Posted on | October 1, 2014 | 1 Comment
You might ask, “Kim, What can I do with all of these leftovers; little snippets of resin paper, tiny lengths of ribbon, odd buttons, charms, and resin filled bezels?” My solution is to create gift tags with your stash of odds and ends. Odds no more! Viola! Now you have beautiful “one of a kind” gift tags foy you to use for special occasions.
ICE Resin® Paper (see tutorial on how to create paper)
Kristen Robinson’s Rue Romantique Ribbon 30 inches of shear type and 8 inches of velvet type
An Eiffel Tower Charm from Rue Romantique
Small gauge wire
Other items: Beads, Thread for hand stitching and a contrasting color for use with sewing machine, Sponge type mounting tape, Brown Ink Stamp Pad, Twine, and Glue for paper that dries clear
- Using a brown ink stamp pad distress the edges of your tag. You may want to use a sponge tool to smudge and shadow edges. Use your heat gun and set ink.
- Rip a piece of resin paper to fit the size of the lower ½ half of your tag. Machine stitch using contrasting thread any type stitch (your choice) the resin paper to the tag. Both fancy and simple look interesting and fun. If you do not have a sewing machine you may hand stitch or glue the paper to the tag.
- Be sure after trimming threads to put a tiny amount of clear glue to keep stitches from pulling out of the tag.
- Now run a gathering stitch about 1/4th inch from one side of ribbon. Leave threads long.
- Gather the shear ribbon by sliding it to pucker the ribbon until a flower begins to form. Tie the threads in knots to prevent the ribbon from relaxing. Use hand stitching to secure the center of the ribbon flower.
- Mount the ribbon flower on the top half of the tag using mounting tape.
- Add a wire wrapped bead attached with the Eiffle Tower Charm to the south ring. Fashion so that the bead and charm dangle from the ring.
- Tie a small bow with velvet ribbon and sew it to the tag just above the bezel and secure the tails with a tiny amount of mounting tape.
- Add twine to create the loop to hang your tag or attach to a gift.
You might even consider displaying them on a tiny clothesline in your studio. What do you think?
Posted on | September 30, 2014 | 1 Comment
Cold enameling just got more fun!
Grab some 20 gauge wire fibers and your Iced Enamels and follow along with ICE Resin Creative Team member Jennifer Cabic as she walks you through making colorful headpins.
Center stage with Susan Lenart Kazmer’s “Opera Singer”, a mixed media resin and metal jewelry holder
Posted on | September 29, 2014 | No Comments
Experience the opera with Susan Lenart Kazmer via her “Opera Singer”…
The people waiting expectantly for the lush heavy curtains to rise and part, the richly hued costumes, the lavish sets, the thrill of the first note when the opera singer sets her voice free.
Posted on | September 28, 2014 | No Comments
The “Opera Singer” is backstage in her dressing room fretting about what hat to wear in her performance tomorrow. Which one do you suggest?
Did you notice that all these hats double as rings?
Susan Lenart Kazmer created her Opera Singer as a jewelry holder.
Posted on | September 27, 2014 | 1 Comment
Susan Lenart Kazmer’s line of Art Deco Bezels are exquisitely designed, with small “windows” that are reminiscent of stained glass! The Extra- Large, Square Art Deco Bezel measures in at 7.5 cm x 10 cm! It has an interior bezel size of 4.5 cm x 6.5 cm x .6 deep. Be one of the first to try it! One per package. The Extra Large Triangular Art Deco Bezel measures 10.5 cm in length! It is 7.5 cm wide, with an interior bezel size of 6.5 cm x 4.5 cm x .6 deep. One per package. This beautiful, medium-sized Circular Bezel is one of the smallest sizes in the Art Deco line: the piece measures 8 cm x 3.5 cm, and the bezel has a diameter of 2.5 cm and is .5 cm deep.
Square Art Deco Bezel, Extra Large SLK1704
Triangular Art Deco Bezel, Extra-Extra Large SLK1701
Triangular Art Deco Bezel, Extra Large SLK1702
Circular Art Deco Bezel, Medium SLK1709
(Carol from the ICE Resin staff here. I had to post another picture of this bezel on the cool brass tone as it is one of my very favorite bezel shapes that Susan has ever made. I just adore it!)
What will you put in your bezel’s windows?
Posted on | September 26, 2014 | 1 Comment
It’s time to CREATE!
Jen Cushman will be teaching three Seattle Sessions at the CREATE Mixed Media Retreat beginning October 22.
