Posted on | April 18, 2014 | No Comments
This little rabbit flicked its feet
jumped into the air and
did a joyful twist before landing in Jen Cushman’s studio.
Of course, being Easter time, the little critter became immortalized in a piece of jewelry!
If you would like to see the entire piece of Easter jewelry, hop on over to Jen’s blog: Hopin’ Down the Trail necklace.
What Easter themed critters have found their way into your studio recently?
Fun Rabbit facts:
Rabbits have almost 360 degree vision. (Jen is a mom, so when she wears this necklace, she does have eyes in the back of her head.)
Their strong hind legs allow them to jump as high as 1 meter and sprint forward as far as 3 meters in one bound.
Rabbits are social creatures.
Posted on | April 17, 2014 | No Comments
When I saw the little bird’s in the Art Mechanique range of products it was love at first sight, I knew instantly what I wanted to do with them and how I wanted it to look. I could picture a beautiful dainty bracelet with a shabby chic look to it peeking out from my most favourite summer time shirt. I am so happy that what I imagined could be easily realized with the fantastic Iced Enamels range.
Tools and Materials:
Iced Enamels™ Relique Ivory
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Iced Enamels™ Angled Brush
Rue Romantique™ Pearl Chain
Art Mechanique™ Silhouettes Bird’s
2 pairs pliers
Lobster Claw from stash
1.5mm Metal Hole Punch
1: As demonstrated previously in my technique video, gently shape the bird shapes so they have a slight bow to them.
2: Using your angled brush, brush on some Iced Enamels™ medium to the birds and sprinkle a generous amount of Iced Enamels™ Relique Ivory onto them. Let any excess powder fall off and return to the jar for later use. Heat set the powder on the birds.
3: Mix ICE Resin to the manufacturers instructions. Carefully brush a thin layer of resin onto the birds and let cure over night.
4: Using a 1.5mm metal hole punch, punch 2 holes in each bird, one in the tail and one above the beak in the head.
5: Take off 6 pearl links from the Rue Romantique™ Pearl Chain using pliers. Open each one up at both ends and twist the openings so they all face the same way.
6: Thread on all the birds to the pearl chain closing the ends as you go. Attach a lobster claw fastener to the end and wear.
Now I have an idea for a matching flowing necklace floating around in my head.
Thanks for visiting!
Clare Horner, Got Paint in My Hair
Posted on | April 16, 2014 | 1 Comment
Kathy Cano-Murillo shows how you can use gold leaf in ICE Resin and it will float throughout the mixture!
To make the cubes you will need: ICE Resin®, Gold Leaf, a mold, mold release agent.
To make the necklace below you will need to drill a hole through a corner and wire wrap your jumpring to the cube.
You can find more of the Crafty Chica’s projects on her glittery website.
Posted on | April 15, 2014 | No Comments
Join John Creighton Petersen from the ICE Resin 2014 Creative Team as he uses a bolt, packing tape, ICE Resin, a jewel, Raspberry Mica Flakes and Shattered Fire Opal to make this “found” object into an open back bezel.
Posted on | April 9, 2014 | 1 Comment
Materials and Tools:
Leather cuff with snap closure
Art Mechanique Bezel – large hobnail style
Art Paper for background of bezel
Inclusions – charms, buttons, rhinestone chain
1oz ICE Resin®
Iced Enamels Shattered Mica and/or Relique Glitz
Art Mechanique Paper Sealer
Small Disposable Paint Brush
Leather Hole Punch
Metal Hole Punch/ Or a drill with appropriate size drill bit
Fine Sanding Block
Micro Minnie Screwdriver (sold for repairing eyeglasses in most drug stores)
Parchment Paper, plastic bead mat, or white garbage bag split and taped down to protect worktable
1. Mark the placement of the holes you will punch in the bezel for attaching your bezel to the leather cuff with a sharpie marker. Place the marks a good distance apart and in the center of the bezel.
2. Punch or drill holes in the bezel.
3. Remove loop from bezel and buff rough edges with metal file and fine sanding block.
4. Replace bezel on the leather cuff. Use sharpie to mark on the leather where to punch holes in the cuff. Set aside.
5. Trace or etch a pattern for your bezel. Use pattern to cut out the background for the bezel.
6. Paint with disposable brush both the front and back of paper with Art Mechanique Paper Sealer. Repeat multiple times allowing paper to dry between coats
7. Attach the bezel to the cuff by using the micro screws going in through the bezel then the leather. Apply nut from the bottom and tighten with a super small screwdriver being careful to not over tighten the nut.
8. Snip off the end of the screw. File off rough or sharp end of screw. Buff with sanding block if necessary.
9. Place a small dab of E6000 Glue on each screw to secure and seal the leather. Allow to dry.
10. Lay the sealed paper for the background in the bezel. Arrange charms, rhinestone chain, and Iced Enamel Mica in the bezel. Place on protected surface.
11. Mix ICE Resin® per instructions with the packaging in a mixing cup. Allow the ICE Resin® to rest for 10 to 15 minutes until it is the consistency of thick syrup.
