You won’t want to squirrel this acorn away – Clare Horner share how to cast this ornament for your Holiday Tree

Posted on | November 22, 2014 | No Comments

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EeeeEEEEEeeeeeee Christmas is coming!!! I love Christmas, especially when it snows which is not very often these days. I always have my fingers crossed for a white Christmas! I love Christmas so much that every year my close family receive not only a card but a decoration for their tree. This year I have decided to combine the wonders of ICE Resin and IndigoBlu, one of our preferred partners, together to create this stunning little acorn bauble. We don’t really have acorns around here, so when I saw a garish looking tree ornament in an ”Everything a Pound” shop I knew I just had to have it and turn it into something worth Christmas.

Thanks for visiting,

Clare Horner, Got Paint in My Hair

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Tools and Materials:
ICE Resin®
Rue Romantique™ Red Velvet Ribbon
Art Mechanique™ Jump Rings
Art Mechanique™ Molding Putty
IndigoBlu Mega Flake Manchester Tart
IndigoBlu Metallic Paint Goldfinger
indigoBlu Acrylic Paint Hot Chocolate
Ball Chain from stash
Acorn Ornament
Wooden lollypop sticks
Self grip tweezers
Paint Brush

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Technique:

1: Clean and dry the piece you wish to make your mold from, in this case the acorn. 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: Mix ICE Resin to the manufacturers instructions. Take a few of the IndigoBlu Mega Flakes at a time tearing them into smaller pieces. Carefully add the Mega Flake to the resin and mix in. Pour this mixture into the mold so it comes up to the bottom of the top cup part of the acorn. Let set for three to four hours.

4: Mix up another batch of ICE Resin, this time adding in a small amount of IndigoBlu Metallic paint in Goldfinger. Pour this into the mold topping it up to the top. Grip an Art Mechanique jump ring in a pair of self gripping tweezers and balance the jump ring just inside of the top of the resin in the mold. Use wooden sticks to keep the tweezers from getting resin on them. You might need to weigh down the tweezers as I did and shown in the photo. Let cure over night or for seven to eight hours.

5: Take the cast acorn out of the mold carefully. Taking a paint brush and some Hot Chocolate IndigoBlu paint, dry brush the top of the acorn to add a little depth. Let dry for 10 to 15 minutes.

6: Create a small bow with the gorgeous Rue Romantique ribbon around the jump ring that is inside the acorn, attach a piece of ball chain and hang on your tree.

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Pendant, Ornament, or Special Gift Wrap? This ICE Resin pendant is sparkling and easy to make this Christmas

Posted on | November 21, 2014 | No Comments

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With the Holidays quickly approaching, I wanted to share with you this easy to create bezel that can be used as either jewelry or even a decoration for the Holidays this year. For this project, think “small” for a big impact when working with your bezels!

John Creighton Petersen, Art New Wave

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Supplies:

ICE Resin®, Art Mechanique German Glass Glitter, Chartreuse, Art Mechanique Paper Sealer, Large Circle Hobnail Bezel, Small Square Hobnail Bezel

Graphic 45: Holiday themed papers, brads

Rowlux Illusion Film: red

Spectrum Noir: Spectrum Noir Marker Green

Wescott: Titanium Craft Knife

Miscellaneous: Stamp decorative scissors, brass wire, wire tools, teardrop red crystal bead, ball chain necklace

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Instructions:
1. Cut red Illusion Film to fit both bezels (large rectangle, small square) with Wescott Craft Knife.
2. Fussy cut clock print and postage stamp images from Graphic 45 printed paper.
3. Using the postage stamp decorative scissors, cut around the edges of the postage stamp image.
4. Use Paper Sealer to apply at least 2 coats to all sides of the printed cardstock pieces.
5. Color metal brads with green Spectrum Noir Marker.
6. Mix ICE Resin following manufacturer’s instructions.
7. Using the ICE Resin as an adhesive, paint a thin coat of resin onto the back of both pieces of Illusion Film and place into their respective bezels.
8. In the large rectangle bezel, add the clock cut out (centered) over the red film and layer with the postage stamp cut out. Embellish with colored metal brads. Continue filling the bezel with resin, adding gold German Glass and gold glitter as desired.
9. For the small square bezel, place a colored brad in the middle of the bezel and then fill with resin.
10. Allow resin to fully cure in bezels.
11. Use wire to create jump rings for attaching the small bezel to the large bezel, along with connecting the large bezel to the necklace.
12. With brass wire, add crystal bead to the bottom of the small bezel.

ICE RESIN DESIGN TEAM 2015 CALL OUT – APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

Posted on | November 20, 2014 | No Comments

 

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We are looking for a few fabulous designers who love creating jewelry and

mixed media art with ICE Resin®.

If you have personal goals as a designer and want to expand your talents within an incredible team, you are invited to apply for a year-long position on the 2015 ICE Resin® Design Team!

