Sweetly Beats My Heart – Special Order Whimsical Bezels

Posted on | October 31, 2014 | No Comments

Will you fill your heart with pictures or photos? How about German Glass Glitter? Shattered Fire Opal? The open backs make these light and almost ethereal. The different curves are absolutely sweet for a necklace, bracelet and earrings set – just curved enough to go together, but each one delightful on its own merits. You’ll surely need some ICE Resin to complete your beautiful mixed media jewelry!

Designed with love by Susan Lenart Kazmer.

Hobnail Heart Bezels, Small Pair     SLK1803

Susan Lenart Kazmer heart bezels

The Hobnail Heart Bezel in miniature!! Fill these sweet bezels to your heart’s content…with ICE Resin, that is, and blossom love while you’re at it! Each Hobnail Heart Bezel has an open-backed design and is the perfect size for a tiny pendant or earrings. Just fill with a secret (or not-so-secret) message, some color, trinkets or sparkles, and you’re on you’re way to a great gift or keepsake. Each Hobnail Heart hangs on  the perfect slant and measures 1.75 from clasp to bottom point.  Two per package.

Hobnail Heart Bezel, Medium    SLK1801

open back curved hobnail heart ICE Resin

Fill this sweet bezel to your heart’s content…with ICE Resin, that is, and blossom love while you’re at it! The Hobnail Heart Bezel has an open-backed design and is the perfect size for a pendant. Just fill with a secret (or not-so-secret) message, some color, trinkets or sparkles, and you’re on you’re way to a great gift or keepsake. The Hobnail Heart hangs on the perfect slant and measures 3.25cm from clasp to bottom point. Choose from gorgeous white-bronze or warm yellow-bronze. One per package.

Curvy Hobnail Heart Bezel, Medium      SLK1802

hobnail heart Susan Lenart Kazmer

Fill this sweet bezel to your heart’s content…with ICE Resin, that is, and blossom love while you’re at it! The Curvy Hobnail Heart Bezel has an open-backed design and is the perfect size for a pendant. Just fill with a secret (or not-so-secret) message, some color, trinkets or sparkles, and you’re on you’re way to a great gift or keepsake. The Curvy Hobnail Heart hangs on the perfect slant and measures 3.25cm from clasp to bottom point. One per package.

What bejeweled delights is your heart open to?

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Halloween “Poison”, a necklace with Iced Enamels

Posted on | October 30, 2014 | No Comments

poison-icedenamels-jennifercabicNot only is Halloween one of my favorite times of year, skulls are also a favorite of mine. You have probably noticed my skull ring in a few of the videos I have posted for the Design Team.

In addition to the Vampiress Necklace for my Halloween project, I could not pass up an opportunity to make a necklace using a skull. I had one skull bead that I used for a different project, so I borrowed it to make this spooky skull out of resin. The mold I made is a keeper and I will be casting more of them out of resin in the future!

Jennifer Cabic

Tools and Materials:
ICE Resin®, mixing cups and stir sticks
Iced Enamels™ Relique in Pewter, Ivory and Garnet
Iced Enamels Medium™
Art Mechanique™ Jeweler’s Grade molding putty
Rue Romantique Large Botanical Rectangle Bezel
Disposable paintbrushes
StazOn ink pads in Spiced Chai and Jet Black
Skull Bead
Rowlux Illusion Film – red
Art Mechanique™ 1” screws and nuts
Art Mechanique™ Textured Brass Chain
Art Mechanique™ Jump Rings
Drill press and drill bit
Acrylic paints – White, Black, Burnt Sienna and Yellow Ochre
Rhinestone chain
Craft heat gun
Tweezers
Metal snips
Craft glue
Technique:
1. Mix molding putty according to directions. Insert skull bead, face down and let cure for about 15 minutes.
2. Mix ICE Resin® according to manufacturer instructions. Stir in white acrylic paint. Pour into mold and let dry for 24 hours.
3. Pop cured resin out of mold. Drill holes into eyes and completely through the back of the skull. Paint the skull with acrylic paint.
4. For the bezel, use disposable paintbrush and paint on Iced Enamels Medium™. Sprinkle with Iced Enamels™ Relique in Garnet, tap off excess and melt with craft heat gun. Let cool. Repeat with Pewter and Ivory.
5. Using a sponge or fingers, “antique” gently swipe over the cooled Iced Enamels™ with Spiced Chai and Jet Black inks.
6. Cut a piece of Illusion Film to fit bezel. Place on bezel. Make marks on the film with a scribe or something pointy through the eyes of the skull.
7. Drill holes through the film and bezel making sure to hold the film firmly in place. Accuracy is important for the screws to fit through.
8. Insert screws through the eyes of the skull, through the film and then through the bezel. Affix nut and fasten tightly. Snip the backs of the screws flus with the nuts. Rivet them flat.
9. Mix small batch of ICE Resin® according to manufacturer instructions. Using a toothpick, drip a drop or two of resin into eye sockets of skull. Using tweezers, insert one piece of rhinestone chain into each socket. Let dry for 24 hours.
10. Drill a hole in the bottom of the pendant. Insert decorative brad. Dab a small amount of glue on the back over the prongs of brad.
11. Apply brass jump ring and hang from brass chain.

