Using a Bezel for a Home Decor Piece

Posted on | June 24, 2016 | No Comments

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Hello ICE Resin® Fans! Heidi Blankenship, here. When you think of a bezel what it the first thing that comes to your mind? I think most people would say a jewelry. We use bezels all the time with ICE Resin® to create beautiful jewelry pieces. But bezels can be used for several other projects such as home décor, dangle purse charms, as a focal piece on a paper crafting project, and with a mixed media project just to name a few. For my project today® I am using one of the new ICE Resin® Milian Antique Silver Large Rectangle Bezels for a home décor piece. I am altering a mini lampshade and Darice® Welcome Candle Lamp. The decorative bezel will be the focal point on the mini lampshade. I found a digital image to match the print on the lampshade and then I used the ICE Resin® Milan Bezel Template to trace the rectangle image and then fussy cut it for a perfect fit with the bezel. I also used ICE Resin®, ICED Enamels™ Relique German Silver, and ICED Enamels™ Relique Glitz Silver along with a tiny Fleur Des Lis Inclusion to add some texture and sparkle to the bezel. Then I finished it off with a few beaded dangles.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Learn more about Heidi Blankenship:
Blog: embellished-dreams.blogspot.com/
Facebook: HeidiBlankenshipEmbellishedDreamsDesigns
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Using a Bezel for a Home Decor Piece

Posted on | June 22, 2016 | No Comments

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Hello ICE Resin® Fans! Heidi Blankenship, here. When you think of a bezel what it the first thing that comes to your mind? I think most people would say a jewelry. We use bezels all the time with ICE Resin® to create beautiful jewelry pieces. But bezels can be used for several other projects such as home décor, dangle purse charms, as a focal piece on a paper crafting project, and with a mixed media project just to name a few. For my project today® I am using one of the new ICE Resin® Milian Antique Silver Large Rectangle Bezels for a home décor piece. I am altering a mini lampshade and Darice® Welcome Candle Lamp. The decorative bezel will be the focal point on the mini lampshade. I found a digital image to match the print on the lampshade and then I used the ICE Resin® Milan Bezel Template to trace the rectangle image and then fussy cut it for a perfect fit with the bezel. I also used ICE Resin®, ICED Enamels™ Relique German Silver, and ICED Enamels™ Relique Glitz Silver along with a tiny Fleur Des Lis Inclusion to add some texture and sparkle to the bezel. Then I finished it off with a few beaded dangles.

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Supplies

ICE Resin®

ICE Resin® Milan Antique Silver Large Rectangle Bezel IRB50780

ICED Enamels™ Relique German Silver

ICE Resin® Glass Glitter Silver

ICED Enamels™ Relique Glitz Silver (not in supply photo)

ICE Resin® Paper Sealer
ICED Enamels™ Medium

ICE Resin® Milan Bezel Template IRA50582

ICE Resin® Non-Stick Studio Sheets IRA50438

ICE Resin® Mixing Cups and Stir Sticks IRA50916

ICED Enamels™ Essentials Brush

Other Supplies

Darice® Welcome Candle Lamp, Villa Bacci™ Mini Shade, Paris Digital Image, Silver Crown Charm, Fleur Des Lis Inclusion, Jewelry/Bead Components – Pearl/Rhinestone Chain, Silver Bead Caps, White/Champagne AB Glass Bead, Clear AB Round 6mm, Clear AB Teardrop 12mm, Silver Flower Spacers, Silver Ball End Head Pins, Tools – Heat Tool, Beadalon® Round Nose Pliers, Bent Nose Pliers, Beacon Adhesives™ Fabri-Tac™, Rubber Glove

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To start I am using one of the ICE Resin® Milan Antique Silver Large Rectangle Bezels.  Using one of the ICED Enamels™ Essentials Brush I added some of the ICED Enamels™ Medium to a few spots on the bezel.

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Then I added some ICED Enamels™ Relique German Silver and ICED Enamels™ Relique Glitz Silver.  I used a heat tool to melt the ICED Enamels™.  Be very careful when doing this the metal on the bezel will become very hot so please do not touch the bezel until it has had time to cool.  In the background of the picture you can see part of a coffee filter–these are great to use with the ICED Enamels™ and allow you to very easily pour the excess powder back into the container.

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Now it’s time to use the ICE Resin® Milan Bezel Template to trace around the image.  You can see by looking at the bezel and the template I will be using the larger rectangle.

