Make This: Heritage Necklace

Posted on | April 29, 2016 | No Comments

There is still time to make a beautiful heritage necklace for your mom, grandmother or special woman who’s made a difference in your life. People are always so touched when presented with personalized gifts that show how much the giver loves and is thinking about them.

Over on the Ranger blog today, Jen has a stepped out tutorial on how to make a Mother’s Day necklace using the brand new Susan Lenart Kazmer Large Milan Heart bezels. Remember, this same process holds true for almost any type of image you’d want to use with ICE Resin. So whether it’s your own art, vintage images or photographs of loved ones, follow these steps for guaranteed success every time.

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How to Make Molds for ICE Resin® Crystals

Posted on | April 28, 2016 | No Comments

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I love real crystals.  Beyond the beliefs many people have for their healing powers, I think they are just beautiful.  The fact that they may be helpful is only a huge plus.  I love to collect natural things such as crystals, stones, shells, twigs and such for use in designs, but I am a bit on the frugal side.  Crystals are a treat I don’t often splurge on.  However, once I saw the new ICE Resin® Tints, I knew I could make unlimited crystals in any color I choose.  I am thrilled to share this video on how to make your own molds for making personalized crystals with ICE Resin®.

I would love to hear how you are using ICE Resin® in your own work!

Brooke Bock lives and creates with her husband and daughter in rural Pennsylvania. She shares her home and studio with 2 dogs, a cat, a few fish in ponds and tanks and a flock of chickens. She collects things old, rusty and intriguing.  She is a regular contributor to many Stampington & Company publications.

Learn more about Brooke Bock:

Blog: artisticendeavor101.blogspot.com

Pinterest: brookebock96 and artistendeavor 

Facebook:Artistic Endeavors 101

 

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How to use ICE Resin Molding Putty

Posted on | April 27, 2016 | 1 Comment

Take a peek over on the Ranger Ink blog today to see me (Jen) showing how to use molding putty of make molds of found objects for resin castings. I also wax poetic a little bit about my love for the Susan Lenart Kazmer Studio Sheets from Ranger. Seriously, they are the bomb diggity when using with ICE Resin. Nothing else quite works as well as these studio sheets.

And as a little additional eye candy, here are some finished cast resin work from Susan Lenart Kazmer and myself. A few years ago, Susan cast a lock and when I saw it, I went crazy for the technique. This photo is a piece of SLK fabulous jewelry she did for her bestselling book Resin Alchemy. She is teaching this technique in her workshops this year called Casting: Resin, Relics and Artifacts. The second photo is a lock I recently made for a mixed media journal workshop called Peep Pie Journal that I’m teaching.
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I hope you give mold making and resin casting a try. What are you inspired to create today? 

 

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ICE Resin® Crystal Necklaces with a Hint of Tint

Posted on | April 26, 2016 | 2 Comments

When I first tried the new ICE Resin® Tints, I fell in love.  Unlike some other products you can use to tint ICE Resin®, these are such pretty colors, and have such a clear transparent color.  I played with them to see what would be the best way to show how pretty they are.  I decided I wanted to make some crystals.  They can be quite pricey and I wanted a way to personalize my own crystals so what is better than making your own molds and stamping them with your own words or phrases?  I love the way these turned out and I experimented with different words, tints and finishes.

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So let’s get started.  Gather your supplies:

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You will need:

ICE Resin®
Mixing cups
Plastic stir sticks
ICE Resin® Tints: Raw Ruby, Beryl, Lolite
ICE Resin® Molding Putty
ICE Resin® Foil Sheets
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Ranger® Inkssentials™ Non-Stick Craft Sheet™
Scissors
Paintbrush
Sculpey Polymer Clay
Small Alphabet Stamp Set
Sculpey Bead Making Kit
Toaster Oven dedicated to craft use
Small plastic bowl
Uncooked Rice
Needle nose pliers
Jump rings
Necklaces/fibers
Wire: 24 gauge
Black paint
Baby wipes
Etched bullet casings (optional)

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We’ll use the polymer clay to build the crystal shape. To start, condition your polymer clay, and roll it into a log. Place the log into your freezer for 30-60 minutes. Take it out and use the sharp blade from the clay kit to cut pieces off the side of your crystal.