NEW: Former team members are welcome to apply.

How to Apply: Please cut and paste the questions below into an email, answer them, and send along with 3 photos of your creative designs using ICE Resin to Carol@iceresin.com.

Deadline is Monday, December 8, 2014

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ICE Resin® 2014 Creative Team Application:

Name:

Physical Address:

Mailing, if different:

Phone/cell:

Email address:

FB:

Twitter:

Pinterest:

Blog:

Website:

Google+:

Other:

 

Please tell us what your design experience is (whether it is simply creating for yourself and others or publishing, etc.) and what you prefer to create—jewelry, mixed media pieces, paper, etc.

 

Why would you like to be part of the the Susan Lenart Kazmer™ ICE Resin® Design Team?

 

Have you been published? If so, please list publications. Also, what are your publishing goals?

 

How long have you been working with resin?

 

What is your experience with resin in addition to ICE Resin®?

 

Are you comfortable in front of a camera?

 

What are your goals in the Arts and Crafts industry?

 

Teaching experience – please list any venues or retreats where you have taught or will be teaching in 2015.

 

How often do you post to your blog? Other social media platforms? Are you open to posting for business purposes?

 

How do you feel about cross promoting on your blog?

 

Are you able to meet publication deadlines?

 

If selected, you are committing to 9 projects per year with instructions, step-out photos and a matching technique video, plus a 3-6 blog hop opportunties as they arise. Does this work with your lifestyle and goals?

 

As an artist based company ICE Resin offers our team members: Generous product packages shipped directly to your home, compensation for publication, trade show designs and the support of our social media.

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Please cut and paste these application questions into an email, answer the questions and send it along with

3 photos of your resin work and a link to a video you have done

to Carol@iceresin.com by Monday, December 8, 2014.

New Creative Team Members will be notified by Friday, December 19.

Place a Christmas Postage Stamp under ICE Resin in Kim Williams’ “Santa Baby” Bracelet

Posted on | November 19, 2014 | No Comments

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Eartha Kit singing “Santa Baby” suddenly popped into my head when I was forging thru a stack of ephemera in my mother’s desk. I stumbled upon these 32 cent Christmas postage stamps. My mother loved postage stamps and one Christmas she selected stamps for each member of our family: mounted them on card stock and framed them for our Christmas gifts. For me she selected fashion stamps with women in lovely gowns of the Empire Period of Fashion. These tiny works of art are perfect to use in a bezel. You can also use a stamp that has been removed from an envelope. The markings done by the postal service are very nice and don’t take away from the beauty of the stamp.

Kim Williams, Historically Haute

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Materials:
1. Postage Stamp
2. Hobnail Bezel that best fits your stamp
3. Ice Enamels™ Relique Powder – I used Garnet
4. ICE Resin® and German Glass Glitter – I used Sky Blue
5. Assorted Beads
6.  Jewelry Wire
7. Pom Pom Trim
8. A Button
9. Sewing Needle
10. Sewing Thread
11. Round Elastic for Jewelry Work
12. Fray Check or Craft Glue for Fabric

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Directions:
1.Apply Ice Enamel to the edge of the bezel. Follow directions on the packaging.
2.Mix a small amount of ICE Resin.
3.Seal the Ice Enamel on the edge of the bezel by painting with ICE Resin.
4. Save a small amount of resin. Stir in a generous amount of German Glass Glitter. Pour into bezel and allow curing for 6 to 8 hours. Do not fill bezel to capacity.
5. Trim your postage stamp to fit the bezel. I like leaving the raglan edge on the stamp when possible. When the resin has cured and you can handle the bezel place the stamp in the center of the bezel.
6.Mix a second batch of ICE Resin, allowing the resin to cure until it is very thick, drizzle the resin into the bezel to capacity. Allow curing. Best results overnight.
7.Create 2 sections of wired beads about 3 to 4 inches in length. I used about 3 inches of wire wrapping about 5 to 6 times around the bead. Reserve a bead to wire your bead chain to the bezel.
8.Measure your wrist adding 1 inch to the length. Cut pom pom trim to that length.
9.Hand Stitch the bezel to the center of the pom pom trim on each side of the bezel. Tie off on either side. I also added a little craft glue under the bezel to secure the trim even more.
10.Hand stitch the chain to the trim at each wire wrapped connector. Tie off thread each time.
11.If you have any beads left over that do not fit on the trim they will be left on as a dangle.
12.Turn the bracelet over and use Fray Check or craft glue for fabric at each place you stitched. This will ensure that the threads will not pull through the trim.
13.Sew a button on one end of the bracelet
14.Using a large needle for upholstery thread the elastic cord and fashion a loop on the opposite end of your bracelet. Tie the cord in a square knot. Put Frey Check on the ends of the cord or use craft glue.