Queen of Bling Dog Tag for your beloved furry friend

Posted on | October 29, 2014 | No Comments

USE dogtag1-kim-willimas-iced-enamelsLet’s make a personalized dog tag for your best friend. No matter what name you’ve chosen either traditional or fancy, your pet deserves to sport a “one of a kind” dog tag.

ICE Resin® makes the most adorable Silhouettes to use in your dog tag bezel. Using the little doghouse and the doggie in a bezel was just the perfect inspiration to creating this project. I even added some rhinestone chain because my Olive is a bling queen just like her mother!

Kim Williams, Historically Haute Blog

Materials and Tools:

dog tag 2 kwLarge Hob Nail Bezel by Art Mechanique™
House and Dog Silhouettes by Art Mechanique™
ICE Resin® Plunger Kit
Iced Enamels™ Relique Powders: Ivory, Chartreuse, Turquoise, Carnelian and Torched Copper
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Disposable paintbrush
Measuring cup and a craft stick
Packaging Tape
Regular Scotch Tape
Sanding pad or file
Heat Gun
Scissors
Rhinestone Chain
Preprinted name of your pet, home address and a phone number if desired (I used 11 sized font for name and 8 for address). NOTE: As a precaution against spammer, etc., part of the address has been whited out.

Instructions:

dog tag 3 kw1. Remove 1 ring connection from the large hobnail bezel and use a sanding pad to smooth rough edges.
2. Using packaging tape cover your printed pet’s name and the information you plan to include in your bezel with the tape.
3. Use a craft stick to burnish your tape on the paper so that the resin does not seep under the tape and stain the paper.
4. Paint a light coat of Ice Enamels Medium on your doggie silhouettes. Sprinkle the silhouettes with Iced Enamel powder. The solid one I did in Ivory and the cutout tummy one I did in Torched Copper. Using the heat gun set the powder. Allow to cool Silhouettes will be very hot. Handle carefully.

dog tag 4 kw5. Stack and glue the open belly doggie to the solid doggie. Allow to dry

6. To create a grass and sky background in the Hob Nail Bezel use regular Scotch Tape to mask off the area of the sky so that it will have a straight edge. The desired look is to have ¾ of the area at the top of the bezel be done in the Turquoise powder. Set with heat gun. Allow to cool before you remove the tape.
7. After allowing the Turquoise area to cool completely, mask off the top portion of the bezel using the same method as when you did the bottom 1/4. Apply the medium and apply Chartreuse powder. Set with heat gun. Allow to cool before handling.
8. Trim your pet’s name and the information to fit the doghouse and the tummy area of the dog silhouette.
dog-tag-5-kw9. Glue the name and information tag to the silhouettes. I used the Iced Enamel Medium for glue.
10. Place your silhouettes in the bezel.
11. Mix 2 ounces of ICE Resin® as per package directions. And allow to set until the resin is the thickness of Karo Syrup. I find it is infinitely easier to allow the resin to set for 20 or more minutes until it is very thick. Drizzle the resin in the bezel until it is 3/4ths full. Allow to set for 6 to 8 hours.
12 .Optional: While the resin is still sticky add the rhinestone chain to the bezel. Use a toothpick to guide the chain into position. Mix another small batch of resin and allow to set once again for 20 or 25 minutes. Resin should be very thick. Drizzle the resin in the center of the bezel until doming occurs. If you should happen to over pour use a baby wipe to clean up overspill.
13. Allow the bezel to cure completely about 48 hours. Attach your bezel tag to your pets collar.

