salt. The rock salt is a crystal itself so light will reflect off of it. The shattered opal helps the crystal reflect light. Pour ICE Resin® with inclusions into your mold and allow it to set (6-8 hours) Once Resin is set, remove your new “crystal” from the mold.
The crystal looks pretty good at this point but a few surface treatments will make it come alive. I added Golden interferon Blue to the back of the piece and dry brushed a bit on the front. This paint reflects light and gives it an iridescence.
Then, to make the piece appear solid and opaque, I painted the back white. I used white nail polish. You can use white paint, it will just need to be sealed.
Once all the paint is dry, the pieces look very similar.
I used 2 eye hooks and screwed them into the sides where I wanted the necklace to connect to.
Now you can add beads, chain, leather, cloth or any other components you like. I used cool blue glass beads. Its hot here in the desert, we can use a bit of Ice. This piece of Ice 9 is safe to wear and wont bring about the end of the world, however It may cause some commotion when your friends see it!
Posted on | July 21, 2015 | No Comments
Ice Resin 2014 Design Team member Kim Williams as she makes some simple wire and paper charms — great for earrings!
Posted on | July 16, 2015 | No Comments
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