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To used the ICE Resin® Milan Bezel Template just simply line it up with the image and then trace around the template with a pencil.   Fussy cut the image and then be sure to coat it with the ICE Resin® Paper Sealer.  I like to put a couple of coats on the front, back and sides of the image to make sure that paper is sealed.

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Here you can see the bezel with the image added to it.  I also added a thin coat of ICE Resin® and then I added the tiny Fleur Des Lis Inclusion.  Before I added the inclusion I applied ICE Resin® to the front and back.  Doing this will help to prevent air bubbles.  I also used a rubber glove when I was applying the ICE Resin® to the tiny inclusion.  It makes it a little easier to hold the tiny piece and not get the resin all over your hands in the process.

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Here you can see the tools and some of the bead and jewelry components I used to create the beaded dangles.

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Here is a look at the finished bezel .  You can see I added some ICE Resin® Glass Glitter Silver and ICED Enamels™ Relique Glitz Silver in with the ICE Resin® for a bit of added sparkle.

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Here is a look at the bottom of the candle lamp.  I applied ICED Enamels™ Relique German Silver and ICED Enamels™ Relique Glitz Silver to the base.  Then I added ICE Resin® for a top coat.

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Here is a close up of the finished mini lampshade.  I also added some pearl and rhinestone chain around the top of the lampshade.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.  Try to think out of the box–what kind of projects can you think of besides jewelry that you could use a bezel for?

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Learn more about Heidi Blankenship:
Blog: embellished-dreams.blogspot.com/
Facebook: HeidiBlankenshipEmbellishedDreamsDesigns
Instagram: heidimblankenship
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Friend of ICE: Artist Gail Crosman Moore

Posted on | June 13, 2016 | No Comments

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With this week being the annual Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee, we wanted to ask one of our favorite artist friends to do a Guest Post on her work. Gail Crossman Moore is a fine artist and an incredible jewelry designer. Her work has been juried into many fine art museums shows and galleries, and is in private and public collections worldwide.

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She is known for her love of seed pods and taking these natural, organic elements and turning them into otherworldly looking components. Not only does she electroform natural elements, she freehand sculpts pods, makes molds, casts them in resin and glass, forms colorful glass beads and then uses the components to build high fashion jewelry. She also loves fiber, and is known to felt and form pod-shaped textiles for both fine art sculpture and also jewelry.

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Gail has been on faculty at the Bead and Button Show for many years and she always has a booth at the show to sell her gorgeous work. For those of you who follow the ICE Resin blog, we thought you deserved a little inspiration from the comfort of your own home even if you can’t be with Susan and the team in person this week. Be sure to check out Gail’s website when you get a moment.

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Question: Gail, what were your early influences with art?

GCM: I have been making things for as long as I can remember, my family supported all things handmade. My paternal grandfather was an illustrator and portrait artist, my mother’s side of the family were magnificent needle workers. Crewel Embroidery was my favorite, the tactile quality and the way the fibers gathered the light were alluring from an early age.
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Question: Why pods? What’s their allure?

GCM: My pods have been a strong source of inspiration for a full 40 years, can you believe it? My first round of college I studied horticulture, in the end I look back and see that I really had no desire to grow the pods as much as pluck them and use them as a spark and springboard towards my end goal, which is to gather the essence and allude to the core source but change it up through differing textures, materials, scale and color.

If I had to declare my one constant, unwavering companion it would be my relationship to these gifts from Mother Nature, a joy always.

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Question: You build your pods out of many materials, including ICE Resin. What is your process?

GCM: My processes are many. I have made pods out of glass, metal, resin, paper, wool; I have done a bunch of lost wax castings after carving poppy pods, I have dipped those uncarved pods in resin, made molds and cast resin and paper in them, wet felted pod forms and encrusted them with seed beads. I find that they are the perfect vehicle for inspiration; a metaphor for the mysteries of life, potentials unknown, a vessel for holding and housing seeds ~ the basis of life’s incubation.
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Learn more about Gail Crosman Moore at:

Web: www.GailCrosmanMoore.com

Facebook: Gail Crosman Moore

Facebook: Gail Crosman Moore Designs

Email: gail@gailcrosmanmoore.com

 

 

Have You Tried – Enameling Tip

Posted on | June 10, 2016 | No Comments

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John Creighton Petersen is back with us again today Guest Blogging to show an essential tip for working with the Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin Relique powders. This video is not just for jewelry makers. If you do a lot of rubber stamping and cardmaking, check out this quick and easy tip for ensuring your powders stick exactly where you want them to go!