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What are you waiting for? Isn’t it time to take your prince or princess for a walk?!

Make Spider Web Earrings with ICE Resin and Thread

Posted on | October 28, 2014 | 3 Comments

spiderweb-earrings-halloween-iceresin-baerbelbornWith ICE Resin you can create stunning shapes with almost every material you can think of. For this year’s Halloween costume I made some funny spiderweb earrings out of plain thread. The tutorial is easy to follow and the result is unusual. All you need is a needle and some sturdy thread, plus ICE…

Have fun!

Baerbel Born

 

 

Make a Hauntingly Simply Rue Romantique Skeleton Cameo Necklace and Earrings

Posted on | October 27, 2014 | No Comments

Happy Halloween to you!

Isn’t it a pleasure when you see a jewelry component and think: this goes with that and I can make such-and-such for my friend and she will be so happy…seredipitous!

Melody, my good friend, former boss, instigator of many camp-outs and burnt rolls (I helped with the burnt rolls), and joyfully-abundant-holiday-decorator, was the recipient of this necklace and earring set.

 

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Halloween is Melody’s fave holiday (mine too). In 2012 she decided to dress up skeletons and start a daily blog. Have you ever tried to dress a skeleton? They are no help at all. Plus these skeletons do not stay at home in the closet where most people keep their skeletons! You can see their smiling faces and bony bods at the beach, the dentist, the park, construction sites, in other homes for slumber parties, and now, the lady skeleton has crept into Melody’s room and pilfered her jewelry!

I know all of you Creatives will appreciate what a massive undertaking (score 1 for my bad pun) of time and effort this 31 days of consecutive skeleton posing and posting is. If you want a treat, Melody’s Haunted Halloween blog will surely put one on your face.

Carol La Valley, ICE Resin Content Manager

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Melody’s Skeletons Abound Jewelry

Rue Romantique Bezels: Pair and Single

Rue Romantique Chains: Pearl and Jet Fire Polish

Skeleton Cameos (from the truly nice people whose booth backs up to ICE Resin’s at the Bead and Button Show in Milwaukee)

Earring Wires

Jump Rings

E6000 Glue

Jewelry Pliers

Glue on cameos and use your tools to attach chain and earring wires as shown.

How do you share Halloween with your friends?

Susan Lenart Kazmer is offering 4 classes at Bead Fest Sante Fe and Registration is now open!

Posted on | October 26, 2014 | No Comments

Susan’s classes are filling up fast for Bead Fest Santa Fe. Have you registered?

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166, Resin‐ Cold Enameling, Saturday, March 21, 2015, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Learn these fundamentals and techniques in Resin- Cold Enameling

  • Techniques for color on metal
  • Layering of color
  • Resin application and techniques
  • Use of sanding, crackling and inks
  • Drilling basic metalworking

sgraffito suan lenart kazmer

067, Enamels‐Sgraffito + Symbolism‐ Making Your Own Mark, Friday, March 20, 2015,
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Learn wet and dry enamel in this hands on workshop, as you paint, scratch, draw, and layer your ideas onto copper while creating a vocabulary for enamel techniques and patterns. This workshop focuses on exploring the use of color and texture, from sifting, to painting and sgraffito, a scratching away technique that exposes another color fired underneath.
In this workshop, learn to make marks, text and symbolism to express yourself in jewelry created by using carbon pencils, enamel crayons and decal transfer. Other techniques presented are use of stencils, rubber stamps and pressing objects and marking into wet enamels.
Liquid enamels can be mixed to create your own colors. This application opens up many new possibilities within enamel work. Learn a handful of new ideas and create a few finished pieces. Kiln and torch used in this workshop.

