Ask the ICE Queen Tuesday

Hello Ice Queen,
I would like to preserve my favorite rose petals for use in my jewelry. How can I do that with ICE Resin?
Hello,
 
You can use your rose petals as is by embedding them into ICE Resin. If they go too transparent for your tastes, you will first need to seal them. If they are dried and a bit on the heartier side (not tissue thin delicate) you can use a paintbrush to coat a thin coating of ModPodge or white glue onto the petals. If they are too delicate to be handled this way, you will need to put them in clear packing tape (encase the petals in a packing tape “sandwich”) and then cut around the petals, leaving a small edge-to-edge seal so ICE Resin does not seep into the packing tape.
 
Dried flowers are gorgeous in ICE Resin. Have fun creating!
The ICE Queen
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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…


Walter Hugo’s amazing Silver Nitrate prints

Steven McPherson’s Art Journals

boho bunting by violet bella via paper and stitch

i love this idea. source.

how bout we mix things up a bit & add some music??
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dr. dog is one of my favorites & great summer tunes….

and how about this one too:
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that’s my inspiration collection for this week! see you next monday ♥

Flickr Friday

flickr friday

A recent contributor to the ICE Resin Flickr Friday photo pool is Lubica Vinicenko, who’s profile says she is from Slovakia and addicted to making jewelry. Take a look at some of her absolutely beautiful designs using Susan Lenart Kazmer’s signature product ICE Resin.

 A cast dragonfly piece. Yummy!

 One of her own paintings sealed in ICE Resin.

Cast resin piece with dried flower inclusions. So pretty!

Be sure to become a member of our ICE Resin Flickr Group. If you want us to publish your work, be sure to make it so we can download the image. We understand how important your designs are to you and will always credit you on the blog. If you provide a link to your website or blog, we’ll be sure to add that to the posts too.

Ask the ICE Queen Tuesday

Ask the Ice Queen Tuesday
 
 
Dear ICE Queen,
In your page “How to mix ice resin” you mention pressing a bezel on to contact paper. Where would I purchase contact paper and is there a brand name I should ask for/that is best?

Hello,
 
No special brand of contact paper. Just go to any store and look into the self liner section. You will see rolls of clear contact paper there. You can use any contact paper, but we say to buy the clear because this way you will see what your inclusions will look like in the clear resin and be able to better design your piece. You can also use clear packing tape or duct tape — anything with a sticky back to keep the resin from silling out when you pour it into an open-backed bezel. When using packing tape, be sure to purchase a better brand of tape (rather than the dollar store stuff) because it will pull off the bezel when the resin is dry better and not leave a nasty sticky film on it. If there is any stickness left on the back of the dried bezel, wait the full 3 days for the resin to cure and then you a degreaser like Undu or Goo Gone to clean it. It’s important to wait the full cure time so the chemicals in the degreasers do not eat away at the still-curing resin.
 
Happy creating!
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…

the ever inspiring coney island mermaid parade was this weekend & it’s one of my favorite places to shoot lots of photos! You can see some more here & here.

jonathan whitfill via the jealous curator.

i’ve had an art crush on katy horan’s work for a number of years now….

Cath Kidston online magazine.

 

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

Ask the ICE Queen Tuesday

Ask the Ice Queen Tuesday
Dear ICE Queen,
I poured ice in some open back bezels that I had placed on contact paper to seal. When I peeled the contact paper off, the adhesive had stuck to the resin making the back of my project sticky. Any recommendations as to how to get the adhesive off of the resin without hurting it?
Hello,
Yes, this happens a lot with some brands of packing tape, particularly the more inexpensive brands. Wait 3 days until the resin has fully cured and then use a product like Goof Off or undu on the resin and the sticky adhesive will come right off. Even though ICE Resin dries in 6-10 hours, it does take 3 days to full cure. These products contain some degreaser ingrediants that can affect the resin while it’s still curing, so that is why we suggest you wait to apply this type of product. You can also sand it off with a fine grit (600) sandpaper to make it smooth. If it makes the back of you bezel have a matte finish and you want a clear one, you can always apply a little more fresh ICE Resin to the back to the bezel and let it dry. It will be crystal clear when its dry.
 
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 hope that some of these goodies will inspire you…


Scott Albrecht via designworklife.com

 

unusal adventure….. by NL-Dux : source

 

no kidding, Ralph Lauren teepee’s???

 

une histoire de verticalité by lageometrie

 

i love the simplicity of this laptop case design, although i’d love it even more if it was made from recycled leather. – source.

 

this biggest inspiration of all? this time of year. my favorite. source.

 

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

 

Flickr Friday

flickr friday

This week’s Flickr Friday comes from Gingernonuts. It’s a vintage optical lens where transparencies, gears and objects are layered on both sides and poured in ICE Resin. We liked how she stamped on a trasnparency and added it to her peice. Notice how the stamped image remained colorfast? That’s because she used Staz-On ink, which is a solvent-based ink.

The artist does a lot of these layered pieces, so we thought we’d also show her heart locket with layered gears and a nice red heart with wings bead in the center of a stop watch case.

Be sure to become a member of our ICE Resin Flickr Group. If you want us to publish your work, be sure to make it so I can download the image. We understand how important your designs are to you and will always credit you on the blog. If you provide a link to your website or blog, I’ll be sure to add that to the posts too.

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!


Monica Canilao @ Milwaukee Sky High Gallery.

and her fabulous home installation in Detroit. Check out her website.

 

swimming cities. I am SO going to make one of these someday…

 

hula hoop weaving. again- i’m doing it!!

and look at this one with just some cardboard scraps…

 

vintage circus performer costumes. source
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butterflies.

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

*karen

you can come visit me over here.

 

Flickr Friday

flickr friday

Today’s Flickr Friday is a beautiful design by Lady Wishcraft. What she shows so well in her design is how ICE Resin can be colored and used in jewelry. This lovely green makes me think of meadows and moss on tree trunks. The perfect compliment is the silver filagree embedded into ICE.

You can color ICE Resin with a tiny drop of oil paint, or even acrylic paints, mica powders, kitchen spices and so much more. Have fun experiments, just like Lady Wishcraft did and see what lovely things you, too, can create using ICE Resin and our handcrafted bezels.

copyright design Lady Wishcraft

Be sure to become a member of our ICE Resin Flickr Group. If you want us to publish your work, be sure to make it so I can download the image. We understand how important your designs are to you and will always credit you on the blog. If you provide a link to your website or blog, I’ll be sure to add that to the posts too.

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