 

John has been a two-time member of the ICE Resin Design Team. You can see more of his work at:

Blog: http://artnewwave.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artnewwave/

Facebook Artist Page

It’s Bead & Button Time!

Posted on | June 9, 2016 | No Comments

It’s that fantastic time of year again when jewelry artists and makers gather together for the love of beads and bling in Milwaukee for the annual Bead and Button Show.

Susan’s been amongst the first faculty of this show, and has been teaching and vending for more than a decade.  People come from all over to take workshops from some of the world’s leading jewelry instructors. While education and workshops are an integral element of the show, it’s also an abundant shopping mecca and an amazing place to meet up each year with friends and tribe members who love beads, baubles, silversmithing, enameling, metalworking, glass making and all things adornment related.

Artists pull out their best pieces to wear on the show floor. Meeting friends in the classrooms or hallways is always met with an approving nod of each other’s work. New friends are made easily just by simply admiring others necklaces and commenting on particular techniques or gemstones. There’s even a little inside joke called “The Beader’s Handshake.” It’s when you see and admire a necklace so much that you simply have to ask the wearer if you may touch their jewelry. Of course, it’s always met with a laugh and a forward bend of the neck, ear, wrist or finger.

While most of the popular workshops are long sold out, there is always room for last minute sign ups. If you happen to be in the Milwaukee area and want to take in a class or two, grab your pliers, your wallet and head right to the registration desk where there’s always a friendly person ready to help.

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Take a peek at Susan’s workshops this year. While most are completely sold out, you can still head to the ICE Resin booth to see brand new pieces of her work that she’s built specifically for the Bead and Button Show. If you have some free time on your hands and want to learn more about ICE Resin, Jen Cushman has a few seats left in her classes Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.

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Also if you’re attending the show, be sure to stop by the booth on Saturday and say hello to Susan. She’ll be done teaching her classes and plans to spend the day meeting, greeting and signing copies of her books. Here is a free entry coupon, courtesy of ICE Resin to get into the shopping extravaganza.

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For those of you who won’t be able to join us this year, here’s some photos of shows past to give you a little peek into Bead and Button.

Fashion and jewelry go hand in hand. They’re always some fun dresses, shoes and outfits to make any fashionista or artsy gal drool.

Fashion and jewelry go hand in hand. They’re always some fun dresses, shoes and outfits to make any fashionista or artsy gal drool.

 

It’s always a joy to say hello to some of our favorite magazine editors and other members of the press.

It’s always a joy to say hello to some of our favorite magazine editors and other members of the press.

The year that Susan debuted her Industrial Chic commercial line with Michaels, one of our ICE Resin Design Team members made a funky crown for people to use as a photo op prop. The construction of it was gorgeous and the ladies had a lot of fun taking turns being the ICE Queen.

A customer rocking both the crown and her necklace made entirely with Susan’s Industrial Chic line.

A customer rocking both the crown and her necklace made entirely with Susan’s Industrial Chic line.

 

A quick photo caught at the end of the day with Susan and her team: (from left) Cheri Lenart Cann, Jen Cushman and Kim Shullick.

A quick photo caught at the end of the day with Susan and her team: (from left) Cheri Lenart Cann, Jen Cushman and Kim Shullick.

 

Yes the jewelry and the workshops are divine, but walking through the Wisconsin Convention Center and seeing the poetry on the walls from local poets is always inspiring.

Yes the jewelry and the workshops are divine, but walking through the Wisconsin Convention Center and seeing the poetry on the walls from local poets is always inspiring.

 

A view of the overpass from the Hilton hotel to the Wisconsin Conference Center. We get our coffee each morning and then head through the breezeway to the classroom. At the top of the escalator heading down to where the rooms are is a button you can push to hear traditional polka music. By now, it’s become a tradition to polka our way to work each day.

A view of the overpass from the Hilton hotel to the Wisconsin Conference Center. We get our coffee each morning and then head through the breezeway to the classroom. At the top of the escalator heading down to where the rooms are is a button you can push to hear traditional polka music. By now, it’s become a tradition to polka our way to work each day.

 

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