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.

 

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