12. Using the craft stick drizzle the mixture in the bezel being careful not to disturb the objects you have placed in the bezel. If there is some shifting of the charms or chain use a toothpick to replace. Fill almost to capacity.
13. Sprinkle more Glitz or Mica on the surface if desired. Allow ICE Resin® to set for a few hours.
14. If desired, mix a second small amount of ICE Resin® pour on top to dome the bezel.
Resin will dry in 6 to 12 hours and cure in 72 hours.
America’s favorite pastime takes centerfield in this Americana bracelet that fans, Mom’s and players alike will want to wear. Nothing makes a statement like these personalized cuff bracelets. Add a mascot, your favorite players’ number or just express your “love of the game” in your own personalized bracelet.
Kim Williams, Historically Haute
Posted on | April 8, 2014 | 2 Comments
Have you ever made an old pocket watch back and face into a deep bezel?
Candy Rosenberg shares a couple of steampunk watches she is working on layering and how to use ICE Resin as a glue to make a deep well for all of her inclusions.
Posted on | April 4, 2014 | 1 Comment
Susan Lenart Kazmer and Linda Lenart McNulty are bringing their mixed media metalwork and encaustic classes to Portland and there a re still a few openings for this wonderful retreat.
Art & Soul has been host to inspirational mixed media retreats for thousands of creative souls for 15 years. It is a fine retreat– place to discover unconventional art techniques. The knowledge and camaraderie you’ll walk away with is simply priceless.
Resin Alchemy – Monday April 7 (Sorry, but this workshop is FULL)
Caging Common Objects in Metalwork – Wednesday April 9 (There was a single space left at the time of posting.)
Enameling-Patterns, Text, Texture and Transparency in Glass – Thursday April 10 (Just 5 spaces remaining at time of posting.)
Cold Enameling – Color on Metal – Friday April 11 (Sorry, but this workshop is FULL)
Linda Lenart McNulty’s classes:
Wearable Encaustic Shrines Thursday, April 10 ( 3 Spaces Remaining)
Encaustic Daguerreotype Paintings Friday April 11
Luminous Layering in Encaustic Painting Saturday April 12
John Creighton Petersen from Imagine Crafts, and also one of our ICE Resin Creative Team members will be at the retreat giving demonstrations on:
New StazOn Midis
GlazOn Layer Protectant
irRESISTible Texture Sprays
Memento Luxe Ink
Posted on | April 3, 2014 | No Comments
One of the great things about CHA (the Craft and Hobby Association Show) is meeting new people and dicoveing how one art supply complements another. ICE Resin was next to and Willow and Jen Cushman struck up a conversation.
Willow Wolfe is an accomplished painter and after taking to Jen, decided to paint her art into bezels preserved with ICE Resin and make necklaces.
Willow Wolfe writes, “It is easy to paint within these smooth, mixed metal bezels. Simply prep by sanding lightly and coating with an all purpose sealer. Apply an undercoat of acrylic, transfer the image you wish to paint and use Princeton Select #3750 Mini Brushes to apply detail and dimension.”
Instructions for this elephant and daisy are in PaintWorks Magazine issue:
You will find Willow’s latest Dahlia in the Surround Yourself with Color Issue.
Posted on | April 2, 2014 | 5 Comments
I have to admit that I am constantly looking for interesting items that I can use as bezels everywhere that I go – thrift stores, salvage yards, with my two personal favorites being dumpster diving and yard sales. One of my favorite places to pick up bezel like pieces is the hardware store in the electrical and plumbing departments. There’s treasures galore and remember that you don’t have to have a back on your bezel, you can create your own! I wanted to share with everyone the simple way you can take your ICE Resin® to a new creative level with some finds from the hardware store.
I found this great flat back piece in the plumbing section at my local hardware store and knew instantly that it would make a great bezel. To antique the metal, I began by brushing on a coat of Iced Enamels® Medium then applied Iced Enamels Relique Ivory and heat set. I carefully placed a piece of clear packing tape onto the backside of the piece and adhered it securely into place. Be VERY careful not to leave any fingerprints or allow any dust onto the tape – it will show up in your finished piece.
Now it’s time to build our bezel! I began by adding a small amount of ICE Resin® to the bottom of the piece, just enough to have a thin layer completely cover the packing tape. Next I sprinkled Silver Shattered Mica into the base of the piece along with more ICE Resin®. With a brush, I painted the back of the fleur-de-lys with a thin coat of ICE Resin® to help reduce the change of air bubbles then placed it into the center of my piece. Top off with ICE Resin® and add Gold Glitter around the edge of the opening. Allow resin to set and cure.
Once the bezel if fully cured, slowly peel the packing tape from the back of the piece. Use a craft knife (if needed) to trim any of the excess resin from the edges. Hold your piece up and be amazed at the transparent look that you’ve created with a piece of packing tape!
I hope this inspires you to begin creating your own transparent ICE Resin® pieces!
John Creighton Petersen, Art New Wave
Posted on | April 1, 2014 | 3 Comments
An optical lens and Art Mechanique paper are transformed under Jen Crossley’s hands:
The papers Jen is using were mostly gathered in France by Susan Lenart Kazmer and reimagined as a part of our Essentials Papers.keep looking »