Create a Mini Bezel Book and Transform It into a Necklace

Posted on | November 18, 2014 | 3 Comments

Such a fun idea starting with 2 of the same Art Mechanique hobnail bezels as the foundation!

You are invited to watch as ICE Resin Design Team member John Creighton Petersen shows you how to make a book become a necklace…

Celebrate with friends after you make these “Charmed” Wine Glasses

Posted on | November 17, 2014 | No Comments

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I don’t know about you, but I love to gather with friends and loved ones and celebrate the holidays. We usually drink out of fancy glasses when we get together and I have seen wine glass charms making a come back. Actually, one of my very first shows I sold my work at was a Wine Festival and one of my very first sales was a set of wine glass charms. I thought these would be fun to make give as a hostess gift.

Jennifer Cabic, Silver Peanut Blog

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Tools and Materials:
ICE Resin®
Iced Enamels™ Relique in Chartreuse, Glitz Gold and Glitz Silver
Iced Enamels™ Shattered Mica in Bronze and Chartreuse
Iced Enamels™ Shattered Shattered Opal
Iced Enamels™ Medium
Disposable paint brushes
20 gauge bronze wire
Packing Tape
Transparency material
StazOn Ink Pads in different colors
Various holiday stamps
Rhinestone chain
Jump Rings
Wire cutters
Bench block
Fire Brick
Hammer
Needle files
Tweezers
Round-nose pliers
Chain-nose pliers
Drill with bit
Heat gun
Torch
Bowl of water for quenching

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Technique:
1. Cut (3) pieces of 9” 20 gauge bronze wire and wrap in appx. 1” circle bezels.
2. Cut (3) pieces of 3” 20 gauge bronze wire and hammer them flat. Draw a ball on each end using a torch and quench in water.
3. Wire wrap the flat wire around the circle bezels where the ends meet to hold the circle shape.
4. Using a disposable paintbrush, paint a light coat of Iced Enamels™ Medium onto each bezel. Dip each into different colors of Iced Enamels™, tap off excess and melt using a craft heat gun.
5. Mix ICE Resin® according to manufacturer instructions. Using a disposable paintbrush, paint a thin layer over the enameled bezels and let dry for 24 hours.
6. Affix each bezel onto pieces of packing tape and push firmly to get as good of a seal as you can. Cut a couple thin pieces of tape and press them onto the outer edge of the bezel to form a perpendicular wall to help prevent resin from oozing out.
7. Mix another batch of resin. Using stir stick, drip a small amount into the bottoms of the bezels and sprinkle shattered mica in each and let dry for 12 hours.
8. Using different holiday stamps and different color inkpads, stamp your designs onto transparency material then cut out to size of bezels.
9. Mix another batch of ICE Resin®. Using tweezers, dip stamped transparency into resin and place in bezels. Cut a piece of rhinestone chain and add as desired to each bezel to add some “bling”. Let dry for 24 hours.
10. When dry, peel bezels from packing tape and snip/file any resin that may have oozed out. (TIP: I found using lemon essential oil on a paper towel to remove the stickiness from the back of the bezels left by the packing tape works very well).
11. Drill a hole into the dried resin on each bezel and insert jump ring.
12. Cut (3) pieces of 20 gauge bronze wire and form into earring hoops and attach charm.

May Your Day Be Filled with VICTORY

Posted on | November 16, 2014 | No Comments

Let your true self roar for you are amazing!

Talisman Susan Lenart Kazmer

 

Now go forth and make art!

Jazz up Your ICE Resin®-ed papers for Mixed Media Journals

Posted on | November 15, 2014 | No Comments

Are you ready to work on your art journals?

Grab some:

Art Mechanique™ Essential Collage Papers Pack One or Pack Two

Art Mechanique™ Shattered Opal

Art Mechanique™ German Glass  Glitter

Your fave Stampendous or Indigo Blu stamps

Staz-On Inks

Oil Pastels

ICE Resin®

and get ready to rock your mixed media journal pages.

Polly Hendrickson will share some techniques.

 

Get Creative with Resin and Wire Airs on Beads Baubles and Jewels Nov. 14-21

Posted on | November 14, 2014 | No Comments

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Beginning at noon( Eastern) on Friday, November 14, Beads, Baubles and Jewels episode 2005: Get Creative with Resin and Wire will be on the Beads, Baubles and Jewels website. It will run for 7 days.

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Mixed media artist Susan Lenart Kazmer demonstrates making faux stones with glass glitter, inclusions and resin, and then she shows cold surface work to mimic enameling on metal. Today’s Beading Lesson is on knotting with leather.

She had a grand time with host, Katie Hacker.

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Unlock the Secrets of Your Heart with this Talisman Necklace by Susan Lenart Kazmer

Posted on | November 13, 2014 | No Comments

You hold the key to your highest aspirations!

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