Ask the ICE Queen

Ask the Ice Queen Tuesday

Each Tuesday, we post a real question that comes into our Ask the ICE Queen email.

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Hello,

I thought I had mixed correctly, but my little pieces are slow to set. They are somewhat harder, but sorta sticky.

Sincerely,

Still Sticky

Dear Sticky,

The ambient temperature in the room can affect drying time of ICE Resin, particularly during the cold winter months or high humidity. Wait a full 24 hours before touching your pieces. If they are still sticky after 24 hours, then they are not going to harden properly and you will need to mix up a new batch of resin and re-seal.

The ICE Queen

And this time…a reply….

Thanks for the advice! I did wait and lo and behold, they are hardening. We’ve had lots of rain so the humidity may be the factor. Fortunately, I did wait. I love this resin, it makes the finished pieces look so professional.

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Inspiration Monday

Inspiration Monday

Hello everyone- karen here & it’s inspiration Monday! each week I will be sharing with you bits of inspiration I have bookmarked from around the web. I hope that some of these goodies will inspire you!

installation artist j morgan puett

Flag #19 Memories Without Recollection 2008 by Sara Rahbar


Pat Jensen via tumblr : source

the very talented lisa hannigan and her lovely music. & look, she even sewed her own album cover!

 

download these brilliant babies here and plaster them all over your town :)

 

that’s my inspiration collection for this week! see you next monday :)

*karen

you can come visit me over here.

 

Creative Team Wednesday

Creative Team Wednesday

Kristen, Barbe, Jane, Deryn and Kecia — all members of our Creative Team – do a lot of inspirational work! using ICE Resin and Susan’s handmade bezels that we then have cast for our customer’s creative use. Each week, we’ll feature designs from our Creative Team. Sometimes, we might even slip in some images from Susan Lenart Kazmer or Jen Cushman’s work using ICE Resin too.

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Today’s creative inspiration comes from Barbe Saint John with a necklace she calls “Girl Scientist”. We love how everything Barbe makes has a story behind it and takes on a journey each time we look at her work. Don’t you just love the little lightbulb attached to the pendant? Take a look at this gorgeous piece!

“Girl Scientist” by Barbe Saint John, all rights reserved copyright of the artist

Ask the ICE Queen

Ask the Ice Queen Tuesday

Each Tuesday, we post a real question that comes into our Ask the ICE Queen email.

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Dear ICE Queen,

I’m trying to pour ICE Resin into spoons, but it keeps running out. What should I do?

Dear Drippy,

The reason your resin is dripping out is most likely because you do not have the spoon resting on a level surface. Try to prop up the handle of the spoon on a small inexpensive craft sponge so the bowl of the spoon is laying more flat. You can also take some paper towels and dampen them with water and wrap around the base of the spoon bowl. This will stabilize the piece for a more level and controlled pour. If you have an annealing pan filled with pumice stones, you can also nestle your spoons in the stone to create a level surface. Whatever you do, propping the spoons up so they are a level bezel is the key ingredient to success.

Also, don’t try to get a dome in one pour. The spoon bezel is a bit too large for the resin to hold its natural drop shape. After you level things up, pour the spoon about half way to 3/4 full and let dry. Once its dry, keep it in its leveling set up, mix a new batch of resin and do another pour to get that nice bubble dome.

When using non-traditional bezels, it takes a little bit more patience to get things perfect.

Thanks for writing!

The ICE Queen

Inspiration Monday

Inspiration Monday

Hello everyone- karen here & it’s inspiration Monday! each week I will be sharing with you bits of inspiration I have bookmarked from around the web. I decided to go with a theme this week of studio interiors. Since spring is officially here I’m sure some studio spring cleaning is in order & I hope that some of these goodies will inspire you!

Julie Arkell’s studio of paper mache magic ♥ source

I’m pretty sure I could fill this beauty up! source

how’s this for an inspiration board??? source

a creative corner from Resurrection Fern, one of my favorite blogs to visit.

love this idea for recycling wood crates! Would make a great studio unit to fill up with larger findings & books… source

love the lighting in here and the creations hanging from the ceiling. source

that’s my inspiration collection for this week! enjoy the longer days & see you next monday :)

*karen

you can come visit me over here.