- Breaking Out of the Bezel (6 hours) (Wednesday): Treasure hunters take heed. For those of you who love incorporating unique found objects into your mixed-media jewelry, this is a techniques-based workshop tailor-made for you. Rather than using your hard-won treasures in just one piece of art, learn how to easily make molds of your favorite objects using a non-toxic silicone molding putty and then how to make resin castings from your molds. Discover how to completely alter your resin castings with paint and patinas and transform them into entirely new components. If you are someone who thinks twice about using your precious objects, this workshop will have you seeing them in an entirely new light. Workshop attendees will leave with a finished necklace featuring a resin casting set into a bezel, along with chain and handmade clasp components.
- Links, Clasps, Components and Chain (6 hours) (Thursday): One of the most rewarding aspects of making mixed-media jewelry is being able to see the hand of the artist in your work. Learning the skills to make gorgeous necklaces, bracelets, rings, pins and more from spools of humble wire is an art form all unto itself. Fortunately, making components from wire is not only deeply fulfilling, it’s economical on your pocketbook and easier to accomplish than one might think. In this workshop, you will learn how to make bead links, wire links, clasps and components and then how to chain them together to create one seamless and beautiful wearable work of art. The fundamental skills learned in this class will help you build a strong foundation for future work.
- Ready, Set, Resinate (3 hours) (Thursday Evening): Turn your eye for design into fabulous and unique jewelry. During class we will use handcrafted bezels, oodles of images, a jeweler’s-grade resin and the most important tool of all—your imagination—to make a trio of resin pendants. Learn how to properly mix and pour a two-part epoxy resin, add color if you so choose, embed small objects like rhinestones or beads and how to bling it up with glitter and mica. These images are idea samples of what you can create, but you will personalize your pendant to fit your individual art aesthetic, style and favorite color palettes.
Are you ready to take your mixed media jewelry skills to the next level?
Posted on | September 24, 2014 | 2 Comments
I used one of the Corset Findings from Susan Lenart Kazmer’s Art Mechanique Line.
I drilled two holes in the finding just under the top loop piece.
I then drilled a hole through the key.
I attached the key though the holes in the corset piece and through the middle of the key where I drilled. (I like the look of a clean finish,You cant really see the wire if you look carefully.)
As you can see, you will need ICE Resin, a button, organza ribbon, a photo, mica sheets, and a metal finding, and a stamped metal plate to complete the focal.
TIP: I had two small air bubble on the left hand side of the finished piece I had tried to fix it by drilling it out but after I repaired this I noticed it wasn’t quiet perfect so I just added some 7 Gypsies rub on words.
Jen Crossley, A Mark in Time
Posted on | September 23, 2014 | 1 Comment
Susan wears wire.
Posted on | September 22, 2014 | 5 Comments
Sometimes it’s hard to find that perfect picture frame to match your home decor – so why not create your own? It’s easy to make your own picture frame using ICE Resin supplies including ICE Resin®, ICED Enamels , Shattered Mica and Glitter. These frames are so simple to create and will make everyone think you spent a fortune!
Other supplies: IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: InkBlusher, Fantastix, Brilliance Cosmic Copper, Stampendous: flourish rubber stamp from Stack Art Angel Wings Set, Miscellaneous: picture frame, cardstock, dryer sheet, heat tool
1. Remove glass and frame backing from picture frame.
2. Rub the front of the frame with a dryer sheet – it acts as an anti-static sheet to keep the ICED Enamels Relique powder from sticking to the unstamped portions of the frame.
3. Apply ICED Enamels Medium to an InkBlusher to ink the rubber stamp.
4. Stamp onto the picture frame as desired, working in sections and slightly overlapping the pattern.
5. Sprinkle on ICED Enamels Torched Copper Relique, tap off excess and heat set. Repeat until entire frame is covered, applying ICED Enamels Medium with a Fantastix where needed for detail work.
6. Mix ICE Resin following instructions and apply to the frame with a brush, adding Shattered Fire Opal and Copper Glitter inclusions.
7. Allow resin to fully cure.
8. Cut cardstock to size of matte, edging with Brilliance Cosmic Copper.
9. Assemble frame with picture inserted.
Posted on | September 21, 2014 | No Comments
What captures your attention?
Color (soft pinks and red that go with 2015 spring color predictions)?
The thrill of a eureka moment (the lightbulb bezel prayer box-a truly advanced metalsmithing skill that takes a delicate touch)?
A sense of joy?
The spirit of fun?keep looking »