 

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Continue to turn and slice off pieces to form a crystal shape. Once you have the long sides done, cut the point for the crystal.

 

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Use the small alphabet stamp set to stamp any word you desire in your crystal. I made multiple crystals with different words. For one of them, I shaped the end so it would fit into an etched bullet casing. Bake your polymer “crystals” according to manufacturer directions in your craft-dedicated toaster oven.

 

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Next, mix equal size balls of molding putty to create your mold component. Form the molding putty around your polymer “crystal.” Be sure to press firmly into the side that has the word stamped. Follow the putty’s package directions to cure the mold.

 

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Once the mold compound has cured (I left mine about 20 minutes), use pliers to remove your polymer crystal. Use some uncooked rice in a bowl to stabilize your molds. Mix your ICE Resin® and add your tint. I added 6-10 drops of tint to 2 ounces of mixed ICE Resin®. Allow the ICE Resin® to settle for five minutes. Use the plastic stir stick to drizzle the tinted ICE Resin® into the molds. Allow 6-12 hours for the ICE Resin® to cure.

 

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I added some watered down black paint to some of the word impressions. I let them dry for about 20 minutes, and then wiped the paint off the side with a baby wipe.

 

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You can either leave the crystal with a frosted appearance, or paint another layer of ICE Resin® on the crystal to make it clear. Stand the crystals in the bowl of rice to hold them upright until they are cured.

 

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To hold your crystals, cut two pieces of wire, about 12 inches long each.

 

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About halfway down the length of the wires, twist the wires together three times.

 

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Place the point of the crystal against the twisted wires. Twist the wires three times again on the other side of the point.

 

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Take one wire from each side, and twist them together on the opposite sides from the initial twists. Repeat with the other two wires on the opposite side.

 

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Continue this method to encase the crystal.

 

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When you have encased the whole crystal, use two of the wires to make a bail at the top of the crystal.

 

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Wrap the remaining ends of the wires securely around the base of the bail. Use the needle nose pliers to squeeze and secure the ends.

 

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You can use ICE Resin® to secure the crystal in a bullet casing base. You may also use the Iced Enamels™ Medium to add some foil to the top of the crystal. Once dry and secure, you can add a coat of ICE Resin over the top of the foil. Add a jump ring and the chain or necklace.

 

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I would love to hear how you are using ICE Resin® in your own work!

Brooke Bock lives and creates with her husband and daughter in rural Pennsylvania. She shares her home and studio with two dogs, a cat, a few fish in ponds and tanks, and a flock of chickens. She collects things old, rusty, and intriguing.  She is a regular contributor to many Stampington &Com pany publications.

To learn more about Brooke Bock, please visit:

Blog:  artisticendeavor101.blogspot.com

Pinterest:  brookebock96 and artistendeavor 

Facebook:  Artistic Endeavors 101

 

Earth Day celebration

Posted on | April 22, 2016 | No Comments

Did you know that you can use organic and natural elements in ICE Resin? Take a peek over on the Ranger blog in celebration of 2016 Earth Day to see where we made some pretty jewelry using dried flower petals, resin and the brand new Susan Lenart Kazmer Milan bezels.

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As a little added Earth Day bonus take a peek at this necklace recently created by Susan. She’s been collecting sticks, pebbles, leaves and interesting natural elements during her morning walk in the woods. Look how she coated a a dried seed pod in ICE Resin and then used it as an innovative element wire wrapped to the bottom loop of her focal bezel.

We hope this gives you a little inspiration today as you think about art, beauty and our most generous of mothers – Mother Earth.

 

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