 

Ask the ICE Queen

Ask the Ice Queen Tuesday

Each Tuesday, we post a real question that comes into our Ask the ICE Queen email.

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Dear ICE Queen,

How may I apply ICE Resin that I get a dome shape on my pendants?

Dear Dome-less,

ICE Resin is naturally self doming. It will want to do it automatically when you pour your bezels, but it takes some practice to get it just right. There are two ways to go about it. The first, and easiest in the beginning, is to pour two layers. Pour the first layer just shy of the top of the bezel and let it dry completely. Then come back and mix up a small amount of ICE Resin and drip it very slowly and controlled into the bezel to get a nice, high dome. You can also get a dome in one pour as long as you very slowly and controlled drip the resin drop-by-drop into the bezel once its at the top of the bezel. Take your time and go slowly so you don’t overfill your bezel and then have to do clean up afterwards.

I hope this helped answer your question!

The ICE Queen

Inspiration Monday

Inspiration Monday

Hello everyone- karen here & it’s inspiration Monday! each week I will be sharing with you bits of inspiration I have bookmarked from around the web. I hope that some of these goodies will inspire you!

illuminated cloud by alexis mire

this magical nook via apartment therapy

 

isn’t this a brilliant idea for small bits and bobs in the studio??? source.

 

andy kehoe

i love just about every single creation by andy kehoe. You MUST visit his flickr stream.


solar dyeing. I will be filling my window sills with these babies once the sun gets warmer in these part. here’s a great resource for creating your own dye jars.



the new moleskin page design wizard. You can customize your moleskin journal!

that’s my inspiration collection for this week! see you next monday :)

*karen

you can come visit me over here.

 

Flickr Friday

flickr friday
By Lorelei1141, Lorelei Eurto

ICE RESIN

Join the ICE Resin ~ Susan Lenart Kazmer Flickr group & share your creations with the ICE Resin Community!

Each week we select an image from the group page to feature here on Flickr Fridays.

Flickr Fridays

Creative Team Wednesday

Creative Team Wednesday

Kristen, Barbe, Jane, Deryn and Kecia — all members of our Creative Team – did such an amazing job (as usual!) on the samples for our booth at the CHA Show using ICE Resin and our bezels. Each person contributed at least 8 samples each. Multiply that by 5 people (6 really because I managed to pour a few myself) and that is a lot of inspirational work!

A Girl with a Crown Bezel

Check out Creative Team Member Kecia Deveney’s beautiful focal that she calls “A Girl with A Crown Bezel”.  What I really enjoy about Kecia’s piece is how she made it three-dimensional by pouring her bezel to a nice dome and then allowing it to dry before she added her final detail of the bling rhinestones and crown top.

The design of this piece is really colorful, fun and fabulous. Way to go Kecia! To see more of her work, visit Kecia’s blog at Lemoncholy’s Flight of Fancy.

Ask the ICE Queen Tuesday

Ask the Ice Queen Tuesday

Each Tuesday, we post a real question that comes into our Ask the ICE Queen email.

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Dear ICE Queen,

I’m very interested in your ICE Resin and I’ve heard it described as “non-toxic”. However, I’ve noticed it contains BPA…which has been the subject of much debate over safety. Is this product appropriate for use in a home with children? Obviously, I would not let them touch unfinished pieces, but once it is dry can the BPA leech out of the product? Thanks,

- A Concerned Mom

Dear Concerned Mom,

ICE Resin has had to go through environmental testing in order for us to distribute in the larger craft stores. The testing has shown that its contains no hazardous chemicals and is therefore considered environmentally friendly. There really is no exact category for “non toxic,” so we’re using the terminology environmentally friendly. I have young children at home and feel perfectly safe working with our product in my home studio, but, as always the choice to use resin — any type of resin — in your work is a personal decision. The same goes for paints, glues, patinas and other products that are commonly used by artists.

ICE Resin has a shelf life of about 18 months. That is because we do not add chemistry to prolong the shelf life of the hardener, unlike some of the craft resins on the market. It’s not really the resin that ever goes bad, its the part B hardener that will yellow over time.

I hope this answers your question. Again, this is a personal choice and you must do what you feel is best for your health and your family.

The ICE Queen

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