forgeandbraze susan lenart kazmer

068, Wire‐ Ancient Techniques on New Frontiers‐ Forging + Brazing, Sunday, March 22, 2015,
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Wire and fiber has been a prominent medium in ethnographic jewelry and adornment for centuries and used for binding, connecting, decorating and building of components.. Through many years of my own research and ethnographic repair, I have employed these same ideas to build my own unique body of work, influenced by my fashion experience, in forged wire.
In this workshop, learn to make your jewelry stronger, more interesting, unique, and personal by exploring new ideas for soldering, shaping, finishing and building of multiple components. Students will be challenged to think beyond traditional jewelry design to create jewelry that is both sculptural and wearable while attaining techniques for hand hammering, flattening and forging of round wire.
Learn control with appropriate tools, safety and shaping techniques with correct stance and posture when hammering. Sheet metal and wire used.

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069, Resin, Relics, and Ancient Artifacts, Saturday, March 21, 2015, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Focus on new works in jewelry and Resin as it has never been presented before….sand, scratch, cast and scraffitto your way into creating unique objects and ancient artifacts in jewelry in combination with metal. Focus and build with resin using multiple thin layers while learning new techniques and application for scratching, crackling, engraving, transferring of imagery, making marks and coloring surface.
Set your finished components with filigree bezel wire…brazing presented. Each student will leave with a few pendants and components, a journal full of ideas and a whole new direction to focus your work.

 

 

 

Use your staple bezels to create a double sided necklace focal

Posted on | October 25, 2014 | No Comments

Are you still holding onto staple bezels and not sure what to do? Polly Hendrickson from the ICE Resin Creative Team shows you just how simple it is to make a focal for a necklace with these unique bezels.

There are still some in stock:

Small pair of  staple bezels: triangles, circles, almond-shaped, as well as medium circles and large almonds.

Or they are available as a special order product in sets of a dozen.

Here’s a blast from the past using an almond staple bezel: Carol La Valley and Jen Cushman made it a few years back. IT’s called EYE in the SKY.

Kinda Halloweenish don’t you think?

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Trick or Treat Collage with ICE Resin and Iced Enamel from the Crafty Cutie’s imagination

Posted on | October 23, 2014 | No Comments

TatianaAllen-HalloweenCollage-ICE-RESIN

Supplies:
ICE Resin®ice-resin-cast-halloween
mixing cup and stir stick
Iced Enamels Medium
Iced Enamels Ivory
Iced Enamels Raspberry
heat gun
Halloween molds
scrapbook paper
string, inks and glue

Instructions:
1. Measure equal parts of the ICE Resin® Part A and part B in mixing cup.
2. Mix both parts together evenly with a stir stick for about 2 minutes.
3. Pour the mixed ICE Resin® into bat and hand shaped molds.
4. Allow mixture to dry in the mold for about 12 hours.
5. Pop ICE out of molds and allow it to cure for another 12 hours.
6. Apply a small amount of Iced Enamels™ Medium onto a brush.
7. Brush a thin layer of Iced Enamels® Medium over bat and hand.
8. Sprinkle Iced Enamels™ over the the top of both molded pieces.
9. Tap off excess powder, and fuse Iced Enamels™with a heat gun.
iced-enamels-halloween10. Ink up scrapbook papers and cut them out to create your design.
11. Glue arranged design down, along with the two Iced castings.

This piece would be great as a card for a friend, or, as artwork for your wall during this fun season.Halloween ice resin iced enamels

Wishing you smiles and sunshine,
Tatiana

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halloween jewelry kitMake haunted jewelry with the ICE Resin™ Halloween Kit — Exclusively available through Jewelry Making Daily!
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Fall is in the air! The weather is turning colder, the leaves are changing colors, and it’s almost time for the ghosts and ghouls to be out in force! Be ready for them with Halloween inspired jewelry!

With a selection of glitters, Iced Enamels™, holiday-themed images, and gothic bezels, this kit has everything you need to get started making beautiful jewelry! So look around, search old family photographs for favorite black and white images, find old Halloween advertisements, and get this all-inclusive kit for creating your own Halloween inspired jewelry!

 

Create a Mina Harker / Drakula inspired gothic choker to grace your neck this Halloween

Posted on | October 22, 2014 | 6 Comments

Greetings! I really love to make my own mold’s and find interesting pieces to make mold’s from, chandeliers are my most favourite subject. After a recent trip to the Gothic Town of Whitby, where Bram Stoker was inspired to write Dracula, I knew that I would find some amazing vintage pieces to add to my mold collection. In a second hand shop which was a magical small room full of amazing treasures I found a new chandelier piece to add to my collection, this one is pretty small. Combined with the gorgeous Rhinestone Cross from ICE Resin I knew it would be a match made in haven!

Whitby is known also for its amazing Jet, and is now very rare to find, the Dracula theme, the jet chain and the cross just came together so effortlessly. Dont you love it when a piece comes together so easily, as if it was meant to be. I decided to make this piece based on Bram Stokers Mina Harker, I think she would have liked this piece and worn it often.

Thanks for visiting

Clare Horner, Got Paint in My Hair blog

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Tools and Materials:
ICE Resin®
Iced Enamels™ Shattered Fire Opal

Fire Opal
Rue Romantique™ Jet Chain
Rue Romantique™ Silver Rhinestone Cross
Art Mechanique™ Jewelers Grade Molding Putty
Art Mechanique™ Brass Wish Bones
Art Mechanique™ Jump Rings
Ball chain and connector from stash
Brass jump ring from stash
Metal flake from stash
2 pairs pliers
Ribbon from stash
Small vintage chandelier piece from stash
Ribbon end caps from stash

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Technique:
1: Clean and dry the piece you wish to make your mold from, in this case the small chandelier piece. Following the instructions, mix a suitable amount of molding putty and press the item into it, making sure to build a wall to contain your resin. Let this cure thoroughly.

2: Carefully remove the object being molded and test your mold with spare resin or some dough/polymer clay to make sure you are happy with it.

3: Mix ICE Resin to the manufacturers instructions. Carefully pour your resin into the mold so it is roughly half full, leave for 4 or 5 hours so it is mostly set.

4: After 5 or 6 hours, or overnight, Mix enough ICE Resin to top off your mold. Add into this mix the desired amount of Iced Enamel Shattered Fire Opal flakes and pour into the mold. Leave to set for 6 to 10 hours or over night.

5: Pour any leftover resin in a mould or wipe onto book page so it is not wasted.

6: Roughly measure your ribbon to be the size of you neck so it will fit snugly and add ribbon end caps. Attach the clasp and end from the Jet chain to this. Add a longer length of Jet Chain to the ribbon so it will hang down your neck.

7: Find the middle of the ribbon and add the chandelier piece with a jump ring, evenly space 4 wish bones, 2 either side along the ribbon again with jump rings.

8: attach the cross to the Jet Chain with a large jump ring and test the whole piece for size.

 

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halloween jewelry kitMake haunted jewelry with the ICE Resin™ Halloween Kit — Exclusively available through Jewelry Making Daily!
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Fall is in the air! The weather is turning colder, the leaves are changing colors, and it’s almost time for the ghosts and ghouls to be out in force! Be ready for them with Halloween inspired jewelry!

With a selection of glitters, Iced Enamels™, holiday-themed images, and gothic bezels, this kit has everything you need to get started making beautiful jewelry! So look around, search old family photographs for favorite black and white images, find old Halloween advertisements, and get this all-inclusive kit for creating your own Halloween inspired jewelry!

An ICE Resin doming technique that may work for you

Posted on | October 21, 2014 | No Comments

Kim Williams from our ICE Resin Creative Team is able to use her ICE Resin up to an hour after mixing. She’s in Texas, so you might not have the same experience depending on where you are in the world.

Watch her technique:

Halloween-ICEResin-KimWilliamsWant the full directions for this necklace she made with the cute swirls in this video? Click here!

 

 

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